What I Read in August

Audiobook reads:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (reread)

You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall

Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson

Physical reads:

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle

My favorite of the month: I think I’m going to go with Second Chance Summer, but Listen to Your Heart and The Thing With Feathers were two more I really enjoyed! I read a lot of YA contemporary in August and it felt like the perfect way to end the summer!

What did you read in August?

MY TOP 5(ish) EPISODES OF ENTERPRISE SEASON FOUR

As my husband and I are going through our second full watch of Star Trek as a couple, I thought it would be fun to report on the highlights along the way, so I decided to copy the same format as Charlene as she posted her journey with Star Trek.

I’m sad I’m finished with Enterprise and this Star Trek rewatch! However, I’m also excited to move on to something new after dedicating so much time to this endeavor! And I’m also excited that soon I will be sharing my top ten of all episodes of Star Trek! Spoiler alert: it’s going to be a lot of DS9.

A note about this list: this season was a lot of two and three episode arcs that are really hard to separate, and I didn’t like the standalone episodes from this season nearly as much, so I stopped at four, but it’s technically more than five. I just wanted to do it this way in order to best reflect my faves of the season. Now, without further ado, season four!

4. Storm Front Parts One and Two

I had really forgotten that the season three finale actually opened a new door in the Xindi story line to be resolved in this two-parter. The intensity of season three continues through these two episodes.

3. Affliction/Divergence

This is the arc in which Enterprise retcons the discrepancy between the Klingons’ appearance from the original series to the other series. I wasn’t as captivated with this arc as I was the first time, but they’re still a solid couple of episodes.

2. Demons/Terra Prime

A group of radical xenophobists create a bispecies baby from two Enterprise crew members to hold as an abomination and further their cause to rid Earth and its territories of aliens. Many consider Terra Prime the true finale of Enterprise and I concur whole-heartedly.

1. Borderland/Cold Station 12/The Augments

This arc explores what happened to some of the other genetically engineered augments from Khan’s time and their attempts to conquer other aliens as well as humans.

What are your thoughts on Enterprise season four? Did you feel the show was too short-lived? On a scale of 1 to 10, how enraged are you by the finale? (10 billion is my answer)

Fave Five: Summer Songs

Once upon a time, I decided I wanted to start a feature called Fave 5, and then proceeded to only do the feature twice, both times involving trips I took. But I wanted to revive it again to talk about the music I have been enjoying this year, particularly this summer.

My relationship with music is when I love it I LOOOOOVE it, but I listen to a very limited group of artists and have a particular taste that I don’t even know how to quantify. To make this list more diverse, I decided to limit my list to to songs that have been officially released as singles (not necessarily radio singles, just released singles) so they wouldn’t all just be from the forthcoming The Gray Havens album I’ve had the pleasure of obtaining early as a Kickstarter backer. Also, to keep it in the summer theme, I limited myself to music released this year, so I couldn’t put any of Echosmith’s music from their EP released last fall even though I’ve listened to it a good bit this summer. On to my choices, in no particular order.

1. Magnetic by Phillip Phillips

Hello, saxophone. Seriously, I’ve seen Phillip Phillips in concert twice now and his band is incredible, and they’re on full display in this song.

2. Over My Head by Echosmith

I really enjoy Echosmith and this is such a fun song. I’m looking forward to their new project whenever it releases.

3. Better Than I Used to Be by Mat Kearney featuring Afsheen

While he’s not what I consider one of my favorite artists, I do enjoy a lot of Mat Kearney’s songs and I just love the vibe of this particular song. I practically had it on repeat during my vacation in Destin in May.

4. Forever On Your Side by Needtobreathe featuring JohnnySwim

This is the title track of Needtobreathe’s new EP and it definitely has a fun vibe to it. I also enjoy the accompaniment on it from Johnnyswim, and look forward to seeing them perform this song live together later this month when I see them in concert!

5. Storehouse by The Gray Havens

I am 110% obsessed with this song. It’s definitely a Christian song with the theme of repentance and redemption, but even if you’re not a Christian you might still enjoy listening to it once for its cool vibe. This is exactly why I love The Gray Havens, because they write very spiritually mature lyrics and pair them with very masterful, artful music, unlike many other Christian artists I won’t name who are fond of the copy & paste functions and chord charts (which I’m not completely hating on but it does get a little old). Their new album with this song comes out in October, and if you like this song you should pre-order the album because the whole thing is AMAZING.

What have you been listening to this summer? (Chances are I haven’t heard of it because I’m oblivious to popular music but share anyway!) 

What I Read in July

Audiobook reads:

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Physical reads:

A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A Hint of Hydra by Heidi Lang and Kat Bartkowski

My favorite of the month: I am pleased to say I ADORED A Hint of Hydra, the follow-up to A Dash of Dragon, which I also adored. I don’t read a lot of middle grade but I really highly recommend this! So excited for a Pinch of Phoenix to come out next year!

What did you read in July?

My Top 5 Episodes of Enterprise Season Three

As my husband and I are going through our second full watch of Star Trek as a couple, I thought it would be fun to report on the highlights along the way, so I decided to copy the same format as Charlene as she posted her journey with Star Trek.

This is the Enterprise I have been waiting for. From the word go, this season really delivered episode after episode (well, minus a couple of duds). I thought it would be really hard to narrow down my top five because there was so much good, but the hard part was actually remembering the specifics of some of these episodes that served the overall story arc more than an individual episode arc. As a result, most of my picks are episodes that have strong stories that still went with this season’s arc, but stood out a little more on their own as well.

5. Doctor’s Orders

It’s a common Star Trek trope: the ship is traveling through a part of space that will interfere with most everyone’s *insert medical technobabble here*, and only one or two of the aliens aboard can stay awake and take care of the ship. Despite the fact that the episode isn’t totally unique in concept, I really appreciated the insight we got on Dr. Phlox.

4. The Forgotten

Much like the previous episode, I chose this one for its character development, this time though, for Trip as he continues to struggle with the senseless loss of his sister.We also see T’Pol continue to struggle as she weans herself from her trellium addiction. While it’s terrible she has to go through it, it really opens up a new side of her that changes her character.

3. E^2

Star Trek loves doing alternate timeline episodes, and this is one of the good ones. When Enterprise discovers another Enterprise in the Expanse, they come to find out that their ship had been flung into the past and turned into a generational ship, giving the second Enterprise decades to figure out how they can still accomplish their mission to stop the Xinidi from destroying Earth.

2. Similitude

When Trip is gravely injured in an accident, Captain Archer and Dr. Phlox are faced with some very hard decisions. This episode is kind of uncomfortable, but it’s because it really makes you think about the ethics of the situation.

1. Stratagem

I don’t know how to talk about this episode without spoilers, so let me just say that it’s a very interesting exploration on a theme that intrigues me and gets into some interesting psychology.

What are your favorite episodes from Enterprise season three?