December 2014: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To

Blogging: The big change coming up, or maybe it’s not really so big after all, is that I’m removing the Sunday from Sadie Hawkins Sunday. I liked the idea of doing it this way so that I would make sure to post regularly, but I think I might actually get through more of them if I disassociated from the particular day of the week. Starting in January, I’ll be posting them whenever they’re ready. I doubt it will effect anything for anyone but me. Shenanigans: December was a busy month, what with the holidays. On December5, I attended a Wizard’s Ball, where I got to drink bunches of Butterbeer (adding this to my regular rotation of cocktails, see lots of delightfully nerdy people, represent for Ravenclaw, and, like the young, hip person I am, fall asleep on a couch before the night was over. To be fair, four of the five people in our group fell asleep, waiting on number five who apparently is beyond such needs (he’s the super tall one).

Wizard's Ball Source

In sad news, my wonderful step-grandfather died at the age of 102. Bernie was a wonderful man and made my grandmother’s last twelve years wonderful. He will be missed. The holidays were good but pretty low-key. Movies & TV: After loving The Newsroom, I was curious about Aaron Sorkin’s previous work. Sports Night felt like the practice run for The Newsroom, with a lot of the same tropes and plot twists. I definitely didn’t like it as much, but it was worth watching. Aaron Sorkin’s techniques work on me very effectively, even if his resolutions often leave me frustrated. Ship level: frustration. I’ve found yet another awesome jdrama. In fact, The Reason I Can’t Find My Love is in competition for my favorite jdrama. The shipping wasn’t great, I’ll admit, but the friendship feels were so good. The plot, too, really feels pretty accurate to being single in your twenties. There are some great issues addressed in ways that are largely, though not always, healthy even by western standards. Ship level: tease. Saw The Battle of the Five Armies in the theater and, um, I have a whole host of issues with it. Kili’s still hot, though, so there’s that. Into the Woods still isn’t my favorite fairy tale adaptation, but the singing was amazing and I do think I like this adaptation better on the whole. Except they cut the Agony reprise.

Reviews Posted:

5 star:

None. 🙁

4.5 star:

Swimming to Tokyo – Brenda St. John Brown Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) – Tessa Dare

4 star:

Shadowland (The Mediator #1) – Meg Cabot Ravencliffe (Blythewood #2) – Carol Goodman The Last Stormdancer (The Lotus War #0.6) – Jay Kristoff The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) – Rick Riordan

3.5 star:

Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University #1) – Dahlia Adler Ninth Key (The Mediator #2) – Meg Cabot For Real – Alison Cherry Hellhole – Gina Damico Earth Star (Earth Girl #2) – Janet Edwards Earth Flight (Earth Girl #3) – Janet Edwards Blythewood (Blythewood #1) – Carol Goodman Love, Lucy – April Lindner The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends (Jessica Darling’s It List #2) – Megan McCafferty The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) – Rick Riordan

3 star:

The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong – L. Tam Holland The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) – Rick Riordan Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3) – Kat Zhang

2.5 star:

Gypsy (The Cavy Files #1) – Trisha Leigh

2 star:


1.5 star:

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) – Sophie Jordan

1 star:


4 responses to “December 2014: Month in Review”

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your step-grandfather. *hug*

    Ravenclaws! *High five* What a cute photograph 🙂

    I’m curious about Into the woods and I wish it would release earlier here in The Netherlands.
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  2. Meg says:


    “like the young, hip person I am, fall asleep on a couch before the night was over” <– I cannot tell you how many times I've done this because I can't count that high

    Boooooo! No five stars! Come on books, you can do better.

    I'm sorry about your grandpa and lots of hugs and love.
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  3. Heather says:

    Aw, I’m sorry about your step-grandpa 🙁

    haha I totally would’ve fallen asleep on the couch, too. I actually go to bed at around 10 or 10:30 these days because I’m OLLLLD! Paul WOULD be the one who was still ready to party!

  4. That event looks like it was AWESOME! I keep seeing a lot of good things regarding the Lotus War but have yet to read any of them. I plan to change it eventually, I just worry that it might be a bit too fantasy for me.
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