A Quarter in Review: Jan – Mar 2017

Such a good start to 2017!!

After months of talking about it, my former roommate and I decided to go play bingo! (The bingo hall I work at supports the Jewish preschool for her congregation, that’s how I got into it!) We had a ton of fun, even though it was waaaayyyy more stressful than the ladies at our bingo hall make it look. How they manage to play a computer, two paper cards, smoke, drink, and buy instants from me all at the same time makes my head spin! We both ended up winning some money and we’re really trying to do it again someday soon πŸ™‚

I met Belle!! We had this killer Beauty and the Beast release party and it was so much fun to see all the little girls all dressed up and how over the moon they were to see a real live princess!

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE was an absolutely fantastic book and I honestly cannot believe it took me so long to read it! It was a read along with Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, and our first read for our Year of Recommended Reading series!

I unexpectedly went up to DC for work for a week at the end of January! This particular photo was taken on the metro, and out of nowhere ended up with like 200+ likes on Instagram (which, for me, is CRAZY.) The book I was reading? The German Girl!

The BFF and I went to see Beauty and the Beast on opening night, and man oh man was there crying. I was so glad I got to see it for the first time with someone who loved the first movie as much as I did, because we were both clinging to each other and crying while we sung along to the film. <3

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson |Β β˜…β˜…

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens AgendaΒ by Becky Albertalli |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

The Lost Years of Merlin by TA Barron |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Seven Songs of Merlin by TA Barron |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Fires of Merlin by TA Barron |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Mirror of Merlin by TA Barron |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Wings of Merlin by TA Barron |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia Wrede/Caroline Stevermer |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Woman Who Heard Color by Kelly Jones |Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

17 books; one 2β˜…, three 3β˜…, five 4β˜…, and eight 5β˜…!

Not too bad a quarter! I’ve been struggling with book slumps on and off for what feels like forever, so it feels wicked good to be five books ahead on my Goodreads Reading Challenge and truly loving reading again!

Goodreads Reading Challenge
17/52 books
Flights of Fantasy
7/20 books
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
7/15 books
Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
2/10 books
Discussion Challenge
1/11-20 Posts
Library Love Challenge
0/12 books
Audiobook Challenge
0/5-10 Audio Books
Newbery Reading Challenge
0/15-29 Points
#ReRead2017 Challenge
6/6 books


“I loved my mom because she was mine. And I was hers. And that belonging-to-each-other-thing will never happen for me again. Perfect days are for people with small, realizable dreams. Or maybe for all of us, they just happen in retrospect; they’re only now perfect because they contain something irrevocably and irretrievably lost.”
Tell Me Three Things

“”Because it wasn’t okay and never will be. We will power through it; I will continue to power through it – all the stagnant, soul-crushing grief – but it will never be okay that my mom is not here. …;that she will never see who I grow up to be – that great mystery of who I am and who I am meant to be – finally asked an unanswered. I will march forth into the great unknown alone.”
Tell me Three Things

(Relevant note here … my mother is still very much alive, but we have been estranged for over 8 years. Sometimes it feels as though she’s not here, because of how great the chasm between us is. But I also haven’t ever felt like I can grieve her – especially considering if she hasn’t moved she and my younger brothers live less than 45 minutes away from me. It’s … it’s a thing.)

Such a fun time with food at the beginning of this year!

After rewatching British Bake Off like there was no tomorrow, I had this fiendish need to bake some bread and fill it with something delicious – luckily the beau was totally down and we came up with this delicious stuffed bread! (We filled it with shredded chicken, spinach, cheese, and mushrooms!)

The beau’s birthday is at the end of March, and as is the tradition, we always get sushi! (Obviously for my birthday it’s Mexican, haha) For this particular outing, for whatever reason, I felt a very strong desire to try the drink called Volcano Bowl (especially after the waitress said it had FIRE in it!). It definitely did not disappoint!

I went on a work trip up to Washington DC at the end of February, and I got to have some of my favorite pizza from &pizza – this one is called Moonstruck, and has mushroom truffle, garlic ricotta, mozzarella, mushroom, grilled onion, goat cheese, and fig balsamic. Um. YES.

I made an entire playlist of awesome women singers and loved listening to them at the beginning of this year! Sometimes I listen to so much 1980’s alternative or 2000’s punk pop that it’s nice to take a break and sing my heart out to Fiona Apple or Michelle Branch or Kate Nash or Imogen Heap.

Again, publishing this so late does have it’s consequences in that I really can’t remember a lot of what I watched!! However, I do remember (as always) watching a lot of The Office – but there was also some fun trips down memory lane in rewatches of Wings (which is available on Hulu and is pretty hilarious, if you’ve never seen it) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer! I started rewatching BTVS with Shannon (aka @ladyshanelise) and it was really fun to get back into it – although we both skipped Surprise/Innocence because FEELINGS and have basically been watching at our own pace since then, hah).

Because I’m posting this so late, I don’t have nearly as many pretty planner pictures to share as I would like – but here’s a weekly spread from early February. I’ve been trying to set up the basics of every week before I get to that week, because it makes it a lot easier to not get behind if I’ve gotten the framework down!

Perijee & Me | Pax | After I Do | Briar Rose | Letters to the Lost
The Demon King | Pivot Point | Fiercombe Manor | The War that Saved My Life | Timekeeper

Ok, so this section is basically a bust for this review because, um, it’s already two months into the next quarter?

BUT – I do still have one thing coming up, and that’s BEA! I really wasn’t sure if I would be attending this year, for a lot of reasons (but namely that pesky unexpected appendectomy back in September, helllooooo hospital bills). Even though a lot of my favorite people won’t be there next week, I’m still stoked to be in NYC for a week and experience the hustle and bustle for just a little bit.

Oh, and oh yeah. ALSO ANASTASIA. Yeah, that’s right – I’m going to see a broadway play next week, my first ever, and it’s going to be Anastasia!

Well, it really wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t at least one pen related thing to talk about, right?

In early March I was scrolling through jetpens.com (pencil case window shopping, something I do way more than I’m willing to admit) and I found these INCREDIBLE pencil cases – they’re like mobile pen cups! And then, because I couldn’t help myself, I had to pick up these Candy Pop limited edition Paper Mate Flairs because helllooooo these pens are awesome.

*Just going to sit here and cackle to myself as I hit publish on May 25th*

*Man I can’t wait until I get a new computer that doesn’t take ONE ENTIRE HOUR to finish writing half of this recap post*

*Cackle-Crying Now*

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  1. I love how many rereads you got to in March! And I love hearing about your bingo adventures πŸ™‚ Beauty and the Beast was soooo gooooood! Ahhh! I think you’re doing well with your challenges! That stuffed bread looks heavenly and Hollywood Approved *thumbs up*. Michelle Branch!!! Yes!! Ooh there’s one Imogen Heap song I love, Speeding Cars. Timekeeper and The Demon King, woohoo! I love the cover of Pax and still want to read Fiercombe Manor too. I’m so excited for you to be at BEA again! And Anastasia!! You’ll have the best time, I can’t wait to see pictures and hear about everything πŸ™‚

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