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What I Loved [August 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

Lots and lots of audiobooks once again but I did remember all about Edelweiss and managed to grab and read a copy of DARKDAWN early which was amazing! DARK AGE basically killed me and I finally had my first true five star read of the year and a Raven Cycle re-read is always a good time!

 

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AUGUST READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 14
  • # BOOKS DNF: 0
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 6
    • 4.5 STARS: 1
    • 4 STARS: 2
    • 3.5 STARS: 1
    • 3 STARS: 3
    • 2.5 STARS: 0
    • 2 STARS: 1
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 13
    • EGALLEY: 1

MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching!

Here’s what I watched in August:

  • Orphan Black (BBC America online): finished Season 5 (series complete)
  • In the Dark (Netflix): watched all of Season 1 (all available episodes complete)
  • Veronica Mars (Hulu): watched 2 episodes of Season 1
  • Killing Eve (Hulu): watched 6 episodes of Season 1 (going to finish in September)

I really enjoyed Orphan Black! The whole series was really, really enjoyable. In the Dark was a random pick based on the preview clip that Netflix showed and I really enjoyed that show too! It was an interesting concept with the main character being blind and it made for an interesting story as well as seeing Murphy’s day-to-day activities and struggles.

Tell me Veronica Mars people… when does it get good? So far we have an O-Town reference in the first episode and it’s soooo dated that it’s funny haha! It feels like a teen show from back in the day (which I guess it literally is) but it’s different than I expected. I’m curious but not hooked yet.

And then I started Killing Eve which is SUPER enjoyable so far. I’m looking forward to watching more in September!

What I Loved [July 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

This was kind of a weird reading month! I had forgotten how much I had actually read throughout the month which was a good surprise! I had a pretty decent reading months with a lot of re-reading Red Rising in preparation for DARK AGE!

I got some decent book mail this month too! I was so excited to get MAYBE THIS TIME by Kacie West and STEALING HOME by Becky Wallace! I can’t wait to read them both.

 

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JULY READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 12
  • # BOOKS DNF: 0
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 2
    • 4.5 STARS: 0
    • 4 STARS: 6
    • 3.5 STARS: 1
    • 3 STARS: 3
    • 2.5 STARS: 0
    • 2 STARS: 0
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 12

MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching!

Here’s what I watched in July:

  • Stranger Things (Netflix): watched new season 3
  • Orphan Black (BBC America online): watched seasons 1 – 4, episodes 1 & 2 of season 5

I’ve been trying to find some new good shows to watch that fit my current cravings for sci-fi and I remembered people talking about Orphan Black! It’s been so enjoyable to watch. I don’t always love the plot but Tatiana Maslany (who plays all of the clones) is SO talented! She really becomes each new person, complete with different voices, mannerisms, and facial expressions. I have to remind myself that it’s all the same person! She really makes each role feel like a very different person. I’m almost done with the last season!

What I Loved [June 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

This month was another not good month and not bad month! I had some enjoyable reads but still nothing too stellar, aside from MEMENTO which was just the perfect extra/novella for the Illuminae Files! I didn’t read as much this month because I started read An Ember in the Ashes and those books are longer than my usual audiobook reads, plus I’ve been coming home earlier to work instead of being in the hot shop since the temps have been rising!

 

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JUNE READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 9
  • # BOOKS DNF: 0
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 1
    • 4.5 STARS: 0
    • 4 STARS: 4
    • 3.5 STARS: 1
    • 3 STARS: 3
    • 2.5 STARS: 0
    • 2 STARS: 0
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 7
    • ARC: 1
    • PROMO BINDING: 1

MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching!

Here’s what I watched in June:

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Netflix): Season 1, Season 2 (just a couple episodes)
  • Dead to Me (Netflix): All of Season 1
  • What/If (Netflix): Season 1, episodes 1 – 4
  • Stranger Things (Netflix): rewatched seasons 1 & 2

I really, really enjoyed the first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend but the second season was just not even interesting to me. I didn’t have as much fun with the new story line and the songs also were not as good.

I really enjoyed Dead to Me! It wasn’t what I was expecting but it was a really interesting watch, full of some real grief, twists, and even some humor. What/If is also proving to be interesting. It’s a little weird but there are tons of mysteries and I think we’re going to get some interesting twists too.

And I had to do my rewatch of Stranger Things! I didn’t really intend to but I didn’t know what watch one day so I figured that would be a great thing to rewatch!!

What I Loved [May 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

I thought it was going to be a small reading month because I took almost two weeks to binge watch Game of Thrones from start to finish, but I actually managed to finish some physical copies on my weekend reads and sneak a few more audiobooks in there!

 

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APRIL READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 12
  • # BOOKS DNF: 1 (LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray)
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 0
    • 4.5 STARS: 0
    • 4 STARS: 4
    • 3.5 STARS: 3
    • 3 STARS: 3
    • 2.5 STARS: 1
    • 2 STARS: 1
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 11
    • ARC: 1
    • HARDCOVER: 1 (TIME OF DEATH split between hardcover and audiobook)

EVENTS

I got to meet Jay Kristoff at his event at Anderson’s Bookshop in the beginning of the month! The event was a lot of fun and Jay is such a great person to see at events!! He’s funny but so straight to the point and of course, I love his books!

 

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MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching!

Here’s what I watched in May:

  • Game of Thrones (HBO Go): Season 8, episodes 4-6 (series complete)
  • Shameless (Netflix): Season 5, episodes 11-12; Season 6, episodes 1-2
  • iZombie (Netflix, CW Seed): Seasons 1 – 5 (caught up through current live season)
  • The Society (Netflix): Season 1 (caught up through only premiered season so far)

We all have our FEELINGS about Game of Thrones. I really enjoyed every episode but I also really didn’t like the last episode… I think I COULD have been okay with everything if it had been presented differently and it just didn’t work for me the way that everything unraveled. I really did appreciate everything else about the show and it’s still so incredibly stunning!

My new obsession this month was iZombie! I really enjoyed the whole series and I’ve had such a fun time watching it! It’s light, has some dark humor, and really has a great cast of characters!

I also watched The Society this month and it was so interesting! I really wanted some more answers from this season to see what exactly was happening but it has some great things going for it and really great actors! I immediately got hooked on the characters!

What I Loved [April 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

I thought it was going to be a small reading month because I took almost two weeks to binge watch Game of Thrones from start to finish, but I actually managed to finish some physical copies on my weekend reads and sneak a few more audiobooks in there!

 

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APRIL READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 10
  • # BOOKS DNF: 0
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 0
    • 4.5 STARS: 0
    • 4 STARS: 4
    • 3.5 STARS: 1
    • 3 STARS: 4
    • 2.5 STARS: 1
    • 2 STARS: 0
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 7
    • ARC: 2
    • HARDCOVER: 1

 

MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching!

Here’s what I watched in April:

  • Game of Thrones (HBO Go): Seasons 1 – 7 (binge watch); Season 8 episodes 1-3 (as they premiere)
  • The Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix): All of Season 3 (caught up on current seasons)
  • Shameless (Netflix): Season 4, episodes 11 – 12; Season 5 (all)
  • The Magicians (SyFy via website): Season 4, episodes 11 – 13 (as they premiered)
  • American Gods (Starz, via Xfinity Stream): Season 2, episodes 4 – 8 (as they premiered)
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix): Season 2 (all, caught up on current seasons)
  • The Order (Netflix): Season 1 (all, caught up on current seasons)
  • Impostors (Netflix): All of Seasons 1 – 2 (series complete)

I had a great time binge-watching Game of Thrones and getting all caught up! I had seen seasons 1-2 before but I started back from the beginning since it had been so long.

I was hoping for a lot more from The Order, to be honest. The trailer made it seem a lot witchier and it dealt more with the secret society part and had a lot more to do with werewolves. *shrug*

What I Loved [March 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

March was a little bit of hodge-podge of a month! I had a few quick romance reads and then a span where I really read nothing at all for over a week… I was working on some things here and there but for a while, I just wasn’t in an audiobook mood! The more I binge watch things, the more I want to find new shows to watch, but I’m starting to come up with a good balance between books and TV (until new shows get released again, and forever debating when to catch up on Game of Thrones when I’m six seasons behind and still have to read at some point)…

 

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MARCH READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 9
  • # BOOKS DNF: 0
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 1
    • 4.5 STARS: 0
    • 4 STARS: 5
    • 3.5 STARS: 1
    • 3 STARS: 1
    • 2.5 STARS: 0
    • 2 STARS: 1
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 7
    • ARC: 1
    • HARDCOVER: 1

EVENTS & WANDERINGS

I went to Virginia/Washington DC to be a vendor at Apollycon in late March! I didn’t post any photos of it to my blog account but I had a lot of fun attending as a vendor and it was a great experience in so many ways! I got to see some old friends, meet some new friends, and spend time with my husband (who came to help and also turn it into a vacation with me) and my friend Kori from @_livelaughread who also helped me run the table! It was such a great event and I hope to attend again next year!

MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching!

Here’s what I watched in March:

I was actually so busy with everything going on that I didn’t keep up in my bullet journal about my TV shows! I watched more Shameless and I think I’m nearing the end of Season 4 now. After reading KILLING NOVEMBER, I decided to head back into Deadly Class because they had the same kind of vibe and I’m now caught up on all current episodes! And long the way I’ve been watching some non-binges of other favorites like The Magicians and American Gods in their new seasons.

What I Loved [February 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

I had a couple DNFs in February that screwed up my reading flow! Then I just decided to do a series re-read and getting into some more TV show binges, because that’s become quite a norm for me now! As much as I love spending all my time listening to audiobooks, I’ve really been enjoying this break from listening and I watched some great shows this month! But anyway, this part is about the books so let’s get to it!

 

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BOOKS READ (8):

DNFs:

  • Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwneda Bond
  • The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson

FEBRUARY READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 8
  • # BOOKS DNF: 2
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 2
    • 4.5 STARS: 1
    • 4 STARS: 2
    • 3.5 STARS: 0
    • 3 STARS: 3
    • 2.5 STARS: 0
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 8
    • ARC: 0
    • HARDCOVER: 0

EVENTS & WANDERINGS

I stopped by local indie Harvey’s Tales again while I was in the area, just to stop in, and also made it into local Indies The Bookshop of Glen Ellyn (to drop off more candles!) and Prairie Path Books in Wheaton. I had never been into the Wheaton bookstore before and it was great to see the Glen Ellyn bookstore after its remodel!

 

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MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching!

Here’s what I watched in February:

  • THE OFFICE (Netflix): Finished Season 5 (started in January), watched all of seasons 6-9 | SERIES FINISHED
  • BETTER CALL SAUL (Netflix, Amazon): Finished Season 3 (started in January), purchased Season 4 to watch via Amazon | SERIES FINISHED THROUGH CURRENT RELEASES
  • THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (Netflix): Started and finished Season 1 | SERIES FINISHED THROUGH CURRENT RELEASES
  • THE SANTA CLARITA DIET (Netflix): Started and finished Seasons 1 and 2 | SERIES FINISHED THROUGH CURRENT RELEASES

I had a lot of fun completing my re-watch of The Office because I hadn’t seen the later seasons until earlier this year (which is what prompted my re-watch) and I still hadn’t seen all of the episodes! I had missed some here and there so it was great to really know that I’ve seen everything.

Shane and I loved Breaking Bad and we’ve been loving Better Call Saul! We dropped the money to buy the 4th season from Amazon so we didn’t have to stop watching it even though it’ll probably be on Netflix later this year.

I absolutely LOVED The Umbrella Academy and thought it was so good!! It was so enjoyable, I loved the abilities, the characters were great, and there were some awesome twists I didn’t see coming!

And lastly, I binge watched The Santa Clarita Diet in two days, basically watching the first season in one day and the second season the next day, both while I was working. It was so funny while being dark and I just had so much fun watching it!

I also watched all four Hunger Games movies after listening to the books as re-reads and I had never seen the last movie, actually! It was the perfect reason to re-watch the movies and finally see the very last one.

What I Loved [January 2019]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

I had trouble figuring out what book I wanted to kick off 2019! It didn’t need to be anything crazy but I do like starting the year on a good note, and I try not to make it a reread for arbitrary reasons. After four days of watching Netflix, I finally chose a book and then got into my reading swing! I ended up reading eleven books this month which with all the TV I watched is a pretty good number and a healthy start to the year!

 

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JANUARY READING STATS

  • # BOOKS READ: 11
  • # BOOKS DNF: 0
  • RATINGS:
    • 5 STARS: 1
    • 4.5 STARS: 1
    • 4 STARS: 2
    • 3.5 STARS: 2
    • 3 STARS: 1
    • 2.5 STARS: 1
  • FORMATS: 
    • AUDIOBOOK: 9
    • ARC: 1
    • HARDCOVER: 1

EVENTS & WANDERINGS

I stopped by local indie Harvey’s Tales again this month, this time to drop off a candle order, and I can’t get over how cute it is! This time I got to stay and chat with some staff and I ordered myself a coffee to go, not to mention I did some shopping for myself… Oops! I picked up a copy of THE WICKED KING, an enamel pin, and a t-shirt which I’ve already worn multiple times. Their t-shirts were only $10 and that’s SUCH a good deal. A bookish shirt, a local business, and an affordable price? I was instantly sold.

 

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MOVIES & SHOWS

I started a bullet journal this year in part because I wanted to make my own reading journal but also so I could keep track of TV shows! I realized how much I actually watch while I’m working and when Shane and I sit down to watch things at night so I started keeping track of the shows I’ve been binge watching! Here’s what January brought:

  • BREAKING BAD (Netflix): Finished Season 1 (started in December), watched all of seasons 2-5 | SERIES FINISHED
  • YOU (Netflix): Watched all of Season 1 | SERIES FINISHED up to current releases
  • MANIAC (Netflix): Watched all of Season 1 | SERIES FINISHED
  • FUTUREMAN (Hulu): Watched Season 1, episodes 1-4 | SERIES ABANDONED
  • THE GOOD PLACE (Netflix, Xfinity On-Demand, Hulu): Watched Seasons 1-3 | SERIES FINISHED up to current releases
  • THE OFFICE (Netflix): Finished Season 1 (started in December), watched all of Seasons 2-4, watched Season 5 Episodes 1-3
  • BETTER CALL SAUL (Netflix): Finished Season 1, watched Season 2 Episodes 1-6

What I Loved [December 2018 and Year Wrap-Up]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

December was full of a LOT of re-reads, but it was actually pretty great because it kind of got me in the mood to read again! I had spent a lot of time in October and November watching shows, which is also great, but I did miss my books! I still have plans to do even more re-reads in 2019 (the Six of Crows duet, the Gentleman Bastard series), but I’ll probably space those out throughout the year! I know I’ll be reading SIX OF CROWS again in January before the release of KING OF SCARS!

 

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December was kind of a mixed bag! With holiday orders to work on, I didn’t want to listen to a lot of new books if I knew my focus wasn’t going to be there, so I opted for a lot of re-reads for while I was working. I actually finished three physical copies with eight being audiobooks, which I feel was pretty good! With time spent with family and going out for the holidays, I had a little less reading time, and yet I had more reading time not having to go to work some mornings.

2018 READING STATS

This year was the year that I read the most, ever! I read 133 books which “beat” my 2013 original best of 132 by one book, but I also read more novellas in 2013 whereas my reads of 2018 were more full-length novels. This was also by far my biggest year page-wise, reading 50,275 pages (according to Goodreads, counting by whatever version I had listed there) versus my previous best of 42,569 in 2013, so that’s 6000 more pages!!

  • 2018 NUMBER OF BOOKS READ: 133
  • 2018 NUMBER OF PAGES READ: 50,275
  • NUMBER OF FIVE-STAR READS: 29
    • FIVE-STAR RE-READS: 17
    • FIVE-STAR NEW READS: 12
  • LONGEST BOOK: KINGDOM OF ASH by Sarah J. Maas
  • SHORTEST BOOK: PROS & CONS (novella) by Janet Evanovich
  • FAVORITE BOOK OF 2018: MORNING STAR by Pierce Brown

I also did a countdown with my bookstagram friends with our #12daysof2018 favorites! I won’t post all of the photos here but you can check out my Instagram to see my top 12 reads of the year!!

MOVIES & SHOWS

December brought a bunch of new Netflix episodes and shows! Shane and I watched all of the new episodes of The Ranch, and I caught up on new show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, as well as new episodes of Fuller House and Travelers. Everything was so good!

I also started watching Westworld and made it into the second season, but to be honest, I got kind of bored. There were a few good surprises and twists, but the overall plot is a little lacking for me. I get the point of it but I don’t really care out the end-goal so I’m not sure if I’ll finish the second season. Maybe later on down the road.

I just started watching Breaking Bad for the first time and within a couple days, I’m already almost done with season two! I also started a little rewatch of The Office on a working day where I didn’t want to listen to or watch anything new, so we’ll see if I keep going with a whole re-watch.

Lastly, there was the new Black Mirror “Bandersnatch” episode that was a choose-your-own-adventure! I only watched it once but I heard that there really are actually multiple endings and that they’re different and don’t all lead back to the same ending like I had thought, so I’ll have to keep doing it a few more times to see all the different paths!

I think I’m going to start a bullet journal for 2019 for all of my reads and TV shows!

What I Loved [November 2018]

In an attempt to get back into the blogging swing, I wanted to revisit my monthly recaps but in a much more casual way! Instead of focusing on stats and posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about this month, from books to merch to life and everything in between!

BOOKS

November was such a busy month and I shamefully only posted four blog posts this past month! I’ve really been wanting to keep up with blog even though I’ve been so busy with candles but I’ve been so wiped out from all of the Black Friday preparation and orders that I keep falling asleep on the couch after I get home from a day of candlemaking! Hopefully this month, I’ll be able to do some working ahead and getting back to some blogging! I really do miss it.

 

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This is almost definitely my “worst” month of the year but once again, I felt like doing a lot of binge watching and I just wasn’t in the mood for audiobooks. The only print book I managed to finish this moth was KINGDOM OF ASH but that was 1000 pages so I think that would normally count as like three books, haha! I did start THE BONE SEASON but I’m only halfway through so I wouldn’t have finished this month anyway, but I am really happy with my MISTBORN re-reads because there is SO much that I forgot!

EVENTS

In early November, I got to interview Marissa Meyer (see previous post) and attend her event in Naperville, IL! As always, it was so delightful to see her and I didn’t even make her sign 50 books haha! The event was a lot of fun with great energy and it was so much fun to attend for a book other than The Lunar Chronicles (I wasn’t able to make it to her last event in a previous year).

 

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Brittany (@bookswrotemystory), Megan (@meganthemeganerd), and I spent the weekend together for the event and we made a trip of it! We went out to Volumes in Chicago for some book-inspired coffee and some bookstore time and even stopped by a Friends-theme pop-up bar! I was kind of hoping for more with the pop-up bar, but it was still fun to pretend we were on the set of Friends!

 

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MOVIES & SHOWS

November was all about Dexter! I started a re-watch in October that led me all the way through November, finally finishing the series on the very last day of the month. There was a lot that I forgot in earlier seasons so it was good to refresh my memory and things were just absolutely crazy in the last few seasons! I really did enjoy every episode. I’m not sure I loved the way that it ended but it definitely made for an emotional finale and it was a good way to close things off. Now I only wish those season 9 rumors had been true! I googled just to make sure and nope, it was a fan-made poster that set the whole thing into motion. Not gonna happen.