Well, hello there, September. Fancy meeting you here.
August just flew past, like all of the other months this year have. It's been a month full of changes and surprises, some good and some...*cough* not as good.
Here we go. *cracks knuckles*
Just three days into the month, I had to take a test to make it into college classes. I was terrified (and only started studying like two days before it *cough*), but it was actually not too hard. AND I PASSED. I was shaking like a leaf by the end of it, but I did do much better than I thought. So all that terror was worth it. XD
After that, I had to actually enroll in my class. It took them an eternity at admissions, but I at last got my ID and signed up for speech. Not gonna lie, I felt really weird being at a college. Thankfully, the class is online so I won't have to actually go up to the college unless it's the mid-term exam.
We didn't realize until the second day of school that we had actually signed up for the twelve-week class instead of the sixteen-week. That means I haven't even started my class yet. It starts Monday (eep!), and I will only have three months of speech. Less time in the course...and also less time between tests and assignments. O.o HELP.
By far one of the best parts about August for me was the Olympics! I love the Olympics, despite being allergic to most sports. (Totally a thing. :P) I just love the gymnastics, equestrian, archery, fencing, water polo, swimming...basically everything. XD There are still some sports I don't like, but I enjoy the fact that the Olympics consist of a lot of unique sports that you usually don't get to see. In fact, I love the games so much that I wrote a whole post about it. *hurrah for self-promos*
Over the last week before school, I had a sleepover with my bestie, played violin in a special music program at our church, and watched more of the Olympics than I care to admit. But, unfortunately, school did start back on the 15th. It hasn't been that stressful yet, but that could very well change when my college class begins. *hides* I had a veeeery stressful summer, though, so maybe it will actually be better than that? *has false hope*
|(It actually won't. XD)|
The month wrapped up with the end of the Olympics, a dentist appointment, and my birthday (!!!). I had such a fun birthday, thanks to all your sweet comments on my post, and racked up on a lot of books and fandom merchandise. I went out to eat at Cracker Barrel, devoured strawberry cake, and enjoyed a bit of a break from school. It was a blast! ^_^
Ah, yes. My favorite category! I only read three books because of fun things like school interfering. >.< Fortunately, I enjoyed them all immensely.
~ Rook ~
This book was SO good! ACK. It takes place in a future world that resembles the time of the French Revolution. There's a lot of uncertainty going on because you can never tell who's on whose side. BUT THAT JUST MAKES IT MARVELOUS. Plus there's an awesome French vibe, FABULOUS characters (as per Sharon Cameron's norm), and a huge dose of wit. AND THE HEROINE HAS A PET FOX. I mean, c'mon, who can resist a fox?! Mind you, I have my complaints about the book. There's a confusing conclusion, TRAGIC BLOW TO MY HEART, and a romance that maaaay not be favorite? But I couldn't bring myself to rate it any lower than I did since the rest of the book was glorious.
Eep, I loved this! It's such a fun, whimsical read chock full of humor. The world-building is incredible, and I quite adored all the fantastical creatures Peterson created. I didn't love it quite as much as a lot of my friends did, though. I found the characters to be kind of flat (except for Peet--I LOVED HIM), and the story seemed to drag. Those things aside, I adored diving into the world of Aerwiar! ^_^
Such a delightful story! It felt very fairytale-ish to me, which obviously means it's a winner. The only other retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses I've read is Entwined so it was fun to try another one. It did feel very close to the original tale, in many respects. But there was enough of a difference that I think the author could pull it off. The characters were all wonderful! (Galen especially. Who doesn't love a knitting gardener?) I thought the setting was interesting, and the writing style, simplistic as it was, seemed to work well for this type of book. The only thing I really didn't like was the pacing. It seemed like it dragged for the majority of the book before the author realized her mistake and sped it up too quickly at the end. I dunno. The conflict seemed very easily resolved at the end. But overall, I did really like it!
Literally just one movie. XD (That is, unless I watched another one and forgot to write it down in my journal where I keep track of them. #probably) Most of my time was spent watching the Olympics so I didn't really watch any additional TV.
~ Soul Surfer (2011): I've seen this before, but it seemed an appropriate movie with which to end the summer. It's such an inspirational film, and I honestly cry every time. #notevensorry I leave the movie feeling inspired each time I watch it. ^_^
~ I just recently discovered Urban Rescue. And let me tell you, their music is INCREDIBLE. There's a lot of meaning behind the words, and I genuinely cannot think of a single song of theirs that I don't love. They're actually associated with Rend Collective (another favorite Christian group of mine) so you know they're going to pour a lot of thought into what they create. I got their album Wild Heart for my birthday and have been listening to it incessantly. Two of my favorites are this one and this one, though it's difficult to limit myself to just two.
~ It made my Middle-earth loving heart sooo happy to receive two Hobbit soundtracks for my birthday! So naturally, I had to listen to this track on repeat. <333 IT JUST MAKES ME FEEL SO WARM AND COZY. It also makes me want to rewatch the movie for the thousandth time. XP
~ This may sound odd to you guys, but I actually love listening to music in French. I found a great Christian radio station from France online where they play a lot of contemporary Christian music. I've done two years of French and am currently doing my third, so fortunately this counts as studying. XD I especially love it when they play music by Hillsong. Like this one, for instance. Even if you don't know any French, it's still lovely to listen to. (And you can look up the lyrics to the English version because that's great, too.)
~ SO BEAUTIFUL. Just...watch this. Evynne and Peter Hollens always produce the most beautiful covers.
(Mostly just snapshots from the month because that's how I roll.)
|Bonus pictures that didn't make it into my post. ;)|
I just took (as in fifteen minutes ago) a bunch of photos of my birthday gifts. I was in a time crunch so I didn't stage a nice photo shoot or edit the photos or anything. You've been warned. ;) If you want a full birthday haul, let me know and I'll see what I can do.
|I got a Sting letter opener! I'm sooo obsessed with it right now. XD|
|All my Tsum Tsums! The two on top are my new ones.|
|My R2-D2 backpack! IT'S SO CUTE.|
|I got a Jane Austen quote mug, and yes, it's droolworthy. |
I still haven't found a proper use for it because
I don't really want to drink out of it. XD
|I also got an annotated copy of Northanger Abbey. It's one|
of my favorite books so I can't wait to read all
the bonus material. :D
|Alllll the books. ^_^|
|Finally, my Alice in Wonderland watch! EEP, IT'S|
Well, there it is. My month of August in full. SORRY THIS POST IS SO LATE. D:
Now then. Here come the questions. *cue groans* How was your August? Are you looking forward to fall like I am? Also, what is your opinion on coffee? (This is pertinent because I got a mug for my birthday. *nods emphatically*)
P.S. I've just been informed that it's National Buy a Book Day! SO GO. BUY A BOOK.