Having been gone for such a long time, a lot of things have happened. Jen is quite busy, so it’s just me this week (after her having covered my ass so often, it’s just fair) but I hope you’ll share your thoughts anyways!
Next to my mom’s and grandfather’s birthdays, my impending doom (alas, I couldn’t finish driving school last year due to bad health, so I’m hoping to do that now), Eastern, April Fools’ Day and many other, small, happenings, I somewhat lost my sanity. Oops? But all the better to leave weird comments everywhere. /creepy laughter
The Weekly Recap (Meme hosted by Kimba)
On Monday was our highly confusing post about how we were back, then came Jen’s Golden Lily review. With so few April releases that I am looking forward to, I once again skipped WOW, reviewed Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent on Thursday, and talked about book hatery (books I thought I would hate and all of that) on Friday. ;)
Since I haven’t done this in a long time, here is what I read in March and early April:
- Geist by Philippa Ballantine, a very promising start to a new series. 4 stars
- Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh gave me everything I wanted and got a 5 star genre-rating.
- Half of the Unbound-anthology by Angela Knight which I thought was more or less average and gave 3 stars.
- Dare You To by Katie McGarry which I enjoyed a lot, but in retrospect think had an overly-”good” male character. 4+ stars
- Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare which I found to be an excellent read and almost perfect blend of romance and humour. 4.5+ stars
- One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare almost as good as ADWD, but in the end, I could relate too much to the heroine in certain things. 3.5 stars.
- Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost, which really disappointed me, though it had very strong moments. 3 stars for now.
- A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara, which started very good but soon went downhill. 2.5 stars
- Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire was actually really bad. 1.5 stars at best, I think.
- With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent wasn’t as good as I expected, but an overall satisfying end to the story. Too rushed at times, and I had my common Vincent issues with the title. I guess that’s something that won’t stop happening in the near future, either.
- Love Irresistibly by Julie James was exactly what I had expected it to be, but slightly better. 4+ stars.
Next to abovementioned shows, I finally watched The Hobbit, which I had planned to watch with The Best Friend (who is a jerk) but never got around to do. Fantastic movie, in my opinion. – Though, I’ll admit to my utmost shame that I haven’t read any of the LOTR-related books and haven’t got as high expectations as literary fans might. ;)
For some reasons, the Walking Dead finale hit me harder than I thought it would, while the Game of Thrones premiere was.. more or less good, but not as spectacular as I’d hoped. But then, the show usually gets stronger in the second third, if I recall properly. ;) What did you think about the episodes, though?
Also, who else is freaking out over Billie Piper and David Tennant joining for the DW50? Because I kind of am, and not just in a good way. The 7.2 premiere of Doctor Who last weekend was almost as disappointing as the Christmas Special was horrible, imo, so I’m.. equally wary and excited. But heck yes, Tennant and Piper! Also.. picture from the first read-through:
Also marathoned the first four seasons of Leverage, the entire Borgias series (amazing, amazing, amaaazing show!) modded and unmodded Skyrim, and contemplated the end of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. (Laughed because Jen was even worse off than I was about that.) Summarized: What a weird few weeks those were..
A lot of stuff had happened on the interwebs. Some things I try to forget (mishacapolypse, I’m looking at you), others.. not. Starting with yet another super-professional looking and funny Supernatural trailer, moving on to the April Fools Smart Bitches site, and ending with a lot of brilliantly written posts that I had on my reading queue for a long (or not so long) time: Basically any letter of opinion on Dear Author. The latest ones are especially great, but I’ll share one of the “older” posts about escapism and how the critics win when we defend reading romance novels as that, a point I’ve been trying to make for a long time and never managed to.
I still have to go through the rest of my blog-queue, which all of the people I already follow might have noticed. An obvious lack of comments. Argh, I’m feeling awful about that. Though, I have to admit, there were few posts I really COULD comment on without spoiling myself (because those posts were reviews of books I haven’t read). Where are all your book-related-not-review-contents, guys? And in general, where are you? Or is my feed-reader messing with me? /sniffs
My Book Haul (Meme hosted by Tynga)
This can only get ridiculous. I’m not sure which books I just got and which I bought like five months ago. I also haven’t requested more than two or three titles at best.. Alas, that’s what happens when your best friend makes you read fanfiction. Thousands of words I could use for my Goodreads stats, except I can’t. /sobs
I’ll just go with what I’m really certain about.. Which is alarmingly little..
- Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare (ARC)
- Dare You To by Katie McGarry (ARC)
- Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
- Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (ARC?)
- With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
- Love Irresistibly by Julie James
Okay, so that’s it from my side of the internet. How about you? Any good reads? Any awesome shows? Any disappointmets? Any drama I haven’t heard of yet because I live under a rock that lives under a rock that lives under a person? LEMME KNOW!
I’ll just end this with,