Monthly Wrap Up: August 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more!

Just so you know, this wrap up is a day early because tomorrow is Music Monday and I didn’t want to post twice in one day.

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What I posted:

Music Monday continued into its second month with the themes Crush and Battle Anthems, and a new theme will be posted tomorrow!

I fangirled over Halsey and explained why everyone should be listening to her.

I did the Harry Potter tag, the 20 Facts You May Not Know About Me tag, the Handwriting tag, and the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag.

I reviewed The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten.

What’s up in my life:

I dyed my hair blue! Well, actually, it came out as a really pretty turquoise color- some parts are bluer and some parts are actually green. I’m suuuuuuuuper happy with how it turned out.

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On the less happy side… school started again. I’m taking so many classes this semester (SO MANY) but all of them are pretty fun except for chemistry and math. So, assuming I can stay on top of it all, it should be okay.

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A bunch of friends and I are planning to cosplay the Avengers at a local comic convention in October! I’m really excited about that. I’ll probably be going as Black Widow, as long as I can get a costume together in time. It shouldn’t be too hard, though, since I have a kind of last minute Agents of SHIELD costume I made a few weeks ago to use as a base.

AND I GET TO DYE MY HAIR RED

AND I GET TO DYE MY HAIR RED

So, I mean, that’s mostly it that month. Cool classes, and a LOT of work to do.

What I’m Listening To:

Bands/ Artists: New Politics, Nirvana, Halsey, Melanie Martinez, Marina and the Diamonds, twenty one pilots, Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, Gerard Way

Albums: Cry Baby (Melanie Martinez), Room 93 (Halsey), Vikings (New Politics), Electra Heart (Marina and the Diamonds), From Under the Cork Tree (Fall Out Boy), Hesitant Alien (Gerard Way)

Currently Listening To: Keep on Keepin’ On by Travie McCoy ft Brendon Urie

You gotta keep on keepin’ on, even with the feeling that you’re gonna keep losing, you gotta come back strong

Newly Released Songs I Love:

Drive by Halsey

All we do is drive, all we do is think about the feelings that we hide

West End Kids by New Politics

Used to hold our voices like a prison cell, but now we’re shouting from the rooftops

How was your summer? What were you reading, and what music were you listening to?

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Monthly Wrap Up: July 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more!

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What I Posted:

I kicked off a new blog feature, Music Monday, and people shared Girl Power and Nostalgia themed playlists.

I reviewed Afterworlds, This Song Will Save Your Life, and Ant Man.

I discussed the pros and cons of writing novels vs short stories and asked for your opinions.

I shared an excerpt from my WIP for the 777 Challenge.

I rambled about what makes a feminist character in We Don’t Need More Strong Female Characters.

I shared the projects I’ve been working on over the summer.

Life:

This month was actually really relaxed, and I think I needed that.

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I got a chance to work on a lot of art projects and listen to a lot of new music, so that was really nice. The library reading program finished, but I’m going to join their YA Book Club, so that’ll be fun. And I kept going to my singing lessons- they’re a lot of fun.

But the thing that I’m probably most excited about is that I started playing guitar! I’ve been wanting to try guitar for a while now, and I wasn’t disappointed- it’s sooo much fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up once school starts.

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What I’m Listening To:

Bands/ Artists: Paramore, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Bikini Kill, Halsey, Marina and the Diamonds, Gerard Way, Patrick Stump, David Bowie

Albums: Self Titled by Paramore, Pretty. Odd. by Panic! at the Disco (weird punctuation is, like, their thing), Folie a Deux by Fall Out Boy, Room 93 by Halsey, Electra Heart by Marina and the Diamonds, Hesitant Alien by Gerard Way, Soul Punk by Patrick Stump

Currently Listening to: Coast (It’s Gonna Get Better) by Patrick Stump (this is such a feel good song for me, I love it)

I keep making mistakes, but it takes some time to get anything right. It’s gonna get better, it’s gonna work out.

Newly released songs I love:

Colors by Halsey

You were red and you liked me cause I was blue. You touched me, and suddenly I was a lilac sky, and you decided purple just wasn’t for you.

Hallelujah by Panic! at the Disco (the song isn’t actually new, but they just released the music video)

Then the time for being sad is over, and you miss ’em like you miss no other, and being blue is better than being over it.

Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko

Isn’t this why we came? Gotta get with you. Girls like girls like boys do, nothing new.

How was your summer? What were you reading, and what music were you listening to?

Monthly Wrap Up: June 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more!

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What I Posted:

I wrote about my Summer To-Do List to kick off the summer!

To celebrate the Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality, I posted a list of my ten favorite LGBT+ books!

I reviewed Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver.

I discussed the importance of having other people read your writing.

I worked on my novel work in progress, Show Me a Hero, by creating a playlist and costumes for each of the characters.

I posted a TED talk on feminism that I found really interesting.

I wrote a list of my ten favorite Marvel characters who I felt deserved their own movie.

I also decided to try out a new weekly feature- doing playlists every Sunday. Along with my Show Me a Hero playlist, I did a feel better one and a love songs one.

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It’s so nice being able to just relax and sleep in over the summer. I reaaaaally needed a break from school and stuff, I think. And I’ve been doing a little light summer reading, too.

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Some of those books were REALLY AMAZING and I LOVED THEM A LOT like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Beauty Queens and Lies We Tell Ourselves.

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Yesterday I auditioned for a play at our local community theater. I should know around late July if I got in or not (the waiting is always the worst part about acting). In a way I really want to get in and in a way I wouldn’t really mind if I didn’t because I already know I’m going to be super busy next fall, with or without the play.

I found a tutorial to do DIY galaxy converse, so I painted my own, since they were getting pretty worn out. And they look soooo pretty, in my humble opinion!

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Also, in blog related news- I’m going to be making some pretty exciting changes to my new playlist feature next month, so keep an eye out! Hopefully, I’ll have a post explaining those changes up soon.

What I Read This Month:OnlyEverYours

Only Ever Yours was, disappointing ending aside, pretty good. It wasn’t awe inspiringly amazing or anything, but it was good. Some parts were pretty creepy, but a lot of it was honestly boring.

Nimona, a webcomic that was recently published as a graphic novel, was really good and super funny! And I loved the artwork, too.

IRL (In Real Life), another graphic novel, wasn’t as good as Nimona, and it felt pretty rushed, but the artwork was gorgeous and it was a good quick read.

Vanishing Girls was good but not great- I posted a review of it that’s linked above.

The Program was actually really, really disappointing. It turned a super interesting concept and turned it into a cliched, mushy teen romance. Read Uglies instead.

Schizo was eerily creepy and did a pretty amazing job as a thriller. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be unputdownable (is that even a word?).

LiesWeTellOurselvesLies We Tell Ourselves was AMAZING. Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read, and definitely one of my favorites… if not my number one favorite.

Ask the Passengers was a really cute, fluffy romance. It was good, but… I dunno. It didn’t really stick around in my memory that much.

We All Looked Up was such an interesting premise and it was really well executed, too (with most books, I’ve found that it’s one or the other a lot of the time). And the ENDING was just WOW. Another new favorite.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was another cute, fluffy romance. I really liked this one!

Not Otherwise Specified was a good book, but it felt kind of… I dunno… unpolished? at times. Something about the writing style I didn’t particularly like. But I’d recommend it anyway because of the characters and the premise.

Everybody Knows Your Name was- guess what- another cute, SUPER fluffy romance. It, like We All Looked Up, wasn’t really particularly memorable, but it was still a fun read.

Charisma was another really interesting book, but… for some reason it didn’t really hit home like Lies We Tell Ourselves and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I dunno. It was interesting but it felt like pretty much every other YA book I’ve ever read.

You Look Different In Real Life was cool. A lot better than I’d expected, considering that I’d never heard of it until I saw it on the shelf at the library and thought “Huh. That’s an interesting title. Wonder what it’s about.” It was an interesting look at how fame can affect people.

If I Ever Get Out Of Here was another really good one. I liked it a lot, but it took me a long time to get through, too.

So, what did I miss while I was gone? What are you reading this month? And what music are you listening to?

Monthly Wrap Up: May 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more!

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What I Posted:

I reviewed Avengers: Age of Ultron annnnd that was it. There’s a reason for the lack of posts, which I’ll get to in a second.

Life:

I’ve been reeeeally busy this month, what with finishing up school and all my extracurricular activities.

I finished my final for the drawing class that I was taking through the local college. It was a self portrait, but I’m not really very happy with how it turned out, so I don’t think I’m going to share it on here. I do have a couple of drawings I’ve been working on on my own time, though, so I may be posting one or two of those!

Right after that, rehearsals for our school play kicked into high gear and we started with costume and tech rehearsals for the week. Then the show- which was a huge success and a lot of fun! I played flute with out band and then did a couple of Shakespeare scenes with our drama class. Everyone had a lot of fun.

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Then next weekend, my family went on a quick trip to see a craft fair and visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins.

The next day, my class left on a week long out-of-state field trip which was a lot of fun- I got to know everyone a whole lot better, saw some really good plays, and, overall, had a lot of fun. Also, we stopped at an Arby’s on the way there and saw what may be one of the most confusing signs of all time.

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Anyway, I was expecting to start posting again after that trip, but then I got a really nasty cold and just could muster up the motivation to do anything but watch Parks and Recreation and Dan and Phil. But hey, on the plus side, I got out of going to the gym!

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Anyway, I’m theoretically back now, assuming that nothing else comes up.

What I’m Listening To:

Bands: twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, My Chemical Romance, Tonight Alive, Paramore, We are the In Crowd

Albums: Blurryface (twenty one pilots), Pretty.Odd. (Panic! at the Disco), Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (My Chemical Romance), Future Hearts (All Time Low)

Currently listening to: Desolation Row by My Chemical Romance

And the riot squad they’re restless, they need somewhere to go, as Lady and I look out tonight from Desolation Row

Newly released songs I love:

We Don’t Believe What’s on TV by twenty one pilots

I need to know that when I fall you’ll still be here, cause if you stick around, I’ll sing you pretty sounds, and we’ll make money selling your hair. But I don’t care what’s in your hair, I just wanna know what’s on your mind.

The Judge by twenty one pilots

When the leader of the bad guys sang something soft and soaked in pain, I heard the echo from his secret hideaway.

What I read this month:

ShadowScaleI finally read Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, the sequel to Seraphina, one of my all time favorite books. If I had to pick, though, I think that Shadow Scale was even better! It had a faster moving plot, cleared up a lot of the unanswered questions that were bugging my in the first book, and revealed a lot more about the dragons, which was cool.

Dove Arising was very good, but not really anything special. It had some very good points about society today, but in the end, it felt just like almost every other YA dystopian I’ve read before, and the main character just didn’t make sense to me. I did like it. Just not enough for it to particularly stick out in my mind. Think The Hunger Games with a less central love story.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was amazing. I don’t have a whole lot to say except… wow. The ugly cover aside, it’s probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Of all the books I read this month, though, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray was my favorite. It was, like, socially conscious comedy. Think a feminist retelling of The Lord of the Flies, but funny. It goes from deep and thoughtful to hilarious and bizarre in a second. Like, you’ve got

“Why do girls always feel like they have to apologize for giving an opinion or taking up space in the world? Have you ever noticed that?” Nicole asked. “You go on websites and some girl leaves a post and if it’s longer than three sentences or she’s expressing her thoughts about some topic, she usually ends with, ‘Sorry for the rant’ or ‘That may be dumb, but that’s what I think.”

and

“I’ve been thinking about that book about the boys who crash on an island,” Mary Lou said to Adina one afternoon as they rested on their elbows taking bites from the same papaya.
“Lord of the Flies. What about it?”
You know how you said it wasn’t a true measure of humanity because there were no girls and you wondered how it would be different if there had been girls?”
“Yeah?”
“Maybe girls need an island to find themselves. Maybe they need a place where no one’s watching them so they can be who they really are.”
There was something about the island that made the girls forget who they had been. All those rules and shalt nots. They were no longer waiting for some arbitrary grade. They were no longer performing. Waiting. Hoping.
They were becoming.
They were.

but there’s also

“DiscomfortWear™, shapewear designed to eliminate rills, ripples, and muffin tops. In some cases known to eliminate circulation and breathing. If you’re not uncomfortable, it’s not DiscomfortWear™.”

and

It seemed odd to Sosie that she had to make some hard-and-fast decision about such an arbitrary, individual thing as attraction, like having to declare an orientation major: I am straight with a minor in gay.

So yeah. It was a really good book is what I’m trying to get at.

So, what did I miss while I was gone? What are you reading this month? And what music are you listening to?

Monthly Wrap Up: April 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more! This one is a little late- sorry about that!

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What I Posted

Unfortunately, I took a major step back from posting with month. However, I did write a couple of posts.

I wrote about my experiences with stereotypes and labels in The World of Boxes.

I received the Versatile Blogger Award, the Creative Blogger Award, and the Addictive Blogger Award.

I did the 777 Challenge and the Social Media tag.

I reviewed Future Hearts by All Time Low and did a double feature review of Mila 2.0 and Beta.

Life

I was super busy this month, and I’m going to be even more so in May. I had a lot of work to do to prepare for my school’s upcoming drama and music showcase, so I had to do a lot of work for drama (we’re doing a bunch of different Shakespeare scenes) and band (I play flute). So I’ve been really busy, but it’s still been a lot of fun.

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I also started playing ukulele! I’ve had a ukulele sitting in my room for a while now, but never really tried it. So I decided to pick it up again, and it’s a lot of fun! I’m trying to teach myself House of Gold by twenty one pilots.

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I spent a lot of money at Hot Topic, which was sooo much fun. First time, I got a bunch of band and fandom t-shirts, and some bracelets and headbands and other cool stuff as well (I want the entire selection of Hot Topic’s hair bows!!!) and had a lot of fun. We went back more recently to use some coupons that we got, and I got a reaaally cute dress.

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ISN’T IT ADORABLE?

I also got some bright blue/ turquoise hair dye for the summer! I still have a little purple left, so I’m going to use that up and then dye it blue. I’m also kinda-sorta considering cutting it short? I dunno.

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Again, the picture’s not of me

After recommendations from a bunch of friends, I finally started watching Dan and Phil (two geeky British YouTubers who talk about stuff ranging from video games to the best varieties of lactose free milk).

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Anyway, to wrap things up on this part, I’d just like to let you all know that posts will probably be pretty sparse through May, as I’m going to be suuuper busy.

What I’m Listening to:

Bands: Imagine Dragons, PVRIS, Tonight Alive, twenty one pilots, All Time Low, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco

Albums: White Noise (PVRIS), Vessel (twenty one pilots), Future Hearts (All Time Low), Night Visions (Imagine Dragons), pretty.odd (Panic! at the Disco)

Currently listening to: My House by PVRIS (I’ve been getting into more girl fronted bands lately and PVRIS is AMAZING!)

I feel you in these walls, you’re a cold air creeping in , chill me to my bones and skin

Newly released songs I love:

Tear in My Heart by twenty one pilots

Sometimes you’ve got to bleed to know that you’re alive and have a soul, but it takes someone to come around to show you how.

Runaways by All Time Low

We’re going down this road with tears in our rear view mirror. Far from home, but in the dark you know, with me you’ve got nothing to fear.

Stressed Out by twenty one pilots

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink, but now I’m insecure and I care what people think.

Hallelujah by Panic! at the Disco

Then the time for being sad is over, and you miss them like you miss no other, and being blue is better than being over it.

What I Read This Month:

Well, first off, I FINALLY GOT THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS COMIC! It was absolutely amazing and definitely worth reading if you’re a fan of My Chemical Romance. Still worth reading otherwise, of course, but there’s a lot of worldbuilding to catch up on if you really want to get into the comic.

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IllGiveYouTheSunI also read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, which was an absolutely terrific bookItsOurProm about growing up, family, art, and a
tiny bit of mystery. It’s definitely highly recommended.

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman was very sad and, although not amazing, still quite good.

I’ve wanted to read It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) for a while now, and finally got around to it. It was really good, and definitely worth reading!

I also reviewed Mila 2.0 and Beta. You can find links to the reviews above.

What books did you read this month? What music are you listening to? And what was your favorite post of mine? Is there anything you’d like to see more/ less of next month?

Monthly Wrap Up: March 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more!

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What I Posted:

I did the Lyric Medley Tag, the Reader Problems Tag, the Book to Movie Wishlist Tag, the Chocolate Book Tag, and the Book Lover’s Questionnaire tag.

I posted a short story, Acacia’s Monster

reviewed Playlist for the Dead

participated in the Beautiful People linkupwrote about Marina and the Diamonds for the My Hero Monday linkup, and talked about writing in different genres/ mediums for the Teens Can Write, too! linkup

reblogged a fantastic post on worldbuilding

wrote about the benefits of writing with music, and also discussed a really helpful online writing tool

Life

My birthday was this month! I am now officially fifteen and feel no different. At all. It was exciting, though, even if I wish that I could just stay a kid forever.

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Anyway, I got a really nice pair of headphones, a Hot Topic gift card (yay!), and some other smaller stuff from my parents, and my Grandma sent me an Amazon gift card. I used quite a bit of it for some new music, and I’m also planning to buy the Fabulous Killjoys comic.

But anyway, there’s something else that I’m really excited about- my hair is purple now! I can’t post pictures of myself, on here, but the color I used was Manic Panic’s Purple Haze and it looks really nice. It’s a really pretty darker color that looks a lot lighter in sunlight.

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The color I used (the picture isn’t of me, though!)

What I’m Listening to:

Bands: My Chemical Romance (as usual), Fall Out Boy (also pretty usual), Gerard Way, frnkiero and the cellabration, twenty one pilots

Albums: Regional at Best (twenty one pilots), Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (My Chemical Romance), Hesitant Alien (Gerard Way), Stomachaches (frnkiero)

Currently listening to: No Shows by Gerard Way (I really love the cheesy sci-fi feel to the music video)

Read This Month:

Red check marks for this month, purple for February, and green for January

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I didn’t read nearly as much as I’d liked to have this month, but in my defense, I ran out of reading material and didn’t get around to a library trip.

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas (Fairy Tale Retelling)- A really interesting spin on the story of Sleeping Beauty and pretty fantastic for a debut novel.

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (Pink Cover)- Very meh, and the ending was a gigantic letdown. It wasn’t bad, just forgettable. Kind of like a less pretentious version of The Fault in Our Stars.

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (PoC MC)- THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING AMAZING AND YOU NEED TO GO READ IT RIGHT THIS INSTANT. I AM NOT JOKING. DO IT. NOW.

Comics: She-Hulk vol 1 (good story, mediocre art), Captain Marvel vol 1 (AMAZING), and Civil War: X-Men (meh).

What books did you read this month? What music are you listening to? And what was your favorite post of mine? Is there anything you’d like to see more/ less of next month?

Monthly Wrap Up: February 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more!
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What I Posted

I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

I participated in two blog parties- The Book Hugger and Horse Feathers. Congrats again to Chloe and Rebekah!

I discussed music’s influence on my writing (spoiler alert: it’s huge) for the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain.

I also linked up with My Hero Monday and shared about Mary Shelley.

I shared a short story of mine, The Balloon Man, to kick off the month.

I talked about the characters of my WIP, Show Me a Hero, and discussed one of the major relationships in the story for the Beautiful People link up.

I reviewed We Were Liars and had pretty mixed feelings about it.

I did the Inside Out book tag and the Be My Valentine tag.

I reblogged a post about The Book Awards from The Writing Hufflepuff.

Life

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I don’t care but I also care way too much and it’s really frustrating. Like, I’m constantly halfway between What a Catch, Donnie and I Don’t Care (helpful gifs below for you who don’t listen to Fall Out Boy).

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I’m still tired and mildly annoyed at basically everything but that’s pretty normal.

Is this what being a teenager is like? Because if so, I don’t like it. Everything is so high pressure.

But hey! On the positive side, my birthday is almost exactly a month away from today! That’s exciting, even if I’m not really sure whether I’m ready to be fifteen yet.

The art class is going pretty well, too. It’s only been a month and I’ve already learned so much.

And I’m helping to plan a school dance! It’s kinda a huge thing because I go to a charter school consisting largely of nerdy introverted kids (which is nice because I really fit in) so we’ve never done anything like that before. We even got a DJ already (here’s to hoping that they don’t play crappy pop music).

What I’m listening to

Bands: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Panic! at the Disco, and a teeny tiny bit of Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens.

Albums: American Beauty/ American Psycho (FOB), Too Weird to Live/ Too Rare to Die (Panic!), American Idiot (Green Day), Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (MCR), Don’t Panic (All Time Low)

Currently listening to: Helena (My Chemical Romance)

Read this month

Green check marks are from January, the purple ones are for this month.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (LGBTQA)- LOVED it! Thanks to everyone who recommended it to me.

Parallels (White cover)- Meh. Kinda of forgettable. But the friendships were really well developed, and it had some interesting ideas about predestination and fate.

Firefight (Male POV)- More diverse than Steelheart, so that was nice. And the plot twist was less predictable. So it was slightly above the first book in my books (haha, a pun).

Vicious (Superpowers)- Accidentally marked it last month, sorry. Really good book. Definitely worth a read.

We Were Liars (2014 release you missed)- I have VERY mixed feelings about this one. I linked to my review of it above.

Civil War, Spider-Man: Civil War, and New Avengers vol 1

What books did you read this month? What music are you listening to? And what was your favorite post of mine?