Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder

Wonder Woman: The Official Movie NovelizationWonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization by Nancy Holder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have not watched the movie that this book is based on. Just so we’re clear where I’m starting from. Also, have not watched any other Wonder Woman movie or read any other book. In general you could say I’ve not had any exposure to Wonder Woman or her story. Now that that is out of the way…

I’m a super fan of Greek Mythology, and am interested in Wonder Woman’s backstory more than what she’s doing now. I don’t have to hand the story of Zeus and the Amazons, but I love the connection and origins.

It seems a little too neat that she surfaces during WWII. I guess I’m a little biased here because Captain America surfaced during WWII as well and having two superheroes being “born” at that time is just a little too coincidental and well, easy.

Apart from that, I do appreciate her attitude towards the humans. She’s a no nonsense lady. However, why do we need a love scene between her and Steve Trevor? It adds nothing to the story.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised enough that I may have to watch the movie now.

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Weekend Readathon for May 2020

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What is a Readathon?

I found a topic on Goodreads that answered this question really well:

A readathon, for those of you that might be confused, is an event, usually with a time limit, where you set a certain goal you would like to reach. The goal of readathons is to help you read more during that time period than you would any other time.

For me it simply worked better to try a readathon on one of weekends off from work. A time to relax and be myself surround by my books. I didn’t have a complete goal in mind, mostly because I’ve never tried to do a readathon before and wasn’t sure what I would be able to accomplish. I guess you could say I had the basic goal of try my best and see where I end up.

SATURDAY:

I finished reading Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder throughout the morning and afternoon. I had started reading it previously, but had only read through the first chapter before setting it aside. It started pouring down rain by the afternoon, so I made myself a cuppa tea and sat by my bay window for the added ambiance.

That evening I picked up Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and read until it was too dark for me to see anymore. Leviathan is a difficult read and any little bit I can get in is tremendous progress.

SUNDAY:

I was a bit lazy on Sunday, meaning I slept in and watching a bit of YouTube before rousing myself for more activity.  Which means I didn’t get to reading until the afternoon where I read through Put the Cat in the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen by Jake Vander-Ark, and three ebooks by Tai Sheridan: Buddha in Blue Jeans, Secrets of True Happiness, and Relax, You’re Going to Die. I finished with another round from Leviathan, until is was time for supper.

RESULTS:

I rather enjoyed myself. Usually I just read during my breaks at work, or sometimes in the mornings when I’m not ready to be productive just yet. I never just decide that I’ll go read for an hour.

This weekend showed me that I am capable of making a good size dent in my TBR pile. I read a total of 5 complete books (even though 4 were short ebooks they still count!) and made progress on the monster of a book I’m still trying get through, Leviathan.

I have a feeling that I’ll be doing this again when next I get day or two off from work, and the housework isn’t piling up!

Keep reading little book worms!

 

What about you? Have you tried a readathon before? Do you set aside a specific time to read? Let me know about it in the comments!

Movie Mondays Moved

It took me a long time to decide to add movies to this blog, and it took me almost the same amount of time to realize that it wasn’t the right move for me.

What essentially has happened is that Movie Mondays has grown into its own project, something that is bigger and broader than what Movie Monday was originally supposed to be. I am okay with this, but also know that because of this Movie Monday now needs its own space, its own home, its own blog.

This post is not meant to be a self-promotion for another blog, but an update to let you all know what’s going on, and why there will be no more Movie Mondays. For those of you that liked the movie reviews, please know that I have refined the formatting of those posts to give better information and have a better flow.

Movie reviews are now over at 365 Movies which is also hosted by WordPress, so not much has changed except for the blog address.

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Now that I have this sorted out and separated, this blog will continue to post book reviews and book related posts on its original schedule of Wednesday and Sunday. I have many, many ideas for more book related posts and I am still reading when I get the time.

If you are wondering, the hiccup in my posting schedule is due in part to the current world pandemic (I am a healthcare worker and it did turn my world sideways) and in part to the generalities of life. But, be assured that I still enjoy updating this blog and my new movie blog too!

Also, in case you were wondering why you can’t find previous Movie Monday posts on this blog, its because I transferred them over the movie blog so they can all live together as happy little family over there.

I’m pretty sure that’s all the updates I needed to give, but if you have any questions even if it wasn’t something I covered with this blog post, please do leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. And as always, keep reading little book worms!

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and LeadDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve wanted to say that I’m reading this book for work, but in reality it’s inspired by work. I’m in a leadership program and one session was based around Brene Brown’s working on rumbling with vulnerability. Thanks to the virus this year, our sessions are on hold but we were encouraged to keep pursuing our leadership skills, so I found Daring Greatly at my e-library.

I started out reading this book thinking it’s a purely leadership book, especially based on the name “Daring Greatly”, but it’s so much more than that. It’s learning how to be yourself, and sometimes that can be uncomfortable, but that’s okay too.

She does have individual chapters on leadership and parenting, but this book goes so much further than that. Brene talks about her research, and what it means to be Wholehearted. It was an eye-opening book that goes into our day to day lives and teaches how to dare greatly. I loved it.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Cell

This is another movie I’ve watched a few times now, I like the psychology behind it: going into another’s mind for therapeutic treatment sounds like an interesting idea. Well, in the course of the movie its used for a different purpose: to get inside the mind of a comatose serial killer to find his latest victim.

Staring Jennifer Lopez in a crazy surreal world of the human mind, searching for a clue to the location of a victim who is not yet dead. I really do like the surreal surroundings presented within this movie.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Butterfly Effect

I’ve watched this movie several times now, and each time I learn something new. It’s a mind turning movie with elements of time travel. The movie revolves around the butterfly effect theory: if a butterfly beats its wings 1,000 miles away,what do those reverberations affect?

Anyway, Ashton Kutcher follows in his father’s footsteps trying to fix his past, one moment at a time. Each time he attempts it something goes a little bit wrong, and each time he tries to correct it. It’s truly mind-bending, in a good way.

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Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze

Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You WantLove Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been referring to this book as the sequel to The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. While that isn’t the official title for this book, it’s still true nonetheless. This book will still make some sense if you haven’t read The Total Money Makeover, but it makes more if you have as it does reference it and Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps.

At this point you might be wondering why I keep referencing Dave Ramsey and his book. Well… Rachel is his daughter, and they work together, and he wrote a foreword.

Yep.

That’s pretty much how I found this book is through Dave Ramsey. And I’ve been following the Baby Steps. The other way I’ve explained this book is that Dave tells you what to do with your money. Rachel tells you how to think about your money, your mindset. Which is just as powerful as what your doing with your money is how to think about your money.

Which is a great take on the topic, a great addition to the (non) series, and a very good read.

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