A Glance Back: February

Sunday, March 1, 2015

3 Things That Happened This Month:
1. My birthday happened yesterday!  I am officially a quarter of a century... weird.
I originally didn't think that my birthday would be all that great. I have been in a funk for a while and missing my family somethin' fierce. Well, my roommate decided to make a video of all the people I love and miss wishing me a happy birthday and telling me how much I am loved. Then on top of that 10 of my friends from my church community group braved the snowy and treacherous weather to we celebrate at Whiskey Cake in OKC. Needless to say, a birthday I didn't think would be all that great ended up being absolutely AMAZING!

2. It's been a rough month. School has hit like a ton of bricks. Papers and projects and presentations have taken over my entire life. Everything else just seems to be fraying at the edges. I've been thoroughly exhausted of life in general lately. I even took a couple of mental health days this week and skipped classes. After that, I think I'm a little better, but hopefully I can kick this funk to the curb soon.

3. I met up with Becca last week for the Metropolitan Library Sale. I got 21 books for $16!!! I couldn't believe it! Talk about AMAZING! (you can check out some of my buys at the bottom!)

Top 3 Books I Enjoyed This Month:
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

New Obsessions:
The Night Shift. I actually had never heard of this show until I saw Hulu advertising it. But what really drew me to watch it is Eoin Macken, yes it's the hot knight from Merlin! I was not about to turn it down! It's a fun little ER drama.

The DUFF. Can we just talk about this movie for one hot minute?! I LOVED it so very very much!!!! Probably one of my favorite comedies of the new year. Granted, I didn't read the book before watching the movie, and I'm grateful for that, because I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did. The DUFF was hilarious but it also had heartbreakingly good, realistic moments that took me back to the difficulties of high school. I loved it so much that I've actually seen it twice already. This is definitely a movie I'm buying for myself.

Reckless. Sadly, I knew going into this show it was already canceled but how in the world could I pass up a sexy show with Cam Gigandet? I mean just look how good looking that man is, and he's always so impeccably dressed in his suits and ties. I'm sad it wasn't cleared for Season 2, because I think it took a little bit to really start heating up, yet it was a good show.

This Month's Soundtrack:
Glory by Common & John Legend
Waiting Game by BANKS
Sons and Daughters by Allman Brown & Liz Lawrence
Law of Love by Kill it Kid
There's a Rumor by The August Empire
Work Song by Hozier

Month in a photo:

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
1. Spring Break. I'm so excited to go back to Texas and take a little bit of a break from school. It won't be much of one because I will be studying and working on papers half the time, but I really just need some time away.
2. North Texas Teen Book Festival. I can't explain to you guys how excited I am about this event! I've been looking forward to it for months, and it's finally around the corner!

Books I Read This Month:

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

My Favorite Quotes:
"This is the human way, she thought. On the edge of destruction, at the end of all things, we still dance. And hope."
-Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

"Rachelle wanted to sew the world back to safety, if she must use her own bones for needles."
-Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

"We do not start as dust. We do not end as dust. We make more than dust.
That's all we ask of you. 
Make more than dust."
-Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

"Now I know grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories, into blades that tear you apart from within. Something has been torn out from inside me that will never be filled up, not ever, no matter how long I live. The say 'time heals,' but even now, less than a week after my father's death, I know that's a lie. What people really mean is that eventually you'll get used to the pain. You'll forget who you were without it; you'll forget what you looked like without your scars."
-A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Books I Reviewed This Month:

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Paper Towns by John Green

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Books I Obtained This Month:

What was your February like? 


  1. Ummm... my February was pretty good, actually! I got a promotion, went abroad for the first time in five years and read 9 and 1/2 books. So yeah, much better than I had expected!
    I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday even though you hadn't expected to. Mine's right at the end of March, and this will be the first year that I've ever had to work on my birthday. Sad faces. At least I can console myself with the fact that get an extended birthday weekend thanks to Easter. Yay!
    Beth x

    1. Oh wow that's awesome congrats!!!! Oh I hate working on my birthday. It's the worst lol. I hope it's an easy and fun day for you nonetheless! :)

  2. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY! I hope March will be a better month for you. And what a bargain for all those books, it's always such a good feeling to buy books for a cheap price :D I'm very curious about The flame in the mist. Lady Thief is AMAZING. The girl of fire and thorns is one of my favorite books.

    Happy reading!

    1. Thanks, Mel!! Oh my gosh that library sale was amazing! I couldn't believe I spent less than $20. And there were SOOOO many books!!

  3. So many good good books you've hauled! Let's see, I own Born Wicked, I need to read that soon..and Unremembered - I've read Anna and Splintered, the latter being more middle ground for me, and Red Rising was a baaaaaad read for me, but I'm a black sheep there. Good luck with school, and I'm glad you had a fantastic Birthday!<3

    1. Thanks girl! I know! I can't wait to get reading! So many books so little time! :)

  4. Wow, awesome books! I would love to read Unravel Me. I found Ignite Me and I was about to take it out and then I was like "OH WAIT, I HAVEN'T READ UNRAVEL ME"

    25? THATS RAD! I'm turning 15 this year and I'm a little scared but why not, right? WHOOOOO *blows party things*

    My Stacking the Shelves + Montly Recap here.

    - Nova @ Out of Time

    1. I hadn't read shatter me, but i decided to buy unravel me because I couldn't pass up the bargain of a $1 hardback book that I know I will eventually read. :) Don't be scared about turning 15. the older you get, the better life gets up until about the age of 24. That's when you actually have to figure out how to adult lol. You have time! Cherish it!

  5. I have Spring break this month too! I can't wait because I can finally RELAX and just reeeaaaddd! I'm really glad you liked Crimson Bound. I'll read it in the future since I loved Cruel Beauty.


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