So, it’s only been a week since I’ve started doing the mini project, and I already have to cut back on the amount of posts. Over the weekend, I was thinking to myself, What the hell was I thinking saying that I would try to do two posts a week, with one dealing with TV shows and movies? I’m constantly backed up on my shows, and I don’t go to the movies that often. Even then, most of the time, I don’t do a lot of reviews on movies. So, with that in mind, I’m going to only do weekly posts on whatever book I am reading, and do the occasional post on my TV shows (the ones that make me want to write a post on) and the movies that I watch.
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So, I guess this will be my first post of my project, although the review is way overdue. Well, first off, I have to say that I did not finish the book. I was only able to get the part where Diana and Matthew got the letter from Matthew’s father to come to Sept Tours, and them going to Sept Tours, mainly because to me, the book began to read like a history book. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to feel like I’m reading a history book when I’m actually reading a fiction book. So, my review of A Shadow of Night is only based everything up until Matthew and Diana going to Sept Tours.
Anyway, I would have to say that if you’ve read my review on A Discovery of Witches, then a good portion of the problems I saw in A Discovery of Witches are also in A Shadow of Night. For example, the issue of plot and character development. In A Shadow of Night, ironically, the first part of the book felt so slow. I don’t really expect that to happen in the second book in a series. I always expect that the beginning of every sequel in a book series should get into the action within the first fifty pages or thereabouts. I mean, I get that Matthew and Diana wanted to get acclimated into Elizabethan England, but I mean, there’s only so much I can take before I’m like, “Come on, get into the action already, have the characters do what they went to Elizabethan England for.” You know what I mean? Also, with Diana and her cover story and obsession with doing what a proper high class Elizabethan wife should be doing. First off, why didn’t Matthew and Diana come up with a cover story before they went back in time? I think that would have saved some time. Second, I get that Diana has to keep up a rouse to the outside world and pretend that she is a high class Elizabethan wife, but does she have to obsess over things that are irrelevant such as how to write in Elizabethan script or the proper terms for clothing, etc.?
Another example is again, the amount of characters in the book, especially the fact that the author named dropped so many famous people from that time period. I mean, I get that Matthew was a member of the elite class during Elizabethan England and he was bound to interact with a lot of famous people from the time period, but I mean, given that the average Joe Blow, like myself, doesn’t really have as much of an interest in history as an historian, like the author is, it’s hard to keep track of so many different famous people from Elizabethan England.
Anyway, personally, I wouldn’t recommend the book to anyone if they’re not interested in Elizabethan history.
So, I have been thinking about having a recurring theme to this blog after I read this post. The reason that it struck a chord with me was because I realized that I haven’t really been posting as much as I used and I found that to be a little bit sad. I mean, I kept up this blog for a reason and that was to post things that I was thinking about at the time. So, I was thinking, what is there for me to write about that I can keep up and do in a regular fashion? I don’t want to write about school because I am almost done and don’t feel entirely comfortable having it posted where anyone can read it. I’m not currently working and wouldn’t write about it because again, anyone can read it, even if I had a job. It’s the same with talking about my friends and family. The only things that are constant in my life that I feel comfortable talking about on a blog right now are movies, TV shows, and of course, books. So, I thought, I’ll mainly focus on movies, TV shows and the books I’ve read. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do at least two posts a week, one talking about the book that I’m reading during that week, and another dealing with the shows that I’ve watched during the week.
I found this post on the Fresh Pressed. When I read this post, I realized that I’m not the only one who wants to read, review, and blog about books and movies as an ideal job. I would just love to be able to just sit around and read a book at my leisure, and actually get paid for it. The same applies to going to seeing movies and reviewing them by blogging. It would take a lot of stress off from finding a tedious job.
I saw this post on the fresh pressed. You know, I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I want to encourage kids to read more because it has many benefits like an increased vocabulary. On the other hand, I know that with me, if I feel like I’m forced to read, like for school or having a goal of reading 50 books in a year, it takes the fun out of reading and makes me want to read less. So, by association, I would think that other people would be the same way. They wouldn’t want to read 50 books in year if they felt like they were forced to.