Monthly summary – May ’16

Wow, it’s another month gone. I did many things this month, but reading was not a priority. So busy…

I feel I should apologize to you for posting so little. I feel just a tiny bit guilty ;). mostly for not having some posts ready in advance to post them in times like these. I hope next month will be better. I do have some posts partially ready, like last week’s BBC and Funny Friday posts. I was almost done with them, but couldn’t finish on time so they’ll be polished and posted this week.

So what did I accomplish in May?

Not much, but I had some good time doing it 😀

  • Finished 17 books: 5 novels, 2 short stories. April page count: lame 1650.
  • I’ve finished 2 sets of jigsaws – 1000 and 1500 pieces. Well, ok I finished the ‘1000’ in a day and the second in about 3, so not a big time consumer, but damn satisfying and relaxing :D. Right now I have 4000 piece scene started on the table, this one:

ship battle

  • I had not much luck with my book choices this month, my average rating: 3,1 stars.
  • I’ve missed the deadline on my Back to the future graphic novel – I’ve read about half and forgot the deadline’s coming… I really wanted to read it, it was a nice addition to the movies. I’ll find a way to read it whole.
  • My Goodreads yearly challenge went down from 16+ books ahead of schedule to only 1…
  • Witcher 3 is still an amazing game and the reason for this month’s lack of audio books among my reads…
  • 7 books ended up on a DNF shelf, 1 of which I might pick up again thanks to some helpful comments 🙂
  • I’ve read and started using a self-improvement book and it was surprisingly effective.

Continue reading “Monthly summary – May ’16”

Unfinished business

I think I had a reading crisis yesterday. Or maybe it was a realistic thinking that got me to the decision that it’s about time to give up one few of the books I’ve been “reading” forever. Maybe I have enough of pretending, or maybe I hope that saying “enough” will give me a kick start to read some more interesting books because this month was a very un-bookish. True, I had plenty or things to do including 2 parties to prepare, some post-renovation cleanup, etc etc.

Anyway, here are some books I’m currently putting on the dreadful DNF shelf. They aren’t bad books, if they were I would’ve given up on them a long time ago, but it seems we just don’t get along very well.

A Shade of Vampire
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

started reading: 19-02-2013
pages: 297 (which is funny because I remember it being a 700+ page book)
How did I get it? From Amazon after checking out some Goodreads giveaway and being contacted by the author. Continue reading “Unfinished business”

Easy ways to work on your habits

At some point in your life, you come to realize that you could really use some of these self-improvement books that have been staring at you from the bookshelves. Maybe like me you were tempted before but somehow decided to buy yet another fantasy novel instead.
Or maybe you simply don’t believe they could help you, that it’s just a bunch of psycho-babble that won’t work on you? Let’s review this, shall we?

Habits 9 Steps To Your Personal ChangeHabits: 9 Steps To Your Personal Change by Marcin Rzucidlo

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-half-full-iconstar-empty-icon

Goodreads | Amazon

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About two weeks ago I was sent to a whole-day training session from my current work. I do like these! You get to spend a whole day off work, even though it counts as such, you get “free” food, spend some time with people from work you haven’t even met before and you get to learn something new, something interesting. Well, most of the time it’s interesting provided you get a good trainer.

This time, we’ve got a very good trainer who knew exactly what he was doing, kept it all interesting and didn’t let us get sleepy even after dinner. Well done! Continue reading “Easy ways to work on your habits”

Interview with Charles LaFave

GreethI don’t know how about you, but I do like reading author interviews from time to time. Especially curious are the first time published authors because there’s just so little you know about them yet.

Today I’d like to present you with one of the debutants. I’m currently reading his book and I have to say I’m impressed. It’s not often that you see something so good and so original as “Greeth”. Haven’t you heard of it yet? Well, it’s time to do your research :D.

But for now see how the author reacted to my bothersome questions :P.

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What or who pushed you to write and publish your story?

My fiancé Ellen was incredibly supportive of the whole process. I was terrified of self-publishing and putting myself out there, and she really helped me be the best author I can be, and supported me through the whole process. I had to learn a lot of new skills, hiring and working with editors, designers, proof-readers, beta-readers, the works. Plus the ins and outs of being my own publisher. She was there helping me all the way.

I actually proposed to her in the dedication to the book, so a lot of readers email me asking, “Did she say yes?”

She did.

Pen, typewriter or computer?

Computer. But I also collect and sometimes use antique typewriters. The problem with computers is that people always want to make corrections as they go, and on an old typewriter you can’t do that. So if I feel like I’m not moving forward at a good pace, I’ll break out the typewriter for a while. On the typewriter, forward is the only way to go. Continue reading “Interview with Charles LaFave”