February 2016: On My Shelves + Recap

We're already well into March, and I'm just now posting my February recap - proof that I've been a lot more unplugged lately. I enjoyed February, but I'm excited to finally have some spring weather soon!

1. Happy Birthday to Me! - My birthday was February 1, and I used some gift cards and money that I received to buy two new purses and a keychain wallet. I'd had my eye on the Madewell Zip Transport Tote for a while, but I blame the awesome sale on the Kate Spade website for the other two purchases!

2. Bullet Journaling - After reading a blog post about bullet journaling (linked in the What I Bookmarked section below), I decided to give it a shot. And I think I'm in love! I've only been doing it for two weeks or so, but I love having ALL my lists, notes, to dos and more in one place. It's so convenient!

3. Baby Gift from Kelly - I loved opening this sweet gift for my baby boy! Kelly is always traveling the world, and I love that she's hoping to inspire a little wanderlust with this cute onesie from Spain. Nick and I both graduated from UGA, so you better believe this bib made us grin. I'm thankful for such a thoughtful friend!

Read 9 Books | Favorites:
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell
“It has always been forever, for me, Sassenach.”
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

“Could you please stop dripping your sarcasm all over my car’s interior?”
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

“Books crowbar the world open for you.” 
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

 “I think, actually, everyone starts out with some strange in them. 
It's just whether or not you decide to keep it.”
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Discussion/Feature: February 2016: Favorite Factor
1. Do We Need New Love Songs? by Jay Wolf on Darling Magazine - If I was choosing one post to highlight this month, it would be this one. It's quite possibly the best post I've read about love and marriage - EVER. It's a powerful reminder of how loving someone through the best and worst is hard but so, so worth it.

2. One Weird Trick That Makes a Novel Addictive by Catherine Nichols on Jezebel - I love Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, so I found this article fascinating. I hadn't heard of this technique before - though it made sense as I read through the examples provided. I'll look at both authors with new eyes the next time I re-read!

3. The Big List of Book Lists by Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy - It's probably no secret that I love this blog, especially since I bookmark something from it almost every month. But I just can't help myself! Anne's book lists are some of my favorites, so I was thrilled when she posted this master list with links to all of them.

4. How to Bullet Journal by Kendra from The Lazy Genius Collective - I have to credit this post with prompting me to learn more about bullet journaling and linking to this article. But both posts finally helped me understand this method - and gave me the motivation I needed to finally try! Now, I'm completely hooked.

Favorite Song: "Get Up, Get On" by Jill Andrews on The War Inside
I didn't realize that Jill Andrews came out with a new album last September,
so I had that on repeat for most of February. This is one of my favorite songs on it!

The Intern (2015) starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway - I wanted to watch The Intern since I first saw the trailer for it, but I never got a chance to see it in theaters. So when I spotted it at Redbox, I immediately rented it. Nick watched it with me, and we both loved it. It wasn't what I expected - in the best way possible!

From Alexa: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard + this print that you can see in the photo of my gallery wall!

From Betty: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo + an adorable notebook and crafty goodies!

From Ellice: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

From Estelle: A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry + a cute zip pouch and lip balm/scrub 

From Kelly: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bought on Book Depository: Looking for Alibrandi, The Piper's Son, Saving Francesca, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta 

Bought on Book Outlet: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Rooftoppers and The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Bought at Target: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

From Nick: Curious Faith by Logan Wolfram

For Review: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman, Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany and One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid


  1. That edition of Anne of Green Gables is beautiful! Any idea where it's from?

  2. I've been bullet journaling for about a year now and I LOVE it. It's the only system that I've ever continuously used to track things. I hope it continues to work for you :)

  3. Awww, you're having a boy! That little guy will have you wrapped around his finger :) I'll have to check out those two bullet journaling posts -- I've been intrigued too, but every article I've seen so far just overwhelmed rather than inspired me.

    And DO We Need New Love Songs? So beautiful and inspiring -- thanks for sharing :)

  4. TOTALLY agree about The Intern! It wasn't what I expected but so, so great. I'll definitely need to watch again soon. Also, I started bullet journaling too and it's so much fun! I like keeping everything in one spot.

  5. I've always had a soft spot for Take Care, by Drake and Rihanna, as a non-traditional love song.

  6. So many pretties!!! I am obsessing hard over the Pride and Prejudice of course!

  7. I recently discovered your blog and I am...obsessed, haha. xD

    Hope you had a lovely Birthday. Is it bad that I kind of just want to watch the Intern for Anne Hathaway? I just adore here, hehe. Ahh, Six of Crows and Truthwitch, two books that I really enjoyed! :D

  8. I loved reading your recap, H! Your new bag acquisitions are LOVELY. I seriously like how they all look! And your gallery wall is perfection (and I am so happy that the print fits right in with everything else). I definitely want to catch The Intern as well! I meant to see it in theaters, but ended up missing it. Anyway, happy March, darling! <3

  9. I've always been intrigued by the cover for Emmy & Oliver ... it's so simple, but so pretty, but I'm more intrigued now that I know it was a favourite for you! I've been trying to bullet journal this year (I agree that keeping everything in one place is so much better!) but I'm not sure that I'm really doing it "right." I'm going to check out the links that you shared for some inspiration, since I'm not super consistent with my journalling thus far. Hope you've been well, and pregnancy is treating you well! You must be getting close to meeting your little one? Big hugs! XOXO


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