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FWeekly: I Haven’t Had a Bite All Day + Suddenly, Last June

Didn’t feel like doing a proper Suddenly post because movie-wise it was such a BORING month. In fact, let’s get that out of the way right now: I watched next to nothing, half of which was lame. The highlight? Ex Machina, right in the beginning of June. I just wasn’t in the mood for feature length movies, so instead, I read a bunch of books; now that went fabulously.

John Thomas says good-night to Lady Jane, a little droopingly, but with a hopeful heart. — Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence #lastlines

— Sofia da Costa (@filmflareblog) June 10, 2015

I had my first contact with Virginia Woolf for our podcast episode on The Hours. Mrs Dalloway wasn’t an easy read, but it left me eager to read more from Woolf. I also finished Anaïs Nin’s Henry and June, and I’m not sure why I ever stopped because this really was a great read and even became one of my all-time favorites. Anyone who isn’t bothered by books on sexuality needs to read Nin – her prose is so beautiful.

While on a classics roll I tackled D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which was good but not amazing. I’m not sure, I have mixed feelings on this one. And then, because every time I read a couple of classics I need to unwind with some light reading, I gave these dark erotic novels a try because there were so controversial, sigh.

They were Kitty Thomas’s Comfort Food (you can skip this one), and The Dark Duet series by C.J. Robert (DNF’d Epilogue), which I guess are okay…? They did manage to handle semi-well the whole psychological thing of being attracted to your captor. From a horror pov they were alright too. It’s all the cheesiness that ruins these books, you know?

In light of the upcoming release of the first book from the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid (aka favorite comedy-romance author), I read some of her short stories, namely Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants, The Confession, and The Key. I think I read Attraction in June, but I’m not following through with that series because, despite loving Penny, it’s YA and that’s not really my thing. So anyway, Truth or Beard comes out on July 21st, and the sample had me so excited to read it. Beauty and the Mustache is my favorite book from her, and this new series will explore some of its secondary characters, so it couldn’t be more perfect! 

Wow, this book section is getting really big isn’t it? And I’m not done! I discovered No Regrets by Shannon K. Butcher when I was looking for books with police/army characters, and I ended up buying the whole Delta Force series. It’s romantic suspense, which is a genre I wasn’t really used to but have to say I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the crime/thriller bits, and again, it only annoyed me when it got cheesy. Did all three men need to call their women honey? They also get a bit repetitive and chichéd towards the end, No Escape being my least favorite. But all them have something, so it’s fun summer reading.

Right now I started Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance because of this article, and Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber because I NEED to know if Black Jack is coming back (shame on other Outlander fans for taunting me with the possibility!)

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June marked the return of Orange is the New Black with its best season so far. It also meant a new season of Hannibal, still going strong despite being cancelled. What to say about that. It’s obviously not an easy show to like, mostly because it’s so freaking weird I feel like I go into a trance every time I watch it – and that’s really the only way to enjoy it. I must say Europe agrees with Hannibal though, the level of aesthetic porn is through the roof. Did you see the Primavera murder? So beautiful. I’ll definitely write about it by the end of the season.

And finally Suits, which is arguably weaker this season. Darvey is getting cheesy (I’ve complained about this so much lately that maybe the issue is me), and there’s really not much else happening. Still, two episodes in is too early to judge. This month I also returned to Veep, Broad City, Penny Dreadful, and True Detective – so far all great!

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  • Wow. If I were to summarize my reading list from June it would be sad. I had a strong opening, and a weak end to my reading. Though, my selection of reads is mostly YA which isn’t your thing.. but I might grab one of those Nin’s books during my holiday… to spice things up. 😀

    • June? Man, this post is old. Yeah, something happens to me when I read the words “18 year old”… yikes! I just can’t stand it. I like my characters to be +25, preferably over 30.

      Oooh let me know if you do. I need to post a round-up of my fav erotic novels (been promising this one for months now), there are so many great ones out there! Nin is somewhat hardcore (meaning, not “contemporary sexy”). I hope you like it, though.

  • You know what? I wasn’t that crazy about Lady Chatterly’s Lover either when I read it for the first time a few years ago. I remember thinking: “That’s it? That was actually kinda lame.” Haha! I hate when classics disappoint because they take quite a lot of dedication to get through – they’re certainly not the easiest, breeziest reads y’know? Thanks for the shout-out! x

    • I know! I read it pretty fast because I was at the bookstore for hours, waiting for someone, but I skipped plenty of paragraphs. It was a bit boring at times, really. You’re welcome!

  • Wow, I wish I read as much as you do. I’m sure I would be smarter for it. I thought the first ep of Hannibal and this last ep (the 5th one I think) were the best b/c they both heavily featured Hannibal. The other eps that featured Will have bored me to tears. Will Graham is such a useless character. Hannibal and Bedelia are who I want to see. Jack Crawford is interest too. So far Primavera has been my favorite ep so far, it was so freaking stylish. I have started Penny Dreadful, but need to commit to finish it.

    • I think reading is important yes, but I highly doubt most of what I read is making me smarter…!

      You know, for some reason I don’t find Will so annoying this season… but there’s a strange combination of darkness and passiveness to him, it’s weird. You probably finished Penny Dreadful already – hope you enjoyed this season as much as I did 😀

  • Thanks for the link! I’m about half way through OITNB this season, and I’m not sure what to think yet. It seems a bit filler-ish, but there’s been some parts I really loved.

    • I think OITNB sometimes feels like a show with no clear direction, because in truth it’s just about getting to know the characters better, there’s no big goal to achieve or mystery to solve. But I liked this season because they developed the stories of some characters I really really love, like Morello and Sophia… and others I can’t remember because this post is so damn old!

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