Happy almost-October, friends!
I hope your September treated you well, and your spooky season is good so far! I’m actually super excited for this monthly wrap-up, as it’s the first one I’m publishing with my new theme/blog design. I’m experimenting with formatting, and I think I like this better. I would still love to hear your guys’ opinions + feedback though! ❤️
In terms of reading, September can be best described as a long [sigh]. I’ve tried reading, but I haven’t been able to focus on my books for longer than ten or fifteen minutes, at best, and with school going on, I haven’t gotten a whole lot of time anyways. However, what I did read was amazing. Here’s what I read:
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao — ★★★★.5 — a truly fun middle grade with lots of heart, representation(!), and humor. I highly recommend this to all fans of PJO and middle grade (and then, everyone else).
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn — ★★★★☆ — a wonderful YA fantasy that takes classic 2012 tropes and truly gives them a new birth; with scintillating magic, chilling characters, a tight plot, and Black girl magic, I highly recommend this to everyone in look for a fresh urban fantasy.
Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar — ★★★★.5 — a heart wrenching novel, written in verse, and one that will stay with you for a while. Please, read this book.
The Girl and the Goddess by Nikita Gill — ★★★★★ — another novel in verse, this time, one intertwined in stardust and spirit and Hindu mythology. I read it in one sitting, taking it in, basking in the glow that shines when you feel seen. Reading Paro’s story felt like looking into a mirror and seeing a face that doesn’t belong to me: Our lives are drastically different, yet so similar by the stories we’ve both grown up hearing. [A full review is to come.]
I posted four times this month, not counting this wrap-up — a real win, considering how busy I’ve been with school — and all credit goes to scheduled posts. I am a bit behind with answering comments, but I promise to get to all of them soon. Interacting with you all is by far my favorite thing to do, and I’m never going to leave any of you hanging. ❤
As you can see, September was a month full of firsts: New theme, first discussion, and first author interview! Discussions are now my favorite posts to write, and as of today, I have 9 (yes, nine!) discussions planned and ready, from topics as trivial as Book Twitter, and as important as representation. All I can say is: get ready.
I do want to mention #Goodreadance2020, created + hosted by my blogging queen, Shealea. It’s coming to an end, and I’m sorry to report that #Goodreadance was a bit of (big) fail for me. While I didn’t publish a post outlining my goals for the challenge, in a nutshell, I wanted to cut my TBR to 320 books or less, and I wanted to move my Goodreads data (TBR, shelves, etc.) to Notion. Neither of those two happened. I added 40 books to my TBR and Notion is …….. [I don’t want to talk about it.]
What I am going to do is give myself a personal extension for #Goodreadance, and give myself time till the end of 2020 to get everything sorted. The plan is to webscrape the data from Goodreads, convert it all to a massive .csv file, and then import that data into my Notion.* If I ever figure out Notion. (May did say that she’s making an intro to Notion post, so maybe that’s the sort of external push I need. 👀)
*Sorry if I’m boring you. I’m a nerd. *cries*
- Xandra @ Starry Sky Books celebrated her 2-year blogiversary (woohoo! congrats!) with a special discussion on spoilers. Like all of her discussions, it’s incredibly written and makes you think!
- Kat @ Novels & Waffles shared 20 book recommendations based on Camp Half-Blood houses! I don’t know about you, but I’m craving all the PJO content I can get, and Kat’s recommendations are amazing!
- Michelle @ Magical Reads shared some art she made for and inspired by The Silvered Serpents, and wow, I’m still amazed. Y’all, Michelle is a creative genius.
- Aentee @ Midnight Reads talked about tigers in Vietnamese lore and two upcoming novellas, and wow, I loved this post. It was so interesting and immersive, and will truly go down as one of my favorite blog posts ever.
- Malka @ Paper Procrastinators discussed the hidden downside of mood-reading, and as a legally certified mood reader, I adored this post. Being a mood reader makes it hard to stick to any organized ARC reading, and I just related to everything Malka brought up with all my heart.
- Lauren @ Love Yo Shelf shared 6 things she learned through trial-and-error, and I really felt this post in my soul. Obviously, I’m a new blogger, and I have this invisible weight of doing everything right the first time — reading this post made me feel less lonely and stressed, honestly. ❤
So, school started! And…. I’m liking it? Without giving away my age, all I can say is that I’m taking lots of unique courses which are considerable harder than anything I’ve tried before, and I’m loving it! Lots of studying on my own-time is required, but I truly am enjoying it.
I had my birthday in mid-September, which was lots of fun! My ma made the best food — uttapam, dal baati, naan & paneer butter masala, and maggi noodles — and I got some books and art supplies! I’m one of those people who are always inexplicably excited for their birthdays, so it was lots of fun, haha. And while we didn’t do the things we normally do on my birthday, I don’t feel like I missed out on anything! So. Yeah.
In terms of music, I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift nonstop, which is nothing new. What is new is that I’ve started getting into Rina Sawayama’s music [though her album, SAWAYAMA], and! I like it!
How was your September?
Did you read anything good?
Have you done anything to get into the ~ fall ~ spirit?
Tell me about your favorite spooky (and diverse) book! (Yes, this is me desperately fishing for recommendations.)
This monthly-wrap up is longer than the ones I’ve written in the past. Do you like the length?