March 31, 2015 • Cee • Monthly Recap

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A lot happened in March, which is kind of weird because nothing ever happens. But it’s all good! It was a very fabulous month!

On a different note, after looking at Charlotte’s gorgeous recap for February, I felt like I needed to step up my game, and voila! I’m so in love with this layout, and I’m trying not to overuse it (WHICH IS REALLY HARD FOR ME RIGHT NOW!).

And oh boy, friends. Prepare yourself because I have A LOT to say.

WHAT’S UP?

I saw Leighton Meester! 

YES. I saw this beautiful woman—this ethereal goddess. And it was such an experience! I haven’t been to a concert in forever (probably not since high school), so for Leighton to be my first concert as an adult is everything I could ever wish for. When she appeared, the crowd went absolutely wild. I didn’t want to be the asshole that had their phone recording Leighton sing, but I had to get video of Blue Afternoon (because BLUE AFTERNOOOOONNNNNNN). She sang all the songs off her fabulous album, Heartstrings, and four cover songs: “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man” – Loretta Lynn, “Lovefool” – The Cardigans, “Dreams” – Fleetwood Mac, and “No Matter What” – Badfinger!

Of course, the concert wasn’t all fun, particularly waiting in line and for Leighton to appear on stage as well as fellow concert-goers being assholes (like a guy dropping his drink on the floor, which got all over my shoes, and I was practically wading in it the entire concert, because his arm was getting tired of holding it, and people yelling out Gossip Girl shit at Leighton). At least, I bonded with a girl standing next to me; we mutually sideeyed the people around us who were being assholes. But it was an experience! (It just confirmed that I hate crowds. Like, I don’t want to feel you, a stranger, pressed against my back, but that’s concerts for ya.)

But I enjoyed every moment Leighton was on the stage.

I totally failed Epic Recs this month.

Charlotte was rocking this month’s Epic Recs, where I, well, epically failed. Whoops? I had every intention to read Stormdancer, but it just didn’t happen. I’m a mood reader, so I just wasn’t up to reading it (especially after I got obsessed with my Camp NaNoWriMo project). Damn.

I kicked off an awesome feature called Essential Reading that I’m really proud of! 

I’M SO PROUD, GUYS! For those who have not had the pleasure of visiting the posts, Essential Reading are posts where authors share five to seven books (children’s, YA, general fiction, romances, nonfiction, and all) that they or their characters love, or has impacted their lives or their characters’s lives. I had always been curious about what books the characters I read would love, and voila!

If you haven’t checked out the post, here are the two: David Arnold on Mim’s Essential Reading list + Becky Albertalli on Simon’s Essential Reading list! I’m also giving away a copy of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda!

I’m just incredibly happy that you have been enjoying the two that have been published so far! It’s so dear to my heart! It’s my brain-child. ;D

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book I will shove into people’s faces. 

Your face doesn’t look like it’s occupying your face? BOOK SHOVE. (Just imagine a cake being smashed onto your face. It’s like that, but with this book!) This book was just so darn cute and delightful! WHY DID I ONLY READ IT A WEEK AND A HALF BEFORE THE PUB DATE? WHY DIDN’T I READ EARLIER? BUT BETTER NOW THAN NEVER BECAUSE OH MAN. BECKY ALBERTALLI, THIS REALLY DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

SITTING ON MY BOOKSHELF

Blogger Love-A-Thon winnings

Thank you for the books! <3 A lot of these (mainly the ARCs) will be given away or donated. :)

Borrowed from the Library

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Revival
Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance
Young Avengers, Vol 2: Alternative Culture

The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
Here by Richard McGuire
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

I went a bit crazy when I went to the library. I borrowed A LOT of graphic novels.

BLOG POSTS GALORE
REVIEWS
BOOK COVERS
DISCUSSIONS
LETTERS
LISTS
EPIC RECS
  • March 2015 · Charlotte recommended Stormdancer, and I recommended her Perfect Ruin. Muahahahahahaha.
CURRENT OBSESSIONS

From Dusk till Dawn is everything I love.

Bank robbers + Aztec Vampires + Aztec Mythology? Fuck yes.


(Source)

I had planned to watch From Dusk Till Dawn eventually, but this gif set convinced me to watch pronto. (I’M JUST A SUCKER FOR THE NICKNAME, OKAY? AND THE FEELS, DUDES. UGHHHH.) And when you watch the show, you get invested in the characters and their relationship with each other—the Gecko brothers (always looking out for each other) and the Fullers—as well as the small gestures that just killlll me. JUST EVERYTHING. It’s really good.

I have a new writing project with the codename OUTLAW BABES.

MY PRECIOUS BABIES! I am really obsessed with the characters I created. Beyond obsessed. GO READ MY CAMP NANOWRIMO INSPIRATION POST BECAUSE I TALK A LOT ABOUT THEM! ;D

NOTE TO SELF FOR NEXT MONTH

 It’s gonna be a graphic novel April! 

Because I borrowed A LOT of graphic novels, I’ve decided to make April my graphic novel reading month, with the exception of April ARCs I will be reading and reviewing. Will I achieve my goals of reading everything I borrowed? Hopefully!

How was your March? Anything you’re looking forward to in April like books? 

 

8 Responses to “MONTHLY RECAP | March 2015”

  1. Krystianna says:

    It looks like you had a pretty awesome month! I’ve loved Leighton ever since I marathoned Gossip Girl a few years ago. She’s just so awesome! Her singing voice is the absolute best. I’m so jealous you got to see her in concert! I’m glad you had fun, though. :D I’ve recently jumped on the graphic novel bandwagon, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to some of your reviews next month. :b
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. Freda Mans says:

    Looks like you had a fun month! You did ok for books! Happy April reading!

  3. Alexa S. says:

    I love your format for your monthly recap, Cee! It’s so cool that you got to see Leighton Meester; I’ve been listening to her Heartstrings album ever since you mentioned it. And I really enjoy your Essential Reading posts! AND I owe you more Love-a-Thon goodies, hehe. Great recap!

  4. Charlotte says:

    I’M CRYING BECAUSE GUESS WHAT FEEDLY USED AS YOUR IMAGE AGAIN AND I WAS LIKE WAIT A MINUTE THIS ISN’T CEE’S CAMP NANOWRIMO POST.

    I’M STILL AMAZED YOU SAW LEIGHTON. HOW WAS THAT EVEN REAL????? And ewwww at those assholes, they didn’t deserve Queen Leighton.

    I’M SO PROUD OF YOU FOR ESSENTIAL READINGS. IT’S WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT FOR AGES AND IT’S SUCH A SUCCESS.

    Lol you really did go crazy at the library BUT IT’S TOTALLY OKAY BECAUSE YOU + COMICS + GRAPHIC NOVELS.

    Ahhhh your bbs (although I’m a little surprised you didn’t mention Poldark). Man I wonder if April is just going to be a repeat of our March recaps LOLLL

    MY MARCH WAS GREAT THANKS, A LITTLE BORING BUT Y’KNOW ONCE PACIFIC RIM CAME INTO MY LIFE I SAW THE LIGHT. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO STUFF LIKE MORE OF OUR BBS. YEAH.

  5. I had no idea that Leighton Meester sang! And Essential Reading sounds very cool; I need to check it out!

  6. LEIGHTON!!!!! THE QUEEEN!!! I’m with ya. Crowds get a thumbs down from me as well. Urgh people LOL

    I STOOD AT THE BOOKSTORE YESTERDAY AND THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING SIMON AND THEN I WALKED AWAY FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON. What is wrong with me!!!??!?

    I spy sin eater’s daughter. You and I both need to read that one. I’m just so all over the place nowadays with things I pick up heh.

    WAIT WHAT IS THIS FROM DUSK TO DAWN THING????? I NEED TO WATCH THIS. HOLY MOLY.

  7. LEIGHTON MEESTER IS THE QUEEN. I’m so happy that you enjoyed her concert, whee!

    Eeeep, I love your Essential Reading feature! I’ve yet to read them all fully and comment, but I’m so proud of you.

    Everyone needs to read Simon, okay. I’m pushing it on everyone, too!

    CEE, PLEASE WATCH THE 100 BECAUSE THAT NICKNAME IS JUST- YOU’LL LOVE IT, I PROMISE. Also, I’m so watching From Dusk Till Dawn.

    Outlaw babes aaahhh! Love how cool that sounds. Good luck, Cee! <3

  8. The second I saw that GIF with the use of “princess,” I was instantly interested, so obviously I’m a sucker for that nickname as well!

    I have Simon from the library right now and I’m even more excited now!


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