September 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted October 1, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 8 Comments

In My Life

September was a strange month. I felt I lost half of it because I ended up coming down with a cold that transitioned right into some sort of virus that was going around, and ended up basically living in my bed for two weeks, watching lots of TV I had already seen in that sort of half-awake sickly state. The half of the month I WASN’T sick were interesting. I went to a friend’s wedding, which I enjoyed, and got a lot of things accomplished, even though I’ve still been struggling when finding a new job. That’s definitely been the one thing on my mind a lot and the thing that sort of deflates my confidence sometimes. I’m trying to remember it’s not a reflection on me, though. Mostly I’m surprised September is over already. So on the whole, not sad to see it go.

HOWEVER, October is one of the only Fall months I actually like(as it is in general my least favorite season) so I am looking forward optimistically and trying to put all my September grump away.

I watched

I watched a TON of TV this month when I was sick, but nothing new, really. Just old Gilmore Girls episode because they’re my comfort blanket. I need new shows to watch though, so I am open to suggestions! I think I might try Friday Night Lights next since I know my library has the DVDs and I’ve heard good things, even though the premise doesn’t really excite me.

 

 

I listened

I’ve been a bit off my music game this month(and my reading game and life game in general, as I think I’ve established by now) so I didn’t really seek out any new music. That being said, I’ve been working on a new story WIP and I’ve listened to the playlist I made for it a lot, so there are some songs that have really stood out to me this month. Despite the slowness of these songs, the WIP is actually a pretty fast-paced adventure story, but for some reason these just seem to *fit*.

I Have Made Mistakes by The Oh Hellos

Heroes and Monsters by Penny and Sparrow

I read

I read 8 books in August, and I was SO certain I was going to read more in September. Sigh. I missed the days of January where I managed to read a book a day(how in the world did I manage that while working full-time? Now I’m looking for work and manage less. But I think a normal schedule helps me read more). However, I don’t really mind only reading 5 books this month because I at least liked every book I read.

5 star Reads:

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

4 star Reads:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

3 Star Reads:

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

2 star Reads:

 

1 star & DNF Reads:

 

blogging life

My Favorite Review:

I’m pretty proud of my review for Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.

Most Popular Review:

Surprisingly, my review for White Cat by Holly Black.

 

Favorites

Favorite Book

I read two 5-star books this month and loved them both, but if I had to pick between them, it would be Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

blue lily, lily blue

Favorite Quote

“I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”

-From the ARC of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Such a small quote, but I remember feeling that way(and still do sometimes), and the idea of having to “reintroduce myself to the universe again” really resonated with me.

 

fav pictures

Okay, so not really a favorite picture because it’s not a picture of anything I did or accomplished in September, but this made me squeal when I read it in Landline because I too love Amy Sherman-Palladino(creator of Gilmore Girls). I think I like this reference more than I’m currently liking the book(which is to not say I don’t like the book, but I’m reading it right now and I definitely like it less than Rainbow Rowell’s other books).

favmemory

Probably my friend’s wedding. Big displays of romantic love aren’t typically my thing, but this wedding was sweet & it was nice to see a friend so happy, plus I got to catch up with some other friends.

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8 responses to “September 2014 Wrap-Up

  1. anniejacksonbooks

    Why do you like October of all the fall months? I’m not a huge fan of fall myself, but I generally tend to prefer Sept since it’s still warmer but starting to feel like fall. Once you get into fall/winter (read COLD) then I don’t love it 🙂

    Friday Night Lights is good. I didn’t think I’d like it but my sister kept pestering me and then I sat down to watch it and – the characters are so good and so real that even if you don’t like football it’s easy to really love the show.

  2. My husband and I saw most of season one of Friday Night Lights and we very decidedly do not care for it, unlike everyone else apparently. It’s filled with tons of teenage drama that made me roll my eyes, so if you think you’ll be fine with that then you might want to check it out, otherwise you might want to skip it. I won’t deny it being a well-done show, but it’s totally not for me.

  3. Stormy

    Yeah, the sickness was no fun, but I’m doing much better! Glad you liked the songs! Music is one of my favorite things after books.

  4. Cait

    ZOMG YOU READ LILY BLUE?!!! *flails endlessly* I probably will be waiting until that hits shelves to read it, but I am literally busting out of my skin. TWO MAGGIE STIEFVATER BOOKS IN ONE YEAR!!! I loved Sinner. ^-^ *ahem* I’m glad you’ve made progress on your WIP, though! Keep up the awesomeness. :)) But sucks you were sick so much. Ugh. I hate that.

    • Stormy

      Ah yes I got an e-ARC of BLLB from NetGalley! I didn’t read Sinner because I wasn’t a huge fan of that world, but I love The Raven Boys. And thanks! The progress has been fun. At the very least, I was pretty sure an illness was coming because I tend to get sick every Fall–it’s when my allergies are at their worst, unfortunately!

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