HOORAY JANUARY IS OVER!! January wasn’t that great of a month for me, and it’s hard to say why. It’s not like anything awful happened(for which I’m very grateful), but there was a lot of internal struggle for sure. I wasn’t just feeling pretty down for the first three weeks. This past week has been much better, though. I think one thing is that it’s hard to adjust to coming back to life after a break, and I was sort of distant(emotionally) from the people I’m closest too. That started changing at the end of the month, though, so hopefully that keeps up. The struggles, though, the struggles. My debit card was put on ATM only by my bank(because I shopped at a “compromised data” store–aka, Michael’s) so I’ve been living in 2005. Then, my kitchen sink/garbage disposal decided to stop working & fill up–and since my landlord only takes maintenance request via email, it’s still not working. Sigh.
I did make a lot of progress on some projects, though, including some writing projects, which is always nice! I am in love with Scrivener. And I’ve had to start thinking about finding a new apartment, since my lease is up in a few months. Eep! I hate finding a place to live, honestly. Such a hassle every time.
Sounds like a fun addition to a monthly wrap-up, yes? Who DOESN’T like to look at their tweets over the past month?(Well, me, normally, but I’m gonna try this out anyway).
One of my fun goals for 2014: Find new awesome music. (It’s been a long time since I sought out new music)
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 1, 2014
Every time I see that someone has found my blog by searching for the 9th Doctor, I smile a little.
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 3, 2014
All of my FB friends have New Year Resolutions to read more & I’m handing out book recs like it’s my job.(Um, why isn’t it my job?)
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 6, 2014
My Goodreads goal now says “You’re on your way!”. I like it much better than the “nice start snarky period”.
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 10, 2014
So, twitter, the next time I decide I don’t want to drive to Panera for an orange scone, & to make them instead, DON’T LET ME.
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 14, 2014
I finished two books today, so I think I’ll reward myself by going to the bookstore.
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 19, 2014
Sometimes I wish I could just power my brain down for just like 20 minutes. THINKING IS EXHAUSTING SOMETIMES.
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 21, 2014
Twitter, can I just share that last night I totally dreamed Thorne (from Lunar Chronicles) drove the magic school bus? Woke up and LAUGHED.
— Stormy C (@stormydawnc) January 25, 2014
@ireadthebooks SO MUCH WIN. YES. CALL 1-800-SINKTHESESHIPS.
— Stormy (@stormydawnc) January 22, 2014
Well, I finally caught up on Supernatural. I was watching this season as it airs, but I loathed with a passion the Wizard of Oz episode, and I needed a break after that. Luckily, the episodes after that one have been much better(well, mostly). I don’t really care that much about the overarching plot of this season–very much been there, did that right now–but on the whole, a vast improvement. Especially starting with “First Born.” Now I feel we might be getting somewhere. . .
I also have still been making my way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I finished season 3, which I really liked, and have moved on to season 4. I really liked the first few episodes of season 4, even though things got sort of. . . weird after that, but I definitely saw it through to the end of the season. And “Hush” was amazing! Definitely the creepiest episode and one of my favorites so far.
I also started watching Firefly, since it’s been recommended to me only about a thousand times. I bought the series DVD on Amazon a few months ago when it was a daily deal($6! Can’t pass that up). I watched the first episode, and. . . I was bored. But I’ll continue watching, I promise!
In case you’re thinking that’s a lot of TV . . . it is, even for me. Basically, I watched a season and a half of Buffy, almost half a season of Supernatural, and the first ep of Firefly within like 3 and a half weeks. Don’t judge me!
One of my January goals was to listen to more music, so I set about accomplishing that! I took to Twitter asking for suggestions, and a friend recommended the Oh Hello’s to me, and I learned I LOVE their stuff!
Also, I bought the new Switchfoot album. I quite enjoy “Who We Are”. It gives me flashbacks to middle school, in a weird(and oddly positive) way.
5 star Reads:
Winger by Andrew Smith
Pivot Point by Kasie West(this was a re-read and I ended up bumping up my original rating)
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
4 star Reads:
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Rebel by Amy Tintera
The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer
Going Rogue by Robin Benway
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
45 Pounds(More or Less) by K.A. Barson
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
3 Star Reads:
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney
2 star Reads:
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
After by Ellen Datlow
After the End by Amy Plum
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
1 star & DNF Reads:
Fire & Flood (DNF-ed) by Victoria Scott
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters(DNF-ed) by Meredith Zeitlin
SO many positive books this month! Though not as many 3 stars and a few more 2 stars than usual.
My favorite Top Ten Tuesday:
I LOVED getting to look forward to some 2014 debuts!
My favorite review:
It wasn’t a positive review, but I was proud of my review for Stung, just because I think I did a good job of spelling out the problems I had.
On the more positive side, I really enjoyed reviewing the audiobook for Ready Player One.
My favorite discussion:
I had a few really interesting discussions this month! I don’t know about favorite, but the most popular for sure was my discussion about BookTube and Book Blogging!
I also really enjoyed getting to make a flowchart about some underrated YA reads. Which I’d have to update now because Charm & Strange won an award!