Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2014

Posted October 1, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

September 2014: when unemployment continues!

Another month passes and wow, this unemployment thing is getting old. I’m not gonna lie, it’s getting me down a little bit, but I’ve been coping with my banterfluff (*cough*Miranda Kenneally*cough*) books and by playing The Sims 4. I’ve survived the September ARCs, but I’m getting really weary of so many review books in a row. ONE MORE BUSY MONTH. I can do this. Probably. But honestly, I’m over review books now. I’m going to be so much more selective from now on.

September Reads

Books Read:

Jackaby by William Ritter
Magnolia by Kristi Cook
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (audio)
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Stray by Elissa Sussman
The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans
William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher

Book of the Month:

Stealing Parker
September Stats
Total books read: 14
Total pages read: 4,847
Average rating: 3.39
5 2014 debut authors read
4/14 (29%) standalones, 10/14 (71%) series
12/14 (86%) paper, 1/14 (7%) pixels, 1/14 (7%) audio
2014 Stats
Total books read: 97
Total pages read: 35,759
Average rating: 3.42
18 2014 debut authors read
38% standalones, 62% series
69% paper, 25% pixels, 6% audio

September Reviews

September Posts

On the Big Screen

I binged on movies this month. I started catching up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in August, and this month finally completed the (seriously addictive) journey, watching Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I think my favorite of the heroes has to be Iron Man, because obviously. But I was really positively impressed by Captain America – I didn’t expect to like that at all, but I did A LOT. Thor also got me way more excited to find out more about Norse mythology (UNCLE RICKKKKKKK). And though I really loved The Avengers, I still hold that I like Guardians of the Galaxy better.


The movie binge didn’t end there though, because seriously working on job apps is so draining that I didn’t feel like reading as much. I watched Peter Pan (1953) (again) and Peter Pan (2003), because of my immense love for Hook’s Revenge. I also watched The Swan Princess again because of Christina’s review of Magnolia, forever lol. I somehow had never seen She’s the Man, so I fixed that great injustice, and I laughed forever. Finally, for some relaxation I watched: It Takes Two (nostalgiaaaa), Rise of the Guardians (Chris Piiiiiiine), and Sweet Home Alabama (again – because hell yes to southern romances).


On the TV side of things, obviously my catching up with the Marvel universe meant that I had to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and holy hell that was addictive. I’m so fucking in love with Phil Coulson, it’s ridiculous. I can only thank my sister for forcing this obsession on me. A+ life decision. I also rewatched The Newsroom because… I guess it was just that time again? And the fall TV season is starting! I’m most excited, so far, about the new series Madam Secretary, and am also very glad that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nashville, and The Blacklist are back. Outlander is fucking hot (ba dum tss). The Big Bang Theory and Faking It are, eh, okay. Downton Abbey and Doctor Who are a bit disappointing. And the Reckless season finale pissed me the FUCK OFF asdfjkl;


Through My Speakers

Touch by Troye Sivan

In Real Life

  • Weeeeeeeeell, like I said, unemployment. I sent out job applications until I felt brain dead every single day, and yeah, it hurt. Aside from that, I bought The Sims 4 and have been fighting off the Sims addiction ever since. I haven’t even been playing that much, to be honest, but it is super fun.
  • Christina from A Reader of Fictions and Lenore Appelhans came to Amsterdam for a short visit which was super fun! We spent HOURS in the bookstores, I laughed at how many books Christina bought, I cried at Lenore’s dramatic reading of a terrible sex scene (srsly wut even – “I lay there, sacrificially.”), we may have almost been hit on by a crazy woman in a possibly lesbian bar, but whatever, we had our €6 cocktails. Much fun was had.
  • We had our TWELFTH book club meeting – meaning we made it ONE YEAR since I set the whole thing up. As usual, only about 3 minutes were spent discussing the book, but whatever. We had yummy burgers and ranted about everything from impending emotional distress due to the release of The Blood of Olympus to my job search to recent internet dramatics. One year though. I love these girls, and I will be writing a post about the experiences soon πŸ™‚
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That’s it for me. How was your month?

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7 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2014

  1. Your movie choices are top notch!!! I LOVE the Marvel Cinematic Universe and watch the movies a lot. Planning my next marathon for just before Avengers 2 comes out in May πŸ™‚ I think my favorite is Captain America, which surprised me because I thought the first movie was just good the first time around but it’s become one of my favorites. And oh my GOD I loved The Winter Soldier! Iron Man is a close second though, RDJ is so perfect and so Tony Stark-ish. Plus I love how interconnected everything is. Eeee! I can’t wait for the Agent Carter tv show. Need to watch Agents of Shield.

    Also Peter Pan! Yay! The 2003 version is one of my very favorites, I love the music. You can’t beat the original cartoon though. And Swan Princess! Derek is such a blockhead hahah.

    “Why do you want to marry me anyhow?” “So I can kiss you anytime I want.” <3 <3 <3 <3

    Good luck with your job search, I know how frustrating it can be πŸ™ And congrats on a whole year of book club! That's impressive! Happy October πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve seen one or two of these Marvel movies. So yeah. You win this round.

    I am not sure what this round is. Or what the winner wins. But you win this round just the same.

    The Swan Princess, hells yes. I regret nothing. SHE’S THE MAN. HOW HAD YOU NOT SEEN IT? I feel like a horrible friend for not forcing this upon you sooner. It Takes Two! I need to watch that again. Sweet Home Alabama. Yes, ma’am.

    Our faaaaaces in the same spaaaaace.

  3. Another Sims addict! Hahaha… I haven’t gotten around to The Sims 4 for a few reasons. First, I’m put off by the fact that they left so much out (there’s no toddler stage? Seriously?). But probably more important is the fact that my laptop is a few years old and probably won’t run the game. I’ll have to stick with The Sims 2 for now.

  4. Okay, you need to come visit my students and scare them into watching the movies. I swear NONE of them have seen all the Marvel movies! And I teach in mainly Disney and/or Marvel references, so I’ve assigned that as homework to them πŸ˜‰ I’ve also never seen She’s the Man, but I just found it at Best Buy for $4, so I snatched it up and I’ll be watching it as soon as I find the time.

    I really hope the job search starts to work out for you this month!

  5. Amber Elise

    Unemployment blows but at least you’re being productive! And omg It Takes Two, I would LOVE to watch that movie again! I binge watched the Look Who’s Talking series and never left so hard. I miss 80s/90s humor. So innocent and fun!

    Also Captain America is my homie. I have a giant cut out of him in our spare bedroom which I have the privlege of gazing up every day! πŸ™‚ I think Cap 2 is my favorite Marvel movie to date. We saw the midnight showing and I didn’t fall asleep (which is a major feat).

    And twelve reviews in one month? Totes jellie.

    I hope October is just as fun for you! πŸ™‚

    Amber Elise @Du Livre

  6. Binge-watching Marvel movies is the best thing. Iron man is so sassy πŸ˜€ I was very impressed with the second Captain America movie and I warmed up for Thor (mainly because I freaking love Loki) I need to check out Guardians of the Galaxy soon. I’m afraid to start Outlander, with the long pause they have at the moment.. but I want to see the hot dude, haha.

    A year filled with book club meetings <3