Sunday, February 24, 2019

Weekly Catch Up: Almost Through February

I am hoping to get back to posting regularly and saying HI! along with sharing some of the week that has gone by included the videos I've posted on my YouTube channel. February has been a bit of a tough month in terms of the weather, so the this week was getting outside! It was very exciting to stock back up on veggies and simply enjoy the slightly milder weather. We also had the gorgeous Snow Moon this week which was stunning. I'm looking forward to trying making roasted root vegetables and sausages this weekend. Wish me luck!

Friday Reads

This is my weekly video where I share the books that I've finished, the books that I've started and anything interesting about books I'm carrying over week to week!

January Haul

In this video I share all the books I bought in January, including how much I spent and also asking the question: is a monthly subscription to a book service money spent on books? I mention Brock and his Let's Read Spreadsheet of Awesomeness 2019.

Film Vlog: Underworld Film Series

I love the Underworld Films (well, most of them!). I happily noticed that the most recent film in the series, Blood Wars, was added to Netflix and I took it as an opportunity to re-watch the entire series and than enjoy the new installment. And I did enjoy the new installment. Here me gush about the films here!

January Reading Reflection

This year I have decided to do monthly videos where once the month is complete, I look back to see what I read and how closely it resembles what I set out to read. The results are, shall we say "interesting" This was published earlier in the month, but as it will be a regular feature this year I wanted to include the first one. I hope you enjoy it!

That was my week! I hope you had a good one!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

2019 Goals and Challenges

Well, it has been a while. I would love to be back to blogging, so here I am with a whole whack ton of different goals for the upcoming year. Now that I see them all together, it's a little daunting especially as I probably have even more goals! Hopefully it will help created a really fun year.

For each set of goals I've done a video over at my YouTube channel, and I've also listed them out in text below (because I LOVE lists!). Enjoy watching, reading or both!

2019 Reading Goals

2019 Reading Goals
Read 6 book for Shannon Reads "Those Books" Exploration
Read 6 books for my SciFi Fantasy and Weird Exploration (specifically 2 SciFi, 2 Fantasy, 2 Weird)
Read 40 book from TBR Unwrappings | PLUS: Only have a maximum of 10 Unwrapped Books At a Time
Book to Film Challenge 2019
Read the Oldest Books on my GoodReads TBR Shelf
Stacking the Series Challenge
A to Z Graphic Novels
A to Z Romances
Read 10 Non-Fiction Art Books
Read 5 Memoirs
Read 5 Non-Fiction Productivity / Practices Books
Participate in 10 Readathons
Find my way to DNFing a book
Plus: Do Monthly Reflections & Share Progress on Goals for the Year

My 2019 Book to Film Challenge

The 12 Book to Film Adaptations I'm Planning to Read:
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Three Seconds by Roslund, Anders and Borge Hellstrom (Grens & Sundkvist #5) | Translated by Kari Dickson | Film: The Informer or Three Seconds
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Sailor Girl by Sheree-Lee Olson
A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion
Dune by Frank Herbert (Dune Chronicles #1)
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Splinter Cell by David Michaels (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #1)

2019 Film Goals

My Film Goals for 2019:
Watch 100 Movies
Get Letterboxd to 1000+ films seen
Watch 10 movies via Hoopla
Watch 20 movies via Kanopy
Rent 8 New Releases
Watch 10 Netflix Original Films
Make a 2019 Anticipated Films List
Create a List of Favourite Directors | Potential Mini-Project(s) to catch up on their recent films.
List of Favourite Actors (both men & women actors)| Potential Mini-Project(s) to catch up on their recent films.
Genre Catch Up - Make a list of the Action, SciFi, Fantasy, Horror/Cult, Dance, Martial Arts Musicals, International and All-the-tick-boxes Dramas from the past 10 years and start working my way through them!
Do Ryan Chattaway's 24 Hour Movie Marathon (if it is happening this year)
Do a Countdown/Marathon to Fast & Furious in anticipation for Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (Aug 2 2019)
Watch the 18 B2F Adapatations I Haven't Seen
Finish off 3 B2F Series : Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner
1 other Project, to be determind at a later date
Cultivate Better Movie Watching Habits (i.e. Combat Decision Fatigue and Watch Stuff!)
Find 10 You Tubers that I really enjoy watching their film related content
Di 2 Film Vlogs throughout the year
Do 1 Film related video a month

Overall most important thing: watch movies, talk about movies and be more involved in film related communities. These goals are in support of this overall goal, they are there to guide and encourage, not to restrict or become to dos. I'm achievement oriented, so I like set targets, but as long as I'm going in a good direction, it's all good.

2019 Gaming Goals

I didn't play tons of games last year and that is something I would like to change! Here is my plan, or at the very list my list of goals.

The Games:
Try EVERY game I have bought but haven't tried yet (11 Games!*)
Buy & Play Trials Rising
Try in EARNEST a first person game
Re-play 1 game that I've already played start to finish
Try an online game (PS4 or PC)

Get to 400 Trophies or 1 Platinum | I started the year with 325 Trophies: 0 Plat / 5 Gold / 25 Silver / 295 Bronze
Try intentionally getting trophies for a particular game
Get to 80% of Trophies collected for an already started game
Get to 50% of Trophies collected for an new play game

2 Gaming Vlogs

Try 1 demo of each style
Try 1 demo of each genre
Homework: Make a list of all the styles and genres
Keep 10-20 GB free to DL new demos

Systems/Storage Management
Feel good about storage management | Could be always have 30 - 50GB free, regularly clear off played game, decide the core set of games never to take off, whatever works
check the Playstation store regularly
Save for a PS5 and/or get my PS4 repaired

*The 11 Games I've Bought but not Played Yet:
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
Assassin's Creed Unity
Dishonored Definitive Edition
Game of Thrones
God of War
GWENT: The Witcher Game
Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
Murdered: Soul Suspect
The Last of Us Remastered
The Talos Principle
Valiant Hearts

Believe it or not, I'm sure I have more goals for the year, so this will likely be a post that may grows and change as the year goes on. Here is to an awesome 2019!

December 2019 TBR

Happy December All! It's time to look at the books I plan on reading in December. I have three different things I'm working on...