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two documentaries

Watched the following

  1. Meet the Patels
  2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

a couple films and some books

Movies/Documentaries:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, watched with my sister over Thanksgiving
  2. Sour Grapes, a documentary recommended to me about wine fraud

Books/Novellas:

  1. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  2. The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes
  3. When a Marquis Chooses a Bride by Ella Quinn
  4. Marquess of Mistletoe by Grace Burrowes

I really like the Innkeeper series by Ilona Andrews, and One Fell Sweep delivered. While I did follow the online serial in its entirety, the published version is much more refined. I have to admit that one of the main reasons why I like it is because Dina chooses Sean, who, despite being a werewolf, was raised and born on Earth, and therefore gets all the inside jokes relating to pop culture, instead of Dina having to explain it to him. I’m not fond of the trope where the human female falls in love with a non-human male, and every time she refers to pop culture, the non-human male is confused. In One Fell Sweep, Sean even continues to quote from the movie that is being referenced (while trying not to laugh). The other thing I’ve enjoyed in the last two books are the sibling conversations. In Sweep in Peace, it’s George and Jack, and in One Fell Sweep, it’s Dina and Maud.

a couple books and fanfic

The online serial One Fell Swoop by Ilona Andrews has just ended, and sounds like they’re aiming for a Christmas season ebook release. I think the online serial format is pretty fun, but I guess it does add pressure for them to complete it in addition to their traditionally published books.

I finished A Study in Sable last night by Mercedes Lackey, and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the book. I’ve noted that in the last couple years her quality of writing appeared to be in decline, but A Study in Sable seems to show that’s she’s returning to form. I do have a couple minor quirks with it, such as certain words that don’t seem to fit in Victorian England, but then again, it’s a YA book.

Anyway, I should probably update my most popular post, the Elemental Masters Timeline post, since I’m missing a couple books on it by now. I guess I *did* read From A High Tower, but it was so incredibly disappointing… That’s why I liked A Study in Sable! It exceeded my extremely low expectations.

I re-read the Lunar Chronicles series, and then somehow found myself in the fanfic section again. While I’m new to Lunar Chronicles fanfic in particular, it’s been a while since I spent decent time in the fanfic world. Eowyn & Faramir will always be my OTP forever and ever, but it’s fun to spend time in other worlds.

two novellas and three novels

It feels like I went on a reading hiatus in August. Real life got in my way for most of August and September, but in the last couple weeks I’ve been on a bit of a reading binge to get back into the groove.

Novels:

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  2. Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
  3. Ashton: Lord of Truth by Grace Burrowes

Novellas:

  1. A Right Honorable Gentleman by Courtney Milan
  2. A Fashionable Affair by Caroline Linden

New books I’ve finished:

  • Jack by Grace Burrowes
  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
  • Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh (Zoe Archer)

Started watching the newest season of the Great British Baking Show (Bakeoff) on PBS again. There’s something just so mesmerizing of the Britishness of the show, and I love it.

Also finished watching the entirety of the Euros 2016, and my heart just broke for France during the finals. I really wanted them to win (since they defeated Germany in the semis)… sigh…

3 movies, 1 book

Had a couple of long haul flights recently, so I managed to kinda catch up on my recent movies backlog.

Watched Deadpool, Zootopia, and the Good Dinosaur.

Finished listening to the audiobook Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters.

watched Captain America: Civil War a couple weeks ago. I have meh feeling about it, I think there were too many characters that the storylines got a bit lost in the middle. That being said, Marvel has set the bar pretty up high so maybe I’m responding to that.