It’s Fri-Yay!


To everyone who doesn’t really have the weekend off or their weekend is a different portion of the week, don’t worry, your Friri-yay is right around the corner (I hope).
And what a Friday it has been for me. I just got back two essays that were A+. An essay on Plato and an essay on Aristotle. Interesting stuff, their philosophies are. To celebrate, I got to watch The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which was hilarious (review to post soon. Cross my heart). And now that my body had time to relax, I’m lazy!

So, here’s to Friday night. A time to let your hair down (so to speak) and just relax. May this weekend be relaxing and joyous.

Until then … пока!

Wise Words: The Intuitive Mind

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. 

We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Progress Report: The past nine months

With the year close to its last quarter and the fact that I haven’t been as diligent with posting this year, I decided to give an overall general progress report on some of the books, tv, and movies I’ve checked off so far.

Let’s start with TV.

Television

  • Scorpion: I slacked off with Scorpion! By the time school and life had settled down enough for me to notice that I hadn’t watch Scorpion in a while, CBS had closed access to two episodes. Two! Sighs. Of course, I can’t watch the unlocked ones without watching the missed episodes first so I’m stuck until I can get access to the rest of the season.
  • Big Bang Theory: My goodness! Did you catch that season finale?! I can’t wait to see where this is going come the next week or so when the series premieres start happening.
  • Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries: I am so far behind it’s going to take me awhile to get back to it.
  • The Heart of Dixie: I finally got the courage to finish it. I was apprehensive to go any further once one of my favorite couples … even when I knew it would work out … yeah, well, I got over it and pressing forward! 
  • Shooter: Binge watched season one and love it! I’m very curious to see how this show will keep running.

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Going back to the last five movies I watched …

  1. Sing– cute if not a little predictable, but it doesn’t surprise me that it was. Plus, it didn’t take away from the entertainment. Rating: to borrow or Netflix it
  2. Hacksaw Ridge – still can’t decide what I feel towards this one. I enjoyed the story, the acting was good, the effects were good l. I guess there just isn’t much to it really. Rating: Netflix it
  3. Dunkirk – glad I got to see this in theaters because I really liked it since it covered an event I didn’t know about. Rating: Netflix it
  4. Valerian – loved it. Rating: Add
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – gotta say, I enjoyed this one. Rating: Add 

Books

So much to say here, but for now, out of the 61 books I read, here are my top five picks so far this year:

  1. The Battlemage (Summoner #3) by Taran Matharu – final installment. It was awesome!
  2. The Knight and Moon series by Janet Evanovich – pleasantly surprised and can’t wait to see where it goes
  3. The Cinder & Ella series by Kelly Oram – absolutely love this duology. I must have reread their story and revisited their world about four times now.
  4. The Duff by Kody Keplinger – the rare occasion I can’t separate the book-to-movie relationship. The book was so much better.
  5. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – so good

There you have m it. Progress report in a nutshell. Some of these are pegged for a more thorough review so stay tuned. 

Reading Goals: Almost there!


I’m sincerely impressed to be that close to reaching, and by the looks of it exceeding, my goal. I know the GoodReads Challenge isn’t the most creative challenge, I still feel like that’s pretty cool. 

Now, I know I’ve read some novellas and GoodReads counts them but I don’t. Not really anyway. And I know manga barely makes it as a book (at least in my perspective. I’m harder on myself when it comes to reading and set my standard at two manga per book). So I plan to exceed my goal of 65 books by reading at least 72 books to offset.

And I’m getting way to analytical. 

Yay me at being close to the finish line! 

Book Quotes: Life is not a puzzle

Life is not a puzzle to be solved. It is an adventure to be savored.

~Chronicles of Nick: Infamous~ Sherrilyn Kenyon

If you haven’t checked out this series, you should. Even though I’ve fallen behind 😜.

Book Review: Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

Book Review: Curious Minds by Janet EvanovichCurious Minds (Knight and Moon, #1) by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
Published by Bantam Dell on August 16th 2016
Pages: 322
Goodreads
four-stars

Summary:

Babysitting an eccentric billionaire isn't high on anyone's to-do list, especially when you have a degree in business and a degree in law from Harvard, yet that is where Riley Moon finds herself. After landing her dream job at one of the most prestigious banks, the first task her boss gives her is to assure one of the bank's VIP clients, Emerson Knight. That is money is safe with them.

Only it isn't. When Emerson demands that Riley take him to see his gold, literally to see his gold, it starts off a chain of events that throw these two together on their own conspiracy theory adventure.

I have to admit. I am pleasantly surprised by this book and this new series. In my preview (here), I was reluctant and didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t finish Wicked Charms (as mentioned, though, I’m determined to return to it someday to give it a proper second chance).

The narrative moved right along at a steady pace. The events unfolded smoothly and didn’t distract from the story. In my experience reading Evanovich, her writing is never really dense nor does it need intense concentration. Curious Minds is no different. It’s light, playful, and a quick read. One may argue that it is too simple because there were times when I couldn’t believe how fast the story was reading, but it works for me.

I think Knight and Moon are perfect for the backdrop of this series. To be honest, I’m only familiar with one other Evanovich series and that one deals with more of a paranormal investigation so I like that this is kind of contemporary mystery-slash-action-adventure.I like that it is an independent investigation and not within any type of crime solving entity like the FBI or similar. Kind of a rogue operation.

Five things I like about this series:

  • Knight and Moon gives off this fun vibe. They work well together.
  • I love their banter.
  • The mystery part of the story wasn’t complicating.
  • It was an easy read so I wasn’t interrupted with any philosophical or intense contemplation in order to get the story.
  • It kept me engaged. I didn’t get bored.

While this story wasn’t an “Absolutely loved it!” I like it enough to read the next one. I requested it at the local library so I can’t wait. I also would contemplate adding it to my personal library. I’ll have to read the next one, though, to give it serious thought. It will be disappointing if I invest in the series only to be disappointed by the third book. But Evanonvich and Sutton have convinced me enough to put them back on my radar. I may finally be brave enough to give Wicked Charms its second chance I keep promising.

four-stars