Mood & Music Monday: 5/22/17

Hello, friends, and welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday!

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? Imagine Dragons has released some new music recently, and I’m only just now listening to it, but I’m enjoying what I hear so far. It sounds pretty reminiscent of their older stuff. (Also, this one has me boppin’ my head like crazy, hehehe.)

What are you reading? Still working through Heir of Fire; 150 more pages left. I’m also a chapter away from finishing Gatbsy.

What are you drinking? Plenty of Kombucha; I have an upset stomach. :/

Any goals for this week? Staying on top of my reading schedule; I have several books I need to start, heheheh.

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?

Mood & Music Monday: 5/15/17

Hello, friends, and welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday!

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? Okay, I know this seems like a weird thing to listen to on repeat, but I love the French language, and, though I haven’t been to France (yet!), I love what I’ve seen of the French culture. The lyrics to this anthem are so powerful and fierce (what other language has a verb for “to slit one’s throat”?); I’ve memorized the first verse.

But, anyway, one of my friends was singing this earlier, and now it’s stuck in my head, so that’s why I’m currently listening to it. 🙂

What are you reading? Still working on Heir of Fire. Last week was busy; hopefully I can do more reading this week. :/

What are you drinking? Water! (Not enough, though, heheh.)

Any goals for this week? Beta reading! One of my reading deadlines is approaching, so I’m hoping to meet it this week. Wish me luck! 🙂

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?

Catching Up!

Hello, again! Guess who’s still alive?

Yeah, I’m back. Between tons of homework, a phone that’s deleted all its info and still refuses to go back to factory settings so I can finally fix it (-_-), and some health issues, it’s been a wild few months, and I’ve dropped the ball on a lot of things. Unfortunately, running this blog was one of them.

This post is meant to be a hybrid of several different posts, to make up for my inactivity:

  • a Mood and Music Monday update
  • a March/April wrap-up
  • a May TBR

Without further ado, let’s get started.


Song(s) of the week:

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for Corpse Bride a lot over the past two days–it’s so haunting and atmospheric, and I love the movie so much. (Morbidly enough, I can relate to several of the characters–sometimes rather depressingly so.) The main titles, in particular, have been on repeat, but I’ve been listening to the rest of the soundtrack, too.


March/April Wrap-Up

Here are the books I finished during my hiatus:

Here are the books I DNF’d:

  • Ignite Me (and all the extra novellas in the Shatter Me series) by Tahereh Mafi: Unravel Me was disappointingly dull, and I figured that I didn’t want to force myself to keep reading a series I wasn’t enjoying just so I could say I’d finished it. Too many books, too little time.
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James: I wanted to like this one, but I could barely get through the first two pages before growing bored. So I put it down. (On another note: Someone should write a cool fantasy novel based on Gilded Age America. How cool would that be? I mean, I know English history is kind of cool, but American history is so underused as a setting/inspiration for fantasy/paranormal novels. I’d love to see more of that. [Maybe I’ll write it?])
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake: My interest with this book waned, especially after seeing how similar it is to other titles *cough*Red Queen*cough* in the YA fantasy market right now. (And Red Queen was already a knock-off, so would this be…a knock-off of a knock-off? [A knock-off-off??])

May TBR

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of this. My phone basically erased all the pictures I had left for the April book challenge I was participating in, and won’t let me take more pictures, so there might not be book pictures for some time. 😦 But here’s a list of all the books I’m attempting to read:

20658347Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Found this at the library, and I’m ready to continue the series! Supposedly, this is where things start to go down, so I’m looking forward to this. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

30037861Silver Stars (Front Lines, #2) by Michael Grant

I love WWII, and I enjoyed Front Lines, so I’m excited to have this in my hands. It’s time for some more female soldier action!

 

 

 

 

 

29772863Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

I’ve already read the rest of the series, so why not? It’ll be exciting to read a graphic novel; I’ve never picked one up before. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

22892448The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

I received an ARC of this darling book in the mail the other day, and I’m so excited to start it! Sierra is a dear, and this book promises to make my heart very happy, so, of course, I can’t wait to read it. 😀

 

 

 

 


Four books to read this month. It’s definitely less ambitious than I’ve attempted in previous months, and hopefully(?) I’ll have less homework, so I can read all of these this month. I’m eager to get back into the swing of things again!

What about you?

  • How many books will you be reading this month?
  • Which of those books are you most looking forward to reading?

Mood & Music Monday: 3/20/17

Hello, friends! I’m back! Welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday!

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? I love Daughter, and I love Youth’s guitar, so I went on a search for the backing track and found this. It’s proof that every part of this song is beautiful. (See also: the backing track for “Run.”)

What are you reading? Finished Scarlet. Still reading A Crown of Wishes, and planning on starting Cress tomorrow.

What are you drinking? Kombucha and lots of water. 😛

Any goals for this week? Posting reviews! And getting caught up on beta reading.

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?

Mood & Music Monday: 3/13/17

Hello, friends! I’m back! Welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday!

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? I’m listening to the movie score for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is really enchanting (and pleasing to the ears without being run-of-the-mill). “Only the Beginning of the Adventure” is my favorite so far.

What are you reading? Finished Unravel Me, and I’ve started Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Still reading A Crown of Wishes, and we’re getting to a good place; I’m eager to read on. 🙂

What are you drinking? Kombuchaaaaaa.

Any goals for this week? Actually posting here. Goodness gracious.

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?

Mood & Music Monday: 3/6/17

Hello, friends! I’m back! Welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday!

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? I’m listening to the only good thing that came out of Padme and Anakin’s relationship (besides Luke and Leia): “Across the Stars,” their goosebump-summoning musical theme, composed by the fantastic John Williams. It’s so, so beautiful and intense and AHHHHHHH. I love it. Too bad Anakin and Padme’s love wasn’t as epic as this song, though. :/

What are you reading? I started my ARC of A Crown of Wishes and Unravel Me. I’m about 40 pages into the former, and 200 into the latter. I’m hoping to enjoy them both.

What are you drinking? Kombucha and plenty of water. It’s still chilly enough for tea, but I didn’t make any today.

Any goals for this week? Working on my novel! It’s been forever since I looked at that thing. Maybe I’ll get the chance this week? *crosses fingers* I also hope to get back on track with reviews starting this week. My internet connect has been spotty, so here’s to hoping. *double-crosses fingers*

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?

Mood & Music Monday: 2/27/17

Hello, and welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday!

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? Great and Holy Lent just started for the Orthodox Christians, and I decided to give up secular music this year. So, instead, I’m listening to church hymns. The hymn above is “Now the Powers of Heaven” (a hymn from the Presanctified Liturgy) by the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir. I believe this arrangement is composed by Grigory Lvovsky, who just so happens to be one of my favorite four-part church composers. This video leaves me breathless every time.

What are you reading? I finally finished Nevernight! (Yaaay!) I also started RoseBlood; I’m only around 40 pages in, so we’ll see where it goes.

What are you drinking? Kombucha, water, and, because it’s raining where I am, we’re making tea! 😀

Any goals for this week? Staying alive this week–and for the next seven/eight weeks in general, to be honest. Lent means more services, which is wonderful, but, when you have homework and beta reading to do, things can get stressful really quickly. I’m balancing a lot this week, and I hope to do it successfully.

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?