Challenge: February Recap

I’ve completed Month 2 of the challenge! The goal is to read 50 books and watch 50 movies in 2012. Here’s a recap of my February progress.


The No Brainer Wardrobe

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1


Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

The Shadow Effect

Lilo and Stitch

Shut Up Little Man

As you can see, it’s been a Twilight month (don’t judge me).

Favorite Book of the Month

I read a lot of good books this month, but I have to say The No Brainer Wardrobe was my favorite. It’s written by Hayley at Tiny Twig, and you may have followed her series “31 Days to a No Brainer Wardrobe.” In this ebook, she expands on the series and shows you how to create a capsule wardrobe. I had several “ah ha” moments while reading The No Brainer Wardrobe (it’s good stuff).

For a more detailed review, stay tuned for Monday’s post where I’ll show you how I applied the book’s guidelines to my own wardrobe. I’ll also give you an amazing coupon code for a 50% off discount for the first 10 readers who download it. You won’t want to miss this!

I also really enjoyed The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. This is the second book about synesthesia that I’ve read this year (the other one was Bitter in the Mouth).

Favorite Movie of the Month

My favorite movie this month was Lilo and Stitch. I’ve watched this Disney cartoon at least twice a year every year since it was released. An evil alien scientist creates a monster whose only purpose in life is to wreak havoc. The galactic command council determines that this “Experiment 626” must be destroyed, but he quickly escapes.

After crash landing on Earth, the monster is renamed Stitch by 2 orphaned sisters who adopt him. The littlest sister, Lilo, is an outcast and tends to wreck things without meaning to. They’re a dysfunctional bunch, but they come to love each other because they’re all they’ve got.

The best part is at the end when the alien council finally tracks down Stitch and are about to haul him away. Stitch stops them and says, “This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good…yes, still good.” This part always gets to me because Chris and Skyla are my only family.

Um, excuse me, I seem to have something in my eye… *sniff sniff*

What books and movies did you enjoy in February? Did you watch the Oscars?

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  1. Cara on March 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I really should do this, it would push me to read even more than I do and to catch all of the old classic movies I’ve never seen. I February I loved Defending Jacob and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, they were such great books!

  2. Megan Gann on February 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Gosh I need to do this. I read a ton of “free” fiction though, so I don’t know how short stories and e-stuff translates to actual books.

    I just finished Kim Harrison’s A Perfect Blood. It was good, but I’ll be glad when she finishes the series, it hasn’t gone where I wanted it to go.

    I actually did watch the Oscars. I enjoyed it and was pretty happy with all the results. I need to watch more movies in the coming year. But HELLO! Hobbit and Star Trek 2 coming up. YES PLZ

    • Sage on February 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      The rules are really flexible. I counted 2 graphic novels as books, so short stories should count too.

      I’m so excited about The Hobbit and Star Trek 2 also! I’ve watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy about a million times.

  3. Bonnie Louisa on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I”m trying to do 50 books in 2012 too! It’s quite the ambitious goal. My problem is that I keep choosing really long books to do and so I cna’t tear through them. For example, I chose to finally read Atlas Shrugged this year- it’s over 1000 pages! Just looking at your picture on the top of the blog, though, makes me want to be more motivated and dedicated to my reading. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Can I follow your blog without receiving a daily email?


    • Sage on February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Bonnie! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. There are several ways you can follow my blog. If you don’t want a daily email, just click on the RSS feed button all the way at the top in the header to add it to your feed reader. I also tweet my posts in Twitter at @sweetandsage. Stay tuned, because I’m joining Facebook soon, so that’s another way you will be able to find my posts.

      Reading 50 books in a year is fun but time-consuming! I’m finding myself choosing shorter books just so I can finish them. 🙂

  4. xvavaveganx on February 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Thanks for the reviews and the recommendations! I love this idea of the challenge, I just wish I had more time! I catch some movies on demand though which is good for a lazy day and have read a few books so I guess it is better than nothing!

    • Sage on February 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

      It’s an ambitious challenge, but that’s why it’s called a challenge. I used to go months without reading a book, so I’m thrilled that I have a reason to get through my long to-read list. Reading anything at all is better than nothing.

  5. Molly on February 28, 2012 at 4:07 am

    The No Brainer Wardrobe sounds like a book I’d like. I’ll have to see if I can get it through the library.

    I’m up to 10 books so far this year and this month I really enjoyed The Fall. There’s been a few misses in both books & movies, but I usually enjoy most of them. 🙂 No movie that we’ve watched lately really stands out, though. I want to see Breaking Dawn this weekend!

    • Sage on February 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

      It’s an ebook, so your library might not have it. If not, use the coupon code I’ll post on Monday to get it at half price (from $8 to $4).

      The No Brainer Wardrobe is all about simplifying your wardrobe into just what you really wear for who you are right now. I used to dress really formal and business-y, but more than half of my wardrobe was useless when I started working from home. I like the idea of having fewer clothes so I actually appreciate what I have.

      Thanks for the book recommendation! Watch Breaking Dawn–it’s just like the book.