Picks of the Month: December 2014


Picks of the Month is my monthly feature. Modeled after what I’m loving lately at Annie’s Eats (one of my favorite food blogs), I’ll be sharing the products, websites, pop culture, apps, etc that made my life easier and/or more fun the previous month. And, yes, as this is a book blog, I will probably find a way to sneak some mention of my favorite reads from the month too!


I saw Digipill advertised on Twitter and was curious so I downloaded the app to my iPad. It comes with one “pill,” the relaxation pill, with others (deep sleep, weight loss, and study success, among others) available for purchase. I’m sticking with the free one.

Digipill uses psychoacoustics to allow you to unlock your subconscious and change your perception.

It’s kind of new-agey for me, but I started listening to the relaxation pill and fell asleep before the thirteen minutes were up, so I’ve kept on listening every night. The guy’s voice is a strange combination of soothing and creepy, described by one iTunes reviewer as an “old German scientist.” I’m not sure what an old German scientist sounds like, but I don’t think that description is too far off. He has an odd accent.

white hot chocolate

I don’t drink coffee, but I love hot chocolate. Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of white hot chocolate, which I love even more than regular hot chocolate. I like to stick a candy cane in it to make it a little pepperminty.

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Favorite books I read in December: Although I’m in the middle of a few more, I actually only finished three books during December. How embarrassing. My favorite was Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. I listened to the audiobook and will be posting my review next month.



  1. Never heard of Digipil before, but my boyfriend sometimes puts on rain sounds music which can be relaxing. I am a fan of hot chocolate as well and don’t drink coffee either, although I haven’t made much hot chocolate this year. I once had a really good lemon flavoured white hot chocolate!
    I really enjoyed Silver Shadows as well and am glad to hear you enjoyed it, looking forward to read your review!
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  2. That hot chocolate looks amazing!
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  3. Digipill sounds interesting. I’m definitely going to download the freebie one just to see if it works. Anything that can help me sleep is worth trying! I love hot chocolate but not white ones. I just don’t like white chocolate at all but mint ones…yum!
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    • I hope Digipill works for you. Occasionally I’ll have to listen to it a second time, but I’m usually asleep by the end of the first one. It’s 13 minutes long. Even one of my cats listens to it. When I start it, she knows it’s time to go to her bed. (The other cat stays up all night.)
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