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September Wrap Up: I guess that month happened

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I didn’t plan too many for September: a modest five. And I guess I should stick to that habit because I read 4 of those 5! Plus another… whole bunch!

The Plan:

Hello (From Here) was one I was waiting on as an advanced copy, but it ended up taking a while so I got it just after the publish date. I still read it right away, so there was no surprise with that one! Bad Luck Bridesmaid was a surprise ARC that I had to grab because it sounded so perfectly wonderful, and happily, it was even better than I had hoped. ๐Ÿ˜ Keep an eye out for that review & publish date early next year!

The Result:

The Never Tilting World is going to get read… eventually. But for now it’s pushed out to the October tbr (and to be honest… probably will continue to be pushed out haha).

I ended up reading a BUNCH more books. One fast forward friday title that was actually pretty disappointing; one k-pop read that was also kind of disappointing; one romance book club pick that I ADORED; and two graphic novels that perfectly suited my taste for Titans universe material right now. ๐Ÿ˜

Rock Paper Scissors has also been a very slow-going read for me. If it weren’t a BOTM that I paid for I’d be ditching this one. ๐Ÿ˜ช

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I’m home from vacation!

Hey y’all!

If you recall earlier this week I had mentioned writing posts using the WordPress app on my phone, and how it was… a bit clunky. ๐Ÿ˜… I was using the app since I was away from home on a much needed vacation. The original plan was to write all of my posts ahead of time and schedule them nicely so I didn’t need to do too much while away, but of course that didn’t happen. xD

So I spent some time in sunny Florida and pretended summer isn’t disappearing here at home. AND I EVEN MANAGED NOT TO GET SUNBURNED! And my feet didn’t fall off despite walking about ten miles each day on average. Compare that to my usual two-ish miles a day at best and, uh, it was a change.

But did I manage to read? Welllll…. not really. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Typically for me, a vacation or trip is pretty much synonymous to time spent reading. Even on my most active overseas explorations, there’s usually lots of time on trains, planes, buses, or at local parks to crack open a book. This time, I focused on intense daily activities that didn’t leave much time or energy for reading! I was usually out and about for 14-15 hours each day. It was really different than how I usually operate, but so much fun! I will definitely be doing it again.

Besides: it’s getting colder where I live and that means soon I won’t want to go outside and walk ten miles day. There will be plenty of time for reading. ๐Ÿ˜Š

The best small things

Hey y’all! I’m just over here celebrating because I managed to snag a copy of No Words by Meg Cabot! It’s always a delight to be able to pick up a new book that I’ve been looking forward to. With this one, I got extra lucky: the library holds were all super long, but I found a less-popular digital format and was able to borrow it right away!

(EPub. It was ePub.)

I’ve already plowed through a third of it by the pool last night and am about to dive back in (har har). Hopefully this Fast Forward Friday book was worth the hype!

Trying new things!

Fun fact: I wrote the entire last post on my phone!

I do not recommend it. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I ended up with about six drafts that just appeared as I kept messing up with the editor. The conflict between a “classic” block and the new block format was rough. I think I got there though! ๐Ÿ˜Š

The fact that I was able to was pretty great though, even if it took some bumbling to work out. If there are any issues with yesterday’s post, this is likely why. I’ll have computer access again soon!

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Beast Boy & my Teen Titans obsession

Hey y’all,

If you missed my recent Fast Forward Friday about it, Beast Boy Loves Raven came out yesterday! Oddly though, I actually hadn’t yet read Beast Boy, the second in the series. I’ve had a line on it from the library since it came out last year. I’ve looked at it multiple times and thought, I’m so excited to read this. I read a sample of it in Raven and couldn’t wait, yet once I had the chance, I WAITED!

I’m so glad I did though. ๐Ÿฅฐ I finished Beast Boy this morning and was 100% in love with Gar. I hated that I had turned the last page because I desperately wanted to continue on the journey with him!

So THANK GOODNESS that Beast Boy Loves Raven had just become available! I dove immediately into it and plowed through in one sitting. One l o n g sitting, because I kept going back pages to check out the details, or examining all the background elements and characters. If you loved the others, you will preeeetty much definitely love this one. I really hope we see more of Tank and Stella from Beast Boy because I kind of fell in love with them too. Yet the monkey sticks around??

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How the times have flipped!!!

Hey y’all!

I had heard of this new release that sounded super cute and just like what I was looking for: The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun. I’ll put the book details at the end, but it’s a lot of fake dating and reality TV and mental health and sexual identity and cute AF moments with truly loveable, whole characters.

So obviously I was incredibly pumped to read this, until I went to place a hold on it from the library and saw something like 82 people ahead of me and an estimated wait time that was “incalculable” because it was so long. ๐Ÿ˜… That was dismaying, but then I remembered something:

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2 books down today!

Hey y’all!

I had a day of a lot of reading today for the first time in a while. I have a few ARCs that I’ve been approved for and wanted to get down, and I did wrap up one that’s coming out in November.

You’ve Reached Sam it’s a story of grief and recovery, and boy was it sad. I’ve been trying to finish this for months since I got approved, but it’s so painful that I couldn’t read much of it at once.

I broke that up with Skyhunter which was actually an ARC I won last year but received very late due to COVID-19. I finally got around to it and was pleasantly surprised! Nothing in this war fantasy really blew me away with originality, but it read pretty quickly once I got into it.

I’m looking forward to having some more time to read tomorrow! We’re expecting a big storm here, so if we lose power, that’s definitely what I’ll be doing for the day. Wish me luck!

Comparisons

How many reviews I posted last month: 4

How many reviews I posted in the past week: ….4

I guess I’ve been on a kick, y’all. I’m suddenly really enjoying talking about books again, specifically in a review format. xD My guess is that it’s been a mix of required reviews for advanced copies, and books I felt really strongly about.

I just checked them out again and yeah, the ones that weren’t for ARCs were books I either REALLY enjoyed or REALLY didn’t. xD It’s been a divisive month for my reading! I have 2 more I finished just recently that I ended thinking “WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.” But I also just started one that I’d thought was hella dull and had a lot of trouble starting, and yet is now something I find myself thinking a lot about and flying through when I read it.

Expect more review! ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I’m also going to try balancing it with some other content. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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The visual review gallery is live!

Hey y’all!

I’ve been working on a new blog feature that I’m pretty excited about, and I think it will add a lot of value to the site. There is now a way to view all book reviews sorted by the author’s last name, in a lovely visual format featuring the book covers!

Benefits of the new reviews page:

๐Ÿ”†it shows ALL the reviews (the other review page shows most recent 100)

๐Ÿ”†you can quickly navigate to a specific author or title

๐Ÿ”†you can navigate to different sections easily — no eternal scrolling!

๐Ÿ”†you can use the search function on the page to locate a title or author once in the right area

๐Ÿ”†the book covers are so pretty!!!

๐Ÿ”†plus the covers link to the review on the site

๐Ÿ”†miscellaneous fascinating data about how SO MANY AUTHORS apparently have last names that begin with M? Yet N is basically empty??

So how do you get to this gorgeous new page? Just check out the top of the page in the navigation bar and click “Review Gallery (by Author)” (or click here, or the photo below. ๐Ÿ˜Š)

It was really fun to go through the list of reviews I’ve posted here and think back on the good and bad ones. I might have to do some re-reading soon now that they’re on my mind again! ๐Ÿ˜Š One last thing: if you do happen to go check it out, and find a book that isn’t linked… please let me know!! There were so many and I started to go cross eyed, so it’s totally possible even though I’ve checked and rechecked more than Santa Claus.

Another topic I kept going back and forth on was HOW I should organize the new page! Author’s last name is pretty standard and safe, so that’s what I went with. But personally I am pretty mediocre at remembering the author’s name, but I will probably definitely remember the book’s name. It’s not terribly hard to look that up, but I debated if I should sort by author, title, COLOR?? So I’m wondering…

What method of sorting books / reviews do you prefer? ๐Ÿ˜Š