Thursday, September 1, 2016

Month-In-Review // The Sunday of Summer

Let's skip that whole "where has the year gone?" bit and talk about the fact that

it's almost fall, y'all.

My favorite season is almost upon us. We just have to get through the snoozefest that is September...

September is a weird month. It always feels kind of limbo-ish. The weather is inconsistent. For those in school, you have to readjust to having a schedule and try to remember how to use your brain to "think critically" and all that jazz. Labor Day is kind of cool, I guess, cause no work. But, other than that, September has always been pretty lackluster to me. It's probably my least favorite month. Wow, I am being super pessimistic right now. How can I expect September to treat me well if I'm being so negative about it?

But, I digress. August was a really good month for me, personal life and reading life wise. Sit back and let me tell you all about it:

Books I Acquired

I have been trying to cut back on my book buying, but I admit it's been hard. I pre-ordered some things. First, I ordered Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. (Honestly, did you guys expect any less?) This fifth installment of the Throne of Glass series is one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I also picked up The Throne of Glass Coloring Book because why not? I love adult coloring books, so there was no way I wasn't picking up a coloring book with illustrations from one of my all-time favorite series. I also pre-ordered The Keeper's Vow by Francina Simone. I learned about this one through Francina's BookTube channel, which offers invaluable advice to writers about developing your skills and learning to tell better stories. She also posts great book reviews. I love her channel -- she's blunt and honest as hell. You could probably learn a thing or two from her, so subscribe!

I also bought an e-book copy of Born Sinner by S.L. Jennings after hearing about it on Jacqueline's BookTube channel, Jbooklover. After reading A Court of Mist and Fury, I've been in the mood for some paranormal New Adult, and Born Sinner seems to fit the bill. I'm excited to read it and share my thoughts with you all.

What I Read & What I'm Reading

In the month of August I read:

I am not exactly sure how or why I ended up reading five books at once but... Yeah, I'm currently reading five books:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely // Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay // The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen // The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee // The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski

And, considering that Empire of Storms comes out NEXT WEEK (!!!), I'll probably be picking up Queen of Shadows for a reread very soon. So many books, so little time.

What I Wrote

I managed to type up some of my thoughts this past month...

Month-In-Review // It's Over? Ju-Lying!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

My Fictional Bookish Girl Squad

Book Review // This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I also wrote 5,000 words of my YA Fantasy WIP which is kind of a big deal for me. 5,000 words isn't really a lot. But, I am the type of writer who plots and plots and plots and never gets around to writing. But, in August, I did write. BOOM!

Also, I never really talk about my writing and I want to change that. I've always been incredibly self-conscious and self-doubting about writing (as if I need permission to be a writer). And, I want to get out of that mindset because I know that it won't help me become a better writer. I am going to try to do some fun writing tags and memes in the future to share my story premise and characters with you all. I mean, ya know, if you'd be interested ;)

What I Watched & Listened To

I am pretty much still binge-watching Grey's Anatomy so that I can be caught up in time for Season 13 this fall. I'm currently on Season 11 (and I'm currently an emotional wreck. Why didn't anyone tell me this show was so damn emotional?)

I watched Misty Copeland's documentary A Ballerina's Tale because she fascinates me. (Also for writing research.) But, I loved it!

Music-wise, I've been listening to a lot of Ruelle, Jake Miller, and X Ambassadors. Story time: Almost two years ago, I saw X Ambassadors in concert at a super small venue and they were so close. It was one of the best concert experiences I've ever had and I'm dying to see them live again.

Seriously...Wake Me Up When September Ends.

  1. How did August treat ya?
  2. What did you read?  Watch? 
  3. Do you write? Let's talk about writing. If you're like me and don't want to talk about writing out in the open, add me on social media and send me a message! (Let's exchange ideas or just rant about how hard writing is. And, not tryna brag, but I think I'd make a great beta reader. Just sayin.)
  4. What are you looking forward to in September?

Talk to you all soonish!


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