October Monthly Recap | Happy Halloween!

~*~On The Blog~*~
Before I begin, I just want to note I was so busy in September that I didn't get a recap up, so I'll be sharing some things I did in September too!

These past 2 months have been the fastest of my life! SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED! So much that this has to be a list format!
  • I got accepted to study abroad in London for the spring semester!!!!!
  • I have decided to graduate college early
  • I have started my Honors thesis
  • I've interned for Viking for the past two months
  • I attended New York Comic Con for the second time
  • I met the cast of the new Shadowhunters TV show 
  • I met Stephenie Meyer
  • I finally saw Kinky Boots on Broadway
  • I saw my very first "grown up" concert with my sister for Nate Ruess
  • I spent a full day at the Global Citizen Festival where I got to see Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Pearl Jam live
  • I attended Six Flags Fright Fest where I conquered a fear of riding an upside down roller coaster and didn't die! 
  • I toured Buzzfeed's New York offices
  • I kicked my midterm's ass (97.5 guys! what!)
  • I created flubber for my science class
  • I baked bread from scratch for the very first time 
  • I used an adult coloring book for the very first time
  • I participated in #otspsecretsister for the very first time
  • I saw THE MARTIAN in theater and had my mind officially blown
  • I celebrated my sister's 19th birthday yesterday!
Books Reviewed:
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas - 5 stars
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - 4.5 stars
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - 4 stars
Play On by Michelle Smith - 4 stars
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally - 3.75 stars
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally - 3 stars
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith - 2 stars

Books Read This Month:
I have challenged myself to read 100 books this year, let's see if I can! I'll be keeping track in this section. I am so busy I know this won't happen, so I changed my goal to 55!
35. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Hardcover: 648 pages)
36. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (ARC: 384 pages)
37. Twelfth Night, or, What You Will by William Shakespeare (Paperback: 92 pages)
38. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Paperback: 148 pages)
39. Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (Paperback: 109 pages)
40. Breaking Rockefeller by Peter B. Doran (Manuscript: 352 pages)
41. Othello by William Shakespeare (Paperback: 208 pages)
42. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (ARC: 293 pages)
    DNF's of the month 
    1. None!
    Total Pages Read This Month: 2,234 pages
    Total Pages Read This Year: 13,602 pages
    Total Books Read This Year: 42
    Total Books DNF'd This Year: 1
    The Broadway Review:
    • No reviews this month, but I saw a show in September and am seeing one in early November, so stay tuned!
    Giveaways:
    • I was one of the most recent stops on the #HarperWinter2016 blog tour and I had a blast. This giveaway is not one to be missed! Over 40 books!
    Discussion Posts:
    Guest Posts and Bonus Content:
    • Matthew Cody, author of the amazing pied-piper retelling The Peddler's Road stopped by my blog to share five facts about himself (he really hates rats, guys!) and five facts about his book!
    • Susin Nielsen stopped by my blog and allowed me to interview her as part of the WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES blog tour. Guys, she got her writing start on Degrassi!
    • The author duo behind the creepy new read NIGHTFALL stopped by to answer some questions!
    • Emma Mills shared some of her favorite romances as part of the First & Then superlative blog tour and then I shared some of my favorite romances with a crazy sizzle factor!
    ~*~What I've Been Watching~*~

    Broadway Shows:
    • I finally saw Kinky Boots as one of my Honors perks, and I have to say this show was #flawless. Billy Porter is so talented that I have no words. However, it was obvious the songs were written by Cyndi Lauper, and in this case it just didn't appeal to me. The musical scores were great, the lyrics (at times) not so much.
    TV:
    • Supergirl premiered and I am SO into it! I can't wait for episode two.
    • I have watched Survivor for so many years, but this all star season is definitely one of my favorites ever.
    • Let's not forget my return after a several years long hiatus from The Amazing Race.
    • And, as always, Once Upon A Time is rocking my world.
    Movies: 
    • I saw The Martian with my Aunt and could not handle the awesomeness! This movie was so well done!
    • It is October, so that means I have been watching Hocus Pocus a lot.
    • And because it's October, that means I have been watching a lot of Halloweentown.
    • And also a full Harry Potter binge because life.
    • Nightmare Before Christmas. Enough said.
    ~*~Reading Challenges~*~

    Fairytale Retelling Challenge:
    4/10 completed
    • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
    • Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
    • Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George 
    • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
    Flights of Fantasy Challenge:
    14/25 completed
    • The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
    • The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
    • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
    • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
    • Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
    • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan 
    • Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine 
    • Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
    • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
    • A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
    • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
    • Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
    • Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
    • The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace 
    • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
    • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
    Contemporary Reading Challenge:
    15/11 completed - Challenge Complete in August
    • The Last Good Day of the Year by Jennifer Warman
    • Mistletoe and Mr. Right: Two Stories of Holiday Romance by Lyla Payne
    • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta 
    • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
    • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    • Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
    • Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
    • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    • Play On by Michelle Smith
    • Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith 
    • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
    • Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
    • Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally 
    • Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
    TBR Pile Challenge:
    12/5 completed: Challenge Complete in June
    • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
    • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta 
    • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
    • Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
    • Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta 
    • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
    • Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
    • Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
    • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
    • Othello by William Shakespeare
    Dive Into Diversity Challenge:
    7/6 completed - Challenge Complete in September
    • Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine
    • 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger 
    • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
    • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 
    • Breaking Rockefeller by Peter B. Doran
    • Othello by William Shakespeare
    2015 Summer of Series:
    3/3 series completed: June, July, August
      • June: Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, Quintana of Charyn
      • July: Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, Into the Still Blue
      • August: Stealing Parker, Racing Savannah, Jesse's Girl
      Do you have a monthly recap or thoughts on anything I'm reading/reviewing/watching? Share your thoughts below! Every comment is greatly appreciated! <3

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