Animal Crossing New Horizons: Villager Pics Guide

Like so many people from around the world, I have put more hours of this Covid-19 quarantine into Animal Crossing: New Horizons than I care to talk about. The game has everything and nothing to accomplish at the same time, and I am hooked. Today, I caught a squid, I decorated the yard of one of my animal villager neighbors, and I worked on the classroom in my house’s upper floor. I’m a little annoyed because it is starting to look a lot like a science classroom and I teach math, but that’s okay. I also did what I enjoy doing the most in the game: farming friendship points from my animal villagers.

With a game with little to no direction and goals, my Type-A personality had to create some. I have played this series since Animal Crossing: Wild World on the DS, and the animal villagers have always been my favorite part of the game. I enjoy running errands for them, writing them letters, giving them gifts, talking to them and hearing about their day or how much I’m annoying them (Seriously! Cherry the other day: “Todd, is this island not big enough for the both of us?”), and finally, I enjoy the rush that is receiving their pictures when I have almost maxed out their friendships. I decided to make that my direction and goal in New Horizons. I am going to collect as many of these little pictures as possible. I have received 14 pictures so far, and I think I have it down to an art. Want to hear about how I play Animal Crossing?

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Goosebumps: Welcome to Camp Nightmare

Welcome to Camp NightmareWhat? Another book recap already? I surprised myself with this one. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb took me three days to get through because I kept sitting it down; it just never caught my attention. I started this book after writing my review yesterday and finished it in one sitting. It is that good.

With a well-paced plot, a likable protagonist, and genuine suspense, it’s hard to imagine this book and the last one I reviewed were written by the same author. I have been noticing a lot of inconsistency with writing quality in this series. Some books are fantastic while others leave a lot to be desired. Stine insists he never employed ghostwriters for this series, however. This is one of the good books in the series. If you are interested in Goosebumps and are looking for a fun, quick read, this is a good one to grab.

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Goosebumps: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb

The Curse of the Mummy's TombWhat’s wrappening, guys?! I bring you an entry about my least favorite Goosebumps book so far. I actually finished the book a few days ago. It took me a couple days to write this because I got sick with strep throat. Yep, just like Gabe was stuck in the pyramid, I’m stuck in my house for a few days. I’ll try to get another Goosebumps book read and recapped while I have all this time on my hands. 

I’m sorry in advance, but this is going to primarily be a post about how the protagonist, Gabe, is literally the worst character ever. I know what you’re thinking: Todd, all the Goosebumps kids are bad characters. No. Gabe takes the cake. Gabe won’t get all the hate, though. This book is bad despite him, and that’s saying a lot. Follow me behind the cut, and I’ll tell you why you should skip it. 

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Scream: Mirroring Casey Becker

Casey BeckerWhen I was in middle school, I was obsessed with Drew Barrymore. I watched every film she was in. Because I’m that old, my family would get me VHS tapes of her movies for Christmases and birthdays. One year, I got Scream.

I did not watch the movie when it first came out, and being a kid, I had heard little about it. I knew Drew Barrymore was on the cover, though, and I was excited. I popped the tape in my VCR, not knowing what to expect, and began a love for the horror genre that has endured my whole life. 

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Goosebumps: My Hairiest Adventure

My Hairiest AdventureWhat’s up, my home doggeeees? Surprise: I’m alive.

I had a goal of covering 20 of these Goosebumps books this year, but with the five-month hiatus I just took, I don’t think that’s going to happen. I wish I could blame school for my not updating, but school has been out for almost two months and I haven’t done anything here. Sadly, I think after five straight semesters of school with no breaks, my brain just burned out. I needed to just take it easy for a couple months for my own mental and emotional well being. I read some books (without putting pressure on myself to write about them), binge-watched some shows, and played some video games. I am just now starting to feel like exerting creative energy and being productive again. I hope you all understand.

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