Month in Review: January 2017

Month in Review: January 2017

BANGS! I honestly don’t think I realized how much I missed them until I had them back, haha. A Lindsey at work in her natural habitat … aka yes, that is really how I sit in my work chair when I’m super focused on something. *cry laughs* Um, whoa. I’ve been calorie counting for THREE HUNDRED DAYS. I’ve already lost all the weight I want to, but after I hit about 280 days, I figured it would be pretty cool to get all the way to 365 and an entire year! (I’m also using the last 40-50 days to try to wean myself off of counting every single calorie that I eat – which is proving to be a lot more difficult than I thought it would be!) My job did a raffle for this giant Coca-Cola bear and I did not win it (mainly because I couldn’t enter the raffle because I work there) and I WAS SO SAD. I think I was in the process of saying, “He’s so FLUFFY!” when this picture was taken?? The Bear & The Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★ All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ★★★★★ That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson ★★ Goodreads Reading […]

2016 End of Year Survey!

2016 End of Year Survey!

Number Of Books You Read: 52 Number of Re-Reads: 11 Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy 1. Best Book You Read In 2016? TOO DIFFICULT, WON’T CHOOSE AND YA CAN’T MAKE ME. Castle Auburn | Another Life | The Forgetting | War that Saved My Life | Hating Game | Unmade 2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? The Memory Book I had really high hopes for this book (about a girl writing a diary as she attempts to cope with a genetic disorder that is slowly eroding both her memories and her health), but I just couldn’t connect with the MC at all. I know a lot of people that really loved it, but for me it just didn’t work.  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? The Princess Diaries This one is SO HARD TO ADMIT but I just …. well, um, I mean, I guess, I didn’t really like this book. *hides under the closest and biggest rock ever* I watched the movie first, and didn’t read this until I was in my very very late 20s – and the mindset […]

Looking Back on September 2016!

Looking Back on September 2016!

I had an emergency appendectomy in September, and OOF. (Not gonna lie, it’s a huge reason that this recap is being posted so late…) It was fairly terrifying in a lot of ways, but it also made me feel really lucky to have the support system I have, both near and far (all of you lovely blog ladies included!). The beau stayed with me the entire time, and I think he ended up going like 24+ hours without sleep (while I was knocked out due to whatever meds they were pumping me with). In the end, I’m so glad I decided to go to the doctor, so glad I have insurance, and so glad I have the people around me that I do. I finished The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, a book that I’m reading as a part of the Trans Atlantic Book Project. As loathe as I am to mark up my own books, I have to admit it’s pretty fun to read a book with annotations from others, because it’s like I’m reading it with them! I finally decided to FIX MY DESK SPACE after months upon months upon months of agonizing over how not happy […]

Looking Back On August 2016!

Looking Back On August 2016!

The beau and I took a great little mini vacation to Chincoteague Island earlier this month, which is where most of these photos were taken – it was SUCH a fun trip, and I can’t wait until we get to take another! Also, I wish I could tell you what he and the horse found so funny, but I think it was an inside joke 😉 I had the most fun spending an evening at Ashley’s working on our planners and working some crafty magic for this round of #OTSPSecretSister! (In case you are wondering if it is easy to fit two cricuts, two planners, a million pens, a bunch of cardstock, two margaritas, and two people at one little table, it totally is not.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron ★★★★★ Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West ★★★★ 2 books this month, and they were both ARCs from BEA! (Not a great showing for #ARCAugust, but at least I tried? *womp womp*) 1 ★★★★★ and 1 ★★★★ – not too shabby! Flights of Fantasy (13/20) Backlist Books (24/20) Rock My TBR (7/25) Historical Fiction (8/15) Six Squared (16/36) Fairytale Retelling (1/5) #ReRead2016 (11/6) Must Read in 2016 (6/10) FINALLY I HAVE A FAIRYTALE […]

Looking Back on June 2016!

Looking Back on June 2016!

Back in January my truck died, and after trying to fix him we determined that he was beyond help. It took me a while to finally let go (he was a gift from my grandparents before they passed away), but he was picked up by a tow truck this month. (I’m sure my neighbors are pleased – he was taking up a parking spot for ages!) I’ve been doing this calorie counting thing for about 4 months now, and I hit a huge milestone last month: I’ve officially lost 20 pounds!! This is probably the lowest I’ve weighed in 5 or 6 years, and it’s been a really wonderful feeling. I love being able to put on those clothes that I’ve kept for “when I can fit in them again” … and actually fit in them again!!! <3 IT IS SUMMER TIME AND THERE ARE BEACHES AND POOLS AND BOOKS AND ALL IS WELL WITH THE WORLD!!! <3 The beau and I are both total summer babies and love spending time outdoors during these months, and June is a particular favorite because it hasn’t yet gotten too hot and sticky just yet (not that I’m complaining, I’ll take 90 feels like 101 […]

Looking back on May 2016!

Looking back on May 2016!

Basically the only thing worth capturing pictures of in May took place during BEA, and I’m okay with that. (oh, and hey … as I’ve been obsessively going through all of these pictures I’m starting to realize I didn’t get enough pictures with way too many people so that is definitely something I’d like to remedy next year!!!) <3 <3 <3 The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot ★★★ Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley ★★★★ The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow ★★★★ The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch ★★★★★ 4 books this month; 3 ARCs (all from BEA) and 1 backlist title! 1 ★★★★★, 2 ★★★★, and 1 ★★★! Flights of Fantasy (7/20) Backlist Books (14/20) Rock My TBR (6/25) Historical Fiction (5/15) Six Squared (12/36) Fairytale Retelling (0/5) #ReRead2016 (5/6) Must Read in 2016 (4/10) Didn’t knock it out of the park this month, but I got a couple in! I found this band (and this song specifically) through my April Rainy Day Tracking Down Tunes project with Alexa (wow, what a mouthful!) and I have been basically listening to this album on repeat ever since! [spotify id=”spotify:track:4wLvmlgcHW5ZkNERDIDv5H” width=”300″ height=”80″ /] This one is probably my favorite song on the entire album […]

BEA 2016 Recap: Pt 2, The People!

BEA 2016 Recap: Pt 2, The People!

Book Expo America is, first and foremost, the largest annual trade book fair in the United States (so says Wikipedia, so you know it’s true). At the core of this trade fair are industry professionals having very important conversations about books, publishing, bookstores, libraries, classrooms, print vs digitial, and anything and everything else you could possibly imagine as it relates to the future of books. I acknowledge all of this with so much respect for each industry professional that attends BEA (whether they be a publisher, author, agent, bookseller, librarian, or blogger – because we all strive to be professionals in our respective industries). But I also acknowledge that for me, Book Expo America is a whole other thing. It is the chance to get to spend an entire week with some of the smartest, funniest, kindest, loveliest souls I’ve ever had the pleasure to call friends – all of the bloggers that have made my life so full and happy over the past two and a half years. When I was putting all of the pictures together for this post, I intended it to be some sort of recap of the week I spent in Chicago and some of the things […]