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My youngest sister, my dad, my sister Angela and I. LOVE IT.

JUNE In One Word

WEDDING
Everything I did pretty much was related to my sister’s wedding

 

5 Things About My Life In June:

1. My younger sister (Genevieve & Adela’s mom) got married!! It was stressful leading up to it because my sister is suuuuper laid back and not at all good at these sorts of things so I did a lot of THINGS as MOH to make sure everything ran smoothly. BUT it was a super fun wedding and my sister looked seriously gorgeous! And as I speak right now we have the 4 girls to take care of for a week while they are on their honeymoon! Thankfully the boys are staying with my dad for the week.

2. Will got a new job!! — I am so, so excited. My brother-in-law was able to get him in the door at his company when something opened up and HE GOT IT. It couldn’t have come at a better time and, as you all know, things have been rough for us in the past couple years so this was AWESOME NEWS. Waaaay better pay, better commute, benefits and tons of room for growth!!

3. LOTS of World Cup watching: We watch a lot of soccer in general in our household (mostly Will getting up early to watch while I blog and watch next to him) but we’ve been non-stop with the World Cup. We went to a crazy bar for the first US game and I felt like I was at a frat party getting beer thrown at me. We’ve had lots of World Cup fun so far going to different bars and watching with people.

4. My blog turned 4!!– Sometimes I’m like I ONLY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 4 YEARS and other days I’m like HOLY CRAP 4 YEARS THAT IS A LOT OF TIME. I reflected upon how book blogging has changed my life in these 4 years.

5. I signed up for a 5k! So if you heard the story of my first 5K fail, you know it did not end well. SO I signed up for another one for July as part of the YA Runs A 5K!

 

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

 

 

1. Rollercoaster by Bleachers

2. Whispers by Passenger

3. Skin & Bone by Stu Larsen


4. Bloodlines by Mimicking Birds

5. Same Mistakes by The Echo-Friendly

6. Love In Stereo by Sky Ferreira

 

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Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

I read 6 books this month which is more than I thought considering ALL THE THINGS I had to do for my sister’s wedding.

1. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson — I gave a really short “Save the Date” with my thoughts. Full review to come! Seriously, if you are on the fence with checking this one out look at my thoughts!
2. Tease by Amanda Maciel — I had some issues with characterization outside the main character but this book, as a concept, was AWESOME. A book about bullying from the POV of one of the bullies. Very realistic feeling!
3. Brazen by Katherine Longshore: I am a Reign addict and this historical fiction book was a fun romp through royal life in King Henry VIII court! (review to come)

 

Most Popular Review This Month

Tease by Amanda Maciel

Tease by Amanda Maciel was definitely very popular because it’s a bit of a difficult one to swallow so I’m not surprised it was my most popular review!

 

 

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. How 4 Years Of Book Blogging Has Changed My Life– It was really nice to reflect on how this journey has changed my life.
2. When the well-rounded reader finds herself not so well-rounded anymore– I shared about how I felt I was always an eclectic reader and then realized, when looking at the books I’ve read in the past year or so, that maybe I’m not anymore?
3. 5 Things You Could Do To Piss Me Off As A Reader: Your comments further prove you are all my people!
4.My Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year: Loved talking about the books that are at the top of the top this year so far for me! SO MANY GOOD ONES, YOU GUYS!
5. 3 Things About Me As A Reader : I noticed 3 things that, as a reader, I seem to always be the opposite of other people on.

And a post that got lost in the shuffle with my sister’s wedding: I’m talking about blurred lines in blogging!

 

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


My BEA Book Haul

A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

3 New Obsessions In June

1. Sherlock — I needed a new show to watch and this is it! OBSESSED!
2. This amazing pulled pork grilled cheese from a pub down the street: OMG SERIOUSLY.We went there for a couple World Cup games and I couldn’t resist getting it every time. WHY CAN IT NOT BE HEALTHY BECAUSE I WOULD EAT IT ALWAYS.

3. Chasing Life on ABC Family: What can I say? I love my ABC Family shows!

 

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In July

1. The Color Run 5k: It’s going to be fun even though I hate running!
2. Some relaxing days to unwind from the crazy that was June. Seriously, having no plans would be GREAT!
3. Beach days! We’ve only been to the beach one time so far this summer so I am making it a priority!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In June

From Gayle Forman’s novella, Just One Night. SWOON.

“And the kiss feels like something completely new. But it also feels like something deeply known.”


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

1. Kick Feedburner To The Curb: I’ve thought Feedburner was a pain in the butt for quite sometime with all its shenanigans of not showing all your followers and doing crazy things. I have been putting off switching but Hannah’s post is giving me motivation!

2. The First Step To Anything Is Show Up: I feel like I needed to hear this right now! “Stop talking about how much you want something, and just start showing up. Let your actions do the talking.”

3. How Self Aware Should Someone Be?: Some definite food for thought! Especially as someone who feels like they are pretty self aware. LOTS TO THINK ABOUT. And I love that the convo stemmed from a book!

4.The Truth About Social Media : One of those things I always try to think about but sometimes I lose sight of it and get caught up in this envious state. Always a nice reminder!

5. 5 Travel Mistakes I Keep Making Again and Again: This is one of my favorite travel blogs and her honesty is so refreshing. I loved this post because it’s nice to see even seasoned pros don’t have it together when it comes to travel!

 

 

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

 

Holy Crazy Month! (May 2014 Rewind)

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Gayle Forman BEAI had a bajillion BEA pics but obviously Gayle Forman had to be the ONE. She said, “let’s take a selfie.” SO I DID.

MAY In One Word

AMAZING
Warm weather, BEA, etc.

 

5 Things About My Life In May:

1. I went to the Book Expo of America!! My recap will be coming but Year #4 was excellent. So many great friends to see again and so many lovelies to meet for the first time. SO MUCH FUN. Great conversations and picked up some good books!

2. I got to be part of a phone interview with John Green about the TFIOS movie — and, as per usual for me, I made a fool out of myself.

3. I went to the beach for the first time in 2014 AND my pool at my apartment is OPEN: SUMMER TIME. YES.

4. Will & I went to a Death Cab For Cutie show — it’s been since my sophomore year in college (2005) since I’ve seen them. It was AWESOME. The band that opened was…errrm interesting.

5. I went back to being a redhead! I was a redhead (of various shades) all throughout high school and college and then a year or two before the wedding I went brown so I could be a little natural for my wedding but now I’m BACK.

 

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

 

 

1. Lanterns by Birds of Tokyo

2. Sounds of Screams by Thumpers

3. Waves by Sleeper Agent

4. Drive (Los Angeles) by Lolawolf

5. Lemons by Woodlock

6. Make This Leap by The Hunts

Honorable Mentions: Sing by Ed Sheeren (I hated it the first time I heard it but second time it was magic), Was There Nothing by Asgeir, Down by the River by Milky Chance, Sons & Daughters by Allman Brown & Liz Lawrence

 

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Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

 

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (I didn’t write a review really but I talked about overcoming fear & hype)
2. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (look at ME reading fantasy! Review to come!)

Most Popular Review This Month

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by jenny Han

Loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! Also, put this on my beach reads recommendation post. This also debuted my new-ish Book Talk style (for when I want to follow a format…and when I don’t I won’t.)

 

 

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. Ten Bookish Things My Husband is Sick of Hearing Me Say– This post was so fun to do for Will and I and it made us LOL a lot to read your responses! Will felt a little less alone for sure!
2. My beach reads recommendation post– Shared what books will be in MY beach bag & some recs!
3. My John Green interview : I swear I read all your comments in between lines and on subways during BEA!
4. 3 Reasons I Get Scared To Borrow Your Books: Talking about the pressures that come with borrowing books!
5. My Reading Life + Social Media Influences on It : Social media has changed my reading life for the best but sometimes there are drawbacks!

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

Epic Book  Haul
My Latest 3 Reads
Date With My Bookshelf #2

 

3 New Obsessions In May

1. Crack pie at Momofuku Milk Bar — So I put that I wanted to go to Momofuko Milk Bar on my NYC bucket list post and I got a group of bloggers who wanted to come with during BEA! OMG THE CRACK PIE. I can’t even explain.
2. The Blueberry Vanilla Kind Bars. My all time favorite are the pumpkin maple ones but THEY WERE OUT so I had to get different ones and I kind of love them!!
3. The new season of 24: Listen, back in college I was more than obsessed with Jack Bauer and his ass kicking ways. So many good memories binge watching on snow days until we caught up and then weekly 24 dates with my group of friends. So I’m SO HAPPY for this new season after all these years.

 

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In June

1. MY SISTER’S WEDDING!!!! I cannot believe my little (2-ish years younger) sister is getting married (Genevieve & Adela’s mom). I’m the MOH and I need to come up with the best speech ever without crying. We’ve been through a lot together and yeah…she couldn’t hold it together
2. POOL DAYS!!
3. TFIOS movie!! I am going to bawl my eyes out (like everybody else).

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In May

Can I just pick the entirety of The Fault In Our Stars?? SIGH I guess I’ll pick one from it then:

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”


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

1. How To Live A Life You’re Proud Of: “That will be the thing I regret most too, and the moments when I was generous, when I embodied kindness, will be the moments I am most proud of. String enough of them together, and I will have lived a life I’m proud of.”

2. It’s All Been Said Before — But It Hasn’t Been Said By YOU: Sometimes I’ve felt that nagging feeling in my 4 years of blogging of “why bother…it’s all been said before.” This was a good reminder! “Don’t let the fear of being another voice in an over-saturated blogosphere hold you back from starting something amazing.”

3. What Defining Success On Your Own Terms Really Means: I started to tear up reading this because I’ve been feeling so down on myself and how not successful I am in all the ways I thought I would be successful in years ago. (Read: being in a career I loved).  Great reminder and food for thought for me!

4. Life Advice From Famous, Painfully Awesome Women : Loved this!

5. Art Appreciation: Loved this post from Anna so hard about books and appreciating the art. It was beautiful and I SO have had that moment too where I’m just overcome by it all. “Every so often, though, a book comes along that halts me in my tracks…..And I think to myself, “Oh, so this is art.”  One of my favorite posts I read all month!

 

 

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

 

Comfort Zones Are Overrated. They Make You Lazy. (April 2014 Rewind)

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April In One Word

OUTSIDE
We’ve finally had some nice weather so I’ve spent as much time outside as humanly possible!

 

5 Things About My Life In April:

1. I pulled off my sister’s bridal shower!!! It was nice to see family + friends to celebrate her getting married in June! Glad it’s done though!!

2. Will & I went to our first festival of the year — a food truck festival — NOMS. Just as you would expect.

3. I went to visit my family for Easter: It makes my heart so happy to be at my dad’s house.

4. Will & I went to the batting cages because he joined a softball league and I miss softball. It was fun though I realized how OLD I really am because I was SO sore the next day.

5. I was sick like 50 bajjllion times because the kids I nanny for are sick always. MY POOR BODY.

 

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 an April playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I’m really smitten with a lot of the songs on this April one!

 

I didn’t want to overlap too much (but HAD to had Twin Forks on here bc seriously they are my #1 obsession now that their full album is out!!) but check out my New To The Queue post because those artists mentioned should ALL be on this list.

 

1. Easy (Switch Screens) by Son Lux ft. Lorde

2. Kiss Me Darling by Twin Forks (Okay, so I shared their single Back To You in my December rewind and now their full album is finally out and I am a woman obsessed! THE WHOLE THING IS EXCELLENT)

3. A Call To Arms by Lauren Jansen ft. Ed Harcourt

4. Riptide by Vance Joy

5. Always by Panama

6. Dare The Night by Quiet Arrows

Honorable Mentions: Hundreds of Ways by Conor Oberst (HS & college Jamie are very happy!!), Sabotage by Amy Stroup, Give Me To The Waves by General Ghost, Coffee by Sylvan Esso, Falling For The Beat by Andrew Ripp

 

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Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

Another good month!! This was so hard because I really loved a lot of what I read and I almost just didn’t want to pick my top 3!

1. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (perfect summer book!!)
2. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (post to come on this one!)
3. Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Most Popular Review This Month

Into The Still Blue
My Series Sendoff review for The Under the Never Sky series. Glad you guys liked this concept!

 

 

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. Ten Bookish Things I Need To Own– Mwahaha I made your wallets cry apparently. MINE TOO.
2. My “I’m Going To BEA & Will Answer Any & All Questions” post– Will still be answering questions up until BEA if you have any!
3. Diversity In YA post : I really appreciated your recs & your thoughts!
4. SELF DO NOT SUCCUMB TO IT!: Loved your responses to this. Glad I’m not the only one who has these freakouts sometimes!
5. Most Unique Books I’ve Read : I loved sharing some of the most unique books I’ve read.

 

 

3 New Obsessions In April

1. Trader Joe’s Watermelon Cucumber Cooler — I mostly drink water or tea in my daily life (unless it’s an adult beverage on the weekend) but this is one I want to buy ALL SUMMER LONG. SO refreshing.
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2. The band Twin Forks. Okay I know I’ve talked about them a lot recently but I’m obsessed this month. Their single Back To You got me hooked last year and the album came out and it is SO GOOD.
3. This recipe from one of our all time favorite blogs. That peanut sauce was BANGIN. Though both Will and I thought it wasn’t spicy at all and he left the seeds in the jalapenos? Still very yum and we both couldn’t wait to eat our leftovers!

 

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In May

1. BEA!!! Are you going!? Let’s meet!
2. Will and I are going to see Death Cab in AC. They were a favorite in HS and college for me and I just have to go!
3. EVEN WARMER WEATHER! Do I sound like a broken record yet??

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In April

“Comfort zones are overrated. They make you lazy.” – Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta — I probably could have pick a quote that was more beautiful or swoony or more profound but I really loved this line right here because TRUTH.


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

1. Creation, Consumption & Apathy: This was very, very relevant to me as a blogger who creates content and an avid internet-goer as I struggle with this — sometimes I’m inspired when I consume the work of others but sometimes I feel how she does. “The problem with over-consuming the work of other people (or even the lives of other people) is that it robs me of the energy and motivation to create. And when I’m not actively creating something — no matter what that something is — I feel less like me.”

2. Do Something poem: I needed this pep talk of sorts!

3. Book Blogging Organization Worksheet: I’ve shared Hannah’s organization posts before (namely her Goodreads plan which is AMAZING) but if you are a book blogger who struggles to get organized I definitely recommend taking a look at what Hannah created and so kindly shared with everyone!

4. The #1 Way I’m Able To Pack So Much Into A Day: If you follow the posts I pick each month during my Rewind you know I’m always sharing posts from my friend Jess! She always posts such great stuff and I loved her idea of energy management. I sometimes struggle with time management but this post made me wonder if it’s a different issue altogether. Must experiment!

5. Staying Interesting When Time Marches On: My friend Ginger, one of the bloggers I’ve been friends with since the beginning because we started at the same time, talked about something that has been plaguing me A LOT lately as I approach 4 years of this blog in June. It’s hard to keep up a blog long term and still feel relevant and in the know when there are a flux of new blogs and new trends always coming through. I keep wondering am I still interesting?? Are people sick of hearing my opinions after 4 years?? Am I not exciting because I’m not new and shiny?? I applaud Ginger’s honesty and it made me feel better in a way to know I’m not the only seasoned blogger struggling with this.

 

 

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

 

March 2014 Rewind

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March In One Word

CONQUER
I conquered this reading slump I had so badly so far in 2014 and I conquered something that scared me!

 

5 Things That Happened In March:

1. Veronica Mars movie!! I love Veronica Mars so much and was happy to back this film the moment I found out about the Kickstarter campaign so I was delighted when Will surprised me with special fan event tickets so we got to see the movie a night early and got Neptune High Reunion shirts. I loved the movie as a fan!!

2. The Storycrush tour came to Philly — Lauren Oliver, Melissa Kantor, Robyn Schnieder, Courtney J. Stephens and Katie Cotugno. You can check out my quick little recap I did of the event…tried something new so I’d like feedback on it!

3. Divergent!!! I rather enjoyed it as far as book to movie adaptations go. Wasn’t perfect but I liked! But THEO JAMES. DROOL.

4. I got my first ice cream of the season from a new ice cream shop that was SO tasty. I even went bold and tried a new flavor — blueberry crunch — rather than going with my staple of mint chocolate chip.

5. I got back into pilates! I was sick right when the new year started and just really fell off the working out wagon and FINALLY I’ve gotten into a routine again!

 

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

 

1. Thunder Clatter by Wild Cub

2. Cardiac Arrest by Bad Suns

3. We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow by Soko

4. Turn It Around by Lucius

5. Fire Eyed Ones by Fire Eye

6. Up The Wolves by The Mountain Goats (they are one of my all time faves but The Walking Dead played this song on a recent episode and OMG it made me remember how much I loved them/I went on a TMG bender!)

Honorable Mentions: Elaine (Until Now) by The Fleeting Ends , Pull Down The Moon by Cattle & Cane, Casino by The Notwist

 

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Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

AHH I had such a good month for books in March! So hard to choose!

1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson(review to come)
2. How To Love by Katie Cotugno
3. If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Most Popular Review This Month

How to Love by Katie Cotugno
I loved hearing all of your thoughts — those that LOVED it like I did and those who HATED Sawyer! Check out my review for How To Love by Katie Cotugno now!

 

 

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC — I  loved how varied we all about emoting in public while reading. LOVED reading your awkward public crying (or laughing) stories about books that made us cry.
2. What It’s Like To Be A Mood Reader– In which I talk about what it’s like to be a mood reader and how it affects my reading and my blogging.
3. On Binge Reading Series…And Why I Haven’t Done It Since 2008 : I really appreciated all your recs!! Still going through them!
4. Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read: Oh the shame! But some of you made me feel better!
5. Top books on my Spring TBR list : Lots of good books for me to read Spring 2014!

 

 

3 New Obsessions In March

1. Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face CleanserI was in need of a new face cleanser and picked this up and I love it so far! My face feels so soft. I don’t care for the smell so much but doesn’t bother me too much!

2. Angry Orchard Hard Cider: YUM.

3. This recipe. YUM roasted portabella and chickpea burritos with chimichurri sauce. SO BEYOND YUM.

 

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In April

1. My sister’s bridal shower! Minus all my MOH stress with planning it!
2. Perhaps the end of the cold?? Maybe even some sandal weather?!
3. Visiting my dad and family for Easter!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In March

“Sometimes a moment defines you, defines how people see you for the rest of your life. You can accept it or fight it. If you’re lucky, you’ll recognize the moment when it happens.” – If I Lie by Corrine Jackson


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

1. 6 Ways To Honor Your Time (And Live Your One Wild & Precious Life): I’ve always been a fan of that Mary Oliver poem (it even spurred this post) but I admittedly always just focus on the well known quote of it but I LOVED that she talked about the lines together. It hit me even more profoundly. This was a post I NEEDED to read and I think others could get a lot out of it. #1 and #4 were big for me.

2. The Grace In Saying No: I’m a person that struggles to say no. Like really, really bad. Sometimes I genuinely want to do something and don’t want to miss out. Sometimes its guilt. Sometimes it’s feeling bad. It’s a whole mess of things. I want to please people. I stretch myself thin. I need to get better at this.

3. How To Get Back To Kicking Ass if This Year Has Gotten Away From You: Oh GOD. This year. I had all these huge goals and THINGS for this year and like seriously how are we saying goodbye to March already?! I slacked so far this year and I’ve been beating myself up on it so this post was gold!

4. DIY Skin Clearing Mask: This blogger has been my go to for skin care and such for the past couple years. She’s always coming up with new things for me to experiment with and I can’t WAIT to do this.

5. Someone Else’s Pain + Struggles Do Not Negate Yours: Loved this post a lot! Very thought provoking! I do try to keep my problems in perspective and feel guilty often because I know others have it worse than I do right now but my financial situation + long term unemployment is what I’m going through right now and it’s hard for me.

 

 

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in March? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! :)

 

February Rewind

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Pho + bubble tea!

February In One Word

Crazy.
The weather, not getting the job, some family things that shook things up for a bit, busy days . CRAZY.

 

5 Things That Happened In February:

1. I didn’t get the job I interviewed for. BLAH DI BLAH. Over it..on to the next thing!

2. I tried pho for the first time! It was so tasty!

3. We had ONE nice, glorious weekend and went out and did ALL THE THINGS because OMG NO SNOW/FREEZING TEMPS. Seriously, it was amazing and reminded me how grateful I am for Spring after a long Winter.

4. I did a complete overhaul of my shelves. By accident. Because the ice took out our power for a day. It was a good time and I rediscovered so many books which prompted this post and then this new thing I’ll be doing!

5. I went to the library for the first time this year. (I was vowing not to go for a while because I seriouslyyy don’t need to bring anymore books into my apartment). I can’t even tell you how much my mood is enhanced by wandering the library aimlessly by myself for a couple hours!

 

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

 

1. Come With Me Now by Kongos

2. The Breach by Dustin Tebbutt

3. I Want To Get Better by Bleachers (This is Jack from Fun’s new project!!)

4. Never Gonna Change by Broods

5. Take Me Higher by Old Man Canyon

6. Keep Together by Hunter Hunted

Honorable Mentions: Green Sea by Fear of Men, Golden by Parade of Lights, Sun by Lost In The Trees, Shadow of A Man by Neulore

 

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Top 2 Books I Read This Month:

 

1. How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford
2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Most Popular Review This Month

How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie StandifordYay! I’m so excited How To Say Goodbye in Robot was my most popular review this month because it’s such a gem from years ago!

 

 

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. Why I ALWAYS Carry Much Reading Material With Me — This is why I love you guys more than my IRL friends who do NOT get this “quirk” of mine! One of most popular posts ever!
2. What Has Happened To Me?!– In which I talk about something alarming (to me) as a reader so far in 2014!
3. If We Were Having Coffee : I introduced this post a couple months ago and decided to make it a regular thing to talk to you about LIFE.
4. I’m Hanging Up My Book Reviewer Hat: I’m not going anywhere but I talked about some changes! I’m glad you guys were supportive of my wanting to make a distinction, for myself and my blog, between book blogger and book reviewer. I’ll still be doing “review-like” things but I don’t want to BE a book reviewer.
5. 10 Books That Made Me Cry : ALL THE TEARS.

 

 

3 New Obsessions In February

1. House Of Cards season 2 — This season couldn’t have come out at a better time. Will and I (okay really just me..his life moved on immediately after) have been mourning the loss of Breaking Bad since our binge watching of the series ended in December. I just couldn’t move on to a new show but as soon as House of Cards came back I was like YESSSS. Frank Underwood. And MAN did this season start out with a bang!

2. This kettle corn: I seriously am addicted to it. It’s my dessert every night!

3. My new jacket from this store called Garage!
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3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In March

1. Veronica Mars movie!! Will surprised me with tickets!
2. The Storycrush tour comes to Philly! (Are you going??)  Info here!
3. Hopefully some weather that starts to give me hope Spring will come?!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In February

“I keep wishing, reflexively, for a glimpse of the future, so I’ll know what to do. But I don’t kid myself. I have to feel my way forward blindly. I try not to be afraid. Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.” — How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford


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

1. You Are A Big Deal No Matter How Big Your Audience May Be: This is SUCH a good post! I struggle with this from time to time and I know others do and I think reframing is the name of the game here and I love it! Such a good way to look at blogging!! Alex’s blog is one of my daily favorite reads so I highly recommend!

2. The Fine Art Of Fluff: I looooved this post from Christina! I feel like “fluff” or more lighthearted books get a bad reputation and are easily dismissed. I LOOOOOVE books that make me feel good and actually asked for recs recently because I needed a pick-me-up REAL bad! I agree with everything Christina says in this and her recs are excellent of the ones I’ve read and most are on my TBR!

3. On Changing Your Dreams: You know sometimes when you read something and you just KNOW you were meant to read that? Yep. This post for me. I appreciate Emma’s honesty and it encouraged me because as you know my dreams are quite a mess with this whole wrench called long term unemployment that I would have NEVER thought I would find myself in. I’m thinking a lot about Emma’s story and immediately started journalling after!

4. DIY Split End & Dry Hair Treatment: Oh lordy I need this. My hair + the wintertime = BAD NEWS BEAR.

5. 27 Productive Things You Can Do With 5 Minutes: Some good ideas! I’m that person who will just scroll mindlessly on Twitter or Tumblr when I’m left with a few minutes between things. I’m fine with doing that but sometimes I’d rather be productive and these are perfect and practical!

6. 162 YA Retellings Chart: This is AMAAAAAZING. So in depth and so awesome. My dear friend Margot went above and beyond yet again! Print this out, save it!

 

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in February? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! :)

 

Oh January…AKA that time I was stuck in my car.

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So. Much. Snow. This. Month. Just wait for THIS story.

 

January In One Word

COLD. (I was going to go with two words and say POLAR VORTEX)

 

5 Things That Happened In January:

1. My adorable niece Genevieve turned TWO. My nephew (from a different sister) also turned two — he and Genevieve were born one day a part. My baby sister turned 19…I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. Lots of birthdays!!

2. We had so much snow so far this winter (an abnormally large amount) and I HATE IT NOW. The last snowstorm we had caused my 25 minute ride home to turn into almost 4 1/2 hours. It was insane. That picture above was me sitting on a road that was pretty much a parking lot and reading!

3. I went to ALA & met some awesome authors, publishing people, bloggers and got some fab books!

4. I redesigned this blog because I got bored one Sunday and didn’t want to tackle things on my to-do list. So, all you people reading from a feed, come visit to see it! I will have cookies prepared upon your arrival.

5. I was sick for like almost 2 weeks. Literally, the first day of January was when I felt it so 2014 started out with me being miserable, sleeping a lot and just generally hating life haha.

 

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 January playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here — seriously THIS MONTH KILLED ME because so many good ones. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!

 

1. For 12 by Other Lives: 

2. The Struggle by Grizfolk 


3. Carousel by Town of Saints (I know they were on my New To The Queue post but I seriously HAD to put them on here because I love this song)


4. Another Love by Tim Odell

5. Looking For Someone by East India Youth

6. Weighty Ghost by Wintersleep

Honorable Mentions: Afraid by The Neighborhood, Coming Of Age by Foster The People, Habits by Tove Lo, Australia (Don’t Ever Let Her Go) by Satellite Stories, Kidnap Me by Cruiser, So High by Ghost Loft 

Also, you should check out music I added to my queue in this post!

Follow my January playlist

 

 

Top 2 Books I Read This Month:

I’ve not had a mind-blowing reading month honestly. So just FYI these are not 4 or 5 star reads for me (even though i don’t do stars on here — wanted to give you a frame of reference). More like 3 or 3.5 which is still good/I LIKED it but not typically what my TOP are when I answer this.

1. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
2. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Most Popular Review This Month

Impossible Knife of Memory book cover

This makes me so happy because I LOOOOVED this book so much! Check out my review for The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

 

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. The Ebb and Flow of My Bookshelves – I loved your array of answers and habits!
2. My bookish resolutions for 2014– You guys seriously helped motivate me with your responses and encouragement!
3. My Reading Wishlist : I had fun writing this list of things I want authors to write. Somebody please get on these things!!
4. How Unemployment Has Changed My Life As A Reader: Loved your support on this one! <3
5. Hey Stranger! I Like Books!! : In which I confess something that some of you LIKE and some of you DON’T like!

 

 

3 New Obsessions In January

1. Three Twins ice cream:  Will and I are always trying new ice creams and we looove this organic ice cream. SO YUMMY. We tried the mint confetti.
3. My new mousepads  that I got from this Etsy shop: I was in need of a mousepad and this shop had a good deal for 2 of them at a time! They had SO many cute ones. I seriously  had like 20 of them I wanted.
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3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In February

1. Hopefully hearing back from this job that I want — my references were called!
2. DARK DAYS TOUR IN NYC!!! Info here!
3. Hopefully unveiling my secret project because I think at this point I need accountability.

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In January

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” — Divergent by Veronica Roth


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

1. How To Tame (Organize) Your Goodreads: This post from Hannah is the best thing EVER! I have 6+ years of Goodreads clutter and I’ve been able to tackle it thanks to this post. MUST READ.

2. Laying Foundations When You Want To Build Walls: I so struggle with this. I definitely bare the scars of some bad friends and being treated like crap so it’s so easy for me to want to build walls. I don’t mean to but it’s just so hard. Especially when I think I’m making progress and then I find out otherwise. I needed this food for thought. Maybe certain walls need to be in place for certain people..but certainly not to everyone.

3. When Your Goals Change: This was such a good reminder for me. I so often feel like a failure when I give up on my goals but it really IS okay for them to change because sometimes I might be more into something and think it’s important but then life happens and priorities and interests shift. It’s OKAY. Always new goals to have. Ones that align with where I’m at right now.

4. On Bad Reviews (On Why You Barely See The On Here) — I loved this honest post from Anna. She’s a blogger I’ve known since the beginning and I’ve always known her stance, for herself, on negative reviews but I was glad to see her talk about it. The thing I love about the blogging community is everyone does their own thing. I love reading constructive negative reviews and I write them when I have to but, for me, I’m okay when a blogger decides to only talk about books they like. It’s whatever tone you decide you want and sometimes I feel like bloggers who don’t write negative reviews get crap about it which saddens me because it doesn’t ALWAYS mean the blogger likes everything they read — sometimes they just don’t want to talk about them/want their site to be a place where they can talk about books they loved. I loved Anna’s well articulated thoughts on why they aren’t for her and I think it gives food for thought for others early in their blogging careers who are trying to figure out what

5. Ginger’s list of 20-somethings in books: Love this list from Ginger! I’ve read Raw Blue and Holier Than Thou and have heard of 3 others but I’m excited to dig into this list! I trust her opinion and this is a fab list!

 

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in January? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! :)

 

My Last Monthly Rewind of 2013…HERE WE GO!

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Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!

December In One Word

CHRISTMAS!

5 Things That Happened In December:

1. I went on two interviews. I really, really, really want the one job so much. Fingers crossed. I should be hearing back soon!
2. I celebrated Christmas! Such a good time with family.
3. It snowed like 3 times!
4. We had our book club  holiday party. GOOD TIMES.
5. I watched the entire Breaking Bad series with Will.

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 December playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!

 

1. Air by Tyson Ritter: 

2. Hawk Fly Tiger Run – Ofelia

 

3. Rocking Chair — Branches

4. House By the Sea — Moddi —

5. Vapour — Vancouver Sleep Clinic

6. Sonsick — San Fermin

Honorable Mention: Happily by One Direction — NO REGRETS. I love the new album. Judge away…don’t care!

Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West
2. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Review to come)
3. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Most Popular Review This Month

Pivot Point by Kasie West

This was the unanimous pick when I came to Twitter asking what to read out of a stack of books! LOVED IT! Here’s my review of Pivot Point by Kasie West in the event YOU haven’t read this yet!

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. End of Year Reading Blues – Solidarity guys!
2. Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR — I vow to get to these!
3. Favorite new-to-me authors of 2013 : I’m really glad to have discovered these authors this year!
4. My favorite people in publishing share their faves of 2013: Solid recommendations!
5. This Always Seems To Happen : Yep always. Every year. You guys were very clear about how I should rectify this!

3 New Obsessions In December

1. BREAKING BAD!!! Oh my goodness. Will and I just finished last night. We binge watched the whole series and I will tell you guys…it’s one of my all time favorite tv shows of all times. So amazing and depressing and conflicting and OMG THE CHARACTERS. I sobbed. SOBBED.
2. Rumchata: Will and I discovered rumchata this month. HOLY YUM. It’s a vanilla rum liquor and it’s so yummy. We’ve made Rumchata hot cocoa (a little sweet but good) and we’ve mixed it with something and it tasted like a cinnamon bun (I think it was the fireball whiskey)
3. Skinny Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns – Will and I have made these like 3 times already this month. YUM!

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In January

1. Hopefully hearing back from this job that I want!
2. Genevieve’s 2nd birthday — I seriously can’t believe my little niece is this old already.
3. A fresh start — I know that it’s all in my head but I really do find the new year to be refreshing and I need this in my soul. I’m ready for the new year.

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In December

“I really wondered why people were always doing what they didn’t like doing. It seemed like life was a sort of narrowing tunnel. Right when you were born, the tunnel was huge. You could be anything. Then, like, the absolute second after you were born, the tunnel narrowed down to about half that size. You were a boy, and already it was certain you wouldn’t be a mother and it was likely you wouldn’t become a manicurist or a kindergarten teacher. Then you started to grow up and everything you did closed the tunnel in some more. You broke your arm climbing a tree and you ruled out being a baseball pitcher. You failed every math test you ever took and you canceled any hope of ever being a scientist. Like that. On and on through the years until you were stuck. You’d become a baker or a librarian or a bartender. Or an accountant. And there you were. I figured that on the day you died, the tunnel would be so narrow, you’d have squeezed yourself in with so many choices, that you just got squashed.”  — Tell The Wolves I’m Gone by Carol Rifka Brunt


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

1. 20 Things You Need To Let Go Of To Be Happy — This isn’t from a blog but Anna shared it with me and probably about 17 of these are things I really struggle with. They are the things that truly DO bring me unhappiness. WORKING ON IT FOR SURE.

2. My top ten worst travel moments– Adventurous Kate is one of my favorite travel blogs. I often find myself very jealous of her and other travel bloggers because I just WANT to be able to travel this much because it feels like they are living the dream. So I loved her candid post about the worst things that happened to her traveling and DAMN some of those were AWFUL. I appreciated knowing, even though the logical part of me being squashed by the dreamer really knew all along, that it’s not all this perfect, crazy fun that travel blogs so often give the impression of.

3. 2013: A Learning Year — Managing Expectations: Love this post so hard! I’ve never read Jessica’s books though I do own the first book but I really respect the hell out of her for writing this and 1) it makes me want to hug all the authors I love and 2) is definitely making me put her book as a priority in 2014. It was candid and very eye-opening for someone who has no idea what the writer’s life is like.

4. The Power of Paying It Forward — What a good reminder of how amazing it is to pay it forward intentionally. In 2014 I vow to be more intentional about paying it forward and showering the world with random acts of genuine kindness.

5. How To Cull Your Books: Love this post from April! Culling my books is the hardest and I did a decent job in 2013 of doing it but I MUST TRY HARDER IN 2014.

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in December? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! :)

 

Is It Really Over??

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Holiday drinks + the start of holiday season!!

November In One Word

MOVIES

5 Things That Happened In November:

1. I went to the movies more this month than I have the whole year. Saw Catching Fire twice and The Book Thief once!
2. I got to spend 5 days with my dad, stepmom and little sister during Thanksgiving. Such a relaxing week!
3. I finally had Shake Shack for the first time ever! DELISH!
4. I walk/ran a 5K Thanksgiving morning — one that I was ill prepared for. As in I hadn’t run AT ALL. Woooow am I out of shape! Plus it was like 15 degrees out so my lungs BURNED. Literally thought I was going to keel over and die.
5. I reconnected with two old friends and it was great! Lots of weight lifted off my shoulder regarding how things were with them.

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 November 2013 playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!

 

1. Ya Never Know — Terraplane Sun: 

2. Back To You — Twin Forks — This was on the show Reign. Addictive show + GREAT music!

 

3. Like Real People Do — Hozier

4. Girl You’re Alright — Paul Otten — Also from Reign. SO GOOD.

5. Little Games — The Colourist

6. Lights and Camera — Yuna

Honorable Mention: Say Something by A Great Big World + Christina

Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
3. Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

Most Popular Review This Month

We Were Liars by E. LockhartI’m so happy you guys are excited about this one! I try to save my utmost enthusiasm for my absolute FAVES so you all believe me when I FREAK OUT so I’m glad that came through with my Save the Date review of We Were Liars.

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. If We Were Having Coffee — I love you guys for the response to this post. I’m planning on making it a regular thing every other month or something.
2. The Rise of Co-Bloggers — Very, very interesting discussion!
3. What Makes You Re-Read A Book? : This was so interesting to read about what makes YOU guys decide to reread a book!
4. One Of the Hardest Questions For A Bookworm To Answer: This is why you guys are my people!
5. Reshelved : A new feature in which I share what I put down and also what I ended up taking back to the library (because I suck at reading within due dates)

3 New Obsessions In November

1. The tv show Reign on The CW! Oh my goodness. It’s not historical accurate and I don’t caaaaare. It’s addictive and CUTE BOYS.
2. This new social networking site for book bloggers: Ashley from Nose Graze, the genius behind the AMAZING book blogger plugin I use, just launched a new site for book bloggers — forums, groups and more! You should sign up and then let’s be friendsies.
3. Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea — I normally switch up the tea I drink every day but I’ve been binge drinking this one!

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In December

1. CHRISTMAS!! Pretty much all the holiday things that go along with that — music, family time, Christmas candy and baking, Christmas movies and getting our Christmas tree!!
2. Book club Christmas party!
3. Really getting down to work on a new project!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In November

“People do it all the time–assume that they “know” what’s going on in someone else’s head. That’s impossible. And to think it’s possible is a mistake. A really big mistake. A life-ruining one if you’re not careful.”
Jennifer Brown, Hate List
“I will not always be happy, but perhaps, if I’m lucky, I will be spared the agony of adding pain to the world.”
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone


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

1. Life Has Big Plans For You — Because sometimes you just need to hear this!
2. Why “I’m Not Sure” Is An Acceptable Answer — I always feel like I have to have the answers to everything and this post reminded me that 1) I don’t obviously and 2) that’s okay to admit it
3. Gayle Forman’s post on endings: Love this post and agree with so much of it!
4. This beautiful post from Magan — Yep. Made me cry.
5. Turning A Book Into A Commercial Empire: Very thought provoking post from Rachel! LOADS to think about! Not sure I have a definitive opinion right now but very well articulated and I definitely agree with some of it!

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in November? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! :)

 

YAY OCTOBER!

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Gayle Forman signing

Pretty much all that is needed to know about October = my birthday + Gayle Forman + book club = awesome

 

October In One Word

BIRTHDAY!

5 Things That Happened In October:

1. I turned 28! And Gayle Forman came to town for a signing. And brought me a cake.

2. My younger sister found her wedding dress!! IT LOOKS AMAZING ON HER AND I KIND OF WISH IT HAD BEEN MINE.

3. My car broke. Taking it today (the 31st) to the mechanic to see what is wrong. LET’S HOPE IT ISN’T SERIOUS AND IS JUST THE BATTERY.

4. I went to a Harry Potter festival that was local to me. Like literally right across the street. It was small but fun — def a good family event. I wouldn’t say it’s worth traveling for but if you are local it’s a nice day! There was a quidditch tournament!

5. I went to visit my dad, stepmom and sister (who was home on Fall break!) for my birthday weekend and it was exactly what I needed!

 

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 an October 2013 playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!

1. Let Her Go — Passenger: OBSESSED with Passenger. I had added this song to a Youtube playlist last year because I randomly found it and then I forgot about it until last month and it’s been on NON-stop. Was really excited to hear a guy on The Voice this season cover it!!

2. Waiting Game — Banks

3. Agape — Bear’s Den

4. I Will Rise — Cattle & Cane

 

5. Mister, Mister — Bronze Radio Return

6. Coloured Screens — Antonio Paul

Top 2 Books I Read This Month:

 

1. What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
2. The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

Most Popular Review This Month

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I’m loving that so many of my readers are romance readers also now that I’m getting into the genre. Really enjoyed The Duke and I — totally not what I judged romance novels to be!

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. The Best Bookish Birthday Ever — Seriously, what a wonderful birthday I had!! Thank you for all the nice birthday wishes!
2. Top Ten Sequels I Have Yet To Read: I know, I know I know!! I’m bad.
3. In Memory of Lost Books: Those poor, poor books!
4. Top Ten Halloween Costumes Inspired By Books I Read: This one was SOOO fun to do!
5. Getting Into The Fall Mood: playlist, books & more : Really enjoyed sharing some Fall things with you!

 

3 New Obsessions In October

1. My bird sweater
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Finally was able to bust this bad boy out this month!
2. 2 ingredient ice cream: Will and I made this two weeks ago and YUM..so easy. We ALWAYS have bananas and peanut butter on hand.
3. Dishing Up The Dirt: Discovered this food blog this month and I LOVE it. If you really like veggies, I bet you are going to love this!


3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In November

1. Thanksgiving at my dad’s!
2. Running my first 5K which is hilarious because I trained for a whole week before I realize how much I hated running. WOMP WOMP. Anybody have any tips?? I do pilates but I am NO way in shape anymore haha.
3. The Book Thief movie coming out!!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In September

“On her way back, she scoops up forgiveness like a bouquet, sniffs it deep and arranges it in a vase. She sets forgiveness down, shining in the middle of everything.”
― What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

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

1. 11 Simple Ways To Be Happy — Ashley’s blog is one of my favorites I discovered this year and I feel very encouraged every time I leave!
2. Why Your Friends Will Make Or Break You — I’ve found this to be true in my experiences!
3. Practice Makes Permanence: Love this post! I’ve always gotten discouraged by the whole “practice makes perfect” thing and this was encouraging!
4. On Not Being An Astute Reader — YES. I’ve admitted to my own insecurities related to this but I FEEL THE SAME WAY AS ELENA. I’m learning to just accept this about myself!
5. Loved Estelle’s post on making moves! I can 100% relate to this post!

 

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in October? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! :)

 

1 Thing Happened In September That I Can Already Hear You Cheering For – Monthly Rewind

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September In One Word

 BUSY!!

5 Things That Happened In September:

1. I finally read book 1 of the HARRY POTTER SERIES. *basks in applause* You know I’ve been ashamed of this and endured MANY years of harassing for this on this blog alone. Some of you followed along with my #HPvirgin tweets and were amused by my HP innocence. At one point I tweeted, “Oh that Snape…I can tell he is going to be trouble.” and someone said, “Oh you are just soooo cute and have NO IDEA.” GUYS I AM SCARED.

2. Will ran a half marathon and did AMAZING! Like in the top 2,000 out of 18,000 runners and it was his first race. I can brag about my husband yeah??

3. Book club went and saw Elizabeth Wein when she came to town (have YOU read Code Name Verity??) and then the Fierce Reads tour stop came to Philly and we went to that and had A BLAST. (Great meeting Leila Sales after LOVING This Song Will Save Your Life and the one and only Marissa Meyer who made me love cyborgs).

4. I got in a WICKED reading slump. It’s not even about that I’m not finding good books but it’s more like I’m just fickle and can’t commit to anything. I read 1 page and bail on everything.

5. I really spent a lot of days enjoying the weather because it’s been BEAUTIFUL.

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 an September 2013 playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!

1. Put Me To Work — Papa (realllly obsessed with this song…I am digging all the singles they are putting out in 2013 and could see them being a big deal!)

2. Hearts Like Ours — The Naked and the Famous

3. Pumpin Blood – NONONO

4. My Heart Is Raw – Jacq Becker (she only has 2 singles out but I really like her voice!!)

5.  Love Don’t Go — The Family Crest (OBSESSED!!)

6. Chocolate — The 1975

Top 2 Books I Read This Month:

SIGH I only read 4 books in total this month. PLEASE MAKE THIS SLUMP GO AWAY.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Most Popular Review This Month

This Song Will Save Your Life Leila Sales
I’m so happy you guys loved This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales too and SO happy that my review was able to convey how much I loved this one so others said they would pick up.

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. Current Status: Drowning In Books — You guys definitely seemed to understand my problem in my Vine and my discussion! Will saw my Vine and was like YEAH..I should have made that. I AM DROWNING IN YOUR BOOKS.
2. Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List: You guys made me so excited for the books on my list PLUS I’m off to a good start with my list!
3. When Everyone Else Loves A Book I Don’t…: I shared something I wonder when I don’t like a book which was whether or not I would have loved a book that was very hyped if I read it before it was hyped or if I was destined not to like it…regardless of the hype!
4. Top Ten Books I’d Like To See As A Movie/Tv Show: This one was so much fun!
5. My Favorite Sequels : This was a hard list to come up with because I suck at series!

 

3 New Obsessions In September

1. Spotify Premium — I’ve had Spotify for quite a while but I decided to try out the free trial of premium and I LOVE IT. God I forgot how amazing it is not to have commercials plus I make playlists so I can listen in my car without streaming and using all my data.
2. Anna’s Roar playlist: My friend Anna knows my brain better than I do and sent me exactly what I needed when I was feeling crummy at a certain point this month.
3. Orange Shandy from Leinenkugel’s: I am officially a beer lover these days I think. This one is SO GOOD.


3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In October

1. Gayle Forman coming to Philly ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! (GAH Just One Year was so good. If you haven’t read Just One Day, get on that!)
2. Going to visit my dad over my birthday weekend! I’m excited because it coincides with my baby sister’s Fall Break so I can hear all about her freshman year!
3. A Harry Potter festival in my town!!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In September

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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

1. How To Create A Marriage That Feels Like A Honeymoon — loved this as a newlywed!
2. The Two Minute Cinnamon Banana Mug Cake — UM YUM.
3. Anna’s post on being a proud book quitter – I WISH I COULD BE LIKE HER. You all know my problems.
4. Interesting post about if book blogging has fallen out of fashion. Some observations I’ve myself noticed.
5. My friend Jess has an awesome blog that always seems to resonate with me and I loved this post called “When Was The Last Time You Did Something For The First Time?” Contemplating FIRST TIMES I can have soon!

 

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in September? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! :)

 

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