Saturday, 18 August 2012

Behind the Books (3)


1.) You may notice I tend to do these around kind of major life events. So...this post won't be any different.

2.) I move out of my house tomorrow. I'm going 45 minutes away to my college dorm. My roommates won't show up until Monday, so I'm on my own for the night. Everyone's acting like it's a huge deal, but I don't really feel like I'm leaving. I still feel like I'm heading back to high school in a few weeks. Maybe it's because I know I'm coming to visit in less than two weeks and then again two weeks after that. I just don't have it in me to be freaking out...yet.

3.) Last weekend, we threw my mom a surprise 50th birthday party. We started planning in...I guess March, so it's really nice to finally have it done and not worry about hiding things. Two of her brothers came, one from way upstate and the other from Virginia. My siblings came as well, from Florida and D.C. We ate a lot of food, she opened presents (my older siblings and I split the cost of a stand mixer, which she's wanted forever. One of her friends got her candy underwear), the baseball team won their game. Good time all around.

4.) I'm in a country music phase, lately. I still like some of my usual pop songs (Fine By Me by Andy Grammar, especially), but country's been dominating. Maybe it's a summertime thing? James Otto, Luke Bryan, and Dierks Bentley are the main three.

5.) I've also been in a romance novel phase, which makes reading YA difficult. I'm not bringing any with me, but my Kindle has tons. Ah well. Do you have any favorite romance novels? Particularly of the historical variety?

6.) I did a guest post/interview over at Fiona Paul's blog with some advice for new bloggers. You can check it out here. She's doing a whole series this month with a lot of different awesome bloggers.

And uhhh...yeah. Time to go do ALL THE THINGS.



Hello. I never know what to write in these sorts of posts, because most of the personal stuff I'd include usually end up being bad things that have happened in my life and I just... don't want to go there, you know? So, yeah, that leaves talking about non-bookish things that I've been into recently but when I start that, the lists get crazy long, but meh, I'll try. Here goes:

1. Web series: I've been really into these recently, some I've been watching for a while, others are ones I've stumbled across or other bloggers have made me aware of them (talking to you there, Harmony). Here are links to some of my favourites:

Lizzie Bennet Diaries - Obvious one, right?

 Squaresville - Cute, also starring the girl who plays Lydia in LBD, she's awesome.

 Wendy - based on Peter Pan and starring the pretty dude who plays Caleb on Pretty Little Liars as Pete, I approve. It's cheesy and a bit fast paced, but that's just how web shows go - I'd love it as a TV series.

 Dating Rules from My Future Self - Harmony's fault. Awesome. And the lead actresses in the first two seasons are fab.

Talent - I only liked the first series of this, and it has the girl who is the lead in The Lying Game in it - the second series was just... meh, I stopped watching but the first wraps up the story nicely anyway.

First Day - This one was just cute. *shrugs* I liked the second series too.

Lauren - This one is more serious and it's only 3 episodes long. It's about a woman in the military who is raped and it just deals with the attitude towards women in the military and difficulties they can face. It stars Troian Bellisario, who plays Spencer on Pretty Little Liars.

2. Music: I love music and I love all music but I go through phases of being more into certain genres than others. I was going to list some music I've been listening to recently, but instead, here's a link to the music I've posted on my tumblr (I've been listening to way more than that, obviously, but that'll do). I like that site (not tumblr, although that too), you just put in the persons tumblr name and it'll show you all their audio posts, filtering out all the text and pictures and stuff.

Also, these girls.

Lennon and Maisy Stella - Lennon is 12, Maisy is 8 and they're more talented than I could ever hope to be... seriously, they have videos up of Maisy playing the ukulele and guitar like a rock star when she's like 5 years old, I can't even master one simple song on my ukulele (granted, I don't put much effort into trying but they make it look so easy).

Also, I like this song:

I adore Ron Pope, I wish he'd release a studio version of that song.

3. Some TV shows I've been watching recently (most of the TV shows I watch are between seasons right now, so - yeah... I've not been watching much and these aren't my favourites really, but they keep me entertained):

Teen Wolf - I started watching this when it first came on but lost interest, then rewatched the first episodes this year and got hooked. Stiles and Derek are awesome. And Lydia. And Stiles' dad.

Awkward - Season 2 isn't quite as good as season 1 was, but I still like it. If you haven't seen it, don't let the MTV aspect put you off checking it out.

Hart of Dixie - This is actually between seasons right now but I went and watched all the episodes of the first season and it's just a funny, cute show and I love the cast. 

Sherlock - This was one I kept intending to watch but put it off for ages, I finally caught up with all the episodes that are out (there aren't many), but it's really good. The Sherlock/Watson friendship-bromance type thing is awesome.

Borja - Not as good as The Borgias, but it still held my interest seeing as it's based on the same family. This take on the characters is really different than The Borgias was, I'm not sure if I'd have enjoyed it more or less if I wasn't comparing it to the other show, but I don't regret watching it. 

Covert Affairs - Not gonna lie, probably the main reason I like the show is Auggie. A blind CIA agent who is made of adorable? Yup. And his relationship with Annie... best friends, feelings, sparks, jlkjfbv.

4. I've been writing more recently. I was in kind of a writing funk, so it's nice that is finally ending. I'm not good at writing, but I love it anyway. I'm a member of a writing community on LJ and I wrote a one shot for this months writing challenge and... yeah, that was fun (and it always kind of baffles me when the feedback is good) *shrugs* I have a tumblr where I upload little scraps of writing/thoughts, I need to update it more though (clicking the writing below will link to it if anyone is interested):

5. My best friend is awesome, she's letting me wear Converse to her wedding (I'm a bridesmaid. although I'm not looking forward to that part), I've decided to wear these ones -- assuming she sticks with the decision to have midnight blue dresses:

Annnd, I think that's all I can think to say. What movies/TV shows/web series have you been watching? What music have you been into recently? (I'm always looking for new music).



  1. Lizzie Bennet for the win!!! Love it so much. For ame reason, I can't stand Squaresville! Love Dating Rules too!

    I'm going to check out the singers you mentioned and yay for Teen Wolf!!! AND YES!!!AUGGIE IS THE BEST FAR ABOUT COVERT AFFAIRS!! I want him and Annie to get together!

  2. I just checked out Lennon & Maisy's channel and they are amaaaazing. I feel like I haven't done anything with my life!



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