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Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon

12 Nov

It has been a VERY long time since I’ve posted on my blog but what better time to jump back in than when I have decided to do a read-a-thon once again.  This one is being hosted by and Book Shelvery & Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This event is focused on winter and/or Christmas themed books.  I am trying to focus on print books right now so was more limited on my choices but found a few good candidates for this challenge.

   
    

 
If you’d like to sign-up please click on the logo below.  Also, be sure to follow us at #HoHoHoRAT! The read-a-thon is from November 12th-17th.

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon

Review: Emily the Strange: Lost, Dark & Bored

9 Apr

Emily the Strange: Lost, Dark & Bored (Dark Horse Comics Series 1, Issues #1-#3)Emily the Strange: Lost, Dark & Bored by Rob Reger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Meh… am not overly thrilled with this series so far. I have book two already so I’m sure I’ll read it one day, but I don’t plan on seeking out any more of the series. I usually like these kinds of gothic comics, but this one just fails in comparison to some of the others I’ve read.

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Review: Grape City

9 Apr

Grape CityGrape City by Kevin L. Donihe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book #1 for the April 2011 read-a-thon. This was my first read by Kevin Donihe. The book was humorous at times as well as witty throughout. Donihe definitely has a warped sense of humor, which I like. Interested in reading more by him in the future.

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www.sanddanz.com is now open!

28 Mar

Thanks to a special Valentine’s Day present from my wonderful boyfriend, Craig, the domain name www.sanddanz.com is now officially mine.  At this point in time it’s just an easier way to remember to get to my new blog on WordPress.  I may eventually do more with the site, but actually keeping up with a blog regularly will be time-consuming enough.  The main reason for this blog is to track my progress in my self-teaching of Japanese, BUT… I will also be throwing in other things, including my book reviews and movie reviews and such that were originally posted on my blogspot blog.  Yes, I do still write reviews, it’s just been a while due to other things going on in my life.  I am trying to get back into that groove though so you shall see new postings here soon.  As for the Japanese stuff… I hope that what I’m learning about the language and on the best ways of HOW to learn it may help future self-learners in the future.  So… if you care about book/movie/anime reviews, pretty much anything Japanese related, or random rants/babbling… be sure to bookmark www.sanddanz.com.  If not, well, that’s okay too.  But I’d love to have some faithful followers, especially if there is anyone else out there trying to learn Japanese so we could maybe work together some.

Blah, blah, blog…

25 Mar

Okay, so I’ve had a blog before, but never through WordPress.  I know pretty much EVERYONE seems to use WP however.  Now that I have one here I am trying to figure out how to lay things out and I must say… I feel stupid!  I thought customizing would be easy like it was in the days that I played around with HTML coding of websites or by pointing and clicking to stuff that I see and think “ooh… shiny… that one!  *click*”  But… of course that is not the case.  So… as it is, you see before you want is a generic theme that was hosted here on WP with absolutely no edits to the layout.  Maybe one of these days I’ll have the time to figure things out on my own or a person more WP knowledgeable will give me the assist and make my life easier.

That being said…

The reason I’ve decided to create a completely new blog is in order to post stuff as I go along learning Japanese.  I am trying to self-teach myself.  However, I did take a couple of classes shortly after graduating college.  I think the only thing I really learned out of the classes was hiragana and katakana and maybe a little bit of vocabulary.  Though I forgot the majority of that so had to start basically from scratch.  So here I want to post how I am progressing…. maybe some cool things I stumble upon on the web to help me on my journey, and other various things.  What I have yet to decide is whether or not I want to pull in all of my postings from my previous blog over at blogger as it consists of basically movie and book reviews.  Most likely in the end I will decide to in order to only have to post at one blog at all times plus there will most likely be some overlap with my postings of reading manga and watching anime as I’ll probably post some kind of “opinion” review of those.  But for the time being I’m keeping them separate… at least until the weekend.  *grin*

I will end this first post here and hope that WP doesn’t lose it in my attempt to save & publish my first posting.  If you are reading this still you’re probably either extremely bored tonight or maybe you are stalking me.  Whatever the reason, I appreciate it and hope that at least a few of my future postings interest you into coming back every now and then.

さようなら!

(I don’t know if everyone can see that last word I posted or not, but that was me saying goodbye in Japanese… sayounara)