Tri-Month in Review: Aug – Oct 2015

If there’s any one out there, Hello! Welcome. I am alive. It’s November, can you believe it?

It has been a while since I’ve been present here on the blog and the last two months in particular have been very interesting. I turned 25 and have attempted to fight off what I’m calling a quarter-life crisis, I’ve job hunted and will potentially be starting a new job in two weeks pending the completion of some paperwork, and I managed to get tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for next year in LONDON which means I’ve been freaking out about the fact that I am going to LONDON. Wow.

As for the bookishness, it has been on and off over the last few months, but I’m hopeful that with a switch to a regular work schedule and after finishing some holiday knits that I’ll be able to get back to regular reading.

Until then, here’s the reading I’ve done recently.

August:

1. Then Came You (Animal Magnetism #5) by Jill Shalvis
2. Still the One (Animal Magnetism #6) by Jill Shalvis
3. Bound to Darkness (Midnight Breed #13) by Lara Adrian
4. The Countess Conspiracy (The Brothers Sinister #3) by Courtney Milan
5. Blood Rights (House of Comarré #1) by Kristin Painter
6. Alpha (Alpha #1) by Jasinda Wilder

September:

7. Flesh and Blood (House of Comarré #2) by Kristin Painter
8. The Chapel Series by Marilyn Cruise
9. Claimed (Club Sin #1) by Stacey Kennedy
10. Bared (Club Sin #2) by Stacey Kennedy

October:

11. Bad Blood (House of Comarré #3) by Kristin Painter
12. All I Want (Animal Magnetism #7) by Jill Shalvis
13. Wrong by Jana Aston
14. At Any Price (Gaming the System #1) by Brenna Aubrey (re-read)
15. At Any Turn (Gaming the System #2) by Brenna Aubrey
16. At Any Moment (Gaming the System #3) by Brenna Aubrey

All told, I’ve still read a fair amount, at least a book a week average, but I am going through bouts of reading for sure. I’ve also been playing the pick up a book and read a little, then put it down, then pick it up game, so I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to finish and what I want to call it on. More on that when we get there.

The one book I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be digging into this month… S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. I finally got my hands on a copy and I will definitely be savoring the shit out of that book. It is a work of art in and of itself.

Please tell me what you’ve been reading lately and what you’re looking forward to! I’ve been a little out of touch with the book community lately so I’d love to hear what’s out there.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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Month in Review: July 2015

Hello errr-body! Here we are again for another month in review post, this time for July which is extremely flabbergasting to me. The year is flying by in a haze of reading slumpiness and general life unrest (for lack of a better term). I’ve been starting and not finishing books like its my job. I’ve also been knitting more than usual and spending far too many of my waking hours watching youtube videos. That said, my wrap-up is a little lackluster, but I’m going to do one anyways.

Books Read in July:

  1. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
  2. Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

A whopping two books. Not my best month, but hardly my worst month either. Both books were quite good, so at least quality wasn’t a problem. I also started reading Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig in July, but again… starting books and not finishing them.

In other bookish news, July bought with it new bookshelves! I’ve been wanting to replace this one shelf I’ve had for sometime now because I just didn’t love it for a bookshelf. I gave that shelf to my uncle and replaced it with four beautiful new shelves from IKEA. Eventually I’ll get some photos up of them. They really are quite purtay.

There was virtually no blog activity in July, which is what is is so I have nothing to share on that front. I do however have a bit to share on the watching front.

July in TV:

I started the month off watching more of The X-Files, however that didn’t last long. Here’s the thing, I’m struggling with the show because I don’t love certain developments, namely Doggett. I think my main issue with him, besides him being in Mulder’s place, is that every time I look at him I see him from his roles in Terminator and The Faculty. Basically, the great X-Files watch has come to a screeching halt for the time being.

I also watched a show called Star-Crossed, not realizing it was a CW show that didn’t make it past episode 13. I’m thinking about actually giving this show a post, because while it is obvious why the show was cancelled, it still had a lot of potential and there’s a part of me that loves it and wants to talk about it.

NCIS. Oh yes. So I went up to the Cape for vacation at the end of July and because me and the friend I went with are not beach people, we basically spent a week watching Netflix. Please and thank you. We watched the first 3 seasons of NCIS in full and started season 4. In a week. LOL. I’m now in season 6. I totally forgot just how much I love that show.

As far as July knits, I didn’t get a TON done, however I did finish my moms scarf which was one of my goals. I also got a huge chunk of my cardigan done while I was on vacation which makes me very happy.

July also brought me attending a show for the first time in… a very long time. I went down to Providence with my mom and a friend of ours who we took to see Amanda Palmer for her birthday. Some of you may know Amanda Palmer is married to Neil Gaiman. Who was there. And who did some readings. And SANG A SONG. Basically it was a ton of fun and I’m really glad I went. I haven’t had a chance to do something like that in forever. Stupid job and adulting.

Other happy news for me, I got one of my birthday presents a bit early this year. I’ve been whining about how slow my laptop was, it literally took forever for stuff to load on that thing. My mom, who is the best mom ever, got me a new computer for my birthday and didn’t even make me wait until my birthday! Oh, do I love it…

I’m not really sure what’s going to be going on in August. I feel like I want to read, but then I also feel like I want to watch youtube videos all day as well. It’s crazy and rather annoying. I made a list of all (I think!) of the books I’ve started and not finished in the last year or so and there are over 20 books on that list. It’s not even that they aren’t good books, I only called one a DNF, which was very, very overdue. I just have sucked at reading lately.

Anywhoodle, the whole reason I started talking about that is because I’m going to try to start finishing some of these books I’ve started recently. It’s past time.

The one for sure thing happening in August that has me dancing is BOUT OF BOOKS 14! I’m so pumped for this. I. can. not. wait.

I think it’s safe to say I’ve rambled on long enough for tonight, so I’m going to call it here.

Let me know if there are any good ‘get my ass out of a reading slump’ books out there, would ya? And, until next time, Happy Reading!

Month in Review: June 2014

Hello all! The year is halfway gone – #mindblown – and I just can’t handle it, but what can you do? A June wrap-up is the only answer I’ve got!

June was certainly an interesting month. Lot’s of family and work stuff going on. It also saw me trying to really get reading again. That said, here’s what I read in the month of June:

1. Rule Breaker (Breeds #29) by Lora Leigh
2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen *re-read
3. Alone with Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds
4. The Ball at Meryton by Bronwen Chisholm
5. A London Liason by Belle Jansen
6. Desiring Mr. Darcy by Scarlett Rossi
7. Bengal’s Quest (Breeds #30) by Lora Leigh

Obviously I was extremely heavy on the Pride and Prejudice variations in June, but what better way to come out of a reading slump than to read about my favorite literary couple of all time? None, that’s what!

Everything I read was really quite enjoyable and I’m hoping to keep up the momentum this month. I’ve already read a couple of books and I’m looking forward to many more!

Featured on the blog in June:

Book Reviews:
Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh
Bengal’s Quest by Lora Leigh

I started a new weekly meme sort of thing where I share random books that I own. I feel it’s a great way to show some love to books that I might not normally get a chance to talk about. If you want to check those out, here’s the In the Library of Hannah posts!

Outside of books I’ve been doing some watching of the Netflix (SHOCKER, IKNO!) and knitting because knitting.

What I’ve watched:

– The great X-Files rewatch is ongoing. I don’t know how much I saw during June, but I’m just about halfway through season 8, so hey hey.
– Jurassic World came out!!! And omg, I’m solidly in the I LOVE IT category!
– I rewatched Stardust which is worth mentioning because the movie is hilarious and I think everyone should see it! Plus, Deniro as a cross-dressing sky-pirate – who can say no to that?
– Downton Abbey! So… I didn’t actually marathon this or anything, but I did watch the first episode and it put me into fits. I’m thinking about just marathoning it on vacation or something because it’s going to be amazing. I can feel it.

June Knits:

I’ve been going back and forth between two main knitting projects for the last month.

The first is a cowl for my mom to match a hat that I recently made her. I have to show a picture here because the banding of the colors (its a variegated yarn) is absolutely amazeballs!

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Look at that, it’s cray cray. The pattern is Opul Infinity Scarf by Megan Goodacre and the yarn is Juniper Moon Moonshine Trios, Color 112.

Unfortunately I’m not prepared with a picture of the cardigan I’ve been knitting for myself, but it’s gorgeous so check out the link if you’re interested! I’m knitting Petrichor by Hanna Maciejewska with Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Cranberry (which is a GORGEOUS red, just sayin’).

That’s basically my June in a nutshell. What are you reading, watching, and/or knitting? Please tell me! Any suggestions? Give me those as well! Until next time, Happy Reading!

Months in Review: January & February 2015

Hello everyone! It’s been a while… a long while. 2015 has been an interesting year to say the least so far. I started out the year with a bang in January, but then February kind of derailed everything. We lost heat at the beginning of the month and had no heat for two weeks, which in February in New England is no fun at all. Towards the end of all that, I got sick and was down for the count for a good week. Where January was a fantastic month, February was less so. All that said, let’s get on with the important stuff.

January Reads:

1. Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers
2. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (re-read)
3. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (re-read)
4. Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (re-read)
5. Show Me, Baby (Masters of the Shadowlands #9) by Cherise Sinclair
6. Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. Reasonable Doubt: Complete Series (Reasonable Doubt #1-3) by Whitney G.
8. The Fantasy (A Desperate Man #1) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
9. Suddenly Royal (Royal #1) by Nichole Chase
10. Tempted by His Best Friend by Cari Quinn
11. Recklessly Royal (Royal #2) by Nichole Chase
12. Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Bennett
13. Until Midnight (Alienated #1.5) by Melissa Landers
14. Reckless (Renegades #1) by Skye Jordan

January Reviews:

Alienated by Melissa Landers
Tempted by His Best Friend by Cari Quinn
The Fantasy by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase

February Reads:

1. Wicked Ties (Wicked Lovers #1) by Shayla Black

My February count is really quite sad, but seeing as the majority of the month was spent in one big pile of crazy its no real surprise. Some good things did come out of February though, like my watching Arrow. But that’s a whole different story.

My reading so far in March has been pretty slow. I’m only on my second book but a lot of that is because I’ve been more knitty than usual of late. All the yarn and cardigan patterns… pure temptation, lol.

My plans for the blog this month are really just going to revolve around getting back into the swing of things. I am planning to participate in the Write-On Review-a-thon again this month. Plus, I think I’m gonna take part in Bloggiesta which will be a first for me. I’m pretty excited about it all.

That’s all that I can think of for the moment – damn getting sick again brain. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Month in Review: July 2014

Am I the only one who feels like July just flew by? I sure hope not. It certainly wasn’t the best reading month I’ve ever had, only finishing seven books. I had a decent start to the month, but I started to fall into a huge reading slump in the middle of the month. Even when I took my vacation at the end of July I read next to nothing. Anywhoodle, let’s move on from the sadness. Here’s what I read in July.

1. Hard Time by Cara McKenna
2. The Darcy’s of Derbyshire by Abigail Reynolds
3. Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor #9) by Jill Shalvis
4. Mr. Darcy’s Letter by Abigail Reynolds
5. Mr. Darcy’s Refuge by Abigail Reynolds (re-read)
6. Vampire Academy The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli
7. Bengal’s Heart (Breeds #20) by Lora Leigh

All in all, it wasn’t a bad reading month as far as quality goes. Jill Shalvis, Lora Leigh, and Abigail Reynolds are favorites of mine. Anything Vampire Academy is always a win for me of course. And Hard Time was surprisingly good if a bit out there in certain ways.

July was also a slow blog month for me. There isn’t much to talk about so I’m just going to jump into what I’m hoping to accomplish in the rest of August.

I’ll be participating in Bout of Books 11 which is happening 8/18-8/24. If you want to check it out, here’s the link to the website. I participated in BoB 10 and had a blast so I’m very much looking forward to this one!

I’ve still been really slumpy with the reading. Eleven days into the month and I’ve only read one book so far. I’m thinking of just randomly picking a book to hopefully help get me back in the mood for reading, but we shall see.

I’m going to wrap it up with that. Bout of Books is the big thing happening this month so keep an eye out for that. As for anything else, we’ll see what the rest of the month brings.

How was your July? Feel free to share! Happy Reading!

Month in Review: June 2014

June has officially come to an end and we’re into July – and the second half of the year. I’m still wondering where the hell 2014 has gone. This year is just flying by. That said, lets get into the June wrap up!

I completed 10 books in the month of June and all of them were pretty fantastic. An amazing month as far as quality goes.

1. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
2. Dare to Resist (Wedding Dare #0.5) by Laura Kaye
3. Fighting for Irish (Fighting for Love #3) by Gina Maxwell
4. His to Keep (Out of Uniform #1.5) by Katee Robert
5. Tempting the Best Man (Gamble Brothers #1) by J. Lynn
6. Dream Huntress (Dream Huntress #1) by Michelle Sharp
7. Cowboy Take Me Away (Rough Riders #16) by Lorelei James
8. Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
9. Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs
10. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire *re-read

It’s hard to choose favorites, but if I had to it would be Game of Thrones, because its Game of Thrones, the last two Mercy Thompson books because they’re amazing and I love them and the whole series gets ALL the stars, and Cowboy Take Me Away because as the last book in a 16 books series, James still managed to keep it fresh and get me with it.

Here’s what happened on the blog in June:

Upcoming in July:

On Thursday my mid-year progress post will be up. There I’m going to talk about all kinds of fun reading and bookish stuff! I’m also going to try my hand at some bloggy stuffs like layouts and a header picture. It’s been a while since I’ve done any of that kind of stuff though so it may end up a bust.

July is also the month of my vacation! 23 days, not that I’m counting! Smile with tongue out I’ll be at the Cape from the 24th through the 30th and I haven’t decided if I’ll be pre-scheduling everything for that week or doing it all as I go. That’s one of those things that I’ll be playing by ear.

Anticipated July Reads:

I don’t know. Honestly. I haven’t really thought about it and I have no clue what I want to bring on vacation with me so I’ll be picking a lot of my reads this month as I go. Although, I should say I’m hankering for some Mr. Darcy in my life so there may well be some Pride and Prejudice or P&P variations in my life this month. I am currently reading three books so I’ll share those with you.

– A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin
– Hard Time by Cara McKenna
– The Martian by Andy Weir

That’s all for today. How was your June? Any good books in your future? Feel free to share!

Month(s) in Review: April & May 2014

Another month has passed and we’re just into June which is insanity if you ask me. 2014 is nearly half gone! Where has life gone? I missed my April wrap-up so I’m going to a quick listing of my April stuffs then I’ll get into more current events.

In April I read and completed 12 books! They were:

1. Ecstasy Untamed (Feral Warriors #6) by Pamela Palmer
2. A Love Untamed (Feral Warriors #7) by Pamela Palmer
3. Wulfe Untamed (Feral Warriors #8) by Pamela Palmer
4. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
5. Private Practice by Samanthe Beck
6. Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula #1) by Kim Newman
7. Tarnished (Silver #2) by Rhiannon Held
8. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
9. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
10. The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward
11. Tempted by the Soldier (Falling For You #2) by Nicollette Day
12. Nash (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover

All in all it was a fantastic reading month! I don’t think I could pick a favorite if I had to. It’s probably tied between Anno Dracula, Forbidden, Tarnished, Nash, Obsidian…. Yeah. Great month for reading! =]

I didn’t read quite as much in May (even with my participation in Bout of Books), but that’s okay. Why, you may be wondering? Because this is the month that I finally read a Mercy Thompson novel. Okay.. SIX Mercy Thompson novels. I’m addicted. In love. Can’t stop. Patricia Briggs will forever be a favorite and I shall fangirl over her brilliance for eternity.

Here’s what I read in May:

1. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs
2. Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs
3. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
4. Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs
5. Reflected (Silver #3) by Rhiannon Held
6. Heart of the Dragon (Atlantis #1) by Gena Showalter
7. Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
9. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs
10. River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs

May was definitely a bit of a packed month for me, even if most of the blog activity here was related to bloggish events and less to me tackling my ever growing i-want-to-get-this-done-on-the-blog list. Things that happened in May…

As far as reviews – here’s what went up throughout the month:

What can you expect to see in the next month or so?

Lots of reviews. I have several written reviews to post and several outlined reviews to finish so those will start going up Wednesday I believe.

More Mercy Thompson! I am LOVING these books. Only two to go and I’ll be all caught up. I’m so giddy with the excitement.

I started watching Sons of Anarchy and I may require use of the blog from time to time to gush I believe. Because… what the shit? I can’t stop. It’s crazy-insane-awesome.

I so, so want to finally conquer A Game of Thrones, the first book. I started reading it again yesterday and I basically just want to read it non-stop until I finish. I’m going to spend as much of my two days off, tomorrow and Wednesday, reading as possible. Will I actually read Game of Thrones in three days, probably not. But I’m gonna try!

Other books I’m planning to read this month:
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Numbers by Rachel Ward – started during Bout of Books and I want to finish it
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – same situation as Numbers, lol
Beautiful Disaster – this’ll be a re-read for me for a group I’m in on Goodreads

I also may or may not start my re-read of Sookie Stackhouse. Much as I don’t want the series to end I’m thinking it’s about time that I jump into the series again and read the last two books since I’ve been putting it off for I don’t even know how long. Any thoughts on that one?

For now, I do believe that’s everything that I’ve got. How was your month in reading? Any good books you want to share? Please, tell the class! Happy Reading!