Welcome to a new Week in Review. Sorry we were a little delayed with this week’s #Wrap-Up–high school football consumes some of our lives. Each week, we’ll let you know what we’ve been reading and checking out, whether it’s books, movies, shows, or anything else 🙂
Sherry: Howdy ya’ll. Hope your week is wonderful. The summer shows are winding down, and here’s what I got so far. Outlander — WHOAH — I’m really loving this show. It’s not like we didn’t already know how horrible that Jack Randall is, but jeez this week I wanted to kill him. Not only did he punch poor Claire repeatedly in the stomach, but then he tells her about how much enjoyment he got out of whipping poor Jamie. Ugh he’s a bad dude, and since I haven’t read the book, it’s really hard for me to like her husband since I know he’s a descendant and played by the same character. I sort of can’t wait to see how that is developed. I also figured out pretty quickly that she was going to end up loving Jamie back in time, but also still love her husband in the future. So, I assume there will be some sort of tug of war in her heart eventually as to whether she really wants to go back to the future (hehe see what I did there?). Anywho, I absolutely love how things have played out for her to end up married to Jamie. I mean I wouldn’t really have to be asked more than once, but she is supposed to be in love with future husband, so I appreciated the “need” for her to marry Jamie.
Now lets get to that honeymoon. Because, (and I’m paraphrasing here) Jamie: “Do you want to marry me?” Claire: “You don’t mind that I’m not a virgin?” Jamie: “As long as you don’t mind that I am! I figure one of us should know what we’re doing!!!!!!” DIES
Big Brother had a great week with the #BBRewind and now I’m HOPING that they can get Frankie out. I swear his famewhoreness just drives me NUTZ. I liked him in the beginning, but now I just want him gone. — Tuesday Update: Thank goodness Frankie is gone! Fingers crossed that Derrick makes it all the way. — Wednesday Update: Poor Caleb, didn’t see that one coming. I still think getting rid of Frankie was a good call for him, because he wouldn’t have been loyal either.
MasterChef had it’s finale and I have to say, I’m underwhelmed. I really didn’t want Courtney to win, she just rubbed me the wrong way with her ATTITUDE. But, I cannot lie and say that she didn’t cook well, she did. But, I think Elizabeth should have won and I didn’t really love her either. But, I thought she deserved it more. If I have to hear Courtney talk about her embarrassment of her job at the “
Gentleman’s Strip Club” again I was going to hurl. Seriously, stop talking about it and no one will know dimwit. Anyway, I guess congrats to her, but I wasn’t thrilled.
Sandi: I always feel a bit out of it, not knowing any of these shows. lol Okay, I read Outlander, but haven’t seen the adaptation. Isn’t the wedding this weekend?? Swoon! I’ve been watching a bit of Supernatural via Netflix, but not binge-watching.
As to BOOKS, I’ve been continuing to read and research (History! PM me and I’ll share all the !! moments from my study of 17th Century Carolina!) but I have managed to snag a work of fiction: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. To be honest, my favorite version of this so far has been the movie (1993) starring Kiefer Sutherland (I mentioned how his father is one of my favorite actors ever, right?), Charlie Sheen, Chris O’Donnell, and Oliver Platt. Platt is the best Porthos ever in the history of this movie. It is easy to see him in Dumas’s character in the novel. Actually, they all suit pretty much down to the ground! Yep, I probably have to see that movie, now…
On the beauty front, I wanted to share a “Yay!” and a “Meh.” The Yay! is for Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint and Rosemary Body Wash. This is one of my favorites from them and I like it all year round. It’s got a wake-me-up fragrance and rinses clean away so I have no residue after my shower.
The “meh” is for a LUSH product, alas. I failed to be enamored of their Veganese conditioner . I tried it more than once on successive washes and was not impressed.
And for movies? I haven’t seen anything. But! I’m excited about Mockingjay!
Sherry: Oh Sandi, don’t feel out of it. I always feel that way when ya’ll are talking about books. 😉 I do have to say that the Three Musketeers with Kiefer Sutherland was really good. It is definitely my favorite Three Musketeers movie.
I may have to check out that Burt’s Bees Peppermint and Rosemary body wash. Sounds good.
Red Band Society Anyone catch the pilot epi of this? I did and I was a little underwhelmed. It was good, but the previews made me think I’d like it more. I’ll give it more time though, I know the setting up of characters for a new show can take time.
The Walking Dead Did anyone catch The Walking Dead photos from this week? That walker photo was very yuk! I heard they were really amping up the Zombie decrepitness. Also, I cannot lie, every time I see Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa I can’t help but think, “How did Angela (from Twilight) end up surrounded by Walkers?” HeHe. And every picture of Rick and Daryl makes me swoon in that bad-ass way. October 12th cannot come soon enough.
Nic: Can I just say how great it is to watch people’s reaction to Outlander? Because it’s great. My BFF, who hasn’t read the book, calls me every week to gush about Jamie, and I’m taking her my supply of books this weekend so
she can fall in love properly. And, Sherry, unf. Unfity unf unf. I’m SO
glad you stuck around and gave it a chance…and that THE WEDDING EPISODE IS
So this week I have sloooowly been reading a book I picked up at PennedCon by an author that’s new-to-me, Penny Reid. The book is called Neanderthal Seeks Human and it’s this kind of nerd-fluff-comedy/romance, and that’s never, ever a bad thing IMO. The main character’s got a problem with blurting out really, really random factoids when she’s nervous and it’s entertaining me so far. Plus, the author was way charming when I met her. Has anyone else read these? It’s the first in a series. Review to come eventually (because slow reader) on that one.
Television? Outlander continues to wow me. They’ve done such a good job with the characters and the actors and the scenery shots and costumes. I realize it’s a television adaption of a book that’s almost too long so some things have to change, but they’re doing a very good job keeping the parts in that need to be, cutting the excess and giving us new stuff to bridge the gap between. I’m impressed. And seriously, the actor playing Jamie? HE IS SO STINKING CUUUUUTE WITH THE PUPPY FACE. I can’t even…even.
Sons of Anarchy, however, has fallen off my must watch list. I need someone to root for and I just don’t like anyone left enough. I might Netflix it when it’s done after reading spoilers, but IDK. I just really want a volcano (Thanks, Elizabeth…) to blow up near Gemma and fuse her hair to her mouth so she can’t spew BS anymore. Headcanon ending: Chucky makes it out alive and takes the boys with him on his scooter. I’ll accept that.
Also: I really want Scandal to come back to my TV. Just a few more weeks until that train to crazy town comes back and I am so happy.
Beauty things: I got my order from I♥NP and their Fall colors are gorgeous and smooth and held up on my nails for nearly 4 days (sans topcoat because I bought holographic polishes and I’m lazy, too) with minimal chipping. For me, who sometimes struggles with chippage in as little as 24 hours (I have weird body chemistry, I STG), that’s pretty great. Plus they have a rose-gold holo and it’s beautiful. Their ultra-chrome polishes are amazing, too, and super color shifty. If you’re into that sort of thing, I highly recommend.
I’ve been rough on my hands recently with sewing Halloween costumes, so Qtica’s Intense Cuticle Repair Balm has been broken back out and it’s for real a lifesaver, y’all. I need a new jar of it because I can’t live without it in the Fall and Winter, and it honestly does what it’s supposed to do in a minimal amount of time.
Betsy: LOL to all of the Outlander love. I’m currently fascinated with the Independence Referendum happening over their now. Amazing and anyone who has read Outlander can certainly relate to how fantastic it is to see the country vote yay or nay for separating from Great Britain. Earlier this week, I saw a tweet from a Scot who has managed to watch five of the episodes because the UK doesn’t have a deal yet. He said it was a good thing the show hadn’t been aired there as it would definitely have an impact given the vote coming this week.
TV: I’m really loving the Outlander adaptation. The costumes, sets, fleshed out minor characters, the incredible beauty of Scotland (just watch episode five Rent for the most beautiful scenery), the great acting, and last but not least the epicness of Sam Heughan. I could totally spam ##%%^%#$ pictures if I knew how. Jeez Louise, he is verrah handsome. The last episode saw some of the most riveting, gruesome TV I’ve ever seen. If there was ever a doubt that Black Jack Randall came by his name honestly that show should sell you. I thought the flogging scene, while hard to watch, was incredibly powerful told from BJR’s point of view. In the book, Dougal is the one to describe it as he attempts to sell Jamie’s character to Claire, who unknowingly at this point is going to be told to marry him to keep her out of Randall’s clutches. THE WEDDING……..I may need CPR.
Nic, LOL to the GemmaHairGagDeathByFieryVolcano and she can take all of her people with her. Ick to that show. I enjoyed the first couple of seasons and then…blech. Gratuitous Violence Bonanza accompanied by a bunch of leathered up nasty people. I need to have someone to pull for in books, movies, TV, whatever and that show just doesn’t have any. Sorry Sons lovers, no, just no.
Reading stuff: I’ve spent a couple of fics reading horrible fic, like watching a train wreck over and over and so I won’t bore you with that. But…I am reading Rochelle Allison’s new WitFit Sear which is intriguing. Only a few chapters in and for those who don’t know her, her WitFits are tremendous. Well, really all of her stories are great. Also reading Alaska by AntonM and really enjoying it. It skips around timewise which is my only complaint, but has a very different Edward in it. Sort of a Backwoodsward, kind of lacking in social graces but sweet nonetheless.
I also read Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas. I liked it. Maybe not quite as much as some of her others, but still quite good. For once, it has a heroine who has messed up things with the love of her life and she decides to institute desperate measures. For those of you who have read her before, it includes a cameo with Felix Rivendale from The Luckiest Lady in London, which is a fantastic read by the way.
Kassiah: I’m still working on Once Upon a Time. I just got to the episode where Hook said this:
I flailed a little, but felt bad since my kid was in the room. Other than that, I’ve been doing the cheer coach thang, so not much going on with me. Hope ya’ll had a great week! *mwah*
What We Talked About This Week…
Here’s a handy list of all the books we mentioned in this week’s Wrap-Up, along with all of the Reviews we’ve posted, both here and on Swoony Boys Podcast.
Don’t miss out on all of our Giveaways (here and on Swoony Boys Podcast)!
- signed copy of Get Even from author Gretchen McNeil
- Signed Copies of Indiscretion by Elisabeth Grace
- eCopy of Make It Right from Megan Erickson
- $10 GC and eBook Copy of Perfect for You from author Ashelyn Drake
- Copy of Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, and Crash Into You, and a poster featuring Take Me On by Katie McGarry
- Pair of Pink Heels from Right Kind of Wrong author Chelsea Fine
- eBook Copies of Sinful Rewards 1 and Sinful Rewards 2 by Cynthia Sax
- Your Choice of Something Real or Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
What have you been up to this week?