Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Snapshots

1. How awesome are these mirrors? 

2 & 3. Thai restaurants and fortune cookies. 

6.  This past weekend I went to the Texas Teen Book Festival and it was my third time going. I look forward to the TTBF every year, because they always have great authors. This year I got to meet some of my favorite authors like Jenny Han and Morgan Matson and I got a TON of books signed. Another highlight from the TTBF was that I entered a raffle and got a bag of FREE BOOKS! // 7. These are most of the books I got this month. I went a little overboard with the book buying this month and bought the whole Throne of Glass series, a ton of books from Book Outlet, and some I bought from the TTBF. I've got a lot of reading to do now... // 8. This month I started reading the Throne of Glass series and I absolutely loved it. I'll be doing a full review soon on the whole series because I have a lot of feelings about these books. - Jessica

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Playlist: Autumn

I'm one of those people who loves when the temperature drops and I get to drink hot drinks and bundle up when I go outside. Since it's officially fall, I put together some of my favorite songs that I feel capture the season. Even though it's still 90 degrees outside here in Texas, I figured it would help me get into the spirit mentally until mid October when the temperature will actually drop.

Listen | Tracks:

1. Of Monsters and Men - I Of The Storm // 2. Mumford and Sons - Awake My Soul // 3. The Lumineers - Stubborn Love // 4. Paramore - In The Mourning // 5. San Fermin - Sonsick // 6. Tori Kelly - Funny // 7. Pentatonix - Standing By // 8. Taylor Swift - State Of Grace // 9. Ed Sheeran - One // 10. Lights - Where The Fence Is Low (Acoustic) // 11. Oscar Isaac - Fare Thee Well

Thursday, September 10, 2015

McCoy and Hazel's Trip to the Lake

Last month my sisters and I took McCoy and Hazel to the dog part of Town Lake. The area is an off leash park and there's a spot for dogs to jump in the water and swim. We went before sunset on a Wednesday night and there was plenty of dogs for McCoy and Hazel to play with. This was the first time we took Hazel swimming and I think she enjoyed it. Although next time we'll probably get her a life jacket because her head was barely peeking out of the water. McCoy on the other hand absolutely hates the water and wouldn't go within three feet of the lake. I had previously shared a little bit about this in my August Snapshots post, but I wanted to share more photos from that day.

Although he wouldn't get in the water he had no trouble posing in front of it. McCoy isn't a huge fan of getting his photo taken so I was so happy that he wanted to sit and pose here.

Look at her face peeking out of the water! 

For more of McCoy and Hazel's adventures visit the dog blog I have for them here! - Jessica

Friday, September 4, 2015

Books I Read In August

August was a pretty good reading month for me, I read 10 books and I managed to add some of them to my favorites pile. So here are the books that I read, and some-what-spoiler-free thoughts I have on them:

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - This book follows Emily after her best friend, Solane, suddenly disappears and leaves behind a list of things for Emily to do. I had read Morgan Matson first two books a couple of months ago and she has yet to disapoint me with her writing. This story was so cute and I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed reading Emily as she grew out of her shell, and stopped relying on Solane. As much as I loved this book, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending and I wish it had been a little more conclusive.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour - This book revolves around Emi after she finds a letter from a famous actor. I don't see enough books featuring lesbian protagonists and I was really excited to pick this one up. I really enjoyed the story and reading about the film aspect of this book. The mystery aspect of the books is what drew me in and I was a little disappointed that it was solved so conveniently and quickly. I liked how determined Emi was and I really liked seeing her artistic visions, but I wasn't a huge fan of Ava's character and I didn't like how immature she was at times. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, and I hope to read more of Nina LaCour's books soon.

For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund - This is a dystopian series that follows a world where the human society has been divided into an elite upper class and a "reduced" working class. This series is in a world of it's own; the world is so unique to dystopian literature and the everything is so beautifully written. I am a fan of slow building stories and these two books crafted one of the most beautiful stories. One of the things I found really interesting about this series is that they showed how two sets of people split up after a war and developed there own, completely different societies on different continents. In the first book, When I first picked up the second book, I was very confused as too how the story fit in with the first, but everything merged together so seamlessly. These books also have some of the coolest female protagonists I've ever read; there's Elliot, who is single handedly managing her family's estate, and Persus, who is secretly a spy and has formed the greatest cover behind a shallow personality. The romances in these books were practically perfect, and I was pretty much swooning while reading them. I love these two books so much, it's definitely one of my favorites and I highly, highly recommend them.

Pivot Point and Split Second by Kasie West - This series takes place in a society where everybody has powers and the main character, Addison, can see two different versions of the future. The first book is actually told switching between two futures, and I found that aspect of the books really interesting. I liked this series, the characters and storylines are interesting enough but I didn't like it as much as I like Kasie West's contemporaries.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu - This is a dystopian series that follows a world where the US has been divided into two countries at war with each other. This series is one that I could hardly put down, I consumed these books in a span of four days. I absolutely fell in love with this series, I found the plot and conflicts so interesting and I really loved the two lead characters, June and Day, but Metias also holds a special place in my heart. The ending of this series was really frustrating for me, about 5 pages from the end I was ready to throw the last book, but everything came together so well and I ended up being really satisfied with the ending. Overall I'm so satisfied with this series and I really enjoyed reading it.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - This book follows Samantha after she dies, and has to relieve the last day of her life seven times. I found the premise of this book really interesting, but I really didn't like the beginning, really liked the middle section, and absolutely hated the ending. I ended up giving this book a 3/5 stars on Goodreads because it wasn't horrible, I thought it was a good store and well written, but I was so disappointed with the ending. This review on Goodreads pretty much sums up all of my feelings after I read this book.

And those are the books I read in August. Even though were only a couple of days into September I already started reading three books and it's looking up to be a good month for fantasy books. I've started reading some of Sarah J. Maas' books and I've started the Half-Bad Trilogy. As always, feel free to follow me on Goodreads to see my reviews on these books and I see my progress during September. - Jessica