March 2014: Month in Review and Comment Giveaway

Announcements:

Okay, so you might have noticed that I’ve been a little erratic and less prolific lately. I’m not going anywhere, but with the spring has come an increase in social engagements. I’m just busy, and in one of my very rare moods where I really want to go out and do things rather than be at home reading.

In related news, expect less negative reviews for the time being. No, I’m not being less particular, but I just do not have the energy to struggle through something I’m not enjoying right now. You can already see the impact of this in the March reviews, listed below. I’ve been DNFing a LOT, because I do not have any fucks to give. Sometimes I’m in the mood to read something and really snark it, but right now I’d rather just read good things. Boring or bad things will be relegated to the DNF pile. It’s pretty much like this, only instead of a cup, it’s a book I thought I wanted:

cat doesn't like

Reviews Posted in March:

Guys, I’ve been SO busy lately. My actual life has sort of dominated the time I usually spend reading. For now, I’m not burnt out, but I can’t last at this frenetic pace of social life for long, so I’m sure I’ll be back to my normal hermity ways. Anyway, I’ve posted slightly less and read WAY less so far in April. But March was still the good old days.

5 star:

Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira

4.5 star:

Written in Red (The Others #1) – Anne Bishop

4 star:

The Daring Ladies of Lowell – Kate Alcott
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June – Robin Benway
Three Souls – Janie Chang
Under the Egg – Laura Marx Fitzgerald
The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory #1) – Sarah Harian
Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) – Tahereh Mafi
The Riverman (The Riverman #1) – Aaron Starmer
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
Noggin – John Corey Whaley

3.5 star:

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses #1) – Malorie Blackman
The Well’s End – Seth Fishman
Tilt – Ellen Hopkins
The Falconer (The Falconer #1) – Elizabeth May
Don’t Even Think About It – Sarah Mlynowski

3 star:

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave – John Boyne
Wake – Anna Hope
ACID – Emma Pass
Three (Article 5 #3) – Kristen Simmons
Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) – Kat Zhang

2.5 star:

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) – Cassandra Clare
The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
Plus One – Elizabeth Fama

2 star:

The Anatomy Lesson – Nina Siegel

1.5 star:

The Summer I Became a Nerd – Leah Rae Miller

1 star:

None this month! *high fives self*

.5 star:

None of these either. #winning

DNFs:

This month, I was a DNFing machine. I’ve been busy and have not had the energy to deal with something I dislike or am bored by.
Palimpsest – Catherynne M. Valente: I only made it a couple of pages, but I was already really confused and too many insects and just why. Full DNF review.
Sekret – Lindsay Smith: Guys, I wanted so badly to love this because Soviet Union, but I did not care one bit and I was noticing a lot of little inconsistencies. Full DNF review.
Salvage – Alexandra Duncan: I made it a grand total of like 3 pages. The writing drove me up the wall, so I said good day, sir. Full DNF review.
Going Over – Beth Kephart: Another case where I was drawn in by the setting but driven away by writing which really did not appeal to me. Full DNF review.
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain – Adrianne Harun: Came for the magical realism; left because of all the animal death and backwoodsy shenanigans. Full DNF review.
Time Between Us – Tamara Ireland Stone: This was a free read and I just was not into it enough to justify the use of time, since I was already behind schedule. Full DNF review.
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – Ambelin Kwaymullina: Once again, I really didn’t like the writing. Plus, I got fairly far into this one and didn’t give a shit about any of the characters. That’s not good. Full DNF Review.

What I’ve Been Watching:

On top of doing a lot of reading, I’ve got a major TV obsession. I’ll share my thoughts on the movies and television shows I see.

TV:

Mostly I’ve just been continuing my Friends rewatch and I caught up on Game of Thrones. Friends has a lot of seasons, so this is pretty much all I’ve managed.

Movies:

Rubinrot: Buddywatch/feature with Debby (Snuggly Oranges). If you want to know my thoughts on this one, check out our first Fuzzling Flicks post over on Snuggly Oranges. We made a drinking game for YA movies, and it’s a lot of fun. Rubinrot is the film adaptation of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

Veronica Mars:  Not as good as the first two seasons, but ultimately satisfying. Logannnnnnnn.

City of Bones: Watched with Debby for Fuzzling Flicks. I’ve been a mess lately, but I WILL get this posted. I appreciate your patience Debby. 😀

Sink or Ship?

After I had so much fun discussing the ships I would love to send the way of the Titanic on Twitter, Gaby (Queen Ella Bee Reads) got me thinking about adding this to my monthly wrap up. Each month, I’ll share any ships that I would go down with and any that just plain need to go down. I’ll try not to repeat ships unless there are status changes, because otherwise some would happen EVERY month.

I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP:

Friends:
Chandler-Monica
Chandler Monica Friends ship
Rubinrot:
Gwendolyn-Gideon
 Rubinrot Gwendolyn Gideon ship
Veronica Mars:
Logan-Veronica
 Veronica Logan Mars ship

MAKE LIKE THE TITANIC AND SINK:

Friends:

Ross-Rachel (I like them initially okay, but after the “on a break” period, I’m done with them.)

we were on a break
City of Bones:
Jace “Troll in the Dungeon” Lightwood-Clary
 jace clary unship

Comment Giveaway Winners:

I love getting comments from my readers, and I love seeing books go to people who interact with me, so I created a comment giveaway. This is the only time I talk about it because I want people to comment because they enjoy my blog, not as a giveaway entry. The winners get their choice of a book I reviewed during the month.

April (Good Books and Good Wine)

&

Bonnie (For the Love of Words)

13 responses to “March 2014: Month in Review and Comment Giveaway”

  1. Janice says:

    I can relate! I used to finish every book, movie, or TV show I started, even if it was bad and painful. Now, I value my time more and won’t spend it on something I’m not enjoying. I forgot all about City of Bones, I’m always curious about adaptations and will probably watch it at some point, though now I’ll go into it with lower expectations.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Sometimes it’s not so hard to push through, but now things that were minor annoyances are a slog and I ain’t got time for that. I’ll still finish some bad things, I’m sure, but they better be at least hilaribad. Boredom gets old fast.

      COB wasn’t as bad as I expected actually, but I expected it to be horrendous. Jace is just so completely miscast. I do not understand how that happened.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Wowsa, look at all those DNFs! But good for you, because we shouldn’t be forcing ourselves through shit books then there is so much better stuff out there to be reading.

    WHOOOOOOO! *throws confetti*
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Yeah, I do feel bad about it sometimes, because some of the books weren’t that bad, but I am just not in a mood to struggle through boredom for a book I’ll 2.5-3 star. Doesn’t mean they lack merit, but I could read something more ME.

      CONGRATS. You deserved it. 🙂

  3. DON’T MIND ME EXCITEDLY DANCING FOR SEEING GWEN AND GIDEON UP THERE NOPE NOPE THIS ISN’T HAPPENING I AM COMPOSED (maybe not *cough*)

    Duuuuude you are not solely to blame for Fuzzling Flicks #2. Note I have written like a paragraph for that. I haven’t even taken a picture of the beauty that was my spill fest on the score sheet. ANYWAY. We’ll do that. No rush. Troll in the dungeon though. Troll in the dungeon. *nods*

    Man, I wish I had the guts for your DNF policy. I may need to start doing that because this month is suuuuucking in reading for me.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Hahahaha, they were sort of on the borderline between regular shipping and I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIPPING, but I decided to bump them up because I knew it would make you happy and also because it’s an excuse to stare at Gideon’s face some more.

      Ooh, good. You know what my deal is, and, yeah, I don’t think there’s too much of a hurry. This is a feature of fun, not of work.

      Yeah, I went for years rarely DNFing, but I just do not have patience right now. It’s kind of nice, to be honest.

  4. I’m really confused, because everyone is raving about Veronica Mars and I have no clue what it is?! I know it’s a movie now and it used to be a TV show as far as I’m concerned, but I STILL DONT KNOW. I really want to watch Rubinrot. I should probably watch it in German without subtitles.

    You read so many books in March, I am just surprised! There are some great Titles though. Some of them I really wanted to read too!
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  5. Kendra says:

    SO many books read in March and many DNF ones I see as well. At least it seems like you have had a great reading month with all of your happy books! And Friends? Have you been watching it on tv lately or online, because I swear whenever I turn my tv on its there and I laugh just as much as I did the first and eighth time i watched the same episode:)
    Hope you have a good April of reading and fun stuff!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Well, those are actually the reviews posted in March, not what I read exactly, but the DNFs are all from March. :-p

      I own the Friends DVD sets. I love it so much. So weird watching it now being the age they were in the beginning!

  6. Jessica says:

    haha I love that cat v. cup. I feel the same about books at the moment – I’m really not in the mood to push through crappy stuff. It’s spring for goodness sake, everything should be wonderful and done outside.

    Enjoy your social moment!

    Jessie@The Bathtub Reader
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Isn’t that gif adorable? I knew I had to use it for something.

      Thanks, I am having fun doing things, for now at least. I’m hoping I don’t burn out!

  7. Meg says:

    Oh man, I can’t wait to see what y’all have to say about City of Bones, that movie was hilaaaaarious. I almost peed myself (TMI? Oh well) during the greenhouse scene (sorry CC fans, I had middling feelings on the book but the the movie was a hot, steaming mess, it didn’t even make total sense with the book knowledge)

    WHEEEEE NO 1/.5 STARS!!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      BAHAHAHAHA, I may steal that TMI pun. The greenhouse scene. Basically any scene where Jamie Campbell Bower was on screen being a troll in the dungeon, I was trolololing my head off. It wasn’t quite as bad as I expected, but Jace was horrrrrrrid.

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