Happy Birthday, Augustus Caesar // 8th Month of the Year Wrap Up

Isn’t it weird that summer months are named after Roman Emperors? Wouldn’t it be cool to just randomly become famous, and be like, okay everyone, now you have to name at least one month of the year after me. OR, maybe we should all vote to rename the 12 months after people we actually like. (or actually know who in the world they are)

I mean, Obama was born in August, too. We’re not necessarily stuck with only celebrating Augustus Caesar’s birthday.

THAT was a weird thought pattern, but that has been my brain this month. SO crazy and full of interesting ideas. Also, reading books, traveling, writing, and getting ready for my senior year of college! 

    

The Astonishing Color of After – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An amazing #ownvoices story of Taiwanese culture, and depression, and grief. Magical Realism and contemporary. Hard to read but truly beautiful. I think it’s the first magical realism book I’ve ever read???

Brave Enough – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An unexpected read that was amazingly rich and so good! The story of a ballerina diagnosed with cancer and her friend, a former cancer survivor and recovering drug user.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  An older book that is super great and I’d really wished I’d read it years ago. A teenage girl is forced to move to Puritan New England and deal with a mess of religious weirdness. Made me laugh and want to rant about how the Puritans treated everyone. Also, the romance is this book is so soft and pure. And the main character LOVES reading (which the Puritans thought was BAD unless you were reading the Bible, so that was interesting) 

Dear Martin – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  I couldn’t put this treasure down! So heartbreaking and a hard, very intense read. Made me cry. 

    

The Orphans Wish – ⭐️ Pretty flat and boring. Advocates colonialism and is in general a terrible read. 

Twice Dead –  Way, way too tropey and I could guess the next plot points. Pretty boring. Actual DNF.

Lost Boy – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So RICH! So Deep! I loved it and wanted to reread it right away! Could not put it down! 

Shifting Sands ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is the story of my great-great grandmother, who was born in New Mexico in the 1880s. Her brother was friends with Billy the Kid, and he ran around with outlaws. Her husband was shot by outlaws, so Lucy raised her 6 kids all on her own. She lived at White Sands, so she saw the first atomic bomb tested in the 1940s, and she refused to leave her home until the US Army starting testing missiles on her land. I’d heard a ton of these stories about Grandma Lucy, but it was really cool to read an actual book on her life!

How to Cut out Words from your Writing // Such a snappy cool post!

May chats about ARCs and making money, which we don’t talk about enough. PS. It’s okay to talk about money and wanting to get paid.

Marie AND Malanie tagged me in a writing tag, which I haven’t done yet. But it’s a super fun tag, so check it out! (and I’ll get to it sooooooonnnnnnn)

Malanie and I also created our OWN blogging + friends tag, which is also super fun to check out!

Well, this month I came up with a BRAND new writing/book idea. Mainly, ideas & aesthetics. 

Just look 👀 at this gorgeous aesthetic. 

I think this is my favorite aesthetic theme, ever? It’s just so classical and pretty and makes me happy. I REALLY love the Pinterest board for this WIP.

Now, I don’t know TOO much about how this story is coming along. I do know what I think this story is going to be. A gender swapped August Caesar with a hint of Spartacus. Set in Carthage, because we don’t want to be stuck with Roman reading expectations. And I’ve always wanted Carthage to win the Punic Wars. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’ve written about 1,500 words for this story AND plotted quite a bit. We’ll see how much I can work on it in September! 

Speaking of writing, let’s NOT talk toooo much about how little blogging I did this month. I almost scheduled a hiatus for August, but I had several good posts and things I wanted to publish, so no official hiatus.

But I was on vacation half of the month, so I didn’t blog that much. Opps! But not really, because I def enjoyed vacation.

Some posts I really loved writing, and that were also very loved by you guys! Also someone talked about my blog this month and said they could tell how much time I invested in writing my blog posts and that made me weep. Because it’s nice to know that all this time sometimes equal some sort of quality.

    

Also, I am woefully behind replying to comments. I AM SO SORRY. I will try and schedule an hour this week just to reply to all of you guys because I really appreciate all your thoughts and love chatting with all of you!!!

Yes, I enjoy compiling upcoming book releases into one veeerrrrryyyy long post. Let’s all scream about new books together. (And cry because we’re poor and can’t buy them all) 

I LOVE plotting, and writing about my plotting. Also, I share a tiny bit about my ideas for new WIP in this post.

And I finally caught up with at least one tag! What miracle is this. 

I did a TON of stuff this August. It really doesn’t feel like it’s just been one month? These last 31 days have been PACKED. With cute movies, and trips, and back-to-school happenings. 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Such a happy fluffy adorable movie that I will watch again and again.

I mean, they’re so CUTE! Cuteness goals!

Scandal (!!!) I can’t stop watching it, tbh. Also, while I love Olivia Pope’s fashion, I’ve come to realize that Abby Wheelan is actually my fashion icon. Please, let me grow up and be as cool & snappy as redheaded Abby. 

 

I mean, just look at these outfits. Please, let me be this sassy when I grow up. 

I visited Albuquerque and Santa Fe with my Dad. My granny lives in NM, so my dad and I drove out and went on a ton of hiking! It was so fun and a great break before college started up again.

I mean, just look at this amazingly delicious Green and Red Chile. It makes me want to go back to Santa Fe right now because it was so tasty. (even though it was very spicy and made me cry because I am a ginger and not great with spicy food)

COLLEGE! I’ve just started my senior year and so far, so great! (if your definition of great is -5 hours of sleep and a pile of to-do assignments as high as Mount Vesuvius)  Also, I’m working on applying to an internship with the Washington Post for next summer and I am so nervous and excited. Eeeek! Deadline for this application is early October so working on that application will take up quite a bit of September.

OH! And I’m the director for my campus tv station this year and that’s been crazy busy! I’m so excited because I love my new job (though it’s not paid) it is EXACTLY what I want to do when I graduate. This week, I’ve been working with my news team and revamping our instagram and it’s been SO FUN. Also, lots of work.

And now I bless you with a picture of my bookshelves and desk because LOOK AT ALL THOSE BOOKS.

Also, you can follow me on Instagram to keep up with ALL of my senior year adventures. It’s going to be fun!

Now, I have QUITE the EXPECTATIONS for my September. Here’s just a few books on my TBR. 

 

There are definitely MORE on the list but this is a great start, right? Also, I have a class that requires 4 hours of reading a week. But it’s not exactly fun reading. :-/ Should I write a TBR/ARC reading post???

I also would really like to write MORE. I’m settling into my semester rhythm, so I’m planning on figuring out reading time next week. Last year, I scheduled around 30 minutes a day, and of course, I’d like to get that daily reading time for this year, too.

I also foresee lots of iced coffee and chai frappes in my future this month. (I mean, who doesn’t?)

lets chat

How was YOUR August? Do you think we should rename the months after our favorite people? Who would you name a month after? (is the question grammatically correct? IDK, tired college brain) 

What was your favorite read this month? Are you currently writing anything new or exciting? Did you finish any fantastic projects this month?

Can you guess how many books I can cram unto my college bookshelves???

What are you planning on reading/doing/blogging in September? Any suggestions for my September TBR?

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16 Comments

  1. August 31, 2018 / 11:14 am

    That’s so cool that there’s a book written about your ancestor!! Also, your desk is GOALS!

    • Elizabeth
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Finding that little book was the COOLEST thing! And I am so proud of my desk, it is the culmination of four years of dorm room decorating 😂

  2. August 31, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    I love the aesthetic and idea for you new WIP!! Definitely right up my alley! I never hear a lot about Carthage so I think the setting is great!
    My August was pretty slow. I didn’t make much progress on my WIP, blog, or anything writing. But I did a lot of wedding planning which I’m super excited about! I hope you have a fantastic September! 😊

    • Elizabeth
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Carthage is so interesting! And ancient legend say the city was founded by a Queen which is super cool. She also seduced Aeneas so the Roman Gods cursed her, but the roman gods were always cursing people.

      OH! And wedding planning! That sounds so exciting!!!!!

      • September 2, 2018 / 8:55 pm

        I learned a little about Carthage in my Mythology class when we learned about Aeneas’ travels after Troy. And yeah, the Roman gods we’re very curse happy. 😂

        It’s so exciting!! But definitely a lot of work on top of everything else.

  3. August 31, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    You: Gender swapped August Caesar with a hint of Spartacus.
    Me: YESYEYSYEYSEYESYESYESYESYES….Oh and did I mention YESSSSSS????????

    • Elizabeth
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      YESSSS! I am SO EXCITED to work on writing this!

  4. CG @ Paper Fury
    September 1, 2018 / 5:30 am

    AHH I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT YOUR CEASAR RETELLING!! Honestly genderswapped retellings are my utter favourite?! And I read Spartacus genderbend retelling this year and it was absolutely excellent. 😍I need more! MORE. Also I really love the month of August because of the name…I mean I named my character August so, I am biased to like it.😂

    Also you’ve been so busy AND kept up reading and blogging?! Magical queen.

    And I loved the To All The Boys movie adjfksla it was just the cutest thing. And I just looked up Lost Boy and definitely am going to need it in my life. Eep. I mean my TBR already hates me so why not add some more books. 😂

    • Elizabeth
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      OH! I am so excited because everyone seems to be excited and that definitely motivates me to write the Best Story Ever! I would love August a ton more if it weren’t so deathly hot. Most of August is over 32*c where I live soooooo I’ve never loved the month. Though I definitely think August is a pretty name! And Augustus was a super cool guy 😂

      Um,, you we’re definitely the magical queen first….but I’ll happily borrow the crown for a while. ⭐️
      YES! ADD Lost Boy! Your Tbr pile won’t mind AT ALL.

  5. September 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

    EEP GOOD LUCK ON YOUR SENIOR YEAR!!! I’m just on my first month as a uni freshman, and I’m pretty much already dying. xD I have no idea how you manage your time–you’re awesome, girl! + Also very stoked that you loved the TATBILB movie because it was just the cutest thing ever! ♥

    • Elizabeth
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Oh, good luck with first year! It gets better (at least that’s the lie I’ve always told myself 😂) TATBILB was so cute! I think it was the perfect movie to end the summer!

  6. September 2, 2018 / 11:55 am

    Oh I’m so happy you loved The Astonishing Color so much – I just started reading it and I’m very excited about it, I only heard amazing things so far 🙂 I’m also happy you loved Dear Martin, this book has been on my TBR for so long, I can’t wait to get to it 🙂
    This aesthetic is sooooooo pretty, I love it! Best of luck for your writing projects! 😀 And thank you so, so much for sharing my writing tag answers! 🙂
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful September <3

    • Elizabeth
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Astonishing Color of After is so good! And Dear Martin is so powerfully good. And thank you! I definitely need all the luck right now, haha! And a wonderful September to you, too!

  7. September 2, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Omg I didn’t know August was named after Caesar! I’m feeling a little dumb right now lmao. (And your aesthetic for your WIP IS SO COOL and I cannot wait to hear more about it 😍) And yesss I am so happy you loved The Astonishing Color of After!! I’ve been meaning to read it ever since it came out but I haven’t gotten around to it — though I have a feeling I’ll love it <3

    Good luck with senior year!! From what I've seen of your Insta stories, it looks like you're having fun so far, which I'm glad about (even if you get not as much as sleep). And YES I would love to read a TBR/ARC reading post — I'm not sure exactly what it would be about but I love to read any post from you 😘

    • Elizabeth
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      I can’t wait to work more on this WIP! It’s tiny bit of a struggle right now to find time, but I’m hoping to get to it more this month!
      And yes! I hope you can get back to reading the Astonishing Color of After, I do think you’ll love it!

      Ha! I work soooo hard to keep my insta stories updated 😂 I *might* be a tiny bit addicted to instagram? But I never use other social media platforms, other than twitter, so it’s okay, right?
      And I’m kind of excited to see what my TBR post might end up being, too, haha!

  8. September 2, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    Well, you learn something new everyday, I had no idea the summer months were named after Roman Emperors and everything.😂I guess I can use the excuse that I’ve only taken half of AP World History so far?! And I wouldn’t object to a month named after Obama…

    The Astonishing Color of After and Brave Enough are both on my TBR, so I’m really happy you loved them! That makes me even more excited to read them.

    WISHING YOU THE BEST START TO YOUR SENIOR YEAR! I love your desk set up, all the books make me so happy, haha.

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