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 Rose, Storm the Earth, A Golden Fury, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, A 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!
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. 💛
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!
Wishing you all the best as we head into October, folks. See you around! 💛