The BFF and I. Aren’t we the cutest? And haven’t we been the cutest friends since 2004?
Oh my Lord August was a busy month. I was, quite literally, all over the place (as in all over western Canada). Nevertheless, I’m still managing–albeit a bit later than I’d planned–to link up with the lovely Leigh Kramer for this month’s round of What I’m Into. Because I went in to reading panic mode before I started grad school, and thus read/am reading plenty of books that I need to talk about.
Books I’m Reading
- The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling: I held off on reading this book for quite a while because, like many others, I was afraid that I would hate it because it wasn’t Harry Potter. Thus far, I am really enjoying this book. It takes a lot more commitment to read because the vocabulary is for adults rather than children, and the pace is pretty slow, but I think it is proof that Rowling really is a great writer.
- Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo: You’ll see that I read the first installment of this trilogy, and I had to go straight to the next book. I love YA in general because it is quick, fun, stress-free type of read, but I obviously love a unique/good series like this one even more. I love the idea of Grisha, and amplifiers, and this is a great book.
- Speak – Nish Weiseth: Realistically, I should have finished reading this book a long time ago. Unfortunately, I was interrupted by a 2-week trip to western Canada (and didn’t have regular access to the e-book), and thus my e-book has expired. Thank goodness for Goodreads and my obsessive-compulsive tendency to record my reading progress! AKA: I will find this book and finish it ASAP.
Books I’ve Read
- A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home – Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman: Despite the fact that I don’t really craft or do things myself, I really love keeping tabs on A Beautiful Mess. In particular, I loved the “At Home With” series, because I am mildly obsessed with home tours and mid-century modern design, which this blog has plenty of. So I was beyond stoked to get a copy of this in the mail, even though I may or may not do any of the crafty things it contains. But it is a frigging beautiful coffee table book, and has DIY things of variable skill level, and it also has cocktail recipes. AKA: It is worth owning. :)
- The Book of Life – Deborah Harkness: I mentioned before that it took me a while to get back into the story, but once I did, I could barely put this book down (I actually got up early for work so I could read the last 40 pages). Many times, I’ve told people that I thought this book would be guilty pleasure reading, but it turned out to be so much better than that (which probably stems from the fact that Harkness is a History professor, and knows her stuff). I could go on and on, but I really loved this series. It is a trilogy that I legitimately think I will re-read in the future because the story of Diana and Matthew was just that good.
- Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo: Another book that I heard about from Leigh Kramer, whose book recommendations have yet to disappoint me. Finally, a unique setting for a YA novel! Very much loving this series, as I’m sure you’ve already noted because I’m currently reading book number two.
- Visions – Kelley Armstrong: A dear friend introduced me to Kelley Armstrong a number of months ago, and I am really enjoying her writing. This series is just the right amount of supernatural mixed in with mystery. I had a hard time putting it down at night, and was really thankful to have received it the week before starting my master’s. Also, I may or may not have jumped at the changing sounds of my air conditioner because this book is really suspenseful at times. But I loved it. Kelley Armstrong writes good women, which I really appreciate. And apparently, she does writing workshops at public libraries. #likeaboss
* A note about my reading habits: if you want the super detailed version of what I’m reading, what I’ve read and what I want to read, you can add me on Goodreads, aka: the form of social media made for people like me.
Films I’ve Watched
- Guardians of the Galaxy: There was so much hype about this movie (*cough* Andrew Stewart *cough*), and I wasn’t particularly interested in the content, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really quite liked Guardians of the Galaxy. It is surprisingly appropriate content-wise, is really funny, and is a great summer blockbuster type movie. Definitely worth seeing.
- The Other Woman: I will watch almost any movie when I’m flying, and this movie is proof of that. It certainly wasn’t good at all, but it did help me stay awake during my flight. In retrospect, I should have just re-watched episodes of House of Cards instead.
Television I’ve Watched
- Boardwalk Empire, Season 4: I lost interest in this show after the second season, which I blamed on the departure of a particular character. The husband and I have sporadically watched season 3 and 4 over the past year or so, and have just recently picked up watching again because we caught up on all of our other shows. While the TV is good, I realize that there are just too many new characters that I’m supposed to care about but I don’t. All that said, the show only has one season left, which I’ll probably watch, but without a deep love like many other shows.
- Hannibal, Season 2: Never has a TV show caused me to shout so many inappropriate words, and I mean that in a good way (I think). Despite knowing the general premise of the Hannibal Lecter story, this show continually keeps me guessing. It also keeps me covering my eyes, because it is crazy gruesome, and thus I can’t really recommend it to most people. All that said, it is psychologically fascinating, and I can’t wait until there’s another season!
- Sleepy Hollow, Season 1: I watched almost all of season 1 of this show when it first came out, but the final few episodes weren’t released until after I’d moved to Zimbabwe. So I forgot about it, and subsequently forgot how much I liked it. Sleepy Hollow is what I wish Supernatural was.
Things I’ve Done
- After many similar summers in the past, this summer was yet another filled with weddings. The most recent one happened to be that of my long-time BFF Sarah (and I say “long time” in a nearly ten years sort of way). She got married to a dude she’s known longer than me, and all things were beautiful because she is the queen of craft. Also, look how cute (and legitimately re-wearable) my dress is! All thanks to ModCloth.
- Because of the aforementioned wedding and graduate studies in September, I also left my job as an administrative assistant after almost four years. It is strange to not go back to that historic mansion everyday, but I know it is all for the best.
- During the week that we were in lower mainland BC for the BFF’s wedding, the husband and I also visited basically every friend who was living in the area. It amounted to a very busy schedule, and thus we did a lot of sleeping and not hanging out with people once we got to our respective home towns in the prairies. I spent some quality time with my Momma, during which she mended so many of my clothes and made me a bunch of curtains. Because she is The Best.
* Full disclosure: I received an advance reader’s copy of Visions, A Beautiful Mess: Happy Handmade Home and Speak , but the above thoughts and opinions are fully my own. Also, there are Amazon Associate links included in this post. If you click through to Amazon, any purchase you make supports this site.