Monthly Memories: August 2017

Hello, friends!

I hope everyone is doing well. It’s a new month, so it’s time for my recap of the previous month. Can you all believe we only have 4 more months until we’re done with 2017? Everything is moving too fast and I don’t like it!

  • It’s been a good month for me personally. It was another relaxing break from school. I am little sad that I have to go back to school before the end of September, but I will cherish the good times.
  • I FINALLY got around to going to the beach this month. It was a little rough the day we went, but I still got to go into the water and have an early morning swim. Early mornings are the best time because the sun is not too strong AND it’s not as crowded!
  • We’ve had to do a couple of clinic/doctor runs because my dad broke his toe by dropping a plate on his foot (by accident). This wasn’t fun, but my dad is fine, which is all I can ask for.
  • We also ate a whole bunch this month! We went to my favorite Chinese restaurant in town, did dim-sum, tried this pizza place, and of course had ALL  the desserts! 😉
  • I have been feeling a little stressed this month thinking about the future. I’m trying to be positive so my last year of school can be good as the previous year, but I can’t seem to let go of some anxiety.  It also doesn’t help that I received some disappointing/crushing news earlier this week that really put me in a sad/panicky/self-doubting mood. 🙁 I’m doing better now, but it sucks when I think of it.
  • I haven’t tried many recipes this month, but I did back this Blackforest Cake Overnight Oats, and nom nom! I could not stop eating my bowl of oats! I’ve been saving some new recipes that I’m excited to try soon, so I’ll keep you guys updated on those.

I read 31 books in August, same as in July. It was well-balanced month, with some terrific reads as well as some meh ones occasionally. I didn’t get to binge-read any series this month though, which is sad!

Books Read by Rating

5 stars

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1) Starfish
4.5 stars

Completely (New York, #3) The Ones Who Got Away It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, #2)

4 stars

The Good Daughter No Limits Little Monsters The Undercurrent Seeing Red One of Us Is Lying Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4) Going Dark (The Lost Platoon, #1) Reunion Autoboyography

3.5 stars

Play On (Play On, #1) Temporary Extreme Exposure (I-Team, #1) Royally Endowed (Royally, #3) Ferocious (Vicarious, #2)

3 stars

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) Maybe I Do (Whiskey and Weddings, #1) Blood Guard (Mission, #1) Seducing His Student That Thing You Do

2.5 stars

  Rebel SeoulFallen Heir (The Royals, #4) Our Broken Pieces Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)

2 stars

The Secret History of Us Breaching the Contract (Conflict of Interest, #1)

Book Which Surprised Me The Most

Little Monsters

I don’t do well with YA mysteries, so this was a total surprise because I really enjoyed. I thought it was a smart mystery!

Book Boyfriends of the Month

Completely (New York, #3) It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, #2)

Kal from Completely just about swept me off my feet! What a dream-boat!

And of course, I will always love Marcus from Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series. ALWAYS. <3

Most Exciting Books on Deck For Next Month

Far from the Tree Undercover Attraction (The O'Malleys, #5) Retribution Rails (Vengeance Road, #2)

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So I binge re-watched all 7 seasons of Parks & Recreation last month … OOPS? But no regrets! I love this show and I desperately miss these characters.

I’m also hate watching Pretty Little Liars. OMG this show is dumb but I also can’t stop watching. I also freaking HATE Aria, so much so that I skip her and pedo Ezra’s scenes, which means I’m constantly skipping. -_- I don’t know what I do this to myself.

 Tell me all about your August in the comments below!

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  • Yay for getting to the beach this month. We didn’t really get there all summer which didn’t make me happy. Glad your dad was ok. I hope the bad news you got will be ok. I LOVE overnight oats and love trying new recipes out. I have to check that one out now! I am looking forward to Far From the Tree too. Have a great September!

    • Definitely check this one out if you like chocolate and cherries. I can’t wait to read Far From the Tree!

  • kindlemom1

    So sorry you got some bad news Nick, you are going to be okay though and you are going to do wonderfully! You are amazing so I know whatever you do, you’ll do your best and succeed. 😉 Have a nice weekend!

    • Thank you, Ali. 🙂

  • Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s foot! Hopefully he’s healing nicely – I cringe just thinking about it! Before She Ignites is currently on my TBR so I’m disappointed to see so many people not loving it. :/ And YES to Parks and Rec! I love that show! I also despise PLL but I just finished the series (totally not worth finishing, by the way). Have a great September!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    • He is, thank you!
      Parks and Rec is amazing!

  • Ari

    I’m lmaoo at you hate watching PLL. I didn’t like Ezra either. They should’ve gotten rid of him like they did in the books.The series finale was so dumb because the writers thought they could play us but they played themselves since everyone had already guessed that ending.

    • YES. They totally should have. He came across as even creepier in the show imo.

  • Yes school can be so stressful, I do not miss it, and at the same time I do, lol

    • I actually like going to school. It’s the after school that I stress about.

  • I gave up on PLL about halfway through the fourth series. It was just too ridiculous for my liking haha. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time home. I completely understand where you’re coming from on the school front. I graduated 2 years ago and I feel so out of my element now. Trying to figure out that next step is so hard, especially when you have no idea what you want to do, but don’t worry too much about that. Focus on this upcoming semester and work your way up. Take your time, things will fall into place eventually. 😀

    • I’m just watching it because I have nothing else to watch at the moment, but yes haha it’s so ridiculous and I hate everyone but A haha.
      I have a general idea of what I want to do, but it’s just stressful thinking about not having a job. Thank you, Lois!

  • Megan Mc Dade

    How do you read so much!! Am super jealous am such a slow reader!! I have never watched parks and rec and I feel I need to. Have a great month!

    • I’m at home for the summer, so I have a lot of free time. 🙂
      And yes omg Parks is the best!

  • You were a reading beast! *applause, applause*. I see a few that I want to get to soon on your list, and I am glad they are in the upper ratings tier. Glad to hear your dad is ok (though it sounds quite painful). I have not had dim sum in ages. I always went with my daughter’s grandparents (who are Chinese), and so I have no idea what to order on my own. Parks & Rec was one of my favorite shows. I miss it.

    • Thanks! I hope you enjoy them!
      Yeah, it was definitely painful, but he’s on the mend now.
      I hadn’t gone to dim sum either. Dim sum over here is rolled out in carts so you basically pick what you want. Half the time what we were eating either.

      • I have only been to Dim Sum with the carts (we usually went to China Town in NYC), but I had no clue what I ate. (maybe that was a good thing)

  • Awesome month for you. I hope September is just as good!

  • Nick, you’ve done a lot this month and I’m still not over the fact it took you so long to go to the beach. Glad you enjoyed it, though. Which toe did your dad break? I’m trying to picture how a plate breaks a toe and all I can think is that it’s really unlucky. Glad he’s ok, toe breaks are a nightmare because there is little they can do but let it heal on it’s own. I’ve also bookmarked that overnight oats recipe because you know that’s what I take to work and you can never have too many tasty ideas can you?

    I dont know what your disappointing news was but I’m sending you virtual hugs because you’re at stressful time and you need them. You can totally do it all, just one step and all that, you’ll be ok.

    You are reading so much! You put me to shame I am jealous. I definitely don’t think there’s enough hours in the day for you to have read so many books! And you fit in binge watching as well! Tell me your secrets because you must have a time turner or something. Do you sleep?

    I hope September is good for you too.

    • I know right haha! I kept asking my dad since the first weekend I got back, but he kept saying the weather wasn’t suitable. The big one. It was this heavy ceramic plate and it dropped right on it, breaking the nail.
      If you want to read as much as I did, just stop going to work haha. I do sleep 8-10 hours, but then I have the rest of the day to read.

  • Charlie Anderson

    31 books is PHENOM. Like, I can’t even. Good luck going back to school. It will be worth it in the end!

    • Thank you, Charlie!

  • Wow that is some amazing reading you did this month!!! I hope you are able to enjoy a little bit more time at home before school starts. I know how stressful the last year of school is with the fear of ‘post graduation’ looming over your head. Hugs!

    • I will! Thank you so much!

  • You continue to amaze me with all of the reading you do in a month. Keep up the good work, Nick! I’m so jealous! It looks like I read some of the same books as you. I look forward to reading your thoughts on any and all of the books that you review.

    The future can be a pretty scary thing if you don’t know what you want to do but the good thing about that is that you will figure it out eventually and because you’re a strong, smart and capable young lady, I know that you will have a fantastic future.

    I need to meet this Kal guy. Book boyfriends are my favorite!

    I hope you have a fabulous September, Nick!

    • Thanks, Rowena. Once I go back to school it will probably go down, but I’ve reached my reading goal for the year.

      Thank you so much. You’re so kind! <3