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Five books in November, plus a manga, plus two other books started. I may slow down my reading this month because of the holidays and because I seriously need to get back to writing. I really, really was working on HF before I got sick, and I need to get back to it, plus the like three things I owe.

Click Here for Murder by Donna Andrews
Emily Ever After by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Crossed by Ally Condie

Yotsuba to v10

I wasn't supposed to buy Crossed because D was going to get it for me for Christmas, but B&N had it for 60% off and I couldn't pass up that deal. Man, the Society is a liberal's wet dream, isn't it. I can't imagine why anyone would want to rebel!

Picture was like someone tried to write an Isabel Wolff book. Definitely not one of my favorites. The adultery/cheating theme was just so heavy-handed, and the relationship between Ella and what's his name (Nate? He was such a non-entity I've already forgotten) didn't work yet was completely predictable. I was mostly interested in what Ella was going to do about her father. That part was relatable, and the romance stuff should have been chucked.

I thought I'd get the Benedict Society books for my nephew for Christmas but wanted to at least vet it first. It wasn't bad. Don't know if I'll read the rest, but I did go ahead and get him the box set. My sister says he loves reading, so yay kid!

Current Mood: groggy groggy
Current Music: mst3k on tv

7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: December 3rd, 2011 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Was Yotsubato Vol 10 the one containing the hot air balloon trip? The one that started the Asagi/Koiwaii renaissance?
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: December 3rd, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, there was some pancake making and a trip to an electronics store, I think.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: December 3rd, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Must've been volume 9 then.

The Nightingale Legacy is kind of shocking, isn't it? From the way they talk about it, rape and murder back then was like jaywalking today.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: December 3rd, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are staples of the historical romance genre.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: December 3rd, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahhhhhhh... I see. I didn't know that. Damn. At one point Caroline and North discuss whether Ffalke could've killed her aunt, and Caroline dismisses it, because [stabbing someone in the back and pushing them off the cliff would be more than greedy, it would be evil.]

I felt a disconnect then: "Raping and impregnating a girl for their money is measurably less evil than murder?"

But now I know. I got confused; my previous understanding of historical romance was stuff like P&P and Far from the Madding Crowd. They're all romances set in the same setting (countryside estates) and time period (19th century England). The difference is WHEN the stories were written.

So what I thought was historical romances would actually be contemporary romances written way back then. Completely different stuff.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: December 3rd, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Modern historical romances are basically soap operas in period costume. Full of melodrama, murder/rape/kidnapping/mistaken identities/amnesia/marriages for convenience and all that, but the Nightingale book is one I think took all the tropes and did it well. I love North and Caroline.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: December 3rd, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Owen needs his own story. North is well and good; Byronic, handsome, powerful, rich, military officer, great lover, strong chin and all. Owen is the one more guys would empathize with; unremarkable, overbearing parents, lacking confidence. He's also interesting because he's the character who (up till this point) experiences growth.
7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence