Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekend Reading/Watching

For such a blah week, I was terribly productive in my reading of books and watching of tv/movies this weekend.

First, what I read: I finished The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham and OMG was it good. It was absolutely nothing like I thought it was going to be. The story went in a completely different direction from what I was expecting and I loved it. All of the characters were complex and had motivation for their actions. There were a ton of overlapping story lines and they all worked. Usually in a book with this many story lines you start with separate characters and stories and they all come together by the end, but The Wedding Girl started with one main character and all of the story lines went out from there. It was cool and the book had a whole lot of heart.

I started reading To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning. Have you not read Karen Marie Moning? You should. Well, if you like romance novels and/or fun vaguely sci-fi/fantasy novels and/or Scottish Highlands and are not offended by fairly frank descriptions of sex you should read Moning. I was in the mood to read some light trash and was lucky enough to be at my friend Sarah's house and was able to borrow Highland Warrior from her. It is the second in a series, though it isn't really a sequel. I definitely stayed up far later than planned reading. And now I only have about a third of the book left. It is so good.

What I watched: I watched many things this weekend, beginning with a week's worth of Jeopardy! I DVR Jeopardy every night and watch it all at once over the weekend. Yes, I realize that is incredibly nerdy, but it makes me happy and for how much people mock me for it, everyone always wants to watch it with me. So there!

I also watched the last three episodes of Being Human (the SyFy channel version, not the BBC version). OOoooo it was so good! If you don't know, Being Human is about a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf who live together in Boston. And both the werewolf and the vampire work at a hospital as a nurse and an orderly respectively. There is definitely some soap opera type stuff about how hard it is to be supernatural, blah blah blah. But it is also just really fun. There is a ton of violence, lots of killing, not a lot of blood really and a ton of light and funny moments. I seriously enjoyed the entire series, but the last three episodes really rocked. I now want to watch the original BBC version.

Also watched, John Tucker Must Die. I've seen it before but really enjoyed the repeat viewing. First of all, I think it is a really underrated teen romantic comedy. It is really funny but also ends up having some sort of message. And even the jerk character is really likable. Also, it has Penn Badgley in it. With longish curly hair! Fun. And it has the most amazing soundtrack. Seriously good music in that movie.

I also satisfied my craving for all things British by watching many episodes of Little Britain. It says something about how funny a show is when it is set in a country I have never been and I still find it super funny. It is a sketch show about really strange people in Britain and mocks pretty much everything. The best thing though is that Anthony Head, aka Giles from Buffy, is the Prime Minister. And really, the scenes that he is in are the funniest of the show. The whole show is like if you took the weirdest Monty Python sketches and made them slightly more inappropriate. Very weird and very funny.

And last, neither a book nor a movie nor a tv show...I played Just Dance on Wii. It was awesome. I got super sweaty because what is the fun if you aren't going to get into the moves? I am much better at Just Dance than I am at DDR. Most fun part of my weekend!


  1. I love John Tucker Must Die. I agree that it was way more awesome than one might expect. Penn Badgley fan? Are you obsessed with Gossip Girl, too? It's my guilty pleasure!

  2. I definitely watched seasons 1 & 2 of Gossip Girl, but couldn't stay interested in it. I have seen many of his other movies/tv shows, though.