February 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted March 1, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 18 Comments

In My Life

February was definitely better than January, but I’m not too terribly sad to see February go. Some rough work stuff. . . not anything major, just some frustrations. And not with anyone in particular. Personally, though I felt a lot better overall this month. I felt like I did a lot, but I can’t think of anything immediately! I did get to go to the Montgomery County Book Festival, which was a lot of fun. I also got to reconnect with some friends, which is always good!

In Tweets:

For some reason, WordPress decides to keep deleting the HTML for these tweets to actually show up as embedded, so. . . *shrug*. I tried fixing them but got too annoyed after four attempts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watched

EMMA APPROVED RETURNED! I love this web show! I have to admit I wasn’t as originally taken with it as I was with The Lizzie Bennet diaries, but I may love it even more now. I love Knightley and Emma’s interactions. And Harriet hasn’t been around as much lately, which I have to admit makes me like it a bit more. I just feel that Harriet’s too over-the-top(not on purpose, unlike Emma’s over-the-top dramatics).

I also started watching The Autobiography of Jane Eyre web show. It was weird at first, but by the fifth or sixth episode I was charmed. I think I’m on episode 40-ish now. I absolutely ADORE Jane. I think that’s an example of perfect casting right there, and I love how real it all feels.

I’m still making my way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time(I think when I’m done with the series, I’m going to have to write a post about my thoughts on it, being a first time viewer and all). I’ve watched all but the last episode of season 5, so I watched pretty much that entire season this much. I like season 5 a lot more than season 4 so far. . . I wasn’t really sad to see Riley go, but I’m not a huge fan of Dawn either, so. . .

And of course, I’ve been watching Supernatural as it airs(though there was a two week break this month, so not many episodes), and guys, I whole-heartedly approve. I wasn’t very happy with a lot of the earlier episodes this season (I’m STILL cringing over the Oz one. STILL.), but ever since January, I have felt much better about this season.

I listened

So I don’t tend to listen to a whole lot of pop music, but for some reason in February I listened to a LOT of it. Maybe it’s because pop music is generally upbeat and I was trying to get my mind off the fact that I am SO. SO. tired of winter? And guys, I’m not gonna lie: I still really love Taylor Swift’s music, and not ironically either. So yeah, this month was a bit different in music taste, but it was quite enjoyable.

 22-Taylor Swift

I feel like I have a job to listen to this song as much as possible while I’m ACTUALLY 22. Don’t ask me why.

 Royals-Lorde

Fun fact: first time I heard this song, I hated yet. But I’ve continued to listen to it. I suppose it’s grown on me.

 Two Hearts-Paper Route

And for something more my usual style, I’ve played Two Hearts a LOT this month.

Learning to Read(score from The Book Thief)-John Williams

The Book Thief score is so, so fantastic. It’s become my new go-to whenever I want some instrumental music. I loved it as soon as I heard it in the movie and I’ve been obsessed with it since December.
I read

5 star Reads:

Cress by Marissa Meyer
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz(re-read)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles

4 star Reads:

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Split Second by Kasie West
On the Fence by Kasie West
Great by Sara Benincasa
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

3 Star Reads:

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Salvage
by Alexandra Duncan

2 star Reads:

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

1 star & DNF Reads:

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrino Leno

blogging life

My favorite Top Ten Tuesday:

I liked my top ten bookish ships the best this month, I think!

My favorite review:

My most popular review was for Throne of Glass, and my favorite was for Tell the Wolves I’m Home.

My favorite discussion:

I really loved sharing my college experience and comparing it to college experiences in books! 

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18 responses to “February 2014 Wrap-Up

  1. The Impossible Knife of Memory was a 3 star read for me as well. I felt so guilty bc Speak is one of my all time favorite books ever and has even stood up to multiple re-reads, but I just didn’t connect with Knife. I was feeling like “the black sheep” until I saw your post!

    • Stormy

      I have a post coming up about this, but I have a LOT of trouble with Laurie Halse Anderson’s books, and I don’t know why. Objectively, I get that they’re really well done and amazing books. But I can’t get into them–I have yet to rate one of her books more than 3 stars. And everyone else loves them! I wish I liked them more.

      • I look forward to reading your review. That’s how I felt about Code Name Verity. I recognized it was a well-written book, but I just didn’t connect with it the way so many other readers seemed to.

    • Stormy

      Ah, I know! I can’t believe how fast I’ve actually watched Buffy. It feels longer, but I’ve been flying through the seasons and watching pretty much a season and a half or more each month. And Cress is fantastic–I hope you enjoy it!

    • Stormy

      Yeah, I didn’t really dig the “produced” feeling, but I feel it’s gotten better, especially with more characters!

  2. There’s a Target super close to my work, and I am always leaving there with more than I anticipated. They have so much stuff! Then when you get inside, you remember you needed this, this, and this… lol.

  3. Kelly

    I love Lorde’s whole album! There isn’t a song on it that I don’t enjoy. Same with Red by Taylor Swift – such a good album!

    You didn’t like A Mad Wicked Folly?! Interesting. I’ll have to track down your review for it and see what went wrong. I thought it would be right up your alley, a historical fan such as yourself.

    • Stormy

      I only finally got around to listening to Royals like. . . a week ago, so I haven’t heard the rest of the album yet, but I definitely will soon!

      Yeah, A Mad, Wicked Folly just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t stand the main character! I did love the historical parts(that why it got 2 stars, actually!), but Vicky got on my nerves. My review isn’t posted yet, though! I’ve been scheduling ahead so it’s scheduled for April 2nd(which when I checked I didn’t realize I had scheduled that far ahead, but apparently I have!).

  4. I stopped watching Supernatural before Christmas because I was getting bored, but I’m so thrilled to hear that it gets better. I’m going to start watching again when it goes on hiatus for the summer, because I miss the Winchesters and Castiel. I’m still on season three of Buffy, because I got bored of mopey Angel. I’ll continue at some point when I find some time between working and blogging. And Taylor Swift is awesome 😀

    • Stormy

      Hah, I loved Angel on Buffy, but if you push through towards the end of season 3 that gets a lot better!
      I was getting bored of Supernatural before Christmas too, but it *finally* picked back up. I think it might have been the episode before the winter break where I was like “FINALLY, this season is going so far. . . ”
      I tend to watch TV when I blog, haha. Otherwise I don’t think I’d get either done! Of course, sometimes that leads to typos. . .

  5. Yay I love Taylor Swift! I feel like I’m obliged to listen to 22 as much as possible when I’m 22 too. But first Fifteen because I haven’t turned fifteen yet (this year!) but it’s not as bouncy and fun as 22 so maybe not… And yay Supernatural! I’m SOOO behind on the episodes so I have no clue what you’re talking about but with March break coming up, I’m planning on just staying in my pjs and binge-watching Supernatural.

    Hope you have a great March!

    • Stormy

      Hah, I think I totally missed the Fifteen train since I believe I was 16-ish when Taylor Swift got popular? I was in High school(wow, I feel old). I may have been 15, but I think I was a little older. And at least 22 is a fun song–it makes me feel better about it.

      Ah, Supernatural! Have fun with the binge-watching. I’ve thought the last five episodes have been pretty great for the most part!

  6. I kind of like Taylor Swift, too! I mean, I’m not saying that I LOVE her music, but sometimes I need something easy, and that’s what I get from her. And, like you said, mostly upbeat.

    I went to Target a few times in February, and I left with way more than I had on my list! I heard someone call it The Target Vortex once, and I totally agree!

    I’m reading for Spring too. Winter had to end sometime, right??

    • Stormy

      Yup, Taylor Swift’s my go-to for easy, fun-to-sing-in-the-car music. Not a favorite, but I still really enjoy it(though I’m not a fan of her actual country-ish, first album stuff).
      The Target Vortex is a great name. I’ve gotten to the point where I purposely avoid it most of the time just because it’s so easy to get sucked in!

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