Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).
Posting this up a little earlier than usual because I’ve got two posts scheduled for tomorrow: a guest post from Kate Mosse, author of the Languedoc trilogy, and a review + giveaway for Gregoire Delacourt’s My Wish List 🙂 I’ve also got a giveaway going on right now for Kate Mosse’s Citadel if anyone is interested; you can check it out in this post
A couple of pretty books arrived in the post yesterday <3 I'm especially thrilled that a) I've completed the collection of books by Diana Wynne Jones set in world Howl’s Moving Castle (review) (complete with the same style of book covers) and b) I’ve got both of Christopher Morley’s books now (I never reviewed it here but I loved The Haunted Bookshop) 🙂 Edit: The rest of the order arrived earlier today so whee! xP
As a result of all the recent additions to my to-read pile, I have no idea what to read next: Jo Baker’s Longbourn? Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim? Sarah Addison Allen’s Lost Lake? Bee Ridgeway’s The River of No Return? Diana Wynne Jones’ Castle in the Air and then the following book? Choices, choices =P (though I should prioritise the two ARCs sitting on my desk….)
Loved how my Twitter feed yesterday was all about Tolkien Reading Day <3 Didn't get to read much Tolkien yesterday because I was studying and half-asleep but that was cool :D
Okay, I have to let this off my chest because I nearly self-combusted the other day: I haven’t been keeping up with The Good Wife for the last two seasons for whatever reason (I really enjoyed the first two seasons) but I was absolutely stunned by last Sunday’s episode:
WTF, Will Gardner’s dead?! They kept alluding to some big event for the 24 March episode but I assumed it had to do with some shake-up in the firm (again) or the ballot box storyline but I was not expecting this. I also remember reading in passing that Josh Charles didn’t sign up for a full season this year but this was just shocking; I would have never expected it from this tv show (Game of Thrones, yes. Orphan Black, sure. The Good Wife? Never). Re-watching some season 1 episodes the other day, it still hasn’t fully sunk in (am I angry like some viewers? No. Still stunned, really; Josh Charles has had a great run IMO and a great performance as the character, it’s going to be so weird for him not to be on the show any longer). Now I definitely have to tune in to the next episode; the fallout is going to be emotional ;_;
Another tv confession: I never really got into Veronica Mars way back when the show was still on air. I knew it had quite a devoted following and I more or less knew what was going on in the show (and watched the occasional episode, I think) but I never really sat down and watched it from start to finish (the show had a good soundtrack though). I don’t know exactly what I saw last weekend (a clip somewhere from the movie, I think?) but it got me watching clips and stuff when I should have been studying and yeah, now I’m inclined to watch the first two seasons or something =P
My dad finally caught up with Game of Thrones. Heard him mumbling yesterday as he was cooking about how horribly the Freys were, lol (never trust the Freys. Or the Boltons for that matter O_o)
As I type this entry, I am actually studying for a midterm exam this evening. I’m so ready for this semester to be over and done with, I find my brain’s just not in it with all these tests recently *shrugs*
And that’s about it from me (again, another rather uneventful week) 🙂 Be sure to link up over at Bookishly Boisterous if you’re participating.
So here’s the thing: I love sci-fi but I find that my love for the genre lies more in television than books (I only realised this recently so I’ve been trying to correct that along the book-end of things). Growing up there were so many sci-fi shows that I enjoyed, even well into my undergrad days. There’s a recent surge of new shows in the genre, which is encouraging, but growing up it was really about Star Trek and Babylon 5 for me. But anyways, the following are just some of my favourite shows, both past and present. Some didn’t get a slot but I enjoyed watching when I was growing up (The X-Files, Cleopatra 2525 (this show was fun), SeaQuest DSV, Stargate SG-1, etc.) and mini-series are not included here (Dune, Children of Dune, etc.) but here we go…
10. Misfits (2009 – 2013)
I started watching this show while I was on my semester exchange and yeah, I’d consider it as sci-fi with how they got their abilities and some of the stuff they have to face (and later on–time travel!). What I really enjoyed about this show was how these characters are anti-heroes in their own way: they’re not out to be heroes or follow the superhero tropes but rather lay low (usually leading to not-so-good results). It also has a lot of dark humour but can also be very introspective. I wrote a 100 Things entry about the show but also a few other posts about it; sadly, I stopped watching around series 4. Been meaning to catch up, if only for Rudy, but I haven’t (yet?).
Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq. Carrie Mathison, a driven CIA officer, suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.
I’ve been meaning to check this show out since I first heard of it last year. I’ve loved Damian Lewis’ work since I watched him on HBO’s Band of Brothers. I haven’t watched nearly enough of Claire Danes’ work but I’ve heard amazing things about her performance in this show that I had to check it out when I had the chance.
I will be making a note in the following which sections contain major SPOILERS about the plotlines to season 1. Also, warning: this entry is rather lengthy. Too many feels.
Casting season is always a wonderful, exciting time, especially for a show like Game of Thrones where there is just a whole slew of characters waiting to be introduced. Apparently the list of characters appearing this series (for the most part–I noticed there’s about two or three characters missing from the list that I believed was going to be casted this series) was unveiled today at the San Diego Comic Con (;_; I so wish I was there right now):
The full list of characters and casting can be found OVER HERE
Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants.
And here we are, series 2 of Downton Abbey! It took me a while to get around to this series because iTunes refused to switch from season pass to the normal price even though all of the episodes were already up…but anyways, I heard a lot of buzz about this series of the show, no doubt a result of the popularity and accolades from series 1 (review). I finally got around to finishing the series last night so everything’s still relatively fresh in my mind. SPOILERS ahead if you haven’t seen series 2!