Happy December everyone!
I remember at the end of October, I thought about blogging every day in November. I thought about it. Really thought about it. Then it didn’t happen. Why? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It just wasn’t meant to be. For that month that is. I’ve decided I want to try my hand at blogging throughout December. I know the youtubers do Vlogmas (vlog from December 1st to Christmas Day). I’ll just do Blogmas! Is Blogmas a thing? A twitter search does say its a thing. So yay! That’s me. Joining in on Blogmas.
I’ve created a TBR for the month of November. I’m not sure why I created a TBR for the month of November. It isn’t as if I’ve followed my TBRs. I’m optimistic about this month though. Let’s do this!
1. Half Bad by Sally Green
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I’m back with some of my favorite things! Just a few things this month. Also, my reading wrap-up is pretty much included in this post. Well, you’ll see why.
Book: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
So…I read one book in the month of October. Well, I finished one book in the month of October. Started at least 5 (including 2 audiobooks) and the book above is the one I finished at the beginning of the month. I did enjoy it. It was a fun read. Definitely good for the month of October.
My favorite horror movie. FAVORITE!
TV: Doctor Who
I love Doctor Who. I just do. If you aren’t familiar with the show, check out the video below to help you out.
I listened to a lot of music in October. These albums/songs were on repeat.
Taylor Swift – 1989
Kendrick Lamar – i
Luke James – (self titled)
Tinashe – Aquarius
Ok. I understand that it is currently October 12th, but I just thought about doing this. I think I’ve done this in the past. Maybe. Not really sure. What I do know is that I’m going to do this on a monthly basis. What kind of post is this exactly? This is a post with my favorite things during that month. From books, music, and other things. Here are my favorite things for the month of September.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I expressed my love for this book in my September reading wrap up. It was so good. And I have seen the movie. I may do a post for both the movie and the book before the month is over.
Chuck Taylor Classics
I’ve been thinking about getting a pair of Chuck Taylors for a while. I would talk about it but not actually purchase a pair. Now I have them and love them. So comfortable and simple.
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift and New Flame by Chris Brown feat. Usher
These two songs were played A LOT during September. And will continue to be on my playlist for the rest of the year.
College football is back!
The books on my book shelf may be a little upset with me because I’ve given all my attention to college football on Saturdays. They’ll get over it. I’m not taking college football for granted either. I’m watching everything. The video is a highlight video oh Ohio State’s game on 9/13 (my birthday!).
I almost didn’t make a TBR for October since I flailed miserably last month. But the past is the past! Let’s move on. I have 4 books here. One that I’m almost done with. Yay for that! Maybe I’ll read more. Maybe my TBR will change. Maybe I’ll crawl into a ball and not want to read anything. I guess we’ll find out 🙂
1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
2. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
4. Horns by Joe Hill
3 books. I read 3 books in September. One of them was an audiobook. Football came back. That’s all I got. Football came back. It came back and took over my world. I was missing it and probably should have took that into consideration when I made my TBR. Also, do you notice something different about the books I read below and what was on my TBR? Didn’t exactly stick to it.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Love this book. Can’t wait to see the movie. What can I say about this without giving anything away. Wife goes missing, husband becomes a suspect. Yep. That’s all I’m saying. I “bullied” a couple coworkers of mine into reading it. They enjoyed it too. 5/5 stars
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Fun read. I love the show Veronica Mars. Hated when it was cancelled. I did contribute to its Kickstarter campaign and own the movie. This book starts off where the movie left off. I believe there is another book coming out early next year. I’m sure that I’ll get that. Also, I do recommend the audiobook.
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell narrates it. 3.5/5 stars
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I’m a fan. This is the book I read after Gone Girl. It took me a while to figure out which book I wanted to read after Gone Girl, but this book fit my needs. The story focuses on Jacob whose grandfather has told him these stories about his childhood that Jacob has never believed. Then tradegy strikes and these stories become reality. I would suggest not going into this book thinking that its scary because of the pictures. Its an adventure story. That is what I would categorize it as. So sit back and enjoy this adventure. I’m going to have to purchase the sequel soon. 5/5 stars
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If I have the time this month, these are the books I want to read during September.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I’m currently reading Gone Girl and loving it. We will see how weekend reading goes for me. I watched a lot of football this past weekend and barely opened a book. I was also out hanging out with friends though. I will be home this weekend and I’m thinking I’ll get more reading done. We’ll see.
Here is my August reading wrap up. I read 6 books. It was a decent month. Started out strong with my favorite book of the year, but ended not so great.
1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
– I wrote a post on how wonderful this book is. Have you purchased this book yet to find out how wonderful it is? WHY NOT??? Infinity/5
2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
– This book was wonderful too. I can not wait for the sequel. If you have not heard of this book, it is about an alien invasion in waves. It follows Cassie and her attempt to keep her promise to her little brother. Zombie and his attempt to not be the coward he thinks he is. Its wonderful and the sequel comes out in September. It will definitely be in my September wrap up. 5/5
3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
– I loved Anna and the French Kiss. I really really liked Lola and the Boy Next Door. I liked Isla and the Happily Ever After. It was okay. I think I would have liked this better if it was dual narrative with Isla and Josh. It was still enjoyable and it made me smile a few times, but it wasn’t a favorite. 3/5
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
– This was a re-read. I read it earlier this year and decided to read it again during the bout-of-books marathon (I had planned to marathon the series, but got sidetracked). I’m happy I read it again. I enjoyed it more the second time around and raised my goodreads rating. I will finish the series soon. 4/5
5. Angelfall by Susan Ee
– I thought this book was ok. I listened to it as an audiobook and wonder if I would have thought differently if i’d read it instead. I don’t think so. It just didn’t do it for me. The whole girl crushing/wanting another species is not an interest for me right now. I’m kind of done with those. Well, after I read the twilight series. I promise I’m going to read that series at some point. I’ve seen all the movies. I got halfway through the first book when I put it down. I think I’ll pick it up sometime. 3/5
6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
– I don’t know. I really just don’t know. If you are going into this book because someone told you it was Harry Potter for adults, take the book back to the bookstore. Give it to someone else. Or put it on your bookshelf and don’t pick it back up until you forget that someone told you that. I started really enjoying this book. Then I wondered when something was actually going to happen. Then it happened and it became so hard to finish. I don’t know if I’m going to continue on to book two. I kind of wanted to since it is becoming a TV show and I do want to know what happens next. 3/5
Welcome to the beginning of the college football season version 2014. Are we thrilled? I’m thrilled. More than thrilled. I wanted to use a word that wasn’t excited and I thought of thrilled. Anyway…
With football finally back, and everyone stating their predictions, I have some questions. Questions are better than predictions right? I’m going to only ask 5.
1) Are people picking Michigan State to beat Oregon?
I ask this question because I see people putting Sparty in the new 4 team playoff. Does this mean they think Sparty will beat Oregon or did they forget that game exist? I’m all for them thinking Sparty will win. Or maybe they think that will be their only loss and since its early it won’t affect them as much. I’m not sure. Therefore, I asked.
2) If the SEC Champion has 2 or more losses, will they go to the playoff?
The SEC is THAT conference whether we like it or not. I ask this question because I can. It is my blog after all. Let’s look at this scenario. SEC West team (Auburn/Alabama/LSU) is undefeated going into the SEC championship game and the get upset by let’s say South Carolina who has 2 losses. How will that work in the playoff?
3) Are people really high on Michigan?
Ever since we found out that Braxton Miller would be out for the season, I’ve seen people picking Michigan to win the Big Ten. I’ve even seen some pick Michigan to make the playoff. As a Buckeye fan, this next sentence might make me seem like a hater (Whatever). ARE THEY SERIOUS? The Big Ten title? Possibly. Anything can happen really. But a playoff spot? The people chosing Michigan here must think they’ll go undefeated. Michigan is currently not ranked. They would have to beat ND, Ohio State, and Michigan State on the road. I’m guessing these people that are betting on this think both Ohio State and Michigan State will have down years: Ohio State without Braxton and Sparty going back to being “Sparty NO!”. In those cases, Michigan’s schedule does not look great at all. How does that get them to the playoff?
4) Who seriously is going to win the PAC 12?
But seriously who? Oregon? UCLA? Stanford? Hell, is it USC? I feel like this conference will be fun this year. Let’s stay up and watch. Unless you’re on the west coast and you don’t have to stay up to see some of these games. If you are on the west coast, do you get up to watch Game Day?
5) Every week will be awesome, right?
Awesome as in Ohio State will win all the time. Right? RIGHT? I’ll take awesome games week in and week out too.
Thank you for coming back to us, college football. You are so awesome for it. I will not take you for granted.