Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous that works well for my scattered mind.
- Wednesday’s giveaway announcement was my 200th post! I’m hitting milestones all over the place!
- The last couple days have been super weird for me. My husband is out of town for work right now. He gets back today. He left on Wednesday. Not a long trip at all, but it’s just… strange… being alone these past couple nights. It’s not like we’ve never spent any time apart, but it’s rare, and it’s weird every time.
- So, I’d planned an internet blackout for most of Tuesday, until I could watch the How I Met Your Mother finale with my husband after he got home from work. Problem is, because of my obsessive tendencies, there are certain things online that I really have to do on the first of the month. So, just do them after I watch the episode, right? Well, that was my plan. Only I wasn’t connecting it with that work trip. And it suddenly occurred to me what a jerk I’d be if I spent all evening on the computer ignoring him the night before he leaves. So… I turned my wi-fi back on, very carefully navigated a few select websites, and then turned it off again… the whole time worried that I’d slip up and click onto social media out of habit. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t.)
- And speaking of the finale – no spoilers – I have a lot of feelings about the way it ended, but one thing they absolutely should have done was cut two episodes from somewhere in the last season (which would have been easy) so they could make it a two-hour finale. One hour was not enough to wrap up this story. At least, not the way they wanted to do it.
- After opening the vote up to the public, the Dubuque Tournament of Books is finally officially over. I’m not surprised that Eleanor & Park won. Even the other judges who voted with me for And the Mountains Echoed both enjoyed it; I’m apparently in a very small minority. I do find it interesting that, after the first round, there were no close decisions for me. Well, in Round Two I had to decide whether I should concede or make things difficult and insist on a tie… but in every match-up, I knew my vote the moment I closed the cover on the second book. Despite some frustrations, it was a fun experience, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to participate.
- I love all the comments on my recent posts about rating books. It’s funny, though… sometimes I feel like the only book blogger who doesn’t rate at least somewhat based on whether I’d re-read it or whether I’d recommend it. (Well, of those of us who use ratings, anyway.) Those seem to be two of the biggest things that help readers decide what to rate a book. But I’ll happily re-read anything 3-stars or higher, especially if it’s in a series (and before I re-discovered the library, I’d even been known to re-read 2-star books that were sitting on my shelves). And I never universally recommend books, no matter how much I love them. So… it’s just me and my gut.
- I guess I kind of dropped the ball on King’s March. Whoops. I did read two books – Carrie and The Dead Zone – I just didn’t have much to say about them. You’ll get my mini-reviews on Monday when I do my March wrap-up.
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