BOOKS, TV, & FALL THINGS: October 2019 Wrap Up

October was a month filled with so many (good) things and moments in my academic and personal life. That being said, my life was more busy and honestly hectic than it’s ever been before. October often marks midterm season in the college world, which meant a few papers and writing assignments on my end, including having to start drafting my first of two senior research papers. I know I haven’t been too specific about my senior project for my English major (honestly I’m still working out my subtopics and arguments even with my 15-20 page draft in the works), but I can reveal that I’m talking about Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give! I’ve luckily read a decent amount of contemporary literature in my English courses, but this is my first time studying YA.

Between also balancing my course-load alongside my jobs and social time (trying to make the most of my last year living with all of my best friends), my brain has been feeling fried and not exactly in the mood to read at the end of the day. Probably also not helping my reading life, I watched so many great new TV shows this month.

I really wish I was reading more, but I’m at the point where I have to dedicate my free time to the aforementioned things. However, I 100% admit that my senioritis is definitely kicking in and I’ve been finding myself drifting  to blogging and reading when I should probably be doing school work. I think it’s also because it’s almost (!!!) the end of the year and I’ve been working on my favorites, yearly wrap-up, and holiday-themed posts, but I’ve been so in the mood to read lately because of all the new books coming out still this year (I’m looking at you, The Toll and The Queen of Nothing.

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The Chase by Elle Kennedy | 4/5 Stars

I was so excited to jump back into the Off-Campus world with The Chase. Although it’s not my favorite Elle Kennedy book, I loved having Fitz as one of the protagonists.

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The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh | 4/5

The most Halloween-esque book that I read in October, I enjoyed The Beautiful for its atmospheric setting and for the fact that it broke my usual reading habits with its paranormal and mysterious story.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (ARC) | 4/5

October marks Christmas season prep in the Fangirl Fury handbook, which further encouraged me to pick up 10 Blind Dates. 10 Blind Dates was a fun holiday mood read. I really enjoyed its family focus.

 

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BOOKS, NETFLIX, & LOVER: August 2019 Wrap Up

The end of August means the end of two of my favorite things: summer and summer reading. As much as I love this season, including all of the reading time, I am really happy to be back at school and get back into my (hectic) routine. I’m content with the amount of books I read this month, considering that I really didn’t read as much as I had been earlier in the summer, in light of the start of school 

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A Match Made in Mehindi by Nandini Bajpai (ARC) | 3.5/5 Stars

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | 4.5/5

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American Royals by Katharine McGee (ARC) | 5/5

I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller | 5/5

Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning (ARC) | 4/5

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SUMMER LOVING, READING & FANGIRLING: June 2019 Wrap Up

Just as I wanted it to be, June was filled with ALL the books and TV-watching. The summer weather has finally started, with the exception of a solid week filled with rain where I live which sent me inside with coffee and a blanket.  I was able to consistently start reading in the pool- no worries, my books are safe on my reading raft and I’ve had a few beach days! This month, I also dove into some ARCs from Book Expo and lots of Netflix as per usual.

whatireadnew Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 4/5 Stars

Forever, Interrupted was an enjoyable binge-read that I mostly read on my last day of Book Expo train rides. As someone who has read most of TJR’s books now, you can tell that this was her debut, but she still packed an emotional punch.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon | 5/5

There’s a review coming very soon for There’s Something About Sweetie, but just know for now that this is one of my favorite 2019 reads.

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As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon | 5/5

There’s Something About Sweetie left me craving more of Sandhya Menon’s writing, which led me to the semi-sequel/novella to When Dimple Met Rishi. It was such a cute and funny read that once again makes me want more of these characters and more Sandhya Menon books.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | 4/5

It took me about two hundred pages to really get into A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I ultimately found that the hype was worth the read.

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A FAVORITE BOOK & TV MONTH: March 2019 Wrap Up

I’ve read many good books so far this year, but I think March has been my favorite reading month in 2019. I was on spring break for the first week of the month, in which I devoured 5 books while crying over school assignments and binge-watching two seasons of a Netflix show. While I have been reading for fun during the semester, I just felt so much like my reading self during the break, devouring books left and right! I read a total of 10 books in March and did get to some “meaning to watch” TV and movies this month.

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Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill (ARC) | 4/5

I’m always ready for a World War II historical fiction read, including Stephanie Morrill’s Within These Lines. This book is really unique in the genre, as one of the main protagonist is sent away to a Japanese internment camp in the 1940s US.

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne (ARC) | 5/5

The Wrong Side of Right was a recent TBR addition that I’m so glad is now part of my recently read shelf. I consider myself a connoisseur of my local library’s YA section, so I don’t know how I haven’t read this 2015 release before!

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (ARC) | 5/5

Small Town Hearts is 100% the summer contemporary everyone needs in their bookish lives. This book still has me craving beach days with an iced coffee in tow.

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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (ARC) | 5/5

My most anticipated book of 2019, Serious Moonlight completely delivered in all the right feels. Jenn Bennett is seriously the queen of contemporary romance. I still find myself thinking about Birdie and Daniel’s story.

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GIVE ME ALL THE TV & CHRISTMAS: November Wrap Up

November, you were filled with school, books, film, AND all the holiday season prep. I am a firm believer that the earlier you start celebrating Christmas, the happier you’ll be (and hopefully that happiness will translate to reading motivation!)

I read 6 books in November, which I’m really happy about because I mostly LOVED everything that I read. I also hit 100 books for the year- live love Goodreads for telling me this (I’m currently at 105). I think one of my New Year “resolutions” is going to be keeping better track of what I read on my own—I tried and failed to do so in 2018, despite some pretty amazing Excel sheets.
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Books, Film, and Hopefully More Books: April Wrap Up

April shall be known as the month where I wanted to read all the books, but my last month of the semester and final papers sort’ve prevented that– I still managed to read 6 books! I’m beyond excited for my summer reading plans, and within those 6 books, I also managed to conquer two Sarah J. Maas books!?! Since I spend a lot of time reading, writing, and with words in general for school, I relaxed a lot by watching TV and movies. And writing blog posts, of course.

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides | 4/5 Stars

I’ve been loving bookish Instagram templates lately, and I found The Virgin Suicides through a classics challenge template. This intriguing, but shocking read has definitely become one of my favored classics.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena | 4.5/5 Stars

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | 4/5 Stars

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Reread) | 5/5 Stars

Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade | 4/5 Stars

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas | 5/5 Stars

 

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So imagine my happiness when my family decided to get HBO on Amazon Prime during the busiest time of the school year. There’s so much I want to watch on HBO (my friend keeps pressuring me to start Game of Thrones), and I did find the time to watch a few movies, including The House, La La Land, and Collateral Beauty. Zoella’s New York City vlogs influenced my watching of Collateral Beauty, which was my favorite movie of the month (even if it caused me to ugly cry).

I also watched Speech & Debate on Netflix. I was really excited to watch this one because of Darren Criss and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cameos, and I really enjoyed its cast and humor.

My finals work had me craving some light-hearted TV, which led me to catching on the CW. I’m now up-to-date on Riverdale, and I’ve been loving Life Sentence with Lucy Hale.

Streaming-wise, I watched the first season of Divorce on HBO/Amazon Prime. I’m a huge Sarah Jessica Parker fan and it was fun to see her once again in New York City. And in more light-hearted TV news, I watched the first season of Nailed It on Netflix. I love baking shows, and this one is such much fun, showcasing amateur bakers who try to replicate Pinterest and Instagram-worthy cakes and treats.

 

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Reviews

SCHOOL BOOKS THAT I ACTUALLY ENJOYED: March Mini Reviews

The Little French Bistro by Nina George

My New Favorite Graphic Novel: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

College YA Meets Music: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen (featuring Music Habits Tag)

ARC Review: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

Queen of My Heart: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Diverse Reviews: A Girl Like That & The Astonishing Color of After

Top Five Wednesday

Favorite Jokesters

Auto-Buy Sci-fi & Fantasy Authors

Ideal Mash-Ups & Anticipated Mash-Ups

Fandom Items

 

April Snow Showers??: TBB Asks Spring Edition

Monthly Recommendations: Mental Health Rep

Traveling with Fictional Characters and My Favorite Things: The Liebster Award

My Experience Seeing Carousel

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CarouselDuring the first week in April, one of my best friends and I went to see Carousel on Broadway. I have a post about my experience seeing the show, and I can now say that I’ve been to a Broadway preview.

Publishing over 200 Posts- Wrap ups truly are full circle. I probably should’ve mentioned this last month, but Give Me More Spring Breaks: March Wrap Up was my 200th blog post. I’ve actually been doing some spring cleaning on the blog and deleting some old posts, but I’m still over the 200 mark!

Finishing my second year of college- At the time I’m publishing this wrap-up, I only have two days of my sophomore year left! I’ve enjoyed sophomore year much more than my first year, and not just for the fact that I had no written final exams this semester. I did really well in the classroom, had my first internship, made some great friendships, and of course read a lot of books.

 

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What did you read and watch in April? Did you go to any bookish events? Share in the comments!