Monthly recap | January '14. Book event.


I always enjoy watching recaps from other bloggers, so that’s why I’ll be posting my own recaps. This wrap up is also my new ‘Showcase Sunday’ since I don’t have the time to do weekly hauls. Instead, I hope to capture it in vlogs every now and then.

I know I'm a bit late, but it happened because I don’t have a schedule and I had to post my Blogoversary celebration posts. So, I’m just going to post it today.
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I got addicted to Call of Duty MW3, which I’m playing together with my boyfriend. I had a book club meeting where we exchanged our Secret Santa gifts. We had delicious tapas. We had a second meeting where we ate pizza. I got a new laptop, since my old one died. I went to the Boekenbeurs and got some really good bargains. Something called #DisneyJourney on Twitter started and we've seen Snow White & Pinocchio together. I had a busy month school-wise, but passed 2 tests (which surprised me.)


















I'm especially excited that I finally started these new series: Supernatural, Veronica Mars & Sherlock. Still have a lot to watch, but now I know what everyone is talking about. I also went on with my re-watch of OUAT. I saw episodes from Camelot, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, 2 broke girl and Awkward. In total I saw 18 movies & 42 episodes.

Books
1. I won the giveaway from Blog of Erised (Ula) and I picked A.C Gaughen – Scarlet, because I need a copy! 2. Bought in ABC for a bargain & The boekenbeurs (Dutch event) Now I'm really out of money and space, haha. 3. AWESOME Christina gave me The Raven Boys as a very early birthday present (April 17th) 4. The super cool Secret Santa presents from Judith.

Clicking on the covers will take you to Goodreads.
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Edelweiss happened too..
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And Netgalley approved three books I requested a long time ago. Almost forgot about them.
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So, I’m going on a somewhat book buying ban and I’m definitely NOT requesting any more books. So far, I have succeeded. I’m drowning in them *looks guilty* Which books are you excited for and have you seen any interesting movies/TV shows lately?

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  1. Ah, I love this post :D You had such an awesome months. <3 THE CROODS. It was just so adorable, wasn't it? Sigh. I love that movie. <3 And Frozen.. so jealous that you have seen in twice :) I only got to see it once; since my town didn't have it in English that long. But such an awesome movie. Sigh. Anyway. Happy reading sweetie :D You got lots of awesome books. <3

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  2. Wow, looks like you had an awesome month! I'm not sure if I have already mentioned this before, but I really love your graphics and layout, so cute! :) I DNF'd White Space too, it was a bit too confusing for my liking. Awesome mug, btw! I need to get me one, aha. Aghhh, I love the Eon duology. It's soooo good. <3 Unraveling was enjoyable, too. Although, I have to admit that the sequel was even better! 5 stars! - I'm really excited about The Stolen Songbird now. My sister and I have decided to re-watch some Disney classics as well. We saw B&TB and Mulan last week. Two of my faves!

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    1. Thanks Renu, I'm a bit experimenting with my graphics and GIMP. The mug is the best <3

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  3. I need to see Frozen again really really soon and I might even start listening to the soundtrack. Never thought I would actually fangirl over a Disney movie but I'm afraid I am haha.

    Looks like you had a great month and scored tons of books! I've been wanting to read The Raven Boys for a while now but always ended up leaving the bookstore without it.

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  4. You finally got your mug! WOO.

    Hopefully our next #DisneyJourney will be more successful. I'm pretty sure we have Dumbo on DVD so my internet won't cause any trouble this time. Just my emotions, because that movie breaks me.

    I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE FINALLY WATCHING MY SHOWS. Supernatural S1-5 is some of the best storytelling ever, because the brothers' storyline is just beautiful. And of course there's Veronica Mars, I think you know my feelings about this but LOGAN AND VERONICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

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    1. Yes, I love it <3

      I can't wait for the Dumbo watch. I hope we have more to talk about!

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  5. So many books. Woot. Woot. And that mug! I need that mug. NEED. THAT. MUG. I'm telling you. Also the Boekenbeurs?! Where is this so called boekenbeurs? Is it the Boekenfestijn wer're talking about?!

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    1. Yes, Boekenfestijn! I went to Ahoy Rotterdam :D

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  6. Looks like you had a great month. Cloaked is the next book on my to read list. I'm hoping to enjoy it. I will have to read your review after I read the book.

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  7. An awesome month with an equally awesome book haul. That's massive, Mel! Your pile reminds me that I need to read Parasol series soonish. *runs*

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    1. I know, but I hope that next months are a little less massive. I'm already drowning in books and piles :p

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  8. Amazinggg books!!! Side Effect May Vary looks great and was my WoW a while back too! The Raven Boys was okay and I didn't enjoy it as much as I would. Great books & great post!

    Happy Reading!
    My Haul: http://wwwthebookshelves.blogspot.com/2014/02/new-to-shelves-39-back-with-bang.html

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  9. [ Smiles ] An amazing review.

    Apparently, almost everyone is interested in the show, "Supernatural".

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  10. SO MANY BOOKS! AND OMG! Me and Juhina are addicted to Call of Duty: Ghosts! We have MW3 as well.. so maybe we can play against each other *evil grin* ! I want to watch Frozen so bad!! and omg, I LOVE your blog design!!! SO PRETTYYYYY!
    - Farah @MajiBookshelf

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    1. Ohh, that would be cool :D And thanks, I'm also very happy with my design <3

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  11. Yay I love this!
    Congrats on passing the two tests! You read a lot of great books this month. Cruel Beauty was just amazing <3333
    I'm really looking forward to Stolen Songbird now that I see you gave it stars! And I need to get to Graceling soon too!
    YES! I'm so glad you've started watching Supernatural & Sherlock! I hope you're enjoying them! Season 4 of SPN was my favourite <3
    I still need to see Frozen... I meant to go and see it, but I never did. I'll just buy it when it comes out on DVD.
    You got a lot of amazing books this month! Unravelling is amazing! Like, really amazing, Amber convinced me to read it sooner than I'd planned and I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I love your mug <3

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    1. Thanks, I'm on track with my points :D Cruel beauty was AWESOME. Stolen Songbird blew me away. I'm not close to season 4 yet, but I'm making my way through Supernatural :D You definitely need to get Frozen, I can't wait to buy it on dvd to watch it again.

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  12. Supernatural and Sherlock are amazing shows. I love them, and they really are quite addicting. I also loved Frozen, really want to see it again now that I think about it. It seems like you got some great books this month, I hope you enjoy them :)

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  13. I just stared watching Supernatural about a month ago and I'm so addicted to it now :)

    Great haul of books you got! I really enjoyed Rebel and I can't wait to read Side Effects and Molly Pierce!

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  14. I've put myself on a book buying and requesting ban (unless they are continuations of a series) until I get my review shelf (and maybe the rest of my bookshelf) under control. I really need to catch up on Sherlock. Although I started watching Downton Abbey this week, which I'm enjoying.

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    1. Yes, the same for me! I allow myself to buy sequels or books I really need, but that't is.

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  15. Awww, so sad that you DNFed White Space! But I see why :(

    Happy reading! <33

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  16. Great great post! I love that you included the movies (lots of Disney movies which I definitely approve of! haha). You should definitely read Scarlet and Eona soon, those books rock!

    I went to boekenfestijn too, though only returned with 1 book, which was a bit disappointing... Anyway, you've got some great books for review! I seem to have the worst luck with Edelweiss... I must be doing something wrong because I haven't been approved at least once *sighs* ah well, I have nothing to complain though... I have quite some books for review haha.
    (Though I am super jealous of Rebel!)

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    1. I am pre-approved, hence the many Edelweiss e-books :p

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    2. Ah! The intrigue! ;)
      Oh and I have that mug as well! I love how it says: All you need are Books & Tea. I find it to be so damn true, its my favourite mug!

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  17. I'm still pretty much only watching FaceOff on television cause I can't stand to be distracted. Though I can't even tell you how many times I've watched Wreck it Ralph and Hotel transylvania because of my toddler - he INSISTS on watching those over and over and over. Good thing I love them too - but I might be reaching a breaking point soon.

    I love that you included your ratings up top. I've been meaning to read Poison Eaters - I have it and I've loved all her other stuff so I'll be curious to see what I think.

    I also loooooved Cruel Beauty!

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    1. Yes, I thought it would be fun to show my ratings too :) Poison eaters was pretty good, especially for an anthology!

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  18. I've been curious about the Croods, almost entirely because the Owl City guy was on the soundtrack. (I love him.) Glad to know it was good!

    Ah, you're reading the Whalen Turner series! I've been meaning to get back around to it. Hm... I also am dying to read Cruel Beauty but don't want to be burned by the hype. Glad to see you liked Stolen Songbird too since I've got that from NetGalley!

    YAY YAY YAY YOU'RE WATCHING VERONICA MARS. SO SO GOOD! The movie comes out next month and I'm basically dying for it.

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    1. I need to get back to that series too. Cruel Beauty really depends on what you look for in the story :)

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  19. OOoh, you saw some good movies! I'm obsessed with Frozen. I'm excited for when it comes out on DVD. It seems like most of your reads were only so-so, SO I hope February brings you better books!

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