Since my GoodReads goal was set at 1 book I can now say that I’ve already finished my GoodReads goal of the year! It was a bit of a struggle but I made it…barely. All joking aside, I had a really good reading month. I read six book in total and I ended up enjoying all of them. Not a bad seed in the bunch. Which was totally unexpected and awesome. I was hoping to finish my current read ( The Fiery Cross) in time, but didn’t make it with a little less than 50 pages left but that’ll definitely be my first read of February, and before I keep prattling along for ages here are the books that made up January for me.
Some of my favorite books are fantasy and with these books there are plenty of different fantastical features. I love reading about a few specifically as they have a special place in my heart. Just thinking broadly, I don’t think there are any magical creatures I dislike, but there are a few I could read about time and time again.
Title: The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day
Author: James Kakalios
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books, in exchange for an honest review.
Physics professor, bestselling author, and dynamic storyteller James Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital clouds to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles.
Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What s the simple physics behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? How do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS? In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the wild subatomic world that underlies so much of what we use and take for granted.
Breaking down the world of things into sections that outline a single day, Kakalios satisfies our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep our food cool, how a plane manages to remain airborne, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled with a story showing the astonishing science at work and revealing the interplay of the invisible forces that surround us. Through this narrative physics, The Physics of Everyday Things demonstrates that far from the abstractions conjured by phrases like the Higgs Boson, black holes, and gravity waves sophisticated science is also quite practical. With his signature clarity and cleverness, Kakalios enthralls us with the principles that make up our lives and opens our imaginations.”
Last year was my first year of blogging and I loved doing this challenge. So I’ve decided this year to join the discussion challenge. I did fairly well last year towards the beginning and tapered off as the year went on but I’m exited nonetheless.
This year I’m aiming for Chatty Kathy which works out to about 2 or 3 discussion posts a month, so we’ll see how that goes!
If you’re interested learn more about the challenge here!
The best part of any new year are the new books that come out. I’m way too excited about too many books for this list to be short in any way, so its split into two. This is already long enough so here are the releases I’m most excited for for first part of the year. Read More »
Title: MAD MAGIC
Author: Nicole Conway
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.
Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse… she meets the guy from across the hall.
Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.
With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.
We have passed down an entire stretch of road and now stare at the beginning of another. I have a bit of a hit or miss relationship with making resolutions- as you can see in more detail here – yet I’ve decided to approach 2018 differently than I did 2017. I’m a year older and thus much wiser than I was last year (I hope so at least). Instead of making concrete detailed goals, I’m going to outline a few things I want to accomplish and look at them as guidelines rather than strict rulings of my behavior.
This year has finally come to an end. I read 179 books over the past year and now the time has come to choose among them as to which are the best books I have read this year. I waited until the last possible second to post this because last year after I had put up my list I read one more book before the year was over and lo and behold it belonged on that list.
I am currently reading six books, and have been dragging them all out over the past week so I don’t mess up this list. Of those six, one of them would for sure make this list (American Gods!!) but I refuse to finish it until past midnight to make it the first read of 2018. Start of the year on a good note. But first to finish of this year, in no particular order are my Top 11 books of 2017.
2017 has been a year of many things and for me it was the year of TV. The silver screen failed to disappoint me and I watched a lot of Netflix (more than is healthy) over the past 12 months. Some of the shows debuted in 2017 some of them were new seasons of past favorites and others classics that I finally got around to. So here are my favorite shows I watched in 2017.Read More »