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a bunch of movies, some books

Watched these movies

  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Doctor Strange

Also watched all of seasons 2 and 3 of Chef’s Table and Season 4 of Sherlock (BBC).
Read a few books:

  • Hamilton’s Battalion (anthology of 3 romances)
  • Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman
  • Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
  • No Other Duke will Do by Grace Burrowes
  • A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey
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time for an update

I’ve watched another movie, so I guess it’s time to update this log. Watched Blade Runner 2049 because the other half wanted to…

In the meantime, I’ve still read plenty of new-to-me books and re-read a few old ones:

  1. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
  2. Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley
  3. A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
  4. Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes
  5. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Watched a few more episodes of Master of None, Season 2

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one movie and many books

Watched Dunkirk in the theater.

Read the Psy-Changeling anthologies Wild Invitation and Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh.

Read Wildfire by Ilona Andrews.

Finished reading the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

  1. Mistborn: The Final Empire
  2. The Well of Acension
  3. The Hero of Ages
  4. The Alloy of Law
  5. Shadows of Self
  6. The Bands of Mourning

Read His Lordship’s True Lady by Grace Burrowes.

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I backtracked and read all the Psy-Changeling novels by Nalini Singh that I didn’t get to my first go around:

  1. Slave to Sensation
  2. Visions of Heat
  3. Caressed By Ice
  4. Blaze of Memory
  5. Kiss of Snow

As for movies, I watched Spiderman: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes. War for the Planet of the Apes had a surprising emotional complexity that I absolutely did not expect, even though I haven’t watched the previous two films.

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psy changeling series

On my flight back from vacation a few weeks ago, I ended up re-reading the Night Shift anthology by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane. It was my first time reading the story “Secrets by Midnight” by Nalini Singh, and with that one story, I was hooked into her Psy-Changeling series.

In the few weeks since I’ve discovered the Psy-Changeling series/world, I’ve devoured a good portion of the series, even if somewhat out of order. So far, I’ve read the following novels in the series:

  1. Mine to Possess
  2. Hostage to Pleasure
  3. Branded by Fire
  4. Bonds of Justice
  5. Play of Passion
  6. Tangle of Need
  7. Heart of Obsidian
  8. Shield of Winter
  9. Shards of Hope
  10. Allegiance of Honor
  11. Silver Silence*

*Silver Silence is “technically” the start of the second story arc of this world, listed as part of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series but set in the same world.

Of all the heroes and heroines so far, I’ve found the hero in Heart of Obsidian the most interesting. He’s not exactly a “hero” in the regular sense but then again, I’ve always been drawn to men with a side of mystery, I suppose. The changeling males are just too easy to understand their motives, although it did make for very entertaining reading in in Branded by Fire and Play of Passion.

 

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Watched Wonder Woman last night, which was better than I expected but not amazing. The only reason I decided to watch it in the theaters was because it cost me only $4 (with a promo code).

Read the following:

  • White Hot by Ilona Andrews
  • Elias in Love by Grace Burrowes
  • Tartan Two-Step by Grace Burrowes

Elias in Love was…. hard for me to read. I couldn’t sympathize with the heroine or hero, and I actually sympathized more with one of the secondary characters who was kind of made out to be a villain by the heroine (she’s rather… dumb? ignorant? too much a stupid damsel in distress, really). The plot and the location hit a little too close to home for me, which is why it took a while for me to process it.

While I liked White Hot, once again, I was more interested in a secondary character than the main two characters. My problem with this book is that Rogan in the Hidden Legacy series is too similar to Curran from the Kate Daniels series. Both men are overprotective and over powering, do things without consulting the heroine, and they have extremely similar backgrounds. If not for the secondary characters I felt the book would have fallen flat… then again, the actual story plot is decently intriguing. At least the younger siblings and cousins were entertaining.

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Watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 for some rollicking fun.

Recently finished reading the following

  • The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin (SPI Files #4)
  • The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden
  • It Started with a Kiss by Ella Quinn
  • Duchesses in Disguise by Grace Burrowes

Also started watching the Great British Baking Show Masterclass series.

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