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I am really sad that I did not have the energy to watch Neil Patrick Harris the National Treasure host the Oscars last night, but the only way I can handle that slog of boredom is if I'm simultaneously working at the computer. And I developed the worst headache of my life on Saturday night, most likely due to overly intense concentration on a computer screen for too many hours late at night (turns out that Hunting Unlimited 2010 is super intense and crazy addictive), so I didn't want to be anywhere near a computer until I absolutely had to be.

Instead, I curled up in bed at 5pm in general weariness and proceeded to watch several hours of other TV. I don't have enough energy to write about all of it, so I'm just going to knock out two.

Law & Order: SVU: Season 15 finale + season 16 premiere

The finale was...well, a lot less devastating than was implied, but still good. I love that Amaro can walk up to a guy taking photographs, beat him to a bloody pulp unprovoked, and then get off scot free with nothing more than a demotion and some probation/counseling sessions. I mean, I say it with sarcasm, but I definitely cheered at Amanda's badass use of Sekrit Blackmail to make the victim take the blame. I also genuinely loved Munch Of the Independent Wealth putting up bail for him/talking some sense into him -- best part of the episode. I don't know that I actually remember seeing this mentor/mentee relationship much, but I really enjoy the concept of it. And of course, the whole main plotline, with the lost and found Mother Of Baby John Doe/Noah was really intense and exciting and heartbreaking all at once. The kind-hearted family court judge coaxing Olivia into becoming an impromptu foster parent in light of the most recent tragedy? Aces.

The premiere continued the epic and fascinating Underage Prostitution Ring plot (although I will never get the image of the poor, what, 14-year-old? who was shot through the car window out of my head). I have to say that I really enjoyed Amaro as a traffic cop more than I thought I would, particularly his faux-rapport with the crime ring thug and pretending to be a dirty cop. Heh. I also really liked the threats to Noah and seeing Olivia panic -- that child-in-danger plotline was timed well.

The amount of hatred I have for New Dude Sonny is unreal, so I'm not going to talk about him yet. I want Murphy back. What is that actor even doing instead, Gotham? That's garbage. I've seen it with my own eyes.

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Also, a book meme!


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Most of it's on Goodreads in my to-read shelf; the rest of them are in random piles around my room and mixed with books I have read (i.e. not being kept track of)

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
100% print. Maybe one e-novella.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
Every so often I type Goodreads titles into my local library catalogue to see if we've miraculously acquired it; otherwise, when I get in a mood to go on an ILL-requesting spree, I look at my list and randomly choose whatever I most want to read at that moment.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest
Midnight Moon (by Dorothy Lyons) since 2012. Though I'm sure I own books I haven't read for much longer than that, and just don't know what they are. OH! For instance, I bought A Knight of the Wilderness in like 2005 from Half Price, because at the time it was the oldest book I owned, and I'm still unwilling to either read or resell it.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR:
I bought some books at a library sale yesterday: Jack Dawn and the Vanishing Horses, and a huge compilation of 4 novels by Amy Bell Marlowe under the title Sunset Ranch. [The Girl from Sunset Ranch, Frances of the Ranges, Wyn's Camping Days, and The Girls at Hillcrest Farm]

6. A book that will soon be added to your TBR:
I don't know. My TBR pile is like my "new TV shows" pile -- I do everything in my power to avoid adding to it.

7. Numbers of shelves used to house your TBR:
all my real-life shelves are for books I already love. But I have 46 titles on Goodreads and probably at least that many in real life.

8. On a scale of 1 to 10, how painful is it for your to discard will-never-be-read TBR books?
9. I don't discard anything if I can help it, unless I bought it with intent to resell. Oftentimes, even when I buy a book intending to read and release it after moderate 1-time enjoyment but no plans to reread, I'll come away thinking, "but I didn't hate it, and I already have it, so why not just keep it."

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:
Land of Stories

10. Name your sources of powers – where do you get your books from?
Liiiiiiiiiibraries! And sometimes book sales/garage sales/thrift stores.

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:
Walking with Sausage Dogs by Matt Whyman. It wasn't published in the U.S., so no libraries have it, and I just cannot find the willpower to order a physical copy online for all those dollars -- even though I know I'd like the book enough to buy it, since I bought his other one.

12. A book you’d recommend others add to their TBR shelves:
Take your pick of the Rainbow Rowell novels -- whichever you think will most appeal to you.

13. Is your TBR a force for good in your life?
maybe...


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P.S. I will say that the Oscar nominations seemed relatively inoffensive this year, even though I haven't seen any of the major movies yet. Billygoat Crumpetsnatcher didn't win a statue but my best gal Patricia Arquette did, so I'm pretty happy. Little sad "Lost Stars" didn't win best original song, but "Glory" was my #2, so that's good. Also, Laura Dern is my Best Dressed.

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