September Wrap-Up // 6 month blogiversary + Q&A // IT’S OCTOBER

Hey everyone!! I hope you had a fantastic September.

This has been… kind of a weird month for me. I started school the last week of August and it took a couple weeks to get the hang of again. Because of that I was pretty slumpy, which was agony. But this time I tried something new and just let myself not read – for two weeks. It was the worst. But then at one point I was just sitting there and suddenly the urge to read SLAMMED ME and so I read. It has been such a relief to get out of this reading slump that’s I’ve been suffering through the last month or so. And I think I’ve got school under control now. Which is probably a good thing.

I did like that the last few days of this month started to feel like fall. It’s been a little chilly and it has rained a lot which is my favorite thing ever, because where I live it NEVER RAINS. Also, I got approved for my first arc from a real publisher which is SO EXCITING. It hasn’t come in the mail yet, but it looks so, so good and I can’t wait to read it.

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Last month I mentioned my blog turned 6 months old. It’s been such a great six months, and I can’t even imagine not having this now! I love everything about blogging – the books, the community, the friends – and it’s been so, so much fun.

A bunch of you took my blog survey, and thank you!! You all said such kind things and reading your comments was the best! Here are the answers to the questions you asked me:

If you had to choose only one to do for the rest of your life, which would it be: Read or write?
Excuse me, I would like to protest this question. It is cruel and unusual punishment and I refuse to answer.
…just kidding, haha. I would choose reading. Not that I don’t love writing – I do – but reading is something I cannot imagine myself functioning – let alone living – without. Writing would be hard to give up and I think I would probably lose my mind if i couldn’t get the weirdness out somehow… so it’s good I don’t have to choose.
Tell us about your WIP! And maaaaaybe make an aesthetic for it??
I’ve talked a lot about my big WIP, the Norway/Death/winter one, but because i can’t focus on anything for more than two seconds I always have at least three projects going. Right now, I’m trying to psych myself up to revise a draft I finished this past May. It is about phantoms and slightly-mad kings and curses. It is exciting, and I can’t wait to look at it again… as soon as I finish my Winter draft because otherwise it will never get finished.
Who inspires you? (In general, life, writing, books, blogging, etc.)
My family!! Also my church, and nature, and people who work hard to accomplish their goals.
What’s your favorite color?
Soft purples, dusty pink, and coral.  Also black and white, which is totally a color.
What’s something at the top of your bucket list?
I want to live in New York City. One of my biggest dreams right now is to work in publishing in NYC. Also just to travel in general. After going to France and England last May, I have decided traveling is one of the best things in the entire world and I want to go EVERYWHERE.
Do you like mangoes???
Yes, I definitely like mangoes. I like mango sorbet and dried mangos and mango lassi and chocolate covered mangos and also just plain mangoes.
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What is your dream profession?
^^ To work in publishing! Specifically editorial. I want to work in either YA or academic publishing. I also would love to own/work in a bookstore. Basically if it involves words I am happy.
How are you so cool?
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What are you majoring in?
English!! It is seriously a dream come true.
How do you pronounce Lenna because IT’S A CONFLICT IN MY HEAD CONSTANTLY
Haha!! I was wondering when someone would ask me this. Where I live everyone calls me Leena and IT IS NOT LEENA. Lenna is pronounced like ‘Jenna’ but with an L.
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Some of my favorite things about blogging: 
  • The amazing friends I’ve made.
  • The fact that I can scream all over Twitter about the fact that my preorder hasn’t been delivered yet and no one thinks I’m (too) crazy.
  • People here understand my obsession with YA and things like Kaz Brekker and tragic villains and beautiful covers.
  • Blogging has helped me SO MUCH with my confidence in real life. I think that comes from having a place where I can 100% be myself without having to worry. Really, I’ve changed so much over the past six months and I seriously owe so much of that to blogging.
  • ^^ I have a place where it’s so easy to be myself, and where I can be creative + interact with so many other creative people!
  • The general obsession with pretty covers, I’m not going to lie.
  • How easy it is to interact with authors!
  • I could go on and on and on…

Goals for the next 6 months + things you can expect to see

  • I am (slowly) making a couple pages for my blog that have a list of all the titles I’ve reviewed, all the authors I’ve reviewed, a list of my 5 star, 4 star etc. ratings. I’m not sure when that will be finished, but (hopefully) it will be soon.
  • More discussions!
  • I want to do better at blog hopping + meeting new bloggers.
  • For a while I will be posting just twice a week – probably Tuesdays and Fridays. This will help keep me from getting burned out from school + work + blogging.

september wrapup - the bookish part

This actually ended up being a pretty good reading month! I read a lot of good books, and apparently September was the Month of the Best Releases™ which is good for my bookworm self but bad for my budget and self control. I survived with just getting one new release, though. It took so much self control I can’t even.

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[Bought]

september book haul bought

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo // ISN’T IT STUNNING. I can’t even. The cover is textured, and the illustrations inside are so pretty and the pages are heavy + the text is colored and just afsdkj;lasdf. I’m only letting myself read one story a week because I love fairy tales and want them to last as long as possible.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters // Another Cat Winters book! I loved this one SO MUCH and am very happy to own it.

[For Review]

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When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter // I don’t know anything about this one, but I snatched it up as soon as I saw Sarah Porter, because she wrote Vassa in the Night, which I loved. I hope I like it! Sometimes it’s fun to go into a book blind. Except this particular book has a freakishly low rating or 3.25 stars… so I’m slightly worried.

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West // You all know how much I love Kasie West’s books! I didn’t love this one quiiite as much as her others, but it was still super good. (4 stars, review here!

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente // This one was so, so amazing. It is so whimsical and the writing is stunning, and it makes me want to (try) to read Jane Eyre again, which is a miracle. I plan on doing so this month. (5 stars, review here!)

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters // Yes, I am addicted to her books. I really liked this, but it was actually pretty gritty and I didn’t love it quite as much as her other books, but it was still very good. (4 stars, review coming soon!)

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett // This was okay, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it could’ve been. I did adore the setting though. (2.5 stars, review here!)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand // Okay, this was SO GOOD. It was probably the biggest surprise ever, because I didn’t think I would like it nearly as much as I did! (4 stars, review coming soon!)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // Mm… this was objectively good, but I just could. not. connect to anything. Sadness! (3 stars)

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen // I’ll admit this book and I got off to a very rocky start. But I’m so glad I kept reading because by the middle i was utterly enchanted. (4 stars, review coming soon!)

I read a lot fewer books this month, and it was actually… kind of nice. I actually want to (gasp!) start reading less, because I think I’ve made my reading too much about finishing books and not enough about reading because I love to read. We’ll see how it goes!

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(all covers link to Goodreads)

All the Crooked Saints

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

A Skinful of Shadows

I can’t wait for these!! Especially that clearly special last one, because obviously I must own every edition ever published of these books.

Also really quick I just want to say that IT’S FINALLY OCTOBER.

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 Did you somehow make it all the way through this post? If so I’m impressed. How was your month? Did you do anything fun? Did you get any exciting new releases? Or read any that I should know about?

14 thoughts on “September Wrap-Up // 6 month blogiversary + Q&A // IT’S OCTOBER

    1. Thank you!! Hmm… there are so many, haha! I would definitely recommend Six of Crows, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Scorpio Races, Long May She Reign, Strange the Dreamer, anything by Kasie West, Caraval, Daughter of the Pirate King, anything by Frances Hardinge, and The Wrath and the Dawn for romancey fantasies!

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      1. Of course!! I love giving recommendations. You should let me know if you like any of those! (And if you ever need more I always have many :D)

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  1. One book I read this month was How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat. It caught me off guard with how much I liked it. If you have a chance to squeeze it into your rota of things to read, you might like it.

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    1. Yes!! It is my baby. I take it down to look at it at least once a day. YAAAAASSS. You seriously need to read it so SOMEONE can FINALLY FANGIRL OVER HER BOOKS WITH ME. Seriously. Please, I’m begging you xD.
      Thanks!! You to!

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  2. Happy blogiversary, Lenna!! I’m so happy and excited for you. It has been so great getting to know you better and I love reading your blog so much. To many more months of blogging! 🙂 I agree that this does help with confidence a WHOLE LOT, it did wonders for me as well 🙂
    I’m glad you had a good reading month! I agree, it’s important not to read just for the sake of it, but to actually have fun while reading and remember to take our time to love it ❤
    Hope you'll have a GREAT month, Lenna! ❤

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    1. I feel the same!! I’ve loved getting to know you and your blog is one of my very favorites. I’m glad to hear that!! It’s pretty amazing how much it helps, yeah?
      Right! I forget that too much, haha.
      Thank you!! You too!!

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  3. Happy blogoversary! I reached my six-year blogoversary last month so I feel like a total old timer compared to you 😅

    Ahh, I want to get The Language of Thorns so badly, it’s so gorgeous 😍

    Hope you have a great October! 🙂

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