Melody’s February 2018 Wrap Up

February is already over! That was so fast! I had so many blog plans for this month but then I got deeply involved in the book that I’m writing so stay tuned for blog goodies in March!

My own writing aside, this month, my only bookish event goal was to attend Susan Dennard‘s signing at The Grove with Holly Black (The Cruel Prince), and Victoria Aveyard (War Storm) to celebrate the release of her most recent title, Sightwitch. The evening was just as amazing as I knew it would be! Also, fun fact, all of us are represented by the same agency! That’s wild to me. Pinch me!

As for TV, I hope you caught my post about 5 Must Watch TV Shows this current TV season! I also recently appeared on Lily Meade’s YouTube Channel this month to discuss my TV obsession and how that’s made me a better writer. You can watch the video here!

When it comes to movies…I mentioned last month that I finally signed up for Movie Pass. I am SO happy to have finally seen Lady Bird thanks to Movie Pass. Woo! Anyway, they recently updated their terms and while their terms are really a doozy and you have to decide if you’re game to go along for the ride, really, you should read them. If you don’t read them, just know that if you decide to cancel your Movie Pass, you can’t sign up for it again for nine months. So you had better be sure you want to cancel it when you do. I don’t see myself canceling anytime soon but just food for thought! Speaking of food…

Vegan Stuff

Smorgasburg held a Super Vegan Sunday on Super Bowl Sunday where there were a ton more food vendors, all of which were vegan and the regular food vendors were more vegan friendly than usual. I tried out about five different vendors and was satisfied with all but one. The names of all of the vendors that I enjoyed escape me at the moment but I do remember the standouts… Baby Love Sweetery and Charlie’s Brownies. Leave it to me to only remember the vendors that served up treats hahaha. I also visited Smorgasburg a different Sunday and got the delightful drink that you see in the photo below from Popdup. Their drinks are naturally sweetened FYI, so if you’re used to a bunch of sugary drinks, it’s not something you’ll love, I think. I don’t drink sugary drinks and even I was like, whoa, this could use a little agave or something. Ha ha.

When it comes to trying out new vegan places around LA, I went out in search of Wild Living Foods in DTLA, which is more abstract with their menu and expensive for its tiny portions, depending on what you get. It’s a great, warm and casual environment – great for writing. However, it’s just not quite in my price range for regular visits if I want to write all day and pay for food that’ll truly be filling.

Green Table Cafe is BOMB omg their food is so great! I want to go back and try everything on the menu. But the issue here is opposite as they don’t have very many outlets, so you’re kind of screwed if you don’t get there at a good time to snag an outlet.

Books I Read

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Books On My Shelf/E-Books I Own That I Read:
1. Trapped by Michael Northrop
2. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis (Also Listened to Audiobook)

Audiobooks That I Listened To (Own/Library):
1. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
2. Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson
3. We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories by Gabrielle Union
4. If Someone Says “You Complete Me,” Run!: Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships by Whoopi Goldberg
5. In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

My favorite read this month was: Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

Movies & Documentaries I Watched

Watched in February 2018
Lady Bird (Movie Theaters)
Phantom Thread (Movie Theaters)
The 15:17 to Paris (Movie Theaters)
The Cloverfield Paradox (Netflix)
Black Panther (Movie Theaters)

My favorite movies this month were: Black Panther & Lady Bird

Until next month, happy reading and viewing!