Hello {october}, Goodbye {september}


Hello Goodbye is a monthly feature here at Such A Novel Idea.  The idea for this feature came from the lovely Emma Snow who did a lovely recap of June!  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!


Ahh, September.  It was a really good month in Jessica land.  I scored a ton of books, got going in my English lit grad program, and best of all, scored a new job.  This month was full of Shakespeare, creative writing, new fall tv shows, and birthday parties.  Here’s a look of some of my favorites!

Favorite Books

Here’s a few of my favorite reads from September.

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

This was my first Trish Doller book.  And OH MAN, did I love it!

Goodbye, Rebel Blue

Look for my review on the blog tour later this week.  This was a really touching book.

Three Novellas

Three really awesome novellas.  You can read my thoughts (and they were ALL five stars) here!

Favorite Music

I didn’t add a whole lot to my repertoire, but what I did was really great.

Joshua Radin

My first experience with Joshua Radin was the song Winter on an incredibly emotional episode of Scrubs.  Zack Braff and Joshua Radin are friends and that just made it even better.  His lyrics, voice, and sound touch my soul.  All these years later and Radin is still putting out amazing music.  At this point, I don’t even have to listen to the music before I buy it.

Like They Used To by Joshua Radin

I have so much to tell you
But I can’t call you
‘Cause it makes me sad
You have probably found someone new
Someone you think you’ve grown close to
But it’s not me
We’ve been hurt before but that’s all said and done
Now you’re the only one

I want to dream in the same bed as you
And I want my clothes to smell like you do
Like they used to
I had wax wings and I flew too close to you
But now I’m falling remembering why I missed you

Atlas Genius

I heard this on The Edge and I had it bought before the song was over.  It’s one I put on repeat daily.

The thoughts that you had that it was the one
And oh what is left?
For all those times is that what you get?
Oh regardless
The walls get painted anyway
Oh you’re guarding
The gates, but it all got away
Your trojan’s in my head
Take it off
Take it in
Take off all the thoughts of what we’ve been
Take a look
Take a picture you could never recreate
Write a song
make a note
for the lump that sits inside your throat
Change the locks, change the scene
Change it all but can’t change what we’ve been


This song has blown up since I first heard it on the Edge.  But, I still think it’s pretty brilliant.

And we’ll never be royals (royals).
It don’t run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.


I heard this version of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love done by Birdy on SYTYCD.  It’s pretty amazing.

Come on skinny love just last the year,
Pour a little salt you were never here,
My my my, my my my, my-my my-my…
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer.

Tell my love to wreck it all,
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall,
My my my, my my my, my-my my-my…
Right in the moment this order’s tall.

Favorite Movies

The Wizard of Oz


I finally got to share one of my most favorite movies with my children.  And now my daughter is obsessed!  She’s already got her Dorothy costume (with ruby red slippers and a Toto) ready for Halloween.  And apparently, it is just in time for the 75th anniversary movie to release this week!

Favorite TV Shows

Breaking Bad


I FINALLY got on the bandwagon and started bingeing on BB.  Then I got my husband addicted.  We were able to finish the series with the rest of America on the season finale night.



I rewatched the entire series.  And it was just as glorious as the first time.

Favorite Things I Did

Got a Job

I got an awesome opportunity to work as a Social Media Specialist at the local University.  I start October 1st and I couldn’t be more excited!

Dyed My Hair Red

Yeah, I got a bit adventourous.  And I love it!

Celebrated Birthdays

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My kids turned 7 and 5.  Time goes by too fast!

Got a Dog


I’m not a dog person, but I kind of fell head over heels for this little girl.


Things I’m Excited about in October

Book Releases



No words necessary.



The zombies that aren’t zombies.  I HAVE to know how this one ends!

TV Shows

Once Upon A Time in Wonderland


I’m really excited to see how this spinoff goes!

The Walking Dead


My favorite tv show, hands down.  Where are they going with this season?  And how much more creative can they get with the zombie killing?


Well, that’s it!  I hope September treated you well.


Mini Reviews — Three Novellas


Today I’ll be spotlighting three GREAT novellas from three AMAZING book series.  Rather than a full review, I’ll just get right to the point — why you need to read them!  Enjoy!

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Waiting on Wednesday (6)


Waiting on Wednesday weekly event that spotlights upcoming-releases that bloggers are most excited about.  This week’s I-can’t-wait book is: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson.  The Bitter Kingdom will be released on August 27, 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers.

Bitter kingdom

The Bitter Kingdom
By Rae Carson

“Rae Carson has proved she’s a master and has shaken up the YA genre.”-USAToday.com

The epic and deeply satisfying conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

“Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA’s best writers of high fantasy.”-Locus magazine

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most. Riveting, surprising, and achingly romantic, Rae Carson has spun a bold and powerful conclusion to her extraordinary trilogy. (Goodreads)

Why I Can’t Wait: 

I never even knew about this series until one day earlier this year the first book was on sale.  The premise of a flawed main character: a young girl who was overweight and under-appreciated struck me as so unique and underdone in YA.  Couple that with the fact that everyone expected her to be extraordinary, but she never felt that way, and I was sold.  And MAN, was I rewarded with what is now one of my favorite series.  Yes, Elisa was flawed, naive, and just trying to figure out life.  But when she needs to, she stands up for those who need her and has a faith and fervor that makes her a really great role model.

And of course, I really want more Hector time.  EEK!

About the Author

raecarsonI write books about teens who must do brave things. I’m originally from California, but I moved to Ohio to marry my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know. We live in Columbus with my teenage stepsons, who are awesome. My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. I especially love to write about questions I don’t know the answers to. (Photo and bio from Goodreads.com)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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