August 2015: Vacation time!!
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Vicarious by Paula Stokes (beta)
Angelfall by Susan Ee (reread)
Book of the Month:
Total books read: 7
Total pages read: 2,879
Average rating: 4.00
1 2015 debut author read
2/7 (29%) standalones, 5/7 (71%) series
2/7 (29%) paper, 5/7 (71%) pixels
Total books read: 80
Total pages read: 28,568
Average rating: 3.58
15 2015 debut authors read
33% standalones, 67% series
44% paper, 48% pixels, 8% audio
- Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins ★★★
- Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell ★★½
- The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz ★★★★½
- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray ★★★★½
- Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson ★★½
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- New Look, New Me!
- Book Haul #25: In Spite of the Pre-Birthday Book Buying Ban
- Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors (2015 Edition)
- Most Wanted: September 2015
- ♫ Get in line for the sunshine ♫
On the Big Screen
Movies:None this month! 🙁
TV Series:Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: I stopped following season 2 when Avengers 2 came out, trying to keep myself watching everything in chronological order because I’m weird like that, so I finally caught up on the last episodes of the season this month. My feels. I mean, much of season 2 was slower and less awesome than season 1, but the ending was INTENSE. Also my shiiiiiiiiip. It almost sailed but then THAT CLIFFHANGER ENDING OMG YOU GUYS ARE SO CRUEL WHAT EVEN.
The Daily Show: I cried all the tears. Jon Stewart. Legend. You will be missed.
Outlander: Like with SHIELD, I stopped watching this halfway through the season, but I caught up in August. I… don’t know. There are things I like about this series (Scotland! time travel! Jamie!) but also things that just have me squirming (bloody wounds! female oppression! rape and rape threats! Jack Mr. Creepton Randall!). And I feel like the plot’s pretty weak tbqh. I *think* I’ll give season 2 a fair shot, but if it doesn’t start impressing me, I will probably be quitting before long.
Suits: Freaking tore my heart out. Seriously. I was pretty harsh on season 4 – I thought it was all going downhill, but I love the new season so much. Harvey’s battles with anxiety have seriously put tears in my eyes multiple times. And I just love the Pearson Specter Litt family. The last episode though… SOBBING. THAT CLIFFHANGER. HOW. WUT. NO.
Through My Speakers
In Real Life
- I started the month off by visiting my aunt and uncle to have a fish fondue dinner! The weather was lovely, so my uncle and I biked through the little town to go sit on a terrace and have some drinks, and we had some great talks that really let me get to know him better. And the dinner was DELISH. More fish plz forever and always.
- Work took a dramatic turn, when a 27 year old colleague unexpectedly died – probably of a pulmonary embolism. Everyone was shocked and heartbroken, but it also kind of pulled us together. Everyone contributed stories and pictures which we made into a book for his parents, almost the entire company went to the funeral, and later we got on the subject of bucket lists and living life to the fullest. Not something you really want to be thinking about, but this kind of reality check really helps. R.I.P. Nico.
- My mom and I celebrated our birthdays together with our extended family! Her birthday is exactly one week before mine. We spent a whole Saturday cooking and preparing, and obviously we ended up with far too much food. But it was a great day with family, and I got some awesome gifts!
- With work, I took a trip to Sail Amsterdam! It’s an event that comes around once every five years, where boats of all shapes and sizes flood the city. My company has a boat in Amsterdam, so we got on there, played some music, had a barbecue, and drank some yummy drinks. It was a Wednesday though, and I still had to get all the way back to Rotterdam, so I kind of restrained myself and got really anxious about the trip home after a while. But it was definitely fun to see.
- On the 21st, I turned 24! Man, I’m like an old lady now. JK >.> It was a Friday, so I had to work, but I brought homemade cake and brownies for all my colleagues (a Dutch tradition), which they all loved, and I had drinks there after work. Then I got home and finally got to unwrap all my gifts 😀 I have some of the best friends in the world. Thank you Christina, Morgan, and Daisy in particular ♥
- Book club finally reunited again, with Mel back from her vacation 😀 It was absolutely awesome this time, with excellent plans forming for the future (including our next sleepover and a possible trip to London). I LOVE THESE GIRLS.
- And, of course, VACATION TIME! I had an absolutely fabulous trip. The resort was super relaxed and luxurious. The food was good (except the desserts), and the alcohol flowed freely (srsly, whisky colas are apparently meant to be 50% whisky, 50% cola). We had our own beach and pool with two slides. The resort was also flooded with stray cats, one of which we lovingly claimed and called Oliver. (I MISS YOU OLIVER.) We witnessed two Turkish weddings held there over the weekend, and loled forever over the local music.
The highlight for me, however, was our trip to Ephesus, an ancient Greek (and later Roman) city. I definitely want to visit more ruins in the future (*starts planning trip to Greece*). And above all, I just had the best time with the biffle. Many laughs. Many horrible jokes. Much amusement over people trying to puzzle out whether we’re dating. LOL FOREVER. (I miss him already 🙁 )