Long Weekends & Ready Player One

Posted April 1, 2018 by Amber in Bookish Things, Reading, Real World, Weekly Tea Time for My Soul / 11 Comments


Good morning my lovelies, and happy Easter!

Whether you’re at Easter Mass, on an egg hunt, or doing positively nothing at all, I hope you have a delightful day!

I have had a most amazingly productive book week for the first time in ages, which was a lovely change.  Finished three books this week, all of which have been fairly long-running for me, and all of which I enjoyed.  You should be seeing reviews pop up for The MagiciansGone With the Wind, and Wizard and Glass throughout the next couple weeks!


Of course, this also means I started new books!  Matt and I have moved on to the next Dark Tower book, Wolves of the Calla.  I hope my husband enjoys it.  I really like sharing these stories with him, doubly so when he enjoys them too.  He’s been on a bit of a reading slump lately (he’s listening to The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks and is having trouble getting immersed).

For my solo reads, I’ve got Anne of the Island on audiobook and The Price Guide to the Occult in hardcopy.  Anne of the Island has been on m TBR so long that I actually went back and re-read Anne of Green Gables last year.  It’s really good so far!  I adore Anne’s childish delights and didn’t love Anne of Avonlea.  I think I like Anne of the Island better so far.  Phil is darling and I’m quite enjoying Anne/Gilbert.

As for The Price Guide to the Occult?  Loves, this book is properly witchy.  I’ve been dying for something with a bit of gritty hocus pocus and Price Guide may just be that book.  I’m in the early parts yet, so it’s too soon to tell… but I think I will like it.  I won this book through LibraryThing and ended up with a gorgeous finished hardcopy instead of the ARC I expected… stained pages and all.  I hope I love it because it’s so pretty, I want to keep it forever.


Total side note, have y’all seen the “Book Compatibility Test” feature on Goodreads?  I just logged in to check a title and noticed it for the first time and OMG I love it.  I compared myself with Tizzy from Dusting the Soul for fun.

So to come up with the above metrics, it compares ratings on common books in other genres to see if people agreed on them.  For example, see my and Tizzy’s line up in the Science Fiction genre, below.

I think this is great – I love statistics like this.  I can see where the comparisons aren’t perfect, but the stats seems fairly representative and I may have just wasted half and hour checking my compatibility with people.  I think mostly I’m just a statistics nerd.


I adore long weekends.  I’ve gotten SO MUCH done this weekend.  The stock market was closed on Friday, so my company was too.  On Friday, I did all my weekend housework and bribed my husband that if he did his too, we could go see Ready Player One.

He was all about it.

Ready Player One was one of the first stories that got my husband into reading.  It broke a year-long reading slump for me back in 2013.  We both love this book.  While he was excited going in, I was extremely apprehensive.  I’d been reading blogger reviews of the movie vs. the book (my favorite is Ali’s at The Bandar Blog, who felt destroyed and betrayed) and totally prepared myself for this film to be The Worst Thing Ever.

It wasn’t The Worst Thing Ever, but there was room for improvement.  I genuinely think that it’s decent movie for those who haven’t read the book, and that it holds up well for kids and adults alike.  It wasn’t deep, but it was fun.  I wish they’d been truer to the book, which was packaged and ready to go to film the way it was, but that’s Hollywood.  I’m dropping a book vs. the movie showdown tomorrow with very detailed, very spoilery thoughts, for anyone interested.

Otherwise, it’s been a family weekend!  Y’all know how much I love those!

Actually it hasn’t been that bad. 🙂

We went to my mother-in-law’s last night and had pizza and jovial conversation.  I found out my step-father-in-law went to see The Beatles when they first came over to the States, which I thought was pretty cool.  He didn’t hear them apparently because of all the screaming girls, but he was at the concert!

This morning I’m baking up my Famous Egg Casserole (it’s seriously delicious) and we’re going over to my parents’ house for Easter brunch.  My brother isn’t coming this year, because it’s a haul from Philly, and I don’t blame him.

And then?  Yikes.  Back to work on Monday.  I’ve got to wrap this up, because I’ve got this sweet thing cuddled beside me demanding some love.

Cheers, y’all.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, I hope you have an amazing day and upcoming week!

(Linking up to The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer.)


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11 responses to “Long Weekends & Ready Player One

  1. I’m very jealous you’re reading Price Guide right now! But it sounds just perfect and exactly what I was expecting with the “gritty” witchy vibe 🙂 Plus the hardcover really is gorgeous, isn’t it? I’ve never heard of the book compatibility quiz on GR, but now I can’t wait to try it. I love dabbling with all kinds of fun little metrics, so I could probably kill a good bit of time with those! Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

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    • Amber

      The hardcover is AMAZING. I’m really enjoying Price Guide, I hope you like it when you get to it.

      Have a lovely week as well!

  2. Congrats on finishing 3 books. I’ve played with the book compatibility test thing before, but it’s been awhile. I need to snoop on some of my new friends’ Goodreads shelves and see how compatible we are. Have a great week!

    • Amber

      Thanks! I’ve been on such a slump lately – March was my lowest reading month so far, so it was nice to finish a few things in April. Next, I really want to get through The Phantom Tree and move on to my next ARC.

      Have a magnificent Tuesday!

  3. I love statistics too! I will go check out that feature right now! I saw RPO this weekend as well! I feel like stand alone it was good, but it wasn’t a good adaptation 🙁 I can’t wait to read your book vs movie showdown!

  4. Ali

    Thanks for the shout out, my friend!! And OMG about the book compatibility feature on Goodreads! I didn’t know about it, and now I’m totally going to go and waste some time playing on it 😀

    • Amber

      Goodreads isn’t mapped out super well – I find fun little tidbits all the time that make me smile! Still waiting on those half-stars, though.

      Happy to shout out to your blog, any time! It’s one of my favorites. <3

    • Amber

      The Iron Giant is crazy underrated. That scene with the kid and the FBI guy at the ice cream shop still cracks me up. And I think I only know one other person (other than my brother) who has seen it.

      Feel free to send me all the chocolate! 😉 Actually no don’t I don’t need it. 😛 Bring it to work! That’s what we do when we have too much candy.