A Quarter in Review: April – June 2017


I had such a great three months, it was unbelievable!! These are only a small representation of how epic April – June was <3 <3 <3

*Photo booth pictures from my 30th birthday extravaganza – these are some of my favorite people!
*Took care of my BFFs pup while she vacationed this summer & Chris snapped this pic <3
*I got to see Alexa during BEA this year, and we had so much fun catching up!!!
*LOOK AT THIS PUPPERS!!! (Best part is she is totally stuck in those covers in that pic hahaha)
*I went to my very first broadway show this year, and it was ANASTASIA. Epic & beautiful <3
*Reunited with one of my blogging BFFs, Laura! We barely saw each other, but it was still lovely!
*I got my 10 year pin from B&N this year! I can’t believe I’ve been there for so long already …
*Went to a local wine festival with Ashley @ Must Love Books – so. much. wine. SO. MUCH. FUN.


April
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | ★★★★★
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl | ★★★
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios | ★★★★
Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood | ★★★
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ★★★★★

May
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | ★★★★
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen | ★★★★★
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ★★★
That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton | ★★★
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | ★★★★★
Arrowood by Laura McHugh | ★★★

June
Lucky in Love by Kasie West | ★★★
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | ★★★★★


Goodreads Reading Challenge
30/52 books
Flights of Fantasy
7/20 books
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
12/15 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
7/6 books

Didn’t do so hot with my challenges this quarter, but I’m okay with it – it’s really just an interesting way to track what types of books I’m reading! I think this is the first time in many years that I’ve done so well with Historical Fiction, but also one of the first times I’ve done so poorly with Fantasy books!


“I had to tell him we were like a collage. Pieces that could be put back together in a new way, a better way. If I didn’t say it now, I never would.”
I’ll Meet You There

“Just because you can live without someone doesn’t mean you want to.”
After I Do

“Laughing and crying are so intrinsically tied together, spun of the same material, that it’s hard to tell one from the other sometimes.”
After I Do

“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you’re a whole lot stronger than you think.”
Alex, Approximately

“Hope was such a painful thing, far more painful than rage.”
The Alice Network

“‘I don’t know what to say,’ she said, after a pause. ‘I don’t want to tell you a lie, and I don’t know the truth.’ It was maybe the most honest thing anyone had ever said to me.”
The War That Saved My Life


This quarter was UNREAL as far as food was concerned! A huge part of that was the two trips I took in April & May (HELLO YUMMY FOOD FROM OUT OF TOWN). I honestly doubt any other quarter this year will boast such fun food pics!

*Mexican for my birthday dinner (tradition, ya know)!!
*Gigantic slices of mushroom pizza!!
*CHICKEN ON A FREAKIN’ STICK (thank you NYC)!!
*Times Square Shake Shack (first time trying the Mushroom Burger, YUM)!!
*The best and biggest and most intense NYC diner breakfast!!
*&&THE ABSOLUTE BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD, BAR NONE.
(^^Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen on 6th Ave & Watts in NYC – if you’re in the city, you must try it!)


After watching through basically all of Seasons 1-10 on Netflix, I was finally ready to watch S11 of Criminal Minds. It was BEYOND EPIC. I can’t believe they are still able to come up with such original storylines and keep us on the edge of our seats. (Also, it worked out perfectly because I finished watching it right before S12 dropped on Netflix!)

Finally, finally, FINALLY watched Moana! It was such an amazing movie and um, I’m sorry, potentially unpopular opinion time, but it was WORLDS better than Frozen.

#sorrynotsorry

I loved the plot, I loved how strong Moana was, I loved that Maui was a good guy that was also kind-of a bad guy, and I LOVED the ending. And the music was so lovely <3 I’ve watched it probably 5x since the first time I watched it (and after writing this, I kinda want to watch it again….).


I didn’t do a lot this quarter, because I was waiting to start in my new beautiful planner!! How gorgeous are these designs?? I can’t wait to show pictures for next quarter when I’ve gotten to play with this new pretty more <3


This is the best of the best that I picked up at #BEA17 this year – I am so excited for all of these books! (And since I’m publishing this in July, I can tell you that I’ve already read A Short History of the Girl Next Door and Genuine Fraud – both 4★ reads!)

I’m trying to decide which is going to be my next book … The Knowing or Jane, Unlimited?!?!?


Normally I use this section to talk about things I’ve discovered at grocery stores or on the web or just really cool things I’ve come across – but for this quarter I’m using it to show off all the awesome things I did and saw while in NYC *heart eyes*

Museum of Natural History. Central Park. The MET. Grand Central Station. CBGBs. Columbus Circle. Flatiron Building. New York Public Library. Museums. SO MANY THINGS.

<3 ALSO STEGGIES <3

It was really the best damn day (yes, I did all of that in one 34,716 steps day!). I loved getting to explore such a vibrant and interesting city on my own terms, my own pace, my own timeline. It was such a cool experience and I hope to get to do it in other exciting cities someday.



 

Want to know what one of the great things about doing a quarterly recap vs. a monthly recap is? It’s the fact that even though this is coming about 17 days late, it’s still totally relevant and not on top of the next recap … hahahahahaha.

What about you? Did you do anything amazing over the last 3 months? Are you looking forward to making the most out of summer like I am?? Let’s talk!

 

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  1. It was so nice to meet you at BEA! Your post reminded me that I still have to check out that Mexican Restaurant soon! And happy 30th!!! Mine is this coming weekend and I’ve been dreading exiting my 20’s (for no reason other than I feel so much older than the characters I typically read books about)!

    1. Kristin!! It was so nice to meet you as well – I’m sorry this reply is so very much overdue, haha. I hope you had a wonderful 30th and that you got to try that restaurant; I swear it’s exactly as amazing as I said, if not more! I honestly think about that meal at least once a week, hahaha!

  2. I’m glad you had such an amazing quarter! So many wonderful happenings- birthday, NYC (and BEA!), Anastasia, yummy fooooood! Love all the pictures. The most surprising thing for me challenge wise is that I’m reading an equal amount of fantasy and contemporary! I need to read more historical fiction. Moana was so good!! I love when you find a movie to watch a bunch of times 🙂 I have an e-arc of House of Shadows, it sounds super good. And Wild Beauty sounds amazing. Happy summer, friend!!

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    1. Officially posting a reply to your comment *so late* that we are in an entirely different season (but at least it’s the same year, right?!). It was SUCH a good quarter, which makes me so happy because I have wonderful memories to get me through the colder months that are coming up (*cues weather whining*). 😉

      I was so surprised to really see how little fantasy books I was reading, and honestly that trend has continued into the rest of this year – but at the same time I’m thrilled that I’m reading more Historical Fiction so I’ll take it!! and MOANAAAA OMG I loved it so much! It’s definitely become a “I don’t know what to watch so I’ll just put this on” type of movie, which is perfect for me. 🙂