There was some crazy weather earlier this week! 26mph winds. Tornado warnings. Freaking tornado warnings. I don’t live somewhere that gets tornadoes. As a kid, the idea of tornadoes completely terrified me because I always felt like, what do you even do? Where do you go? You can’t prepare for that! But seriously, I’m used to rain, thunderstorms, whatever. But where the hell did all this, just, wind come from??
But also, in even more exciting news, I totally relived a piece of my childhood! When I was a kid, I used to play so many computer games—The Sims, Catz/Dogz/Babiez, this one that had a parrot you talked to with a microphone, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, Hotel Giant (I really liked building and running businesses, apparently)—but probably the strangest one was Theme Hospital. The game came out in 1997, but it turns out they still sell it, and it was only like $5, so I bought it, and I played it for the first time in like 15 years! And it was literally exactly the same, terrible graphics and all, not some updated/new version. Oh the nostalgia! But it’s also really fun! Well, for a short time at least, though it’s probably going to get old soon lol. Basically, you just run hospitals, which doesn’t sound fun, but you’ll have to take my word for it if you’ve never played. There’s a building, and you create different rooms and put the necessary equipment in them, hire doctors/nurses/handymen, put benches and things in the common areas, buy more buildings to expand, keep employees happy with bonuses and salary increases, keep machines running smoothly so they don’t break, make decisions when emergencies and situations arise, etc. And you have to meet certain goals in order to get to the next level, and then you start over in a new, bigger hospital with more ailments and whatnot. I hate hospitals in real life, but I guess, because the game is so silly and doesn’t take itself seriously at all, it doesn’t freak me out. I mean, the patients have ailments like “bloaty head” in which their head is inflated and it has to be popped and then reinflated to the right size. And when you go to hire employees, it gives you the weirdest info about them, like how they like to heckle comedians and random things like that. And since you can’t pause the game, you’re always so busy managing everything, building rooms, checking notifications, etc., that you don’t even have a moment to think. Anyway, 90s computer games are the best lol.
I tried something new this week—reading two books at the same time! And I hated it. Lol. But I managed. It’s just that there are some times when an ebook is better (like reading in bed), but paperbacks are better for my tennis elbow and also easier on my eyes (I get eye strain on occasion which isn’t a huge deal but it makes my whole body just not feel good). So that means sometimes I’ll just have to have one of each going.
Books I Received for Review:
Just this little signed beauty from Chamber Press. Isn’t that a gorgeous cover?
What? No. Of course I didn’t choose my clothes based on what would match my book just so I could get a pretty picture of it. Pshh. NO, YOU’RE CRAZY.
But I’m actually down to just 14 review copies, guys! 14! And the next deadline isn’t until March! That means I’ve got some time to read some other books I’ve been wanting to read.
Books I Finished:
Swallow You Whole was fun. I basically just spent the whole day reading that one since I needed a break from the computer and I was enjoying the book. Emerald Bound wasn’t as good. There was too much that just didn’t make sense, and I just didn’t feel invested. I also had a lot of issues with Black-Winged Tuesday, which was a shame because there were certain things I really liked.
Song of the Week:
No song this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers featuring Big Ben.
– I reviewed The Boy in Her Dreams by Laekan Zea Kemp, a heart-wrenching second book in a dark YA paranormal.
– I reviewed A Face without a Heart by Rick R. Reed, a modern version of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
– I reviewed Swallow You Whole by Jasper Black, a gory yet funny urban fantasy/horror-ish book about demons.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)