Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2015

  June was pretty lackluster. I think it is because May rocked my face off to the extreme and in comparison, well nothing much happened in June. I didn’t even get much reading done. I also had two really not great medical things happen to me in one day. Normally I wouldn’t share this kind of stuff on the blog, but there is a point, I swear. First, I open a letter from my doctor and find out that I have subclinical hypothyroidism (slow functioning thyroid/metabolism), which I guess explains a couple things. :/ Why I had to read a letter to find this out, meh? But the news on that front was no medication yet (yeay!) but cutting back on gluten and dairy (booooooo). So for lunch I ate a salad like a good little eater and heaped up on chickpeas. Turns out, I’ve developed a chickpea allergy and had to go… Read more »

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Can you balance your nerd addictions?

Can you balance your nerd addictions?

This post was so hard to write. Sometimes, I get so caught up in other nerd passions that I have no motivation to blog. Or read. Well, proper books that is, because I have been obsessively reading Dragon Age Inquisition fanfic for like two weeks. AND IT HAS SUCKED OUT MY WILL TO BLOG. Seriously, I opened the blog like six times, looked around at the comments I failed to respond to and just noped my way off the page. But, I am here now, forcing myself to type with gritted teeth (that may or may not be true). How does one continue on with so many passions at once? I really feel like I go hard on one and let the rest linger until I get over my phase. And since I started typing up about 3K words of my own fanfic (yes, I am obsssssesssed) I’m not sure… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Topics I want to do

Top Ten Tuesday: Topics I want to do

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic celebrates the five year anni of the meme (congrats to TB&TB!): our favorite topics from the past five years. Instead of pulling out my old posts, I thought of some topics I would want to do. I know there are like 187 topics out there, so forgive me if any are repeats, though I doubt it for some of these. :D Just to be clear — I made these up. So the pervertedness is me not The Broke & The Bookish. :P TOP TEN>>>>> 1. Books I have read on the sly You’ve hidden the cover or bought it on kindle because you don’t want grandma to know you’re into that kind of erotica.  2. Books that have made… Read more »

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Blogger guilt: Zero motivation

Blogger guilt: Zero motivation

Blogger Guilt I shouldn’t even be categorizing this post as “blogger guilt” as one of the things we repeatedly heard at BEA was don’t feel guilty. However, no matter what people say, I do feel like I’m letting our readers and my co-blogger down on occasion. But, man alive, life is kicking my butt right now! I don’t know about you guys, but I have good blogging intentions, just zero motivation. Settling in to the Big Apple has taken more time that I thought. My apartment is still a work in progress, which I 100% believe attributes to my mind feeling like it’s in shackles. And, it doesn’t help that I’ve been working very late hours and am under a ton of stress at work. Being an adult is so much fun! I want to smack teenagers who complain about having to work 20 hours, and then promptly beg them… Read more »

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TTT: Books to read this summer!

TTT: Books to read this summer!

  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the books on my Summer TBR. Last time I shared some of the top books from my BEA haul. Instead of expanding on other books from there, I’ve got a nice meaty list of eARCs from Netgalley to start reading over the summer!     1. Batgirl Volume 1: Burnside by Cameron Stewart  I’ve officially been bitten by the comic/graphic novel bug! I’ve read a couple Marvel comics now but am totally unfamiliar with DC. I have high hopes for this new version of Batgirl! 2. Fable: Blood of Heroes by Jim C. Hines Fable 2 was the first video game I played ever. I was not into gaming growing up, but I tried Fable 2 in college and… Read more »

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So that was Jurassic World…

So that was Jurassic World…

If you recall, there was the big deal about the trailer for Jurassic World and whether or not it was going to be a sexist movie. I’ve now watched that movie. -_- For a movie about a terrifying hybrid dinosaur that kills for sport, the most horrifying aspect is the transformation its main female protagonist goes through. I know, that white-on-white ensemble is killing me too. I’m being dramatic sure, I really just wanted to see some dinos and explosions and Chris Pratt looking all studly on a motorcycle. I didn’t really need the entire movie to focus on the importance of having a family instead of focusing on a career. Claire fails at life because despite running a successful amusement park, she isn’t nurturing. Not to her nephews, of whom she has not seen in seven years, and certainly not to the animals in her care at Jurassic World. At one… Read more »

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Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag

I’ve seen this tag multiple times over the last few months and it looks like a lot of torture fun. I know I’m totally behind the times on this, but I wish to be amused with difficult decisions. This is a bit more intense than bang/marry/kill because books. I used a random number generator for picking books from my Goodreads shelf and did three rounds! Round One      Reread: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell  This was such an easy round, honestly. I want to reread the heck out of Fangirl, but my copy is currently on loan with my sister-in-law. I may be itching for another copy though. The special editions are pretty. :D Rewrite: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Here’s the thing about Me Before You — it was enjoyable, but I really disliked the ending. I just felt so bad for Lou and I know that life sucks and… Read more »

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Review: Hidden Huntress

Review: Hidden Huntress

I wish I was starting this review with a different sentence, but truth be told, I was disappointed with Hidden Huntress. It was bound to be difficult, living up to the epic loveliness that is Stolen Songbird, but I had high hopes. I would advise a quick re-read of Stolen Songbird, or at least a re-fresh because there were pieces I couldn’t quite remember at first that impacted my comprehension at the start. For one, who is Chris and why does Cecile trust him so much? Why is she living with her mother, who I recall abandoned her when she was younger? Confusion aside, Hidden Huntress begins with Cecile in Trianon, working the opera circuit and looking for Anushka to break the curse on Tristan and the trolls. I found the pacing for most of the story to be a bit off kilter, with perhaps 3/4 of the book proceeding… Read more »

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Music break: Mumford & Sons and Governors Ball

Music break: Mumford & Sons and Governors Ball

For not being a huge fan of concerts, this was a very musically influenced week for me. I somehow managed to squeeze in two concerts and one of them being an all-day outdoor affair. I know this isn’t really literary related, but I wanted to share my experiences nonetheless! Mumford & Sons: Gentlemen of the Road Tour I’m borrowing this series from my good friend, Ruth, over at FlixChatter. Typically, I’m not a big fan of concerts, but have been dying to see Mumford & sons. They’re one of those bands that neither tour often nor are geographically close to where I’ve lived – until now. Seriously, Brooklyn is the best! Mumford & Sons are FREAKING talented! Let me repeat. Mumford & Sons are FREAKING talented! And sound incredible live. And are genuinely happy to be on tour. And FUNNY! Ah, so many caps and exclamations, but I’m writing this… Read more »

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TTT: Most anticipated reads from BEA

TTT: Most anticipated reads from BEA

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. We weren’t really feeling the topic for this week, so we decided to alter it slightly. Anne and I attended BEA (recap post to come), and wanted to share our most anticipated reads. All the titles are linked to Goodreads. Enjoy! 1. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker I have to admit I’ve been waiting FOREVER to read this book and was determined to snag an advanced copy. We missed the first giveaway, but after a solid 35-40 minute wait – we were victorious! All I have to say is it better be worth it! 2. The Cage by Megan Shepherd I received this book as a pure fluke. We were waiting in line for a random book signing and saw… Read more »

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