2014 is finally here if you can believe it (I can’t!). In some ways, 2013 was the longest year and in others it flew by. It was definitely a year of challenges, but it ended a lot better than it started.
PLUS, I found my place in the world when I came into this blog. So, I can’t help but be thankful for that. Here’s a little review about 2013, as well as my look forward to 2014!
Hello Goodbye is a new feature I’m introducing to Such A Novel Idea. The idea for this feature came from the lovely Emma Snow! Go visit her blog, it’s fantastic. Hello Goodbye is a monthly feature highlighting a few of my favorite things from the past month. Enjoy!
June was a busy month! I read 2o books (no lie!), applied for 29474390283 jobs, spent a gazillon hours at the pool with my kiddos, celebrating 8 wonderful years with my husband, and blogged lived to tell about it!
Summer here in Texas has gone from hot, to deadly hot, to ‘Ineedovenmittstodrivemycar’ hot. Now that it is July, we’re seeing cooler temps (YAY 97-98 degrees!) and a bit of rain, so maybe we won’t all melt off the side of the earth.
Slammed had all the feels, poetry, and COLLEEN HOOVER. How could I not love it!? And WHY did I wait so long to read it?
From my review: Colleen Hoover knows just how to reel you in, rip your heart out, and give it back to you slowly, one page at a time. I have yet to read something by Hoover I haven’t immediately loved.
The Summer I Became a Nerd was full of nerdy goodness. I want to be best friends with the main characters, the author, and anyone who likes this book as much as I do!
From my review: This book is full of nerdy goodness — comic books, comic con, LARP’ing and more. And romance. Over comic books. I mean, I don’t think I can sell it any better than that.
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book. I didn’t even know it existed until the author e-mailed me to review it. And man, SO MANY THANKS to her for that! I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for her to finish/publish book two. The best part – both of her books were crowd-funded on Kickstarter! SO cool.
From My Review: *Look for my review on Saturday, June 6th!*
There are three songs I’ve had on repeat all June! Old Pine by Ben Howard, Young Blood (White Sea Remix) by The Naked and The Famous, and Red Hands by Walk Off the Earth.
Old Pine by Ben Howard
This song. THIS SONG. Seriously, this is my favorite song of the year. I know it isn’t FROM 2013, but I didn’t find out about it until now. And now that I have it, I listen to it over and over and over. Click the cd cover and YOU can too!
First there is the beautiful twang of the guitar. I mean, the first full minute is nothing but guitar, and I could seriously just listen to that all day long. And then there are the hauntingly beautiful lyrics. The song is relaxing and transports you to another time.
“Hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags, I’ve come to know that memories Were the best things you ever had The summer shone beat down on bony backs So far from home where the ocean stood Down dust and pine cone tracks
We slept like dogs down by the fire side Awoke to the fog all around us The boom of summer time
[Chorus] We stood Steady as the stars in the woods So happy-hearted And the warmth rang true inside these bones As the old pine fell we sang Just to bless the morning.”
Young Blood (White Sea Remix) by The Naked and The Famous
I first heard this song over a year ago on SYTYCD. As a fan of the original, I had already been listening to that version for a couple of years. But the White Sea remix seriously called out to me… And I HAD to have it. A year later, it was FINALLY released on an album and my little heart couldn’t be happier!
“We’re only young and naive still We require certain skills The mood it changes like the wind Hard to control when it begins
The bittersweet between my teeth Trying to find the in-betweens Fall back in love eventually Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Can’t help myself but count the flaws Claw my way out through these walls One temporary escape Feel it start to permeate
We lie beneath the stars at night Our hands gripping each other tight You keep my secrets hope to die Promises, swear them to the sky”
Red Hands by Walk Off the Earth
This band is incredible! I first heard of them when they did a cover of Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” and it blew me away. So, when I first heard this song, I immediately knew that’s who it was! Love this song and can’t wait to see more from them.
“I’ve seen it all before, you back out, and everything’s changing I needed something more, you stepped down, so what are you chasing? I’d put it on rewind for this time only (Is that what you really want?)
I realize that I got red hands, I wanna change this (day-oh) Don’t ask me why I choose to lie, I stay blind, oh (day-oh) It’s clear to me that you are fuming too, your accusations are burning through-oo (Is that what you really want?)
Oh yeah, oh yeah-ah, that gun is loaded
That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand The fire burns, I’m not the one with the match, man That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand”
Favorite Television Show
I didn’t watch a lot of tv, with the exception of Law & Order: SVU reruns. However, there was this one show that I was sort of peer pressured into watching. And then proceeded to become obsessed with. In fact, I watched the entire series (three seasons) in five days. God Bless HBO Go! Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
This show gave me ALL THE FEELS. And luckily, after the Twitterverse went mad, I wasn’t so surprised when the shocker of season three happened.
My favorites: Daenerys Targaryen, Lord Tyrion Lannister, and Arya Stark (obviously!). Now I just have to deal with the fact that there are no more episodes for months.
Favorite Thing I Did
I figured out how to read IN the pool. Not by the pool, not sort of in the pool where only your feet get wet, but in the pool. Turns out 1 quart size Ziploc bag + Kindle Paperwhite = reading perfection. And trust me, it works… Kids were splashing me left and right and my Kindle just stayed as dry as can be. I think this may have been the best thing I figured out all year long, honestly.
So, that’s it! June was real fun, but I’d like to welcome July to the world. I hope it’s good!