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September 2020 Wrap-Up (Giving up on summer 😔)


How many books that I planned did I read?
I planned for ten books, and read 6 of those ten, plus 3 more I hadn’t planned on. So 9/10, ultimately! A little lower than normal, but I also had some pretty slow and lengthy books this month that I put time into.

The Plan:

The Result:

For the record, the two books that are still listed as TBR are on October’s TBR list! So they didn’t get abandoned to the back of an endless pile. They’re still front and center. 🙂

To Sleep In A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini is that same book I’ve been raving about for months now. I got my copy, I savored it, and I reviewed it. And now it’s published, so you can do the same! 😁

White Ivy by Susie Yang was an ARC I was absolutely delighted to get, but my expectations weren’t quite aligned with what the book actually was. Less action than I expected, more psychological exploration and self-examination. Still good, just not what I’d thought I’d be getting. That review is up now, and it comes out on November 3rd if you’re interested!

I read One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie and y’all, it was even better than I thought it would be. It’s set in Trinidad, with illegal immigrants from Venezuela, and it’s funny and sweet and unsettling and dark and dramatic. It’s so much all in one without it being overwhelming or losing its way. It was SO GOOD, and you will definitely see more about it very soon. 😉


I feel like nothing happened this month. 😂 And maybe that’s in part due to still being at home only for like the 6th month now, but even if we COULD go out we probably wouldn’t be. All our time right now is dedicated to working on our new house we’re fixing up and buying. I’ve also officially hit the point where I’m pretty sick of DIYing and fixing up our house! 2 or 3 days a week for several months is more than enough for me. Luckily my S.O. is still energized and excited for every day we do something down there, and admittedly we have learned a lot and it is starting to really look great as it comes together.

I had a really hard time with the end of summer this year. I didn’t go to the beach ONCE, which is astonishing and kind of depressing and I really did not want to accept that now I probably can’t go swimming in the ocean until next year (the Atlantic is really cold, y’all). Then again, next year I’ll have my own heated pool, so maybe it’s a bit give-and-take.

I haven’t even enjoyed the gorgeous leaves changing or the pretty golden hues of September because I’m eyeing it crankily and bemoaning the slow, oncoming death of life. It also means that we are still doing house work long after I’d thought we would be… and still have a ways to go. New goal: before end of 2020. 😑

So overall… mood = stagnant. Could be worse, but could definitely also be better. Always working on staying grateful though. (My access to healthcare, my comfortable living situation, the luxury of being able to read books)


Honestly my time for blogging took a steep dive this month as we were working on the house sometimes 3 days a week, and working my regular job every day besides. I felt like I didn’t get to give it much attention. 😦 I also read a lot more than I wrote in the moments I did have time for some.

Here are some of my favorite posts I worked on this month, in case you missed them!

And here are some of my favorite posts by other bloggers!

Stay happy y’all. 😊

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8 thoughts on “September 2020 Wrap-Up (Giving up on summer 😔)

  1. Fixing up a house is SO much work, I can see how it would get tiring after awhile! Regardless, hopefully by the end you’ll have been glad you put in all the work! I bet it’ll look wonderful (: I started reading To Sleep in a Sea of Stars about two weeks ago, but oh my goodness is it a big book! I only got to page 250 before I got intimidated and took a step back, though with so many people loving it I definitely want to try to chug through it!! Hope you have the best start to October! ♥ ♥

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    1. Oh yeah, I had to prep myself for that book too haha. I love it would take a while so I just didn’t put pressure on myself and read it as I wanted in between other books too. It has a lot of action though so there were definitely whole sections that were easy to fly through. Until you start it again, at least you have a gorgeous cover to enjoy! 😍

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  2. Definitely get the whole stagnant mood. Right now everything feels like it’s dragging and never ending and 2020 just needs to be over lol after seeing To Sleep in a Sea of Stars everywhere over the last month, I finally caved and bought it yesterday. It’s a chunkster alright 😂 Hope you have a great month ahead!

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    1. Haha! Their marketing has worked 🤪 somehow 2020 is basically almost over now which is nuts since personally at least I have done nothing this year xD what a new years celebration it’ll be, though!!


  3. Sorry you’re having a tough time – DIYing a house is so stressful at the best of times, let alone with the world in the mess it is. I hope you can find some time to rest and recuperate and that your winter reads bring you joy! I’m so jealous of your future pool, that’s one thing I would absolutely love to have – I’ve not been swimming all year, either. And thank you for the shout-out – Eva Evergreen should be a perfect comfort read if you need a bit of cosiness so I hope you love it 🙂

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    1. Of course, I was excited to hear about it from you. Looking forward to that one for sure! And yes the house will be really nice, we just have to work to get it there haha. It’s a fair trade, but I’m definitely leaning on my S.O. a lot for the work at this point 😅

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