Weekly links & wrap-up (Mar. 30, 2014)

Happy Sunday! How was your week? I spent mine working and reading. Yay!

I haven’t done a currently reading post in a while (since January)– so here’s the books I’m currently making my way through.

rogue by any other name sarah macleanA Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. I am a total book cover snob, I’ll admit it, and romance covers tend to turn me off the book before I’ve even given it a proper chance. The colors on this cover are pretty, but that POSE. And it’s a Regency romance, but that dress looks more Victorian to me?!

However! I recently listened to an interview with the author and it got me over the hump of that cover– and I’m so glad it did! I’m about halfway through and it’s REALLY good. Way more explicit than I’m used to, coming from Georgette Heyer Regency romances where the characters barely kissed, but I love the writing and the characters and the PLOT.

My library has the other two books in the series, too! Yay!
assassin's curse cassandra rose clarke
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I actually ended up buying both books in the series with a huge Kobo coupon in November; I wasn’t really sure if I’d like them, but as it’s got pirates and assassins and a Middle Eastern fantasy flair I thought I should at least give it a shot.

I’m about 33% into it and it’s great! Ananna, the pirate, talks in a way that takes a little bit of getting used to (sort of like Todd from the Chaos Walking series), but I’m loving the story so far.

And I’m just about to start Seraphina! I’ve heard many good things about it, though all I can remember at the moment is that there are dragons.

The downside to reading so many books at once is that it takes FOREVER to actually finish them. Yesterday I made an effort and finished three! Huzzah!

Books read

  1. The Other Typist – Sucanne Rindell
  2. Might As Well Be Dead – Rex Stout
  3. A Long, Long Sleep – Anna Sheehan

I stayed up late to finish A Long, Long Sleep. Like, WAY later than I should have. I don’t think it’s actually that good of a book(?) except that around 50% it starts getting REALLY interesting. It also does some neat things with YA romance tropes that I want to talk about in my review!

Books reviewed

I am experimenting with post titles! I suddenly just got really bored with my standard review title, so I tried something new. It’s a little long, but I like it. What do you think?

Posts posted

TBR notes

afterparty daryl gregory 2014 A Long Long Sleep the other typist rex stout might as well be dead nero wolfe

Started with 314 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
+1 added (Afterparty (review))
-3 read (The Other Typist, Might as Well Be Dead, A Long, Long Sleep)
312 TOTAL BOOKS TO BE READ

Woohoo! Three To Be Read Books read! This week my goal is to read two more. I’m also planning on getting rid of some more old ARCs. For example, I have an ARC of Parasite from BEA 2013. I kept it because I want to read it (duh), but we have a final copy at my library so I’d rather read that.

Interesting links

Courtney of Once Upon a Shelf has some mad spreadsheet skills, y’all. How do you keep track of your TBR list? I use Goodreads, Calibre, and physically putting books on a single shelf so I know where they are.


These two extremely well-written guest posts at author Chuck Wendig’s blog caused me to add some more books to my wishlist: WENDY WAGNER: FIVE THINGS I LEARNED WRITING SKINWALKERS and ADAM CHRISTOPHER: FIVE THINGS I LEARNED WRITING THE BURNING DARK.


Kelly Jensen over at BookRiot: A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction.


Millennials Didn’t Abandon Our Institutions — Our Institutions Failed Them:

The Pew Research Center recently released a study finding that the Millennial generation – those born between the early 1980s and 2000 – is increasingly alienated from the major institutions of American society. Many are turned off by religion and see little difference between the two major political parties. They’re less trusting of strangers than previous generations. Fewer are tying the knot. Less than half consider themselves patriotic.

The report led to a lot of media chin-scratching – and no small amount of hand-wringing – much of it from flummoxed members of the preceding generations, Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers.


Swapna Krishna over at BookRiot has 5 tips for running your own Little Free Library! I’ve been wanting to start one of these myself, but have settled for just sticking boxes of free books near the community center.


7 rules for being more productive by Cynthia Koo at Medium. The tip I liked best was only answering emails during your commute; I tend to put off answering them until I’m “near a computer” and by the time that happens it’s years later and I have no interests in answering any longer. But having a set time each day to write responses should fix that! You could apply the same idea to replying to comments, too, if you wanted.


About Merpeople:
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2 thoughts on “Weekly links & wrap-up (Mar. 30, 2014)”

  1. That spreadsheets link made me happy because I TOO LOVE SPREADSHEETS. I have a spreadsheet for household items I want to acquire; a spreadsheet to track my budget; a spreadsheet for Christmas presents when Christmas season rolls around; a spreadsheet to track why and how often I cry so I can compare it to the national average and cut back if necessary; a spreadsheet that tracks my reading statistics and makes them into pie charts; and a spreadsheet for my TBR list that is fairly similar, it looks like, to Courtney’s. Mine has columns to keep track of library availability as well, though.

    Sarah MacLean, I am fond of her. She’s probably in my top five of romance authors. Her most recent book had a big surprise at the end, so now I’m impatiently awaiting the next one…

    1. You are an AMAZING SPREADSHEET PERSON homg. I can barely keep one updated enough, let alone six or seven! I am also jealous at how organized you are.

      Are you talking about the third Scoundrel book? In the interview I listened to she actually spoilered that ending– it’s what made me want to read the series in the first place! Yay!

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