January 2015: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Doing


This month, I’ve achieved a blogging milestone. For the first time ever, I got to a point where I had reviews scheduled a full month ahead. I’m currently more like three weeks ahead, but holding onto this seems pretty attainable. Getting here wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, once I stopped holding myself to such a high standard, wherein I focused on review books more than reading what I wanted. Because of this, the blog won’t be on hiatus when I’m in Cancun at the end of next month, since I’m scheduling posts for it now. Woo!

Movies & TV:

My big plan for thc year was to finally binge watch LOTR in a single day. I watched The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Oops. Yeah, apparently I’m already too old to manage this epic binge. Well, maybe someday. More planning will be essential in accomplishing this great feat. Still, they’ve wiped the sour taste The Battle of Five Armies left behind. Ship rating: homoeroticism.

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I spent the early part of the month binging the kdrama Protect the Boss. You guys, I LOVED this one. It’s not surpassing Coffee Prince or anything, but it’s still so wonderful. It’s very much a trope-defying drama. The heroine’s way stronger than the hero, who isn’t a huge douchebag. The things I thought would result in huge misunderstandings got resolved with minimal drama. The love rivals become wonderful friends. It’s so great. Ship rating: OT3.

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Woo! Finally all caught up on Orange Is the New Black. I’ve been binge-watching it with some of my besties. The ending to season two was really satisfying, and I’m hoping that Larry will be out of the show for good. *crosses fingers* Ship rating: lacking, but the shows so good I don’t care.

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Since we’re done with that, the friend group is launching on a Game of Thrones rewatch (for all but one). We’re only a couple of episodes in, but it’s already so much fun to rewatch, because there was so much stuff that went over my head the first time. Ship rating: incest and pain.

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So I tried this kdrama called Pride and Prejudice, which sadly has no relation to the novel by Jane Austen. It’s supposed to be about prosecutors, but these lawyers act like police detectives, and I really could not handle that. Though I really like the actors, there was just too much mystery stuff I did not give a shit about and I was boarding the wrong ship. When I found myself multitasking and not bothering to read the subtitles, I decided to DNF this one.

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I also tried Veep, which I thought looked like a Vice Presidential Parks and Rec with a bit more edge. I really did not like the first episode at all, so I’m wondering if it’s worth trying further? I’m concerned because the humor really just wasn’t hitting. Thoughts, oh people who know my TV tastes and have seen more than one episode of Veep?

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Just last night I completed my third full viewing of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which apparently I need to watch every year or I might die. I think a Pride and Prejudice reread is going to be happening in the near future, because the need is strong. LBD just gets better and better. I SHIP IT SO HARD. And Lydia’s ARC is just the most bamf thing. I love the way that they built out her character. Lydia’s arc makes me cry every damn time. Ship rating: I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP.

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Reviews Posted:

Most of these books were read during December and early January. As far as my January reading went, at the time of this posting, I’ve finished 28 books so far this year. Not bad, considering that I’m a couple books ahead on my 300 book challenge!

4.5 star:

Bonnouji (Bonnouji #1-3) – Eda Aki
I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
Every Breath (Every #1) – Ellie Marney
Sculptor – Scott McCloud

4 star:

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place – Julie Berry
The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) – Cinda Williams Chima
Beastkeeper – Cat Hellisen
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon

3.5 star:

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) – Cinda Williams Chima
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride – Cary Elwes & Joe Layden
Good Morning Call  (Good Morning Call #1-11) – Yue Takasuka

3 star:

Rebound (Boomerang #2) – Noelle August
The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories (Fire and Thorns #0.5-0.7) – Rae Carson
Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) – Rick Riordan
Skin Deep (Legion #2) – Brandon Sanderson
Nightmares! (Nightmares! #1) – Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

2.5 star:

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) – Victoria Aveyard
The Tell-Tale Start (The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe #1) – Gordon McAlpine
A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction – Terry Pratchett

1.5 star:

The Glass Arrow – Kristen Simmons

4 responses to “January 2015: Month in Review”

  1. Brigid says:

    How do you schedule post so far in advance? Do you have them already written? I’m struggling with getting posts out and I’m wondering how successful bloggers do it. I feel like I’m being buried in a hole and I’m sinking deeper. Advice?
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Both WP and Blogger allow you to schedule posts in advance for particular dates and times. I write reviews as soon as I finish the book and get the post scheduled then. Other people just write them when they feel like it or have to. It all depends what works for you.

  2. Ooo, I have been feeling the need to rewatch LBD. It’s been a while. I love it so much, too. And you are right, Lydia’s story is amazing. They did such a wonderful job with her character. And yay for P&P rereads!
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  3. It looks like you had a great month! I’ve been feeling like a having a Middle eart-marathon as well. I’ve seen the movies sooo many times but I still love them just as much.

    And I haven’t seen season two or Orange is the New Black yet but I loved season 1.

    I was really anticipating The Glass Arrow and Red Queen, so I kind of apprehensive about them now.

    Great wrap up! 🙂
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