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March 2020 What Are You Reading?

I’m kind of proud of my reading this month: I finally read the entire Jeremiah Hunt trilogy by Joseph Nassise!  I read the first book, Eyes to See, several years ago, and for whatever reason, just never got around to the rest of the trilogy.  It got to the point where I didn’t remember Eyes to See very well (except that I really liked it), so I had to reread it before moving onto the newer books (that probably didn’t help me get back to the series).  So this month, I actually sat down and reread it (and it was just as good as I remembered, even though I honestly didn’t remember most of the story when I started!)

Nonfiction books:

  • None!

Fiction books:

  • Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise
  • King of the Dead by Joseph Nassise
  • Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nassise

My favourite of the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy was definitely Eyes to See.  The premise is amazing (a man’s daughter goes missing, so he trades his eyesight for the ability to see ghosts in an effort to find her), and the book was just as good the second time I read it.

I also did some major spring cleaning this month and started going through the magazines I had piled up (I have a LOT!)  I went through seven issues of The Walleye (I couldn’t believe I had that many piled up!), and read 2 Cineplex Magazines, 1 Writer’s Digest, an issue of Journey (Lakehead University’s Alumni Magazine), 1 Woman’s Day, 2 First Magazines, and about 8 old Canadian MoneySavers.  Ive still got a bunch more to go (mostly more Writer’s Digests and Macleans, which I didn’t even get to this month), but I felt pretty magazined-out by Tuesday and needed to take a break from them.

So what about you?  Have you read anything good over the last month?

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February 2020 What Are You Reading?

Well, this month got off to a much better start thanks to reading the four books in The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells!

Nonfiction books:

  • None!

Fiction books:

  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • 1862 by CJ Halbard

Oh my gosh, I don’t think I can choose a favourite this month.  The four Murderbot Diaries books by Martha Wells were so good!  They’re the only four that are out so far (there’s a fifth one coming this April!)  If you like reading science fiction, I definitely recommend you check them out! 🙂

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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January 2020 What Are You Reading?

Well, it’s a new year, which also means a new Goodreads reading challenge!  As I mentioned in Hello 2020, I’m planning on once again reading 25 novel-length books (either fiction or nonfiction).  I’m not really off to a good start so far though – the one novel-length (nonfic) book I read was one I finished at the end of 2019, so it doesn’t count for this year!  I also read the two graphic novels at the end of last year. It was at the point where I almost didn’t read anything new in 2020! But thankfully an author friend, CJ Halbard, came to the rescue; I read his two pieces last week.  Unfortunately they’re not novel length so they don’t count towards my goal.  But that’s ok.

Nonfiction books:

  • Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

Fiction books:

  • Spider-Man: Life Story by Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti
  • Hearts and Minds by C J Halbard
  • The Island by CJ Halbard

My favourite was hands down Quit Like a Millionaire.  It’s one of the best books I’ve read on personal finance.  I definitely recommend it!  The version I read was borrowed from the library, but I loved it so much that I even bought myself a copy (which I promptly lent to my mom).

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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December 2019 What Are You Reading?

Happy Boxing Day everyone!  I hope your holidays have been great. 😀

I actually did quite a bit of reading this month (mostly while on vacation in Florida).  As you can see, I spent my time catching up on some fiction (those Matt Forbeck books were part of his 12 for ’12, which I actually backed in 2012 – I’m still behind on them though as there are two more trilogies to read!!!)

Nonfiction books:

  • Stress Less, Accomplish More by Emily Fletcher

Fiction books:

  • Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans.
  • Hard Times in Dragon City by Matt Forbeck
  • Bad Times in Dragon City by Matt Forbeck
  • End Times in Dragon City by Matt Forbeck
  • “The Mooncalfe” by David Farland
  • “Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages” by Dean Koontz

I also read a Women’s WorldPreventionYoga Journal, Modern Cat, and Uncanny Magazine while on vacation, too!

My favourite was definitely Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans.  I read the volume 1 graphic novel and absolutely loved it.  I originally got it from the library, but I purchased a copy for myself because I loved it so much. 🙂

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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November 2019 What Are You Reading?

Unexpectedly, November was another personal finance book month!

Nonfiction books:

  • The Wealthy Renter: How to Choose Housing That Will Make You Rich by Alex Avery
  • Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying by David Bach

Fiction books:

  • We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce

I also reread a bunch of comics when I was sick a few weekends ago (some Garfield, my three Sarah’s Scribbles, and Liz Climo I think).

I didn’t really have a favourite out of the new books that I read this month.  Go Green, Live Rich was similar to some other books I’ve read, and I was rather disappointed with The Wealthy Renter (most of the book was just trying to convince you not to buy a house).  Oh, I also started another David Bach book, but decided to stop reading it because it wasn’t grabbing me; maybe I’ll get it again in the future.  And while I thought We Stand On Guard had an interesting premise, I didn’t really care for the story.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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October 2019 What Are You Reading?

Oh my gosh, it’s the end of October already! I’ve been really busy with book editing all month, so I haven’t had much time to read.

Nonfiction books:

  • None

Fiction books:

  • The Electric State by Simon Stalenhag

I also read five Maclean’s Magazines (Sept 2018, Oct 2018, November 2018,  Jan 2019, Feb 2019, and March 2019 – I’m not sure what happened to the Dec 2018 issue). I was over a year behind and was hoping to get caught up by the federal election that happened this month. While that didn’t happen, I’m now only six months behind! So that’s definitely progress. 🙂

I didn’t have a favourite per se, but I quite enjoyed the articles in their February 2019 Maclean’s issue (that was the “What’s Wrong with the Right/Left?” issue). And while I didn’t finish reading it, I also quite liked the articles on the election in their November 2019 issue, which I was able to flip through at work.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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ThunderCon Pictures Now Uploaded!

watermark I made for my photosIt took quite a bit longer than I expected, but I have now edited and posted the Day 2 pictures I took at ThunderCon last weekend! The Day 1 pictures were all posted to both Facebook and my Flickr page straight out of the camera (I wanted to get them up on Facebook that night so there were pictures showing people what they missed and might look forward to on Day 2). But the Day 2 photos included some pictures for ThunderCon sponsors (which have not been posted anywhere), so I wanted to make sure they looked good. My dad sat down with me to help with the photo editing on Friday night, then I finished up on Saturday (it took all day, on and off, to get through them all!) I also created a watermark for my Day 2 pictures (the SK Photography logo pictured). The pictures are all on both ThunderCon’s Facebook and my Flickr page, so check them out if you have a minute!

So now that ThunderCon is over, I’m turning my attention to the big project I mentioned in June: I’ve been contracted to edit a nonfiction book! 🙂 I’m super excited about it (and kind of terrified because it’s so much bigger than anything I’ve edited before).  I’m also writing a chapter that’ll appear in the book, so all around it’s a very exciting project for me. 🙂

My first order of business though is to figure out how to write the chapter in an engaging way. I finished a first draft a little while ago, and right now it’s very boring to read (it’s literally just the timeline of events typed up into prose). I started researching how to improve my prose in earnest yesterday; I even asked Twitter for some advice on the subject (but haven’t received any replies). I think a lot of my problem is that I’m writing about a place rather than people; writing about people usually lends itself a bit more to story (in my mind anyway). So yesterday I started reading the other chapters in an attempt to see how everything will fit together as a whole (and to see what exactly the story is that we’re all telling).

Have you ever written any nonfiction? How did you make your prose engaging? And as always, what are you working on? 🙂

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