Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Update On My Situation

First off, I'd like to say thank you to everyone that left me comments recently and I'm so sorry for not responding to them. They do mean a lot to me, even if I didn't comment back.

Now, I was getting ready for an August return, slowly working on a few new posts and shifting things around a bit for my blog and schedule. I was also considering making the switch from blogger to wordpress - but I didn't think I'd do that until the beginning of the new year.

I was searching for an old post I made some time back and while looking for it, I clicked on another one and found that photobucket - who I had been using as my image sharing site - had made it so you can no longer share your photos unless you upgrade and pay for their services. Well, this entire time, I've not payed for anything concerning this blog. It's free and it's a hobby and I'm not paying sixty bucks a year so I can share pictures.

This was the last push I needed to get determined that I need to switch my blogging platform - because it's really too big of a pain to go back and switch out all my old pictures. Now what I'm intending to do is make the switch to wordpress before I return to blogging.

This will push my return back further than August. I am hoping for a September return now, but I'm not entirely sure I'll make it.

When I get there, I will be posting a link so you can come visit me at my new blog - and, depending how things go, I might keep you updated on my progress. In the mean time, I'm actually really looking forward to the switch.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Unintended Hiatus

As you might have noticed, I've been a little absent the past week or two - and haven't replied to comments or visited other blogs since the beginning of the month.

This is partially because I'm in the midst of a major reading slump. I believe the last book I read was at the end of last month. I've picked up a few books but when they fail to grab me in the first 10-20 pages, I put them down and lose interest. So, I don't have any reviews to post and I really don't want to just post two meme's a week and nothing else. (The infrequent discussion topic I can't write doesn't actually help matters.)

Also though, I've been busy with other stuff and when I have downtime, I spend most of it either playing video games or writing. (And very definitely not getting enough sleep.)

The simple fact is, right now, just thinking of all the catch-up I have to do - with this blog and visiting others - not to mention the comments I have to reply to at the very least, makes me feel incredibly exhausted and a little like I'm drowning.

I don't know when I'll be coming back to this blog. I do want to, but the way I feel so indifferent to even picking up a book to read... I don't know when it will be. I just need a break for awhile, time to not feel guilty about not posting and commenting and all that other stuff, and time to actually get some posts lined up.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten 'Amy-Bait' Things in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Original title: Top Ten Things That When They Are Even HINTED At In A Book Will Mean Amy Want's To Read It Right Now (but that title was too long).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

T5W - Books That Would Make Awesome Video Games

Top 5 Wednesday is a group on goodreads that you can find here. Every week - or less for some of us ;) - the members get together and post five books that pertain to a specific topic.

This topic is like tailor made for me. For the past two months - almost three now, I think - I have been locked into the whole Dragon Age franchise. Playing the second one half a dozen times, replaying the first one twice, all in preparation for the third one. So, I definitely have a pretty certain idea of what kind of games I'd currently like to play.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Most Unique Sounding Books On My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I think the longer I blog, the more I experiment with books that are a little outside my usual wheelhouse. Honestly, I love that. Sure, it does let me in for some 'what the hell was I thinking' moments, but sometimes the book turns out to be amazing and I never would have found it if I stuck to the norm. So, here's ten eight books on my TBR that sound different than anything else I've read!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Challenges - 1st Quarter Update!

I am officially baffled that it is already the beginning of April. (And I was supposed to have this up the end of last month. :p) This year is going by crazy fast so far. But, that does mean it's time for my first challenge update. I've definitely had some mixed results - but, over all, I'm pretty happy.

Pages of Starlight's Speculative Fiction Challenge
(A challenge created by me for me - though you're welcome to join in!)

#1 A Fairytale Retelling

#2 A Historical Fantasy

#3 A Book From NPR's Top 100 SF/F List
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Sci-Fi)

#4 A Non-British/American Steampunk

#5 Crossed With Another Genre (like a sci-fi mystery)
Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk (Historical/UF/Mystery) (LGBT+POC MC)

#6 A Manga (or 15)
Karneval #5  by Touya Mikanagi

#7 A Comic Book
A-Force: Warzones by G. Willow Wilson
#8 An Urban Fantasy

#9 A Classic

#10 About Superheroes

#12 A Western (Space Western or Cattle Punk)

#13 An Earth-Based Sci-Fi

#14 A Sci-Fi With Aliens

#15 Based Around a Non-White Culture

#16 With a POC Main Character
Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth (Sci-Fi) (POC MC+Aliens)

#17 With a LGBTQIA Main Character

#18 With an Aro or Ace Character
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows (Fantasy) (Aro POV Character+LGBT+POC)

#19 Written By a POC Author

#20 Has a M/M Romance
The Fire's Stone by Tanya Huff (Fantasy) (LGBT)

#21 Has a  F/F Romance

#22 Published Last Year

#23 Published Before 2000

#24 A Novella

Pages of Starlights ReRead Challenge
I don't reread enough books. I'm usually so focused on the next new book that I never get back to the books I loved. This year I'd like to change that. I'd like to reread at least 12 books this year.

Title - Author Here
Empty Net by Avon Gale
The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh by K.J. Charles

I had so much fun with my challenges from last year, I decided to do them again!

Pages of Starlight's Chunky-Book Challenge
(Adult 400+ YA 500+)
I plan to read 12 chunky books this year - or as many as I can find that sounds good, whichever comes first. (I don't even have 12 chunky books on my TBR!)

Title - Author Here
Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
Home and Away by Samantha Wayland
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling

Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth

Pages of Starlight's Finish-the-Series Challenge
My goal is to finish 12 series this year.
I'm also including series I've caught up on if there's no indication when/if it'll be finished.

Series by Author Finished
Hexworld by Jordan L. Hawk
A Society of Gentlemen by K.J. Charles

Pages of Starlight's TBR-Clean-Up Challenge
Read some of those books I've had on my TBR list for over a year.
Not my physical TBR.

Book - Author Here

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

T5W - Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books On My TBR

Top 5 Wednesday is a group on goodreads that you can find here. Every week - or less for some of us ;) - the members get together and post five books that pertain to a specific topic.

Just when I was starting to think that I'd quit posting this meme, they have some of the best, most 'me' topics imaginable. This week, I get to talk about the spec fiction books on my TBR that I want to read, desperately. What's even better - or worse, depending on perspective - is that I already own all these and now just need to make time to read them.