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Did you know you can load up e-books to read on your phone? I was aware of this in theory but I did not realize that in practice it is genuinely simple. It's....probably obvious at which point I figured this out from my book list.

Books

155. Filter House by Nisi Shawl -- 4 stars (sff) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 15)
156. Alex + Ada Volume 2 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn -- 3 stars
157. A Bride's Story Volume 6 by Kaoru Mori -- 3 stars
158. Library Wars Volume 13 by Kiiro Yumi -- 3 stars
159. Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 3 by QuinRose and Soumei Hoshino -- 2 stars
160. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell -- 4 stars (ya sff)
161. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- 5 stars (n-f) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 16)
162. No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel-Fattah -- 3.5 stars (chick lit) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 17)
163. Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan -- 4.5 stars (rom) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 18)
164. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan -- 3.5 stars (rom) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 19)
165. The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan -- 5 stars (rom) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 20)
166. A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan -- 3.5 stars (rom) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 21)
167. Boy vs. Girl by Na'ima B. Robert -- 3 stars (ya) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 22)
168. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin -- 4.5 stars (sff) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 23)
169. The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan -- 3 stars (rom) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 24)

Books: 11
  chick lit: 1
  ya: 2
  romance: 5
  sff: 2
  non-fiction: 1
Manga/Comics: 4
[community profile] 50books_poc: 10

Movies

12. Breakfast with Scot (October 10) -- 4 stars

This was an interesting experience in which I rocketed between cooing over what a precious child Scot is and outragedly lecturing Eric through his parenting growing pains. By the end this conflict was resolved in favour of happily cooing over what a precious family they'd created together. 4 stars

Television

Broad City 2.06
Brooklyn 99 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 3.04, 3.05
Empire 2.02, 2.03, 2.04
Faking It 2.15, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18, 2.19, 2.20
Fresh Off the Boat 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05
How to Get Away With Murder 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 2.01, 2.02, 2.03
Man's World 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, COMPLETE.
Over the Garden Wall 1.01, 1.02, 1.03

Date: 2015-11-01 09:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
YOU READ COURTNEY MILAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fave OTP??? Hero????? Heroine??? In the Brothers Sinisters series and/or other series?????

(sorry for capslock my mind is just blown)

Date: 2015-11-02 03:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
(UNCLAIMED WAS AMAZEBALLS!!!!!! omg that scene with pistols at dawn oh my frickin god <33333333333333333333333333333 My intro to Courtney Milan was The Governess Affair, personally, so I read Brothers Sinister first before the Turner series, and I really didn't like Unveiled very much... But Unclaimed made up for EVERYTHING. Bought myself a hardcopy of it for reasons =DDDD. Brothers Sinister and all her other stuff I have as ebooks... for now.)

MOAR BLACK HEROINES IN PERIOD ROMANCES!!!!!!!! Rose/Stephen was so cute and so nerdy it is ridiculous ahhhhhhhhh <3333333 AND YES I HAVE WATCHED BELLE, GOT TO WATCH IN THEATRE WITH FRIEND AND IT WAS SO LOVELY AND BEAUTIFUL AND I WENT AND BOUGHT A COPY OF THE BOOK GIVING ME A BIT OF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME AS THE BOOK ITSELF!!!!

Oh yes, Jane Fairfield is super boss!! I confess my favourite in Brothers Sinister is hands down Violet Waterfield though, just I love how at the end she gets to shine and never punished for wanting to do all the things and it's just so great and the SCIENCE NERDERY and can I just say that I love how nerdy all of Milan's romances are???? Too cute for words.

Ask A Man column was the best thing of my life. Yes to the humour!! Not all of Milan's stuff is funny, but when it's there, it works for me. Ohhhhhhh side note, do you read Tessa Dare??!?!?!?! She is HILARIOUS!!!

Okay So I kind of answered Fave Heroine and I agree with your OTP. Oh wait, I want to give an honorary shout out to Lydia Charingford because she is so BRIGHT and BUBBLY and POSITIVE and she is just fantastic in every single way and I love her whole arc!!!!!

Fave Hero is so hard!! Stephen is so great in every way, and so is Sebastien, but I think the Hero who made the biggest impression on me was Anjan Bhattacharya, which will lead me to say that for secondary romances, EMILY/ANJAN WAS THE MOST ADORABLE OF THEM ALL!!!

Which brings me to the point, my questions on Courtney Milan have been very incomplete!! What is fave novel? Novella??? Secondary romance????

I will admit, for Brothers Sinister, I actually find that I like the novellas more than the novels??? I don't know, like the novellas gave me the Christmas special and TALK TO ME SWEETLY so!!!!

I AM SO EXCITED FOR HOLD ME I CANNOT ACTUALLY EXPRESS PROPERLY IN WORDS, I FEEL THESE CAPS LOCK DO NOT GIVE MY EMOTIONS JUSTICE!!!! AND THE FACT THAT IT'S COMING OUT IN 2016 IS DESTROYING ME BUT AT LEAST ONCE UPON A MARQUESS IS COMING OUT IN LIKE TWO WEEKS OR SOMETHING?!!?!?!?

Yeahhhh I haven't been getting a lot of good hits with contemporary romance/New Adult, unfortunately!! But, I recently read How To Say Goodbye by Amber Lin, and it was decent. (Not Milan awesome though, more's the pity)

Date: 2015-11-04 11:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
(Agree re: Magic of Courtney Milan and alpha hero opinions!!! I liked the romance, but the whole deception thing made Unveiled a harder read for me. I remember I got to the halfway point wherein the deception was revealed, and I stopped reading it for a while because I couldn't handle the fallout scenes <-- overly emotionally involved in my fiction.)

Everytime I see a review of Regency romance being "unrealistic" I roll my eyes. VIOLET DESERVES THE WORLD AND THE STARS.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh I want all your feels once you're done reading The Suffragette Scandal!! And the Secondary Romance showdown between TSS and THE. *_*

OMG PLEASE READ A WEEK TO BE WICKED BY TESSA DARE IT'S ONE OF MY FAVES EVER!!! Nerdy bluestocking girl into fossils brainwashes residential rake in town (who is superrrrrrrr into her) to go to fossil related lecture, SO MANY SHENANIGANS WITH TRAVELS AND NERDY FOSSIL STUFF I LOOOOOOOOOOVE!! And of course, extremely funny.

Ahhh I've heard of Rose Lerner but I still haven't gotten to it yet!! I keep meaning to!! *bumps up Rose Lerner on to-read list***

All this talk, and I realize that we have not discussed YA preferences!!! What are your fave YAs??? I gathered superheroes would be one, but unfortunately for me I have hard time finding good superhero teen books? (Will take recs!! :D) I mean, Rise of Renegade X was okayyyyyyy but not quite what I was looking for, and basically Posterchildren is the best and nothing has come close to its awesome.

Also! FYI - http://dearauthor.com/features/book-deals-features/daily-deals-80-regencies-80-hours/

Date: 2015-11-09 01:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
Argh yes there was WAY TOO LITTLE AMANDA/GENEVIEVE!!! I remember when I was reading and the romance happened my mind was BLOWN 'cause I was like 'oh my gosh this is real this is actually happening!!". But I read to the end and I was like.... That's it???!!! Maybe we will get more out if her next books....

Ahhh I hope you like A Week To Be Wicked!! I think you are referring to Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas?? I thought that was fun but liked A Week To Be Wicked a lot more. Have you read any more of Sherry Thomas? I love love love Ravishing the Heiress, definitely check it out if you haven't yet!!! And if you want more nerds in love The Luckiest Lady in London has some serious astronomy geekery happening (not as epic as Talk to Me Sweetly!!!! But very few things are!!!)

Lolol we will need to sit down and have Serious YA talk then!!! I have Hero on my shelf untouched, need to get on that!!

I am currently reading (on and off) Vicious which has superhero vibes. See how that goes! :-)

OHHH YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOOD SUPERHERO YA!!!! SUSAN JANE BIGELOW'S STUFF!!! Go read Broken whenever you have a chance!!

Ahhhh I really don't like Joss Whedon (will never forgive for travesty that us Dollhouse) so might not try Runaways. One of my friends loooooves Young Avengers, always meant to try that one some day (good to know re-Loki. Loooove Thor-movieverse!Loki). Ahhhh I really want to try Ultimate Spiderman and Ms. Marvel so glad to hear that it is good! Have you tried Silk by any chance??

I quite like The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms but was a bit bored by the second book and never finished her trilogy. Did you read the last book? Did you like it? Also for Elizabeth Wein - DOES THIS MEAN YOU READ CODE NAME VERITY BECAUSE THAT SHIT DESTROYED ME I WAS A WRECK FOR DAYSSSSS. Favourite authors are harddddd. Um I quite liked Stacey Lee's debut Under the Painted Sky (two girls, one Asian the other black, head out west. YA WESTERN WITH WOC LEADS!!!! It had some flaws but still fun) enough to put all her upcoming books under my to read list. Just a sample, authors I love: Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Johnson, Sara Farizan is fantastic, Dia Reeves, Matt de la Pena, Shannon Hale, etc. I read most genres in YA but things with a fantasy or sci-fi or fairy tale retelling element to it get a plus from me, also if leads are POC and/or LGBT I always give it a shot. Favourite book is HELLA HARD, but if I had to pick, it would be Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I reread that book SO MANY TIMES!!!!!

Date: 2015-11-10 04:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
ngl the lead dude in Tempting the Bride really tested my patience. blarghhhhhh. I bought The Burning Sky but I haven't actually made much progress in it. I read the first two chapters and put it down. I'll get around to finishing it... Someday... (Tip: Do NOT read the Duology!!! The first book was decent but the second book was a hot mess and the first book really reads like a prequel that doesn't wrap things up on its own so just... don't even start it).

lol I am very vocal about my disdain for Joss Whedon, I don't even know why I started Dollhouse, I am going to put that down as the misguided actions of my youth or whatever that was. But OK, I shall give Runaways a shot! Someday... And yes I heard good things about Silk! But once again have not gotten around to reading it (Can you tell how not caught up I am re:comics?? lol)

!! Yes I read the Killing Moon and I really liked it!! Ok good to hear about Third Book, I'll have to actually check it out this time then. :)

Code Name Verity was my first Wein book, and I WILL NEVER TRUST AGAIN!!! ALSDKFJALSKDJFAL;JKDF. But I must check out Arthuriana in Africa because I cannot believe no one has told me that was a thing until now.

(I can say the same to you re:my reading list growing!!) Do you want to borrow my copy of If You Could Be Mine? I have both that and her other contemporary High School fluff book. :D And you neeeeeeed to read If You Could Be Mine because I've been telling people ever since I finished it that I think that book would make an excellent musical but no one is listening to my genius ideas. Yay re: matching YA priorities!! *high fives* MY FEELINGS ABOUT ARISTOTLE AND DANTE ARE RIDICULOUS, I LOVE THESE TWO DOOFUSES TO MUCH DOOFUSES IN LOVE AHHHHH!!! ALSO I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE SEQUEL OF ARISTOTLE AND DANTE AHHHHHHHHH.

(I have read and own Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!! What a good!! Also, PLEASE READ MORE HAPPY THAN NOT SOON BECAUSE I AM TRYING TO MAKE A PLAYLIST FOR IT AND I WISH TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!! AND DEBATE ALL THE MATCHING SONGS FOR THIS BOOK FOR REASONS!!!!)

lol I am gonna end this off with: Courtney Milan's Once Upon a Marquess is coming out TOMORROW *___*

Date: 2015-11-10 10:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
Ahhhhh here for this!!!

Did you see Lin-Manuel Miranda wheel of freestyle on the Jimmy Fallon show??

Date: 2015-11-12 12:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
We can only aspire to be as awesome as Lin-Manuel Miranda. 8D

Re: Heart of Blade duology - I am SO SAD that it sucked though! I was so excited for Sherry Thomas to release a wuxia romance, but it was awful. :( At least there is still Jeannie Lin... (Have you read any of her novels?)

Arthuriana in Africa is def now on high priority of books to read 8D

Haha I understand re:ridiculous amounts of books at home. It gets really intimidating... And you start thinking of creative ways of storing your books because there is no space on the shelves......

OH I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT NEW (DIFFERENT) SAENZ YA!! Do you have link? Deets? Can't find anything ;_;

Yay when you get to More Happy than Not let me know!! :)

Can I ask what is this Cinderella retelling? The only retelling I can think of rn with an ambiguous Fairy Godmother was Ash.....

I still haven't gotten around to Welcome to the Nightvale podcasts! One day....

I double checked Courtney Milan, she changed the release date to December! :( but we should be getting two Courtney Milan stuff in December so at least there is that?

Date: 2015-11-12 02:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
omg you basically read the WORST Jeannie Lin book! I hated Dragon and the Pearl ugh the guy was super gross and the girl didn't get to do much!! Okay so my FAVOURITE Jeannie Lin novel is Sword Dancer, which I see you don't own, check it out from the library, I love this thing!! All the troupes (family honour! quest for object! rooftop chases!! I won't say more because it spoils things!! but trust me!!), and it's just super fun. Romance between thief-catcher and sword dancer is THE BEST.

Butterfly Sword is not bad, did not hate the lead dude, shockingly. My Fair Concubine is okayyyyyy, cute forgettable fluff, I feel like I blocked out things that might have been objectionable in the novel but my overall feeling was that it was cute but meh. Basically if you were wondering which one of the two books you should start with, definitely choose Butterfly Sword!

I'm currently reading her Gunpowder Alchemy book and I keep waiting for the lead girl to do things but so far nope. Also not feeling the love triangle in this one. =/ But maybe it will improve??

Ohhhhhh bookshelves that reach the ceiling are my DREAM COME TRUE. (Haha I have used the drawer and siblings' bookshelf technique already! Also using basement space ahaha...)

*INSTANT ADDS ASH AND BRAMBLE TO TO-READ LIST*

I keep telling my friends into Nightvale I will get around to it someday so maybe!!

Yay thank you for link!! Will definitely look all the things up when I am done listening.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA HAS MENTIONED CASTING A HAPPY MUSICAL STARRING LEA SALONGA MAYBE DREAMS DO COME TRUE????

Date: 2015-11-12 01:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wingstodust
AHHH YOU NEED TO SEE THIS RIGHT NOW https://twitter.com/ConStar24/status/664578352443953152

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND LEA SALONGA SINGING A WHOLE NEW WORLD TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!

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