Thursday, August 21, 2014

I need to take a break to work on some personal and family issues. I don't know when or if I will be back.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

5 July wants

1.
We are doing a lot of travelling recently, and we are also going to move house. Having a hard-case suitcase with spinner caster wheels would be great.

2.
I am not as good as I should be about recording all of our journeys and adventures for Jasmine.

3.
We have a few of these and the work great.

4.
I have one, but it is more like just a fold-over wallet, so it only allows two passports, but we have more passports than that. I think this one looks like it could fit more than two passports, so it would be a better deal.

5.
Books like this, or coloring books, and other activities really help with the hours on an air plane, or the really long hours waiting at an airport.

Currently watching: Wonderful Days 참 좋은 시절 . The action is starting to great really exciting in this story.

Currently reading: I'm stuck on a book I really don't want to finish reading.



Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
So far I've made $5 in amazon gift cards with Swagbucks and it is only the 5th of July. I've been busy with work and school, so not as much time to collect Swagbucks.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Arirang Culture - My Little Kitchen episodes 5-9

Here are the rest of the episodes in the series, which as far as I know is finished, if there are more episodes later then I will publish them.

Episode 5 Part 1 Haemul Jeon (Seafood Pancake) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

I normally use clam and oysters instead, no chili peppers 'cause Jasmine wouldn't eat it. I think this one might be a little chew from the squid.

Part 2 Bossam (Boiled Pork) with Chef Seri.

Hmmm. I have used green tea for the pork, but I've never used coffee. I wonder if it changes the flavor, but I don't think I'd want to use it because of the caffeine. Bossam is also good wrapped in freshly made kimchi.


Episode 6 Part 1 Gaematsal Milssam (Crab Stick Rolls) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

I don't know about this one, doesn't seem Korean at all.

Part 2 Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) with Chef Seri

Not quite the way that I was taught to make it by my Mom, but I'm sure it tastes just as good. Koreans eat this a lot on hot days during the summer. It is thought of as a way to cool down.


Episode 7 Part 1 Godeungeo Jorim (Braised Mackerel) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

My Mom often makes this dish, luckily she buys her fish already gutted and cleaned. I personally prefer the radish to the fish, the radish gets cooked until it just melts in your mouth. Also who wants to deal with all the fish bones?

Part 2 Ramen with Mushrooms with Chef Lee Jin-Ho.

I do something similar myself. What I put into the ramyeon depends on what flavor the soup base is. I normally poach the egg though, I don't think I could eat a raw egg.


Episode 8 Part 1 Baechu Gul Doenjang Muchim (Napa Cabbage and Oysters in Soybean Sauce) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

I don't think I've ever had this or seen it before. But it'll have to wait until we move back to the US, seafood is soooo expensive in the UK.

Part 2 Jjambbong (Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

Hmmm, I'm not sure if I would ever make this since Jjambbong ramyeon is so tasty.


Episode 9 Part 1 Ojingeo Bokkeum (Spicy Stir Fried Squid)

Looks yummy.

Part 2 Janchi Guksu (Feast Noodles) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

This looks easy, something that Jasmine might like. I miss my Mom's cooking!

Currently watching:참 좋은 시절 (Wonderful Days). Still watching this, it is supposed to be a 50 episode series.

Currently reading:

Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)by Alexia Purdy
I'm only on the first chapter, so I can't really tell you anything about the book yet.


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I made $5 in Amazon.com gift cards for the month of June. Class is over and hopefully my work schedule will settle down so I can get back to reading.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Arirang Culture - My Little Kitchen Episodes 1-4

I believe that this series is only nine episodes long, so I will post four of the episodes here and the remaining five on a different post. There are two parts to each episode.


Episode 1 Part 1 Prawn and Beef Japchae with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

Honestly I haven't tried to make this, mostly because it just seems wrong to not make japchae with more vegetables, at least the more traditional vegetables that my own Mom uses.

Part 2 Bulgogi Salad with Chef Seri.

I think I will make this one day, but I'd just use my own marinade for the beef.


Episode 2 Part 1 Ungjung Tteokbokki Pasta (Rice Cakes and Pasta with Soy Sauce) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

I will probably never make this, but it does give me the idea to use pasta for spicy tteokbokki when I can't find rice cakes, I wonder if it will be delicious?

Part 2 Caramel Galbijjim (Beef Short Ribs) with Chef Seri.

I think I would really like making this, but it might have to wait until we move back to the US, I don't have my pressure cooker with us here, and I can't see buying a big pot just to make one dinner.


Episode 3 Part 1 Golbaengi Bibimguksu (Spicy Whelks with Noodles) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

I think this is the first recipe from Chef Lee that I have liked the look of, I wonder if it is because I like more traditional dishes?

Part 2 Samgyeopsal Gui (Pork Belly with Apple) with Chef Seri.

This reminds me of cooking pork roast. I don't know if I would like eating it this away, since I like the traditional way of eating samgyeopsal so much. I would have to leave the pine nuts out, so Jasmine could try it. I think the way of cooking the pork maybe healthier than the traditional way, but I'm not sure about the sweet apples in the wrap.


Episode 4 Part 1 Jangeo Gui (Grilled Eel) with Chef Lee Jin-ho.

The sauce looks so yummy. I wonder if I could use it on some other type of meat, since I have no idea where to get eel here.

Part 2 Dakgalbi (Stir-fried Spicy Chicken) with Chef Seri.

Hmmm. I don't see the point of adding the rosemary, I think the flavor would be wiped out by the gochujang.


Currently watching:참 좋은 시절 (Wonderful Days). Still watching this, it is supposed to be a 50 episode series.

Currently reading:

Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)by Alexia Purdy
I'm only on the first chapter, so I can't really tell you anything about the book yet.


If you'd like to request that I review a book please leave a comment. Include a brief description of the book, including which genre it is. Please also note if the book is an ARC and whether you are self-published.


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I made $5 in Amazon.com gift cards for the month of June. Class is over and hopefully my work schedule will settle down so I can get back to reading.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

5 June wants

1.

I'm getting ready for a new job that I start in August. Since some of the ingredients I'll be working with stain all of my clothes are black.

2.

I've been diagnosed with planter fasciitis, so I'm not supposed to stand or walk a lot, but that is impossible. I got this brand recommended to me by a nurse, they are pricey, and kind of ugly, but they are supposed to be good.

3.

Need some extra cushion for the abused feet.

4.

We won't be serving sushi, I just like how the knife looks.

5.

A nice apron, probably won't need it with all the other chefs clothes, but maybe for home.

Currently watching: Wonderful Days 참 좋은 시절 . So far it is a great drama, but only 16 episodes are out, it is supposed to be 50 episodes, so I don't know how it'll end up.

Currently reading: Hopefully I'll be reading something good when this actually gets posted.



Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
So far I've made $5 in amazon gift cards with Swagbucks and it is only the 19th of May. I've been busy with work and school, so not as much time to collect Swagbucks.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Books I read in May


Heartless by Gail Carriger
Lovely reread. Biffy and Lord Akeldama always make me sad.


Timeless by Gail Carriger
I noticed an "othering" of the Egyptian people that was disturbing this time around. I wonder if this will work itself out in the upcoming The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, that is to be released next March.


Requiem for Blood by Alexandra Hope
This story was a jumbled up mess. The beginning was so confusing. All I got was there was a colony of home-schooled wanna-be vamps who tried to survive on blood alone. The book was a free kindle, but it is no longer available as a kindle at all. I think I only finished about 12% of the book before giving up on the mess. This is the book that I had to take a break from, twice, and reread all the Gail Carriger books that I own.


Glimpse (Zellie Wells) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
I only finished about 25% of this book. I felt like I was getting hit over the head with the main character's religion every few sentences. Also, after reading a quarter of the book the main story, the whole reason for the book, hadn't even begun.


Fairest: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2 by Chanda Hahn
This is the second in the series. The first, UnEnchanted, I read with my book club. The first had some really racist accents, that was toned down a little bit in this book. This book felt like nothing but a pity party for the main character.

Only 3 1/2 books this month! All I can say is that I've been busy.

Books read so far: 9 1/2 January plus 11 1/4 February plus 8 March plus 8 in April plus 3 1/2 in May equals 40 1/4 books so far this year. Work and school has slowed me down a little bit.

Currently watching:참 좋은 시절 (Wonderful Days). Still watching this, it is supposed to be a 50 episode series.

Currently reading:

Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)by Alexia Purdy
I'm only on the first chapter, so I can't really tell you anything about the book yet.

Upcoming books:
The Princess' Dragon Lord by Mandy Rosko
The Story Girl by L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery
Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
The Thirteenth Unicorn: Book One in the Ben Alderman Series by W.D. Newman
Alice Stood Up (A Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose Short Story) by Steve Perlow


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I made $10 in Amazon.com gift cards for the month of May. I've been busy with school and work, still, it'll probably continue like this for a while.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Korean Calligraphy

Arirang Culture had a short series on Korean Calligraphy. I've always enjoyed how calligraphy looks, and I was able to learn some of the techniques of brush calligraphy during some of my painting classes. I am no expert, and I would like to go back and learn more. Please forgive the broadcast station for repeatedly using "oriental" when the mean East Asian.











Currently watching: Wonderful Days 참 좋은 시절 . So far it is a great drama, but only 16 episodes are out, it is supposed to be 50 episodes, so I don't know how it'll end up.

Currently reading:

Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Eh... I'll give this free Kindel book a few more chapters, but I may have to quit reading it.


Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
So far I've made $5 in amazon gift cards with Swagbucks and it is only the 18th of May. I've been busy with work and school, so not as much time to collect Swagbucks.

Monday, May 5, 2014

5 May wants

It is May already! If we were still living in Carson City, NV (USA), I would hopefully have my garden started.

1.

Every year in either May, June or July, it would either snow, hail or sleet on the garden. The only thing that ever really survived were either yellow onions or green onions. I don't know where we are going to move to after Leeds, but I think I'd really like to have on of these little green houses, then maybe something besides onions would survive (okay, some sesame plants did grow also, until an early frost killed them off.)

2.

These are some times called Japanese eggplants. I like to make 가지나물 (gaji namul) an eggplant side dish similar to this one.

3.

A rainbow of carrots might be fun to have, not sure how delicious they would taste, but I think they would be interesting to stir-fry with some parsnips.

4.

I have no idea why this is labelled Spinchoy, because it is spinach seeds. There is a Korean side dish, called 시금치나물 (Sigeumchi-namul) spinach side dish, that Jasmine really likes. I use a recipe similar to this one.

5.

One of the few things to grow in our failed garden. I probably won't buy any seeds since I can get them from my mother's garden. 깻잎 (Kkaennip)are great fresh, wrapped around rice with 쌈장 (ssamjang a spicy dipping sauce) and a bit of meat.


Currently watching: Wonderful Days 참 좋은 시절 . So far it is a great drama, but only 16 episodes are out, it is supposed to be 50 episodes, so I don't know how it'll end up.

Currently reading:

Cloak by James Gough

I'm only on the first chapter, so I can't really say much about the book, but so far it is good. I got it as a free kindle, but it is currently $5.99

Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
So far I've made $10 in amazon gift cards with Swagbucks and it is only the 23rd of April. I've been busy with work and school, so not as much time to collect Swagbucks.



Friday, May 2, 2014

Books I read in April


Neverdark by C.S. Einfeld

Quite honestly I don't see how this book has 4 1/2 stars on amazon.com. It is horrible. For a princess that is supposed to be escaping and hiding Fiera sure likes to announce her name and title to every creature she meets on her adventure. The story is very crude and childish. I can't honestly believe that anyone would pay $2.99 for the book. Luckily I got it for free.


Photographs & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape

This is the first book in the Gaslight Chronicles by Cindy Spencer Pape is a free Kindle. I would actually call this more romance than steampunk. It is romance, steampunk lite with a hint of magic on the side. It is a good series if you just want a hint of steampunk and magic, or if you need something to read and introduce steampunk to yourself. Most of the books in the series are novellas, 20,000-50,000 words, but I think two or three of them are novel length, the longest is 76,000 words. The main characters change in each book. Even though these are primarily romance novels I think they are well done, the romance isn't garish. The story flowed well for me, and I will be buying the next book in the series.


Forbidden Quest by Alaina Stanford

The basic plot idea of this story is an interesting idea, but that aside this is a horrible free Kindle book. Nicole is such a horrible, unsympathetic character that it is impossible to believe that she can suddenly change her personality halfway into the story. There are more books in this series, but I won't be buying any more.


Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

I actually started a different book before reading this one, but I needed a bit of a break from horrible books. This is a reread for me, I have enjoyed the series very much, but I have to admit that sometimes the othering of the character Soap aka Phineas B. Crow. I believe there are supposed to be four books total, the third book Waistcoats & Weaponry comes out November 4, 2014.


Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Well, Lord Mercer calls Soap a racial slur in this book and nobody rebukes him for it, that is a bit disappointing. I couldn't find the exact spot, but this website backs me up. Still an enjoyable series overall.


The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set by Gail Carriger

I don't normally buy boxed sets, especially not kindle ones, but I got this after selling all of my physical books when I knew we were moving to England.

Soulless by Gail Carriger
Now, don't get me wrong, I love this author and I love this series, but the amount of self-deprecating the main character, Alexia, goes through is nauseating. I know that this is supposed to be the character's flaw, but I wonder what effect it might have on young girls who have read Ms. Carriger's young adult series, Finishing School, especially ones that may have the same physical traits as the ones that Alexia self-deprecates over; big nose, tan, busty and over-weight.

Changeless by Gail Carriger
Unfortunately at the beginning of chapter nine Lord Maccon describes Alexia, his wife, as "some exotic gypsy." Why is this a problem? Exotic is often used to describe East Asian women, it others them, meaning that it normalizes white people. I believe that this webpage can explain why gypsy is a slur better than I can.

Blameless by Gail Carriger
Blameless honestly this book just makes me want to eat pesto, but I can't, 'cause Jasmine is allergic to pine nuts, maybe while she is at school

If you want to read better reviews than my own about Ms. Carriger's books I think Fangs for the Fantasy have some very good ones, they delve into LGBQT problems with the books, which I do not understand enough to be able to speak out about them. Here are the links:

Parasol Protectorate
Soulless
Changeless
Blameless
Heartless
Timeless

Finishing School
Etiquette & Espionage
Curtsies & Conspiracies

I think the reviewer of the books agrees with me that these issues aside, the books are delightful, I just wish that Ms. Carriger would take the issues into consideration when she writes. I would also suggest that she look at the tumblr pages of Medieval POC. Why? Because European history has been white-washed. POC (people of color) have always been in Europe, and the idea that meeting someone who is POC or a POC descendant is rare actually alters history. Because steampunk is already alternate history I think that out of seven books only having one person of color, Soap, is disappointing.

I would go ahead and recommend these books, especially if you already like and enjoy steampunk as cosplay or reading steampunk as fiction.


Books read so far: 9 1/2 January plus 11 1/4 February plus 8 March plus 8 in April equals 36 3/4 books so far this year. Work and school has slowed me down a little bit.

Currently watching:참 좋은 시절 (Wonderful Days)

Currently reading:

Heartless by Gail Carriger
I will continue to reread and finish the series again before moving back to reading more free Kindle books.

Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
I made $5 in Amazon.com gift cards for the month of April. I've been busy with school and work.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Learn Korean 한글 (Hangul)

If you want to learn Korean you have to know the basics, and that means learning to read and write in 한글. Here are some resources that I have used, and have gathered from around the internet. Korean has 24 characters, 14 constants and 10 vowels, and many dipthongs

This webpage from zkorean.com is an excellent starting point. If you are able to listen to the audio portion you will be able to hear the name of the constants and the sound that they make. The vowels do not have names like the constants, they just have their own sound as their name.

There is also a great page from Learn Hangul here. You can click on any of the character sets and hear it pronounced. The chart is arranged a little bit differently from normal hangul charts, such as this one, because there are 7 mini lessons attached with to it.

If you are a bit more of a visual learner, this webpage has 3 charts that can be printed on A4 size paper, the constants are all different colors, which might help some people tell them apart.

If you want to install the Korean keyboard, so you are able to type in Korean, here is the place to go. Remember that you will need to restart your computer in order to start using the keyboard.


Here is a great little series of videos from KoreanClass101.com
Episode 1 has 1 constant and 2 vowels: 이응 (ᄋ) which only makes a sound when it is at the end of a word, but is used as a place holder at being of words and is silent then; ㅏis the first vowel in the alphabet; andㅣthe last vowel in the alphabet.


Episode 2 has 3 vowels; ㅓ, ㅕ, and ㅑ.


Episode 3 has 5 vowels; ㅗ, ㅜ, ㅛ, ㅠ, and ㅡ.


Episode 4 has 3 constants; 기역 (ᄀ), 키읔 (ᄏ), and 히읕 (ᄒ.)


Episode 5 has 4 constants; 니은 (ᄂ), 디귿 (ᄃ), 티읕 (ᄐ), and 리을 (ᄅ.)


Episode 6 has 3 constants; 미음 (ᄆ), 비읍 (ᄇ), and 피읖 (ᄑ.)


And lastly episode 7, the last 3 constants look similar; 시옷 (ᄉ), 지읒 (ᄌ), 치읓 (ᄎ.)


Practice your pronunciation time:


Time to review the constants and vocabulary practice, these are from Talk to me in Korean:
기역

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 기역+vowels.

니은

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 니은+vowels.

디귿

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 디귿+vowels.

리을

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 리을+vowels.

미음

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 미음+vowels.

비읍

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 비읍+vowels.

시옷

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 시옷+vowels.

이응

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 이응+vowels.

지읒

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 지읒+vowels.

치읓

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 치읓+vowels.

키읔

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 키읔+vowels.

티읕

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 티읕+vowels.

피읖

EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 피읖+vowels.

For some reason there isn't a video for 히읕.
EDIT: Added April 2, 2015 Worksheet to practice 히읕+vowels.

Now, there are 5 other constants, called 쌍 기역, 쌍 디귿, 쌍 비읍, 쌍 시옷, and 쌍 지읒.
Let Professor Oh teach you more about them:


A good video for learning the diphthongs is this one:



Here are a few other videos going over the alphabet:








These next two are a bit long, and I admit it took some doing for me to be able to sit through them. (Sorry Jenny I found your videos to be a bit boring.)





Here is a cute series that I think is really great. The first episode has vowels and consonants. I think this is the only series I found that teaches the actual names of the consonants. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to learn the actual names of the consonants, because that teaches you how a consonant should be pronounced at the beginning and end of a syllable block.


Episode 2 has combined vowels and the rest of the consonants.


Episode 3 has the double consonants.


And episode 4 is about 받침 (the final consonant in a syllable block.)



If you would like to try writing Korean you can print this alphabet chart from WikiBooks - Learn Korean and use it.

This video from Sweetandtasty TV.com is very helpful in learning the proper stroke order so you can write words properly.


SweetandTasty TV.com also has some worksheets you can print and use to practice writing.

A better way to see letter stroke order is through these articles by WikiBooks.
Lesson 1 has 비읍, ㅏ, and 니은.
Lesson 2 has 미음, ㅣ, 리을 and 기역.
Lesson 3 has ㅗ, 디귿, 시옷 and ㅡ.
Lesson 4 has ㅜ, ㅓ, ㅔ, ㅐ, 히읕, 지읒.
Lesson 5 has 키읔, ㅑ, 티읕, 피읖, 치읓, ㅕ, ㅛ, ㅠ, ㅖ, and ㅒ.

This goes with her lesson 2 video from above, worksheet 1
worksheet 2
worksheet 3
and worksheet 4


Go HERE! if you would like to learn Korean numbers.


EDIT: April 2, 2015 added worksheets for all consonants.

Currently watching: 참 좋은 시절(Wonderful Days. Gogo 2PM's Taecyeon!

Currently reading:

Heartless by Gail Carriger
I am rereading the Parasol Protectorate series again. I needed a break from some of the truly awful free Kindle books I have read lately.

Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
So far I've made $5 in amazon gift cards with Swagbucks and it is only the 10th of April.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taste of Wisdom by Arirang Culture

One of the hardest things about living in Leeds has been missing Korean food. Some times watching a variety show or Korean drama can be torture because of the food featured in it. There is a Chinese store here, Hang Sing Hong, that has a bit of Korean food, and I plan on doing a review soon, if I can remember to get pictures. There's also another one called Asia Express, but it seems like the owner has gone on holiday, it has been closed for a few months.

Anyway, some times I like to torture myself especially and watch programs on Korean food (I also like that normally there is some history to learn too.) This is an Arirang series called Taste of Wisdom, it has six episodes although each episode is broken into smaller parts.

I do wish that this series had Korean interviewers, we don't need more white people thinking that they know everything about Korean culture and history. It has become common with international Kpop fans to think that they know everything about Korea after watching a few shows, drams, listened to music, read a book, whatever. So, I would rather people had to watch things with subtitles, or have some one; Korean, Korean-American, Korean-Canadian, Korean-Australian, Korean-whatever, who can speak English talk about Korea instead of white ex-pats.


The first episode is about the fermentation of soybeans for 청국장.









Episode two is about a different type of fermented soybean paste, 된장.











Episode three is about 고추장, spicy chilli paste.









Episode four is about 김치, kimchi.









Episode five is about 간장, soy sauce









Episode six brings all the flavors together, mostly a review of the previous episodes.










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So far I've made $5 in amazon gift cards with Swagbucks and it is only the 10th of April.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

5 April wants

Hopefully spring has arrived by the time this is posted. I tend to write these in advance. So, with spring in mind it is time for a fresh new look.

1.
Because my eyes are dark brown I like to use a neutral eye shadow, plus the husband has said that I look like a clown when I use other colors. *sigh*

2.
I really wish I knew how to apply liquid eyeliner. I know how it is supposed to be applied, but it never turns out right. Maybe one day I'll take a class at a beauty school so I can learn how to do it right. I really do like the looks of it.

3.
I think this would brighten up the eyes without being too overwhelming.

4.
Seems like the perfect just a hint of color for spring.

5.
I really enjoy this powder. For my skin this color is translucent. It is also very light and does not get crease marks, even if I wear it all day.

Currently watching: 시크릿 가든(Secret Garden) this came out years ago, but I just never watched it.

Currently reading:

Cloak by James Gough

I orginally got this as a free kindle, it is $4.99 right now. I'm only on chapter 1, so I really don't have any comments.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Books I read in March



Avalon Revisited by O.M. Grey

The beginning was really off putting to me, it starts right off in a sex scene. I put this book aside for months, I didn't even reread the beginning and just started with chapter three. This book is marketed as "steampunk romance," but honestly besides the characters beginning on an airship at one point, there is no steampunk, that I could find, in the story. There is a squeal called Avalon Revamped, but I don't think that I will be buying it.


Cloak by James Gough

I got this when it was offered for free, it is currently $4.99. I can't recommend this book enough, I really wish that I had read it sooner. It is a young adult book, but enjoyable for younger kids and adults too.


Dark Matter Heart by Nathan Wrann

This is a good young adult vampire book. I really enjoyed it, and it is a free kindle. I'll be getting the sequel when I can.


Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling

Another free kindle, this is an excerpt from The Jungle Book which is also free. If you have seen the 1975 cartoon the cartoon follows the story completely.


Gnome Wars (Adventures of the Fae Realm)by Barbra Annino

A cute short story. It was free when I got it, but it is currently priced at $0.99. The author does have other books, but none that feature the same characters that I could find.


Child of the Ghosts by Jonathan Moeller

A free kindle book, first in a series. So far it is really good. There are nine books in this series it seems, and a second series with the same main character. I will definitely be getting the next book.


Entangled (Spellbound Trilogy #1) by Nikki Jefford

I don't know if I can properly describe how I feel about this book. Disappointed is probably the best word. The character of Raj, who is supposed to be half Indian (from India, not Native American), just feels like a stereotype. There are continuous descriptions of his "dark Indian skin", "lush dark hair", and so on. He goes and gets a luck charm done on the main character, and by luck charm the author meant love spell. Altogether he is another stalker Edward Cullen, and the main character (Graylee) at first doesn't like him, but she falls in "love" with him for no reason.

I have a different book from the same author in my wish list, while I don't have high hopes I'll give the book a go.


In Honor Bound (The Chastelayne Trilogy) by DeAnna Julie Dodson

This was free when I got it, but it is $4.99 right now. Don't read this book if you can't get through overly Christian things. The author goes on and on about Christian things in what is a medieval setting. I finished it, but I won't be getting the other books in the series.


Books read so far: 9 1/2 January plus 11 1/4 February plus 8 March equals 28 3/4 books so far this year. This month was a bit slow for me, I've been busy studying for the TOPIK in October.


Currently watching:참 좋은 시절 (Wonderful Days)

Currently reading:


Neverdark by C.S. Einfeld


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Books I read in February



One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) by Janet Evanovich

I had to reread this for my book club.



Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery

It is funny that I've never read this book before, even though I love Anne of Green Gables. The next book is of course in my "to read" pile.



Alice in Wonderland: The Vampire Slayer (Book #1) (Vampire Wonderland Series) by J.J. Maddox

This is a short story, kind of Buffy:the Vampire Slayer meets Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Luckily it was short, because it jumped around in the story and I really couldn't get into it.



Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas - Book 1) by Anita Valle

A short story, almost too short. I couldn't get a good feel on the author's writing, so I am not sure if I want to buy the next part of the story, which is also a short story.



New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book I) by Louise Bohmer and K.H. Koehler

Another short story. The plot was good, but felt unfulfilled, maybe because the story was so short, but I probably won't be getting the next part.



The Stumpwork Robe (The Chronicles of Eirie) by Prue Batten

Do not read this book if you have trouble reading rape scenes. There is pointless rape scene in chapter 4, honestly I couldn't finish the book.



ODDILY (Oddily Series #1) by Linda Pohring

This book was a bit blah. There is no explination for the girl's, Oddily, name. The most developed character is Maxim and really most of the story is about him and not about Oddily. Oddily is such a flat underdeveloped character. The narrator goes on and on about how Oddily is different, but it is never shown, just the bullying is. I will probably not buy the next book in the series.



Reckless Magic (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 1) by Rachel Higginson

This book was pretty good, and you can't beat the price of free. There are a few times that the main character, Eden, does just plain stupid things, not reckless. I understand that the character is 16 years-old, but that doesn't explain away ignorant things she does, but if you can get pass those few moments the rest of the story is pretty enjoyable.



Ship's Boy (The David Birkenhead Series) by Phil Geusz

Another free book. This one was really enjoyable. A review I read said that David is a genetically altered bunny, but I must have skipped over the genetically altered part some how. I did know he was a bunny/rabbit. The reason for have altered bunnies as slaves isn't explained in this book, but hopefully it will be. I would describe this as a cross between Watership Down and an epic space opera book. I will be buying the next book in this series.



Takeaway by Catherine Sampson

A short story who-dun-it. I'm of two minds about this story... no probably just one mind. To me it was very obvious who the killer was, from the very beginning of the story. The other part of me does not like this story because while the author did study Chinese, at Leeds University even, and live in China it just reeks of exotifing and fetishizing Asian people. There are two other books featuring the character of Detective Song Ren, but they are luckily out of print.



Thirst (Ava Delaney #1) by Claire Farrell

Another free book, about a daywalker. Nothing new to the mythos of daywalkers, but an entertaining story.




Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson

I tried to read World War Z at the end of last year, but I was turned off by the style of writing. This is a bit in the same style, journalist style of question and answer (as a journalist myself I do not like this style of writing), but some parts are narrated and a few of the characters or their family members are carried on, I think it makes the style a bit more personal than what is seen in World War Z. What I think is especially great is that the author, Daniel H. Wilson, has a doctorate in robotics, but his story isn't full of technical jargon, so there is a believability about the robot uprising, but put in a way that the average nontechnical person can understand.


Books read so far: 9 1/2 January plus 11 1/4 February equals 20 3/4 books so far this year.

Currently watching:Inspiring Generation - 감격시대 I can only seem to watch one drama at a time, so I am a bit behind on this.

Currently reading:


Avalon Revisited by O.M. Grey

I am not sure about this book.


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I made $20 in Amazon.com gift cards for the month of February.
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