Happy Friday from official F. Llama!! Yes, that’s right F. Llama has an official avatar and she is so cute. Just look at her. Look at her nose hair. How charming is that?
So we made through our first week back at Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten after the two week winter break. The kids were thrilled to be back to school but it was hectic getting everyone back on their routines. I for one am glad the weekend is here. I need a nap. And a snack. And another nap. And another vacation. A luxury vacation this time where I get to pack up my fancy luggage with my fancy clothes and run away. <— I can’t even type that with a straight face. I don’t have fancy clothes, or fancy luggage. Anyone know of any good luggage stores?
I got a new laptop!! And my hubby got a new lap top too!!! We rarely buy each other Christmas gifts, instead we focus on the kiddos and then maybe do something for each other after the holidays. Well we haven’t gotten around to getting each other an after-the-holidays gift in several years so this year we went big. We got each other new laptops! Woohoo. Here’s mine:
I love the 17″ monitor and the 10 key pad. I really missed my 10 key on my old machine. It has fingerprint recognition that makes my nerdy heart flutter. This baby is smoking fast and I lurve her! Thanks hubby!
Now, my hubs got something really cool. His laptop is a 12″ HP Touch Smart. The monitor swivels around 180 degrees and then you close it and it becomes a touch screen device. Check it out:
So he can use it as a laptop with keyboard or he can flatten it and use it like an iPad I guess. He hasn’t let me play with it yet.
Steampunk recs: I posted yesterday that I read my first Steampunk and asked for recs. If you missed the post, check it out HERE and lay it on me man.
One open giveaway here at Fiction Vixen at the moment: Win signed print copies of two Lisa Hendrix back list titles, winners’ choice. Open to anyone, anywhere that mail is delivered. Ends Jan. 18
As always, you can check the menu bar up top for current giveaways.
Fact: Doing a Random Friday post is really hard when hubby takes the day off. I’ll be done in sec hubs. I promise.
Book review ratings: So many bloggers are switching their rating systems to a letter grade system and I really like it. It gives a wider range for rating. I recently reviewed a book that I had a hard time rating. I didn’t feel the book deserved a 2.5, which in letter grade would be a D+, but I thought a 3 (C) was a little too generous. If I was using a letter grade rating system I could have rated it a C- which would have more accurately reflected how I felt about the book. I guess I could have given it a 2.75 but my rating system isn’t set up that way.
Anyway I’ve considered switching several times but one thing holds me back. It seems people interpret the letter grade ratings so differently. I’ve seen bloggers do their monthly round up and under a heading like “Duds” or “Books That Fell Flat” they list a few “C” rated books. To me, a “C” rated book is not a dud. It’s a book I enjoyed but had a few issues with.
So, my questions to you are:
- Do you like the letter grade rating system?
- What do you think when you see a book that has been rated a C? Worth your time? Or Dud?
Fever discussion reminder: We’ll be discussing Dreamfever over at Smexybooks on the 13th. Stop by and share your theories!
So I guess that’s it for Random Friday. I know there is much randomness in this world to speak of but darn it, it’s been a hectic week and I’m still recovering from winter break. Have a great weekend everyone!