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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 21st 2017

It’s that time of year again! I’ve been participating in this readathon for a few years, and have to say, it’s my favorite. I generally only read around 6 of the 24 hours (as I tend to be doing other things), but the community keeps me coming back. It’s really encouraging and a lot of fun! Best of all, low stress. No one judges you for only being able to read 150 pages or so, because they’re pages you might not have read otherwise. It’s fun to see how many pages some people accomplish, even if it’s impossible for me personally.

Anyways, this year is the 10th Anniversary. 10 years of celebrating reading worldwide, which is awesome. If you want to sign up and participate, check out www.24hourreadathon.com. For me it begins on October 21st at 5 AM, so be sure to check the start date for yourself as the point of the readathon is to start at the SAME TIME, so it takes time zones into account. There’s a link on the right side of the menu bar when you go to the site that makes this super easy to check.

As for what I’ll be reading this Saturday, I haven’t quite decided! I might pick up The Lies About Truth because I’ve wanted to read it for ages, or maybe come Friday night I’ll grab a different book. My TBR is HUGE guys, so it’s a tough decision. The important thing is that I will be reading. Of course, if I’m unable to read physically (as my health sometimes does not allow for it and I can’t predict headaches), my reading will be through audio. Whatever I read, I’ll share on Sunday during my readathon recap.

I hope you’ll check it out and join in, even if you only have 2 hours to spare! I’ll mainly be updating throughout the day on Twitter, unless a challenge I want to participate in pops up that I’ll need to blog for.

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Writing: I scream. #MeToo (CW, TW)

I scream,
but silence continues.
I scream,
but no sound escapes.
I scream,
but it stays inside of me.
I scream,
you stop me.
I scream,
but I’m no longer in the room.
I scream,
but I am the ceiling, the walls, the floor.
I scream,
but I am no longer here.
I scream,
but you’ve stolen my voice.
A single tear drops.
I die inside.
Until I am reborn.

Turns out all this stuff going on in social media is triggering me. Nightmare last night. Is that so surprising? I wanted to write about Dewey’s 24 Hr Readathon, but I guess that’ll wait until tomorrow. I was too busy to write it yesterday. So there’s this instead.

Weekly Roundup #1

So this week I tried out two new shows, and honestly, they aren’t great.

First one I saw was The Gifted, which is in the X-Men Universe but featuring no X-Men, just new mutants. The focus is on a family trying to keep their mutant kids safe, since mutants are rounded up by the government. It kept my interest, so I’ll probably watch a few more episodes, but I’d love an actual X-Men show that’s good.

Next up, the first 3 episodes of The Inhumans. Let me just say, if I’d paid for the IMAX showing, I would have been greatly disappointed. It’s not on par with other Marvel shows and I’m so sad that Agent Carter got replaced by it (Agent Carter imo was the best Marvel show). The acting is pretty bad honestly. The plot so far is weak.

For games, I’ve been playing Culdcept Revolt and getting really into it. I have a thing about collecting and it’s fun to get new cards, though sometimes I find deck building a bit challenging since I don’t play any deck building games in real life so I’m never sure if I’m making good builds or not. Still, slowly playing my way through the quest mode. I’ve switched back to Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to finally finish it in anticipation for Layton’s Mystery Journey, which should arrive sometime this week. On PC, outside of my LP’s, I’m going back to Stardew Valley, which is fun.

No book update for now, but I really should make time for reading. It’s just hard to fit in everything. I don’t know if I’ll do a weekly roundup every week, which is why I numbered it. What new shows have you seen? Anything you can recommend?

Hello October! Sunday blogs are here!

So #TheReadingQuest was an epic fail lol. Unfortunately, I started with the book I was least excited about and that was just a bad idea. Then I started youtubing and that coupled with crafting killed any hope of reading. I don’t think challenges with defined categories works for me… it works better if I’m not trying to pick books to fit a category. So great idea, kudos to the creator, it just didn’t end up working out for me. I work better with 24hr readathons, because there I pick what I really want to read. I still want to read the rest of that stack, don’t get me wrong; I just wish I hadn’t started with Deaf Child Crossing. It wasn’t bad, just way too young so I was bored by it and couldn’t be bothered in the end.

Anyways, I’ve been fairly consistent with Youtube and have a system that’s working as I’m reducing to 3 times minimum a week (M, W, F). Sometimes my anxiety makes me not want to do it, but I’m trying to put myself out there in case I can make someone else’s day easier. Breaks from reality are good self-care anyway. So if you like Lets Plays, feel free to check it out! Along with this schedule, I’ll be committing to Sunday posts. I won’t be reviewing exactly, as I really don’t like writing them as it turns out, but I might do quick wrap ups of stuff I played, watched, read or what I’m looking forward to, or whatever else. I’m planning on doing Dewey’s 24 hr readathon as I do well with that, so will post on that and future readathons I do. Thanks for reading!

My #TheReadingQuest Sign Up and TBR

Hello! If you haven’t heard of #TheReadingQuest, you can find all the info you need by clicking here!

In general terms (if you don’t want to click), it’s a reading challenge that lasts from August 13th to September 10th, and it’s video game themed! Right up my alley right? When I heard of it, I knew I had to participate! There are four class paths to take: Knight, Bard, Mage, and Rogue. For this challenge, I have chosen the Knight path. (This lovely art was created by ReadThinkPonder)

Reading Quest Board

Each ‘player’ starts out at Level 1, with 10 Exp and 10 HP. Level ups happen every 50 Exp acquired. Every book completed regardless of format gives you 10 Exp, unless it was by an #ownvoices author which gains you 20 Exp. Another exception is a graphic novel or manga, which only gives you 5 Exp. If you complete your path before Sept. 10th, you automatically get 50 Exp, and 30 for every additional completed path.

Health points add up as follows: You get +1 HP for every 10 pages read, or +1 HP for every 20 minutes of an audiobook. Graphic novels/manga are +1 every 20 pages. Tweeting relevant tweets under the hashtag give +1 HP each, up to 20 max. Photos of quest books or your challenge TBR are +1 HP and count towards the social media 20 HP max.

There’s a prize at the end for whoever gains the most Exp and HP, which I already know won’t be me lol. I’m just doing this for fun and to push myself to read regularly again!

So without further ado, here’s my TBR!

First Book of Series: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

A Book with a Verb in its Title: Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin (an #ownvoices author)

A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill (there’s a bow and arrow)

A Book with a Red Cover: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (Been meaning to read it for the longest time)

A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (never read, but just re-watched those movies a few weeks ago)

Hope that might have piqued your interest to join in on the fun. Happy Reading!

E3 2017: Thoughts on Sony and Nintendo presentations

Sony had their presentation Monday night, but I was feeling too bad to do anything but watch and take notes. Overall, they didn’t show what I most wanted to see, and there wasn’t anything that got me too excited. I had wanted to see a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, Ni No Kuni 2 or The Last of Us 2, though I guess I should be thankful I didn’t see the latter in case of spoilers (I’m still playing the first game).

They showed expansion packs for Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn and while I plan on playing both in the future, expansions don’t interest me on their own, unless included in GOTY editions or have a good deal (for instance, I did buy both Witcher 3 expansions, because they were loaded with content). I’m not at all interested in Days Gone. I’ve tried Monster Hunter in the past (MH4U specifically) and it wasn’t really for me, I find it too difficult. Shadow of the Collosus seems to have made a lot of people happy, but I’ve never played it and still don’t think it’s the game for me personally. Marvel vs Capcom Ultimate though? Yes, though it wasn’t “new” as I knew of it already. The only negative I have on the trailer is that it didn’t really show what kind of game it was. There was a single VR game that I wish wasn’t VR; that game was Moss. It was adorable with the mouse warrior! You’d think I would have read Redwall with how I reacted (note to self: read/listen to the Redwall series already). Detroit Become Human looked interesting (I’m a cyberpunk fan), and Marvel Spiderman was a nice surprise.

Now let’s talk Nintendo! This is what I was most excited about and they did not disappoint! I loved EVERYTHING. So let’s get started!

1. Rocket League is coming to Switch, which is awesome though I haven’t played. This fact might make me change my mind though. It will also have exclusive customizations and cross play with other platforms. I can see this being popular for Switch users.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still has British voice actors! I loved that about Xenoblade Chronicles and will definitely be picking this one up. And yay, there are still Nopons!
3. KIRBY! Not until 2018 but still makes me so happy.
4. METROID PRIME 4. Every fan has already heard about it but hooray for the confirmation, I hope we get actual footage in a future direct or next E3!
5. YOSHI! He’s felted this time, in a cardboard diorama world. The crafty geek in me loves this as much as I loved Yoshi’s Wooly World.
6. Fire Emblem Warriors makes me think I really need to start Hyrule Warriors this weekend.
7. I’m not really planning on buying DLCs for Breath of the Wild, but maybe if there’s a sale or something. There’s so much to do without and I’m nowhere near finished so it’s no rush for me.
8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has me sold, even if rabbids are annoying. I like everything I’ve seen.
9. Super Mario Odyssey. Does anything need to be said? I NEED a Switch before it comes out, come on Nintendo, make them more available!

These were announced after the Direct, but nevertheless I’m going to buy both. Metroid Samus Returns is a gorgeous 2D Metroid remake of the 2nd game, but more than just a remake. And the Metroid amiibo is perfect, hope I can get my hands on it. The other game is Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga remake + Bowser’s Minions.

Overall, Nintendo did awesome this E3, while the others were sort of lackluster in comparison. The future of gaming is bright and I have WAY too many games to play already but I don’t care. What was your favorite thing about this E3? Did you watch any of the tournaments?

E3 2017: What I like from Microsoft and PC Gaming Show

Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?

Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.

That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!

As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.

I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?

Oh wow, it’s dusty in here…

I’m not sure what to say that wasn’t already said previously, I meant to come back to blogging and just never did. Life changed a lot for the better mostly, but all my attention has mainly been on crafting. It has been addicting and great for me mentally. I’ve got about 3 years crocheting, picked up knitting this year and added cross stitching several months ago. While learning, practicing and creating, my reading dropped dramatically, my playing hasn’t changed too much but I just haven’t been finishing many games. I’m hoping to work on balance and shift myself from youtube videos/tv while crafting to audiobooks to up my reading.

But anyway, I decided I wanted to blog about E3 again since I’ve had so much fun doing it the last times I did. However, this time I’m only going to really talk about the stuff that interests me after a run down of games shown; I think that’s similar to what I did last time, but I’ll mainly only cover Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo this year unless something else pops out (or CD Projekt Red shows something on Cyberpunk 2077 because I really want that game!).

With that said, look for my post later tonight/early tomorrow for my thoughts on Microsoft! Thanks for visiting, I’ll try hard to stick around this time.

TTT: Top Ten Games That Made Me Smile in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week is a freebie, meaning the topic can be whatever we want! I decided to focus on games this time. So this is my list of Top Ten Games that made me smile in 2015 (and yes, it is two days late). Not best or anything, but they were games that brought me joy during a difficult year. Though some of these are favorites, others are not but will probably always make me smile when I need it.

Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life is so adorable and addictive, I’ve fallen in love with this game. There’s loads of content to keep you busy for hours, and DLC you can add that gives you a whole new area after finishing the story. It was the highlight of my holiday in December, even if I played more of it in 2016 technically.

Bayonetta 2 - Nintendo Wii U
Bayonetta 1 + 2 combo pack was very fun. Although I’d gotten it at the end of 2014 for my husband, I didn’t play it until 2015. And when I did, I had a really great time with it. No link for this one as it’s currently not available at a decent price, but it might still be around in physical stores.

Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U
Mario Kart 8 was something I got back in 2014, but of course kept playing in 2015. Every time I play this, I’m grinning. It’s a great mood lifter! Also probably the best Mario Kart to date.

Lego Harry Potter 1-4 was my birthday gift, and having missed the HP world and never getting to play this because I’d heard of the bugs, I was so glad to get this DRM-free version on sale. So far as I played, I didn’t run into much problems, and I enjoyed getting to experience some parts of the books again (I just reread the 2nd book via audiobook, and hope to continue listening to the rest as rereads).

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl - Nintendo 3DS
Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl is a game I got when it came out, but it took me getting Fafnir Knight to prompt me to actually get into this one. And I love it a lot, as I did Fafnir Knight before I switched to this one. I should finish it this year so I can get to Untold 2, but I have a ridiculous amount of games to play, so who knows!

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. - Nintendo 3DS

Puzzles & Dragons is just a fun casual game, that’s highly addictive.


Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a game I honestly wasn’t sure about, but when I saw the collector’s edition for only $45 at a convention, just a few months after its release, I couldn’t walk away. From what I played, I enjoyed it, until I realized how slowly I was progressing, which put a damper on things. But still, the pet pig and those felynes sure did provoke a smile out of me, and I might return to it from time to time.

Terraria is another game I had before 2015, but learned how to play in 2015, and enjoyed. I like Sandbox games quite a bit, as it turns out (which is why I got excited on Twitter this morning when I saw Starbound is now on GOG).

Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash with Chibi-Robo amiibo bundle - Nintendo 3DS
Chilbi-Robo Zip Lash got a lot of dislike, but I couldn’t help myself. And I couldn’t play this game without a silly grin on my face. Sweet as the candy and snacks you collect, Chibi-Robo wormed his way into my heart, despite the negativity surrounding it. I adore this little robot and hope we’ll get to see more of him.

Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario Bros 3D Land is a game I waited a long time to play, mainly because I’d wait for Black Friday to try and get a copy, as Target would discount it to $15. This year I had luck on my side, as I was able to grab it before it got sold out like it did in previous years. And it’s quite fun. I look forward to Mario 3D World when I can eventually pick that one up. 🙂

Honorary mention would be Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, because I’ve loved designing spaces since the original Sims. However, it didn’t make my list simply for the absolute lack of challenge. It’s basically just a sketchbook for designing, but there’s no real point. Still fun though, but I felt I couldn’t add it to this list because of that.

*Amazon links give me a small monetary kickback if you choose to buy from them. GOG links don’t, but I prefer sending people there over Steam and these are the versions I have.*

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get Around to Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t! Almost every year this happens, books get released that I’m excited for, but then I never get around to reading them in that same year. It’s inevitable, and it happens to us all. This is also a common occurrence with video games because time, like money, is limited. However, I’m STILL planning to eventually get to these titles, but I’m leaving off Illuminae as it is currently being read (and loved very much, I might add! Worth the hype!).

The Lies About Truth

1. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

If you’ve been reading my blog, this is no surprise, and it’s the very next book on my TBR, so I’ll be getting to it in just a few more days! I’m excited for it to both break my heart and fill me with hope and just to read an incredible contemporary again.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I know reviews have been mixed, but since I heard about it, it sounded like it had potential and I still think I might like it, so I want to give it a try, even if I just read a library copy.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I loved The Diviners a whole lot and I cannot wait to continue on with this second book in the series. It was a long wait and I’ve extended the wait for myself, but I also have to be in the mood for 1920’s creepiness, and I just haven’t been. But soon!

Gabriel (The Styclar Saga, #2)

4. Gabriel by Nikki Kelly
I did a blog blitz for this book, yet I still haven’t bought it. Really enjoyed the first book, so hope to get to this one sometime this year.

Every Last Word

5. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
I heard really good things about this one, so it’s definitely on my list. It focuses on a girl with OCD, and I have a fondness for mental health related books.

Your Voice Is All I Hear

6. Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
This is a book I found while randomly browsing Goodreads one day, and it made me click the “Want to Read” button pretty quickly. It just tugs at the heart strings with just the blurb, and I look forward to picking it up. Also deals with mental illness but from the perspective of a girlfriend trying to support the one she loves.

A Thing of Beauty

7. A Thing of Beauty by Bianca M. Schwarz
Another book I found just browsing. England, romance, historical fiction, and danger? I would like to read more adult fiction, and I love historical fiction in this era (early 1800’s).

Shadowshaper

8. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Look at that beautiful rare cover. I say rare, because of the WOC model, but besides it being a diverse book, it just sounds awesome. I also haven’t read urban fantasy in a while, so yes. Check it out for yourself and tell me you’re not intrigued by that blurb.

A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram, #1)

9. A Curious Tale of the In-between by Lauren DeStefano
I follow this author on Twitter and love her, also got a postcard promoting this book, so I need to read it.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Wasn’t really interested in her previous series (scratch that, after seeing that all my fave GR people gave it 4-5 stars, I guess I’ll just have to read that too), but I’ve heard wonderful things about this one. Heist plus magic and high fantasy is pretty hard to resist, especially after reading Mistborn.

*Note: Images are linked to Goodreads, titles are linked to Amazon. I get a small kickback if you use these links to purchase any of these books, so thank you if you choose to do that. 🙂

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