Month in Review // I FINALLY CHANGED MY NAME – February

You are officially reading the post of someone legally named Greyson and I am so fucking happy!

So obviously February was a bit of a landmark month for me and boy was it packed! And March looks to well an truly have earned the name Adelaide uses for it, March Madness.

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Introducing The Structured TBR

Last month I introduced my new structured TBR! So here is a quick overview for those who want to follow along.

Must Read

☁️ 5 books a month

☁️ 1 backlist ARC, if I have any 📥

☁️ Read new ARCS ON TIME 📤

☁️ 2 owned backlist books 📖

☁️ 3 diverse books 🌏

☁️ 10 entries from Rejected Princesses ✨

☁️ 5 entries from Bygone Badass Broads ⚡

Allowances

☁️ 1 library book in either physical, ebook and 1 graphic novel format 📚

Month’s TBR

Unbroken Anthology│✅│

The Boneless Mercies│✅│

Sadie│✅│

The Raven Boys│✅│

The Dream Thieves│❌│

Blue Lily, Lily Blue│❌│

The Raven King│❌│

│Yaa Asantewaa│Mary Bowser│Nwanyeruwa│Nana Asma’u│Nanny of the Maroons│Agontime and the Dahomey Amazons│Josephine Baker│Nzinga Mbande│Arawelo│Ida B. Wells│Rejected Princesses│✅│

│Queen Arawelo│Stagecoach Mary Fields│Sarah Breedlove AKA Madam C. J. Walker│Alice Ball│Nwanyeruwa│Lorraine Hansberry│Bygone Badass Broads│✅│

So I knew when making my TBR last month that I probably wasn’t to get to all of these but wanted to see how I would go for my first structured TBR and I’m not entirely disappointed.

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Read

the raven boys the raven cycle TRCUnbroken Anthology│Marieke Nijkamp│📚│🏳️‍🌈💋🔆🙏🏻♿️🧠🌹📚🌏│✅│3.5│Read Feb 4│

I wanted more from this one and it never quite got there.

The Raven Boys│The Raven Cycle #1│Maggie Stiefvater│📖│🏳️‍🌈🔆🌹│🔮│📖🌏│🔄★★★★★│Read Feb 15│

Love love love! Even better the second time. You should see how many tabs I used. It’s going to take me forever to log all the quotes I marked.

I’ve linked my original review but I might do a new one at some point. .

The Boneless Mercies│April Genevieve Tucholke│📥💚│🔆🙏🏻🚺📥🌏│🔮★★★│Read Feb 18│

Uh this was fine. It was entertaining and I loved the whole women seeking glory thing but it could have been more engaging. This is a really journey heavy book and those just aren’t my cup of tea.

│Queen Arawelo│Stagecoach Mary Fields│Sarah Breedlove AKA Madam C. J. Walker│Alice Ball│Nwanyeruwa│Lorraine Hansberry│Bygone Badass Broads│Mackenzi Lee│📖🌏⚡│🔆🚺│Read Feb 7│

the surface breaks.jpg│Yaa Asantewaa│Mary Bowser│Nwanyeruwa│Nana Asma’u│Nanny of the Maroons│Agontime and the Dahomey Amazons│Josephine Baker│Nzinga Mbande│Arawelo│Ida B. Wells│Rejected Princesses│Jason Porath│📖🌏✨🔆🌹🚺Read Feb 16│

Really glad that I’m using this year to finally read these two books and so far I am loving learning about 15 different women from history a month!

The Dream Thieves│The Raven Cycle #2│Maggie Stiefvater│📖│🏳️‍🌈🔆🌹│🔮│📖🌏│▶️

So I kinda got into a bit of a slump at the end of the month and it really isn’t this books fault and is entirely because I’m not giving myself down time to do “pointless” fun things.

Skylarks│Karen Gregory│📥💚│🏳️‍🌈│📥🌏│▶️│

The Surface Breaks│Lousie O’Neill│📲📚│🏳️‍🌈♿️🌹🚺│🌏📚│▶️│

sadie bookBook of the Month

Sadie│Courtney Summers│📲📚│🏳️‍🌈🧠🌹🚺│📚🌏★★★★★│Read Feb 14│

This book is fucking brilliant. Like God has blessed us and her name is Courtney Summers and it’s just so fucking good.

Average Rating: 4.1★│▶️ 3│

Structured TBR Pass or Fail?

Must Read:  4/5│📥 1/1│📤 0/0│📖 1/2│🌏 4/3│✨ 10/10│⚡ 6/5│

│Allowances: 📚 2/1 P or EB | 0/1 GN│ 

This month was a bit of a fail but I expected as much as I have only just started to implement it! I knew I’d have a few kinks to work out as I went!

I didn’t quite reach my 5 book goal and I didn’t read 2 owned backlist books.

I also read 2 Physical/Ebook library loans so that broke the rules too.

Next month I’m going to bring my library loan all together so I can only read 1 physical book or one ebook or one graphic novel to make room for my backlist.

I’m also planning on adding audiobooks!


Past Grey Reads

☁️ Book Review // Everything Leads To You – A Quite Love Story

☁️ Book Review // Girl Made of Stars – I Am Broken

☁️ Grey Reads // Everything’s On Fire and I Couldn’t Be Happier – Girls of Paper and Fire


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Film & TV

Month’s TBW

On The Basis of Sex│❌│

The Favourite✅│

Drag Race All Stars│Season 4│✅│

Jessica Jones│Season 2│❌│

The Young Pope│Season 1│❌│

Brooklyn Nine-Nine│Season 6│✅│

One Day At A Time│Season 3│✅│

I Am The Night│Season 1│❌│

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Watched

The Favourite│🎥│2018│🎬 Yorgos Lanthimos│🌟 Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz │★★★★★

This was so fucking funny and just good.

So there’s a little story time for this that I’ll get into further down the post.

Drag Race│Season 4│📺│2012│💭 RuPaul│🌟RuPaul, Michelle Visage│Watching weekly episodes│★★★★

Fave One-liner This Season: “Yeah, well some of us don’t have to force story-lines to get air time” -Farrah Moan.

I am so mad at that ending, don’t talk to me. Also I was really hoping RuPaul would not be a judge on the new UK edition of Drag Race and I am nothing but disappointed.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine│Season 6│📺│2013│💭 Daniel J. Goor, Michael Schur│🌟 Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz│Watching weekly episodes│★★★★★

This is great. I am actually all caught up! I really loved the episode that focused on Jake and Rosa solving an impossible case.

One Day At A Time│Season 3│📺│2017│💭 Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce│🌟 Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez│★★★★★

I started watching this with mum and then binge watched the rest by myself and then got my aunt to watch the first two episodes of season 1 and then started watching the rest of season 3 with mum again.

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I Am The Night│Season 1│📺│2019│🎬 Patty Jenkins│🌟 Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays│★★★★

So I did start this but I’ve not been great and keeping up with new episodes…

I’m excited to see how it continues though!

The Umbrella Academy│Episode 1│📺│2019│💭 Jeremy Slater│🌟 Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda │★★★★★

This was a wild ride and I am looking forward to seeing how it goes.

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The Girl King│🎥│year│🎬 Mika Kaurismäki│🌟 Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist │★★★★★

I mean at this point I might as well be on a hunt for sapphic royalty.

It was a bit made-for-tv-movie for me but I still enjoyed it.

Russian Doll│Episode 1│📺│2019│💭  Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler│🌟 Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee│★★★★

I had no idea what was happening but It was fun and I’m hoping to get to the rest of the season at some point.

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The Bold Type│Season 1│📺│2017│💭 Sarah Watson│🌟 Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy│★★★★★

I started this on the very last day of the month because I was anxious and sad and needed something to calm me down and make me happy… Or so I thought.

What I actually needed was a cathartic watch of women kicking ass and tackling lots of issue and to just cry and cry and cry which is exactly what I got from The Bold Type and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!

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Music

Mostly I’ve just be listening to music I can belt out and cry…

│Dodie│Sick of Losing Soulmates│Monster│Human│She│Burned Out│Secret For the Mad│

julia michaels.jpg│Troye Sivan│i’m so tired…

│Noah Cyrus│Mad At You│Sadness│Good Cry│

│Julia Michaels│Anxiety feat. Selena Gomez│Happy│Deep│What a Time feat. Nail Horan│

│Lauren Jauregui│Expectations

│Billie Ellish│idontwannabeyouanymore│lovely w/ Khalid│when the party’s over│

│Ruin My Life│Zara Larsson


Past Grey Watches

☁️ Grey Watches // I Wanna Bone Jude Law and Kate Winslet – The Holiday

☁️ Grey Watches // It Has To Be A Shit Show – A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

☁️ Grey Watches // I Hate It So Much I Love It – A Christmas Prince


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Use Your Words Highlights

☁️ 2019 Ahead // It’s Twentybiteen, You Ready?

☁️ January in Review // I Cried, Laughed, Ate Pasta, Celebrated My Birthday & Completed TWO Read-A-Thons/Challenges

☁️ February Ahead // I’m Finally Going To Read The Raven Cycle Series & It’s Black History Month + A Great Resource for Education!!!!!

☁️ Grey Reads // Everything’s On Fire and I Couldn’t Be Happier – Girls of Paper and Fire

☁️ Tag // The Library Lover’s Book Tag – I Am a Library Fiend

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Blogosphere Highlights

│Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking TwistOpinion: Withdrawing My Support of ‘Woman in the Window’ & AJ Finn Is Creepy AF.True Crime Tuesday: The San Francisco Witch Killers

│Lauren @ Northern PlunderAnnouncing Blogs & Tea | Online blogger help group

│Rain @ BOOKDRAGONISMHOW TO CONQUER YOUR TBR PILE IN SIX (OR SEVEN) WAYS

│Destiny @ Howling LibrariesBEST OF 2018: HORROR

│Jamieson @ Jamishelvessome of my favourite tropes in booksBOOK TAG (ORIGINAL): Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ

│Vicky @ Vicky Who ReadsHeroine by Mindy McGinnis: A Harrowing Tale About AddictionAce Reading Recommendations from An Arm and A Meg! ♠️The Ultimate YA Romance Reading Recommendation List: 80+ Romances to Fall In Love With This Valentine’s Day!

│May @ Forever And EverlyDiscussing Blogger Appreciation and the Lack of It: Analyzing Answers, Stats, and Graphs From a Survey I Made!

│Ellyn @ AllonsythornraxxbooksHOW TO: OUTLINE A BLOG POSTMY 10 STEP GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR BLOG

│Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane BooksHOW TO STAY POSITIVE WHILE BOOK BLOGGING

│Marija @ Inside My Library MindThe 5 Star Rating System: Why It Does (Not) Work and How I Rate Books

│Kelly @ Just Another Book in the WallMY CONVERSION TO AUDIOBOOKPHILIA // FIRST LISTENING EXPERIENCE AND SURPRISESTHE VALUE OF TEEN VOICES IN THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY + PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT!

│Shealea @ Shut up, Shealea21 SAPPHIC ROMANCES THAT’LL MAKE YOUR HEART SOFT ON VALENTINE’S DAY

│Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm LifeMy Goodreads TBR Has 12 Books On It – Here’s Why6 Reasons Why YOU Should Watch One Day At A Time

│CW @ The Quiet PondCollab: Balancing Book Blogging and Life

│Madeline @ Caffeine & Writing DreamsHow to Cut Adverbs for Stronger Writing // & When It’s Okay to Use Them

│Kat @ Novels and WafflesStand Out Above The Crowd // 4 Ways To Make Your Free WordPress.com Theme Look Different From Everybody Else’sMy Branding Journey + Four Questions To Ask Yourself While Rebranding // ft. A Free Downloadable ChecklistHow in the World I Make My Graphics // A Step-By-Step TutorialI Font It That Way // How to Choose the Right Font for Your BlogBy Any Other Name // 5 Steps That Will Help You Choose An Awesome Blog Name (ft. A Free Worksheet!)This is The End // Q & A Session + A Secret Reveal


Past Month In Review

☁️ Month in Review // November – I Already Hate Christmas

☁️ Month in Review // Christmas is Over Thank Fuck – December

☁️ January in Review // I Cried, Laughed, Ate Pasta, Celebrated My Birthday & Completed TWO Read-A-Thons/Challenges


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Month’s Goals

☁️ Start floor exercises

☁️ Start regularly going for 40-minute walks ✅

☁️ Read 5-7 books

☁️ Get my mental health plan

☁️ Book a therapy session

☁️ Service my car ✅

☁️ Get a massage from mum

☁️ Try and take a mental health day ❓

☁️ Have my name change official!!!!!! ✅

I know I did terribly but I kind of took a mental health weekend. I mean I worked both days but I just relaxed and didn’t go for my walks because I have a bad blister and I think my body just needed the break.

I Left the House

I had to get my car serviced on 7/2 and seeing as I can’t really rely on anyone to help me out and mum was working I had to drop off my car and then find a way to kill time without a car for several hours. So I decided to use my free birthday movie ticket and caught a train to the nearest cinema for that chain.

Two main positives from the whole adventure:

  1. I took public transport for the first time in years and didn’t have an anxiety attack.
  2. The Favourite was amazing.

And then I got my car back from the service and they told me everything that was wrong with it and how much it was going to cost and so that was no great and there were some tears and a panic attack but I don’t know. Hopefully I can work it out.

I was only 80 steps away from hitting 14000 steps on 12/2 so I’m very proud of that!

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I Socialised

On 14/2 my aunt came to stay with use for a few days while my cousin was busy having her baby only 5 minutes away from us. In hospital. I feel like I need to clarify that… It’s my cousin’s second baby, he didn’t come until 16/2 I’m pretty sure, and he’s pretty cute I have to admit and hes very calming to be around like my nephew who’s birthday is only a couple of days before.

Speaking of my nephew. It was his birthday 14/2 so we visited him and hes walking around and his whole personality is changing now that he can run around and he’s just so cute I die a little every time I see him. I can’t believe he’s 1 already!

While my aunt was down she made mum and I dinner and cheesecake (15/2)!!!! The dinner was surf and turf which I’ve never had before and it was delicious! and the cheesecake she made from scratch, only going off what flavours I wanted, WITHOUT A RECIPE. My mum nearly died when she was told that. It was so good and I desperately want more… So basically now I have to try and visit her once a month just so I can have cheesecake.

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I Did Things

I made myself some protein oat cups (19/2) from scratch WITHOUT a recipe and they’re actually really good considering I had no idea what the fuck I was doing???? It was also the day I officially got my new birth certificate and my name change was complete!!!!!! now I just have to do all the hard part which is changing everything

On 22/2 I cried and literally have no idea why. Like there wasn’t anything that triggered it…I just cried. I really need to book a therapy session…

On 25/2 I decided I needed to play the sims and then wasted basically a whole day because some of my mods/ccs were broken and so I was having to figure out which ones it was to get rid of them.

26/2 I actually got to play the sims and I just really needed it??? I also changed my licence over to my new name!!!

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On the 27/2 I decided to open a new bank account with a different bank because I haven’t been that happy with my current one for a while. But i didn’t have enough points of ID yet so I can’t access the account…and I didn’t discover that until after I already gave the details to my work so thats where I was paid so that was NOT. GREAT. Thank god my mum could help me out with money until I paid again (hopefully in my old account until I get my new licence in the mail otherwise I’m??? Kinda?? Fucked???

So basically the 28/2 was me crying and fighting anxiety attack while on the phone trying to find SOME way to access my own money… It did not work… I hopefully it is all worked out next week but also I’m not holding my breath.


Past Month Ahead

☁️ Month Ahead // December – I Already Hate It

☁️ Month Ahead // Happy Birthday To Me + Hiatus Announcement – January

☁️ February Ahead // I’m Finally Going To Read The Raven Cycle Series & It’s Black History Month + A Great Resource for Education!!!!!


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What a month!

What did you do this month?
What did you read?
What did you watch?
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19 thoughts on “Month in Review // I FINALLY CHANGED MY NAME – February

  1. Ahh thank you for linking to my post! 😊 I’m glad you liked it. I’m about to read Sadie and I’m so so so so EXCITED (lol in case you couldn’t tell…) Also I finished the Umbrella Academy a few days ago and it was amazing. I loved the family dynamics. The characters were super well done and the plot was fantastic. I hope another season is in the making!! And I hope you have a lovely March. 💛

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  2. I’m so happy you enjoyed The Raven Boys even more the second time around, I really love this series! and One Day At A Time and The Bold Type, ahhh I adore these two shows so, SO much as well 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, so happy you enjoyed it! I hope you’ll have a wonderful March xxx

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  3. 1) CONGRATS ON THE NAME CHANGE!!!

    2) Thank you so much for the shoutout ♥♥

    3) I love your wraps so much! I LOVE how thorough they are and I really really love how you format what you watched. I watched the first couple of eps of One Day at a Time over the weekend (FINALLY) and omg, so adorable, so hilarious.

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