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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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BOOKS READ (7):

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.

What I Loved [October 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

Once I hit my Goodreads goal, I stopped worrying about how many books I was reading and started to let my brain relax a little bit. I did some more Netflix binge-watching, which seems to be more of my routine these days! I still got a good amount of reading done though with some new ARCs and audiobooks!

 

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BOOKS READ (11):

Well, 11 books seems to be the standard for me when I’m not trying to listen to an audiobook every day! I took a few breaks to watch some TV shows and I still ended up with 11 books completed like I did the last two months! I decided to do a few re-reads and I may do even more in November! I just haven’t been in the mindset to start new things (which is part of the reason I’ve been watching TV too) so the re-reads have been wonderful to revisit and they’re allowing my brain to relax a little bit more.

EVENTS

I had a fun bookstore day in mid-October where I visited some new bookstores, including Harvey’s Tales in Geneva, IL! It was their grand opening and the store is so cute. It’s in what used to be a home so it’s has gorgeous windows and lighting and such adorable charm. I grabbed a couple books to support my new local indie and I hope to visit often!

 

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I also went to the Laini Taylor event on the 17th at Anderson’s Bookshop! It was so much fun to see her again and hear some interesting things about the Strange the Dreamer duology! I’m glad I got to read MUSE OF NIGHTMARES before I went and it was lovely to hear her speak.

 

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And lastly, I went to see Sarah J. Maas at her Chicago stop in the last week of October! I’ve had some mixed feelings about her books lately but I was excited for the conclusion of the Throne of Glass series! I’m about halfway through the book right now and it took a while to get things moving but it is fun to be back in that world and remember how fond of it I was. She was also really fun to listen to and had some really funny stories! The event was SO big that we didn’t get to meet her (unless you were someone who purchased exclusive passes) but I had fun sitting with bookish friends and being at the event!

 

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MOVIES & SHOWS

I finished my binge watch of Castle Rock and really enjoyed it! I immediately started watching some other series and a couple friends recommended Black Mirror! I was afraid it was scary for some reason (I just feel like that was how it was advertised?) but it was more dark and scary in the sense that it was just so messed up and things like this totally could happen or totally do happen, thanks to technology. I was totally obsessed though and finished (almost) all of the episodes so quickly!

I was still in a mood for something spooky or Halloween like and I did an annual watch of Hocus Pocus, then started on a re-watch of Dexter. I had been meaning to finish that series forever but I couldn’t remember where I left off all those years ago so my friend Megan suggested I just start from the beginning! I’m actually really glad that I did because there was so much that I forgot about! It really is such an enjoyable show, besides the fact that it’s dark and about a serial killer.