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?)
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?