I am sitting at my dad’s house trying to desperately stay on top of my game as I am writing this post. My computer decided to fall apart a few days ago, and I am sitting here trying to type this up on my work iPad. I am finding out how much I hate typing on something other than my laptop. It is just driving me insane. But I know that if I leave the broken laptop as an excuse for not writing this post, than I will be starting this year off on the wrong foot. I need to be more proactive. However, nothing drives me insane more that having difficulty editing my work. I am already missing the use of Grammarly, a decent keyboard, and my mouse. I guess I am more of a laptop person than I realize. Though I do want to let you know what my first week of the New Year has been like.
First off, I have finished a book. I am really happy about that as well. I finished Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass. I have given the book four out of five stars on Goodreads, but if I were to be honest I would have given it 3.5 stars. I have read some of her books before and I have loved them, but this book was not as up there as the others. I am not sure if it was just my extra high expectation or if it was just not what I wanted or needed at the time.
Before I begin with the review, let me give you a quick summary. If you want a detail summary click on the link to take you to Goodreads. Pi in the Sky is about a boy named Joss who is tasked with bringing Earth back, with a human girl, after the Powers To Be had to take it out of time due to it breaking the laws of physics.
To begin this review, the book was a little technical, especially for a kids book (this was geared towards 9 to 12 year olds). There was a lot of theoretical physics being thrown in. As an adult who loves science it works, but for a kid between the ages of 9 to 12, I feel that it is a bit high up there in their ability to understand abstract concepts. Though I will have to admit that she did a good job in making high abstract concepts reachable. How reachable, I am not sure, I am not 12 and haven’t been since 2001. I guess I will need to find myself a 12 year old to help me answer this question. But to continue on, these abstract concepts are necessary for you to understand what is going on in the story. They are the main plot points of this story. The other complaint that I have with the story is the slow start. I actually could have cared less about the story until you made it about 80 pages in. I do want to be into the story within the first 10 to 15 pages. I am glad that I continued, but I would have normally left the book. I will say that I did love the character growth. I felt as though our main character did grow into this nice entity who is now believing in themselves. In looking back at one of my favorite works from her, Every Soul a Star, I realize that my favorite characters are the one that do the most personal growth. Not only in attitude towards their world, but attitude towards themselves and their self confidence. This is no exception. Your main character does this huge change in viewing themselves as an important bringing and realizing that they do have some significance. This character goes from hating his life and the job that was assigned to him, to realizing that there is importance to what he does. The other thing that I enjoyed was the quotes. I guess I am a great sucker for quotes, but I did enjoy them, and loved how she used quotes from all sorts of scientist and authors throughout the book. I just found them really cool to read, and would love to add them to my cool quote collection. The last thing that I liked, is the end of the story. Not because it was the end, but just how she ended the book. I just liked how it wrapped everything up. It wasn’t your typical the end moment, more like everything was good, and all was well. I am realizing that this is a bit hard to describe, it just let me tell you, I was pleased that I did not feel the impending “that is it?” at the end of the book.
Now to the hard part, do I recommend this book. After finishing the book and thinking about it for a day or two, I realize that I would recommend this book to adults. As I have mentioned earlier, I am not sure if these high abstract concepts are to hard for a 9 to 12 year old to handle. However, I do feel as though and adult would enjoy the story, especially those who love science.
Now onto other things. I am now currently reading Morrigan’s Cross and Let it Snow. So far I am about half way through with both books. I am hoping to get more reading done with Let it Snow after I finish this update. I will admit that I am enjoying the audiobook for Morrigan’s Cross more than I thought I would. If anyone is interested, when you do the audiobook, don’t go at a faster speed than the normal pace. It does work most of the time, but the heavy accent makes it hard to understand when the reader decides to read faster. Though I am enjoying the Irish accent, I feel it adds more to the story. As for Let it Snow, I am laughing through it. Like Pi in the Sky it was a slow start, and it did not grab my attention. I completely forgot that it was 3 stories in one. It is interesting how all three stories interconnect with each other. Other than that, I feel as though I am rewarding myself every time that I am opening this book. Why? I am not sure. There are parts of the story where I am laughing so hard that I am crying, I am thinking that it is because I am into the other story more.
I have been using the Bookly app for all three books. I have realized that the app does not really allow you to do audiobooks, so I am stuck trying to solve the percentage of how much I am reading each time I finish. Which sucks, but it is working out. With Let it Snow, I had the misfortune of it miscalculating the number of pages that I have read. I had to add a time that I read the book and accidentally claimed that I was father in the book than what I actually was. In reading the review, I was able to fix the problem and now I am on the correct page without having to not count my reading time to get to the wrong page. The app is very strict about not letting you go back in the book. If you claimed that you have read 10 pages, you cannot do another reading session and claim that you are on page 9. The only other problem that I have with the app is that it wants me to pay for the subscription, which I find a little expensive. Right now they are having a sale, and for a year you would pay $20 instead of the usual $30. I still find it a bit expensive, for something I am not sure if I would be using the whole app for.
That is my update and my first review of 2019. Let me know how you are doing after the first week of the New Year. Have you had any grand adventures? Also let me know what you think of this post.
Until next time,