Friday Flashback: May 31, 2013 – June 13, 2013

friday flashback

Friday Flashback is a post where I essentially just re-hash the events of my week (or two weeks in this particular case), bookish and otherwise. I hope you enjoy!

what i read

These past two weeks I read That Summer by Sarah Dessen, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! The first two books are beach-y, summery types of books because I was at a cottage last weekend, and I felt that fit the atmosphere. The Secret Ingredient was an eARC from NetGalley and I read and reviewed, and Shadow and Bone was read because I’m going to the Fierce Reads tour next week and I’m meeting Leigh Bardugo!

As for books that I picked up this week, I have a few different sources. I checked out a used book store close to my house, and I picked up four books there for only 3 dollars each! Hardcover copies of Nineteen Minutes by Jody Picoult, Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, and Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin, as well as a paperpack copy of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I received an ARC of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith from Harper Teen this past week as well (even though it’s been out for a little bit :P) From NetGalley I received eARCs of Burning by Elana K. Arnold, Parasite by Mira Grant, and Skin by Donna Jo Napoli. I also bought The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

what i did

The weekend before last I went one of my friend’s cottage with about 10 other friends for four days! We had a great time hanging around the beach, and hanging in the house too (it was rainy for two of the days). Also, my friends and I are very musical people, so there were about 4 guitars down there and everyone was playing music and signing along and it was great!

After getting home on Monday night, I got sick :( I had a pretty bad cold, so I had to call into work sick for two of my shifts. I was feeling a little better by Friday, so I ended up going out with Lara, Emily, Stephanie and Vikki to see the movie The Internship. We all loved it and thought it was HILARIOUS!

Monday brought one of the most exciting things I’ve done in a while, and that was have a Harry Potter (half) Movie Marathon!!! WE watched the first 4 movies (hence the half-marathon) and it took us from 10 in the morning until 10 at night, with lunch and dinner breaks thrown in there. What made it so awesome is that the four of us that had the marathon are all HP fanatics, so the event was complete with a bunch of Harry Potter food, butterbeer, wands, and Hogwarts house decorations!485611_4465016117217_61546441_n

Tuesday I had a hair appointment and got more blonde highlights put in my hair. I have a bad habit of changing my hair colour, and I always seem to come back to blonde, so I’ve decided that I am going to go blonde and stay blonde for a while!!! (Plus blonde was my natural hair colour as a kid, so it’s what I’m used to.) I can’t wait until I’m fully blonde again! Later on the day I tutored a few kids in math and science, and then at night my cousin Lara came over to watch Pretty Little Liars with me, because it was the premiere episode of season 4! As always, PLL was exciting, and had tons of plot twists!

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what i heard

The beginning of this week I was listening to Mykonos by the Fleet Foxes on repeat practically every waking moment because I am trying to learn to play it by ear on the piano. My progress on that task so far has been good!

BUT, on Tuesday I found out that I was going to go to the Taylor Swift concert TOMORROW for FREE, and so my playlist automatically switched over to Taylor Swift because that’s what I do the week before I go to a concert!!! And I had to cram my week of non-stop listening to the artist into 3 days!

what i posted

My ARC review of Dare You To by Katie McGarry.

A Twenty Boy Summer inspired manicure.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

My intro post for the Summer of Stand Alones challenge.

A Shadow and Bone inspired manicure.

My review of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This on is up a full month after I finished the book because I just couldn’t think of the WORDS.

My ARC review of The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis.

My top ten beach reads TBR list.

Waiting on Wednesday: Contaminated by Em Garner.

So tell me, did you do anything exciting this week? What did you read? What did you listen to? Anything on the internet this week that I should check out??? I’m all ears :)

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6 thoughts on “Friday Flashback: May 31, 2013 – June 13, 2013

  1. Oh my goodness, that marathon looks like a BLAST! Especially since I’ve been having a major Harry Potter craving lately.

    Wait, you go to go to Taylor Swift for free?! That’s awesome! I think Red is my favorite album of hers so far. I have several favorites from it. SO good.

    This post makes me miss PLL. Someday, I might just get caught up. I’m over a season behind.

    • The marathon was lots of fun – I’ve been craving HP too!

      Yes, the concert was FREE, which made it even more amazing!! And Ed Sheeran was a fantastic opening act.

      Lastly, you seriously need to get caught up on PLL! It never ceases to amaze me the amount of drama and plot twists each episode holds.

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