04 May 2020 @ 02:38 pm
 the baroness
My little journal with book reviews, reading recommendation lists (by trope), eyecandy picspams of beautiful people and other random posts. All of it is book or (less often) movie related; my favorite genres are historical fiction and romance, which is primarily what I read and watch.

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Current Music: Silver Lights (Canis Mix), Blue Metheny

With a smile, she said, "Where you go, I follow gladly."
A Bed of Spices, Barbara Samuel
grade: A+
description: A wildly romantic tale of forbidden love set in the turbulent middle ages. A Jewish doctor, Solomon, and Catholic aristocrat, Rica, meet by chance at the herbalist's cottage and fall in love despite the divisions of religion, class, and expectations — but how can they possibly find a happy ending with so many things stacked against them?

thoughts... )

"The worst is over," he said. His voice was low, emotionless.
Surrender to an Irish Warrior, Michelle Willingham
grade: D
description: Trahern MacEgan—his body is honed for fighting, his soul is black and tortured. Women want to tame him, but he has loved once, and now is lost. Morren Ó Reilly—she has known pain and shame, but holds her head high, even though she shrinks from a man's touch. Can Morren be the light to Trahern's darkness, and can she be made whole again by her surrender?

thoughts... )

She looked at him, finally.  "You think all women can be bought?"
grade: D
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

thoughts... )

"Adieu," he said, "this is goodbye. I'll never forget you, never."
grade: A+
chronicles the connecting lives of a disparate clutch of Parisians, among them a snobbish author, a venal banker, a noble priest shepherding churlish orphans, a foppish aesthete and a loving lower-class couple, all fleeing city comforts for the chaotic countryside, mere hours ahead of the advancing Germans; as well as documents life in a small French town, during the German occupation.

thoughts... )
Current Music: too late, M83
Happy birthday, Mags, bb! :D Here's my present to you: all of your favorite characters in your favorite fandoms, casted for the movies.  In picspam form.   Enjoy, luv! You are the best, trust.

Picspam for:
Sunne in Splendour [+7]
Here Be Dragons [+3]
Jade Empire [+5]

When I read, I always, always have to have music going.  My big thing is reading romance novels; which I adore.  IDK about anyone else, but my romance reading, especially, seems to go to a deeper  level when I'm listening to music that feels like it matches the book's content. 

So, without any further ado, I'm posting my romance novel reading mini-mixes.  I made these for personal use, just background music as I read, with different flavors for different sub-genres.  Enjoy!

Current Music: Apply, Glasser
04 May 2011 @ 03:11 pm

Currently Reading
Title: Countess of Scandal, Laurel McKee
Description: an Irish countess and an English soldier, on opposites sides of a bloody civil war, find themselves falling in love in 18th century Ireland.
Why: need a happy ending.

Title: The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman
Description: a non-fictional overview of the twilight years of "la belle epqoue," the seemingly serene golden years that preceded World War I.
Why: need something substantial, not fluffy.

month-by-month breakdown... )
Current Music: Shouting Valley, Aes Dana
29 April 2011 @ 01:38 pm
All Girls Want Bad Boys
Possible spoilers: True Blood, Mass Effect 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Breakfast Club, Wuthering Heights, Archer, The Vampire Diaries, Lust/Caution, Star Wars, Aeon Flux

01 January 2011 @ 12:56 pm

Stats & Averages

Average Grade Score: C+ (2.9, rounded up to 3)
Most Prolific Reading Month: August

Best of 2010:
Wicked Becomes You, Meredith Duran ---- A+
Untie My Heart, Judith Ivory ---- A
Bound by Your Touch, Meredith Duran ---- A+
Mr. Impossible, Loretta Chase ---- A
Reckless, Anne Stuart ---- A
Fallen, Celeste Bradley ---- A
A Rake's Guide to Seduction, Caroline Linden ---- A
Skeletons at the Feast, Chris Bohjalian ---- A

Worst of 2010:
Body and Soul, Susan Krinard ---- D
The Perfect Rake, Anne Gracie ---- F
Slowness, Milan Kundera ---- D
Liberating Lacey, Anne Calhoun ---- D+
One Unashamed Night, Sophia James ---- DNF, F
The Dream Thief, Shana Abé ---- D+
Royal Seduction, Jennifer Blake ---- F
Forbidden Magic, Jo Beverley ---- F

Most Disappointing (books that I had high hopes for, ultimately dashed):
Secret Desires of a Gentleman, Laura Lee Guhrke ---- D
The Secret to Seduction, Julie Ann Long ---- D

month by month breakdown... )
Current Music: 10 Years of Anjunabeats (Pt. 2), Above & Beyond feat. Oceanlab

Sometimes, I just want to read a novel that makes me cry and cry hard, you know?  Tragic romances can be fun, once in a while, what with all the ANGST and DRAMA and DEATH that tends to crop up in these sorts of of stories; oh noes, will the hero and heroine end up together (probably, yes)?  So, with that in mind, here are my favorite bittersweet and downer romances.  Slight spoilers within the list. :)

Bittersweet Romances
Sometimes, winning is no fun at all.
— The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Vincent and the Doctor"

In the shadow of a happily ever after...lies the bittersweet romance.  The bittersweet romance happens, according to "...when victory came at a harsh price; when, for whatever reason, the heroes cannot fully enjoy the reward of their actions; when some irrevocable loss has happened during the course of the events, and nothing will ever be the same again. A Bittersweet Ending is still ending on a high note, but one that is mixed with sadness and nostalgia."  In a bittersweet romance, the main couple does end up together and happy, but they have made many sacrifices (and may continue to sacrifice) for their love.

the list... )

Downer Romances
Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.
— Chinatown
Downer romances are, this seems pretty obvious, romances that end on a sad note.  The main couple does NOT end up together in these romances, but is torn asunder by forces beyond their control.  Get your kleenex ready -- these books are angsty, tragic and depressing.

Because the HEA is often the hallmark of "traditional" romances, the romance novels below are often of a non-traditional bent: lit fic, historical fiction, classics with very strong elements of romance.

the list... )