Weekly Pieces: March 27th

Weekly Pieces Spring

April begins this week!

CampNaNoWriMo officially begins. I’m ready but I am so not ready.

I also confess that I am a Spring Break Slacker. I have been to Mexico once in my life and it wasn’t during spring break. Most of my breaks were spent reading and writing, doing homework… And my senior year at a new high school… they actually shortened spring break to a few days instead of the whole week. Riots ensued so the next year they didn’t dare do that again. Our choir was excused for the whole week though because spring break is when they traditionally did their big trip. So I went to San Francisco for the first time that year.

I have two more books to finish before April and they are chunky: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Black Powder War by Naomi Novik. So we’ll see. I may not sleep that much this week. But who needs sleep, really?

Any fun Spring Break plans? Let me know in the comments below!

Limerence

The limerence has taken hold.

I felt it creeping up on me

But thought I could get free in time.

As it swallows me,

I stop worrying 

Because I’m not really thinking anymore.

Blackberries

A taste that can stain your clothes

As well as your mouth

But resistance is futile

When these berries are ripe

The Gang Goes to the Circus

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I totally forgot to write about this episode… This is one of the fillers that comes before the Raijuta Arc. Basically, I watched it but moved right along to the next episode.

Oops!

So Marimo is a circus performer. Her father, the ringmaster, shoots her out of a cannon as the finale. But it turns out that they owe money to a rival circus and if they don’t pay up they have to go back to working for this mean circus.

And somehow the Kenshin group ends up putting on a show while Marimo and Yahiko run around trying to save the day.

This is definitely an episode to laugh at. Most of it is pretty ridiculous.

Have you ever been to the circus? What is it like? Let me know in the comments below!

3 Mini Meh Book Reviews

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I finished these three within the past few days and I felt a little “meh” when I read the last pages. So I’m lumping them all together in this post!

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I read the first book, Rebel of the Sands, last year and liked it so I wanted to see where the story went in this one.

I won’t say too much because Traitor to the Throne is the second book in this series but basically the main characters spend a lot of time in various prisons.

The prose is at the same level as the first one. There are some awkward sentences on every page but they didn’t stop me from continuing to read. I just skipped over the annoying phrases.

The plot was a little repetitive and it seemed to suffer from the second book syndrome. There is one important event that basically sets up the third book. The rest felt superfluous.

But I do still want to read the third book. I still care about Jin and Amani enough to see how their story wraps up.

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Burial Rites is based on true events, in Iceland!

Agnes was the last person publicly beheaded in Iceland, this is about the days in between her trial and execution.

The prose was magnificent and the subject matter was interesting.

But it was pretty bleak.

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The Queen of Blood gave me Uprooted (by Naomi Novik) and the Black Jewels Series (by Anne Bishop) vibes.

There’s a lot of blood, nature spirits are attacking humans, and there’s only one queen who has the power to protect everyone.

This is a special snowflake story (although the author kind of tries to trick us at first).

I don’t really mind the special snowflake trope if I like the character but I wasn’t really into Daleina.

The prose was okay. Of these three, it is in the middle. It didn’t wow me but it wasn’t annoying.

The plot dragged a little but that’s because we find out about a villainous character right away but the main characters can’t do anything about it until the very end in a big blowout battle thing.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Optimal Conditions for a One-Sitting Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish. This week is all about books you can read in one sitting. ¬†Reading speed is relative so I thought I’d list a few optimal conditions.

  • A comfortable chair
  • Comfortable clothes
  • A drink and snacks within easy reach
  • Meals are easily eaten while reading
  • I’m not working that day.
  • I didn’t watch the movie first.
  • It is a plot driven book.
  • I tend to read young adult books faster than adult (and sometimes faster than middle grade).
  • Does the book have lots of pictures? (Middle grade books with lots of pictures are relatively easy to get through.)
  • Instrumental music tends to help my brain focus on the book. Music with words tends to interfere unless the song is really familiar to me.
  • The book has grabbed me and won’t let my brain go (or sleep) until I’m finished with it.

What was the last book you read in one sitting? Let me know in the comments, thanks for stopping by!

Weekly Pieces: March 20th

Weekly Pieces Spring

Technically today is the first day of spring.

And it honestly looks that way outside my window. But I’m waiting for the last big snowstorm of the year to come sweeping through to say, “Bwa ha ha!” in a maniacal, villainous way.

I finally got up the nerve to watch the other two new episodes of Sherlock. That first episode was too much for me for a while. Anyway, I watched the other two episodes and they were pretty scary too but I loved them as well. So basically I was traumatized by The Vampire Diaries and then Sherlock. So I felt completely justified buying a few more journals that I don’t need (but they are super pretty). I probably could have resisted but I didn’t want to.

I also did buy the vivid purple lipstick and did a horrible job putting it on my face. That’s okay though. Much hilarity ensued at work and patrons were more disposed to be pleasant in pity.

Lots of reading thoughts: the 3rd round of Tome Topple was announced for April 7th through the 20th. I encourage you to watch Sam’s (Thoughts on Tomes) video if you are interested. It will be during CampNaNoWriMo but this reading challenge isn’t about how many books you can read; it is about reading books that are over 500 pages. I do have a pile of books I want to finish before April but according to my casual calculations, I need to finish a book a day to succeed. I’m fast but I’m not sure I’m that fast. Now that I’ve said that it feels like I just gave myself a challenge… Challenge accepted!

What are you up to today? Did anything fun over the weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

The Playlist Shuffle Tag!

The Orang-utan Librarian tagged me! (Thanks!)

Rules: Put your music on shuffle (or random) and list the first 15 songs that play. Then tag some other people.

One. “Electric Avenue” – Eddy Grant

Two. “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry

Three. “Carrickfergus” – Charlotte Church

Four. “Madame Guillotine” from The Scarlet Pimpernel

Five. “Flower” – Gackt

Six. “Cherry Bomb” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Seven. “In My Veins” – Andrew Belle

Eight. “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King

Nine. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” – Jason Derulo

Ten. “Airplanes” – B.O.B (feat. Hayley Williams)

Eleven. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – P!nk

Twelve. “I Almost Do” – Taylor Swift

Thirteen. “Dancing Through Life” from Wicked

Fourteen. “Wanna Say” – Kat Graham

Fifteen. “Immortals” – Fall Out Boy

I tag! Christina Strigas, Karandi @ 100WordAnime, Anime Girls NYC, thesarahdoughty @ Heartstring Eulogies, Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser, Ana @ Ana’s Lair, and sarahylockwood @ The Critiquing Chemist.

If you’ve been tagged previously, ignore me. If you’ve done this tag, link it below so I can see it? Thanks bunches!

Make-up and Drinks

I accidentally put too much foundation on my fingers

My face will have a layered look today

I forget as soon as I’m out the door

And smear a little excess all over my just-washed fingertips

I drink the energy drink I really shouldn’t be drinking

The nervous system, liver, etc. object but that chemical rush to my brain feels awfully good

Lipstick, lip gloss, and then lip liner smear the rim but I dare myself not to look in a mirror until I’m on break and can reapply properly

 

Bone Mystery

Mysteries creeping beyond my footsteps

Into the sea

The bones we found are too small

And too new

We watch the sun set

Because that is something we can understand