31 July 2012

Equality

Last week, Member of Parliament (MP) Louisa Wall's bill to legislate for marriage equality in New Zealand was drawn from the ballot. The day before this occurred I had informed a family member that if he ever saw me on the evening news, it would most likely be as part of a march in support of marriage equality. Which pretty much explains where I stand on the issue *grin*

I know not everyone in New Zealand is a proponent of marriage equality. And their reasons are many and varied. I just happen to disagree with them. And to that end I have emailed my view to my MP in the hope he will do what I consider to be fair and right for all. Because passing this Bill into law won't take away anything from anyone, but instead give the right to marry to a group of people who should have it.

22 July 2012

Books 2012: June Update

Total: 57 books (three books in June: m/m [three books])

The 2012 M/M Romance Challenge total: 50 books (three books in June)

The The 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge total: 4 books

A list of all the books I've read to date (from 01 January 2010) can be found at GoodReads.

Favourite books in June? Well, I only read one series...and loved all three books, so June was definitely the Falls Chance Rance month:

* Falls Chance Ranch (Rolf & Ranger)

*  Three Traders (Rolf & Ranger)

* Mustang Hill  (Rolf & Ranger) [What can I say? I'm still on a domestic discipline genre glom]

Currently reading:

* Evenfall (Sonny Nothing)

And the books I'm most looking forward to reading in July...TBC? I'm drawing a complete blank and instead hanging out for August and the (re-)release of:

* Stars & Stripes (Abigail Roux)

* Tigers & Devils (Sean Kennedy)

I'm not going to ask you what you read in June, because, like me, you probably can't remember (which is why I'm grateful for GoodReads!). So, what did you just finish reading?

15 July 2012

Hunting The Snark

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

Snark  • noun An imaginary animal (used typically with reference to a task or goal that is elusive or impossible to achieve): pinning down the middle classes is like the hunting of the snark. Origin: 1876: nonsense word coined by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark.

However, just to confuse matters, for the duration of this post, the above definition bears no relation to my utilization of the word :)

Earlier this month I picked up JR Ward's Lover Reborn from the library. And looked at it. And looked at it. And then looked at it some more. Finally I picked it up, only to read the first page, mutter 'I can't do this' and put it down. Up until Lover Reborn, I've read all the books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series in spite of my growing dissatisfaction with the author's writing style. TBH I was really only reading Lover Reborn for two reasons: 1) for any scenes with Qhuinn and/or Blay (as a set up to Lover At Last) because they are my two favourite characters; and 2) because I wanted to snark about all the things in the series that drive me nuts (e.g. the obvious product placement and the inability of the characters to use actual words when speaking [because they would much rather use slang, and who just doesn't love reading about pieholes?]). So to all intents and purposes I was going snark hunting! Although, let's be honest, I couldn't pick an easier hunting target because the slang and product placement are not hard to find in this series. And no, it's not a good idea to pick up a book when you know it's going to annoy you and you're going to rant about it. It's not fair to the author. But I liked ranting about it. Yes, past tense. Because the thought of wading through 572 pages, even snark hunting, didn't fill me with joy. And I had just discovered the Falls Chance Ranch series and...so (desperately) wanted to go read that. So in the end I just leafed through the book and read the Qhuay scenes, although it took me a further 2 weeks to do that. I know, a pitiful Team Qhuay supporter I am! Yes I want to read Lover At Last. In fact, I just placed a library hold on it, but I'm...worried about whether I will start and/or finish it.

So, have you reached a point in a series where you just can't go on, even though you liked the premise, the initial books and still like the characters?

03 July 2012

Dabbling

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

Dabble • verb 1 [with object] immerse (one’s hands or feet) partially in water and move them around gently: they dabbled their feet in the rock pools; [no object] (of a duck or other waterbird) move the bill around in shallow water while feeding: teal dabble in the shallows. 2 [no object] take part in an activity in a casual or superficial way: he dabbled in left-wing politics. Origin:mid 16th century: from obsolete Dutch dabbelen, or a frequentative of the verb dab.

If you're thinking 'Huh?', fear not! There is method to my madness. (Isn't there always? No, don't answer that :) I was finally getting around to some blog hopping tonight and happened upon the lovely Kassa from three am's review of The Saturnalia Effect. As I pointed out in my comment on Kassa's blog, to date I've only read one prison story - Scarlet Blackwell's And So Is Love (which BTW is amazing, but a very hard book to read emotionally [like all of Scarlet Blackwell's books]) so I was edging towards adding The Saturnalia Effect to my TBR list (it sounded like another emotionally hard read, which is right up my alley :) when I read the words 'supernatural element'. And everything stopped!

See, when it comes to supernatural elements I prefer books that either go there completely or don't... Kind of an either or rather than both. I'm just...not that into dabblers. It's like my brain either needs to be fully in logical mode or fully in imaginative mode. I kind of end up split if the book dabbles. Saying that, the Falls Chance Ranch series that I'm currently reading devouring (because let's call a spade a spade, shall we?) is a very obvious exception to that rule *blush* I've been racking my brains as to why the Falls Chance Ranch's supernatural elements don't bother me, and can only conclude that it's down to the strength of the writing...the authors have very cleverly presented both logical and illogical ('There are more things on heaven and earth...' *sharp look* Where did that come from?) arguments and left the reader to decide for themselves...

I guess what I'm saying is that while I try to avoid dabblers, I can be persuaded otherwise.

So, do you dabble?