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 You know how I’m constantly railing about how much I hate cheesy romance stories, cover art featuring half naked people and angsty romance stories in general?

It was all a lie.

Well, mostly a lie. A lot of the American style urban fantasy romance paranormal whatever you want to call it doesn’t do a damn thing for me. The covers feature half naked people with unrealisticly perfect bodies who stare smolderingly. The story follows some flighty chick who has magical powers but has to make a choice between different men – the unatainable hottie who doesn’t notice her, the guy whose in her league but who doesn’t respect her, or a third as yet unmet gent. Yeah, doesn’t do a thing for me.

Ahh, but Ha SiHyun’s manhwa series Comic is just so adorable that I can’t put it down. The covers feature Alice, the main character, dressed cutely, or one of her many love interests in some state of undress sporting unrealistic bodies and staring smolderingly. She might not have any magical powers, but she is a talented yet flighty young artist trying to balance finishing high school and working as a mangwha artist. Not to mention her love interests, which include the unatainable older hottie who barely notices her, a guy whose in her league but doesn’t respect her, and third gent who shows up later. Yeah, I can’t get enough of this stuff.

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A few days ago, I set out to read some true girly books, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love and Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic. Read all about the beginning of girly stuff weekend here.

My weekend of girly reads has come to a close, and I can’t say I mind. I’m just not a girly girl. I’m more likely to cry at the end of a Cory Doctorow book than at the end of a romantic comedy. I’m much looking forward to the swearing, violence and epic revenge promised by some goodies from the library.

It’s posts like this that tell me over and over and over again that I really need to do a discussion post about intended audience. Because the books for my weekend of girly reads? Yeah, I don’t think I’m the intended audience. Which makes my reaction very, very, very, unfairly biased and one sided. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Read the rest of this entry »

If you’ve been following this blog, you know I’m not much for the standard girly book or rom com (except Manga of course!).  I’m more on board for adventure, revenge, kill the bad buy slowly type story.  But there have a been a ton of blog blurbs lately about reading something outside your standard genre, leaving your comfort zone, reading something by an author you’ve never heard of, blah blah blah. 

Then I got a care package from my Mom, and along w/tons of SF/F it included Confessions of a Shopaholic.  And a friend of mine let me borrow her copy of Eat Pray Love.  Yes, that book that every single woman in line at the grocery story, at the airport, and at the Secretary of State is reading.

And you know what? I’m kinda looking forward a long weekend of girly stuff:  eyeliner  instead of  armor,  lusty thoughts about hot male barristas instead of lusty thoughts about hot babe alchemists.  As it is, I am hopelessly addicted to eyeliner.

Secretly, I think my family is hoping I’ll read the Shopaholic book and gain some kind of fashion sense from it.

I have started Eat Pray Love. Upsides – Gilbert’s writing is funny, in a good way. and I loved her description of the development of Italian.  Downsides – Not only do I hear Julia Roberts voice in my head everytime I pick this book up, but I’m just not into the boy troubles bit, which is kind of the overarching story arc.


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some of the books reviewed here were free ARCs supplied by publishers/authors/other groups. Some of the books here I got from the library. the rest I *gasp!* actually paid for. I'll do my best to let you know what's what.