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text 2019-04-25 19:28
Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 376 pages.
The Viscount Who Loved Me - Julia Quinn

The actual end of this book. Ugh, apartment management arrived for an inspection near the end of it and caught me crying.

 

So yes, it did emotionally affect me. There were some very good bits in the second half, and MR was right, Anthony does improve on acquaintance. Quinn did not convince me on one thing, however: that the scene with Anthony and his former mistress not only didn't matter anymore, but also that Kate would completely forget about it.

 

As Kate told herself and Anthony that she couldn't think of a reason to object to his courtship of Edwina anymore, now that she'd learned he was actually a pretty decent guy, I just about screamed in frustration. Did it not bother her that there was a possibility he wouldn't be a faithful husband to her sister? And, when he ended up marrying her instead (for reasons), why wasn't she reminded of that scene when he told her that, although he was marrying her, he wasn't going to fall in love with her? Because I was certainly reminded of it. One of those instances of an author relying a little too much on readers knowing what's in both the characters' heads and allowing it to overwrite what the characters themselves are supposed to know about each other.

 

But yay, now it's time for me to go up the ladder.

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text 2019-04-24 00:11
5 hours and 24 minutes in
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman,George Newbern

"So, while I was sleeping you sneaked out to people in need and mended their fences?"

 

During his vacation (honeymoon?), even. Ove is incapable of watching as someone does something wrong. And it's often easier for him to just do a thing than explain how to do it. He has spent a good chunk of this book trying to kill himself but generally failing because there are things that need doing.

 

And hey, I just realized that this could count as my "more than 50% blue" book too, if I finish it before the Julia Quinn one.

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text 2019-04-23 13:16
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 376 pages.
The Viscount Who Loved Me - Julia Quinn

"The only reason to give up one's mistress is if one happens to love one's wife. And as I do not intend to choose a wife with whom I might fall in love, I see no reason to deny myself the pleasures of a lovely woman like you."

 

This is Anthony, the book's supposed hero, talking to a former mistress of his about the prospect of renewing their relationship. He thinks it's a private conversation, but he doesn't realize that Kate is listening in. The future wife he doesn't intend to fall in love with is Edwina, Kate's younger sister.

 

Like most of Quinn's books, this is making for smooth reading, and there's occasional fun banter. Unfortunately, I'm not happy with Anthony as a romantic hero. He may be an excellent brother and son, but as a potential husband, he seems like garbage. Earlier, Edwina and Kate had a conversation in which Edwina said she thought he'd make a good husband because everyone always says he's so kind to his family members. Kate responded that men don't always view their wives as being in the same category as blood relatives. Anthony appears to be one of those men, and it really doesn't speak well of him.

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text 2019-04-23 04:17
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 376 pages.
The Viscount Who Loved Me - Julia Quinn

Kate's corgi just got everyone wet. I'm sure that's annoying, but Anthony's anger seems extreme. And I agree with Kate, it was out of line for him to assume that she somehow directed her dog to push Edwina into the water.

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text 2019-04-22 12:49
Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 376 pages.
The Viscount Who Loved Me - Julia Quinn

My "more than 50% blue" book selection. I can't find a Booklikes entry with the right cover. Mine looks more like this:

 

 

I've read this series all out of order. The last Bridgerton book I read revealed the identity of Lady Whistledown, so it's a bit odd reading this and realizing that the banter at the beginning is a giant clue.

 

Crossing my fingers that this doesn't turn out to have Kate and her beloved younger sister, Edwina, both in love with Anthony Bridgerton. Please let Edwina fall for someone else. I'd even take "Kate thinks Edwina is in love with Anthony, but she really isn't."

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