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Read Play Blog

Monday, December 22, 2014 Monday, December 22, 2014


Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.
This month's topic: Gaming Wishlist 

I love games so much... and I have been meaning to participate in this little blogging event for a long time now. I do post video game reviews on my blog so be sure to stop by and check them out.  This meme is only a once a month post so it can't be that hard to keep up with.  I only wish I had thought of this meme before.. I did kind of once but never really did anything with it and next thing I know BOOM there is one out there.  I suppose it's that fear that if I try to start an event will people actually want to participate???  Anywho...

These are the games I would want for Christmas (if I actually bought games... I usually get them from my library, redbox, or borrow them from friends):

1.  Dragon Age Inquisition.  I will be playing it soon since my friends do own it.  I am just waiting for them to hurry up and finish it.  Everyone says it's such a great game.  This is great because while I loved the first one the second one (Origins) kind of fell flat for me.  In fact, I saw someone buying Dragon Age Origins in the thrift store tonight for $10.   I seriously can't wait to get my hands on it.  
2.  Game of Thrones TellTale game.  This is the first time in a long time I haven't played a TellTale game along with the release of each chapter.  This is because my friend isn't buying it this time and I could just use the share feature on Playstation.  Such a bummer.  So I am going to have to wait until all 6 chapters are out for this game. Gaw... then I found out that TellTale is going to be working on a Minecraft game and I am like NOOOOOoooo... they need to work on Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us, or start hiring more people. 


3.  I love the Little Big Planet games so I am excited to try out Little Big Planet 3.  These games are clever and even have catchy tunes.  I jammed out to the other ones while playing.  I think they are just really creative.  The graphics are beautiful and you get to collect these stickers in each level which of course I try to get them all! 


4.  For those of you that read the blog often you know I love love Lego games.  They are just so fun and addictive.  Lego released another Batman game... titled of course Batman 3.  The first two were really a lot of fun and I like how Lego grows with each game adding new things to not make the Lego games same ol' same ol'.


What I'm Playing Now:

Destiny.  I just downloaded the DLC and am having fun with it!!  I still have a few issues with Destiny, like why isn't the DLC on a new planet????  But otherwise it is pretty fun and I love playing with friends.

 

Lego Hobbit.  Look for my review on this one soon.  I like how much this Lego game is different from all the other ones I have played.  


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Hobbit- The Battle of the Five Armies Review

Sunday, December 21, 2014 Sunday, December 21, 2014





Finally the long awaited ending of the Hobbit trilogy. I didn't love the Hobbit... I liked Desolation of Smaug a little more an this one I liked a lot. I still didn't love it but compared to the other two it's my favorite. The pacing was much better.  I still don't think the Hobbit should've been split into three movies. Maybe two.  The first two movies squeezed into one and then this film. As I understand it, the Battle of the Five Armies is based off the Silmarillion by JRR Tolken.  I have tried to read that book a couple of times.. never got through it.  Just... hard to read for me.  It's written as a bunch of stories that have like whole sections of who is son of who!  Since I haven't read the book I have no idea how the movie compares to the book. Though I suppose I could Wikipedia it.

This movie picks up off from where Desolation of Smaug ends. There is a big showdown with Smaug... which looked good in IMAX.  It is amazing how much damage a dragon can do with fire. So now a big chunk of the film covers The Lonely Mountain.  Thorin becomes King and obsessed with the gold in the mountain.  He is desperate to find the Arkenstone .. an heirloom from his ancestors.  Bilbo finds it and hides it from him since he seems to have gone mad.  The big battle is taking place around the same time.  Elves and the men of lake town want payment from Thorin from all he has promised.  Of course Thorin doesn't want to pay... so we go through all the negotiations and what not.  Meanwhile... Gandalf comes back to warn them the orcs are coming.  No one pays attention to him until the orcs actually show up.  Then there is that big battle.  Battles Battles!  They win that battle and the rest you see in Lord of the Rings.

I did enjoy this movie.  I wasn't bored like in the first two.  Yes ... bored.  I can watch them but I never loved them.  This one is fun.  Hobbit films though will never compare to the Lord of the Rings trilogy for me.  I don't know what it is.... I feel that there was just too much stuffed in to make Hobbit three films. Bilbo should get more screen time.  His story is the main story in the books but in the films there are just so many subplots.  Finding a leader of lake town, a romance between an elf and dwarf, and then a character named Alfrid who is supposed to be the comedy.  This film though is pretty to look at though.. the action is great.  It is my favorite film out of the Hobbit trilogy and was great to watch in IMAX.

My review of Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

PS Thranduil is a bad ass!




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Sunday Post

Saturday, December 20, 2014 Saturday, December 20, 2014

Let's chat about what's going on this week... on my blog.. on other blogs... on the internet... and just everywhere!    I link up my post to Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Reader.

I have been quite busy lately.  With the holidays here.. shopping... mailing... calling... and normal chores it has been busy.  I have spent time each evening reading, playing video games and catching up on shows.  I did go to a new thrift store in town and was able to find some books for cheap!!  I can't believe in a week it will already be time to take down the Christmas decorations.  It feels like just yesterday I put them up.  Went to see the Hobbit this weekend... review will be up tomorrow.  We just bought a new set of bookcases and pictures will be up next Sunday Post.  I can't wait to get all my books into them.

Have you ever gone to a thrift store to shop for books????   Really you should. I ended up with a great haul from my local store.  Well it is a newly opened store so I was able to get in there and look around before everyone went in a bought the books.  These are books that I never owned but have read them all:
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On the Blog:
-Bookish Gifts for the Holidays Bookish gifts are so fun... I love to find unique ones.  Be sure to check this out and see if there is anything on the list you have to have. 
-Walking Dead Season 2 Video Game Review Love these video games.  So fun and for everyone!
-Eldest by Christopher Paolini finished the second book in the series!  Only two more books to go. 


Around the Blogospere:
Bout of Books


-Bout of Books is coming! I am so excited I really have been wanting one to come for a while now. In case you have no idea what this is: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

-I don't really do reading challenges but I really enjoyed the Graphic Novels Challenge. So I am going to join up again with the Graphic Novels Reading Challenge 2015. I totally surpassed my goal this year so I am going to go big again this year and go for the highest level.  Here are the levels:
 Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that's only 1 book a month)

Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)

Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)




Internet:

I am sure by now you all have seen the Insurgent trailer.  Looks like it is going to be a good movie.  I enjoyed Divergent.  Of course... once the last movie comes out we'll see what I think:




Books Books Books: 
I picked up a few comics at the library this week.. and of course my thrift store haul that you can see above.



How has your week been???
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Bookish Gifts for the Holidays

Friday, December 19, 2014 Friday, December 19, 2014

I love love to go out and look around for some cool bookish gifts for the book lovers out there.  Usually around this time of year I find some neat items.  I recently acquired new books cases for my library .. those are the best gifts for book lovers... but I still would love to have some new bookish items in that room. 

Right now Barnes an Nobles has a really neat display books called Art Folds.  When you open the book they are cut into words.  I love them all.  There are only three books available though... Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (this one spells Love), the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson (this one is a snowflake),  and Anne of Green Gables by Montgomery (this one spells Joy). I really like the Read one and the Love one!  Hoping to get a B&N gift card for Christmas so I can pick one up for my new bookshelves.


Next up you can't go wrong with gifting bookmarks. I love them... they are like nail polish.  I remember seeing some bloggers feature the ones from Bookjigs and fell in love.  Then when I went to Utah and visited a book store there they had them and I had to pick one up.  They clip on to your book and have a string behind them to keep your spot.  Love it, this is the one that I have:


I've listed these before but in case you missed it last year I will list them again.. Frostbeard Candles.  They are perfect and really do smell great.  I have been meaning to get some more to burn!  They are taking a break over the holiday so you won't be able to order any till after the holidays (this is probably because by now they can't ship in time for Christmas) but it is still a wonderful gift... even for yourself.


I still love these book covers!!  I think they are so clever... you can pick the letter you want (of course you might not want the book that goes with your letter!). By Penguin, I want the A!  If you had the whole set it would be a beautiful rainbow.



Penguin Drop Caps Deluxe Hardcover


I hope all of you are using a Mac.... :)  even if you aren't you should have a skin on your laptop!!  I wish I was able to change mine out (it's Justice League).  Go to etsy and search.. you will find so many even ones book themed!



I am too scared to get a tattoo... and I am afraid that whatever I decided to get I would hate later and then want it off my body.  Soooo why not a temporary tattoo???  They look great and when you get sick of it .. it comes off!!






Well... there was one more gift I was going to put on here but I can't find the picture of it anywhere.  Hallmark has in it's hobby ornaments section a cute ornament of some books. I should've bought one for myself.. but decided against it.  Though I may run there tomorrow and pick it up.  I can't wait to see blog posts after Christmas to see the bookish gifts you all received. 



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Walking Dead Season 2 Video Game Review

Friday, December 12, 2014 Friday, December 12, 2014


I love TellTale games so much!!!  I actually beat this one a while back but am just now getting around to reviewing it.   I got to play it as each chapter came out ... sometimes it was torture waiting for each chapter... and now I have to wait for season 3!  Of course this ends on a cliffhanger. For those of you who haven't played these TellTale games yet they are fun and easy for all gamers.  Really you just push buttons with prompts and the best part is you make decisions for the characters and your choices will affect future story lines in the game. 

This particular game has like 5 different outcomes!  I of course had to look them all up and I still think I might the right choice. In this season you play Clementine again and join a group that is running out of food, supplies running low, trying to keep a baby alive, and so on.  You have to make hard choices in this game and that is what I love about it.  I try to make myself really feel like I am in a zombie apocalypse. 


I am very curious about season 3 because in season one basically everyone playing made different choices but we all ended up in the same story line eventually. This time the start of season 3 can start people at all kinds of different plot points.  So it will have to be a much larger game.  I am now really excited about playing the TaleTell game Game of Thrones.  Though that one I will wait for all 6 chapters to come out instead of buying the season pass.  I am going to skip the Borderlands TellTale game because I am just not a fan of the series.  I might play it when all the episodes are out but we'll see. This game gets an A!
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Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Monday, December 8, 2014 Monday, December 08, 2014
Title: Eldest
Author: Christopher Paolini
Pages: 668
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers March 23rd 2007
Source: Library
Links: goodreads, The Inheritance Cycle

Darkness falls ...Despair abounds ...Evil reigns ...Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life . A wonderful fantasy book.
I really am having fun reading this series. I actually thought I read this one ... the whole time I have owned it. but then when I started reading it I discovered I hadn't!!I don't know why I thought this entire time that I had read it.  I do enjoy this series, though it is very wordy. WORDY.  This book is sooo detailed.  But sometimes I am in the mood for that.  In fact... that is what I think makes a good fantasy. I want to feel like I am in that world.  Paolini does this and does it well. If you looks at the reviews that give this book 1 star or less it is because they didn't like the detail... so if you don't like a book that goes on about what a room looks like this series is not for you.

This books picks up pretty much where Eragon leaves off. We find the lead character Eragon now in the land of the elves where he will be trained to be a Rider. Eldest has two stories in one.  We read chapters from Eragon's point of view and Roran's (Eragorn's cousin) point of view. Again I love books that have two events going on.  It's like I am reading two books! Most of the beginning of this book deals with Eragon dealing with a scar he received in the first book on his back.  He does whine about it a little too much.  My big problem with this scar is that he is dealing with it and then BOOM two elves perform some sort of dance and their tattoos turn into a dragon and the dragon cures Eragon's scar and pain and then magically makes Eragon's Rider training complete.  What normal takes Riders a lifetime to learn Eragon learns in one second.  I get that this has to happen because the books aren't going to span hundreds of years but it made it seem like us reading through the entire book of his training was a waste. 

The book is long... LONG... all the books in the series are.  Which is why I put off reading them for so long. There is a love story in the book too... Eragon loves an elf Arya but she feels she can't be with him because she is much older in elf years and because he is training to be a Rider. Yeah Yeah... a little predictable here.. but I am pretty sure they will end up together.  One of the problems with Paolini's writing is that the story is predictable.   The most interesting character in the series is the witch Angela.  She is elusive and only shows up for like one chapter in each book but her page time is wonderful.  I really hope she gets more roles in the next two books.

I don't think this is a bad book 2.  I have read worse.  I think the book does do a good job of continuing the series along the right course.  I do remember reading that it was supposed to be a trilogy but then Paolini added a fourth book.  That makes me nervous that the third book might actually have "the second book syndrome" where we get drug along for no reason.  We will see and I am looking forward to getting started reading it.

Other reviews:

Eragon by Christopher Paolini




Fog is coming.....  in the middle of the road on this book!
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Sunday Post

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Saturday, December 06, 2014

Let's chat about what's going on this week... on my blog.. on other blogs... on the internet... and just everywhere!    I link up my post to Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Reader. 
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