August 2015: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

Blogging:

The mini reviews and cutting back have definitely been helping keep the stress of running the blog manageable. I hope you guys like these changes too.

Also, the BIG news is that it seems like I may actually manage to get to all of my BEA books this year for the first time ever. Of course, I’ll have DNFed quite a few, but hey I tried. I do have travel in September, though, which might keep me from accomplishing this what with the September mountain. Wish me luck!

Also, I’ve decided that this seems like a good place to put my book haul photos, aggregated from Instagram because I’ve had zero interest in posting book haul blog posts anymore. So here are the ones you missed from August if you don’t follow me on Instagram


Shenanigans:

Let’s see, I attended my boyfriend’s brother’s wedding, held at the family’s Atlanta house. I did not understand the ceremony, which was in Korean, and it’s really interesting to sit in a room and watch people cry and not be quite sure why. The ringbearer’s were boyfriend’s dogs genderbent, which teeheehee. Also, because of my explanation about how at American ceremonies the bride and groom often cakesmash, there was a full blown food fight!!!

The distinguished groom. #wedding #dogsofinstagram #maltese

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Later in the month, I went to Lake Lanier with some of boyfriend’s family and a couple of my friends. Super fun and also I managed to spend four hours in the direct Atlanta sunlight without burning. WIN. I also had hilarious hair.

Hanging out on Lake Lanier today! #lakelanier #beach #sundayfunday #selfie

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Music:

HALSEY HALSEY HALSEY REUBEN AND THE DARK REUBEN AND THE DARK REUBEN IN THE DARK. Seriously, check these artists out if you’ve not listened to them before because they are fucking amazing. I’m in love with Halsey’s new album and new find Reuben and the Dark is so good I added almost every song on the CD to my August playlist. SO DAMN GOOD.

Favorite songs: Hold Me Down and/or Castle by Halsey & Bow and Arrow by Reuben and the Dark

Movies & TV:

I AM UP TO DATE ON AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. This is a big month, friends. For the last couple seasons, my boyfriend even deigned to watch them with me and he’s figuring out how great it is, because it’s a show about judging people and photography. Totally fab. #TeamJustin #TeamLacey btw. Ship rating: there are boys now and there’s all sorts of kissing going on. YASSS.

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Will, my precious from cycle 21

I’m also through the third season of Australia’s Next Top Model, which has gotten way more legit. It’s the Top Model you should watch if you want to see boobs. I enjoy it because I just love Top Model. The episodes have gotten a bit shorter too which is good because season one felt like a bit too much detail. Ship rating: nada.

Aside from that, my boyfriend and I finally caught up on Silicon Valley and Game of Thrones. I don’t know about you guys but Silicon Valley is both funny and annoying as hell. There are simply too many obstacles thrown in their way and Richard reacts to everything like an idiot so that the show can continue on and on. It just feels very artificial. Ship rating: wut r ship

gif silicon valley super fucked up

Regarding GOT, I’m not sure how I would have felt about most of it if I hadn’t been spoiled on the big ticket things by Twitter and coworkers. My watching was very colored by what I already knew. TBH, though, I still enjoy it, despite having issues with some things. Ship rating: *makes face*

gif cersei got face

Currently watching: Taiwanese drama, Office Girls.

Reviews Posted:

During August, I read 25 books, most of which are represented in this here list, though a couple will be reviewed in September. Not the mad reading binge of July, but not so bad either. 😉

5 star:

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) – Rae Carson

4.5 star:

Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman
The Awesome – Eva Darrows
The Uninvited – Cat Winters
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

4 star:

One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers #2) – Rachel Aaron
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews*
The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) – Libba Bray
Voice of Gods (Blood of Gods and Royals #0.5) – Eleanor Herman*
Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1) – Eleanor Herman
Turning Pointe (District Ballet Company #0.5) – Katherine Locke*
Maid of Deception (Maids of Honor #2) – Jennifer McGowan
Uprooted – Naomi Novik*

3.5 star:

Nice Dragons Finish Last (The Hearstrikers #1) – Rachel Aaron*
Bounce (Boomerang #3) – Noelle August
Finding Center (District Ballet Company #2) – Katherine Locke*
The Water and the Wild (The Water and the Wild #1) – K.E. Ormsbee*

3 star:

Enchanted August – Brenda Bowen*
George – Alex Gino*
Landry Park (Landry Park #1) – Bethany Hagen*
Jubilee Manor (Landry Park #2) – Bethany Hagen

2.5 star:

Your Voice Is All I Hear – Leah Scheier*
The Enchanted April – Elizabeth Von Arnim*

2 star:

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) – Megan Whalen Turner*

1.5 star:

Scarlett Undercover – Jennifer Latham*

1 star:

None – and I’d almost used every rating, too.

.5 star:

Cut Both Ways – Carrie Mesrobian

DNFs:

I didn’t read much of any of the following books. I read enough to suspect that I would probably end up with a 3 star rating at best (though a couple could potentially have surprised me), and, since I didn’t feel any compulsion to continue, I didn’t. In all cases, either the writing style, characterization, or subject matter proved off-putting.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between - Jennifer E. Smith
A Whole New World A Twisted Tale - Liz Braswell
Hunter - Mercedes Lackey
Infinite in Between - Carolyn Mackler
The Shadow Behind the Stars - Rebecca Hahn
Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa
The Mapmaker's Children - Sarah McCoy
How to Write a Novel - Melanie Sumner

5 responses to “August 2015: Month in Review”

  1. WILL. I wanted him to win that cycle. He really grew on me. I have never seen the Australian version, I should look it up. The Dutch version is starting a new cycle somewhere this month, but to be honest, the quality is just not as good as ANTM.

    25 books, damn! 😀 I also loved Walk on earth a stranger, The uninvited and Uprooted. I can’t wait to read Vengeance road and Lair of dreams. I’m so sad about A whole new world. I really wanted this one to be a success, but all I hear are DNF or 1-star ratings. Sad 🙁

    Happy September!
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  2. Hannah says:

    25 books? I am impressed! Sounds like you had a good, if busy month!

    Ha, I adored Fans of the Impossible Life, but it was quite manic-pixie-dream-boy with its characters.
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  3. Layla says:

    As always, impressed with how much reading you’ve done this month. I haven’t read Hunter but after your DNF and Kim’s review today, let’s just say that It’s not gonna happen any time soon.

    Re: HALSEY. I just heard of Halsey the other day when I was looking for something new to listen to. I like that CD a lot so far!

    Also, that Maltese is the cutest.
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  4. Hahaha whoa, you actually tried the new Smith book? I’m surprised, but the DNF confirmation makes me feel better. Still sad. Such pretty covers. *cries*

    Sounds like you had a great month with many boyfriendy shenanigans. 🙂

    I’m pretty much 100% in line with you RE: both Silicon Valley and GoT. Silicon Valley is so close to the stupid humor I hate, but it still manages to be funny because the characters are so geeky. idk.
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  5. I was totally just thinking about including my book haul posts in my Monthly Rundown posts too. Doing it weekly just isn’t happening like it should. I missed that you loved The Uninvited! I was super impressed with that one. And your pillow? Is the best thing I’ve seen.
    Ugh, I DNF’d A Whole New World too. What a mess.
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