Monthly wrap-up: September 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hi guys! It didn't really hit me how absent I've been from the blog until I looked at my posts for this month and realized there were only 2. Life has been hectic and a little scary lately, so I've been struggling to find a healthy balance. (Emphasis on the word healthy there, because my health has taken a backseat with the boatloads of homework and reading I have to do for school.) So! I'm hoping October will be a better month. Also, I can't fucking believe it's already October. Typing out that sentence made me feel really weird.

What I read this month

Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins - both 4 stars (I'll do a series review when I finish it!)

Elementals: The Portal to Kerberos by Michelle Madow - 4 stars // Goodreads

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas - 4 stars // Goodreads

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse // Goodreads

Overdrive by Dawn Ius - 4 stars // Goodreads

The Enemy of the People by Henrik Isben - 3 stars // Goodreads (read this for school)

Audible saved me this month. Since my school is 25 minutes away (and I love to drive and find stupid reasons to waste gas), I decided to get back onto the audiobook train. Sweet Evil has been on my TBR since... I'm pretty sure since I started regularly using Goodreads. RIDICULOUS. So I decided, what better way to start knocking out those old books on my TBR then to listen to them? The narrator was a little hard to get used to at first (she's a little over dramatic and lays on the southern belle accent pretty thickly), but once I was acclimated I enjoyed it. I love how she says Kaiden's name, it's absolutely adorable. Also, Kaiden is beautiful. 10/10 would recommend drooling over him with me.
(Also, yes, I just now realized I didn't add the Overdrive cover to the collage. SORRY, BUT I'M LAZY.)

On the blog
I was a part of the blog tour for Dawn Ius' book Overdrive, and then wrote a spoilery, long-winded, heartfelt review of Empire of Storms. Can I call my own review heartfelt? I feel like that sounds weird but it's the truth. The Throne of Glass series has a special place in my heart, and I've been struggling to come to terms with how different Aelin is from Celaena ever since QoS came out.

Music I've been loving
All We Know and Closer by The Chainsmokers // Thinking Bout You by Ariana Grande // Influence by Tove Lo // Not Nice by PARTYNEXTDOOR // The Half by DJ Snake // Ain't My Fault by Zara Larsson // Anywhere by Dillon Francis // Planet God by Mac Miller // Goodbye Early and Ready to Run by Dixie Chicks (Someone mentioned seeing them in concert on twitter and I've been jamming to them ALLLL month. I still know the lyrics by heart, even though it's been a solid 5 + years since I've listened to them. It's AMAZING.)

TV shows I've been watching
NEIN. I only watched one episode of something, and that was the pilot of This Is Us on NBC. It was really sweet, and I hope I can keep up with it! Bingeing is more my thing, since I loose interest in TV shows easily. I'm hoping I can get back into Gilmore Girls, since it starts back up in November and that should be enough time to finish it. I'm on season 3 (I think). I also really need to finish the last two damn episodes of season 1 of Outlander. But my grandma told me they're really graphic and depressing and I'M NOT READY. MY POOR JAMIE. Also yes, my dear grandmother watches Outlander. She's hip af.

Books I've acquired

Little Bird Publicity sent me two finished copies of The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr and Snowfall on Haven Point by ReAnne Thayne. Then I was contacted by HarperCollins (SUPER CASUAL, I DIDN'T FREAK OUT IN THE COFFEE SHOP I HAD BEEN DOING HOMEWORK IN OR ANYTHING) and they wanted me to be a part of the Instagram blitz for Replica by Lauren Oliver (DEFINITELY DIDNT FREAK OUT, NOOOOPE, LAUREN OLIVER ISN'T ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHOR'S OR ANYTHING). They sent me a finished copy and some cute props. Here's a link to the post if anyone is interested in seeing it! AlsofollowmeonInstagram (that definitely wasn't a shameless self promo or anything). Then I bought Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Empire of Storms by SJM, and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. 

Life shenanigans
Still struggling with my anxiety! And some other things, but my mom and I haven't fully delved into that yet so I don't want to say anything in case it's not true. But I'm hoping for a better, overall healthier month for October. I'm doing another cleanse again, since I have such a fucked up gut that's linked to some food allergies. It's difficult being a foodie when you shouldn't even being eating the food. But yeah, this crazy bish is going gluten, dairy, soy, nut, and carb free for two weeks. I've done it before (for six friggin' weeks) so I know I can do it, but still. IT'S SCARY.

Alright, enough about me and my lackluster month, tell me about yours! What was your favorite book? What TV show are you loving? 

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