I Conquered A Thing — July 2014 Rewind! (GET IT GIRL!)

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With Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard at the Color Run!

JULY In One Word

Seriously how did July fly by??


5 Things About My Life In July:

1. I conquered the Color Run: I’ve mentioned YA Runs A 5K and that was this month! I was really nervous about it because the one other 5K I did was NOT VERY GOOD FOR ME (10 degrees out and I only ran 2 times in preparation after a lifetime of being lazy) It was a great event with a mix of authors and bloggers! I was proud of how much I had run and, while I still don’t particularly like running, I felt really good about it and might continue to run a couple times a week! It was also fun because my pals Alexa and Elena came to stay with me!

2. I survived a week watching the nieces — So my sister got married at the end of June as you might know and they went on the honeymoon and our gift to them was watching the babies for a week. The two boys stayed at my dad’s and then Will and I had the girls — ages 10 months, 2 1/2, 7 and 16. It was a really good week to be able to spend time with them and it was NOT as difficult as I thought it would be. I thought the baby would be a mess without mom and I thought Genevieve would living up to the terrible twos like she does for my sis. But NOPE good behavior!!

3. I found a new favorite ice cream place: I HAVE a favorite ice cream place but it’s in downtown Philly and I’m not trekking there for ice cream on a normal day. The ice cream places seem to be limited in our area (WAH SO MISSING THE ONE NEAR WHERE I USED TO LIVE) but we finally tried this place that we’ve eaten at a couple times and it was delish. Not the BEST ice cream but now when I’m craving ice cream we can go there instead of buying it at the store because there’s no ice cream places we like.

4. I read Isla and the Happily Ever After— !!!!!! If you know me you know how long I’ve been waiting for that book and how happy I am!!

5. Will had his first week at the new job: He got a new job last month and he started the week after we watched the nieces. It seems to be going well for him and it’s definitely a better situation for us now!


6 Songs That Were Most Popular On My Ipod This Month:

I put all my Monthly Rewinds In a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here now ! I also have a July playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here….seriously this might be my favorite playlist yet.



1. Start Again by Bishop Allen (I discovered their first album Charm School my freshman year in college (2004) and it was my most listened to album for sure. Happy to listen to some new stuff from them!)

2.  I Got Your Back by Paul Otten (One of his songs also made this list last November — really loving his music!)

3. Mother & Father by Broods (I have been obsessed with them this year! Every new single has been a LOVE for me)

4. Battles by Hudson Taylor

5. Disappear by Seryn

6. Brighter Days by Saint Raymond

 Honorable Mentions: Thirteen Sad Farewells by Stu Larsen, Are You Behind The Shining Star by Trampled By Turtles, From Eden by Hozier, Like A River Runs by Bleachers ( their whole album has been on repeat as I mentioned in my New To The Queue post this month..their singles have dominated this list each month so I figured I’d leave them off), This Is The Place by Sam Brookes, Feel by Bombay Bicycle Club, Tonight (Young Hearts) by The Colourist

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Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

I read 8 books this month which surprised me but then didn’t because I did some good pool side reading!

1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas — Is it surprising to you I have something that ISN’T contemporary on this list?? I read Throne of Glass during Memorial Day weekend and this month I decided it was time to binge read CoM & HoF. As I type this I’m close to being done with HoF!
2. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid — Road trip book!! And very thought-provoking!
3. Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I so loved this one!! I have one issue with it, which I’ll share when I review it, but it didn’t really diminish my love for it if that makes sense!!


Most Popular Review This Month

Brazen by Katherine Longshore

Historical fiction for the win! You guys should definitely check out Brazen by Katherine Longshore!!



Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. How Do YOU Define A Spoiler?— This was SUCH a great discussion and I’m STILL responding to comments because it was that awesome of a discussion. Verdict: Spoilers are so subjective but do the best we can not to be asses about it!
2. What Is A Bookworm To Do??— In which I have a bookish dilemma and you enable me!
3. Top 10 Of My All Time FAVORITE Movies: It was so fun to talk about movies I love!
4.True Life: I Think I’m A Creep: Oh you guys I love you and that you let me know I’m almost normal. Maybe a little past that line but almost normal.
5. 10 Classics I Need To Read : I’m actually really craving to read a classic after making this post! Going to make some time this Fall I think and you helped me prioritize!



What I’ve Been Up To On The Youtubes This Month:

I’ve been quiet on the Youtubes this month. I haven’t felt like filming but I have two videos I still need to edit and put up. Balancing both has been HARD this month. I was all gung ho…but now I seem to not have time!

3 New Obsessions In July

1. Sprouted Kitchen blogWe’ve already made some things from this blog but LOVE!! And I love her pictures!
2. My new dresses: I finally did some shopping after scraping money together to save for the past couple months and YAY NEW DRESSES!

3. My new blender: WE LOVE SMOOTHIES but lazy Jamie is lazy sometimes. I was so sick of cleaning our blender out all the time but we just got this blender and it has individual cups that you use to blend it! So now I’m not washing out the blender AND a cup. Just the cup and the blade attaches so it’s SUPER easy to use! I’ve been making smoothies pretty much every day!


3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In August

1. Family reunion in Maryland: I will be there when this post goes live but I’m really excited for this weekend — see some family, do some crabbing, EAT some crabs and it will just be nice to be away!
2. My baby sister coming to visit: She’s bringing her new boyfriend and I’m so excited to meet him and hang out with them!
3. Hershey Park!! Will’s old company always did a day at Hershey Park and we are still going even though he doesn’t work there anymore. Excited to ride some rollercoasters!
Adding number 4: IF I STAY MOVIE COMING OUT!!!!!! If you have read If I Stay, do that before the movie!!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In July

From  Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour ( I think this SO applies to books too!)

“We love films because they makes us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. they tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken.”

6 Posts I Starred In My Reader That You Should Check Out

1. Hannah’s post on cultivating a curiosity for stories: This post was pure perfection. I wanted to comment on it but I was like I HAVE NO WORDS. I got goosebumps when I read it because this is how I feel!

2. Thou Shalt Determine A Thing’s Importance By How Easily It Can Be MeasuredI LOVED THIS. This was just a general LIFE post that really spoke to me but I was really thinking about how this applies really well to blogging. It’s easy to put the worth in these things that can be measured but they don’t really tell of something’s value and importance and aren’t the whole picture.

3. You’re Standing Where The Grass Is Greener: This could not be more true!! I needed this reminder as I’m really trying to work on embracing where I am in life.

4. For The Pursuit of Happiness: I loved this post from Jess and it made me reflect quite a bit. I am always a person who feels like I have to justify something I do but why can it not simply be for the pursuit of happiness?

5. Meg’s post about sex positive YA: I really loved this post and so respect Meg for sharing her experience. This is a REALLY great post!! (also, there are some really great suggestions of sex positive YA in the comments but I’d love to hear any books you think I will particularly love that are sex positive!)

6. Maggie’s post on how she has no desire to own a lot of books: She is surely in the minority in this community and I loved her thoughts because I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist when it came to books I keep after reading them but my book buying habits have also changed during my time of unemployment.



Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog?


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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Congrats on finishing the 5K! That’s AMAZING. ISLAAAAAAAAAAaa. I hope Will is enjoying his new job!

    How is HoF going for you? Are you dying? Has Rowan broken you?

    Nothing much happened to me in July, but I did go to Germany to visit some family and it was fantastic. Really tiring though because they wanted to do things non-stop, and I hardly had any time to relax. It was still a great holiday though 😀

  2. Hi,
    Well done on your color run! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and realised I was yet to comment. I really enjoy reading your book reviews and suggestions of what to read next.
    Thank you

  3. Wah, YA Color Run seems like a lot of fun! Wish a local publisher will held a similar event here 😀 especially since I’m still on college break and do not have much things to do beside channeling my inner sloth at home hehe.
    I just recently got hooked on Throne Of Glass, it’s my favorite read in July (totally squeeing seeing that picture of you and Sarah J Maas!) it’s totally one of those books that makes you go ‘why didn’t I read this sooner?!’, righ?
    I’m excited about Isla and happy seeing all the happy, positive reviews from readers who have finished reading their advanced copies.
    By the way, looooove that quote from Everything Leads To You. 🙂
    Hope August will bring you a lot of joy, Jamie!

  4. I love Broods but I hadn’t heard this song. Maybe because it’s not on their Broods EP. It’s from their soon to be released full album. YAY!

  5. Woo, go you, conquering the Color Run! I haven’t even begun to mentally process that it’s, y’know, August. Already.

  6. Oh, I’ve always wanted to do The Color Run! When I first heard of the YA 5K, I really wished I didn’t live so far away! It sounds and looks like so much fun. My cousins actually did it yesterday, and they had a great time. I’m glad to see that you did too! I’m participating in the #IslaIsComing readalong, and I just finished Anna. Loved it! I’m so excited for Lola and Isla, of course. Josh is kind of my favorite. 🙂 Oh, and I still need to read Sarah J. Maas’ series! I feel like I’m one of the only people who hasn’t read it. As for my summer, it’s been pretty uneventful and I’m actually looking forward to school. (Yeah, I know. I’m weird). I hope you have an awesome August!

  7. Nothing really noteworthy in July (besides getting my friend that never wears dresses to buy one that she liked on her!!) and not really any new obsessions.
    New song recs!! Definitely check out “Superheroes” by: The Script. It’s their new single and it’s off their upcoming album that comes out at the end of September! It’s SOOO good! And I’m excited for their new album. And I’m late to the party with this one, but “Stay With Me” by: Sam Smith.
    Best books I read this month? The entire Legend trilogy by Marie Lu! It’s seriously SO good! And then I read the entire Lost & Found trilogy by Nicole Williams. And I’m ALMOST done with “Mila 2.0” by: Debra Driza!

  8. This is an awesome wrap up! Love the YA run by the way that’s such an awesome idea and it looks like a lot of fun. I’m not much of a runner either but for a bookish 5k I think I would try! I think that blur is a good way to describe July for me as well- so much went on that it flew by! I signed up for the Anna readathon on your blog….and then promptly read both books for the first time. I needed a happy book and Anna and the French Kiss was perfect. I can’t wait for Isla! Let’s Get Lost is one I definitely want to pick up now too; while I’m not much of a contemporary reader I’ve loved the ones I’ve read recently. I loved your review of Brazen and I’m going to be getting it soon- I know a lot about the Tudors and that time period but Henry Fitzroy is one I don’t know much about so I really want to read this story! Those dresses are so pretty! I love them! I have to go through mine and try and get some new ones so any suggestions on where to find cute dresses is super appreciated! Awesome wrap up, and I hope August is a wonderful month for you!

  9. It was really fun to get to hang out for a while when Elena & I came down for the 5K! I’m so glad we were able to share such an awesome experience and just hang around, relax and chat for a bit. Many thanks to you and Will for being so awesome! Also, I just love the Sarah Maas love in this post 😉

  10. I love your style it’s so cute 🙂

  11. The color run looks so fun! I am NOT a runner at all, but I kind wish I had made the drive up to you and participated! Mostly because Sarah J Maas was there and I will fangirl all day over her.

    Your dresses are so pretty!! I especially love the one with the coral colored skirt. Oh and that whole blender thing…totally understand because I HATE washing the blender out and if I didn’t have to do that, I would probably make way more smoothies. Lol laziness for the win.

  12. Love your monthly rewinds. I discovered BLEACHERS through your blog and now STRANGE DESIRES is on a continuous loop for me.

  13. Love the Color Run pic! Congrats on doing the race 🙂 Proud of you!

    Thanks for including my post! xo