How to find a good book


With today being the OFFICIAL first day of the Summer (aka the Summer Solstice)

that means it’s reading season for those who are not normally able to get reading unless on the beach tanning, on vacation away (heck depending how long I like to take an extra book or 2 especially if I am half way through what I am currently reading plus depends on how much there is to do, and if in the country how far from a store I am.

When it comes to choosing ANY book, I don’t go by the current best selling or what others are talking about. I will however sometimes cave to a book when it seems all my friends are reading the same one at around the same time. This happened with the Graveyard book. After a time I received a copy as a gift and when reading I found to be a children’s book, however it could be read by anyone and was interesting.

I do agree that those who do not read at all are the ones who ask how to find a book to read. Here’s my way to choose as well as some recommendations (for a few different types of genres.)

How I choose to read a book

In store print or kindle version

  1.  the cover or title catches my eye.
  2. I read the plot (on back of physical book), if It sounds interesting and I have the money I’ll buy it then and there otherwise I add it to my list.
  3. I flip through the book maybe read a paragraph or page depending on time
  4.   I keep hearing about it to the point I get curious. (This doesn’t usually happen with best sellers usually once they are not being talked about is when I get interested. Hype seems to be a turn-off for me be it book, or movie.
  5.  When I got a kindle i signed up for Bookbub and I think one other site. One of them I get recommendations on books I may be interested in. These are usually at a great price. I don’t think I’ve gotten an offer over $2.99 which to me no digital book should be more than $5 (or at most, no more than a quarter to half the price of the physical book) 

 

Already in my pile

  • each year I do a reading challenge which I try to theme each year. This year is series (or can be all same author) either a couple of books from a series (if I don’t have the whole set) sometimes I just read one type of genre and so on.
  •  my Mood    with the amount of books in my pile as is, I’m not exactly looking to buy any books aside from the few series I follow. If I can’t choose I sort of have a tie breaker
  • I have a little trinket box filled with ‘reading challenge’ prompts Like:  Read a book with a letter, or Read a book by an Author 30 or younger. I pick maybe 3-5 of these out and choose from there.
  • sometimes If I can’t decide from there I go on Random.org and type in the prompts and have it randomize and order and choose that way (sometimes best out of 3)

 

You could use the way i do it or you can

try one or all of these ideas  like Try a book Club, ask a friend or family member for a recommendation

Recommendations

You can find a list in my book nook of many of the books I’ve read since 2006! Anything in RED is recommended.

In the menu hoover on the Book nook and there are other pages with reviews and more Including the Book Archive which lists previous years’ reading challenges)

https://multiscreenmotivision.wordpress.com/the-book-nook/

https://betterhumans.coach.me/finding-good-books-a-how-to-guide-2fc8fbfd572f

Arrival


2016    PG-13      Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Forster Witacker, Ian Donnaly     1:56

Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is approached by the military for her language skills after the landing of multiple space craft ‘land’  all across the globe. They haven’t actually landed as last I checked, you need to TOUCH the land to do so, but more parked themselves hoovering feet above.

Not sure I should mention what the aliens look like but then that WOULD be a spoiler!

The movie starts out interesting enough, aside from the fact of all the ships ‘landing’ making me think it was going to turn out to be a knock off of Independence day. However the movie declines for me the last half of the movie.

The whole time I thought the governments and military should only be a support system as a small group NOT running the whole damn thing. The aliens speak in what looks like a bunch of Oroborus designs

Available via Amazon video, DVD, Blu-ray & 4K

Daddy’s Home


2016       pg13   1:36mins   Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrel, Hannibal Buress, Linda Cardellini

Brad eagerly steps into his role as step (all over me) dad while the kids suave biological father interference leads to a rivalry of slap stick proportions.

Love the daughter

 

Motorcycle scene had me laughing so hard i had tears in my eyes and my chest hurt.

This was better than the trailer looked. The end was amusing considering how the last scene goes… And WHO!

 

B

Worth a watch and even putting it in the family library …. get a copy from Amazon 

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12 Rounds: Lockdown


2015      R      1:30   Dean Ambrose, Daniel Cudmore, Roger Cross, Lochlyn Munro

After discovering evidence that implicates his fellow officers (oh how original!) Shaw  is hunted down by said comrades.

Well for one I now know Dean Ambrose’s real name as far as the cast listing, and I think I’d legally change my name to Dean Ambrose! lol

While the first 2 were a cruel ‘game’ The first one I regretted not seeing in the theater. As when I watched it I was surprised a  ‘WWE studios’ movie or just one with a wrestler in it was actually good for once. Usually they are crap! (and the reason I skipped it in the theater)  The one with Randy Orton I don’t think was out in the theaters however it’s Randy Orton one of my faves! So I had to watch~

Now we have Dean Ambrose which I never saw getting his own movie (I thought CM Punk, would but he was always treated like crap by the organization)  though Roman Reigns or Rollins I thought would have one before the Bulldog would (as I always referred to the 3 of them as the dog Pound. Roman and Rollins being a Rottweiler and a German Shepard or even a doberman)

45  minutes in, this is (thankfully) not the usual 12 Rounds fare.  The protragonist (Ambrose) doesn’t have to save his girlfriend or wife’s life and having to run etc all over in a certain amount of time to make it to the next round of the game. Here, he’s the one with the 12 rounds…literally.  He opens his magazine (the clip of ammo in the gun for those of you that don’t know the lingo)  and there are 12 bullets. So you could say he’s the one controlling the ‘game’

The bit with the tazer in the crime lab gave me a laugh.. it’s the bomb but not in the way that phrase means.

I am not digging Ambrose in the role but he does clean up nicely.

If predictabil;ity were a super power…..this has it!

Aside from the one liners  I give it a D

 

Order them for your library via amazon

12 Rounds  starring John Cena *  Original on imdb

12 Rounds:Reloaded starring Randy Orton * Reloaded on IMDB

12 Rounds: LockDown Dean Ambrose                            Lockdown: on IMDB  *

Let’s Get Trending


For those of you that watch ANIMAL KINGDOM  (and if you follow me on twitter  you will know)

In honor of Deran’s bar… I have been compiling ideas for a Drinking Game as well as Signature drinks for the show, which will be a future post.

I am hoping you will  help your fellow fans out and get us trending for a night or 2! (hopefully each week)

Tweet your ideas for either with   @kymoDragon @AnimalKingdom  #Codypartydrinks

 

Drinking Game notes…

your idea  + what to do…. Sip, Shot, drink, Gulp, Chug, Pint      (Gulp = Mouth Full   Chug = to 3-5 swallows)

Example:   DRINK                    everytime they drink from their beer/drink

SIP                            Flips hair or brushes /pulls back from face

 

 

(also anyone have any Playlist ideas? likely some hip hop Rap and metal  for bar music. Song + artist name please)

District 9 News


Updated the Telly Talk  page with the upcoming summer premier dates I found out about
Updated the Animal Kingdom post

which Now includes season 2  information, vids and my review as the season goes by.)

http://www.gamesradar.com/thor-ragnarok-news/

I saw this and was just cracking up!

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

So did you watch the first episode of this season (what is it season 3?)  Were you actually upset At the events that happened? (Sorry don’t want to ruin it if you haven’t seen it and actually care) Just have a tissue ready…maybe… unlike with the Walking Dead characters, which depending on who… I do get upset over.  Fear for some reason just makes me want to cheer when one of the main characters die. Though maybe because to me it seems like none of the characters ever evolve except for Nick… maybe  for me it’s just don’t mess with Nick.

thrilling reads for summer-2017

tales-crypt-complete-series-set-coming-june   I’m still searching to find out when the new series will come out (if it hasn’t already)

Paul McCartney Pirates of the Caribbean Role

 jeepers creepers 3 finally done filming

Submitted For Your approval…

I’m having a contest! Submit your Separated birth images you’d like me to use, or just let me know the 2 names (and the show/movie they’ve been in. The actors do not have to be living to do so (as Mr. Fox here passed on in 2016) They can be old or young so long as they look like they could be closely related or actual twins.

American Horror Story…. ELECTION    mmm I might not be watching this year. Last year was a dud for me and with all the previous Election B.S. and the big  P.O.S. in office I just might skip this season altogether!

HBO Execs Finally Explained The Game Of Thrones Prequel News

Marvel Just Cast Tom Hardy as ‘VENOM’! – Bloody Disgusting!

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the-last-ship-season-4-premiere-date

and If you are having a bad day! Or a Pet Owner… I thought this was (although bad) I do like the effort its cute and sweet and honestly I want to go and rescue them all after this ad! Which I am including here for the ENTERTAINMENT value of it as well as the effort!

Universal’s ‘DARK UNIVERSE’

sooner or later forget the feminism… it’ll turn into manism…  Fems want equal treatment, pay etc… then this

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Walking Dead Whisperers? 

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Originally I have a prank from Avenged Sevenfold here (In short johnny Crist pranked Syn making him think the crowd was hearing his background vocals as a chipmunk when it was only the guys in the band that could.)

but this was funnier

 

 

Transporter Refueled


2015     PG-13    Blu-ray   1:30 (but feels longer)   ** Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson,

 

If you couldn’t tell by the titled (and perfectly titled too)   it’s a  reboot of the Jason Statham franchise. Now Ed Skrein plays Frank whats his name to carry on the adventures of the private mercenary only known in the underworld as the Transporter.

His father is retiring meanwhile there’s some sort of Prostitution ring that gets an upheaval. One of said ladies of the night wants to get out of the business and hires Frank for a job

I remember when Statham was in the movies… the fighting scenes with him were longer and faster,  that you could barely keep up. In this… they are shorter as well as No bullshit slower paced fights.

During one fight they end up in a very narrow hall of what at first I thought were like safety deposit boxes, but really just a hall of drawers. I see how narrow it is and I’m thinking how the hell are they going to fight, it doesn’t even look kike there’s room to move let alone fight moves. Well for us, it was a funny highlight of the movie (with little else)

Another highlight was a blink and miss it trick with the license plate (aka ‘tags’ as some places call them)

For a reboot I thought this was a bad job. Why not start it as a prequel where Skrein is a younger Frank, but we see how he came to be what he is? Or at least some sort of a back story here or there. Some of the dialog Skrein has I couldn’t catch, but gotta love that car… all cars should be made like that first audi!