Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Update

Another good month has passed, and as you can see I've accumulated more books than I've read - yet again! As far as my resolutions go, I 1) posted 3 book reviews this month: Hero's Lot by Patrick W Carr, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, and Wool by Hugh Howey; as well as an entry about my career development and some thoughts on doubt. 2) I've done a terrible job of getting back into shape for a mud run this summer. :( 3) I've worked really hard on buffing up my resume, and 4) I have only joined one group read - which I quickly realized I wouldn't be able to keep up with. So, yay for partly keeping up on my resolutions!

As for personal news, my mom found out she has breast cancer this month. :( She had the lumpectomy a couple of weeks ago, and now she'll have 6 months of chemotherapy followed, most likely, by a couple months of radiation. On happier news, my sister announced that she is pregnant again - another boy. That should be a big change for the family!

Film and Reading Completed This Month

Watched this with my good friend (eeblue) while I was waiting for the New Year to ring in. This is the world's first introduction to the Daleks, and I really enjoyed it despite (or perhaps because of) the cheesy acting and special effects. I LOVE that they haven't changed the design in all these years - the Daleks STILL have a plunger for a hand. :)

In this story arc, The Doctor, Susan, Barbara, and Ian land on another planet which has been ravaged by nuclear war. On the planet are two races - the peaceful Thal and the violent Dalek. The Thal would like to carve a truce with the Dalek, they will share their anti-radiation medication and the Dalek will share their food. But the Dalek have another plan. EXTERMINATION.

I love the philosophy of these shows. It questioned whether the Thal were really pacifist if it came down to defending themselves, or whether they simply THOUGHT they were pacifist. It also raised the point: There is pride in being unafraid to die, but there is shame in being afraid to live.

I also watched this story arc while waiting for the ball to drop. This story wasn't very interesting to me, I'm afraid. The TARDIS "crashed" and the group was stuck in the ship for two whole episodes. They went paranoid (for seemingly no reason) and started accusing each other of conspiracy. The story didn't present any new concepts or philosophies, and the acting / directing  wasn't strong enough to carry such an uneventful story. :( I almost fell asleep.

I started this audiobook months ago for my real-life book club (eeblue and morphidae). I finally decided I ought to finish it.  

Adorable picture book about a monster who wants to be loved, but he's the only non-cute guy around. He searches and searches for love until... 

I read this book when I was a teenager, and always planned on getting to the rest of the series - but never did. I chose this as a re-read for my real-life bookclub (eeblue and morphidae) with hopes that I'll finish the series this time around. I enjoyed the book, though it was harder-core science fiction than I recalled. I used to read a lot more hard-core stuff when I was a teen. 
Read this book because it was one of the nominations for the World Fantasy Award last year. 

Newly Acquired

Recommendation from a friend on LibraryThing - she says it will help me on my quest to understand :)

Another recommendation from my friend on LibraryThing
Gift from my Aunt 
Gift from my best friend
Free Friday book for Nook
Despite my resolution that I wouldn't commit myself to group reads this year, I have broken down within the first few days of January. :) There is a thread on LibraryThing to read and discuss the books of this series, and I thought it would fit in well with my "Question of Jesus" resolution. :)
I've been meaning to read this series for a long time. Looks pretty good.
I couldn't resist buying this beautifully illustrated book at bargain price at Barnes and Noble
My aunt sent me this book because it helped her fall back in love with Jesus - she thought it would help me answer the "Question of Jesus"
This is the second book to a series that I started last year. I hope it's as cute as the first.
Will read this for a bookclub meeting in April..
Thought I'd perk up my resume a bit. This seems to be a popular resume-writing book.
Yes, I've gotten to the point where I'm buying "For Dummies" books. What has the world come to? I'm hoping they provide some good tips, though.

This is one of the textbooks suggested for The Great Courses - The New Testament, which I'm using as one of my guides to my New Testament and Discovery of Jesus quest.
And this is the other main textbook for The Great Courses - The New Testament
Free Friday book for Nook
My friend Liz is going to teach me how to knit. I want to knit a sweater! She says I should start with a wash cloth. 
Will listen to this audiobook with my friend Liz while I learn how to knit.

Bought this for my nephew
Signed by author. I'm leading a discussion on this book at the end of February for the American Christian Fiction Writer's Association. You can join the discussion by joining the email list. There's still plenty of time to read the book!
Free Friday Nook Book

This monthly update was cross-posted on The Sunday Salon, Caffeinated Book's Sunday Post,  The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Book Journey's It's Monday What are You Reading?, and on Mailbox Monday.


  1. So sorry to hear about your Mom. I hope that all will be well. Congratulations on your soon to be nephew.

    That is some haul of newly acquired books!

    I love the old Doctor Who episodes. This post is reminding me that I should go back and watch a bunch of them myself. It is really neat how they are available packaged according to story arcs.

    1. Yeah, I'm hoping my haul won't be this big every month. Still, keeping track of it this way will hopefully knock some sense into me about WHERE all these books will go if I'm collecting them faster than reading them. Of course, many are on my Nook, which makes a difference.

      I agree about the story arc packaging for the Doctor Who. That's a fantastic way of doing it!

  2. Sorry to hear about your mom. Wishing her a speedy recovery. Hopefully the news of the baby will keep her spirits up.
    Take care.

    1. Thanks Lauren! A baby is always fun news, right? :)

  3. I'll be interested to hear what you think of the Ranger's Apprentice series. I've been wanting to read that too, but haven't gotten to it yet.

    For someone who doesn't like Rick Riordan's writing, you seem to keep reading it anyway, huh? ;-)

    1. Yeah, the Ranger's Apprentice series certainly looks good...and they just published the final book in the series, so it's a good time to start. :)

      Yes, you're right. I don't like Riordan's writing, and yet I keep reading! :) I think I'll stop after this series, though. I don't intend on reading the Kane Chronicles and will probably not start any new series that he writes. But, as I've said, I understand why people like his writing. It's just not for me.

  4. I'm very sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she has a speedy recovery.

    I'd be interested in hearing if you found any good job searching tips. I can use some :) Have a great week.

    1. Thanks Yvonne. I'll be publishing my thoughts about job searching while I'm looking for a job - so maybe I'll have some good tips for you. I guess the best thing to do is just keep on applying! I have to admit, though, I feel a lot better now that I've re-written my resume. I feel more presentable.

  5. Sorry about your mom. I've been a cancer survivor since 1985 and lots of things have improved since then, even chemotherapy. Wishing her all the best!

    1. Yeah, a lot has improved in cancer therapy since 1985. I am certainly thankful for that! Thanks!

  6. Looks like a good book haul. I too have thought The Rangers Apprentice series looks good. One of these days...

    Best wishes for your mom and a full recovery.

    1. I'm pretty eager to start the Ranger's Apprentice series. I've been trying to put it off because I want to finish some other series first, but I think I'll just jump right in anyway. :)

  7. Quite a variety of books to choose from! Have fun reading. Sorry to hear about your mom, and I know she will pull through successfully. Congrats on another boy in the family!

    All best,

    Book Dilettante

  8. So sorry about your mother...hope she recovers completely.

    Enjoy your books! Love Thy Neighbor caught my eye. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Yeah, I hadn't heard of Love Thy Neighbor before getting it from the Free Fridays, but both the title and the cover catch my eye.

  9. Love Monster looks like a cute book for my toddler. Sorry to hear about your mom, but I hope that she enjoys a health recovery soon

    1. Yeah, Love Monster is really adorable. You should check it out if you're in a Barnes and Noble, they're on sale! :)

  10. I had breast cancer 13 years ago...they have made many strides since then. All will be well.

    HUGS to you and your mom.

    CONGRATS to your sister.

    ENJOY your new books.


    Silver's Reviews

    My Mailbox Monday

  11. Best wishes to your mom. Are you changing jobs? You got quite a few job books. Good luck with that - I'm considering new jobs too. Thanks for stopping by

    1. Well, I'm currently working outside my field and am trying either to move upwards in the world of books or get a job in my field. As much as I love working at a bookstore, minimum wage doth not the college loan pay off.

  12. So sorry to hear about your mom. Sending good thoughts to you and your family.


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