Five on Fridays #6

fiveonfridayFive on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc.

Rereading Books

ONEEveryone knows that generally I don’t reread books. There are SO MANY other books out there I want to read for the first time; I just don’t have time or energy to read something I’ve already read. That being said, my thoughts have kind of changed lately. I started my Gallagher Girls reread (this time in audiobook form) and I’m realizing how fun it can be! I remembered loving the series and the general outline of what happens/what it’s about… but I’m finding that I remember almost nothing about the series plot-wise. If that’s the case with one of my so-called favorite series, maybe that would happen with other books I’ve read in the past. Now I’m having terrible urges to reread all of my favorite books and series! I know that a reread of Harry Potter will be coming soon, as well as Great and Terrible Beauty. Who am I???

Halloween Festivities

TWOPicMonkey Collage2014-10-30 18.27.37We got off to a late start this year with our Halloween preparations and festivities. We carved our pumpkin finally last night and did all of the pumpkin picking the weekend before. Here you’ll see Chris using the pumpkin as a head! We also got a cinderella pumpkin and two little gourds to go on the other side of our front door. As I said in today’s Bookmark Lit Bulletin, we got some AMAZING cider and cider donuts at my favorite pumpkin patch. The cider mill that originally made the cider apparently closed down two years ago, but they’re now located at another pumpkin patch in the same town. Now I just need to track down grocery stores that carry that specific kind of cider… it was THAT GOOD. I love all kinds of apple cider, but I especially love when they’re the right mix of sweet and tart. I’ve had a surprisingly small amount of cider considering it’s one of my top five favorite things about fall (the other four are FOOTBALL, my birthday, pumpkin-flavored things, and my anniversary – in case you were wondering).

Taylor Swift’s 1989

THREEHOLY CRAP GUYS. In my first Five on Friday post, I talked about how I overcame my aversion to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift and quickly became obsessed. When I was in Target earlier this week, I just had to pick up the whole CD…. and it is SO good. Pretty much every song is incredibly upbeat and sing-a-long worthy. The first 6 or 7 songs on the CD are my favorite and the very best one is definitely Blank Space. I just love the beat and the lyrics. The one song I’m not too keen on is the one that sounds like Lana Del Rey (Wildest Dreams), but that’s primarily because I don’t like Lana Del Rey. I’ve been blasting the CD essentially any minute I’m not listening to my audiobooks. I was definitely annoyed at first that she abandoned her country music roots. (Like, remember how adorable Our Song is??) I think this CD is a great foray into the general pop music scene and I’m not mad about that anymore!

Fitness

FOURI need to get my ass going. I’m sick of being lazy and large. I really hate going to the gym or doing any kind of physical activity, but I have no reason not to go to the FREE gym that my apartment has. Yes, it’s free and I still haven’t been. The annoying thing is that there’s a $50 fee for the key fob to get into the gym. It’s refundable when you move out, but still, I never want to shell out that much money for something like that. I tried to get into Blogilates at one point, but even the beginner videos killed me. I need something that REALLY takes you from the ultimate beginner spot and brings you to more advanced levels. I have no balance, strength, etc. It sucks. I love eating so I never want to change my diet either, but I’ve generally tried to eat better over the past few weeks. I have no idea if it’s working because I refuse to ever step on a scale.

Being an Old Lady

FIVEChris and I spend a lot of time being homebodies. We prefer to either stay in and watch TV or movies, or go out and do things together. We don’t spend a lot of time with our friends. It’s mostly because they have different schedules than us or because we have weekend-long plans a lot of the time. Lately I’ve been thinking we need to make more a conscious effort to go out and see people. I’m such an old lady! I feel like my parents because we just stay home together so often instead of going out and seeing other people. Whenever we have the opportunity to do something with friends or go to an event, we never are in the mood to. When we are in the mood to leave, we never have any ideas of what to do! I’m planning on making more of an effort to see friends or go to events and get out of the apartment!


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Bookmark Lit Bulletin: October 2014

bookmarklit bulletinHello friends! As you know, I introduced the Bookmark Lit Bulletin as a way of reviewing what I posted and did throughout the month. A lot of bloggers participate in Sunday Post or Stacking the Shelves memes, but I try to stay off the blogosphere on weekends. To that point, I post the Bookmark Lit Bulletin twice a month to serve that purpose. The first is posted for a mid-month update on the 15th, and the second is posted for a monthly wrap-up on the 30th or 31st. I post my book haul at the end of the month. For past bulletins, click here!

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bookish thoughtsThis month has been a good reading month for me! I really enjoyed the majority of the books I read. I think the biggest disappointment was Rites of Passage. I expected to hopefully love it like everyone else, even though I had a feeling the book wasn’t for me. Unfortunately I should have trusted my instincts. I admired the strength of the main character but couldn’t deal with the hazing and otherwise boring plot. The biggest surprise was probably Damsel Distressed. I had a feeling I’d enjoy it, but the plot completely caught me off guard. It was a much darker book than I thought, but it was very emotional and insightful. My favorite book of the month – no surprise here – was Dissonance! Definitely exceeded my expectations and was the most Lauren Book of all time.

non bookish thoughtsPicMonkey CollageWe had a pretty busy month on the weekends. We had friends visit the first weekend of the month and then traveled to NYC later in the month for Chris’s birthday. We had a pretty relaxing day on his actual birthday – just hung out, watched football, and had sushi for dinner. My football team is killing me slowly this season and has absolutely no consistency. It’s pretty infuriating. We finally did pumpkin picking and fall activities this past weekend! We went to the farm that I used to go to as a kid and it was a lot of fun. We got a few different pumpkins and bought apple cider and cider donuts. So good. The apple cider is literally the best I’ve ever had! I’m going to be scouring every grocery store in a 20 mile radius trying to see if they sell it there. If I knew it was that good I wouldn’t have only bought the mini bottles! On the work end of things, I started a marketing-oriented project that hopefully will make me feel a little better about my situation here. Sometimes I don’t mind my job, but this week has been killer for me.

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Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Readathon

I’m participating in the Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Readathon!HoHoHo Holiday RAT

What’s Going On?

The Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Read-a-thon is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Bookshelfery. For more information, check here. From Novemer 6th through 11th, we’ll be binge-reading some holiday stories of our choosing. I love reading books that match the season, so I’m really excited for this one!

My Goals

  • Read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
  • Read 1-2 other books on my TBR list below

I don’t want to read all of these because I’d like to save some for December, but I wanted to give myself the option of choosing whichever book strikes my mood at the time.

Possible TBR List

  • My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins and many others
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
  • Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
  • Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott, Melissa de l Cruz, Aimee Driedman, and Nina Malkin
  • Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne
  • A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

Keep updated with my progress here on my page!spongebob christmas

Review: Rites of Passage

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Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of PassageRatingthree stars
First impression: Okay I’m going to give into the hype!!
Last impression: You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me
Format: Audiobook / 10 hr 28 min
Publishing Info: September 9th 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.
Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

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Book Buddies Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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lauren + cristinaMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)Ratingfour stars
First impression: Ehhhh I don’t know about this one
Last impression: Wow, what a pleasant surprise
Format: Library e-book / 352 pages
Publishing Info: June 7th 2011 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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WWW Wednesdays #15

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quoteWWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading, where we answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What are you planning to read next?

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Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)I’m continuing my Gallagher Girls reread (in audiobook form) with Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy. I have only another half hour or so left and I’m so intrigued! I can’t believe I don’t remember anything about this series anymore! It’s a very good thing I decided to reread instead of just finishing the last books in the series. I first read the books when I was in middle school/high school, so it’s been quite a while! It’s kind of sparking an interest in me to reread books in general! I’ve been dying to possibly pick up A Great and Terrible Beauty series again. Anyways, the book I’m currently reading is White Hot Kiss – my first JLA book! I decided to pick it up on a whim. I went to B&N recently and read the first page of the book and was pretty intrigued. I’m halfway through and not sure how I feel so far. The story is VERY different, which is cool, but I’m a little confused. (Can anyone help me with this? The humans know that the wardens exist, but no one knows demons or other creatures exist? So, what do people think the wardens do? Seriously, if you know the answer, please tell me!)

finish readingI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)The Art of WishingThe Fourth Wish (The Art of Wishing, #2)I finished the first Gallagher Girls book, I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You. It was just as good as I remembered. I also finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for my Book Buddies review, which is coming later today! Overall I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure what to expect at all, so I guess by definition it exceeded what little expectations I actually had! It was a unique story with some really cool twists I didn’t see coming. I binge-read a duology next, since they were both due back at the library! I read The Art of Wishing and The Fourth Wish within two days. I can’t decide which of them I liked more, but I definitely recommend them!

read nextThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)One Past MidnightSo I had a bit of a screw-up with the library. Instead of requesting the next book in the Gallagher Girls series, I ended up requesting the fifth book. I have to wait for the audiobook to come through interlibrary loan, which may take up to a week. In the meantime, I’ll take a little break and work on The Maze Runner finally! My boyfriend loved the book and has been bugging me to see the movie, so hopefully we’ll be able to go next week or the week after. For my regular reading, I think I’ll attack One Past Midnight next. This book has been high on my TBR for a while, because it’s just the kind of book I love, but for some reason I haven’t gotten around to it. I don’t have any more library renewals available for it so I better get to it! I’m really excited to see if it meets my extremely high expectations like Dissonance did!

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Top Ten Tuesdays #13: Halloween

top10tuesdayTop Five Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit
AND Top Five Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

I’m cheating and combining the two prompts for today, because they both seem too fun! I don’t read a lot of spooky books or watch scary movies, so five should be a manageable amount. The other five items will be five characters I’d want to be for Halloween!

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Halloween Movies, Shows, and Books

  • American Horror Story: This has become a staple during October for the past few years. The first three seasons are on Netflix, and the current season is on TV right now. They use the same cast each season but they are different characters in different stories each year. The first season was about a haunted house, the second about an insane asylum, the third about witches, and the fourth about a freak show.
  • Halloweentown movies: These Disney channel movies are the BEST. The first Halloweentown movie is obviously better than the rest, but the second and third are decent too. They changed the main character for the fourth one, which is really stupid, but whatever. You know you need to watch them regardless!
  • Tower of Terror: This was another Disney movie, featuring a young Kirsten Dunst. A girl and her uncle investigate a 60 year old mystery in an old, haunted hotel. It’s definitely more cheesy than I remember, but I still have to watch it every year.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: This book is more creepy and eery than anything. I was expecting it to be much scarier than it actually was! Still, definitely a GREAT spooky read for Halloween. I can be read pretty quickly too.
  • Dangerous Boys: Not exactly a scary Halloween book, but a pretty “tame” thriller to get you creeped out about humanity. I read this book within a day because I could not put it down. The book starts with the ending and intermixes some chapters that bring you through the fateful night, the present day, and the past. So addicting and creepy! Read this if you want to lose faith in the human race.

 

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Character Halloween Costumes

  • Hermione from Harry Potter: I actually dressed up as something that people thought was Hermione a few years ago. In college, my friends and I did a group costume where we all dressed up as members of a wedding party (bride, groom, maid of honor, best man, and priest)… I went as the groom, which apparently looks like Hermione. When you’re a girl wearing a dress shirt, blazer, tie, and skirt, I can kind of see the resemblance.
  • Gemma from A Great and Terrible Beauty: Ummm how cool would it be to dress like you’re from the 1800’s for a night? Pretty cool. Big dresses sound kind of fun.
  • Kinsley from Scoring Wilder: Dress up as a soccer player and you’re done. Plus, if anyone asks, you’re an Olympic hopeful and dating soccer’s hottest bad boy. In other words, you’re more than just a regular old soccer player 😉
  • Cammie from the Gallagher Girls series: Dressing up as a Gallagher Girl would be pretty easy – just wear a school uniform and some spy gear. It’s a nice twist on the classic school girl uniform because you’re also a BADASS spy-in-training.
  • Jordan from Catching Jordan: You can see my character costume below for Jordan. She was the female QB for the Hundred Oaks football team, hoping to go to Alabama for college. If you’ve read the book, you’ll understand the other references in the picture! I guess I couldn’t resist the urge to show off my little Polyvore creation again.

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