Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello everyone! Two blog posts in one day – unheard of! I’m really trying to get back on my game of writing consistently, so here I am. 😛

This is a tag I found on Katytastic’s YouTube channel – check it out. If you want to answer the questions, I tag you. Let me know you did it so I can read your answers! 🙂

 

QUESTIONS

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I don’t really have a strategy for this. I normally just look at my shelf and grab a book that sticks out to me. The only time I pick a specific book is if I am reading through a series. For example, the Hunger Games – I read the books, one after another.


2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Sometimes I quit, sometimes I commit to the end. If I am reaching the “exciting” portion of the book and still not loving it, I put it down. There have been times when I was reading a book and thinking about putting it down, but I powered through and ended up loving the book. This is rare though.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your GoodReads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I set unrealistic GoodReads reading challenges for myself, but I try to catch up by reading as much as possible whenever I have a chance. 



4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This bothers me so much…but I still buy the un-matching book because I am not satisfied until I have the entire series on my shelf. 



5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I don’t really have anyone to bond over my shared hatred of certain books…except maybe my husband, but he isn’t really into the books I’m into so that doesn’t always work. I just look up YouTube reviews and try to find people who have similar opinions. 



6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I leave said public setting and finish reading the tear-worthy section. If I’m in a situation that I can’t leave, I’m normally not reading.


7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

Sometimes I re-read the book, sometimes I find a synopsis. It depends on how long it’s been since I read the prior book. Normally, I start reading a series after all the books have come out anyway, so I’m not in this situation often. 



8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I let people borrow books once and a while, but it has to be someone I trust. I love my books, don’t get me wrong, but if it’s a story I think people should read, I am happy to let them read it. 



9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

This is me, right now. I try to power through it by picking a book that I have been excited to read. This normally helps me to get back into it.



10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I only spend money when I know I can..so I suffer through wanting all the books until I can either afford them or ask for them for Christmas 🙂 



11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

It depends on where I am on my TBR list. Sometimes the new book is at the top, and sometimes it’s a little farther down. I only buy a book if it’s in the top 5 of my reading TBR unless I’m buying from a used book store and find something that just interests me.

 

Well, there it is. Last post for today, but I’m hoping I will be better about posting now. Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

10 Cloverfield Lane – Movie Review

Hello everyone!

Happy Tuesday! I only have one more day of work until my mini vacation with the hubby for his Birthday. I am excited! Not only will I be spending quality time with Paul, I will also be writing and finishing up some of the goals I set for myself.

Today’s blog is going to be a review of 10 Cloverfield Lane which I re-watched last night in preparation. I saw this movie in theaters back when it was released, but I haven’t written a review. Time to change that.

As always, watch the movie before you read the review. I won’t deliberately try to spoil anything, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Enjoy 🙂

10 Cloverfield Lane

Synopsis:

Following a car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), awakens in the basement of a fallout shelter of a conspiracy-crazed man, Howard (John Goodman), who claims to have saved her from the crash and informs her that a chemical attack has devastated the surrounding area, rendering the outside world uninhabitable. Emmett (John Gallager Jr.), is also in the shelter, and corroborates this version of events.

Review:

This is a semi-sequel to Cloverfield, which I will be reviewing soon (possibly tomorrow). It’s presented in third-person unlike Cloverfield, which was a found-footage style movie. Now, when I say “semi-sequel,” I really mean it. It would be a mistake to think you’re going into to watch a sequel to Cloverfield. This is very different. It’s much more confined and claustrophobic, with some incredible character development. It will constantly have you questioning everything.

What makes this film so interesting is how plausible the entire situation is. The acting has you feeling like this could really happen. It’s tense. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, you start doubting again. The directing of this film is pretty incredible. It’s paced just right – it lets you get a little comfortable, just to throw another curve ball at you.

Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come.

Let’s talk about the actors for a little bit. John Goodman. I can pretty much leave it at that. He is INCREDIBLE. In one scene, he’ll leave you feeling uncomfortable and in the next scene, he will appear rational and friendly. This movie toys with you the entire way through. Is he crazy or is he the only one who knows what is up? I’ve said this before, if I had to pick a favorite actor, he would be it.

How do you know that this is real?

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also very, very good in this film. She is constantly on edge and her performance is so incredibly believable. Her character isn’t stupid. She’s constantly questioning, constantly paying attention, and even when you think she is getting complacent, she surprises you with new bravery. She is always thinking a couple moves ahead. I’d give Winstead’s performance an A+ in this movie for sure.

Howard’s like a black-belt in conspiracy theory. Plus, how often do you get to build a doomsday bunker?

John Gallager Jr. gave a pretty good performance as well. The fact that Emmett isn’t a very fleshed out character isn’t really Gallager’s fault. The movie is mainly about Howard and Michelle. Emmett is unfortunately just a filler character needed for some of the plot.

The visuals of this move are pretty fantastic. You never feel like you’re getting the same shot twice, which is pretty impressive given the tight quarters the majority of the movie is shot in. The angles and different shots really help that claustrophobic/paranoid feel it wants you to get while watching.

People are strange creatures. You can’t always convince them that safety is in their best interest.

The one con to this movie that I have heard and read is the name Cloverfield giving an unrealistic idea that this movie is going to feature the same things the original movie featured. Here’s the deal, as I said earlier, if you go into this movie expecting an action packed, monster attacking a city movie – you’re going to be disappointed. This is a semi-sequel, not a direct sequel. I’m interested to see where this franchise goes.

Wrap Up:

Overall, this is in my top favorite movies. I can’t get over how fantastic it is, and I could re-watch it again tonight without being bored. If you haven’t seen it – go watch it. It’s definitely worth your time.

RATING: 5/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought of 10 Cloverfield Lane in the comments below. Stay tuned for my review of Cloverfield, coming soon!

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post #8

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

I wrote this poem 10 years ago, and I’m pretty sure I was mad at someone. Allpoetry also allows its members to run contests and enter contests – this was a poem written off the word bank provided by the contest maker.

The word bank used in case you’re interested:

Intoxicated
Masquerade
Distorted
Collide
Mirage
Memories
Tainted
Fabricated
Desolate
Misery
Chaotic
Corrupt
Revenge
Demise
Renegade
Fatality

Enjoy 🙂

 

The Masquerade

The desolation and misery you’re feeling now,
has all been caused by your obsession with yourself.
All your stories of the different things you’ve done,
are all fabrications, you can never tell the truth.

Your mind is tainted now; you think the lies are true.
It’s all just a mirage – reality becomes distorted now.
Maybe the memories are too much for you to handle.
Maybe that’s why you’re constantly intoxicated by deceit.

When I am around you, I feel like I’m in a masquerade,
where you’re forced to where a mask to hid the shame.
You pretend to be someone I know you never wanted to be,
and I wonder if you’ll ever remove your disguise.

Your old friends are beginning to call you a renegade,
because all you ever want is the attention on you.
Everyone knows you’re a fraud; your life is fake.
Soon you’ll become a fatality that no one will remember.

Your life is so chaotic, or so you say to all around you.
Everyone knows it’s all for the attention you think you lack.
You’re so corrupt now; all you do is perjure yourself.
Your falseness will soon become your demise.

When the truth and lies collide,
What will the outcome be?
Revenge or forgiveness?

 

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post #6

Hello everyone! It’s Sunday and it’s a beautiful day here in Rochester, NY. I had a nice weekend, I hope you all did as well. I have another poem to share with you today. I hope you enjoy it.

Spellbound

Crimson drapes, glowing candles,
silent whispers of sweet desires.
The night draws near, takes me in,
singing sweetly, a lullaby of insanity.

Bright flames, angelic misery,
leads me to the end of another day.
Silent scene, darkness surrounds me,
soaring through an absurd fantasy.

I finally loose all of my control,
it’s dangerous, but I can’t help it.
I am spellbound,
and I cannot break the spell on me.

 

That is all I have for you today.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

I hope you have a great week!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post #5

Hi Everyone!

Happy Sunday! Welcome back to another poetry post. I figured I’d show you a bit of a happier piece today.

A little update for you before we jump into the poem. I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and a Twitter tag #WIPjoy which is a prompt about your current work in progress every day. Check out my answers on Twitter if you’re curious about Alter Reach.

I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

Angel

Graceful charm,
intertwined with,
the delicate essence,
of angels in heaven.

Harbor my heart,
in your eyes,
and steal my soul,
with one smile.

The air I breathe,
my pulse, my life.
You and only you.
My angel above.

 

That is all I have for you today.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

I hope you have a great week!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post

Hello everyone!

Back again with my weekly poetry post. This was another poem written for my creative writing class in college. We were supposed to place with spacing and punctuation. Unfortunately, this blog is not optimal for viewing how this piece actually looks (it looks better in word).

Enjoy 🙂

Tick Tock

The ticking
of the clock;
so painful to my ears.Constant noise…

Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock

(ticking like a bomb,
waiting to explode,
at the most opportune moment.)

It is so:
Sane,
logical…
compared to fast-paced reality

-ticktockticktockticktock-

Yet it flies by so fast…
in the blink of an eye
it can take away everything.

And if I tear the clock
off my wall and turn back the hands;
Will I turn back time?

tock-tick
tock-tick
tock-tick

 

That’s all I have for you today.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post

Hello everyone!

I’m starting something new today. I’ve written about my poetry in past blog posts, and I thought it would be fun to share a poem once a week. I don’t claim to be a fantastic poet, and I haven’t really written in the past few years. All of what I will share was written in high school/college (unless I decide to write something new). I’ll try to give you a little back story on each piece.

The poem I am going to share this week was written in college. I took a creative writing course, and each week was a new type of poetry. This was a Villanelle attempt, although if I remember correctly, I missed something in the structure of the poem…so if you’re a Villanelle expert, forgive me.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

The Siren’s Song Floats on Ship Sails

The siren’s song floats on ship sails,
drawing in a sailor’s final sigh,
for temptations always prevail.

A harmony impossible to decline,
when the course goes awry,
the siren’s song floats on ship sails.

Once truth and song combine,
on strength, the men cannot rely,
for temptations always prevail.

Once wise men, naively blind,
believe beauty is an ally,
the siren’s song floats on ship sails.

Allowing the humming to entwine,
unknown this is the last goodbye,
for temptations always prevail.

And you, sailors must keep your mind,
cover your ears so you can deny.
The siren’s song floats on ship sails,
for temptations always prevail.

 

 

That’s all I have for you today.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Until next time –
Jessica