Monday, January 29, 2018

Music Monday (36): Miguel, Kehlani, Les Friction, and Shirley Bassey

  • Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren Stoolfire at Always Me that asks you to share one or two songs that you've recently enjoyed. For the rules, visit the page HERE 

Breana: I haven’t participated in Music Monday since December of last year. So, I figured that now was a good time to get back into the other weekly meme we participate in here on Our Thoughts Precisely. My first pick is Waves by Miguel. I haven’t listened to his music in a while. But while listening to google music, his song, Waves, came on, and instantly my thoughts were: “I love this song and it’s time to listen to it on repeat.”

My second pick is In My Feelings by Kehlani. Her album, Sweet Sexy Savage, was one of my favorites from 2017. So much so that I went out and bought the Target edition of the CD with the extra songs. Yeah. Anyway, In My Feelings is one of my favorite songs by Kehlani; although, I recommend giving the entire album a listen, because it’s so good.

Adri: My picks for Music Monday are both remakes of songs that I like. They are Kashmir by Les Friction –originally performed by Led Zeppelin, and Slave to the Rhythm by Shirley Bassey –originally sung by Grace Jones. 

What are you listening to?

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Friday 56 (122) & Book Beginnings: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
23533039Synopsis from Goodreads...

The conclusion to the trilogy that began with Ancillary Justice...

For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.
Beginning: "One moment asleep. Awake the next, to the familiar small noises of someone making tea. But it was six minutes earlier than I'd intended. Why? I reached."

56: "And I was sure she wanted me to pass that on, to whatever contacts I might have in either of those places."
Comments: Ancillary Mercy was a fantastic conclusion to the Imperial Radch trilogy. What are you reading this week?

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Friday 56 (121) & Book Beginnings: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
20706284Synopsis from Goodreads...

What if you once had thousands of bodies and near god-like technology at your disposal? And what if all of it were ripped away?

The Lord of the Radch has given Breq command of the ship Mercy of Kalr and sent her to the only place she would have agreed to go—to Athoek Station, where Lieutenant Awn's sister works in Horticulture. Athoek was annexed some six hundred years ago, and by now everyone is fully civilized—or should be. But everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station's AI is unhappy with the situation, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what's going on. With no guarantees that interest is benevolent
Beginnings: "Considering the circumstances, you could use another lieutenant." Anaander Mianaai, ruler (for the moment) of all the vast reaches of Radchaai space, sat in a wide chair cushioned with embroidered silk."

56: "In my quarters, Kalr Five, disquieted by the day's events but of course expressionless, had my supper waiting for me--a bowl of skel and a flask of water, common soldier's mess."
Comments: Ancillary Sword wasn't as good as Justice or Mercy. But I still enjoyed it. A lot of vital things happened, and set up the conflict for the third book. So, it was definitely worth the read. What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Most Anticipated 2018 Books

Hi, hello, how is everyone doing today? I'm here to share my list of most anticipated 2018 book releases. Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list and I’m not going to break it down into segments to cover every last book I want to read in 2018. There’s no point, and I like to leave room for books I’ll inevitably come across later in the year. Adri is also joining me today with the sole book she's waiting for...

Breana's picks...
  • The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de BodardI have an ARC from netgalley for this one and have already read and loved it. I’m not going to say anything else about it now since the review will be on the blog closer to the release date. But just know that this story was amazing and entirely too short.
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi NovikI read Uprooted and liked the story. I didn’t really care for the Dragon, but I loved everything about the forest and the setting. So, I am very excited that Spinning Silver is going to be a thing. 
  • A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinneyALICE IN WONDERLAND RETELLING WITH A BLACK PROTAGONIST! I am a sucker for Alice retellings and am looking forward to A Blade So Black.  
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton—There’s a lot of hype surrounding The Belles, but that hasn’t stopped me from being overly excited for it. This is the kind of book I’ve been waiting for.
  • The Heart Forager by Rin ChupecoThe Bone Witch was a book that surprised me in 2017. I’d read some mixed reviews for it, but in the end, I loved the story. The end of The Bone Witch left a lot of loose ends that I’m hoping the sequel, The Heart Forager, will clarify.
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland—I’m looking forward to this one because I’m interesting in what Ireland can do with the premise hinted at in the synopsis. 
  • Space Opera by Catherynne M. ValenteThe synopsis literally says “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top science fiction spectacle”. Listen, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite novels. So, obviously Space Opera made it onto this list. 
  • Bruja Born by Zoraida CordovaI almost forgot about this book. I loved Labyrinth Lost, and let me tell you, I'm so freaking excited for Bruja Born.
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine ArdenI’m not ready for the Winternight Trilogy to be over, but the end is coming. And I’m excited to see how Arden plans to end the trilogy. 

Adri's pick...
  • Raven: Daughter of DarknessI was excited when this comic was announced because not only are there going to be twelve issues this time (the last one was six), but aldo an increase in conflict. The hardest part for me is that I've decided to wait for the trade paperback, if there is one.

What 2018 books are you looking forward to?

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Resolutions for a New Year...

Well, Happy New Year everyone. We made it to 2018. I’m back to blogging and have already had to DNF two books from two different genres. **Cries** That's not the way I wanted to start the year, but it is what it is, and I'm hoping from here on out that my next reads will be better. But, I digress. The actual point of this post is to talk about my resolutions for the New Year. I evaluated what I wanted to do differently from the past two years and have come up with a short list of reasonable goals for myself. So, without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2018...
  • Finish a sketch book...
This is more of a personal goal than a blogging one, but I thought I might as well include it on this list because I may or may not share a few pages from my sketchbook...eventually. I don't usually manage to finish a sketchbook and the majority my old ones are are filled with doodles, old art, random notes to myself, and a lot of blank or missing pages. I don't care how long it takes me to finish my current sketchbook—it's larger and has more pages than my old oneso long as I make real progress on it.
  • Finish more series...
This seems like a simple goal to accomplish. But let me tell you, I have a little problem with completing series. I’m not being dramatic. I’m being honest. I start them. I like the first two, three, sometimes even six books in the series. And yet, I don’t finish them. What got me thinking about this were the three books I got for Christmas: the last two books of the Imperial Radch trilogy by Ann Leckie, and Cold Steel by Kate Elliott. The good thing about this goal is that I’m on the right track thanks to my binge-reading of the rest of the Imperial Radch trilogy, and my local library has a couple of the books I'm looking for.
  • Actually read some poetry...
I don't read enough poetry. Plain and simple. I looked at the books I read last year and realized that I got through 2017 without reading a single book of poetry. Luckily, my local library has a pretty good selection of poetry, and I've already put several on hold including Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace.
  • And last, but certainly not least: allow more flexibility with the blog...
I can't say that my method of blogging will remain the same by the time 2018 is over, despite the fact that I want to keep the number of posts at least at three per week. But I also need to remember to take some of the pressure off  myself when I don’t particularly feel like blogging as much, and post when I feel like it. I'm also going to remove the rating system from the blog. I want to see how it'll work without the birdcages. We'll see. Design wise, I have already started on an idea for a new header for the blog. I don't know when it'll be done or if I'll change the design at all, but you never know...
So, that’s it. Those are my blogging resolutions. What are your plans for the year? 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It’s officially 2018. We will be back to blogging soon. Until then, Happy New Year! We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe day.

—Our Thoughts Precisely Team
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