Happy September, my friends!
In my world, it’s Fall and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Apple cider, chilly nights, hoodies, thunderstorms, falling leaves, Halloween, hayrides, carving pumpkins, cinnamon-flavored things. . . I am pumped. Not only is Fall fantastic in and of itself, but that means all of my favorite holidays are coming up, as well as winter. I’m part of that strange 1% of the population that actually loves the cold and snow, but my opinion will probably change once my city decides to plunge itself into a dark arctic tundra…
BUT, before any of that, we’re starting off fresh with September which means that it’s time to talk all things that happened in August. August was definitely a busy month for me, and I’m weirdly excited to go through it all here with you.
Within these past few months, I like to think that I’ve really come into my blogging self in that I’m really enjoying blogging and writing my thoughts down to gush about fictional characters and their stories with wonderful people all across the world. Although, that was ultimately put to a halt towards the end of August because my schedule changed due to my NEW FULL-TIME JOB!
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but all throughout college, I was beyond intrigued about publishing and working within that realm (
so much so that I enrolled in a graduate summer program in downtown Manhattan and moved there last summer). But, I felt a pull from experiences from my college years which has led me to now working at a non-profit organization as an event coordinator! It’s only been a few weeks at this point, but I’m loving every minute of it so far.
Unfortunately though, as I’m sure is obvious, I’ve lost the precious blogging time I had during that wonderful phase of my life called unemployment. I’m still trying to iron out my schedule and rework that balance between working and writing, so hopefully we’ll get there soon. But, a huge thank you to everyone that’s been so kind to me despite the fact that I take days to reply to a comment!
August wasn’t necessarily the best reading month for me if you were to only look at my average star ratings, but considering I’m no longer thinking of reading as work, I’m enjoying my actual time spent reading more than I ever have.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson-★★★☆☆. I so wanted to love this book more than I did. Summertime, in my opinion, is the most opportune time to read any contemporary book, so I wanted to give this one a shot. I mean, the cover is completely littered with dogs; I’m obviously going to read it. While the story itself was cutesy and entertaining, I’m having trouble remembering the general scheme of it even just a month later, meaning that it wasn’t exactly the most memorable book I’ve ever read.
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young-★★★★☆. I want to (and probably will) scream about this book for forever. It was so dark and horribly realistic to the world we occupy today that I was chilled for a good majority of it. The only thing that bothers me is that the second book isn’t out yet. You can read my full review of Girls With Sharp Sticks here!
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson-★★★★☆. I have absolutely no idea why, but once the summer temperatures started dipping (even in just the slightest), I needed to get my hands on every spooky, scary story that has ever been concocted ever. My best friend (who has always provided me with unreal book recommendations) couldn’t talk highly enough about this book, and I needed it in my hands ASAP. While I did wish it was a bit scarier—who even am I anymore?!—it was so, so good nonetheless.
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover-★★★☆☆. I don’t know that I’ve ever admitted it here before, but when I first fell in love with reading, I quickly fell in love with Colleen Hoover. Since then, though, I’ve noticed elements of her books that aren’t my favorite things in the world, so I stopped purchasing her books. But, equipped with my curiosity and a lovely little library card, I picked up one of her newer releases. It lived up to my expectations in that I didn’t necessarily enjoy it as much as I would’ve say two or three years ago, but I can get why some people love the story.
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz-★★★★☆. Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m obsessed with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and will read anything by this author. Even though I couldn’t fully relate to the characters from this book as much as Ari & Dante, I loved having the ability to fully immerse myself in such a diverse story with experiences I’ve never gone through. You can read my full review on TILOML here!
Currently reading: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I will probably talk about The Raven Cycle and my newly adopted kids until I’m taken to the grave, so I was beyond excited to see that The Scorpio Races was available at my library. Unfortunately though, I’m not liking it as much as I had hoped. Here’s to wishful thinking that I enjoy it more the further I get into it!
Making a Murderer. I have really just wanted to digest every single thriller-y/suspense-y/creepy/scary type of entertainment at my disposal this month. I remember when Making a Murderer first came out, and everyone talked about how much it blew their minds. I can easily say that I’m among that crowd now. I’m currently in the middle of part two, and I just have so many questions. How can so much go wrong? Who am I supposed to believe?! How am I not supposed to give in and Google this to see if it’s all solved now?! The suspense is actually eating at me.
Harry Potter movies 5 & 6. I’m way behind schedule when compared to the rest of the world. I didn’t read the series until this past year-ish, and I didn’t fully see the first movie until last summer. I’ve now been trying my hardest to watch all 8, and I finally found the time to watch 5 & 6 this past month. When I’m watching the films, I’m loving absolutely every second of it (which I expected). But, for some reason, after I finish a specific movie, they become an enigma and totally escape my memory because I never remember actually watching them. It’s a mystery.
Lover. AHHHHHH. Listen, I know the rest of the internet has already screamed about this album until their voices have gone hoarse, but I haven’t gotten the chance to scream about it yet. I fell in love with Taylor Swift when I was 10; I was just a little youngin. And it’s strange, but each album she has released has somehow managed to match the “aura” of my life in that specific moment. I may be 22 now, but I’m never not going to get excited about a new Taylor album. I’m actually having trouble finding the words to amount my love for this one, but just know that it’s been on repeat (in between my listens of the Jonas Brothers—my pre-teen self is LIVING AND THRIVING). Also, please know that I started listing out my favorites here to scream about them with you, but I nearly listed the whole tracklist.
Like I said, my posts this August were kind of lacking and not nearly as frequent as I would’ve wanted. Plus, I’ve had to cut down on participating in a weekly meme and instead change it to a whenever-I-have-the-time meme. But, we’re working on it!
- Book Review || Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young (I need the sequel now!!)
- Down the TBR Hole #4 || let’s get down to business
- The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag!
- Book Review || The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sàenz (did it live up to its expectations?!)
- Down the TBR Hole #5 || clean up, clean up, everybody do your share
I’ve been absolutely horrible at blog hopping this month, but that doesn’t mean that some incredible posts haven’t been written! Although, because the latter half of August turned crazy on my end, I wasn’t able to explore different blog posts as much as I would’ve liked to.
The lovely Meaghan over at the words gremlin wrote two of my favorite posts to ever exist. I talk about The Darkest Minds books as if it were my job, and she wrote wonderful mini reviews about the original series, as well as a full review about The Darkest Legacy. Reading these reviews made me feel like I was experiencing the books for the first time again; I’m unable to talk coherently about these books, but I felt like Meaghan perfectly captured what stole my heart.
The amazing Xandra at Starry Sky Books shared 4 things about blogging that seem scary but really aren’t that bad. I think I fell in love with this post because of how much I could relate to it, seeing as blogging used to be this crazy unexplored world for me and finding posts like Xandra’s have truly helped me along the way.
The wonderful Caitlin from Caitlin Althea discusses her thoughts on blog hopping and poses the question, are we really friends or do you just want me to comment on your blog? I found this post to be refreshing, intelligent, and so beyond carefully written that it was actually ridiculous. The book blogging community is huge, and I really think that Caitlin’s posts helps navigate me through it.
The incredible Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books always manages to write some of my favorite posts, and this month was no different. In her post “How to give your book blog posts that extra spark,” Marie shares her thoughts on how to make yourself stand out amongst the crowd and how to make your writing shine.
The magnificent Clo over at Book Dragons posted one of the most realistic blog posts I’ve ever read, in which she goes through every single one of her thoughts when seeing a bookstore. Honestly, how did she get into my mind and write my exact thoughts?!
And there we have August all wrapped up! I’m fairly certain I didn’t mention it yet, but I’m excited for Fall. I’m so here for this. I’m glad to already be posting this wrap-up. I just want Halloween and Christmas now, honestly. Let’s fast forward?