Media Monday

This may or may not become a regular feature. Let me know what you think! This post is more-or-less an introduction to me and my idea here, so the regular feature will be a little different. Let’s discuss this!


I am a voracious reader. I read quickly and I read often. I’m a re-reader also – I prefer to own books so I can read them again and again. I do love libraries, and go to mine often, but I like to be able to pick up a comfortable tome and return to its world. I’ve definitely been known to purchase books after borrowing them from a library.
I’m also a “cover chooser” – if I’ve got money to burn and a bookstore to lurk in (which I don’t anymore since Borders closed), I’ll find something with a cover that appeals to me. This usually doesn’t fail me – that’s how I’ve found several authors that I really like!
I’ve got a Kindle Fire, which is super nice. πŸ™‚ E-books are cheaper. Also I follow a blog that searches out free books and posts them, so I regularly add freebies to my library.

Soon, I’m hoping to post book reviews. πŸ™‚ I’ve been neck-deep in the world of Westeros (that’s A Song of Ice and Fire, or the books that Game of Thrones is based on) for quite a long time now. I’m near the end of the fourth book. The first 3 each got better and better, but I’ve gotta admit that I’m kinda slogging though this one. It’s not a flaw of the book so much as a flaw of epics – there’s always that part in the middle. The calm before the final storm, as it were.
I’m not “reviewing” these books yet because I need to re-read them before I’ll be prepared to do that. There’s just SO MUCH in them. Also I want to be able to go back and find all the foreshadowing. πŸ™‚

I’m also going to take a page out of my friend Kyra‘s book and try out “Reviews of Books I Wouldn’t Normally Buy.” All those free books I get on my Kindle – some of them are just “hey that sounds cool” but definitely nothing I would have bought. Unknown authors, genres I’m not familiar with, etc. She did this recently, and I really liked it. Usually when you read a book review, the reviewer is a fan of the genre or the author so there’s a bit of bias. Her glowing review had even more impact since she was unfamiliar with it! So I’m gonna try to bring that feature here. I’m thinking a group of mini-reviews (many seem to be shorter works), supplemented by an occasional longer review in its own post.

Movies and TV

I’m a DVR addict. Each week, I scour our favorite channels to see what’s on and what’s good in the coming week. This week is a rather crummy one, not much good coming up.

Just for fun though, here’s a small selection of what I’m recording this week:
Full Metal Jousting on History (Sunday evening) – JOUSTING. That is all.
Game of Thrones on HBO (Sunday evening) – of course!
Grimm on NBC (Friday evening) – this show started out weak but it’s greatly improved.
Last Man Standing on ABC (Tuesday evening) – also improving as it goes. Interesting to compare to Home Improvement (both starring Tim Allen).
Honorable mention – Once Upon a Time usually is on ABC on Sunday nights, but it doesn’t seem to be playing this week. Also, Doctor Who plays frequently on BBC America.

Ice Princess on ABC Family (Saturday afternoon) – shut up I love this movie.
Legion on FX (Wednesday evening) – Paul Bettany? Yes.
(Usually there are SO MANY movies, but I warned you – this is a crummy week.)

In future editions of this blog, if there are any, I’d like to share mini-reviews of episodes and movies. I’d also love to hear from you guys out there – what you’re watching, what I should think about watching, etc. I want to have conversations here!

Okay so now you know what I’m thinking – share your thoughts with me!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kyra
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 22:20:12

    Your praise of my inner nerdiness is much appreciated! I also reallly liked the BIWNNR spot, and am about 60% of the way through my next one. It’s of the slow-in-the-beginning-but-starting-to-pick-up variety…. Which just makes me feel lazy because I haven’t done it, yet. But thanks for the shout-out! It’ll be interesting to see if we both pick up the same things to read abnormally (maybe I should also read them upside down or while sitting on the washing machine).

    LOVE Last Man Standing. I NEED to check that jousting show. And you’re right about Grimm; it’s only getting better.

    This post inspires me. I’m going to have to start blogging about my weird taste in television.


    • Jamie B
      Apr 10, 2012 @ 00:58:43

      I am SUPER happy this inspired you. I spoke only the truth about your review. It really made an impact on me. I don’t know of anybody that does that, so why not provide it! πŸ™‚ You are a pioneer, my friend. πŸ™‚

      When I finish ASOIAF, I’ll probably take a small break, read some other stuff, and then do a re-read. Hopefully be able to review them at that point, lol.

      Don’t feel bad about taking your time. With all the time-juggling that life takes… πŸ™‚

      LMS is really good, I hope it gets renewed. FMJ is SO GOOD. I saw a casting announcement for it, so it seems that they’ve got another season coming. Highly recommended. πŸ™‚ Oh this reminds me there’s a tattoo competition show on, need to set that to record as well.


  2. Marian
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 22:20:31

    Sweet! Looking forward to reading your reviews in the future!


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