March 27, 2017

Life lately, according to my iPhone

I feel like every week in March has alternated between being either super busy (like last week where I had plans most nights) or super low key (like this week where I have one plan haha). I'm kind of looking forward to the latter.

It was my cousin's fiance's birthday recently and we all went out The Half-Pint to celebrate. If you like chicken and waffles, skillet scrambles or a lot of alcohol with your brunch, this is a good place to check out!
The cold weather hasn't stopped me from crossing off more ice cream places from my list. I went to Soft Swerve with Alexa and then ICE NY with two of my coworkers. I enjoyed both but I definitely liked Soft Swerve best! 
March has been a super exciting month for book drops! It's been really fun being a part of the Books on the Subway team and to meet new people. Two of my favorite drops from this month have been 13 Reasons Why and Half the Sky. For the former, we teamed up with Netflix and for the latter, we teamed up with Emma Watson's (!!) Shared Shelf book club. 
Pre-snowpocalypse, I took my cousin out for a birthday dinner at Joe's Crab Shack. // If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I share a lot of stories about our office dog, Walter. It was his last week in the office and I miss him so much!
Alexa and I love Misty Copeland so we had to go to her signing at B&N for her newest book, Ballerina Body. It was great listening to her talk about it and meet her in person! (Even though it was for a split second.) 

What have you been up to lately?

March 24, 2017

Music | What I'm Listening To

It's been two months since Carina and I have done one of our playlists but she's just getting back from vacation (lucky!) so instead, I'm going to share three songs I've had on repeat lately.

Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know
When Ed Sheeran's new album came out,  most of my friends raved about his super romantic song "Perfect" and while I understand why, I have to admit that it was "What Do I Know?" that I kept turning to. Aside from the fact that it's insanely catchy, it's this line from the chorus that gets me every time: We could change this whole world with a piano.

Dude York - Black Jack
The guitar riffs on this song are everything. That's all I have to say.

Milky Chance (feat. Izzy Bizu) - Bad Things
I've been waiting for Milky Chance to come out with another song for me to fall in love with and Bad Things is it.

What songs have you been listening to lately?

March 23, 2017

FOF Book Club: Written in Red

For our first quarter's book club, we read Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop. Here's what I thought!


Written in Red (Others #1)
by Anne Bishop
pub 3/513 by Roc
Adult - Urban Fantasy
It's been a while since I've gotten sucked into an urban fantasy series that wasn't written by J.R. Ward or Karen Marie Moning. But Anne Bishop, you can consider me a fan. Written in Red throws you into the story and the characters with very little preamble but the gaps get filled in quickly enough and it wasn't before long that I got my bearings and found myself along for the ride. Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet who can see visions of the future when her skin is cut. But her kind are treated more like property than people by their controllers so Meg flees. And somehow finds herself at Lakeside Courtyard, a property owned by the Others, and asking to be their new Human Liasion. The Others are the dominant race who co-habit this world with humans and can be anything from shapeshifters (not just werewolves), vampires, faeries and more. The leader of the courtyard is shapeshifter Simon Wolfgard (note the last name) and against his better judgement, he gives Meg the job even though he senses there's more to her than meets the eye.

It's a dark and dangerous world which is why I was surprised to find myself chuckling at scenes and engrossed in the relationships Meg forms with everyone. First of all, Meg is just awesome. After being caged for so long, having a life of her own is new to her. It makes her reactions to situations both endearing and impressive, especially as she comes face-to-face with Others. Likewise, the author does a great job of giving the Others depth. We get to know each new person as individuals and through Meg's eyes. And lastly, Simon. It's clearly the beginning of an epic slow burn romance and I'm already in love with where it's going. Their relationship and the one she has with another character are my favorites.

The book ends on a solid note and while it was a tad too long, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately put the second book on hold at the library and bought a copy of Written in Red for myself!

Book Club Questions
For every series we read, we'll be answering the same three questions at the end of our mini-reviews.

Favorite character | Meg but also Simon and Sam. 
Would you read more from this author? | Yes! As I already mentioned, I have plans to continue this series. 

For those of you who read the series with us, 
what did you think?

Also, make sure to check out Alexa's thoughts on the series!