From The Book Pile

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My main goal for this year was to dive back into the pages of my beloved books. Mr. C said he wasn’t getting me books for Christmas (gasp!) because I still had so many I have yet to read. (He isn’t a book lover. He just doesn’t get the hoarding!)

But he surprised me and I did get books after all!

One of those books was The Walking Dead Compendium 2. Which is  very thick book and basically makes up about four of the hardcovers.

 

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I love the cover art for this book.

It took my time with this, since I wanted to savor it.

This book was fantastic. I am in love with this series. Both the graphic novels and the tv show.

The art work was great, as always. I found myself looking at every single panel. Looking at the details and admiring the work. The dialogue was well written. I got to know some characters better, and enjoyed new ones coming on the scene. Even though the book is always better then the movie (or tv show), I love the books and show equally. In fact the changes I have seen are better in the show. (Maybe that’s because I am happy certain people are still alive…no worries, no spoilers if you are behind!)

Now my next mission is to pick my next read…and when you have at least a hundred unread books, the choices are endless.

 

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Reading And Depression Don’t Always Mix

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Reading and books have been an escape for me for as long as I can remember. No matter what was going on in my life, I could always turn to the soft pages of a good book. I would get lost in other worlds as I became other people.

No matter where I would go, I would have a book in hand. Last summer I would leave for work early so I could go sit by the water with the newest vampire novel, and stay there til the last possible minute.

Lately for me, that isn’t the case. I thought I was  alone until I read an article on depression and reading, over on Book Riot. Once I read it, I felt some relief.Someone out there was feeling the same way as I was.

Last year I talked about dealing with depression. Since then, I have seen my doc and I have been on medication for about five months now. I feel a lot better in a lot of ways, but not when it comes to reading.

It feels like that part of my brain, the part where my love of books and passion for the written word lives, is numb. Like somebody flicked a switch. Now I am trying to flick the switch back. But the fecking thing is stuck.

Not having the…mindset to read is a first for me. I don’t like it. It has also impacted my writing. I am happy knowing that I’m not the only one with this problem, but it is an awful one to have. I need to figure out how to get my reading groove back. Do I wait and hope that the meds will help, like the doctor said? Or is there something else I can do?

If you have dealt with reading and depression (or even writing and depression), comment below.

 

Year End Wrap Up

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I wasn’t able to be around much this month. With work and the holidays, I didn’t have any time nor energy to sit at the computer very much.

But here I am. Another year just about over, and new beginnings just around the corner.

I want to first of all thank all my awesome and lovely followers. To all of you who have stuck it out with me, who stay around for my rambles, thank you. You all rock! I have loved getting to know some of you and I hope that continues for 2016.

This past year has been a crazy one. There were some hectic and stressful moments but there were a lot of great moments. I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted but I did read some great works. I finished writing a novel, accomplished a lot for the wedding (Countdown to the geeky wedding…8 and a half months!), and I have learned who my friends are and aren’t.

I am not going to make promises to myself for the new year. But I am going to make plans. Like finish planning the geekiest wedding a person could see. 😉 Writing another novel, tackling the many unread books on my shelf, and making memories with the people I love.

I wish you all the best. I hope that 2016 is full of wonderful things. That you get what you want from it and from life. And that you stick around for another year of my rambles.

Much love to you all,

The Geeky Book Lady

 

Goosebumps: The Movie, Books and My Childhood

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The first book series that I was OBSESSED with were the Goosebumps series written by R.L. Stine. I can’t stress what a HUGE part these books played in my childhood. And as I got older I read the Fear Street series as well.

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I would devour these books in no time. Anytime I had a few bucks to spend, I bought a new book. For my birthday and Christmas, I was sure to get books or something Goosebump related.

They helped foster my love of horror and writing (I was already a big book nerd).

When the tv show I came out, I watched every episode.

My collection of these books went away over the years. When I was a teen I gave a good chunk of them away. And I regretted it. The few I had left are missing. Most likely lost when I moved a couple years ago.

After years of feeling nostalgic over these books, I heard that the movie was coming out.

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And this weekend I finally got to see it.

Mr. C and I settled in on Friday night. Being the geek I am, I was getting really excited. I asked Mr. C if he had read the books. I got a big “nope”. And then I asked if he watched the tv show. Another nope. And my next thought was “But you won’t GET it!”

Yes he would get the story line and the monsters. But he wouldn’t get what I was feeling. As I watched the movie unfold, I sometimes got giddy. And as I seen Slappy come on screen, I looked at Mr. C and said “I’m 33 and he still gives me the creeps.”

I absolutely LOVED the movie. Jack Black isn’t an actor I usually like, but he nailed this role. I loved the story line, seeing the characters I loved growing up in action yet again. And after it was over, it ended in classic Goosebumps form. Just when you think everything is happy, there is that one last horror twist.

Did you read these books? What book(s) were you hooked on as a kid?

 

 

My Unique Thanksgiving Tradition

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So we all (ok, a good amount of us) have the usual way of celebrating Thanksgiving. Family. Food. And turkey. Lots and lots of turkey.

My Thanksgiving tradition is a bit different. Yes, we have the turkey. And the family is around. Oh, and Mom’s pumpkin pie. Yum.

Several years ago, my family started doing something extra. We basically pack up some cars (sometimes there’s five, sometimes there’s two), with food and family and take a mini road trip. And some of us doing something that gets the attention of any tourists. Which is something I started. 😛 (More on that in a bit 😛 )

Since my niece is getting married this weekend (which I so can’t wait for!) some of us took our little road trip yesterday. The only downside: my cam was basically dead when we started. Boo.

I live in Cape Breton, which is home of stunning scenery, especially along the Cabot Trail. We take in some of this on our road trip.

First thing is a drive towards Kelly’s mountain and a turn off to Englishtown to catch the ferry for a two minute ride.

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View from Kelly’s Mountain. I took this photo last year.

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A quick pic from the ferry!

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Almost to the other side!

Then we start stopping off at various shops. (There are a lot of artisans around here!)

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My sister and cousin outside of Sew Inclined.

One of these stops took us to ‘Sew Inclined’. The owner makes and sells some funky, cool, and stunning hats. She let us try some on. One made us laugh, while another I really wanted to buy. The owner is a sweet, chatty lady with great talent behind her!

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We didn’t stop here this year, but when we do I love checking out the used books! 🙂

We continued on and began the drive up Smokey mountain. It is a twisty drive and there is a great view of the ocean.

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*NOT my pic* Here’s a pic I found of a view of the mountain. Told ya it was twisty! 🙂

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Pic I did take 🙂 Just one view from the top of the mountain.

After our stop on Smokey, we continue to Ingonish. We found a spot that has ‘our’ tree.

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Momma Fudge on the left, my sister on the right. This is ‘our’ tree. We (as in, my fam) have been taking pics here since long as I can remember.

Before the pictures we had some grub! There was some great eats, and my mom’s carrot cake was my dessert. 🙂

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This cozy spot had a hut, stove, and several picnic tables.

My FAVORITE part came next. The event I was looking forward to since last October. The thing we do that grabs attention from tourists.

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Ingonish Beach.

See this wonderful sandy beach? See those waves? See that wooden pathway?

I ran down it, and straight into the water!!!

If you don’t live around here, then you don’t know that swimming this time of year-especially the ocean!- isn’t common.

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Me heading into the water.

A tourist, a very sweet lady who was wearing a coat and scarf, laughed and said she would take a couple of photos for me while I waited for the others to change. She didn’t think my run would end with me actually getting into the water.

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I LOVE this pic.

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The waves were crazy awesome! Some knocked us off of our feet!

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We felt so good and refreshed after our time in the water.

I enjoy watching the bundled up tourists have a laugh or looked shocked. Yesterday we were asked if we were from Alaska. Nope, we just have Cape Breton blood in our veins. 😉

This isn’t everyone’s Thanksgiving, but it’s mine. And I wouldn’t change a thing about it. ❤

Book V.S TV Show-Let The Disappointment Commence

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Last weekend I went to visit my mom and stayed for the night. She doesn’t live far from me, but some weekends I don’t get to see her so I like spending the extra time with her when I can.

My mom is also a bookworm like me. She has a pile of books beside her comfy chair almost at all times. When I went to visit her this past Sunday, my eyes widened as I spied a copy of ‘Zoo’ by James Patterson and Micheal Ledwidge.

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That evening as she picked up her book, I snatched up ‘Zoo’. I stayed up until 1 am reading. As soon as I woke up, I grabbed the book and finished off the 400 page novel.

I. Fucking. Loved. It.

I haven’t devoured a book like that in a long time. I was hooked from the start. If you haven’t read the book or have seen any of the show, basically animals are rebelling against humans. My NEED to know what the hell was going on is what kept me going page after page.

When my fiance picked me up that evening, I told him I had read the book and later on we sat down to start the tv show.

I was excited. I didn’t get my hopes up extremely. After all, how many times has a beloved book get messed up in one way or another on tv or the movies?

I’m five episodes in. And I am pissed!

I could see why new characters were introduced. After all, the book is done mainly in Jackson Oz’s point of view. The first episode wasn’t too bad, but then it started getting very off kilter. In the book, his parents were never mentioned. In the show, we see his mom and his dad. In the book, Oz was the one who knew at some point the animals were going to rise up against humans. In the show it is his ‘crazy father.’ These are just a couple of the many changes that are in the show.

Ever read a book and a small detail was important to you? For me, that detail is Attila, the chimp that Oz rescued. We even see his POV every so often during the book. I also loved the relationship Oz had with him in the beginning. It showed a lot about his character and also the mind of the animals. And so far, there’s no Attila in the show. Bummer.

Every so often Mr. C will ask “Is that in the book? Did that happen in the book?” My answer is ALWAYS the same: “nope.”

So tell me, have you read the book or watched the show? (Or both?) I would love to know what others think. I devoured the book and think it was the best book I have read in a long time.

Your Input Wanted!

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Recently I did an interview with my friend Cruellatrix. Before I conducted the interview, I did what anyone would do: brainstormed. And, I reached out to some geeky friends of mine on Facebook, to see what they would ask. Some of their question were the same as mine, some I didn’t use (simply for the fact she would have had a list of thirty questions if I didn’t cut it off!), and others I added to my ever growing list.

I will be doing an interview again in the future. This time with a pretty fab author!! I have already started brainstorming. And this is where YOU come in. This time I wanted to reach out to all of you lovely people! 🙂

If you could an author anything, what would it be?

Your question(s) just may end up on in my official interview! 🙂