Week in Review: 1/11/15

Week in Review

In Life

IMG_4976Well, this was my first full week back to school from Christmas break. Man was I tired. Two weeks off and it was like it was the length of summer! I’m happy to be back at a regular schedule, though. It will be busy, but much better for keeping at blogging on a regular basis!

I was hoping for a “cold day” off from school mid-week as windchills were supposed to reach -25 degrees, but unfortunately for us, they only went down to about -20, so still school. It’s been very snowy, icey, and freezing, so I’ve been cuddled under a blanket for pretty much every activity I try an do, whether it be homework or reading a book. Hot vanilla chai has been my best friend throughout the winter…ahhhh.

In Books


I got a Barnes & Noble gift card after the holidays from my “Aunt” so obviously it’s already gone! Thanks so much!

IMG_4985The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

I’ve been meaning to buy both of these for so long and so I basically just grabbed them without a second thought, which is unusual for me and buying books. I normally plan long and hard about what I spend gift cards or money on book-wise.

Recently Finished & Currently Reading

I just finished Friday night, the last short story in My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins (review link below). I was really pleased with it, although I have no idea why it took me so long to get through it?!

Yesterday I started reading Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, the sequel to Fire & Flood, which I LOVED. Not very far in yet, but based off of the last one, this series will help you bridge the gap between Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 (which I just saw Part 1 last week! — link to me review of the movie below).

In Blogging

Around the Blogosphere

Here at Books & Cleverness

Also, if you are participating in my Dusting off the Shelf 2015 Reading Challenge, the January Link-Up for your reviews is HERE.

How was YOUR week? I’d love to chat with you all about it!


Top Ten TV Shows I’ve Watched/Currently Watching

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten TV Shows I’ve Watched/Currently Watching

I am a HUGE watcher of TV shows, so I hope I can narrow my picks down to only ten!

1. The Blacklist

Once you watch this show, you can’t help but not be addicted. From the first episode I knew this show was going to be good, and I’m so happy that it’s doing so well!

2. Teen Wolf

I came for the guys, I stayed for the guys. No, I’m just kidding…well, sort of! 😉 The show is really good and these past couple of seasons have raised the stakes even higher. I love the return of lacrosse in Season 4! Probably my favorite show (at the moment)…

3. Pretty Little Liars

This is a guilty pleasure show for me. I don’t think the writing is very good, but it’s entertaining and I just want to know what the deal happened/is happening! They drag the show out a lot, but I keep watching so they’re doing something right!

4. Revolution

I was really sad when this show was cancelled. 😦 I really enjoyed the dystopian storyline on the small screen. It was a bit violent, but the complex concepts were so unique and standout. I really loved it. I still recommend you watch its two seasons!

5. Terra Nova

Another show that was cancelled…:/ But it had dinosaurs and time travel and it was just plain cool! I loved it!

6. Once Upon A Time

While Teen Wolf is my go-to summer show, OUAT is my go-to during the year show. I freaking ADORE this series. My OTP is Captain Swan in case you were wondering… But really, this show is just so wonderful and perfect. I can’t form decent sentences about it. Just go watch it and report back to me, NOW!

7. Downton Abbey

I LOVE this show so much. It just makes me so happy. Maggie Smith is a comedic genius, and there’s not a thing I don’t love about this one…I also really enjoyed the remake of Upstairs Downstairs which eventually was cancelled, but it was basically Downton Abbey but more modern.

8. Reign

Another guilty pleasure show…steamy and royal with beautiful men…*sigh* Oh and scary pagans!

9. The White Queen

Okay, the guilty pleasure of all guilty pleasures… But I just love English royal drama!

10. Sherlock

My friends made me watch it, and I am forever indebted to them. FOREVER.

What are your favorite TV shows?

xo, emily