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Yet Another Catch-Up...
October 6, 2020

Only 2+ months since my last entry here. Not too bad. Hopefully, I'll write another entry within the week.


Books
Tracy said that there were 362 books on the kindle. Add over 100 physical books that I've yet to read in my bookcases and I have close to 500 books to read (if I read everything on the Kindle). That's insane, especially when I've been reading around 1-3 books a year for the past 5 years. I keep saying that I'll improve. Because, how is it... I used to read at least one book a week as a teenager and now I struggle to read a few books a year in my late 30s/early 40s.

This is probably the umpteenth time that I'll swear to improve my reading. I would love to read a book a week, if possible. Because if I could read 52 books a year, it would only take 2 years to read all the physical books that I currently have and no more than a decade to include what's currently on the kindle.

So, my initial plan is to find other times to read instead of just at bedtime, so that I might be able to read for an hour or two a day instead of only a few minutes (on average).

So, at the moment, I'm trying to finish "Killing Time" by Caleb Carr. This is the author who wrote The Alienist, which I haven't read. But this book is not great. It seems to build up the tension and then nothing in some parts, then it can be boring in other parts. And while it's a first-person POV, the character seems to know what the others are thinking (like he's omniscient or something). I started this book in early 2019 and I am finally within a few chapters of finishing it. I've read reviews and they say that the author's famous book is probably his best and this one, set in the near future, is crap in comparison.
I am a reader that tries to finish what I started, no matter how long it takes me. Luckily, I also try to have a few other books going at the same time (in case one of them takes forever to read).


Movies
No movies outside the house because of the pandemic. Hopefully someday.


TV
We continue to watch about 2-4 hours of TV a night. And by TV, I mean either Netflix or Amazon Prime. Our latest binges have mostly been on Netflix, and they are...

3% - Season 4 was the final season and they seemed to wrap it up well. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding for that show.

Advantageous - I remember this being an interesting movie, but nothing really memorable.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Amazon) - I enjoyed this little fun and crazy movie from the '80s. I like that it has such a cult following.

Away - I found this show to be a level or so above "Another Life", a similar show also on Netflix. This one has more of a human touch to it. I can't wait for season 2.

Evil - I feel this show kinda wants to be like the early "X-Files" but with demons and miracles instead of the paranormal. It's interesting so far.

High Score - This was a history of video games, but with more of a human story to it. Very enjoyable.

Hilda - This was a cute little children's animated show. I loved the stories and the world it was set in (seemed like Earth, but with fantasy elements).

Into the Forest - An interesting movie. I think it was about two sisters who "lived" in the woods with their father sometime in the near future and what happens to them when the power goes out.

Into the Night - This show has a fascinating take on the apocalyptic genre. A plane that is forced to continue flying west and avoid the sunlight. It also centers on the characters, their backgrounds, and their struggles to survive. I wasn't sure how this would play out as a series, but now I can't wait for the second season.

Lucifer - Part 1 of season 5. It continues to entertain. I hear that season 6 might be the final season, which at the moment is sad. I've enjoyed the series as a whole.

Omniscient - This was an interesting show from Brazil. I think I enjoyed "3%" just a bit better.

The Order - The story seemed pretty good in both season one and two. I really liked some of the side characters better than the main character though.

The Rain - Season 3 was the final season. The whole show was enjoyable.

Safety Not Guaranteed - It was interesting and funny at times. I like time travel shows, even if the characters don't appear to time travel.

Somewhere Between - I really enjoyed this show, where a woman gets a second chance to save her daughter (there's also a man that also gets a chance to save someone). There were a few scenes I wish ended differently, but it was good overall.

Splice - This was an OK movie. I liked the creature that it was focused on.

Sword Art Online - It's an anime and so far I like it. I prefer subtitled shows over the "dubbed" shows, but reading on TV seems to be bothering Tracy's eyes. So, maybe we'll wait until his eyes feel better to continue with it.

The Umbrella Academy - Season 2. It was a blast and I hope there's a season 3.


Games
Since games are also entertaining, I thought I would add its own section here. I can talk about any type of game I've played, whether it's a board game, video game, tabletop RPG game, etc.

The last "video" game I played was probably Grim Dawn on the computer, about 2+ months ago.

The last "board" game we played was Trivial Pursuit Genus IV about a month or two ago.

The last tabletop RPG game I played was D&D last Saturday at the local game store. We're still new at it. I feel like this campaign might be the "first" game we've been in that has gone beyond 2 sessions (I think we just finished session 4). It's a lot of fun though and we wish we would've jumped on this wagon a lot sooner (if we weren't so shy).

Lately, I've been "obsessing" over the Cypher System Tabletop RPG system, even though I don't have the core book yet. I heard about it when I was researching the Numenera game a year or so ago, but I only really got into researching it in the past month. It sounds like something I would like, so I asked the local game store owner to order the book. He mentioned the price, but it seems all RPG core books are not cheap ($50-70+ for a physical copy). It should be at the store this weekend. In the meantime, I am watching actual play sessions of the game and learning as much as I can. I also have an idea for a one-shot game that I hope we can play at some point.




Anyway, I am hoping to have a new entry whenever I finish a book I'm reading. Or in a week... whichever comes first.

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