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.
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?
Tell us about your WIP! And maaaaaybe make an aesthetic for it??
Who inspires you? (In general, life, writing, books, blogging, etc.)
What’s your favorite color?
What’s something at the top of your bucket list?
Do you like mangoes???
What is your dream profession?
How are you so cool?
What are you majoring in?
How do you pronounce Lenna because IT’S A CONFLICT IN MY HEAD CONSTANTLY
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
(all covers link to Goodreads)
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.
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?