Let’s Just Hit PAUSE So I Can Soak In More Summertime (August 2014 Rewind)

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Lots of outdoor reading! Have to get it all in before the weather chases me inside to read!!

AUGUST In One Word

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Super busy and fun but some cold weather reminding me SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER. And I’m a summer girl.

 

5 Things About My Life In August:

1. Will and I celebrated 2 years of marriage: I can’t believe we’ve been married for two years but at the same time, maybe because we’ve been together for like 8 years, I feel like WAIT HASN’T IT BEEN LONGER?! We went to our favorite Mexican place and then we went bowling because we haven’t gone since probably COLLEGE. It was so fun and we had a blast. I also wrote a post where I talked about how we met and gave the deets to how we fell in love.

2. I went to Maryland for my family reunion/crab feast — It’s our yearly tradition and I love coming together to see the family, hang out at the bay, eat a ton and take in an Orioles game.

3. My baby sister and her new boyfriend came down to visit us: My sister met a boy at college last semester and so she came down and we went to the beach one day and just did lots of hanging out with them. We give him thumbs up as the older sisters! Nice kid…and besides my dad (although truly we might be WORSE than my dad), he had a lot of approval he needed to get haha.

4. Will and I did more exploring of finding fun, free/cheap-ish things to do: -We found a new park in the city to love ( THEY HAVE A HAMMOCK PARK), got froyo and did a free movie (Sandlot!!!) in the park that our township was doing, went to Chinatown and tried a new Ramen place and got bubble tea. Lots of NEW places because sometimes we get so stuck in our routine so August was really fun in that way.

5. SAW AND SOBBED THROUGH IF I STAY: NO SERIOUSLY. SOBBED THROUGH THE WHOLE THING. I thought it was really good. Obviously not as good as the book but I thought it was excellent. The music coming to life was AMAZING. I love Adam’s band (go check out the soundtrack and look for Willamette Stone)!! And Adam (although we came to the consensus they dicked him up a little bit), GRANDPA, and then my favorite scene EVER involving a cover of Today by Smashing Pumpkins. The only thing I thought was that the FEELS I got for the romance in the book didn’t translate as well..you just didn’t feel the sweeping romance you do in the book. I think BECAUSE Adam and Mia are already in my hearts is why I FELT it but I think if you didn’t know them..it wouldn’t have as big an impact on screen because it was rushed.

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My post If I Stay “I ugly cried the whole time” face.

 

 

 

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 August playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here.

 

** WITHOUT A DOUBT, T. Swift’s SHAKE IT OFF WAS MY MOST LISTENED TO SONG THIS MONTH. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. But it’s not on Spotify so I left it off since I use Spotify to display the songs**

 

1. Geronimo by Sheppard

2. #88 by Lo-Fang

3. Forget Me Knots by Heathers

4. I Will Be There by Odessa (which ended up being on the If I Stay soundtrack which I think is PERFECT!!!

5. The House by Air Traffic Control

6. Octopus by Carnival Youth

Honorable Mentions: Excuses by Run River North, When You Sleep by Mary Lambert, Slow Motion by PHOX, Four Walls by Broods (just released on 25th or else it probably would not be honorable mention but above), You Haunt Me by Sir Sly, Home by Johnnysmith, Hold The Line by Jack + Eliza

Follow my AUGUST playlist

 

 

Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

I read 10 books this month which is a record for me this year!

1. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid — OH MY GOD. This book. I’m so glad I read it as a married lady.
2. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta — MARCHETTA. SHE IS BRILLIANT, MAN. This takes place 5 years after Saving Francesca and I LOVED THIS BOOK!
3. Toss up between I Was Here by Gayle Forman or Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas CANNOT CHOOSE.

 

Most Popular Review This Month

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My sort-of review/gush fest of Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire!!

 

 

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read For Various Reasons— This was FUN and helped me knock some books off my TBR list! Thanks guys for your insights of what to skip and what to read!
2. I Got The Message Loud & Clear: READING ISN’T COOL— Thanks for letting me share my experience! Wish so many of us didn’t have similar ones but other people had really GOOD experiences!!
3. Operation Make Myself Suck Less At Series: Still have to respond to comments on this one because I was super busy but YOU GUYS HELPED SO MUCH!!!
4. The Summer I Fell In Love With Fantasy Because Of ONE Series: I can’t wait to read more!! Also, thank for welcoming me to the club!
5. Ten Books That Have Been Recommended To Me A LOT But I Still Haven’t Read Yet : 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 again this month. I did post a book haul yesterday….that was my end of July/early August haul. OOPS.

3 New Obsessions In August

1. Hard Cider — I’ve enjoyed ciders before but I’ve been REALLY into them this month. I am OBSESSED with the Apple Pie Woodchucks. APPLE PIE IN A DRINK REALLY. And Angry Orchard has some amazing ones I’ve been digging!

2. The Tudors (tv show): I just started this show but I’m already obsessed. HATE THAT LIFE IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF WATCHING!

3. Talenti Caramel Cookie Crumble: I have tried A LOT of the Talenti gelatos but never this one. SO YUM.

 

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In September

1. Possibly going camping: We’ve been wanting to go camping SO we are planning because WHY NOT.
2. ALL OF THE BOOK EVENTS!!!: If you are in the Philly area just SO YOU KNOW…Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Tiffany Schmidt and Liz Norris are doing an event on 9/3. Stephanie Perkins will be in the area on the 11th AND 12th!! And then Fierce Reads on the 21st!!
3. Bringing my boots out of the closet: Listen…not even the allure of pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, cute boots and pretty fall leaves can ever make me want summer to end. THAT BEING SAID…I am ridiculously excited to wear my boots again!

 


Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In July

I had to pick two this time around because I COULD NOT PICK BETWEEN THESE TWO!!

 

From The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta — THIS PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP MY LIFE.

“I’m scared I’m going to spend the rest of my life in a state of yearning, regardless of where I am.

From After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid — TRUTH. SO MUCH TRUTH. Something I’ve learned in the past couple years.

“Isn’t it nice … once you’ve outgrown the ideas of what life should be and you just enjoy what it is.”


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

1. How To Be A Grown-Ass Woman: FriendshipsAs soon as I saw Sarah (the blogger who wrote this) tweet this out I was like OMG YES CLICK FAST GO. I have struggled with friendships since leaving college — I’ve grown apart from people because of  geography, I’ve dropped toxic friends, being bad about maintaining some friendships and just had a hard time FINDING new friends as a grownup especially with some past hurts on my heart. This post was BRILLIANT and reminded me of some things I can do better.

2. The Magic of A Good Old Fashioned Summer: I LOVED THIS. As an adult I’m always talking about how summers were so much better as a kid and I can never put my finger on it except the fact that I had 3 months of NOTHING — no work, no school. Just play. Even though the summer is over I’m bookmarking this post for next summer and will think on what made SUMMER summer to me as a kid and try to incorporate more of this into summer.

3. Living YOUR Life: Interesting food for thought for bloggers (and the social media obsessed!)

4. When Everything Needs To Be Shared: Another interesting post for our social media, document-everything lives.

5. Things I Don’t Care About: I really loved this real talk. I’ve realized as an adult there are things I simply just don’t care about anymore — despite what society thinks or what past Jamie would think. MESSY HAIR DON’T CARE. LAUNDRY ON THE FLOOR WOO. CHIPPED NAIL POLISH THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN OFF A MONTH AGO. Also, this post makes me want to be more honest about those things I might still be pretending to care about.

 

 

 

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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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

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  1. My most played music was Sam Smith. I commented on your New to the Queue post about him but seriously, you should check him out. He’s so soulful and UGH I get all feelsy and flappy when I think about him. I may go listen to his whole album again. Looks like you had an awesome month. Love how you lay it all out!

    • Yes I have listened to himt! My sister is OBSESSED with him so back in July on vacation so I REALLY heard a lot of him haha He’s fantastic!! Very soulful and I love that.

  2. Love, love, love Broods song Four Walls. One of my top three off their album along with Everytime and Killing You. I wish we had apple pie cider in NZ!! I’ve really been loving my flavoured ciders lately. Especially this watermelon and cucumber one. AMAZING.

    • Their album is PERFECTION. I can’t even. REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT.

      I wish I could send you some apple pie cider!! And omg I want watermelon & cucumber cider!!! WHAT IS THIS BRAND? *crosses fingers it is in the US*

  3. Thanks for sharing my post. When I wrote it, I didn’t realize that so many people could relate!

    I really enjoyed reading the rest of the articles you shared too. I have also struggled with friendships since leaving college. That was such an interesting read!

    • It’s so easy to find yourself doing things for the blog or social media! (I always lol a little bit because of that “do it for the Vine!!” but it’s so true sometimes even in blogging). As a book blogger I’ve had to fight off the urge to read books for the sake of knowing they would be popular or because the publisher sent it to me and I want to be a good little reviewer. I have to step back and ask myself — am I reading this book for me or for someone else/the blog? If I didn’t have this blog would I pick this book up? That’s just one example but YEAH basically I could relate SO MUCH and I’m sure LOTS of people do as well!

      It seems to be a big thing amongst us women…I think we need to start a “I Suck At Making Friends So Let’s Be Friends” club. haha

  4. Any new song recs??

    I read 7 books this month, which is a record for me this year! The best of them probably being the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy! Oh my my my, Cricket Bell -heart eyes-
    You already listed the new Taylor Swift song (THAT HAS BEEN STUCK IN MY HEAD SINCE IT’S BEEN OUT!), so skipping that. But definitely check out “Superheroes” by: The Script! It’s SOOOO good, omg! And their new album comes out on the last day of September!! But also check out the song “Silhouettes” by: Colony House!

    Things I’m excited for in September!:
    -Ed Sheeran concert in 8 days!!
    -Agents of SHIELD AND Chicago Fire return on the 23rd!!
    -The Amazing Race is back on the 26th!

  5. YES YES YES TAYLOR SWIFT’S SHAKE IT OFF WAS MY MOST PLAYED AS WELL. I despised it at first and was SO disappointed with it but IT GREW ON ME. And then I played it like a bajillion times on my iPod. Like I don’t know what that girl does but every single time her music comes out, she has me repeating like crazy! Usually I crazy repeat for a week or so and then get bored and move on to other songs but it’s been half a month and I’m still crazy in love!

    And thank you for sharing the blog posts! I thought #5 was super interesting.

    Hope you have a good September, Jamie! And I know, I am soooo sad for summer to end.

  6. Love this post, lots to go back and read over and click-through to check out. HAD to leave a little love for The Tudors TV Show though – it’s so, SO good. If you like it you should look into The White Queen too, it’s only one season long, but it’s fabulous!

  7. Fun post. I am glad to see summer go. The month of August was not good to me and I’m ready for the fresh start of fall.

  8. Sister’s Fate – I have the first – Born Wicked (I think that’s the title?) Anyway – the Author actually graduated from my high school. And I’ve chatted with her on twitter and instagram several times. She is really down to earth and super nice! I need to read her book. I honestly bought it because well she went to my high school and graduated a year before me. I think that’s pretty awesome! Did I mention I need to read it? lol.

  9. I always enjoy the variety in your monthly recaps, Jamie! It’s always fun to get a bunch of new music to check out (and I really need to properly sit and listen to your playlist. I like finding new artists to love), and I love hearing about what you’ve been up to! But my favorite part is usually your five links – and you’ve got some really good ones this month. Bye August (my beloved birthday month) and hello September!