July

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Well hi there! It’s been a while!

What is going on with this year? It’s flying by way too fast! As a first time mom to a now-8-month-old, I can’t believe how fast time is going by. It seems like just yesterday he was this tiny thing in my arms and now he’s trying to both crawl and walk! He’s seriously the most content little boy, though. And so much fun!

What happened in July? Not a whole heck of a lot. Like I said at the beginning of the month, I was going to get back to my roots of blogging, which meant doing whatever the hell I want (not a bad rule, if I say so myself) and for some reason or another I got into a review book reading binge. Nothing wrong with that!

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I also took a bit of a break at the end of the month and beginning of August. I did do some reading, but it was so freaking hot outside that we had lots of indoor playdates with the AC running. We also took a vacation at the beginning of August, so there was a few days spent packing and cleaning for the housesitter.

We also had Canada Day this month! We had fun watching the parade with our little guy and wandered around the local festivities. We got to go on a wagon ride this month with friends and have lots of playdates. This boy gets me out so much! Of course, when we weren’t out, I’d use every spare minute for reading since there wasn’t much else I wanted to do with the weather so hot.

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On the blog this month:

I talked about my new course of action on the blog — no scheduling at all! Fly by the seat of my pants!

Weekend Reading chat –> All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Tea Posts:
Having a Tea Party
Organizing my tea cupboard

I shared my favourite bookish things that start with the worst letter ever.

I reviewed a whopping 12 books:
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (features my running story!)
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1) by Samantha Grace
A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) by Denise Hunter
A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) by Deborah Raney
A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) by Betsy St. Amant
A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4) by Rachel Hauck
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
The Principle of Love (The Principle of Love, #1) by Emily Franklin
How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
Gentlemen Prefer Mischief by Emily Greenwood

I re-KINDLE-d my love for my ereader — and haven’t put it down since!

I talked about my love of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! You can see more of that love in the books I got this month …

I wondered what happened to originality in book blogging after hearing about blogs being shut down for too many promo posts.

Listening to … 

Owen Pallett’s latest! I’m usually totally on top of my favourite musicians and their newest albums, but hubs told me about this one. It’s fantastic!

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I did pretty good this month with reading, getting 14 books in! I also kind of did a little binge reading …

  1. Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks, #5) by Miranda Kenneally
  2. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
  3. One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1) by Samantha Grace
  4. A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) by Denise Hunter
  5. A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) by Deborah Raney
  6. A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) by Betsy St. Amant
  7. A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4) by Rachel Hauck
  8. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  9. The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
  10. The Principle of Love (The Principle of Love, #1) by Emily Franklin
  11. The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex
  12. How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
  13. Gentlemen Prefer Mischief (Mischief, #1) by Emily Greenwood
  14. Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1) by Maya Banks (<– LOVED! Review coming this month!)

At first I started reading historical romances on the weekend, but DNF-ed a few books this month and decided to just keep reading them. One of them wasn’t reviewed on the blog since it wasn’t that great, but for the most part, they’ve been a lot of fun!

Also, 9 out of 14 books were review books! How crazy is that? I told myself I was on a mission to raise my NetGalley approval rating. Then I went and requested a few more books, which totally defeated that purpose. Oh well. It’s out of the 60s, so that’s good!

I’m also noticing a bit of girl power this month. What’s with the lack of male authors in my reading?

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Only one mailbox goody this month, but I did buy some books! I’m sure you’re all SO surprised. :)

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You can see that my love of historical romances has started to take over my book buying! Darn grocery stores … they always have some great titles for a good price! I’ve already read Breathe, Annie, Breathe in the past month and bought another running book to help with motivation (I write this as I eat cookies, so I need the motivation!). I also found a copy of Pride & Prejudice for only $2! I couldn’t pass that up! I saw Blue Notes in the romance department at Indigo and had to buy it since it had music in it. I can never pass up a music book!

Thank you to Raincoast Books for the copy of Girl Defective for review!

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Can you see I have a bit of an addiction to historical romances? It’s crazy! These are the review books I got this month via NetGalley. Already read two of them!

How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?

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June

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June is typically the month when all the storms roll in. I remember a June where we had only a few days that didn't have rain. Thankfully, that wasn't this year, but this one particular storm was kind of epic.

June is typically the month when all the storms roll in. I remember a June where we had only a few days that didn’t have rain. Thankfully, that wasn’t this year, but this one particular storm was kind of epic.

So …. did you catch my big announcement this week on the blog? Ah, I can breathe freer now! While it seems kind of daunting to have no drafts (except for the outlines of my monthly recaps) and no scheduled posts (except for the Book Bingo posts), it’s just so refreshing to have a bit of a new start on the blog. It’s been long overdue!

What’s not refreshing — and what’s actually kind of hilarious — is my Goodreads challenge as of the half year mark:

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I was actually going pretty strong at the beginning of the year, which I attribute to the fact that the boy and I didn’t really have any mommy and baby friends, so we spent a lot of our days at home, relaxing. Now we’re just go go go ALL the time and our weeks are full of playdates and fun! Since July is here, I’ve tried to slow down on all the scheduled fun, like baby dance or other things that fall weekly and at certain times. I like to be more open for spontaneity.

At any rate, it feels so weird to be BEHIND a book! It’s been years since I’ve been behind a book!

Other than my obvious lack of reading, this month has been filled with lots of walks, lots of playdates, baby massage, Kindermusik, baby dance classes … lots of fun! I can’t believe I have a 7 month old!

The boy and the dog playing. He LOVES the dogs. They're not quite sure what he's up to. I think they thought he was going to stay still for his whole life, so they're not quite ready for all the movement. If the boy is angry, show him a dog. He will instantly cheer up!

The boy and the dog playing. He LOVES the dogs. They’re not quite sure what he’s up to. I think they thought he was going to stay still for his whole life, so they’re not quite ready for all the movement. If the boy is angry, show him a dog. He will instantly cheer up!

What is also awesome is my boy’s love of reading! Well, he’s not reading yet, but when bedtime comes and he starts to get super angry at his pajamas (because pajamas are just the meanest thing ever) he will always, ALWAYS calm down when we crack open a book. He loves to be read to! A boy after his mama’s heart. :)

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Is it sad that I was super excited to see that I actually read THREE books this month instead of the one I initially thought I read? Remember when I would read 30+ books in a month? SO STRANGE!

  1. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare
  2. The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass
  3. Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5) by Gayle Forman

I’m actually finishing series books this year, which is amazing. Really, City of Heavenly Fire SHOULD have been on this list, but it was such a huge book and I was getting sick and only managing about 5 pages a night, so I put it on hold. I’m hoping to squeeze in more reading time in July!

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In May I was on a book buying binge, it seemed! I thought June was going to chalk up to be similar when June 4th hit and I had 4 new books already, but I managed to check myself and only got 5 new ones this month — one of them I’m reading right now!

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I’m so interested to try some more Jojo Moyes after Me Before You — an awesome, awesome read (sorry, Laura). And the Deb Caletti book was only $2 at Indigo! Win! The Almost Truth was on the sale rack for $4.99 — I’d been eyeing that one since it came out. I’m currently reading the Jennifer Weiner, and I guess you could say I’m also reading Five Summers, though I made it through the epilogue before I got distracted by another book. I think it’ll be a fun one, though. I love summer books!

I also got a few books in the mail:

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I’ll bet you all a million dollars that the motherhood one was sent by Diana Davidson, a local author who wrote the amazing Pilgrimage, a book that starts out with a birth that kind of terrified me since I read it while pregnant. She also has a story about postpartum depression in the 40 Below anthology of stories — my favourite story of the bunch!

On the Road to Find Out was sent by Raincoast Books — thanks, guys!

How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?

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May

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Well hi there! It’s been a while!

Oh gosh, where did May go? I find that as the months go by, I have a hard time remembering what exactly happened in any of them! I think I should start journaling or something — something to keep track of the days! Whenever my boy turns a new month old, I’ll go back and write out a recap of his month, noting anything new that he might have done, or maybe some fun things we did in the month, and I still haven’t written his 6 month recap! I feel like we spent most of the month either going to meet our mom and baby friends, or we were home sick. Really uneventful!

Since we did have that sick time, I spent time catching up on Homeland, as well as Bates Motel. Yes, I love books, but I also love TV. I’m very excited to see what new shows come up this summer and actually picked up a copy of Tom Perotta’s The Leftovers so I can read it before the show comes out!

Other than that, we had an outdoor potluck this month — another one today — and a few mother’s day dinners, long weekend dinners. Me and the boy went to our first movie put on by Movies for Mommies, The Neighbours, which was hilarious! He did super good and napped for most of it since it took place during his naptime.

I’m still managing to get books read and have also started writing music again! It’s so much harder to write and record music with a baby, but we’re making it work. I’m so thankful for ProTools since it lets me get down ideas fast, so I can go back later and work on them later. I’m also lucky that my little boy loves music, so he sits and watches me play, sings along, and if I’m recording he seems to know to be quiet until the record button is off. He’s very cute. :)

I’ve been working on updating some of my pages out there on the interwebz, so you can download ALL my tracks on Reverbnation, as well as tracks on Bandcamp! I have my bookish song page on Bandcamp, but did you know I also have a personal page? Here are some links if you’re interested:

http://www.reverbnation.com/kristilynrobertson
http:///www.kristilynrobertson.bandcamp.com
http://www.readinginwinter.bandcamp.com

Oh! And remember when I signed up for the A Tale of Two Cities read-along? Yeah. BIG FAIL. I had wanted to really get into the book and like it, but I read the first part for the read-along and just couldn’t get up the motivation to pick it up again. I do really want to read the rest of it, but just not now. It’s unbelievably confusing! I’m still not entirely sure what I read …
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I didn’t do too bad this month with reading. We’ve been getting outside a LOT so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to read — by the time the boy goes to bed, I’m ready for bed, too!

  1. Broken Hearts, Fences & Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts, #1) by Katie Finn
  2. Second Star by Allysa B. Scheinmel
  3. Spun by Catherine McKenzie
  4. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  5. Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkenan
  6. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
  7. The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Keira Cass

Managed to get through three review books this month! I’m so happy to have read another Sarah Dessen book (so close to having read ALL of her books!) and finally got to The Elite! I really liked that one and wanted to get to The One this weekend, but NONE of the stores in the city had the hardcover! I was very disappointed since I have the first two books in hardcover and the paperback would just look silly next to them … Guess I’ll have to wait for the Book Depository to deliver it!

Currently I’m working on City of Lost Souls, the 5th book in the Mortal Instruments series. I just bought the last book in the series, so I’m a little behind. I find Cassandra Clare books take me FOREVER to get through, so I expect to be done in no less than a couple years. /sarcasm

How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?

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