Open Hearts, HTML & Excelsior

The past two weeks have been exhausting.
Yesterday my grandfather had quadruple bypass surgery.
It usually takes five hours, but ended up taking around ten.
I guess I don't have that much to say about it. He's been having problems for the past few months, but it feels good to just finally say it.

It feels weird how all of this is going on and yet I'm most stressed out about trying to decipher where to put the "" or < > in my World Wide Web class.

I thought this post was going to be way more 'deep' and sentimental, but I think it's just going to turn into a catch-all for the past week. Everything has been so foggy lately, so I suppose this is my way to clear out some of the fog.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
"That name meant nothing to me; it was like a placeholder, like zero." 

Listening to: 
Someone Like You by Adele
"You know how the time flies 
Only yesterday was the time of our lives 
We were born and raised in a summer haze 
Bound by the surprise of our glory days"

Silver Linings Playbook
"The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That's guaranteed. I can't begin to explain that. Or the craziness inside myself and everyone else."

I've watched Silver Linings Playbook three times this week. It's one of my favorite movies. One of the best scenes, in my opinion, is when Pat and Tiffany are sitting at the dinner table talking (it's in the first 40 seconds in the above video.) It's currently on Netflix, so I definitely recommend that you check it out.

Links lead to Goodreads and YouTube.


I heard about #ProjectFiveBooks through a few different book-tubers, but I can't seem to find who initially created it. The goal of this project is to read five books that you own before you purchase any more books. So if I were to read five books that are already on my shelf, then I'll let myself purchase a one new book. Of course I won't force myself to buy a book after I read five, but I mean come on, the sentence forcing myself to buy books isn't really something that makes sense considering I'm obsessed with them.

Other little bits I want to add to this challenge are:
1. I can't purchase more books in a series that I haven't even started yet.
I own entire series that I haven't even read the first book on. That's crazy!

2. I can't buy books even in series that I have started, but haven't caught up on.
So I own the first two books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I don't own the third one. I want to keep it that way until I finished the second book, Day's of Blood and Starlight. 

3. For books that I'm not sure I'll enjoy (new-to-me-authors, new series, etc.) I want to try to check them out of the library before I buy it. I mean there's those series that I know I'm going to want the next book and won't need to go to the library for it, but for some books where I'm just not sure what I'll think, I want to be confident that I'll like it before I add it to my shelves.

Exceptions (because obviously I'm not a saint....)
1. If there is a book at the thrift store I find that I've been wanting.
(All the books are under two dollars so at least it's not a huge splurge.)

2. If Book Outlet decides to have more sales that are absolutely fabulous like they had in December.
(Five book limit though. Well, maybe. I'll try, ha!)