2015 Goals: Personal

2014 had some ups and downs as far as personal goals went. I started exercising again, though not as much as I wanted, but I also put on a over a stone in weight over the course of the year. I’ve felt fat and unhealthy since August (when my running took a downward turn), and I really need to get some order into my life and put my health first. So… Continue reading “2015 Goals: Personal”

2015 Goals: Reading

The last two years I’ve had one goal at the start of the year: read an average of 6 books per month. I fell short by a mere half dozen in 2013, but 2014 saw my total hit 121, a number I never thought possible. I also try and read more new releases each year, but not without including plenty of older novels – the mix works for me. This year I’m going to try and set out a few simple goals, and at present I can’t see many reasons for not being able to meet them. Continue reading “2015 Goals: Reading”

Movies in 2014

I’ve watched my fair share of movies this year, though perhaps not as many as I would have liked considering I have an unlimited card for the local Cineworld. There were some films that I really couldn’t wait to see, with a few completely living up to expectations (I’m looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy), while others were so mind-numbingly crap that I wish I could erase the experience from my life (damn you, Transformers). Continue reading “Movies in 2014”

2014 Half-Year Reading Update

Well, the first half of 2014 has gone by rather quickly, and the way things are looking at the moment the year probably won’t hang around to let me take my time with it. I’m sure there is some sort of mathematical formula that can be applied to show that time goes quicker as you get older… Continue reading “2014 Half-Year Reading Update”

First Lines

the-temporal-voidI saw this over at N.E. White’s blog – she’s a fellow SFFWorld contributor – and I quite liked the idea of it. There aren’t many 1st lines that I can remember off the top of my head, but this one from The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton always sticks:

“Strangely enough, it was the oak trees which Justine Burnelli always remembered from the day Centurion Station died.”

I thought I’d go through my shelves, pick out some of my favourite books, and list them here. Would you read any based on these alone? Continue reading “First Lines”

The Joys and Pitfalls of Re-Reading

Have you ever read a book, let time go by, then have these fond memories of said book arise and then get the sudden urge to read it again? It happens a lot to me, which is why plenty of my reading is actually re-reading. I always try to cut down on this simply because it means that I have less time to read NEW STUFF. Continue reading “The Joys and Pitfalls of Re-Reading”