Welcome to 2017

First of all, I want to apologize for all those that read my reviews and other materials. 2016 kicked my butt. To recap that:

  • Jan-Apr : Super sick and finally a diagnosis. Menses induced Iron Deficiency Anemia. Started new supplement regime to try to balance my levels out. Not easy.
  • May-August :  went by too quickly. I took some fun college courses for my degree: Behavioral Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics. Really enjoyed those.
  • Sept-Dec : Took two of my most advanced classes for my degree and it really stomped my ass. My capstone class alone required reading 6-8 advanced research articles each week! Couples that with Advanced Psych Research and I had literally zero time for leisure reading.
  • Side Note: December 18th, I ran my first 5k in below freezing temps/windchill. It was a fun run and this not timed. My fella did time us and said we finished together in about 30 minutes. I’m really proud of myself for doing that. Can’t wait for more!

The Shirts Say It All

2017 is the start of my last semester until graduation.  April 29th! I’m so excited to be done with classes and to start looking for a big girl job.

Now, what I would love most from you, my Kittens, are some reading suggestions. What would you like me to review for you?!

Reading and Gaming Preview


Finding Time and Balance

There hasn’t been as much leisurely reading since the semester started. Trying to stay on top of my school work. I do read on the bus though. Two days a week, about 30-40 minutes each time. If I don’t fall asleep that is…  Currently about 63% of the way through the Count of Monte Cristo (and loving every moment of it! Why did I put off reading it for so long!!) 

Neuro Notes

Don’t mind the messy class notes. I’ll clean them up when I re-write them to include textbook info too…


All Work No Play…

IMG_1889With the change in jobs, I’ve been doing what I can to pick up more hours and all that fun stuff. And since it’s for a movie rental place, I’ve been trying to watch some of the latest movies that are out on DVD so I can actually give honest suggestions to customers and whatnot. This hasn’t left much time for reading. I’m about half way through Blackout and I’m loving every moment of it.

In a couple weeks I’ll start college courses again. At that point, I’ll re-evaluate my “schedule” and figure out how to squeeze in 1-2 hours of reading each day.

So my question to you now: Do you want my movie ratings/suggestions? I was debating doing a quick list once a week. A perk of the job is that we get to watch all the movies that are coming out the weekend before they’re released on Tuesday. I could do a Movie Monday thing! Oh, brainstorming while I type. Haha. What do you think? Leave me a comment, shoot me a tweet (@Owl8bit) or hit up my Tumblr and leave me a message. Hope to hear from you soon!

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by Mira Grant
Science Fiction/Horror

“Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.”Goodreads

I read this book far too fast.  Don’t worry, I took notes for my review.  There were just a few things that bothered me (though as I’m reading the third and final book in the series, it kinda makes sense).  I totally called the surprise ending, though I expected that part to happen sooner in the book than later.  And I’m fairly certain I’m in love with Dr. Abbey.  Check back soon with my review…  

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blackoutmiragrantby Mira Grant
Science Fiction/Horror

The explosive conclusion to the Newsflesh trilogy from New York Times bestseller Mira Grant.
Rise up while you can. — Georgia Mason

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn’t end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. The uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there’s one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it’s this:

Things can always get worse.

BLACKOUT is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated FEED and the sequel, DEADLINE.” —Goodreads

July 31st: Obviously started reading because I need to finish the trilogy.  I know I haven’t posted my review for Deadline yet (or that I didn’t even post that I read it! AHHH So much reading… so little updating blog… bad Siri).  I love this series so far.  I love the way this third book is set up.  I had know idea how she was going to do it with the way the other two were done (and what happened in them).  

Are you reading it?  Let me know what you think!

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