[Top Ten Tuesday] – #13 – Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.

This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Things On
My Bookish Bucket List

Initial Thoughts:

When approaching this week’s topic (like I do for every week’s theme) I asked myself “hey self, how can you change it up this week to make it more interesting and less of an information overload?” And unfortunately, I don’t have a solid answer to that because all I do is roll my face over my keyboard and rambles are created. So no, you and I will just have to suffer through another week of my longwinded points. The struggle is indeed real.

You may be interested in checking out the original bookish bucket-list by clicking here.

The Near Future

1. Invest in an eReader.

I either read with my wannabe brick smart phone or I lug around my ten-pound gaming laptop (which is also an excessive power drain) when I want to read electronic books. It is fair to say that I am an idiot considering the opportunity cost and utility derived is certainly great.

2. Join and/or create a book club.

Though it’s likely going to be the former, I need to get myself into some of these for the sake of a rich meaningful discussion. But dude, there’s so many of these online ones that makes it daunting to select one – I wouldn’t even know where to start. I am certainly open for suggestions!

The Distant Future

3. Attend the 2014 Toronto International Book Fair, Book Expo America, or equivalent.

Conventions can be plenty fun. I’ve only attended and cosplayed at anime/comic conventions (#nojudgment) but I’d imagine that they’re generally the same type of thing.

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[Music Monday] – #4 – Mree – Into The Well

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by the Total Book Geek. The purpose of this bookish variant is to match a book with a particular song; whether it is character defining, a narrative element, or just an overall book defining track.

So why am I doing this? Well if I had to choose to only have one of the five traditional senses, it would be sound perception above all else. And hey I think it’d be neat to share music I listen to on a daily basis!

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This Week’s Song:
Into The Well – Mree

Book Selected:
The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare –
M.G. Buehrlen

Initial Thoughts:

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With the recent completion of Buehrlen’s 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, the time-traveling antics experienced by Alex is very reminiscent of the overall mood created by Mree’s Into The Well. If you would like to read about my review of 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, feel free to click here. Selecting the book cover will link you to its respective Goodreads site.

My thoughts on the opening instrumental tracking is in line with whenever a Descender/Transcender enters Limbo, Polestar and the forest of lights (the gathering of the white emitting soul marks; the passing of a soul). With the addition of the overlapping vocals and smooth tones transitioning in-and-out, there’s definitely an ethereal and surreal feeling associated with imagining an expanse forest of swaying white, wispy soul marks (particularly Alex’s own level of 56 souls floating about). Considering she’s been reincarnated and currently living her 57th life, the memories of her past lives in each soul is not truly gone but rather just a distant memory. Once the beat drops and the lyrics begin does it begin to really drive the idea of Alex time-traveling into one of her past lives. The tangible familiarity within seconds of recollection is simply relatable to the lyrics of Into The Well.

Excerpt of Lyrics:

I know that I’ve been sleeping
and I know that I’ve been dreaming
But now the sun is streaming
and I swear that I’ve been here before

Not just the act of being
Caught somewhere in between
and I just can’t fight this feeling
I swear that I’ve been here before

are they mine?
These memories reside inside my head

Afterthoughts:

Welcome back to another week of audible shareables. Happy listening.

Cheers,
Joey

[Review] The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare – M.G. Buehrlen

Book Title:      The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare Series #01)
Author:              M.G. Buehrlen
Number of pages:
  416

Synopsis:57livesofalexwayfare_bookcover

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

(re: Goodreads @ 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:

– Integrates various historical periods (western, prohibition era, etc.) in the time-travels.

– Character depth of protagonist is generally fleshed out well although she follows-through with questionable actions void of real caution or consequence. There is little development in minor characters and relationships.

– Plot twists can be easily identifiable as pacing is concerned but is otherwise a well-written engaging read.

Initial Thoughts

As listed on a previous Top Ten Tuesday (TTT: Debuts I’m Excited For), I was excited for a new time travel, speculative fiction-esqe novel and then this came along. With buzzwords like limbo in the synopsis, it isn’t hard to imagine the potential this book carries to be great. And while I’m not a time-travelling connoisseur, I do appreciate a good time-travel read here and there.

But my feels for this book are on neither extremes of the spectrum; seemingly stuck in its own feels-driven limbo, if you will. It’s neither here or there, positive or negative.

Let me elaborate.

Disclaimer: There may be spoilers inherent to this review from this point onward.

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