Life-Happening Summary: March came in like a lamb and left like a … Hungry Lamb ? . . . What a weird weather year we’ve been having. It’s been wonderful! I do like snow for Christmas and December, but that’s about it. Amazingly, my kiddos didn’t have any snow days. The second week of March, I experienced my first SOLO road trip!I had lots of fun singing LOUD, talking to myself, and stopping for coffee whenever I wanted. I went to Ohio to visit my sister (it was her birthday!) and to go to THE PIANO GUYS concert! Let me just say: The Piano Guys are AMAZING! If you don’t know who they are, check them out! So much fun and talent wrapped into one show.
Writing Summary: I had an idea last year that I’ve been mulling over. I knew the WHO (Cortland McGraw) and the WHERE (Steampunk Novel), but I didn’t know the WHAT, WHEN, and WHY’s of the story. I had a few ideas but they weren’t taking me anywhere. Then I watched THE LIBRARIANS (LOVE that show!!) and the ideas started to pour over me! I’ve been plotting, researching, and of course, building a Pinterest board all month–still going strong! I love when a new idea hits. The excitement gives me momentum and has me thinking about it all day (and most of the night…didn’t get a lot of sleep this month). For fun, I tried something a little different with the first draft: I wrote it as a screenplay. It’s too long to actually be one, but it was a fun way to just write the dialogue and motions for each scene. Now, I’m going back through and adding meat (and paragraphs) to it!
Winter By: Marissa Meyer
Winter was the last book of the Lunar Chronicles series. It was a great ending, wrapped everything up, gave the main characters their Happily-Ever-Afters. I love when a series ends and my questions are answered. This entire series is one of my absolute favorites!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By: Ransom Riggs
This was such an odd book . . . but in a good, fascinating way! I recently saw the trailer for the movie coming out and it looked really interesting, so of course I had to go get the book so I could be prepared to watch it. I don’t tend to pick up books like this, but I’m glad I did. It was a neat escape from my norm. Excited to see how close the movie keeps to the book!
The Volk Advent By: Kristen Wiks
Every March-June, I get a box of books in the mail that I get to read, judge and then KEEP! Several years ago I signed up to be a judge for contest/book awards (not saying what contest just yet…shhh . . . ). The Volk Advent was among the books in the box this year. The cover had me grabbing for it first. It was a quick read, but I really didn’t connect with the characters, and it was hard for me to suspend disbelief for the plot line.
The Young Elites By: Marie Lu
Really enjoyed this story–fresh and new, with a good twist ending. Very well written!
Lady Midnight By: Cassandra Clare
This was a BIG book! It was fun being back in the Shadowhunter world…there were things I loved more than the original series, and things that almost felt like a repeat of the original.
The 5th Wave By: Rick Yancey
I listened to this book as I drove to and from Ohio! It made the time fly by. I really enjoyed the story (although at times it reminded me of Divergent and The Hunger Games)…but it did have some twists and fresh views on things that I really enjoyed. Can’t wait to see this movie either!
The Glass Sword By: Victoria Aveyard
While I absolutely LOVED The Red Queen–the first book in this serie–this second book didn’t impress me as much. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story, but by the end I wasn’t dying to get my hands on the next book in the series. This story felt forced and a lot like an X-Men movie . . . I’ll probably check out the third book when it comes out, but I’m not as jumping-up-and-down-can’t-wait excited for it.
THE LIBRARIANS: As I said above, I watched Season 1 of THE LIBRARIANS–loved every second!
ELEMENTARY: While some friends cautioned me, telling me to stay away from it, other’s said they enjoyed it. I must say, I am REALLY enjoying it! I love how they made Watson a woman . . . and the twist that Irene Adler is MORIARTY–woohoo! I’m almost done with Season 2.
I watched ANT MAN and GOOSEBUMPS with my boys–both were great!
CHiPs: This month we were all introduced to CHiPs! We’ve been watching Season 1 as a family–so much fun, and it’s family friendly/appropriate. Love to hear my boys laughing…and my youngest hums the theme song non-stop now (it replaced Star Wars theme song…but that movie comes out tomorrow, so I’m sure he’ll be back to the dark side humming…)
PSYCH: Just discovered this on Netflix . . . I know, I’m behind the times. It’s a fun show (annoying at times, but that’s what fast forward is for . . .).
POLDARK: Watched the first 3 episodes… *swoon*…hoping to watch the rest SOON!