July 2014: the month of endings and new beginnings
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Boomerang by Noelle August
Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (Reread)
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger
Book of the Month:
Total books read: 8
Total pages read: 3,072
Average rating: 3.94
2 2014 debut authors read
3/8 (38%) standalones, 5/8 (62%) series
7/8 (88%) paper, 1/8 (12%) pixels
Total books read: 66
Total pages read: 24,284
Average rating: 3.52
9 2014 debut authors read
42% standalones, 58% series
65% paper, 33% pixels, 2% audio
- Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally ★★★★½
- Extraction by Stephanie Diaz ★
- Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler ★★★
- The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su, Kate Rorick ★★★★★
- William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher ★★★½
- (Belated) Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2014
- Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me on a Deserted Island
- Recap: New York + Book Expo America 2014, Part 1
- Recap: New York + Book Expo America 2014, Part 2
- Book Haul #11: The Belated BEA Haul
- Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From
- Beginning of the month was still the World Cup (though it already feels ages ago 🙁 ). I was so happy that my lovelies, Die Mannschaft, won 🙂 I mean, well, the Dutch did disappoint me in the semi-finals, but the Germans are my second favorite team, so I was very satisfied.
- I’ve been suuuuuper addicted to The Sims 3 again, as most of my followers on Twitter will know. *sigh* This addiction strikes me every so often and it’s just so asdfjkl; Goodbye productivity. Trying to get it under control. But my Sim child has an imaginary friend and I need to work to make him turn real xD It’s the best thing ever.
- So the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game happened. DO NOT START THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY. It will consume your life. *cries* But today I’m going to be #1 on the A-list and hopefully that’ll mean I can finally STOP PLAYING.
- For music, I’ve been playing Ariana Grande and Little Mix on repeat all month. I’m not even sorry. In particular, I’m loving Ariana’s Problem and Better Left Unsaid and Little Mix’s Salute (GIRL POWERRRR), Competition, and Stand Down — however the absolute song of the month is Move.
In Real Life
- You probably heard the squealing at some point – I GRADUATED THIS MONTH. I had my thesis defense on July 7th, and though I was extremely nervous and had a bad feeling about some of the questions they asked me (I legit had to answer “I didn’t know that…” TWICE), in the end I got a freaking 8.5 for my thesis, and thereby graduated cum laude! I know, I feel like I’m still in shock. (Especially considering I didn’t feel like this was my best work ever.) So technically, I’m graduated, done with school FOREVER, with a pretty MSc that I can put after my name, but the official ceremony isn’t until October 4th — yeah, I don’t think they really thought that one through. Very annoying. BUT NO MORE SCHOOL. EVER. YOU CAN CALL ME MASTER.
- Two days after that, I finished up my internship! It wasn’t too noteworthy, really, since we’d done a dinner the month before with the team where they thanked me and stuff, so on the day itself I just brought wine and treats into the office and said goodbye. I don’t really have any big feelings about this. It was a good experience, especially since I hadn’t really worked a day in my life before this internship, but ultimately the environment was not the best for me. I’m glad I did it, but I’m ready for the next step.
- As such, I am now an unemployed graduated legit adult, which means it’s job hunting time. Don’t ask me how this is going. Assume it’s going badly until I jump up and down screaming, “I HAVE A JOB!!!” because trust me – you will hear all about it.
- At the beginning of the month, I experimented a little with having a social life again and was just reminded that it’s all sorts of not for me. Well, I’m exaggerating. I went out a few times with the other interns and was just consistently reminded that I don’t fit in with them. The “typical” people my age just… confuse me. Constant clubbing, smoking pot, drunken hookups, sexist jokes… Ugh. At least I got some reassurance from a few older people that they grow out of that kind of behavior eventually >.> but all in all, I just thought back to BEA times and missed you bookish people. I wish we all lived closer together and could hang out all the time. *sigh*
- But then, indeed, I went to see The Fault in Our Stars with my book club buddies Daisy and Daph, and we cried together and then drowned our sorrows in alcohol and good bookish conversation. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE.