July 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted July 31, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 3 Comments

In My Life

The big thing in my life this past month? My year-long job ended, and I began the search of self discovery(aka, frantically applying to jobs all over the place and also tons of soul searching about things like where I want to be living in a year, if I want to go to grad school, etc. So, the small stuff). Honestly finishing my job took up such a big part of my life at the beginning of the month I barely remember anything from the first half.

Now I’m still in that transitioning phrase so the last half of this month has felt pretty random. I’ve been doing things that needed to be done for awhile and again, a lot of soul searching. It’s been a very busy month in my head but for some reason I can’t think of anything else note-worthy to share.

I watched

I finished my Gilmore Girls re-watch! And of course, the last episode had me sobbing like a baby. Never fails. I watched pretty much all of season 7 this month, and I liked it more than when I watched it the first time. It’s still my least favorite season of the show(the whole Christopher/Lorelai marriage thing, for one), but I appreciated the emotional journey more this time. I think I’ve also gained some emotional distance from it that made me appreciate it more–I watched the last half of season 7 in my last semester of college, and I went through SO MANY of the same things that Rory went through(minus a proposal & all of that), including a job after right around graduation(though mine was a few days before graduation and Rory’s was a few days afterwards). It was cathartic, but emotional, and it was much easier to watch season 7 with some distance.

I also caught up on Emma Approved. I admit it took longer for me to get really invested in it like I did with Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but now? I am fully invested and also fully emotional after the last two episodes. I feel so bad for Emma but at the same time I totally understand how everything got to that point. The last few episodes have also made me start liking Harriet a little better, whereas before she was just kind of “there”.

THEN I also caught up on Supernatural. I had watched all but like the last 3 or 4 episodes of season 9, and AHHH. I loved and hated(for feels-related reason) the finale in equal measure, but I’m super excited(and worried) about the next season, and I haven’t really felt that excited about the potential overarching plot line since the end of season 7. My emotions, though. This show hadn’t put them through the ringer like that since the season 5 finale.

Also, have you seen the new trailer for the If I Stay movie? I am rarely optimistic about adaptations of my favorite books but I’m actually REALLY looking forward to this movie. It looks really amazing and even the trailers have left me crying. Less than a month away now! I haven’t been to the movie theater at all in 2014 yet but I’m totally going to go by myself on opening weekend, sit in the back corner, and sob my way through this movie.

Notice a theme in the “What I Watched” section this time?(Other than it being 3x as long as normal? That’s what happens when you’re job searching and begin to have a really weird sleep schedule). All the things I watched this month made me so EMOTIONAL. I don’t know what’s in the air.

I listened

Well, one of my favorite bands, Copeland, has decided to reunite for another album. I am so excited and have been listening to this song constantly, even though it’s even a little slower/quieter than some of their usual stuff.

This month I also discovered Greg Laswell thanks to a Spotify recommendation. Spotify recommendations are so strange–sometimes they’re SO RIGHT and then other times I just get really confused at the algorithm because really? really? You think I want to listen to that?  Ahem, anyway, I discovered Greg Laswell’s stuff and soon became obsessed with the song Comes and Goes(in Waves).

In other listening-but-not-music news, I’ve started listening to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, and I totally get it now, y’all. It took me like 3 episodes to become obsessed. I just started listening THIS WEEK so I’m not very far yet but I already love it.
I read


5 star Reads:

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

4 star Reads:

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
White Cat by Holly Black
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

3 Star Reads:

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
Glory O’ Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

2 star Reads:


1 star & DNF Reads:


blogging life

My Favorite Review:

My review for Good Omens–favorite book of the year!

Most Popular Review:

By pageviews, my review for The Murder Complex.

My Favorite Discussion:

My confession about how I side-eye long books.

Most Popular Discussion:

Not really a “discussion” but I shared 3 time management techniques for bloggiesta.


Favorite Book

Dangerous Boys. This book was awesome and evil and perfect.

Dangerous Boys

Favorite Quote

I’ve lived eighteen years in a season called sadness where the weather never changed. I guess I believed it was the only season I deserved. I don’t know how but something started to happen. Something around me. Something inside me. Something beautiful. Something really, really beautiful.

-From Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz


fav pictures

I’ve taken to bribing myself in various ways for writing-related purposes.


Ah, July was such a blur, it’s tough to pinpoint one! I think a great memory was a last day at my job–it was bittersweet, but I just felt such a sense of accomplishment when I thought about what I had done in a year and the progress I had made, professionally and personally. I’m not sure it’s a “favorite” as much as it is a unforgettable memory.



3 responses to “July 2014 Wrap-Up

  1. I have so much to say about this wrap-up so I apologize in advance for the novel I’m about to write.

    Girl, I feel you so much on the life aspect. Up until a month ago, I was in that place where I was living at my parents’ house, applying to “big kid” jobs, and wondering where the hell I was going to end up in a few months. It was probably one of the most stressful, miserable times of my life. Thank goodness I decided to go to grad school, because this is the first time in a while where I feel confident about what I’m doing. If you ever want to talk it out or complain or vent or anything, you can always talk to me because I understand what you’re going through 100%.

    Ok, I SO want to see If I Stay. I read the book forever ago so I don’t remember any of it, and I usually always hate adaptations, but every trailer I watch just makes this one look so, so good. Agh. I can’t wait.


    You have me wanting to read Dangerous Boys so badly. Once the book is released into the wild, IT IS MINE.

    I love your chocolate chart also.

    Ok, I’ll stop now. I love your wrap-ups 🙂

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