Monthly Update: August and September

October 21, 2015 Updates 4

Yep, I’m aware that it is the middle of October and I’m just getting up my AUGUST and SEPTEMBER Update posts up. I’ve just been struggling lately when it comes to staying on top of my reading and blogging lately, but I’m finally getting around to it. So hopefully, I can start getting back on track.

Aug Sept Update


Things I Did:

August, like pretty much all of this summer, went by in a complete BLUR. I officially settled in to my new apartment… though we have a guestroom/office space that is still FILLED with boxes. I was able to organize my main bookcase and that made me feel like I was finally moved in. Ben and I went to a friend’s cabin, I got to meet my new niece on a trip to MN, and on the weekends we were in town were just spent running errands, unpacking, and relaxing a bit. A very odd balance between being productive and trying to enjoy the last month of summer.

September was my and Ben’s birthday month, so there was some fun to be had. My friend came and visited for my birthday and there was a Harry Potter themed party going on at an Irish Pub that we went to that night. One weekend we were in MN to celebrate Ben’s grandparents 60th anniversary. Then for Ben’s birthday, I took him out to dinner and made him ice cream cake.

Books I Read:

(images linked to Goodreads)

summer It's Not Summer Curtsies & Conspiracies DOuble Crossed Waistcoats & Weaponry To All the Boys I've Loved Before QoS PS I Still Love You Shadowland Something Strange and Deadly Ninth Key Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


# of books: 6 (August) and 6 (September)

Pages Read: 3994

Genres: 4 Contemporary, 4 Paranormal, 2 Steampunk, 1 Thriller/Spy/Mystery, 1 Fantasy, 1 Retelling (I’m kind of impressed with how many genres I hit in 2 months)

Best Book of the Month: QUEEN OF SHADOWS, I already want to reread it. It was hands down AMAZING. But for August it was probably Waistcoats & Weaponry because I’m loving the Finishing School series!

Quotes that Stuck:

“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Challenges I Participated In:

2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge (Jan 1 – Dec 31)

The year is coming to a close WAY to quickly and I haven’t had a chance to write nearly as many discussion posts as I have wanted to!

2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Goal: 30)

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  • It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story by Ally Carter
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

106% Complete (WOOT!! I went 2 over my goal)

2015 Hard Core Re-reading Challenge and 2015 Re-Read Challenge (Goal: 15)

  • Shadowland by Meg Cabot
  • Ninth Key by Meg Cabot
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

66.6% Complete

2015 Library Challenge (Goal:20)

  • It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

125% Complete (It’s been a wonderful year so far for checking out books from the library)

2015 Fairytale Challenge (Goal: 8)

  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

75% Complete

2015 Flights of Fantasy (Goal: 20)

  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

125% Complete

Reviews I Posted:


  1. [7 Aug] Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger ★★★★
  2. [17 Aug] The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han ★★★½
  3. [24 Aug] It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han ★★★
  4. [31 Aug] Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger ★★★★


  1. [7 Sep] Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger ★★★★½
  2. [10 Sep] Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★
  3. [14 Sep] To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han ★★★★½
  4. [21 Sep] P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ★★★½

Posts I Wrote:


  1. [11 Aug] Back from Honeymooning
  2. [13 Aug] Monthly Update: July
  3. [19 Aug] Local Flavor Swap Show-Off
  4. [30 Aug] The Mediator Series (Re)read Along | Intro & Sign-Ups


  1. [3 Sep] Let’s Talk: Books with Royalty | TLC (Re)Read Along
  2. [8 Sep] Top Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish
  3. [15 Sep] Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors
  4. [22 Sep] Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR
  5. [27 Sep] Mediator (Re)read Along: Shadowland Kick-Off and Remembrance Giveaway

Blogs I Followed:

Posts I Bookmarked:

Can You Give Too Many Five-Star Ratings? | Loony Literate

How do you feel about excerpts? | There were books involved

Perception, Reality & Our Super Reader Community | The Perpetual Page-Turner

Reasons It’s Appropriate to Take a Book Wherever You Go | Paper Fury

The Pressure of “The One” in Romance Books | Book. Blog. Bake

Movies I Saw:

Wet Hot American Summer

TV Shows I Watched:

Wet Hot American Summer – Ben and I binged this on Netflix pretty quickly.

Still working through Supernatural Season 10. Downton Abbey and Switched at Birth both started up again, so I’ve been trying to keep up with those.

Also, I’ve been binging on some Gilmore Girls when ever I have the opportunity which hasn’t meant good things for the blog or for my reading time, but it’s enjoyable all the same.


What I’m Looking Forward in October

WEDDINGS. Ben and I are going to two weddings this month which should be a lot of fun. I’m also hoping to have some time to just catch up on EVERYTHING. The months are just flying by, and I feel like I’m not using my time wisely because I’m so behind on the blog, housekeeping, reading, and just life in general.



4 Responses to “Monthly Update: August and September”

    • Jordin

      I’m sooooo excited that Netflix is doing a miniseries!!! I wonder if they are going to fast forward to current time, or if it will pick up where they left off.

  1. Valerie

    Seems like you’ve been SUPER BUSY! Especially with The Mediator Readalong! But yeah, oh I have not read Queen of Shadows yet…because I haven’t read the second or third books yet. Oops. ONE DAY. But I’m really glad you loved it 🙂

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