Friday Flashback: June 14, 2013 – June 27, 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

It’s pretty sad, but I only read two books in these past two weeks – I was kind of in a bit of a reading slump :( I read If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch and LOVED IT, and I just finished Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith which was really good too!

In the way of books I got this week, I picked up Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne, and Unremembered by Jessica Brody, all for the Fierce Reads tour! :D
what i did

On Friday, June 14, I went to the Taylor Swift concert in Toronto with my friend Lara, and we had an amazing time! The concert was literally so fantastic, which I did not expect. We had got free tickets from Lara’s uncle, and so we decided we would go because WHO PASSES UP FREE TAYLOR SWIFT TICKETS! Anywhoooo, I’d seen Taylor perform live on award shows in the past, and I wasn’t wowed. But at this concert?! OMG. She was flippin’ amazing! And Ed Sheeran, one of her opening acts was absolutely to die for. He puts on a really good show for being up on stage all by himself.

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The picture of us together isn’t very good – we had a security guard take it for us and I don’t think he understood iPhones…. Oh well. And also… I’ll give you a fair warning, but the picture below is not as it seems! As amazing as it would have been to actually meet Taylor Swift, the person in the picture below is her body double. But we did sneak past security to get our picture taken with her! hahaha

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The weekend I saw Taylor Swift was also the weekend that my city hosts it’s annual Sound of Music Festival where Canadian bands from across the country come and play outdoor shows at a park right down on Lake Ontario! I went to see Small Town Pistols play on Saturday, and they were so good! They were really friendly too :)

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Last Wednesday I went to the Fierce Reads tour with my friend Yasmine from over at The Yasmine Public Library. This was my first signing, and it was so much fun! The authors were all great and I loved hearing them talk. Even before the even had started, we were wandering around upstairs at Indigo Yorkdale, and JESSICA BRODY CAME UP TO ME and introduced herself. She asked us if we were attending the event, and when we said yes proceeded to hand me a banana and asked me to assist her in pranking Leigh Bardugo during the signing part of the event! The long and short of it is that I had to give Leigh the banana when I got my book signed, and give her no explanation about it whatsoever. It was a bananagra – SO WEIRD! Anyways, it was amazing getting to meet Jessica Brody, Emmy Laybourne, Leigh Bardugo, Gennifer Goodwin, and Anna Banks, and getting all my books signed was fun!

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what i heard

After hearing Ed Sheeran live at the Taylor Swift concert, I have been listening to his music non-stop. Mostly these two songs:


what i posted

Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Summer TBR list

Gayle Forman Read Along Week One

Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books of 2013 (so far)

Gayle Forman Read Along Week Two

Debut-a-thon Reading Goals

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 :)

Friday Flashback: May 24, 2013 – May 30, 2013

friday flashback

Friday Flashback is a post where I essentially just re-hash the events of my week, bookish and otherwise. I hope you enjoy!

what i read

This week I read two books by Katie McGarry. I started off with Pushing the Limits, which was fantastic! I loved reading about Echo and Noah and their story. After that I read Dare You To, which I liked even more than Pushing the Limits! I should have my review up tomorrow for that one. (If not, I’m really sorry! I’m going to my friend’s cottage today and so as I write this I should be packing, but I’m trying to schedule blog posts for while I’m away!)

As for books I got this week, I have quite the haul. Also, I just realized this week that there is a Meme out there called In My Mailbox, and I feel SO BAD for posting a similar thing here without crediting them, so from now on, credit for this goes to The Story Siren!

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I bought all of these books from a thrift store, and all of them together only cost me 20$!!!

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jennifer Han
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jennifer Han
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Evermore by Alyson Noel

what i did

Last Friday I went to Yogurty’s (an amazing serve yourself yogurt shop) with my friend Sondra! We had some yummy frozen yogurt (that I forgot to take a picture of…)

Saturday I hung out with my friends Isabelle and Lara, and we made some DIY high-waisted shorts! In the picture, the bottom two pairs are ones I made last summer, and the top two are the ones I made this summer! (the colouring looks a little off on the pink pair. They start out purple and fade to a not quite as bright pink in reality :P)

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The rest of the week I worked – A LOT! But on Wednesday I attended a “Bookish Party” hosted by Cassie and Judith on Twitter. Check out the hashtag #bookishparty if you want to see the all the craziness that was the party! During the party, I was also in a google hangout with my bookish friends AmberDebby, Cassie, and Judith! It was a lot of fun getting to hear everyone’s different accents, and talking BOOKS!
what i heard

This week, I found out that Lennon and Maisy (who are the daughters of the Country Duo The Stellas) sang a cover of Ho Hey by the Lumineers on Nashville! Needless to say, I fell in love with it, and it is LITERALLY the only song I was listening to this week.

what i liked

Alexa’s review of Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham.

Betty’s post regarding her planking competition with her husband (Betty was the CLEAR WINNER!)

I also really loved Betty’s review of The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines.

Judith’s Top Ten Tuesday post this week was HILARIOUS! check it out.

Magan and Estelle posted another Nailed It! A feature I adore.

Jamie’s important post about BEA! ;)

I also found a website called theuselessweb.com, so if you’re looking for a way to kill some time, click on that!

what i posted

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon

Top Ten Books I Want to Re-read

Waiting on Wednesday: When You Where Here by Daisy Whitney

Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

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 :)