Sequel Review Anxiety? Is There Such A Thing?

Whenever I write a review for a sequel, I am overcome by some sort of anxiety. Weird, right? Well, it is. I just feel like when I am writing a sequel review I am going to give something away and someone that hasn’t read the first book is going to come across my review and throw a fit. And then I have to be that girl that makes a person not even want to pick up a book because I gave it all away. I guess what I’m trying to say is this: I don’t want you guys to think I suck. This is all coming to me now because next up in my review list is Fever the second book in the Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren Destefano. It wasn’t one of those second in line books that made me hate the series or anything, I actually liked it (not as much as the first or third, but still.)

This is how I feel I should preface my sequel reviews.

So, how do you guys feel about sequel reviews? Do you follow a specific rule? Are there any exceptions?

In other news, I am introducing Chris (my husband) to the weeping angels from the Whoniverse. It started out when I made him watch the first episode from the new series of Doctor Who, and then I wanted him to see the first David Tennant episode. Buuuuuuut, I don’t know if I really like the first David Tennant as the Doctor episode because he spends most of it unconscious, so we watched Blink and then he finally got what I meant about the Weeping Angels being so freaking terrifying. Now, we are watching The Time of Angels and things are really getting creepy. But I am making a Whovian of him. I love going back to these early Matt Smith/Karen Gillan episodes, I love both of them so much. Especially Amy. So sassy.

How do you feel about the Angels? If you aren’t terrified of them, I don’t think we can be friends.

Who is your favorite Doctor/Companion combo?

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Cardial Vasectomy

Just kidding, there is no such thing as a cardial vasectomy. However, I recently watched one of my favorite movies- Stick It– and Joanne is just hilarious.

In other news, I have been neglecting you guys. (The select few that keeps tabs on my blog- I am suddenly reminded of that scene in Yes Man when Munchausen’s By Proxy takes the stage and thanks their followers, by name, for attending.) I know that I have had a pretty shoddy week when it comes to blog posting, but I have been working like a maniac these days. It’s amazing how many hours poor people will pick up, am I right? But, although I have not been blogging, I have been reading. A lot.

I built up a little bit of a stockpile of reviews to post, but Demonglass was the last in my arsenal. But, thanks to my favorite hobby, I have 7 more books to review for you guys. In the future, you guys will see reviews of:

1. Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall, #3)

2. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

3. Indigo Spell by Rachelle Mead (Bloodlines, #3)

4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Caster Chronicles, #1)

5. Wither by Lauren Destefano (Chemical Garden, #1)

6. Matched by Ally Condie (Matched, #1)

7. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

The reviews for Scarlet and Indigo Spell will probably be informal reactions, though, because I haven’t reviewed the previous books in the series on my blog. But, I still want to talk about them!

This leads me to my next point: I think I need to reevaluate my Goodreads reading goal for this year. Last year, I aimed for 50 books and fell short by 2. This year, I have also set my goal for 50 books, but I am already 11 books ahead of schedule… and it’s only February. Last year’s swing and a miss can be attributed to George R. R. Martin and his epic saga, but this year I am just flying through books. I LOVE IT.

How seriously do you guys take your Goodreads reading goals? Do they push you to read more? Is that pressure helpful, or does it just make you speed read?

So many questions.

Also, I wanted to tell you guys that I was nominated for the Liebster Award! Kristianne over at msnoseinabook nominated me! I am going to have to go through and answer a bunch of questions and nominate others, though. Although I’m tickled that she thought to nominate me, I just don’t know if I have the time for that. 😦 Ain’t nobody got time fo that. We will see how my so-called life progresses this coming week.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and if you want to comment with your heartfelt answers to my Goodreads questions, have at it!

I will leave you with this gem I found on Pinterest the other day: