So, here we go!
N - Newly read
R - Reread
January - 15
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman R
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman R
The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman R
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman R
Night Sins - Tami Hoag N
Dark Paradise - Tami Hoag N
Under the Dome - Stephen King R
Island of The Lost - Joan Druett N
The Stand - Stephen King R
A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine) - Ransom Riggs N
From the Corner of His Eye - Dean Koontz R
The Face - Dean Koontz R
The Passage - Justin Cronin R
The Twelve - Justin Cronin R
The City of Mirrors - Justin Cronin R
February - 9 (I found paint by numbers and disney emoji blitz taking up my time LOL)
Year Zero - Jeff Long R
Hearts in Atlantis - Stephen King R
Tam Lin - Pamela Dean R
Real Magic - Dean Radin N
The Fellowship of the Ring - JRR Tolkien R
The Two Towers - JRR Tolkien R
The Return of the King - JRR Tolkien R
The Bone Setters Daughter - Amy Tan R
Awakened - James Murry/Darren Wearmouth N
March - 9 (my attention span died, thank you CoronaVirus)
Timeline - Michael Crichton R
Joyland - Stephen King R
Revival - Stephen King R
From a Buick 8 - Stephen King R
The Crucible - James Rollins R
Pandemic - AG Riddle N
Genome - AG Riddle N
The Atlantis Gene - AG Riddle N
The Atlantis Plague - AG Riddle N
April - 10 (comfort books by King LOL)
The Atlantis World - AG Riddle N
The Last Odyssey - James Rollins N
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind - Barbara Lipska N
Life of Pi - Yann Martel R
Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy R
Good in Bed - Jennifer Weiner R
Certain Girls - Jennifer Weiner R
The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd R
Next to Love - Ellen Feldman R
The Little Book - Selden Edwards R
May - 10
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness R
Shadow of Night - Deborah Harkness R
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness R
Times Convert - Deborah Harkness N
Local Girls - Alice Hoffman R
Black Bird House - Alice Hoffman R
Mutant Message Down Under - Marlo Morgan R
Conscious Dreaming - Robert Moss N
The Three Only Things -Robert Moss R
Moonology - Jasmine Boland N
June - 17 (my brain is picking back up as I get sort of used to Covid)
Memory and Dream - Charles DeLint R
Rose Madder - Stephen King R
Sleeping Beauties - Stephen King/Owen King N
Summer Sisters - Judy Blume R
The Summer Guest - Justin Cronin N
Beautiful Day - Elin Hilderbrand R
Winter Street - Elin Hilderbrand R
The Third Gate - Lincoln Child N
The Fortune Teller - Gwendolyn Womak N
The Memory Painter - Gwendolyn Womak R
The Gunslinger - Stephen King R
The Drawing of Three - Stephen King R
The Wastelands - Stephen King R
Wizard and Glass - Stephen King R
The Wind Through the Keyhole - Stephen King R
Wolves of the Calla - Stephen King R
Song of Susannah - Stephen King R
July - 15
The Dark Tower - Stephen King R
The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston N
In Shock - Dr Rana Awdish N
Body of Work - Christine Montross R
Wicked - Gregory Maguire R
Son of a Witch - Gregory Maguire R
A Lion Among Men - Gregory Maguire R
Out of Oz - Gregory Maguire R
Your Blue is Not My Blue - Aspen Matis N
The Club King - Peter Gatien N
Mile 445 - Hitched in Her Hiking Boots - Claire Miller N
Hiking the PCT - Bruce Nelson N
Waking Up in a Tent - Laurel Gord N
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling R
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling R
August -19 (because stuck inside allll the time)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling R
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling R
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling R
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - JK Rowling R
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling R
The Language of Spells - Sarah Painter N
The Secret of Ghosts - Sarah Painter N
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer R
When Breathe Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi R
Hold Still - Sally Mann R
The Swan Gondola - Timothy Schaffert R
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch R
How We Die - Sherwin Nuland N
Advice for the Future Corpse - Sallie Tisdale N
The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George N
Choosing to Die (VSED) - Phyllis Shacter N
Patty Janes House of Curl - Lorna Landvik R
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - Lorna Landvik R
The View From Mounty Joy - Lorna Landvik R
September 19 (note I start re re re reading my comfort books because man, this year sucks)
The Stand - King R
Dying Well - Susan Hoben N
The Experiments - Bill Thompson N
Die Again - Bill Thompson N
This Won't Hurt Me A Bit - Josh McAdams N
Out of My Head - Josie Blaine N
Sisterhood Everlasting - Ann Brashares R
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins R
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins R
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins R
The Spirits of Brady Hall - ML Bullock R
The Grey Lady of Wilmer - ML Bullock R
Seven Sisters - ML Bullock R
Moonlight Falls on Seven Sisters - ML Bullock R
Shadows Stir at Seven Sisters - ML Bullock R
The Stars that Fell (Seven Sisters ) - ML Bullock R
A Discovery of Witches - Harkness R
Shadow of Night - Harkness R
The Book of Life - Harkness R
October - 19 (tons of kindle unlimited halloween scary books)
The Proctor Hall Horror - Bill Thompson N
WTF Is Tarot - Bakara Wintner R
The Haunting of Brynn Wilder - Wendy Webb N
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe R
Destination Truth Memoir - Josh Gates N
The Langoliers - Stephen King R
The Stars We Walked Upon (Seven Sisters) - ML Bullock R
The Sun Rises Over Seven Sisters - ML Bullock R
The Ghosts of Idlewood - ML Bullock R
Dreams of Idlewood - ML Bullock R
The Whispering Saint - ML Bullock R
The Haunted Child - ML Bullock R
Return to Seven Sisters Series - ML Bullock R
Haunted Gracefield - ML Bullock N
The Three Graces - ML Bullock N
Grace Before Dying - ML Bullock N
A Cup of Shadows - ML Bullock N
The Line - JD Horn R
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury R (Halloween night tradition)
November - 11
The Source - JD Horn R
The Void - JD Horn R
Dead Mountain - Donnie Eichar R
Working Stiff - Judy Melinek MD N
More Letters From the Pit - Patrick Crocker N
Bones of the Earth - Michael Swanwick R
Extraordinary Means - Robyn Schneider R
The Quilters Apprentice - Jennifer Chiaverini R
Round Robin - Jennifer Chiaverini R
Cross Country Quilters - Jennifer Chiaverini R
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline R
December 9 (I count Obama's book as 5 as it was 700 plus pages and so full of great stories that I read it slowly)
A Promised Land - Barack Obama N
The Enigma Cube - Douglas Richards N
The Girl Who Came Home - Hazel Gaynor R
Near Death in the ICU - Lauren Bellg MD N
Heart and Soul - Maeve Binchy R
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore - Matthew Sullivan N
The Secret Chapter - Genevieve Cogman R
Ready Player Two - Ernest Cline N
The Dark Archive - Genevieve Cogman N
and that is 162 books of 2020 (last year I did 166)
I can top that.
happy new year all! happy reading!
Now Winter comes Slowly, Pale, Meager and Old
First trembling with Age, and then quiv'ring with Cold;
Benumb'd with hard Frosts, and with Snow cover'd o'er,
Prays the Sun to Restore him, and Sings as before.
Lyrics by Sting - Photo by Me.
Sometimes there is a perfect magic that connects your eye to your camera to the world and this is one of those times. I love it when that happens.
So, I decided to see what my Thoth deck would say about this 2020 election.
Card 1: Biden.
Card 2: trump.
Card 3: aftermath.
Each card represents the energies that person needs to have or embody, to succeed.
I want to say Biden has the obvious edge with the Fool but good grief. trump and that 2? Nope.
That 2 of cups is about loving unity and balance which I'm not getting from him.
The aftermath, 6 of swords, feels like a good way to start- embracing rational thoughts, which we have had precious little of. Success after anxiety and a search for truth.
I posted that on my IG account and got some great responses - especially not seeing the #2 as coming in second LOL For me, it says Biden has the much needed Fool energies to take the race and start a new chapter for us all. trump has none of the qualities in card 2 but he has the arrogance and money to bully his way forward.
The 6 of swords brings us rational thought and moving away from troubled, stressed times to calmer waters. We have had precious little rational thinking the last 4 years and we need to start now.
With trump now blustering and bloviating his way into telling us we should stop counting the rest of the legally cast ballots because he won and to keep counting would be wrong, we are seeing more of his craziness. But then the major news outlets made provisions for just such a occurrence and had plans in place.
I honestly do not see his appeal at all. He has no leadership abilities and he lies, cheats and steals what he wants. Yet, so many people follow the cult of trump. That is the problem. While trump has become a leader icon - it is only showing up the fact that so many people are just as nuts as he is. And the crazies want to keep on winning any way they can.
It. Is. Terrifying.
If, IF , he has done any good in his last 4 years (and I have yet to see any good from him,) it does NOT in any way make up for all the crap he has pulled. The hurt, the fear, the undoing of things that he doesn't like. I do not and will not ever understand how a sane, rational, loving, good person, could think he should be leading anything.
I wanted to love this game - I really did! I did like it a lot til I hit level 40 or so and ran out of the freebie boosts they give you when you first start out. Then, I realized that no matter how cool the game looks, it is going to cost you to move forward - either money or sanity - your choice!
No ads. None, not even the ad's that offer a free something if you watch it - which I actually don't mind since I don't pay real money for these games.
Gorgeous art and interfaces. Harry Potter nerd? Yes, I am and this game is just eye candy all around.
There is no time limit in the game - which I like - but there are a set number of moves you have to complete the level. Which I hate - see cons.
They really don't offer a way to earn boosters, gold, or spells or what not easily. You can join a club to ask for more lives but otherwise, you slog along or pay real money.
It is costly - see photo.
You get 5 lives at a time and it takes about a half hour to get a new one. So, you are going to have to wait to play - again unless you pay.
It does offer some free unlimited play for signing in daily BUT you need to use it as soon as you sign in or it is gone and you waste it. Sign in when you are ready to play.
The set number of moves to finish the level is annoying - I get it, you aren't timed but without power ups - you are going to fail over and over again.
GO SLOW and pick your moves carefully. Try to create power ups when you can. Also, if you wait long enough, the game will show you a move - 9 out of 10 times it is a useless move and will waste your turn. I use it when I want to be sure it isn't showing me a power up possibility. Otherwise, ignore it.
Without the game boosters/spells you are going to run through those lives fairly quickly and then get stuck waiting- which trust me, is annoying. See next con.
You will literally end up with needing one more move before you run out of total moves. Over and over and over and over and over - I am not exaggerating here - I have played some levels 20 plus times before I get lucky enough to create my own power ups to clear the level. You will want to throw your phone at the wall. (see photos)
The game is buggy - for lack of a better word. Not the interfaces but inside the puzzle - there are times when it literally has no match three moves and has to keep shuffling. It is annoying as all get out - it forces you to use any power up you might have created and wastes moves. I once had a game reshuffle 6 times in a row. That is bad programming.
So, you can enjoy the game if you have a few minutes and feel like slogging through the same puzzle over and over until by "magic" you finish it. But it isn't going to be any great addiction like my love of Disney's Emoji Blitz or Angry Birds 2.
I have been doing a lot of inner work lately. I was feeling so stuck and lost and forgetful because of the days all blending into each other and finally had enough. I have been focusing on catching all my dreams as well as journaling and working with the Moon daily to help me stay focused and to show me where best to send that focus.
I also needed a new planner and I am a very picky planner person. (nice alliteration!) Anyway, I finally decided to try this one (in the photo) and am loving it so far. The Moon Journal - A journey of self-reflection through the astrological year. I am using it along with The Oracle of the Radiant Sun and Yasmin Boland's Moonology book/website. The journal is nicely made and the pages are thick enough so that nothing ghosts through them - well markers might, but a ink pen will do nicely.
I'll show more pictures later, but it has blank sheets for each sign and for you to journal everything on as well as information on each Moon cycle, journaling prompts, and so much Moon information and goodness!
Also, my dreams last night - wow. At first I wasn't going to bother writing it down, never do that, ALWAYS write them down. And this one hit hard with all the inner work I have been doing. I remember going into my room to get ready for the day and everything seemed slightly off, like I was in a new room or a foreign hotel room, where nothing is quite what you are used to? I was doing my normal morning routine and then when I was done, decided to go down a few houses to meet and introduce myself to the people there.
It hit me while I was getting ready in this world, that everything was off here too LOL Not in a bad way, I just kept doing things out of order from the way I usually do and instead of getting annoyed, it all had a humorous slant to it. Like things that normally annoy me weren't a consideration, it wasn't worth being annoyed. Dream work WORKS!
My dream was interrupted by a call of nature - So I had to cut into it and then I really couldn't get back into it - sadly. It was a interesting one.
I was in a large building like a school or castle and was getting ready to board a train to go learn more. But the train was full of dead boys/their ghosts. A man next to me sent in his familiar? Another ghost, to get the hoard of ghost boys off the train and they left in a mass and I could see them running along side the train - it was darkish, like early morning.
I remember most of them were gone so I jumped up on a platform in between cars and 2 of them stopped to stare at me. I said in a low flat voice that they had to GO NOW they weren't to be here and they ran off. Like I had some power to also make them go?
That's when I woke up - I need to try to re-enter this dream later.
And being a NASA junkie -
Also of note today is a NASA launch! From their website:
A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT May 27, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission. The specific duration of the mission is to be determined.
As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.
So, the other day I was getting ready in the morning and I saw a largish spider come in the bathroom window. That happens sometimes -they usually come in and hide somewhere for awhile. But this one came in the window and then did this very obvious circuit around the bathroom walls, pausing as if making sure I actually saw it - kind of hard to not see a large orangy spider be-bopping around above my head LOL
Anyway, it made its rounds and then went back out the window. I have never seen a spider do that in there. Then again this morning a wee spider walked up the wall above my computer and just sat there. Yes, yes, I see you. Ok, I hear you.
Weaving and creating. Also, the web is like the Wheel in Tarot, ups and downs and knowing things change all the time. It is about knowing where to stand and what to decide and to keep moving so we don't freeze up with fear.
When Spider drops in you should look to be creative - either my making something or finding creative ways to get past an obstacle or tricky situation. And be aware of what is around you - perhaps something you started on awhile ago is now bearing fruit.
This was good timing as a dream I had this morning had me waking up with creative energy which hasn't happened in awhile.
So, yeah, cigarettes? It was an odd snippet of a dream and I only wrote it down because I am out of practice of writing them down (they all seem so blah while I have been stuck inside for so long) and because it was so odd.
So, in this one, I was at my parents house and my dad came in and I asked him if he needed anything at the store. He said Doral cigarettes, menthol, the kind with the green stripe.
First I was annoyed that he needed anything as I really didn't want to go to the store for anything and then WTF? No one in my family smokes. I asked him if he had enough and he didn't so I went to the store.
My brother and I are now at the checkout counter and I ask if I can get them there or if I have to go to the "cigarette desk?" They say I have to go there and I am annoyed again because the only thing I really came to get were the dang cigarettes. I honestly have no idea if there was anything else in my cart as I don't recall shopping at all. So, I send my brother to get the smokes and I pay the clerk with a check, only it was written on the back of an old ratty business sized envelope with tears in it so I had to tape bits of it together.
Then I woke up. I had another dream after about making out with Rob Lowe which was much more satisfying but a noise woke me up and I couldn't finish it LOLOL
It's memorial day. Just thought I'd add that in there. I am trying to get back into the blog habit to keep track of days and life and hours before they all fly by.
Not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious