Monday, 30 December 2013

Year end review!

It's been a year since I started this blog and I haven't really written much. I've tried doing the same thing on paper but I just can't get into it. I have great conversations in my head, really good journal entries. Unfortunately they don't make it to paper...or computer. This year over all has been good. Not eventful but after my past few years, I love uneventful. I read probably more than I ever have. I'm not great at keeping track of that but am going to try this year. I do write down a lot of books I read on the website Goodreads but not nearly the amount I do. I have found myself re-reading some of my favorites, especially M.C. Beaton. Does anyone else do this?

Healthwise it's been steady. The nerve damage has extended to my feet. When I walk it feels like someone has ripped the skin and flesh off my feet and I am walking on the bones. In other words, it hurts like hell. The operation I am supposed to have will install a spinal cord stimulator in my back. Basically a pacemaker will be put in my stomach that will send electrical impulses to my spinal cord that will change pain signals to tingles, kind of like what it feels like when your foot goes to sleep. Those tingles are supposed to be more bareable  than the pain. I'm nervous about this operation but it's my last hope. I was supposed to have it in the fall but this is Nova Scotia, they could have meant Fall 2016.

There isn't much else to say. I live a quiet life. I rarely go out and that, in all honesty, makes me happy. I hope and pray that 2014 will be good for us and my loved ones (few as they are) as well.

Aboard the Great Iron Horse

                Aboard the Great Iron Horse: The Clockwork God, written by Jamie Sedgwick, is the first book in a new steampunk series about a motley band of misfits who are led by Socrates, an ape-like creature that is part machine and extremely intelligent. He and his band are scavenging the world for Starfall, a substance which powers a city called Sanctuary, as well as gives life to Socrates. In this particular book, when the train gets stopped, two of the crew, Micah and Kale, take off in search of provisions but end up encountering zombies and a strange and unwelcoming village.

                This is my fourth steampunk novel, only two of which I liked, and this was definitely one of them. The story is fast-paced and exciting and the author writes in a way that makes the steampunk world easy to understand even if you’re not familiar with it. I loved it from the first chapter and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

I seriously loved this book and am looking for more by this author. It's so exciting to find new authors I like!!!.....Yes, I am a book geek.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Complete Guide to Your Personal Finances Online

The Complete Guide to Your Personal Finances Online is a very informative book about managing all aspects of your finances online. With thirteen chapters covering everything, from the basics of checking your bank accounts via your home computer to online shopping, the book does a thorough job of informing those with no idea how to get started the ways they can start managing their money from home. The author provides many websites that also give loads of information, both free and ones you pay for, including budget ones which I found particularly interesting. The information is United States-based so it may be somewhat different for other countries but it is still helpful anyway. I found the information easy to understand and therefore feel this would be a perfect book for seniors to use to get started. This is a must-have book for anyone wanting to start managing their finances online.