The gaming industry produced over $100 billion in revenue this past year, and that number is only going to go up. Within any of our lifetimes, whether your first game was Angry Birds or Pong, the progression of video games has been astounding. The Comic Book Story of Video Games is an incredibly informative graphic novel that tells the incredible story of the electronic gaming revolution.
This graphic novel starts with the history of video, which is the actual logical place to start the history of video games! Don’t be deceived by the fun drawings and the inclusion of video game characters through this history (it’s a fun Easter egg to spot them!), but this was actually a fairly technical background on the technology behind video and gaming! I loved learning so, so much about the technological innovation that went into bringing video games to life.
I also really loved learning about the context of some of the biggest games in history. What was the historical context for Pong and Pac-man and Pokemon? What technological advances were necessary for each of those games to come out? What made Microsoft come out with XBox? What is the highest-selling console of all time? How did console gaming finally take off to begin with?
These questions and more are answered in this fun read, and I highly recommend it to anyone with even a tiny bit of interest in video games and technology.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
It may be halfway through January already (?!) but it’s never too late to set resolutions and intentions for the year! My most cumbersome but most personally valuable posts on this blog are my beginning- and end-of-year blogs, with the resolutions post kicking off the year with ways I can bring myself closer to the person I want to be.
Last year’s resolutions focused a lot around making concrete plans to do things that I’ve been making resolutions for over the past several years. I didn’t check all those boxes off, but I know that specific goals are easier for me to achieve than vague ones. By the end of 2017, I found myself formulating new concrete goals, some of which were not even considerations at the beginning of the year. Here are the ways I aim to improve myself in 2018…Read More »
How is January already halfway through? I’m running behind on my year-end/new year blog posts, but let’s have a look at what 2017 looked like for me:
Fun fact: I began and ended 2017 in China!
For better or worse, it has been a really eventful year. I feel super motivated to go into 2018 and achieve so many things. Stay tuned for my resolutions post to see what specific things I hope to achieve and how I plan to achieve them!
Previous years: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
I seem to say this every year but I didn’t watch as many movies as I wanted to in 2017. Especially as the year started winding down and the holiday season started ramping up, I stopped wanting to commit to attending movie screenings (2 hours of run time + waiting in line for a good seat + the commute to and from these theaters).
One thing that did change my movie watching this year was joining the team at Punch Drunk Critics. I am getting to watch some really cool indie flicks and documentaries that I wouldn’t otherwise be going to see and the PDC team has been so great to work with so far. I can’t wait to do more with them in 2018!
Without further ado, here are the new releases I watched in 2017:
- Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
- Table 19
- *Beauty and the Beast
- T2 Trainspotting
- Get Out
- The Fate of the Furious
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Wonder Woman
- *The Big Sick
- Baby Driver
- *Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Girls Trip
- A Family Man
- The Dark Tower
- The Good Catholic
- It Happened in LA
- The Breadwinner
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
*Watched outside of original run (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Prime, on a plane)
It’s been a great year for movies and I’m excited for what 2018 has to bring. With me continuing to write for PDC and having just received my MoviePass in the mail, I hope this year I can watch more movies!
This year, I’d also like to try tracking the movies I watch on Letterboxd, since I’ve have a bit of success tracking books on Goodreads and haven’t used my Letterboxd account in about 4 years!
What movies did you love last year? There are a lot of great ones I know I’m missing, especially with awards season happening right now. Movies this past year also got very split opinions, with people loving or hating them more than in the past.
What movies are you excited for in 2018? Personally, I’m really excited to see Black Panther and, despite how much AOU disappointed me, Avengers: Infinity War, because I’m always going to get hyped for the Avengers. I’m also really looking forward to Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, among many other releases coming up this year.
My books resolution last year was 15 books, and I used Goodreads to track my progress with that resolution as I have the past few years. I was reading very long and hefty books this year, which was sometimes very frustrating with hitting a certain number of books (versus pages, I guess) because the 14th book I started reading this year was super dense and fairly technical. I loved the book but it was frustrating to read for hours and only have progressed 2% further than when I started that day. If I hadn’t started other books before finishing it, I would never have hit my goal of 15. I also read most of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, aka the Game of Thrones books, which are very, very long. The longest book I read this year, according to my Goodreads Year in Books, was A Storm of Swords at 1,177 pages. For reference, the average number of pages of the books I read this year was less than 500.
Without further ado, here are the books I read this year:
- In Other Words – Jhumpa Lahiri
- A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
- Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby – Sandi Metz
- The Inkblots – Damion Searls
- A Feast of Crows – George R. R. Martin
- A Dance with Dragons – George R. R. Martin
- China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan
- Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
- The New York Times: Footsteps
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
- Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
- Modern Lovers – Emma Straub
- Spark Joy – Marie Kondo
- Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
- everyone’s an aliebn when ur a aliebn too – jomny sun
- The Comic Book Story of Video Games – Jonathan Hennessey & Jack McGowan (review coming soon!)
- Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
- The Pragmatic Programmer – Andrew Hunt & David Thomas
- The Gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee
I already have some titles loaded on my Kindle Paperwhite and I’m very excited to get reading this year! Here’s hoping I can make good progress with some easier to manage books and avoid pedantic fictions that make me so nervous about checking out new fiction titles…
Do you have any book recommendations for me going into 2018? Read anything good last year that you’d suggest? New titles, classics? Fiction, non-fiction?
What’s your reading look like? What are your 2018 reading goals?
Previous years: 2016