Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 20-26)

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It’s the Oscars weekend! To my shame, I have to admit that I haven’t watched many of the films yet, except for Arrival, which I adored. So, upfront, which ones did you watch? Many of them are already on my to-watch-list! But enough about that. Here’s some new stuff:

Movies

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I am massively excited for this!

Beauty and the Beast (Clip)

Here’s your weekly dose of B&B to make the wait easier.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Those books are everywhere. It was one of the bestsellers no matter where I worked at.

Burning Sands

Not for me.

1 Mile to You

This looks really sad.

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

This seems highly psychedelic and I wonder how much drugs the creators were on.

As You Are

Not sure about this one yet.

Atomica

So, that’s where Miss Grundy went off to.

TV Shows

Imaginary Mary

I still think this looks weird but funny.

Doctor Who (Series 10)

The first time you meet him, he’s grumpy – would have been my line. Let’s see where this final Moffat and Capaldi season is going, I am SO ready for the change.

What are you watching? What’s going on?

#CurrentlyWatching: Imposters

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As you may remember, last week’s post was about Riverdale and that the topic was decided through a Twitter poll. The other options weren’t that well received though and I noticed that NOT A SINGLE PERSON voted for Imposters. That just felt like a crime in itself to me, because it meant you all had no idea what you were missing out on. So, long story short, I am making it my mission to bring this show closer to you.

When I first heard about this show, my mind instantly went to the 2001 film Heartbreakers, which was one of my favourites for a very long time. I have always had a soft spot for con artist stories in my heart. Imposters is a dark comedy in its first season on Bravo and even though they’ve only aired about 3 episodes so far, it is very promising and a nice change of topic from all those other shows that are currently on air.

Imposters focuses on a woman who cons people into marrying her and then vanishes from their lives with all their money. Despite blackmailing them to not follow her, three of her (still lovesick) victims band together to find her.

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Imposters starts blissful, happy, with the perfect married couple and then BAM! It’s all a lie. It’s so difficult to believe, because they are unbearably sweet together and Ezra, the first conned man we get to meet, is like this precious care bear who even got his wife a present for each day they were married. His despair upon finding out that everything was fake breaks him. Only the arrival of one of Ava/Alice/Maddie/whatever-her-real-name-is’s previous victims gives his life purpose again and so the chase begins.

The complexity of the plot and the scams increase with each episode, without ever getting overbearing. We get to find out there’s a team and basically an entire operation behind the con woman, who I am just going to refer to as Maddie, and there’s still a lot to find out as to how exactly they work. She’s such a strong character though and uses everything she’s got to manipulate the world around her to her advantage. It may seem odd, but I find that not only impressive but also a little admirable. Of course I am not on board with the moral direction of her “job”, but she is using prejudice and stereotypes in her favour and therefore is a no-nonsense woman when it comes to her own well being, and that is something I love to see on my screen. I am fascinated, however, where things are going with her boss, the Doctor, because it seems they are starting to have different ideas about how to run the “business”.

And then there is the band of exes, who I am just going to readily fall in love with. They all bring their own qualities to the table and some of them are really unexpected. I think they mostly also provide the humorous parts of the story, which makes the series as a whole such a great mix. I personally am a willing mark, ready to be conned by all those beautiful characters (who are comprised of lesser and more famous actors/actresses, some of which were a real surprise to me *cough* Uma Thurman *cough*).

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I first thought about whether I could ship Maddie with one of her exes, but I don’t know if any of it was real. Seriously, it’s way too soon to tell, even though you can definitely see that they still have feelings for her. And I don’t know if any of the new targets could develop into something genuine. So, instead of romantically shipping anyone, I just ship the three exes/previous victims together! They compliment each other so much and together they might actually have a real shot at finding Maddie.

Admittedly, it happens rarely, but sometimes bro-ships are even more important than regular ships. They bicker and fight, there’s some fun banter – I LOVE banter, but in the end they stick with each other. They probably have all their own ulterior motive of finding Maddie, and once they do, their friendship will be tested. But until then, their mutual heartbreak is like a glue that holds together the most unlikely group of people.

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This has turned into the most difficult section of the post, because most of the time I have no idea what to say. I want to give trigger warnings in case there ever is something though, because I know it’s important to people, so let me think. The show is mostly harmless, but I do have to warn you about an attempted suicide in the first episode. Other than that, there’s only a little bit of foul language and tons of sexual innuendos.

Have you heard about Imposters? Do you want to watch it?

T5W: Books to Help You Out of a Slump

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. I am sure you all know the dreaded feeling of a reading slump, when simply no book awakens your curiosity or gets your attention, even though you would LIKE to read. In my opinion, there’s no real cure for that lack of attention span or interest in books. It just passes after a while, like most things do. However, if I ever do try to combat it, I mostly go for fun or quick contemporary-esque type books. So, here are some of my recommendations for that!

Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

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What are some of your go-to books when you try to defeat the reading slump? Tell me all about it!

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 432

I read this book together with my fellow bloggers Cátia (read her review here) and Marie (keep checking back on her blog to see her review in the near future). A Million Worlds With You is the third and final book in the Firebird series, so if you haven’t read the previous books yet, I would recommend you do that first before reading the post!

This post will be rather short, seen as I never really like to talk about the sequels I read. They are much harder to review without spoiling than the first books, so let’s do this quickly.

AMWWY wasn’t exactly what I hoped for. While the series is still action-filled, packed with a couple surprised and a fairly quick read, the conclusion to it all was rather … anti-climactic? Everything that happened so far made this quite the epic story. Just think of all the worlds Marguerite and the others traveled to! We get to revisit some of them here, as well as whole new dimensions. However, the way it was handled felt a little repetitive. Marguerite chases her other self, Wicked, from world to world without ever being able to catch up, because they obviously can’t be in the same body. Instead of the logical reaction to recent events I thought of during the first couple of pages of the book, Meg takes all of 350 pages to come up with herself. And then the final solution seems far too easy in comparison to everything that happened. I just felt like people got let off the hook easily, when there should have been far bigger repercussions.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about the series while I waited for this final part and the more I thought about it, the less I liked Marguerite and her actions. She’s just so self-righteous and self-centered, judging everyone else but never truly fessing up to all the things she did wrong. Even in the end, it felt like she got absolution when she definitely shouldn’t have. Weirdly, and that truly never happens (except with The Magicians), I liked the second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, best. I am pretty sure it had to do with a the page time Theo was getting. He is one of my bookish hubbys and I love the guy. He was seriously lacking from this book, but then I am also kind of glad nothing too bad happened to him, because Marguerite never really deserved him anyway. I sort of came to terms with Paul, where I neither love him (like in book 1) nor dislike him (like in book 2) – now I am just sort of indifferent to him.

So, it was a fun book, but it could have been more in terms of the conclusion of the series

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Not a bad, but not the desired finale.

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Have you read the Firebird series? What’s your take on it?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 13-19)

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How was your week, folks? I did something daring and signed up for a camera acting workshop which starts in March. I am usually a very camera shy person, but I felt like going out of my comfort zone. This should be an adventure and little pre-school me would love the idea of getting a shot at being an actress. Speaking of films and such, here are the trailers I found!

Movies

Everything, Everything

I know there is problematic rep in the book, but I think the trailer looks really good. I want to watch it so bad. And no, the trailer does NOT show everything to it. *she says with confidence without having read the book*

Colossal

I actually think that I liked the shorter teaser better, but I am still SO looking forward to this. It’s freaking hilarious and weird.

The House

This is such a big nonsense!

Song to Song

Look, I get that this is some sort of artistic thing the big hollywood stars are into, but I feel like that camera perspective might make me nauseous at some point.

Mine

I am not really one for those survival military kind of stories.

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I like when drawings are incorporated in a story, let’s see how it works out here.

Sandy Wexler

Yeah … no.

TV Shows

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)

OMG! YAAAS!

Making History

I will watch this just because I miss Leighton on my screen!

Silicon Valley (Season 4)

What are you watching? Tell me all about it!

#CurrentlyWatching: Riverdale

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This week I did a Twitter survey to determine which show to talk about and Riverdale was apparently the strong favourite. Not that I mind, but it is a rather controversial show at the moment, so that could have gone a lot of ways – more about that later though.

Going into this show, I knew about the Archie comics, but I didn’t make the connection until later. While most of the characters are based off of those, the story really isn’t. It’s kind of a Veronica Mars meets Teen Wolf meets Secret Circle meets Gossip Girl but all without magic? So, basically I am saying it’s a mystery show with tons of teen drama. I am quite the sucker for CW shows, so I would have watched it either way. You can also watch it on Netflix, which is very convenient for me, because it gets uploaded each week.

A small town gets rattled after the death of one of their most promising teens. Everyone is a suspect, old family rivalries are awoken and relationships are tested. *insert dramatic music here* All the while our main characters try to figure out their love life and how to survive High School.

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Riverdale might not be the most faithful adaptation, but they did a great job with the visual aspect and the music (seriously adore the soundtrack). A lot darker than the original source material, I fell in love with the look of it at first glance. It’s very much like book aesthetics come to life. They did an amazing job at the costume department and the locations are beyond gorgeous. You basically have everyone from the comics there, but slightly different and a lot of them might still hold a surprise for you. But, as I said above, you don’t necessarily need to know the comics beforehand, because it’s a very loose adaptation. Still, there are nice easter-egg-kind-of situations for hardcore fans of the series.

As per CW tradition there is a lot of over the top drama and beyond gorgeous people. Shipping several of them is inevitable and even though that is the case, I do not have a separate shipping portion today. This is mainly due to the fact that I haven’t made up my mind though. They want to make the canon love triangle of Betty-Archie-Veronica happen, but at the moment I feel like everyone is just crushing on Archie because he got hot over the summer, even though he surely is the dullest of the characters presented.

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I am much more interested in the Veronica and Betty dynamic, their friendship but also what it might become in the future. They both have a lot more to them than you can see at first glance. Kevin’s lines are on point every. single. time. and he is just majorly funny. The show might feature my favourite version of Josie and the Pussycats ever and Cheryl and her possible twincest with Jason does have me intrigued as well. Still, my favourite so far remains Jughead, who definitely needs to talk more about food, but has the greatest vibe. This brings me to my next point.

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So, I mentioned controversy surrounding this show earlier and this section will explain what I meant by that. In the comic reboot Jughead has his own series in which he is openly asexual. The writer has confirmed that and has mentioned in a tweet (but not specifically in the comics as far as I noticed) that Juggie also has a tendency towards being aromantic. Now, that is not (yet) the case in the show.

Hear me out! I think that accurate ace/aro representation in mainstream media is direly needed and something that has been neglected for a while now. We’ve come a long way making TV more diverse, but there is still SO much work to do. However, I woke up after the first episode of Riverdale had aired and people were mad at the show, threatening to boycott it because Jughead wasn’t portrayed as ace/aro and I simply don’t get it. Absolutely nothing suggested that he isn’t in the first episode. Neither did it in the second or the third (which is all that has aired yet/that I have seen before this post gets published). So, my question was why everyone was so mad and I did some research!

Cole Sprouse (who portrays Jughead) revealed in an interview that they wouldn’t portray the character as ace (as they don’t seem to focus on any aro aspect, seen as it is not necessarily considered canon) in the first season, however, he also said he would keep fighting to make it a topic in the future. The producer of the show said that Riverdale is merely the beginning of those characters and that things that are canon in the comics need to still develop on the show (click here for the article). Jughead, as well as other characters, are still discovering their sexuality, so I read that as it being a real possibility that they will make Jughead’s sexual identity a future story arc.

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There’s also been some leaked material, which suggests Juggie will have a romantic storyline. Nevertheless, I don’t see how that is a hindrance just yet. Sexuality is something very fluid in my opinion and especially when you don’t know how you feel or categorize yourself, you might try different things. I feel like a lot of people don’t even know about ace and aro (and the difference between them) and maybe a teen who hasn’t figured it all out just yet would try to date like everyone around him does? I mean, he could try to fit in with the rest of his friends and then realise that it’s just not what he wants? This is obviously just my opinion and I have no idea where they are going with it in the show.

So, what I am trying to say here is that I really wish people would give the show a chance. If they mess up the portrayal, boycott away! Everyone deserves the right kind of representation, but maybe, just maybe, this show will give you a great story about a character who for the first time figures out that they are asexual. Keep in mind, the reveal in the comics wasn’t until Volume 4 either, so give them at least the possibility to work on this before condemning them.

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There isn’t much I can say as to why you shouldn’t watch the show. Maybe don’t tune in if you can’t stand water-bloated corpses? Also, this is obviously a teen drama and in case you know that that’s not your jam at all, I can’t really recommend it either. Lastly, I would understand if people wouldn’t want to watch it because they don’t want to get their hopes up about ace representation and then maybe get disappointed on the long run. If that’s a concern, maybe it’s better to wait a while and see what others say. In the end, it’s always on Netflix to binge.

Are you watching Riverdale? What are your thoughts on it?

T5W: Non-Written Novels

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. The title for today’s post is a little misleading in my opinion, because can a novel not be written and still be a novel? I don’t want to go into the philosophical aspect of this, but rather show you some of my favourite comics and graphic novels instead.

This was a hard topic to name, but this is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms.

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If you want to talk about any of these, leave a comment and I’ll be there to discuss! What would have been your picks?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 6-12)

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Another week has gone by and despite the cold and nasty weather, I did some really fun stuff in the past couple of days. I hope you had a couple good days as well! Here are some trailers:

Movies

Avengers: Infinity Wars

I dare you to shout “Chris” on set and see what happens!

Unlocked

Gotta be honest, I haven’t seen an Orlando Bloom movie in a very long time, but this looks good.

Aftermath

This looks so very sad. It’s always weird to see Arnie in these more serious movies, just like Maggie.

The Circle

The new trailer makes me want to watch it even more and also freaked me out just the tiniest bit.

Various Super Bowl Teasers

The Great & The Small

It’s the guy from Sweet/Vicious!

The Beguiled

This is a remake from a Clint Eastwood movie I think. It has Colin Farrell, but I still wouldn’t watch it.

TV Shows

Marvel’s Iron Fist

I met Finn Jones and he’s such a nice guy! For that alone I would watch it, but since Netflix also has a great track record with Marvel adaptations, bring it on!!

Dear White People

If you feel threatened by this trailer, I do feel sorry for you.

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So, this doesn’t tell us much of anything just yet.

The Catch (Season 2)

I can’t believe this got another season.

What are you watching? Anything that caught your eye? Let’s talk about that!

#CurrentlyWatching: From Dusk Till Dawn

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Today’s #CurrentlyWatching will look a little different than usually. The thing is, in the regular feature I have reasons why you should watch the show and why you shouldn’t, but I am having difficulties doing that here. I am not one for gore, violence, blood and slaying all the time. Especially when it’s really gross, I usually just fast forward, because why would I subject myself to that? Therefore From Dusk Till Dawn would not have been my go-to-choice-of-show. I am not even sure I liked the show, but I can’t get it out of my head, so this is my venting space.

From Dusk Till Dawn is a remake by the El Rey network (can also be found on Netflix) of the 1996 movie of the same title. There are 3 Seasons so far and even though it is not officially cancelled, I am not the only one who thinks that the show is kind of concluded at this point. But there still might be a mini-series, which I would very much love!

The infamous Gecko brothers are on the run after robbing a bank and taking a hostage with them. Pursued by a Texas Ranger, the eventually end up trapped in a desert bar that is nothing like it seems. All along they were part of a vampire conspiracy without even having known it.

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So, I need to explain how this happened. When I immerse myself in a show, I go full in (I think you’ve noticed that by now). While I was cluelessly watching my shipping videos for some random show on YouTube, they kept suggesting Kate and Seth videos and I had no freaking idea what show they were even from. The videos kept appearing so much though, that I did some research and when I found out about the show, I immediately knew it wasn’t for me. I tried like two episodes, but it was no fun.

Then came my first week of unemployment and a ton of bureaucratic stuff I had to do. I needed background noise while doing all that stuff, so I put on From Dusk Till Dawn. I don’t think I have seen the movie. Of course, I know some of the film stills, but other than that I knew absolutely nothing and therefore had zero expectations. The first season dragged a little in the first half (then again, I barely paid any attention). From what I hear it’s basically the movie spread out over the entire season, but after that I simply couldn’t stop and binged all of it in two days.

Vampires are so outdated at this point, but since they are like snake-vampire-hybrids (called culebras) here, they totally work for me. The mythology was really fascinating and I just love that Robert Rodriguez was the one to do the remake, because it’s just always better if the idea comes from someone who was involved with the original. They even managed to get some of the old cast (in different roles) to appear on the show now.

In my opinion, basically everything got better from season 2 onward – the production value and the pacing as well as the storyline! There was just so much more to discover and I enjoyed the journey the characters went through. They went full circle and that’s always a thing of beauty, because nothing is worse than dragging on with a show so long that it becomes terrible. Believe it or not, in the end I even loved some most of the characters. Which brings me to the next and to me probably most important point. The ships!

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The main people this shipping stuff revolves around are the Gecko brothers Seth and Richie, good girl Kate and badass culebra goddess Satánico Pandemonium aka Kisa. From what I found out both guys are shipped with both girls (and I can definitely see why), but I like the Seth-Kate and Richie-Satánico combo best (although I stopped shipping the latter at some point). It might have something to do with me finding out about the show because of Seth and Kate but they are my favourite thing in that show and the most frustrating ship in the history of me watching horror ships. Spoiler alert: they never even kiss!

The thing with Kate and Seth is that they work incredibly well together, which lead so far that people even ship the real life people with each other (but they are just friends!!!). I am usually trying to be a relatively open to age differences in relationships, but when I found out that Madison Davenport (Kate) was only 20 and D.J. Cotrona (Seth) is 36, even I stopped to pause. It didn’t really affect me on the show though, because the characters just have a bond.

In my opinion, Seth protected Kate from the beginning, which is an odd thing to say considering that he kidnapped (and therefore basically doomed) her entire family and held them at gunpoint several times. But they became partners and Seth would give about anything to get her life back to normal, which is not really possible anymore. So, they became my new Bonnie and Clyde! YAY!

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So, be cool! I know this isn’t for everyone. Any takers? Or have some of you already watched it?

T5W: Book Trends I Am Tired of

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week is all about bookish trends we can do without. Let’s see what I can come up with!

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

Special Editions

You know that feeling when you are really excited about a book or a series and the next installment is coming out? You might even pre-order it, because you just NEED to have a copy and then you find a statement like this “Fans of XY, we have a special treat for you! There’s a special cover/additional chapter in the edition you can get EXCLUSIVELY at Target/Tesco/name-some-other-shop-that-doesn’t-exist-in-my-country”. And then I just sit there and weep in sadness, because I am a poor international bookworm and I will never own one of those special copies that I really wanted. Sometimes they have prettier covers or additional artwork and I just get so furious with the publishers. There are tons of people who also read those books abroad, but there is NO WAY for them to ever get those editions. Same goes for pre-order merch, as it is mostly for North America or the UK …

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Cover Changes

There’s a lot to talk about here. Of course it is the absolute worst if there is a cover change mid-series! No argument there. But what I also hate is that whenever a series is finally completely out, the publishers decide to do a whole new design. I JUST bought the series. I am glad I finally have it all on my shelf and then BAM, the new covers are gorgeous. But who has the money to just go and buy the same books again? I sure don’t …

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The Absent Parent(s)

I do get that responsible and caring parents can be a real hindrance in books, especially when their kids go off to save the world, but I do think it’s just weird that there are so few good examples. Contemporary books have started to better integrate them (The Unexpected Everything, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, My Life Next Door …), but I still feel like there is such a lack of them in Fantasy. I mean, if Joyce Byers from Stranger Things can go above and beyond for her boy, so should bookish parents!

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Elongating Series

Standalones seem to be almost non-existent anyway these days, so if I start a series, I at least want to know how many books I am going to be in for. And therefore, no, I won’t accept a press release after two or more books saying that it will go from a trilogy to five or six books instead. Just nope! That’s not what I signed up for! (If I love the series I will still read it, but grumpily.) Most of the time it’s just really not necessary to add that much more to the story and it gets boring instead of adding to the world you are supposed to love.

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Release Date Mayhem

Look, I get that hardcovers are released before the paperbacks. I really do! Authors have to make money too and they deserve it, but I don’t have the cash to buy everything as a hardcover. So, let’s say I get a book and it is a paperback – the US edition. Logically, I would want the subsequent installments in the same edition. Now it is release day for the new part in the series, but all I can find is the US hardcover and the UK paperback (which looks completely different). I try to find the US paperback and do you know when that release date is set? ONE YEAR LATER! I mean, seriously? If the release date for paperbacks is more than a month away from the hardcover, I am just over it. Because I never get arcs and I won’t just buy the hardcover if it doesn’t fit in my collection, I will now have to wait twice as long as many other people. Well done publishing world.

This all turned into a bit of a rant, but I hope you can see where I am coming from? What are some things you are tired of?