Stacking the Shelves (65) + November & December Recap

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

So I figured I'll just make a single recap for both months since blog-wise, nothing happened. And you might not even read poor ol' November if I publish it in January. But hey, November was effin' awesome because it was my birthday month! Anyway, tons of books ahead because this is two months worth of hauls. Like I said, nothing on the blog side of things but was my film and TV series watching glorious as ever. AS EVER. November and December were all about binging, yo.




For Review

(ARC) Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin
(ARC) Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
For This Life Only by Stacey Kade









Purchased

*signed* The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
*signed* The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
*signed* Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
*signed* The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
*signed* Dare to Love by C.P. Santi
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
*signed* P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (my review)
Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce
Weightless by Sarah Bannan
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
*signed* American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin
*signed* Falling from the Sky by Nikki Godwin
*signed* Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin
*signed* Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin (my review)
*signed* What You Wanted by Mina V. Esguerra
*signed* The Hometown Hazard by Dawn Lanuza
No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista










Gifted

*signed* A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
(Thanks, Jean!)
*signed* Make My Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Christmas Anthology by Various Authors
(Thanks, Sab!)
*signed* Overboard by Elizabeth Fama
(Thanks, Beth!)  
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
(Thanks, Mikael!) 
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November + December Recap


Blog


Reviews

4 stars | The Last Time I'll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

 3 stars | Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

2 stars | Finding X by Miles Tan

Interview | Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf



I thought I'd be blogging more last November because I swear, it felt like I was back in my stride at the end of October. I've been reading books and reviewing (or at least trying to). Alas, it's my birthday month (yay, 23!) so I ended up out and about most of the time. Didn't help that A LOT of my friends had November birthdays as well so it also felt like I was celebrating the whole month. I haven't even relayed my Hanya Yanagihara signing experience! ACK

And let's be real, December? No dice as well.

Anyway, even with my blogging taking a backseat these past two months (or for the greater part of the past two years, let's be real), I saw a lot of animes/films/series and listened to a lot of great music. So, all is well. Please enjoy all the following recs and I hope you find a new fave or two!
 

Music



Been obsessed with Dangerous Woman, Into You, and Side to Side SO MUCH. Also, I discovered Almost is Never Enough but it's not from this album but gah, I can't believe that song is only from 2013. It sounds like a classic love song. I can't deny it, I think I might be a fan of Ariana Grande? Her songs are catchy as hell! Still not a fan of her voice and style but damn her songs GAH. (Kinda like how I am with Taylor Swift.)



After watching The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, I had a newfound appreciation for The Quiet One AKA George Harrison. I realized that I loved the songs he has written for The Beatles so I kept on listening to those. I didn't know he was the one behind Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Here Comes the Sun. Then I moved on to his solo songs and just, much brilliance.



Like I said, having seen The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, I ended up listening to The Beatles more than I usually do. Uhm, they're a morning ritual since college. My dad cooked breakfast with them playing and I ate breakfast with it.



Lovesick (previously entitled Scrotal Recall) has such a great soundtrack and I AM AS OBSESSED WITH IT AS I AM WITH THE SHOW. If you remember, the show was one of my top 10 TV shows and I just love it so so so much. It's on Netflix and I really hope if you take away something from this post, it's to watch this show.



Started listening to the Ramones to educate myself in general and now I love them




The Weeknd dropped his new album OF COURSE I'M ALL OVER IT


TV




Blue Spring Ride

OHMYGOD THIS ANIME WATCH IT *SWOONS*



Scrotal Recall / Lovesick

OHMYGOD ONE OF MY FAVE SHOWS PLEASE SEE IT AND BE A WRECK OF FEELS BECAUSE LOVE TOO MANY FEELS



Yuri!!! on Ice

I SUCCUMBED TO MY CURIOSITY AND I NEVER LOOKED BACK OMG YURIIIIIIIIIIIIIII it is the best thing and hello my feelings OMG I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED THIS IN MY LIFE



Crashing

I wanted a quick and short British sitcom (like how quirky and sincere and short they are) and found this one on Netflix so I binged it. #mylife Enjoyed it even though sometimes it was cringe-y, by way of secondhand embarrassment. I SHIP SAM AND FRED (rightmost guys)



Sherlock

So I finally did it. I finally saw Sherlock and those were some amazing hours. Excited for this year's season!



Black Mirror

While I'm not yet caught up with this one, I loved the first season and I'm so pumped to see more. Too bad I had to cancel my Netflix account because I couldn't afford it at the moment. But soon!


Films


The Beatles: Eight Days A Week (2016) [Being a big The Beatles fan, of course I was gonna watch it. Saw it with my friends too! And of course I was wearing my Beatles shirt that night. Haha!]

Love Forecast (2015) [Enjoyed this one! Saw it during an overnight with friends who also love/loved Korean pop culture. While I didn't quite like how the ending/resolution was handled, I truly adore both Lee Seung Gi and Moon Chae Won and I had fun watching it.]

My P.S. Partner (2012) [This was funny and I enjoyed it! The song was catchy too.]

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [Yes, I only saw this now. I think I was wrecked by the hype because I didn't love it as much as other people?!?! Yeah. Enjoyed it and all the 80s reference and songs but ultimately, I felt kind of bored. Like, nothing felt all too high-staked for me? Maybe because I know there's a sequel so obviously they get out of everything okay but I just didn't feel all too connected with the characters so I didn't really care if they lived or not. HAHAHA. Except maybe for Rocket and Groot because MY HEART.]

Don't Breathe (2016) [Oh this one is good. Although I might have enjoyed it more if I went into the movie blind (heh). This one is not your usual horror-thriller film but oh good lord did my adrenaline levels spiked up on so many occasions.]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) [GOOD LORD MY FEELINGS WHAT A PERFECT LITTLE THING]

Moana (2016) [MY FEELINGS]

The Accountant (2016) [Saw this for Anna Kendrick and it was good. I liked it. Not something special or noteworthy but not time wasted too. Like how the main character has autism, since my brother has it too.

Die Beautiful (2016) + Oro (2016) + Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough (2016) + Kabisera (2016): It was the Metro Manila Film Festival and these are the films I saw. I wanna watch more though GAH. I can say I loved the first three for different reasons but Kabisera kind of disappointed me.

I also saw Hairspray Live (2016) but is that a movie? Enjoyed it but gah, I was really irked with the behind-the-scenes parts because they took me away from the story.


How did your November and December go? Any film, TV, or music recommendations? More importantly, what great books did you read this month?

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