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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag²

I’m freaking out again! Let’s check in and see how my reading and blogging year is going:

Best book you read in 2018 so far

Chosen by my book club, I picked up this book uncertain if I would connect with it. But it grabbed me immediately, and brought up incredibly strong feelings. The compelling audio narration made me reflect on my own troubled childhood, and gave me much food for thought. This family drama set in Alaska in the 1970’s was filled with very real characters,  and this beautifully told story of survival (both physical and emotional) has stayed with me. Read my full review on Goodreads.

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Best sequel you’ve read so far 

In the first volume A Well Regulated Militia, Brian Wood first gives us a lengthy portrait of the fictional character Seth Abbott and his journey from farm boy to one of the well respected leaders of the Green Mountain Boys. Then we are given shorter non-linear vignettes of other loyalists and patriots and their contributions to the war. This second historical fiction graphic novel follows suit. In These Free and Independent States, we revisit Vermont to find that Seth’s son John is a boat-making savant. Spanning the years from 1786 to 1816, John comes to age as the new nation faces several threats and a new Navy is commissioned

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

I ordered this YA book for my teen department, and it is a summer reading choice for the local high school that my library serves. I have an audio edition on hold and I look forward to listening to this fantasy novel that so many people seem to be raving about.

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I look forward to every Walking Dead volume and both the mystery-thriller Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers books by John Sandford.

Biggest disappointment

A big fan of Andy Weir’s first book The Martian, I eagerly looked forward to his next book and was pleased to find a heroine in his second novel. Imagine my dismay when my opinion of Artemis  plummeted chapter by chapter. I was hate reading it at the end.

Biggest surprise

Author Michelle McNamara was nearing completion of this true-crime novel when she unexpectedly died. Her husband and two co-writers were able to finish it, and soon after publication with the resulting renewed attention to the crime, the case was solved. It was a bittersweet surprise that McNamara’s book helped bring the killer to justice. Read my full review on Goodreads.

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Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

M.A. Bennett wrote a twisty psychological thriller for teens that I found very appealing. Her debut novel was a strong start, so I’m willing to check out further work from her. Read my full review on Goodreads.

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Newest fictional crush

I’ve been devouring graphic novels written by Brian Wood- does that count as a crush?

Newest favourite character

Enna, Sven’s traditional wife, from the Viking saga Northlanders by Brain Wood. In the first volume I hated Sven but loved Enna. She truly redeemed his character.

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Book that made you happy

I love Star Wars! I love short stories! Together this anthology was a win-win for me. From A Certain Point Of View is a must read for all Star Wars fans. It strengthened and filled in gaps in the narrative and this new canon was a treat from beginning to end.

Book that made you sad

What Happened is an apt title, for truly, what happened in the 2016 election? In this book Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what transpired behind the scenes in her election bid to be president. Spanning many years of her life, but concentrating mostly on the two years preceding the election, she shares her thoughts and experiences of what went on. She reflects on what went wrong, she owns up to her mistakes, and she gives the reader a fuller picture of who she is. I cried several times while I listened to the audio while I mourned for a future that did not happen. Read my full review on Goodreads.

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Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year 

Ready Player One was a solid adaptation of the book, but it didn’t knock my socks off. It’s The Hate U Give that is coming out later this year that I think will end of being my favourite film adaptation. It’s first trailer looks fabulous!

Favourite review you have written this year 

Kathleen and I did a fun blog series about who is the best cinematic Chris with bloggers Michael of My Comic Relief and Kalie of Just Dread-full. My choice of Chris Pine was obviously the best, but the whole experience of writing for this series was enjoyable!

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Above The Timberline by Gregory Manchess is a unique book, that isn’t quite a graphic novel, instead it is a highly illustrated book, a so-called “painted novel”. Very reminiscent of the Dinotopia book series (minus the dinosaurs but add polar bears) by James Gurney, this large sized book has 240 pages of lush paintings that transport you to another time and place.The artwork is exquisite. He vividly creates a believable tundra landscape, and paints his characters, animals and interior backgrounds with precision.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year? 

I am a member of NetGalley and try to keep my book queue to a minimum so my ratio stays high. Right now the only book I have to get to is Other People by Joff Winterhart.

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Half way through the year and I’m on schedule for my Goodreads challenge of 100 books, as I’m at 54 with a few books almost done this week. So far, so good. Bring on the last half of 2018!

-Nancy

The Great Chris Debate of 2018

Just when you thought The Great Chris Debate was over…

This is a joint release from Green Onion of The Green Onion Blog and Rob Wantz of My Side of the Laundry Room.

Recently, Rob and I have been sitting on the sidelines as our blogging family has been debating over which Chris is the greatest Chris in Hollywood. With four individual posts and a heated Twitter argument it has been the biggest crossover event of our little blogging group since the Great Twitter Dance-Off of 2017, or Just Dread-full’s What Scares Us series. Rob and I were left out of this massive event, but we’re not hurt, not really.

Over the following week, we have been enjoying each of our friend’s arguments for each of their favourite Chrises. Part one involved Michael J. Miller of My Comic Relief defending Chris Pratt’s newly found status as an A-list Chris. Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2 answered back with her own arguments for the case of Chris Evans. In the third piece of the series, Kalie of Just Dread-full chose the mighty Chris Hemsworth. Finally, Nancy also of Graphic Novelty2, who initiated this massive debate articulated her defence of Chris Pine. Each piece was written with some convincing elements and are all entertaining in their own right. Before we continue, I recommend reading each of the posts.

Since the release of the final post in the series Rob and I have been in heavy deliberation over which article we felt won the most significant debate of the year. As part of our decision, we took into account the strength of each debate, any added criteria to the argument, as well as the Chris that each blogger chose. After two days of deliberation, we are now ready to release this statement with our choice of who is victorious in the Great Chris Debate!

Our first elimination was an easy choice with the removal of Nancy’s Chris Pine. While we appreciated Nancy’s hard efforts to defend Chris Pine, we felt she was fighting a losing cause. Nancy started her defence by bringing up Pine’s inaugural role in The Princess Diaries 2, which almost got her disqualified off the bat. A look at Pine’s many film roles did not help the actor. After our deliberation, we found that Chris Pine is not in the same tier as the other Chrises. Pine is not even the original prince but was only involved in Princess Diaries the sequel. In fact, many of his placements throughout Hollywood are equally second rate. He was in Star Trek, not Wars, he is in DC not Marvel, and he’s not even his own superhero, but in a supporting role. Sorry, Nancy, Chris Pine is easily replaceable in any film.

Additionally, considering Pine may be responsible for initiating this argument after a stint on Saturday Night Live (where admittedly he killed the Ru Paul’s Drag Race sketch) it could be argued that this Chris is grasping to be in the same calibre as the others.

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Rob and I’s second elimination was not as easy. Honestly, this Chris may have been both of our choices before the Great Debate. Michael’s Chris Pratt is a lovable everyman who we have seen grow to stardom while making us laugh the whole way through. However, my associate Rob makes a valid point that Pratt has made a career out of playing the same character. As charming as he is, we found there are not many dimensions to the actor and worry he may fall out of the limelight before the remaining Chrises- though his memes may live forever. Michael’s debate was strong, but given the nature of his Chrises comedy strength, Michael may have had a one-up before this debate even began.

Left with two choices, Rob and I had to look past a battle between Thor and Captain America and really break down these debates from Kathleen and Kalie. As difficult as it was we found that Kathleen’s debate for Chris Evans was missing some critical details. Evans, out of all of the Chrises has the strongest resume, and one mention of him playing a part in Scott Pilgrim vs the World would have probably earned my vote. Other comic book film roles like The Losers or being the only good part of the Fantastic Four films would have also gained some points. It was an unfortunate choice, but Evans was eliminated.

Therefore, the winner of the Great Chris Debate as chosen by the two guys that got left out of all the fun is… Chris Hemsworth! We were both swooned by his rugged good looks and Kalie’s argument that there just is no one else that could play the god of thunder. While Hemsworth looks the part of a one-dimensional actor, he has managed to show us his wide range of abilities in each film that he stars. Hemsworth’s Team Thor videos may have put him over the top, but we also took into account that this Chris also won the popularity vote as put on by Michael’s class.

Congratulations Kalie, great Chris!

BUT WAIT!!!!

In a surprise turn of events, Rob and I have also decided that while Kalie/Hemsworth have won this debate, he is not the greatest Chris. Sorry to let everyone know who put their hard work into these articles, but you were all wrong. The greatest, the only Chris worth talking about is none other than Christopher Walken. And that is something nobody could argue.

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Thank you,

Green and Rob

Green Onion Revival Project

image.jpegThis is a joint release from Green Onion of The Green Onion Blog and Rob Wantz of My Side of the Laundry Room.

Recently, Rob and I have been sitting on the sidelines as our blogging family has been debating over which Chris is the greatest Chris in Hollywood.  With four individual posts and a heated Twitter argument it has been the biggest crossover event of our little blogging group since the Great Twitter Dance-Off of 2017, or Just Dread-full’s What Scares Us series.  Rob and I were left out of this massive event, but we’re not hurt, not really.

Over the following week, we have been enjoying each of our friend’s arguments for each of their favourite Chrises.  Part one involved Michael J. Miller of My Comic Reliefdefending Chris Pratt’s newly found status as an A-list Chris.  Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2 answered back with her own…

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The Great Chris Debate! Part 4: Chris Pine

This week, Michael of My Comic Relief, Kalie of Just Dread-full, Kathleen, and I went head to head – trying to decide which cinematic superhero Chris is best! Michael supported Chris Pratt, Kalie choose Chris Hemsworth and Kathleen went with Chris Evans. All three shared heartfelt but misguided treatises as to the superiority of their Chris. While all three are excellent writers, they all fell short (and they secretly know it). Clearly the best was saved for last, which quite obviously is Chris Pine.

To say that the public is blessed with such four outstanding Chrises is an understatement. People come in with their own preconceived notions of what they find attractive, sexy and funny. All of the Chrises fit into those categories, but it takes a truly superior Chris to rise above the rest. So let’s wrap this up for once and for all, as I prove my Chris is best.

As if we needed an introduction to the best of the Chrises, but here it is, announcing it himself:

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