Finished reading: How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix ๐Ÿ“š

The real impact of generational family trauma wrapped in a mostly fun horror story that involves way too many puppets.

Finished reading: Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly ๐Ÿ“š

A fun relaxing weekend read for me.

Finished reading: More: A Memoir of Open Marriage by Molly Roden Winter ๐Ÿ“š

Loved reading Mollyโ€™s real life story. It is always amazing to me how much emotional intelligence it must take to manage this type of marriage. There is so much to learn about healthy and honest communication that I can apply to any worthwhile relationship.

Did not finish: How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu ๐Ÿ“š

Haunting and beautifully written but the topics are so heavy that I couldnโ€™t finish it and keep my mental health where it needs to be atm. I will go back to it in the future as I love its deep curiosity on death and life.

Did not finish: Alien: Enemy of My Enemy by Mary SanGiovanni ๐Ÿ“š

Didnโ€™t hook me in the first chapter and thats a requirement for this type of book.

Finished reading: The Vital Abyss by James S. A. Corey ๐Ÿ“š

Finally getting around to the various Expanse novellas and so far they donโ€™t disappoint. Itโ€™s fun to go back, if only for a brief time.

Finished reading: The Hunter by Tana French ๐Ÿ“š

Pretty much my favorite type of escape reading and it did not disappoint.

Currently reading: The Hunter by Tana French ๐Ÿ“š

I forgot how much I enjoy her books. This one is off to a good start.

Did not finish: The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan ๐Ÿ“š

Ran out of steam for the series. I may pick it up again in the future.

I’ve been wanting to try Dungeon Crawl Classics since I saw @heyloura talking about it. This bundle really does include “all the things” so to speak.

Help Feed Hungry Children with the DCC + MCC Megabundle!|Goodman Games

Whatโ€™s the The DCC and MCC Megabundle 2? Itโ€™s an absolutely massive value โ€” including a ton of DCC and MCC items that have never been available in a Bundle before! Opting for the entire 80 item bundle will yield not only dozens of amazing DCC and MCC PDF modules, supplements, player aids โ€” even core rulebooks โ€” but also a physical copy of the MCC RPG Softcover Rulebook!

Finished reading: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan ๐Ÿ“š

The series keeps rolling and i continue to love it. However, this is the last one narrated by Rosamund Pike. Iโ€™ve sampled book four and I canโ€™t bring myself to start it. The audio quality between the two hurts my ears. Iโ€™ll get to it eventually.

The Halo TV show making the humans the villains completely misses the point

Itโ€™s become increasingly clear that the Halo TV show has a villain problem. This may seem impossible for a series thatโ€™s supposed to be about a hostile race of aliens led by liars who exploit religious fanaticism, but instead the show canโ€™t stop focusing on human bickering, bizarrely relegating the galaxy-conquering aliens to an afterthought for both the characters in the show and the audience.

The enshittification of one of my favorite stories continues. I tried to watch a recent episode with my 14 year old and when she saw the chief without armor and without Cortana she yelled “this is bullshit!” and left. It took her all of 15 seconds just watching the recap of the previous episode to realize it wasn’t worth her time. She is wiser than I. I held out hope, but no more.

The show completely misses the heart and soul of the stories and its characters. There is no wonder, no exploration, no grandeur, no humility or fear in the face of human extinction. They aren’t even on a halo. The chief isn’t in armor. Cortana and the chief are separated. They didn’t just miss the deeper lore and themes, they can’t even get the fundamentals right.

It is a damn shame because the cast is great and the FX are good enough to sometimes great. In an alternate universe Ronald D. Moore is the showrunner. Halo is closer in spirit to his re-imagined Battlestar Galactica and For All Mankind.

The Halo show continues to go from bad to worse. The show runners and producers donโ€™t get the heart of the gameโ€™s story. It has devolved into a stupid human vs human drama instead of hope in the face of overwhelming odds.

Ron was right about so many things.

Poorly lit picture frame with quote from fictional character Ron Swanson. It reads โ€œThere has never been a sadness that canโ€™t be cured by breakfast food.โ€

Ok, Shลgun, I see you. Episodes 1 & 2 are a damn good start to this series.

Currently reading: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan ๐Ÿ“š

Caught up in the wheel again and still enjoying it. I’m glad I took break though.

Finished reading: The One Minute Manager Anniversary Ed by Ken Blanchard ๐Ÿ“š

Short, actionable intro to management, especially if you have zero background and suddenly find yourself in charge of other people.

Currently reading: Heal to Lead by Kelly Campbell ๐Ÿ“š

This may be the most important leadership book I’ve read. I have a reviewer copy, it releases 4/2024. I’ll do a proper review, but if like me you have C-PTSD or a trauma background & are in leadership/management just preorder it now

Finished reading: What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo ๐Ÿ“š

Powerful, heartbreaking, and healing. If you have C-PTSD like I do I highly recommend it but proceed with caution. I found it deeply challenging and had to go slow.

Currently reading: What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo ๐Ÿ“š

One of the most personally challenging and rewarding books Iโ€™ve encountered. Iโ€™m having to take it really slow.