Looking Back

As I start pulling together my #NaNoPrep, I decided to look back over my posts from last year. Back then I posted on a different blog, but I have move the highlights over here now.

Wait I actually read something?

I am just as shocked as you dear reader to hear that I actually read a book in August. All the way through. And I started another one! My reading habit is back and long may it continue. Not sure what I am talking about? Catch up here

Now if I could just get back into the blogging habit…

Yes ma’am! I’m on it!

I’m also starting to #NaNoPrep. Last year I blogged about my NaNo experience on a different site which I no longer maintain. I am going to reblog some of the highlights over here and then share my experiences this time. Being a ‘book blog’ I think that is appropriate.

Best get to it…

 

REVIEW: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

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Book Title: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Author: Akira Himekawa
Series: The Legend of Zelda #3
Genres: Sequential Art > Manga, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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Synopsis

After sealing Ganondorf in the Sacred Realm, Link returns to the time when he was a boy. Peace has returned to Hyrule, but his old friend Navi is missing. While wandering the forest in search of Navi, he meets Skull Kid, who is wearing Majora’s Mask, an artifact said to grant your wishes. The mischievous Skull Kid steals the Ocarina of Time from Link and turns Link into a Deku Nut!


I’m not usually one for skipping mid-way into a series but this was the first edition available back on Free Comic Book Day when I picked it up. I was excited to dive into my second manga after reading Pokemon earlier in the year.

I like to think that reading manga is reading outside of my comfort zone.  Considering both of my manga reads to date have been about video games I have played, I think perhaps I am kidding myself on that one.

It was initially weird to me that the character of Link was able to talk in the story. He is notoriously silent in the video game but once I was a few pages in I was enjoying reliving the excitement of the game through the book. There are some understandable differences in the story line and these edited out a lot of what you experience as you play through the game. It didn’t take anything away from my enjoyment though. It was still a nostalgic read.

There is an additional short story at the end that left me perplexed. Now I am very good at imagery, symbolism, reading between the lines etc. but I just didn’t get it. That left a rather sour taste for me.

This is very much a book that fans will enjoy. I’m not sure how well others would appreciate it.

Taking that into account, overall this is a 4* read.

4 Star Rating
Perfect except for…

 

 

A ‘Quick’ Update

I am NEVER moving again. I swear. After 14 house moves I’m done. Three moves ago my partner and I moved in together. Two moves ago my partner and I moved together in the first few weeks after I had quit teaching for health reasons. This last move was the first time either of us have ever owned a property, and technically we only own 35% of it as we couldn’t get a mortgage for any more than that.

Moving myself is hard enough. Moving him and me? Hell on earth. Moving him and me and dealing with housing buying shenanigans? Well that is enough to drive a woman to drink. Or gain 10 pounds. Or both. Oh and doing it in a heatwave? Enough said.

Moving on…

We’ve been in our new house for a couple of weeks now. Today is the first day I have had my desk set up and I was itching to write a blog post. I have been playing around with graphics on my iPad as you may have noticed but today is the first time I have been able to sit at a keyboard and type. Bliss.

I need to write a post about book shelves soon because I HATE our current solution. I tolerated it in the last house but now I have had enough. I want to see the books not hide them behind each other.

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I have hardly read anything in the last couple of months. The odd bit here and there but nothing like the old routine I used to be in. My mental health has suffered as a result. Reading isn’t the only routine that has gone out of the window. With things still in boxes and not really knowing where the things I have unpacked are either I am struggling.

The important thing is to keep going. One day at a time.

So Far So… {Week Ending 10th June}

Hello Story Lovers! Welcome to my Sunday update post where I share mid-way reviews on my current reads with the hashtag #SoFarSo.

Here is what I am currently reading, and here’s how it is going so far…

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So Far So long…

Number of Reading Sessions: 10

Book Remaining: 57%

Quick Notes: I am still enjoying this read but it isn’t getting anywhere fast. This lack of resolution has caused me to start other books. I’m still plodding along with it.

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So Far So fabulous

Number of Reading Sessions: 2

Book Remaining: 200 odd pages

Quick Notes: I love reading this familiar voice. The story hasn’t really got going yet but I am still loving it. Perhaps I’m being blinkered by nostalgia? Time will tell.

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So Far So nostalgic. 

Number of Reading Sessions: 1

Book Remaining: 50%

Quick Notes: I couldn’t resist picking this up a few weeks ago while in the comic book shop for National Comic Day. I’ve played the game this magna is based on several times and I love how closely it is tied together. This book is a nostalgic trip through stressful encounters. At least I don’t have to worry about heart pieces while reading!

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Want to join in? Use the prompts above to write your own mini review of your #currentlyreading. Then share your mini reviews using the hashtag #SoFarSo and link your blog posts in the comments below.