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Sunday, May 29, 2022

#SciFiJune Readathon and TBR Schedule

 

 

Hello to all good people out there.  

Today I state my intention to sign up and participate a readathon aptly named Sci-Fi Summer Readathon.  This readathon runs the whole month of June and the star of the show is science fiction.  This readathon is put on every year by a sweet young lady named Michelle Miller.  She maintains a number of websites but the one we are focusing on today is www.seasonsreading.blogspot.com/.  

I love this readathon because it highlights the type of books that I usually don't get around to reading or putting on my TBR.  This is the genre that got me interested in reading in the first place.  This and the mystery genre.  However, this month I am looking forward to a month long reading event of nothing but science fiction.. and fantasy.  Here is a small preamble for the readathon.  

 Sci-Fi Summer is a month long readathon! June 1st at 12:00 am EDT to June 30th 11:59 pm EDT.  Since science fiction is a very specific genre, this will be strictly reading science fiction during the event. However, since fantasy is so closely related to the genre (often grouped together), if you feel more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine. You do not have to participate for the entire readathon. You can start at the beginning and end early, or start later toward the end of the event. Just keep in mind that the last day to sign up is the last Friday before the end of the readathon at 11:59 pm eastern time.  And above all, this is a time of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries. So, no pressure...EVER! Enjoy!

If you have any inclination at all in joining, I'm telling you, that you should.  It is a very laid back readathon and there are so many nice people to meet to share the same interests as yourslelf.  There is still lots of time to join as the readathon does not start until June 1, 2022.  You can sign up here:

 

This is where I will be posting my progress on the books I am reading, as well as announcing my reading selection.  I will also be sending out twitter updates using the hashtag #scifijune.  So without any more hesitation, lets get on with the show!  My three picks are as follows:

 


Book TitleAuthorPages to ReadTotal Pages Date
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield1-30470WednesdayJune 1, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield31-60470ThursdayJune 2, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield61-90470FridayJune 3, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield91-120470SaturdayJune 4, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield121-150470SundayJune 5, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield151-180470MondayJune 6, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield181-210470TuesdayJune 7, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield211-240470WednesdayJune 8, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield241-270470ThursdayJune 9, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield271-300470FridayJune 10, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield301-330470SaturdayJune 11, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield331-360470SundayJune 12, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield361-390470MondayJune 13, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield391-430470TuesdayJune 14, 2022
The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield431-470470WednesdayJune 15, 2022
Summer KnightJim Butcher1-40449ThursdayJune 16, 2022
Summer KnightJim Butcher41-80449FridayJune 17, 2022
Summer KnightJim Butcher81-120449SaturdayJune 18, 2022
Summer KnightJim Butcher121-160449SundayJune 19, 2022
Summer KnightJim Butcher161-200449MondayJune 20, 2022
Summer KnightJim Butcher201-240449TuesdayJune 21, 2022
Summer KnightJim Butcher241-280449WednesdayJune 22, 2022
    ThursdayJune 23, 2022
    FridayJune 24, 2022
    SaturdayJune 25, 2022
    SundayJune 26, 2022
    MondayJune 27, 2022
    TuesdayJune 28, 2022
    WednesdayJune 29, 2022
    ThursdayJune 30, 2022

I am soooo looking forward to these reads and this month of science fiction.  Hope to see you joining in.

Thank you and stay safe.

MysterNightOwl



I Just Joined The 55+ Club

Hello my friends and thank you for taking the time to read through this blog.  It has been almost exactly two years since I have posted on here.  I could blame it on alot of things like, COVID, or lack of time, or working too hard. But honestly, I think I was just in a huge slump, like the rest of the world.  

I turned 55 a few days ago and my priorities have shifted a lot in 2 years.  Retirement and mortality are at the forefront of every thought I have.  I fought through COVID just weeks ago, and I am here to tell you, it is not something to be taken lightly. It is very scary to go through.  I was lucky to be one of the ones that made it, although I am still battling the scars from fighting it.

A few changes we have made in our life in the last two years is living more responsibly, more purposefully and to stop and enjoy the roses along the way.  It isn't easy.  It is almost a chore some days, but I know we are going to benefit from this way of living in the long run.  One of the changes we have made is to reduce the TV time we were addicted to.  There are many paths to leisurely pastimes I could have taken, but alas, I took the Netflix and streaming route. It was easy, took no effort on my part and I had comfort knowing that after work, I had a movie waiting at home for me, that was begging to be watched.  With only a finite amount of free time, my other love of live, reading, was rather aggressively shoved to the wayside.  At one point, I didn't think I would ever read another book again. 

But, then slowly, my love for reading that I had, since I was but a child, started to be rekindled.  I am not sure I can put a finger on any one thing that started to ignite my passion for reading again, but I will tell you, it is back, and back with a hunger that I have never felt before in all my years of living. I started to go through all of the books that are laying on my shelf collecting dust...I looked at the hundreds of books on my e-reader, just waiting to be read.  I watched book-tubers, I read book review blogs, I read articles of the amazing books being written and some that are yet to come.  At first thought, it is daunting to know that I will never read all the books I want to read in my lifetime.  But then, to not even try to attempt to partake in what gives me so much joy in my life and leave it thrown in the attic gathering dust seems like such a waste to me.

Recently for my birthday, my loving family all pitched in and bought me the new Kobo Libra 2 e-reader.  E-reading has changed my life.  My old eyes aren't what they used to be and the benefits of e-reading are incredible.  The biggest benefits for me are the warm comfort back-lite, the ability to enlarge the fonts to your liking, and the connection to my local library to reserve and borrow books for free.  I just love my new Kobo.

Well, that's about enough of my rambling.  Thank you for spending time, and listening to my tales.  Sometimes, I think the art of listening and having conversations is all but lost.  Next post is about what the next month is going to bring and hopefully regular updates.  Until then, stay safe and be well. 

MysterNightOwl





Monday, June 1, 2020

#SciFiJune #Readathon and TBR Schedule

Hello all,

Today I am pleased to share with you my plans for this month's SCi-Fi June Readathon that is hosted by Michelle Miller at www.seasonsreading.blogspot.com/.  I always look forward to this RAT as I usually don't pick sci-fi as by go to read.  Don't get me wrong.  I love reading science fiction, but I usually reach for mysteries, thrillers, whodunnits, horror... everything but sci-fi.  So this readathon puts a little diversity in my yearly reading. This readathon starts at June 1st at 12:00 am CDT to June 30th 11:59 pm CDT.  Now, on with the show:



The first read on my list is a novel by Phillip Jose Farmer.  It was originally written in 1971 and is the first in a four book series.  What happens when you die? The last thing you would expect to do is awaken naked on a foreign planet along the shores of a seemingly endless river. But this is how the book starts.  This could be an interesting book and with three more in the series, I may know what I will be doing in the near future.



The next book on my list is the newest of the group. It is titled All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai.  Books now have trailers, and are a lot better at describing the book than me,  so I will direct your attention here: 


The final selection in my book list is called Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delaney. Published in 1966, this sounds like a very interesting read, regardless of the time it was written. The main character is a top linguist, acclaimed poet, and former military cryptologist. When the Alliance military come across a new code used by the enemy, which is beyond their ability to crack, they come to her for help. She informs them that it is not a mere code, but an actual language, and agrees to accept the challenge.  What could go wrong?


There you have it.  My ambitious TBR for the month of June.  If I do somehow make it through all of these books with time to spare, I have a back up book. Dragon on a Pedestal by Piers Anthony.  I wish all of you a fantastic sci-fi reading month and will check back with you soon.  I will post my journey on twitter at twitter.com/MysterNightOwl.





Friday, May 29, 2020

Between January and June


It's been a long time since I wrote on this blog,
And I'll tell you all about in a later post.
I've come a long way, since January,
Oh, I can't wait to tell you about it in an upcoming post
When I write a new post.
 
A ton of stuff has happened in a short time of five months.  I, like the rest of the world, are dealing with the new reality of a world dealing in a pandemic.  I wish everyone health and love and hope you are all doing well.  I will delve into this at a later time, but for now I have work to do.
 
The main purpose of this blog is to state my intentions of participating in the month long readathon in June, called Sci-Fi Summer hosted by Michelle Miller at https://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/. If you haven't signed up yet, I encourage you to do so immediately.
 
 

What a crazy time we are living in.  And what a perfect way to escape reality and delve into some fantastic fiction.  The deal with this readathon is that you can read sci-fi or fantasy. Which makes my decision on what to read during these next 30 days a bit of a dilemma.
 
I have been introduced into a number of amazing series in the last little while and I am at a complete loss as to what to start with.  
I have discovered the Riverworld series by Philip José Farmer which is a deep look at interactions of individuals from many different cultures and time periods.  
There is the lighter side of sci-fi by Robert Aspirin, The Phule's Company series where a group of ragtag military rejects are forced to prepare for battle when the aliens decide to attack them.  
Or I can dive into the fantastic world of Xanth by Piers Anthony.  It is a series of 40 plus books that take place in a world of magic and puns where the author sometimes questions the meanings of reality, politics, and all other matters.
I have also recently started to get into the Doctor Who books, in which there are so many!  
Or should I finally start the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

I plan to post my reading intentions and my TBR very shortly.  Until then, stay safe, stay healthy.
 
It's been a long day without you, my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again...
Lyrics by Charlie Puth