Category Archives: Monthly Recap

August ‘ 16 Recap

~My Life~

I am forever trying to figure out the balance between work and blogging. I mean to write posts on my day off, but I enjoy the break too much to do so. It’s a huge problem and I don’t like it. 😦

~Stats~

WordPress Followers: N/A, I don’t know that information due to waiting so long to look.

BlogLovin’ Followers: N/A, same as the above. 

# of Views/Visitors: 1,696/1,247

# of Blog Posts: Only 4. I’m so sad.

# of Reviews: N/A

# of Likes: 21

# of Comments: Roughly 30

Most Viewed Post: It’s My Second Blogoversary (130)

Most Viewed Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before review (338)

~Book Stats~

# of Books Read: 0

# of Books Started: 0

# of Books For Review: 7

 The_Possibility_Of_Somewhere breakaway the_boy_who_killed_grant_parker When The Moon Was Ours Seven Days Of Youa_tragic_kind_of_wonderfulcloudwish

Thanks go to St. Martin’s and Little Brown/Hachette.

# of Books Won: 2

The_Possibility_Of_Somewhere it_started_with_goodbye

I won an ARC of The Possibility of Somewhere from the author on Twitter before I received the above ARC. 

I also received an ARC of It Started With Goodbye from the author on Twitter.

# of Books Traded/Given: 3

Still_Life_With_Tornado Unscripted Joss Byrd Winter

For trades, I received Still Life with Tornado from Sylvie and Unscripted Joss Byrd from Lena.

Winter was given to me by my fantastic Secret Sister.

~What I Posted~

Memes:

August 2: Top Ten Books I Would Buy With A Gift Card

August 9: Top Twelve Books I Never Reviewed

Other Posts:

August 19: The Olympic Book Tag

August 22: I’m Joining Bout of Books #17

~Favorite Post~

I have so many posts to choose from, it’s such a hard decision…

I’ll go with Top Twelve Books I Never Reviewed

~Blogosphere Participation~

I tried and failed with Bout of Books. 😦 I thought I’d be able to handle reading before and after work, but I should have known better. I was always so tired or worrying about other things to read.

I sent and received my first #OTSPSecretSister package for the month, which was really great. My SS picked a winter theme and I loved it.

~New Music~

~Favorite Album~

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~Album I Wish Had Gotten More Love~

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Side B

It deserves all the listens.

And I wish I had listened to Britney’s Glory.

~Musical News~

Anastasia releases its artwork for Broadway.

~TV News~

Pretty Little Liars is cancelled.

It’s a little sad but also not because that show’s long over-due. Though, it was one of the two-four shows I had left that I was regularly watching.

~Interesting Articles~

I saw these two articles being shared around Twitter and I really liked the insight. I think culture and mental health topics go really under the radar with as much attention they get.

As Suicide Rates For Black Children Rise, Protecting Emotional Health is Vital

I Don’t Need To Pray About It, I Need To Go To Therapy

~My Addictions~

Carly Rae Jepsen Side B

~Music Purchases~

Cry, Roses and Store by Carly Rae Jepsen

~TV Show/Movie Purchases~

I bought New York Minute, seasons 1-3 of Gilmore Girls, Awkward season 1 and completed my season 2 of Veronica Mars on Itunes.

Itunes also had season 2 of Black-Ish on sale so I picked that up as well.

~What I’ve Been Watching~

I started Inuyasha on the 7th and now I’m up to 74. I would be much higher, but I kind of took two weeks off watching it. And the website I watched it on has the videos messed up. 😦 Sad.

I’m somewhat back to watching Buffy, which I’m enjoying after making it through that one episode that took three tries…


How was your last month? Did you read any really good books or receive good books? Do you have trouble with blogging with “real life” going on? Any tips for that? I could use them.

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Monthly Recap: July ’16

~My Life~

Hi everyone! Life is just, a lot, lately. I know, I’m being vague. Anyway, I thought I’d talk a little about my job. So I’ve been a little over a month and a half into my new job. It has a couple setbacks though:

1. I’ve had to miss almost every Bible study for this past “semester”. I’m really disappointed since I was really looking forward to it.

2. It’s getting to be a little expensive getting to and from work. This is because I generally only work four hours and if I work until after 5, I have to either 

A. Get a cab or

B. Find someone to pick me up.

This is because buses stop running around 6.

I’ve only had to take a cab once so far, but I’ll have to take one to work tomorrow, as buses don’t run on Sundays either. Then I’ll have to take one twice next week, unless I find someone to give me a ride.

This is a bit of added stress on me.

Other than that, the job is going pretty okay. Except I’m really bad at talking to customers and finding things they want. Oops. I still haven’t found my way around the store quite yet. Every once in a while, I will actually know where something is.

I finally managed to get a list of tasks to do. This is super helpful because now I have a much better idea as to what I’m supposed to be doing. Before, it was just like, definitely do this and this and then make like you’re busy doing this other thing.

So it sucked as I’d run out f things to do unless I got called to bagged, which I still need to get better at.

I’ve been super addicted to Swag Bucks. I made an account a super long time ago, but forgot about it or whatever, so I made a new one. So far I’ve earned roughly 1500 Swag Bucks which I’ve turned in for three $5 Itunes gift cards. I’m still waiting to receive the other two. Sigh. The first time it only took two days, but now it’s been like three, going on four days. I’m kind of sad, but whatever. I’ll be buying the rest of season 2 of Veronica Mars with them. Hopefully it will still be on sale when I get the cards…


~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 231

BlogLovin’ Followers: 165

# of Views/Visitors: – / –

# of Blog Posts: 9

Features:

I did Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Cover Battle Edition

Memes:

I shared some books I Like Under The Goodreads Radar for Top Ten Tuesday.

I talked about the top ten-ish things books have made me want to do for Top Ten Tuesday.

I talked about All Those Bookish and Non-Bookish Facts About Me for Top Ten Tuesday.

Weekly Recaps:

A Weekly-Ish Recap

Weekly Recap

Sunday Street Team:

I interviewed Emily France (author of Signs of You) for the Sunday Street Team.

Other:

I celebrated my second blogoversary with a giveaway ending August 31st.

I did the Cover Reveal for Nowhere Near You (#2) by Leah Thomas.

# of Likes: 36

# of Comments: 56

Most Viewed Post: Oh, interesting, my Buying & Selling ARCs: Is It Ever Justifiable? post made an appearance! I didn’t even notice.

Most Viewed Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

Nowhere Near You

I finished this book in 24 hours and I realize I should have savored it. 😦 I just could not stop reading, much like with Because You’ll Never Meet Me. It was great. I’ve been thinking non-stop about Ollie and Moritz. Like, non stop. I can’t remember the last time I thought about characters so much.

# of Books Started:

Ripple PS_I_Like_You Spontaneous

I need to finish Spontaneous today so I can mail it out tomororw, so far I like it a bit. I’m still getting used to the writing style which reminds me of Kill The Boy Band. After that, hopefully I’ll finish Ripple as it just got a little interesting.

# of Books For Review: 

ARCs:

Nowhere Near You 

From Bloomsbury! I died, oh my gosh. A physical ARC. I am so unbelievably thankful for this ARC. No one even knows what this series means to me but oh my gosh, this book made my entire year.

eARC:

PS_I_Like_YouAll_We_Have_Left_Wendy_millsThe_Possibility_Of_SomewhereThe_Dead_Boyfriend The_Memory_of_Things

P.S. I Like You from Scholastic via Edelweiss

All We Have Left  from Bloomsbury via Netgalley

The Possibility of Somewhere from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

The Dead Boyfriend from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

The Memory of Things from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

# of Books Won: 

RippleThe_Weight_Of_Zero

I won an ARC of Ripple from Michelle as part of the Debut Authors Bash hosted YA Reads.

I won an ARC of The Weight of Zero from Alice as part of the Debut Authors Bash hosted YA Reads.

# of Books Traded/Given: 

I still need to mail and receive a few books, but so far:

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from Rose for trading The Edge of Everything

All In Pieces from Stephanie for trading Three Dark Crowns

I’m waiting to send out Spontaneous, Frostblood, Run (HC), You Know Me Well (HC) and The Graces in exchange for Still Life With Tornado, Nowhere Near You, Vicarious, Who It Ends and When The Moon Was Ours.

This will bring me up to having Ripple, The Weight of Zero and Still Life with Tornado all in roughly one month. AKA, three/fourths of my most anticipated books for the Fall.

And yes, you did read about two Nowhere Near Yous. I made the trade before I requested the book and didn’t want to cancel just because I already had it.

I just love the book so much I need two ARCs!

Just kidding (not really though), I’m going to be doing a giveaway with my second copy. Sometime. Most likely in October as I already have my Blogoversary giveaway going on.


~What I Posted~

Excluding Weekly Recaps

Features:

Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Covers Battle Edition

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Under the Goodreads Radar

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish and Non-Bookish Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday – Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

Other Posts:

I celebrated my second year blogoversary with a giveaway!

I revealed the cover for Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas!

Sunday Street Team:

I interviewed Emily France (author of Signs Of You)

~Favorite Post~

If you have to ask, you don’t even know me. My favorite post was of course the cover reveal for Nowhere Near You.


~Blogosphere Participation~

I tried to participate in Val and Ely’s Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon, but I just couldn’t, I don’t remember why I didn’t now. 😦 I was distracted or busy or in a reading slump. I have some excuse, sadly.

I signed up for #OTSPSecretsister again! I participated in round three and it was my first time, then I took this past round off to save up for BEA. However, now I’m totally ready for round 5. I can’t wait! It’s such a happy part of my life, I love it.

~Songs That Represented My Month~

Anybody Out There by Digital Summer

~Music Videos~

Jojo’s back. ❤


~Music News~

Holy crap, a ton of artists announced albums:

Bad Suns, Jojo, Banks, Regina Spektor, Wilco, Jagwar Ma, AlunaGeorge, Crystal Castles, Twin Atlantic, The Naked and Famous, Suzanne Vega, Pixies…

My Chemical Romance is doing a ten year anniversary album.

David Bowie’s band will be doing a tribute album of sorts.

Temple of The Dog’s self-titled album will be re-released for it’s 25th anniversary.

Bright Eyes are putting out a box set of their studio albums from 2000 to 2011.


~Musical News~

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom Jr. have erased themselves from the narrative.

Let future watchers of Hamilton wonder how they would’ve reacted with the original cast.


~Fantastic Videos~


~TV Show/Movie Purchases~

  1. Zenon
  2. Zenon The Zequel
  3. Zenon Z3
  4. Tru Confessions
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Rented Mockingjay
  7. Legally Blonde
  8. Rent
  9. Les Miserables
  10. Invader Zim – Complete Series
  11. Rugrats Season 1
  12. Rugrats Season 2
  13. Veronica Mars Season 3
  14. Veronica Mars Partial Season 2

Yes, you read that right, Rugrats. It was on sale, okay? It was $4.99.


~What I’ve Been Watching~

I finally finished the first season of Veronica Mars earlier this month. Maybe it was last month, I can’t remember. Anyway. I started watching Bojack Horseman on Netflix and I really like it. I keep picturing Bojack as like….Charlie Sheen in horse form.


That’s it for my month. How has yours been? Is it really hot where you’re at? It was ridiculously hot last week, there was a week long heat advisory. It was horrible. Have you watched any new shows? I know Stranger Things is really popular, I want to watch it soon. Are you participating in #OTSPSecretSister? Is it your first time or are you a repeater?


My Super Late May Recap!

Monthly Recap is basically a post where I recap my life, my blog, entertainment things, etc. 🙂 It will occasionally be joined with my other feature, Looking Forward To (LFT), where I discuss things I’m looking forward to. This post will not include LFT.


Oh my gosh, this is so, so overdue. I got really caught up in May between BEA and well, post BEA, plus dealing with home and such. It was a really long month. BEA was great! I meant to do all of my BEA post last month but…what can I say? I haven’t had the energy or motivation to write them. Plus I’m kind of going in sane over my mini notebook that I lost, then found, then lost again. It had my BEA panel notes in it, not to mention a ton of other writing and omg. Pray I find it, okay guys? Or send positive vibes. ❤

The first part of the month was really full posts. All pertaining to BEA because that was the highlight of my month. I also put in two job applications on the last couple days of May. I’ve heard back from both since then. I was hired at one job, not in the section of the store I wanted, but I was hired. I am the utility clerk at the grocery store.

If you’re wondering What the heck is a utility clerk? then just think about it for a second. 😉

I basically clean floors, dust mop, vacuum, pick up messes if people drop stuff, greet people, take groceries to people’s cars if they so choose, and do bagging sometimes. Oh. And there’s that whole thing about cleaning restrooms. That’s bound to be fun! It’s okay, I’ve got experience there from being at college. That was fun to do every month. It’s only a part time job though, so I don’t think I’ll have to do any super intense cleaning, like mopping the entire floor, unless I’m there until closing or something. Not sure how utility clerks work, but yeah!

I applied at a bank as well which I heard back about yesterday. They scheduled me for an interview for this Monday! That’s exciting. It would be for the mailroom position, FULL TIME (it’s a big deal to me), from 7:30-4:00. I really, really hope I get it.

I bet you’re wondering about the first job, well, since that’s only a part-time position, I’m considering this one. If I were to get the bank job (knock on wood, pray, send positive vibes/thoughts, cross everything), I would decline the grocery store job because…

Let’s face it. The bank is just a better fit for me. It’s full time, which I need and will probably have a higher salary.

So nothing’s guaranteed with that yet, but I’m really hoping I get it.

Oh. There were also a few tornado scares last month. You may have seem me freak out a ton on Twitter. I get really, really freaked out about tornadoes. And storms. Lightning, thunder, wind, rain, dark skies. . .

I am just seriously living in the wrong state.


~Stats~

WordPress Followers:  210

BlogLovin’ Followers: 149

# of Views/Visitors: 2,540/1,830

# of Blog Posts: 12

# of Reviews:

# of Likes: 30

# of Comments: 30 

Most Viewed Post: Interview with Leah Thomas (50)

Most Viewed Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman (551)


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

I finished Run by Kody Keplinger.

# of Books Started:

I started Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven.

# of Books Bought:

Kindle Freebie:

Kahayatle (Apocalypsis Book 1) by Elle Casey

# of Books For Review: 2

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

American Girls by Allison Uminger

VIA Griffin Teen and Flatiron Books on Netgalley.

# of Books Won: 

Phantom Limbs from Rachel.


~What I Posted~

Wow. May was just “Do all the blog tours and all of the BEA posts”. Haha. There was practically nothing else really done.

Blog Tour:

Interview with Roshani Chokshi (Author of The Star-Touched Queen)

Summer Days and Summer Nights – Questionnaire with Stephanie Perkins

Interview with Shari Goldhagen (Author of 100 Days of Cake) + Giveaway

Other Posts:

~Favorite Post~

I liked my interview with Shari Goldhagen a lot. And My Goals For BEA post.


~Favorite Album~

Dangerous_Woman

~Fantastic Videos~

 Gwen Stefani Carpool Karaoke (w/ George Clooney and Julia Roberts) 

~Interesting Articles~

#MHYALit: Ill Enough, a guest post by Nita Tyndall – 


~Music Purchases~

Third Eye Blind self-titled


~What I’ve Been Watching~

DTNG_Season1VMars_Season1

I started re-watching Degrassi The Next Generation before BEA.

I started re-watching Veronica Mars on the way to BEA. In Chicago.  At BEA, from BEA…


How was everyone else’s month? Did you do anything exciting? Did you go to BEA and I missed you somehow? Did you participate in Armchair BEA? Do you have anything coming up this month? Are you excited for Summer?


Monthly Recap: April + Looking Forward To: May

~Life~

This month has just been pretty much unbearable. Just seriously every single thing that has happened has just made me so, so done with this year. I’m going to go into detail about this a little bit regarding BEA in a later post, because that’s caused a huge amount of stress.

We’re still dealing with a situation at home, so that’s…not fun. More stress there.

I’ve been having a lot of anxiety as well just about everything this month, including BEA, so once again, not fun.

Really, I’m just trying to keep myself in one piece. Haha.

Due to all of this, I’ve gone on a hiatus since the 10th. Fortunately though, I think I’m back. I hope I’m back. I can’t go to BEA when I’m on a month long hiatus, that’s silly.

Here’s hoping May gets better, but I have a feeling it’ll be getting a bit more rockier.

~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 210

BlogLovin’ Followers: 

# of Views/Visitors: 2,010 / 1,603

# of Blog Posts: 3

# of Likes: 14

# of Comments: 14 

Most Viewed Post:

From This Month: Indefinite Hiatus

Overall: Interview with Leah Thomas


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

I haven’t finished any books this month, sadly.

# of Books Started:

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Run by Kody Keplinger

# of Books Bought:

Kindle:

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell 

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

# of Books For Review: 

  • Run by Kody Keplinger
    • Via Scholastic for me being on the Run blog tour hosted by Irish Banana! I’m ridiculously excited.
  • The Joey Parker Movement by Joey Parker
    • Via Jolly Fish Press

~What I Posted~

Feature:

Monthly Recap: March ’16

Other Posts:

Indefinite Hiatus

Blog Tour:

The Perfect Prank by Kurt Dinan (Author of Don’t Get Caught)


~Music Section~

~Favorite Songs~

~Album I Wish Had Gotten More Love~

I still haven’t properly listened to Honey by Katy B, my most anticipated album of the month. Sadness.

~Music Videos~

Boyfriend by Tegan and Sara (Shown above)


~Fantastic Videos~

Lip Sync Conversation with Ariana Grande (And Jimmy Fallon) 


~Book Related TV/Movie News~

None of The Above is going to TV and will be written by Liz Maccie and directed by STEPHEN CHBOSKY.

The Handmaid’s Tale is going to be adapted into a series on Hulu.


~Music Purchases~

Purchased:

Coheed and Cambria – The Color Before The Sun

Trivium – Silence In The Snow (Special Edition)

Halestorm – Into The Wild Life (Deluxe)

Zella Day – Kicker

Freebie:

Black Sabbath – Paranoid

~DVD Purchases~

Boy Meets World Season 7

My collection is finally complete.


~What I’ve Been Watching~

  • I watched a couple episodes of Stuck In The Middle, K.C. Undercover and Backstage on Disney Channel.
  • I really like Backstage and need to watch the past two week’s episodes. Backstage is a Canadian show done by one of the producers that used to be on Degrassi.
  • Game of Thrones returned but I haven’t watched the episode yet. I may just wait until Monday so I can watch two episodes in a row.

~Looking Forward To: May ’16~

Okay, since there are so many book releases, I’m just going to highlight the ones I’m most excited about. If you’re interested in what else I’m looking forward to this month, you can go to my 2016-May shelf (for future references, I organize all my books by month on there, if you ever want to see).

~Books~

May 3:

Girl About Town by Adam Shankman and Laura Sullivan

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

May 10:

Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

May 17:

Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman

This Is The Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye 

May 24:

Outrun The Moon by Stacey Lee

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims 

May 31:

The Language of Stars by Louise Hawes

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

For Review: Suffer Love, Some Kind of Happiness, 100 Days of Cake, Even If The Sky Falls, Frannie and Tru, The Way Back To You, Girl Against The Universe, Ask Me How I Got Here, Meet Me Here, 26 Kisses, The Fall of Butterflies, Tone Deaf, and Whisper To Me.

Read: 100 Days of Cake, Gena/Finn

Reading: The Star-Touched Queen


~Music~

May 6:

Beyonce Lemonade (CD)

Goo Goo Dolls Boxes

May 13:

American Authors What We Live For

Corinne Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers

Meghan Trainor Thank You

May 20:

Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman

Bob Dylan Fallen Angels

Fifth Harmony 7/27

May 27:

Band of Skulls By Default

Lacuna Coil Delirium


~Everything Else~

I guess I’m looking forward to BEA and BookCon. Hopefully I’ll talk to some publicists, go to some panels, meet some people, and get a few ARCs you know, the general expectations of BEA.


So…How has your past month been? Do you have anything you’re looking forward to? How do you deal with stress? Are you excited for any new music or movies? The latter of which I did not include in this post as I couldn’t find anything. Are you going to BEA?? Let me know. 🙂


Monthly Recap: February ’16

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted much this month, I’ve been kind of distracted really. Though life this much is pretty much the same, trying to find a job, being excited about going to BEA in a few months, busy with Bible Study and such. 🙂 I mentioned yesterday I would be doing my Looking Forward To feature in this post, but I’m actually going to do that tomorrow instead.


~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 203

BlogLovin’ Followers: 141

# of Views/Visitors: 2,337/1,762

# of Blog Posts: 9

# of Reviews: N/A

# of Likes: 45

# of Comments: 55

Most Viewed Post:

Buying & Selling ARCs with 183 views.

I’m glad this had a lot of views since it was also my favorite post this month.

Most Viewed Review:

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman with 585 views


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

In Real Life Kill The Boy Band

# of Books Started:

Save Me Kurt Cobain

# of Books Bought:

Kindle:

Fans of The Impossible Life My Heart and Other Black Holes A Court of Thorn and Roses Slash My_Appetite_For_Destruction Hello?

# of Books For Review: 

In Real Life Dark_Touch Tone_Deaf

# of Books Given: 

Whisper_To_Me Kill The Boy Band Save Me Kurt Cobain Run_Kody_Keplinger You_Know_Me_Well_David_Levithan_Rachel_Cohn Highly_Illogical_Behavior_John_Corey_Whaley The_Land_of_10000_Madonnas_Kate_Hattemer We_Were_Never_Here_Jennifer_Gilmore Goldfish_Nat_Luurtsema Autofocus_Lauren_Gibaldi

Val is amazing so she gave me these ARCs. ❤ Thanks again so much Val.

Then I also received a finished copy of Save Me Kurt Cobain from the publisher for participating in the blog tour


~What I Posted~

Features:

January ’16 Recap

Weekly Recap #42

Amber’s Rambles: Buying & Selling ARCs: Is It Ever Justifiable?

Amber’s Rambles: The Piracy of eARCs

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Historical Settings I Would Love To Read About

Top Ten Tuesday: All The Songs I’d Like To Be Books

Other Posts:

The First Time She Drowned Pre-Order Blast

My Love-a-Thon Introduction

Halsey Book Tag


~How Did I  Do With My Resolutions?/Challenges?~

Okay, so I really need to break this reolution pattern this year other wise it’ll be a repeat of last year in this section. You can take that statement to assume I have not progressed. 😦 I will though…sometime…


~Blogosphere Participation~

I participated in the Blogger Love-A-Thon event a little bit.


~New Music~

Here’s my very, very short Spotify playlist for the month. I listened to an outtake from Troye Sivan that ended up leaking called Blue Moon. It’s good stuff. Speaking of leaks, The Veronicas and Allie X had a lot of music leak this past month and I love it.


~Album I Wish Had Gotten More Love~

I meant to listen to these three albums but did not.

School_of_Seven_Bells_SVIBBThe 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of ItFoxes_All_I_Need


~Music Videos~

Beyonce also dropped her music video Formation, which should be available on Tidal. 

Clearest Blue by Chvrches

Youth by Troye Sivan

Stone Cold by Demi Lovato

Something In The Way You Move by Ellie Goulding 


~Fantastic Videos~

What’s Your Name, Man? : Then and Now. <333 

Disney Love Melody with Kirstin Maldonado and Jeremy Michael Lewis

Digital #HamForHam 2/14/16 – The Story of Tonight w/ Elmo

Kelly Clarkson performs Piece by Piece on American Idol and does a heartbreakingly amazing job. Hamilton Grammy’s

Lyric video for Smoke and Fire by Sabrina Carpenter


~Book Related Movie News~

Me Before You is going to be in theaters in June.


~Book Related TV News~

A Darker Shade of Magic becoming a show.

MTV buys ’99 Days’ by Katie Cotugno for a series.


~Interesting Articles~

 Love Lessons from Literature’s Great Dysfunctional Relationships

Jeff Garvin gives tips for turning your teen turmoil into a novel

Heidi Heilig and The Girl from Everywhere’s Nix Song Map a Time-Hopping Adventure


~Music Purchases~

A Head Full of DreamsJess_Gylnne_I_Cry_When_I_LaughThe_Fault_In_Our_Stars_OSTJuno_OSTDazed_and_Confused_OSTThe_Crow_OST

These were on sale on Google Play for .99 to $1.99.


 

 


~What I’ve Been Watching~

I’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy a bit, but I’m going a lot slower than I have been. I’m on the sixth season now! I don’t know why exactly because I’ve been just waiting to finally reach this season and now I’m at a standstill with it. I’ll blame it on season five events.

I’ve also been watching Fuller House, I have just one more episode to watch. I’ve liked it a ton.

How To Get Away With Murder came back on TV, but I haven’t watched any of the new episodes yet.


How has your month been? What have you been reading? Are you watching anything on TV lately? Did anything big happen in your life? Did I miss any book to movie/tv show adaptations news?


January ’16 Recap

~My Life~

This is a super late recap, I meant to do it sooner and just didn’t feel like it.

Well, what can I say? It was a month. As far as good/bad months go, it was pretty okay really. I don’t think anything particularly exciting happened, but I could be forgetting something.


 

~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 196

BlogLovin’ Followers: 129

# of Views/Visitors: 2,777/2,021

# of Blog Posts: 

# of Reviews:  4

# of Likes: 44

# of Comments: 55 

Most Viewed Post: Laurie E. Flynn on Double Standards

Most Viewed Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read: 3

Firsts The Love That Split The World 

# of Books Started: 1

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

# of Books For Review: 3

The Museum of Heartbreak The Art of Not Breathing Final The Tragic Age

The Museum of Heartbreak from Simon & Schuster

The Art of Not Breathing from HMH Kids

The Tragic Age from St. Martin’s

# of Books Traded/Given: 5

The Memory of Light Exit Pursued By Bear We Were LiarsThe Night We Said Yes Graffiti Moon

The Memory Of Light and Exit Pursued By A Bear from Brian.

We Were Liars from SJ.

The Night We Said Yes from Jocelyn.

Graffiti Moon from Rashika.

Thank you all! ❤ We Were Liars and The Night We Said Yes were for my collection because I had to have them. Jocelyn so kindly offered to just email me the book and SJ and I did a trade. Graffiti Moon was a book from Rashika that she gave me. The Memory of Light and Exit Pursued By A Bear were so very kindly given to me by Brian.


~What I Posted~

Features:

Looking Forward To: January ’16

Misty Covers (Wondrous Covers Wednesdays)

Reviews:

Firsts by Laurie E. Flynn (Five Stars)

Joint Review – Violent Ends and This Is Where It Ends (Four stars and Four stars)

SST Review: The Love That Split The World

Memes:

Top Ten Historical Settings I Would Love To Read About

Weekly Recap 40+ Stacking The Shelves 30 + Bout of Books

Weekly Recap 41 + Stacking The Shelves 31

Other Posts:

Yearly Recap + Looking To 2016 

End of 2015 Survey

Laurie E. Flynn on Double Standards (Along with a book trailer)

The Tsar’s Guard: Top Ten Reasons, Instrumental Playlist and Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh Duels

So while I didn’t post a lot, I did post the most reviews I have in a while! That was really nice, I have a couple things planned for this month with some group reviews, hopefully I can get those done…


~Blogosphere Participation~

I participated in Bout of Books! But I kind of failed because I didn’t even finish the first book I wanted to read. Then I forgot about Bloggiesta. 😦


~What I’ve Been Watching~

GA_Season_1

I started binge watching Grey’s Anatomy for the first time ever in January and currently I’m up to the 5th season. Impressive you say? Well, you’re right! 😉 I will hopefully write up a post on my feelings when I’m finished watching all the show that’s out right now. If you’d like to follow along, I tag everything as “#AmberBingesGreysAnatomy”. Here’s a warning, there are spoilers and I can get very rangy about certain characters, so. 😉 Proceed with caution.


How was your guys’ first month? Did you do anything exciting? Has it gone well so far? Are you already in any kind of slump, like I kind of was? Are you reading anything good? Have you watched anything new?


December Recap of ’15

~My Life~

I can’t believe that not only is it the end of the month, it’s also the end of the YEAR. Time really just flies by when you get older, I think it’s because you’re more aware of it. My Christmas went well! I’m not doing anything for New Year’s clearly. 😉 I’m going to watch High School Musical though, I think, since Troy and Gabriella met on New Year’s Eve. ❤ My mom’s been wanting me to come downstairs for a bit, so, downstairs I will be. 🙂 I hope you all have an amazing new year and I hope you’ve had a good year this past year. ❤

~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 188

BlogLovin’ Followers: 121

# of Views/Visitors: 2,417/1,693

# of Blog Posts: 15

# of Reviews: 0

# of Likes: 60

# of Comments: 60

Most Viewed Post:  If I Were to Receive Books (TTT)

Most Viewed Review: Where She Went


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

Finished Gena/Finn

# of Books Started:
The Love That Split The World Firsts

Both of these books are really interesting. I have to say I think Firsts has the edge right now, just because it’s not as, um, confusing. Ha. I don’t have to really focus on it, in a hard way, to know what’s going on. I really love it. I’ll finish TLTSTW tomorrow.

# of Books Bought:

Kindle:

Life By Committee Emmy and Oliver MagoniaThe Promise of Amazing Legacy of Kings

# of Books For Review: 

Where Youll Find Me The Girl Who Fell

# of Books Traded/Given: 

TeaseUnderwaterNot If I See You FirstOf Beast and Beauty

# of Freebies:

Unexpected Gifts (Castle Mountain Lodge Book 1)


~What I Posted (Excluding Weekly Recaps)~

Features:

November Recap

(Weekly Recap) Looking Forward To: December ’15

You Look Familiar… (WCW 49)

Winter Is Coming (WCW 48)

Memes:

All Those Debuts I Can’t Wait To Read (TTT)

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors (TTT)

My Favorite Books of 2015 (TTT)

If I Were To Receive Books (TTT)

Other Posts:

Most of My Favorite Songs of 2015

Favorite Music Discoveries of 2015

Favorite Albums of 2015

Favorite Covers of 2015

~Favorite Post~

Any one (all) of my music posts.


~How Did I  Do With My Resolutions?~

~How Did I Do With My Challenges?~

I failed on every front. 😦 I really forgot about them all about halfway through and by September I just didn’t care due to slumps. 😦 I joined a lot of challenges and probably should have just joined a few, ha.


~New Music~

Here is my Spotify playlist for the month, it’s very short. Mostly because I only listened to Hamilton, so…

~Favorite Album~

This will surprise no one, but Hamilton! Before Hamilton it was Maria Mena’s Growing Pains.

~Album I Wish Had Gotten More Love~

Blue Neighbourhood Troye Sivan

I just don’t know what happened here, I was so obsessed with this album coming out and then it came out, but I was too sucked into listening to something else. 😦 Sad. I did listen to it a few times, but not as many as I thought I would.


~Musical News~

Hamilton will be settling down in Chicago for at least a year doing productions there! Then it will go on a national tour afterwards. Most likely. Yay!


~Fantastic Videos~

I thought this video was good, not the greatest, but fun.

DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop)

Yes, I did mean to put an ad on here. I just really like this! 


~My Addictions~

Hamilton

I know, none of you are surprised anymore.


~Music Purchases~

  1. Disclosure – Caracal (Deluxe)
  2. Grimes – Art Angels
  3. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  4. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
  5. 21 Pilots – Blurryface
  6. The Last Five Years (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  7. Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  8. Saint Asonia – Saint Asonia
  9. Art of Dying – Rise Up

All of these albums were marked down, which was great. Half were 6.99, one was 7.99 (I think), 21 Pilots was 99 cents, I got The Last Five years half off, so 5.99 Hamilton was $1.99!

-Freebies From Google-

  1. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red Google Play Deluxe Edition
  2. Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas Google Play Exclusive Version
  3. Josh Groban – Noel
  4. Josh Groban – Stages

Yep, Kelly and Mariah were freeeee this past month. It was for a week or so, so that was nice. I listened to Kelly’s album as soon as I downloaded, but didn’t give it a listen much afterwards. 😉 As for Mariah, well, you know…Not much listen either. I decided to pick up Josh Groban because I heard he’s good, plus he does a cover of All I Ask Of You (from Phantom of The Opera) with Kelly on his album Stages.


~Movie/TV Purchases~

On Itunes:

Veronica Mars The OC

Both of these were (are?) only $4.99 on Itunes for the first season! So I of course had to buy VMars, so now I can have it on my ipod. Does anyone even use ipods anymore or is it all music from iPhones? Ha. I bought The O.C. because I’ve never seen it, once again, it will live on my ipod. So yay. Good digital buying month for sure.


~What I’ve Been Watching~

The 100 poster Jessica Jones

I watched all of The 100 in the span of 63 hours, yes, 63 hours. I mean, they’re not super long seasons, but still. As for Jessica Jones, I’m finishing that up now. I’m on the last episode and I have really liked it. I also really liked The 100 too. You can possibly expect posts on both shows next month (in four hours for me, officially). 🙂 


So that is it for me. What have you read or watched or listen to or discovered this past month? How was your Christmas? Are you doing anything for New Year’s (hence why you won’t be commenting on this blog)? 😉


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