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 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’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 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:
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.
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.
“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.
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).
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.