I am finally caught up with The Dresden Files, yay! Even though Skin Game wasn’t really my favorite Dresden Files book it was still a ton of fun. This was so caper heavy in execution and I think that singular focus of Dresden working with a lot of these other bad guys was a bit much at times. Sure, it was a good book but the stand out moments came not from the actual caper but from the quiet moments of stillness between characters and I think there should have been a few more of those moments in this book. Looking forward to reading the short story collections from the Dresden universe next.
I’m a few days late on a reading update. Yesterday I was able to finish up Ninefox Gambit and I have to say that I really enjoyed this reread. When I initially read Ninefox Gambit I think that I took way too many breaks at certain points in the book. I think I took a lot of breaks after the 75% mark and I think that influenced my initial view of the book because I thought that the side characters were a much larger part of the book than I realized they are during this reread. Yes, I would still have liked to have known the other characters around Cheris and Jedao more, but for the story that Yoon Ha Lee was telling, it worked. I understood the Calendrical stuff a lot more in this reread and it isn’t nearly as confusing as the first time around. I think the thing that impacted me more during this read through was just how much Kel formation influences every single aspect of this book and into the next book. Raven Stratagem I just started tonight and am only about 40 pages in or so and I’m already enjoying it much more than what I did when I first tried to read it.
I’m starting a buddy read of The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli with a friend of mine. It is a YA book about dragons and this race’s connection to the dragons. So far, the writing is a bit generic, but I think the story has potential to go to some interesting places(at least I hope). I’m over halfway on my Skin Game audiobook and it is floundering a little bit at the moment. Some of the Dresden Files have this dip in the plot in the middle and I think this is one of them. It is still good so far but I think it is trying too hard attempting to do everything at once at the moment.
I took a gym break for a few days to let my body rest up for a change in my workouts starting on Monday. I’m going to be focusing on fat burning, full body movements, and less isolation weight movements. I’m hoping this can get me leaner, more stable, and building up my endurance. Work has been fine, about to start a project of shifting the books and cleaning. I’m so blessed to work with such amazing women at my job. They are all so nice and supportive of each other, including me. I’m hoping for a great Sunday with a lot of reading time in the afternoon and night.
Other than all this, I must say that I’ve been feeling a little bit blah lately. I just think I’m in a comfortable routine in my life where days are going by really quickly with not a whole lot of difference between them. I think I need to have some new experiences and change things up a little bit. That is one reason I’m changing my workout as well. This is one of the only drawbacks to being a reader is that your days and nights seem to be similar. I need to take some time to go out more so that things aren’t always the same.
It is the 6th of June and I really wanted to read a lot today but once again I chose to be more outgoing. I went out for breakfast with the family and I watched basketball some with my brother tonight. It is so difficult at times for me to make these decisions because in the moment I always want to just curl up with a book. I always have to remind myself that many years from now I will remember and wish I spent more time with those that I love. The books will always be there. I will eventually finish my Ninefox Gambit reread. It may be two days later than I wanted to but I will finish it. Spending the extra 2 hours today to spend time with the family is more important and should be more important to me. I’m not saying I always pick family time over reading but I also don’t always pick reading time over family. The thing of it is, having just one hour a day to read is more than a lot of people get to read. If and when I have my own family or significant other, I’d still like to spend an hour reading every day but the reality is that doing those 3 or 4 hours of reading in a day just isn’t going to happen if I want to have a healthy relationship with the people I love.
Anyways, battles in Ninefox Gambit is just gibberish to me and it bugs me. I don’t understand why science fiction books don’t have illustrations of the ships in the back of the book and what each formation looks like. If the author keeps saying that the fleet of ships moves from formation A to formation B, I want to know what that looks like. I kind of understand that a Cindermoth is the largest ship in the fleet but it is still difficult for me to visualize. This is probably one of the largest obstacles I have when reading science fiction. I can visualize what fantasy fights look like but I have a hard time visualizing ship to ship combat. I basically keep replying scenes from movies in my head during these scenes but I know that can’t be accurate.
I had a good day today. Work was great, though we were a bit slow, I got a lot of side stuff done. My workout was good today but for the first time, I had to be patient for a few machines I had to use. I’m up to about page 180 in Skin Game by Jim Butcher. I’ve been listening to this primarily on audiobook. I’m definitely enjoying it but there are so many new characters in this “evil heist” group. Harry and Michael’s scene was just fantastic. I’ve been waiting awhile for that scene. I kind of rolled my eyes when I found out what was really going on with Harry’s head. Regardless, it has been a fun listen.
I’m actually skipping the gym tomorrow(gasp! I know, right!?) and giving my body some rest. I hope to read a ton of Ninefox Gambit as I’ll be alone and I don’t work until 2. Hope everyone has a great Thursday!
I am starting my reread of Ninefox Gambit in my attempt to get through Raven Stratagem, a book a DNF’d last year. This is all for the Hugo Awards baby. Anyway, I am about 100pgs into Ninefox Gambit(or at least I will be before I go to bed tonight), spent probably about 3 hours reading the book to get to page 100 today too. I am intentionally slowing down my reading of Yoon Ha Lee this time around because I remember when I read both books I tried to race through them too quickly and I missed a lot of info. The thing that I’m picking up the most with this reread is just how much the Kel training in Cheris has to do with how she reacts to what Jedao does and says. She is so ingrained with the notion that she must take orders from superiors that I can start to see her becoming submissive to Jedao. Also, I knew that Cheris was manipulated into choosing the Jedao tactic to take back the fortress but with this reread I know much more of the specifics. Overall, I am enjoying the book a lot at around page 100 and finding the reread to be much more clear.
I am so excited to say that I am starting the last released Dresden Files book tomorrow, Skin Game. I am starting it on audiobook in the morning at the gym and I can’t fricken wait! Woo! I’ve been thinking about what I want to listen to after The Dresden Files and I think it might be The Expanse series.
It is Monday so it is time for some fitness talk. I did my Monday weigh in and was at 265.7. This is awesome for me because a month or 5 weeks ago I was at 275. My heaviest weight was at 330. I started at 307 at the beginning of January. So, I’ve lost 65 lbs so far and 42 of that this year! So super excited and proud of myself. I did incline bench press today to firm up a specific spot on my chest and, hahah, when I tried to get off the incline, I just kind of flopped off. It was pretty embarrassing but you gotta do what you gotta do.
I had a fantastic day today, I was happy, outgoing, and calm. I got to read 3 hours and I was productive at work today. Hoping tomorrow will be just as good.