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Monthly Wrap || September 2020

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September 2020

I don’t known how your September 2020 went, but I’ll admit mine was…perhaps less than stellar. It’s not the rush of good news I craved, and it’s not particularly awe-inspiring.

But it’s still another month, which calls for another Monthly Wrap. Can’t go breaking tradition, now can we?

Life Beyond the Blog

I suppose I’ll lead with the bad news: I didn’t get the job I interviewed for. Admittedly, I had my heart set on it, and maybe failed to account for not getting it, so it’s honestly kind of crushing. But I still feel that it would have been a great fit for me, and I think if another position opened with the workplace in question, I’d give it a second go. For now, though, I have to live with the fact that it didn’t happen, and nothing about my work situation will change soon.

On the other hand, though, it’s not been a total dumpster fire. At least, not in the personal sense. In terms of the news, in terms of politics, I’m really feeling like everything is on fire and there’s very little I can do. It’s not an encouraging point of view, but it sure is hard to shake.

But the personal view? The personal view isn’t too awful! After all, I deep cleaned my room, which is like a breath of fresh air. Now I have a little more shelf space, I know which books I can sell or donate, and I feel a little more organized in relation to my craft projects.

Cleaning also ties in with my future plans. I aim to move as soon as possible, and while I don’t think that will be within the next six months, paring down my belongings still gave me some deep satisfaction. I thought hard about what I want to take with me one day, and what I need to bring. Equally important, I thought about what probably has to stay behind, or go altogether. It refreshed my outlook, and made preparations to move, distant as they are, feel possible. Love an attainable dream, right?

On top of that, I made more progress on my desk (which I hope we can finish by the end of the year; I keep saying that, but it really is in my dad’s hands, since he can only help me when he’s not working), and I discovered Phineas and Ferb is on Disney+. Go on, guess what my sister and I have been watching. Take a wild guess. If it involves a secret agent platypus, congrats, you nailed it!

So overall, my personal life is at even keel. Not great, but not swirling down the tubes at a rapid pace. Take what you can get, right?

Books Read and Reviewed

September 2020 is actually my worst reading month on record for 2020. I only got through three books. Just three, which is…so low compared to what I want to be reading. 😩 Surrender Your Sons and I Hope You’re Listening are already reviewed on the blog, at least, and you’ll hear from me about Harrow the Ninth around mid-October (once I wrap my tired brain around how damn twisty and clever it was).

Next Month’s Reads

I have my fingers crossed so hard it hurts that I can finish a greater number of books for October. Partly because a lot of ARCs are nearing publication, if I’m being honest. 😬 At the top of the list, though, are The Poppy and the RoseStorm the EarthA Golden FuryThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRueA Curse of Ash and Embers, and Those Who Prey. Beyond that, my TBR will take me wherever it takes me.

As long as it takes me somewhere right?

My Top 3 Posts

On the blogging end of things, I feel like I had a pretty good month! What I did manage to post on time I really enjoyed posting, and that counts for a lot. These three, though, were the most engaging for me to write, and I hope you’ll spare them a couple minutes of your time!

1. Tower Talks || Little Dragon’s Café

2. The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

3. Would You Rather? Tag

Favorites From Around the Blogging World

Despite September 2020 flying by, and all the instability that came along with it, book bloggers have YET again knocked it out of the park! These are some of the best posts this month, and I highly recommend you set some time aside for them. 💛

Em @ Em’s Bookish Musings gets us ready for Spooky Season with 28 books by authors of color that you should pick up!

Ben @ Ace of Bens puts out a call for bloggers to participate in Shattering Stigmas 2020, and provides links to non-profits recommended for their work in supporting mental health, especially for Black women and queer/trans POC!

Kat @ Novels and Waffles gives some deeply professional recommendations based on your PJO cabin number!

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense lists over 100 (yes, 100!) books by Latinx authors coming out from now all the way through 2021!

The Book Family Rogerson shares 8 tips for improving your audiobook experience!

Kate @ Your Tita Kate pulls back the curtain on the secrets to getting into book tours!

 

Wishing you all the best as we head into October, folks. See you around! 💛

7 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap || September 2020

  1. Hey thanks so much for listing our audiobooks post as a favourite! I have to say that your blog is one of the ones I enjoy the most – your writing is always eminently readable and I hope you get the job you want soon.

    1. You are so welcome! Your post really does have me seriously considering trying audiobooks (especially because starting short is SUCH a sensible solution). And thank YOU! I’m so glad you like what I do with H&WR. 🥰 And fingers crossed on job hunting for sure, haha.

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