Reading, Reading, and a Bit of Gaming

I’m in one of those periods during the year in which I’m doing things on my spare time apart from playing lots of AAA games.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the past few weeks, not the least of which has been starting to read A Game of Thrones. I saw the first two episodes of the HBO series at a colleague’s house, and whilst the television show was great, I was told that I was missing out on all the nuances. Tons of people at work and in my friends and acquaintances circles were talking about this book and series, so I figured there must be something to it. I’m going to finish reading A Game of Thrones before I watch any more of the show. At the moment, I am more than halfway through the book, so I should be finished soon.

Most of my reading as of late has been devoted to books (ebooks, naturally) and blogs about minimialism, decluttering, and productivity. I’ll spare you the details of the ongoing process, but I will note that my readings have been productive for me. I’ve started implementing what I hope will be the start of lasting habits towards simplifying my life (including possessions) so that I am able to focus on what is most important to me. If you’re interested in minimalism or living more simply, Zen Habits and miss minimalist are two blogs I started with.

In gaming news, I’ve mostly been playing iPad games like Trade Nations and Zombie Cafe. Plants vs. Zombies HD for iPad recently went on sale, and even though I’ve completed the PC version, I enjoy this game so much that I wanted a copy on my iPad.

3 comments

  1. Michael · May 31, 2011

    I have a suggested reading suggestion for you if you’re looking for more to add to the stack. The Temeraire seires by Naomi Novik, which starts with His Majesty’s Dragon is really, really very good. I’ve just finished the second book in the series and am thoroughly in love with the characters and the extremely novel Napoleonic-era setting. Very highly recommended.

    • Brinstar · May 31, 2011

      My partner actually read that series and thinks highly of it as well. I’ll make another mental note about the series and add your thumbs-up, too. :-)

      I’m much less of a regular reader now as I was when I was much younger, sadly. Too many different types of media compete for my free time, and I’ve deprioritised reading compared to other past times like videogames. Having said that, I have a big backlog for tons of different media, not just books.

  2. Jen · May 31, 2011

    I’m going to start reading Game of Thrones soon as well. My first introduction was through the HBO series, but I’m curious about how my perception of events will be different without the backstory and nuance of the books, so I’ve been meticulously avoiding reading until the season ends.

    The way a book is adapted for the screen fascinates me, as does the way book readers vs non-book readers view the screen versions. In this case, I find myself on the other end from where I usually am and its been quite interesting. Having not read the books yet, I have to say that much of what my book-reading friends think is missing from the show has still been pretty deducible to an attentive viewer (many a “how did you guess that?” from them), so I think the show producers are doing a superb job. Admittedly, however, I rewatched the first few episodes a couple of times until I had the names down and that has given my theory-crafting bent some room to work with.

    I wonder how much my opinion might change once I read the book for myself. I’m looking forward to it greatly!

    But first I have to finish the other set of books I started. I just polished off The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and I think there are 2 more books there waiting for me. Quite a different type of book, but a good read nonetheless.

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