August was a month of consuming whole mouthfuls of books and (finally) finishing writing a novel.
I read 23 books! This is like my most industrious reading month since…forever?! I am having a very angsty time with my reading at the moment, which could probably fill a whole post on its own. But in summary: focusing is hard, the TBR never goes down, I often feel uncomfortable reviewing 😫, I just wanna reread the Raven Cycle for the billionth time but my TBR says “N O”.
But then came August. I finished writing a Secret WIP. Then I decided to refill the creative will and hopefully whittle down my TBR so it stopped threatening to fall on me. I did whittle it down but it also did fall on me and this is just rude.
Other Things I’ve Been Up To:
- Look it’s not August anymore, but right now I’m eating a chocolate cherry ripe bite as I write this post and it is GOOD and I thought you should know.
- I’ve been reading fairy tales! Gleaning inspiration for writing more retellings. 👀
- I reached 58,000 on instagram. Which is like a LOT. And I’m pleasantly confused and pleased.
- the amazing Alison Walsh did a recipe for The Boy Who Steals Houses! You can now bake Moxie’s chocolate caramel waffles.😍
- Look, I’m being a terrible blogger and I feel so so bad…but I’m doing my best still!!!! I’m sorry for neglecting commenting back, but I wiiiiill. Soon!
- And despite that I still won places in the 2019 Blogger Awards?!? I’m sobbing. Thank you so so much for voting for me, everyone.😭💛And to May for organising!
- I watched Stranger Things Season 3 and omg. It was amazing. Standout things were (1) Max x Eleven’s friendship, (2) generally how creepy the monster was, (3) Steve taking care of his kids, but particularly Dustin, (4) ROBIN, whom I love, and (5) those feels of having your friends grow up before you’re reading. Aw. Reminiscing down memory lane of my childhood, thx Stranger Things. :’)
- I also watched Gifted because I wanted to see Captain America raising his daughter. He did well.
- developed a new love for dark academia novels and NEED TO WRITE ONE.
- have been baking chocolate strawberry tarts and I also think that’s important information to relay.
- the kangaroos are really really…huge here in mid-QLD. The photo below is just in my neighbour’s yard. Or potentially that IS my neighbour, a shapeshifter. Because tbh, he looks annoyed at me spying at him over the hedge. He chonky. Could take u down. Also as tall as me.
I won’t ramble too long, but writing has been really really hard for me. Like the kind of hard that leaves me anxious and knotted, a disorientated mess — because if I’m not writing, I feel utterly lost. I can’t go into details, but behind-the-scenes of publishing has not been easy. I’m grateful for what I have achieved…But also so much has just gone wrong and I’ve lost confidence.
But I fiiiinally finished a manuscript (I’ve been struggling with it since January; when I used to write a book in 3 days)…I am just PROUD of myself. 😭And crying, ok fine. Just a little. (And just a massive shout out to @cosyreads for getting me through😭💛and @crrhillin for all the love!!)
And look, I have no idea if it’ll ever go anywhere. It was an indulgent thing to write, perhaps a thing that will not sell. But it was me and I finished it and I’m just…relieved I can still write stories that make my heart beat faster.
Next? I hope September will be for working on a new YA contemporary. I’ll be sneaky and show you my aesthetic board on Pinterest. 😍
Despite reading 23 books this month, AGH I probably 23 as well. Which is not helping. 😑😂I really do love books but I swear half the time they appear out of nowhere. And often when I do finish reading one — where do I PUT IT. I have no shelf space. I suffer.
But I’m AHEAD ON MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE!! Last month I was still 2 behind!! Now: bEHOLD.
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I had some simply exquisite reads this month and I’m beyond ecstatic about it. 😍
If We Were Villains | Definitely gets the #1 spot because it is, coincidentally, my TOP read of the month. Also on the best-of-the-year shelf!! It’s adult dark academia…all drama theatre uni kids and murders, Shakespeare on the stage and off, disasters gays and soft boys and violence. The ending gutted me…until it didn’t. And all I can say is that I read a library copy and immediately ordered my own because I’m that obsessed.
The Secret History | Ok this is like “the” famous dark academia of them all, and people always said If We Were Villains is a newer version of this. Also [cough] better version. Look, I’m glad I read it! I’m really infatuated with the storyline, the aesthetics, the character dynamics. I’m still thinking about it. I’m just annoyed Richard was so passive a narrator and about 100pgs could’ve been trimmed. But lolol I READ A 600pg NOVEL WOW.
The Raven Boys | Is this my 5th reread? Why yes it is. Am I absolutely still obsessed? Also quite clearly yes. These books make me ache for my best friends that don’t exist and long to go back to a town I’ve never been to. The characters are my heart.
Sword & Pen | The finale I’d been waiting for soooo long AHHHH. It did not disappoint. omg all the stars. I was freaking stressed and in love and STRESSED. Jess needed a hug, my poor son. The whole story was tight and clever…I’m on the blog tour tomorrow so watch out for a huge giveaway coming!
Wilder Girls | SO highly anticipated and I really loved the aesthetic. The feral and wild wilderness, the infectious changes turning the girls inside out. The f/f romance! The curious mysteries. It did feel half done though, like it needed more world-building or a sequel.
Beasts Of the Frozen Sun | Truly loved this one! It’s like a Scottish-inspired fantasy and quite dark and brutal. It has boys being forced into weapons and monsters; and girls with powers and swords. Fab combination.
The Thousandth Floor | um, I may have had an eARC of this.😐Yeah. Back in 2016. Anyway, I read it NOW. And it was really trashy but intriguing. But like…burying the gays like that? I’m out.
Frozen Charlotte | Ok CREEPY AS HECK. This is a UKYA and like it had all the average things of a horror (creepy dolls, odd house, weird family, ghostly foggy cliffs) but it was just super disturbing and well done.
Heartstopper Vol 2 | EEEEEEEEE I LOVED IT.💛💖✨😍It’s just SO CUTE and I loved how the boys’ relationship developed. Also Nick getting better friends and understanding himself and his bisexuality was just perfect.
With Fire On High | YES. I will always be here for foodie-fic, just leave me with it and I’ll fall in love thx. This is a Latino/Black teen girl, also a mother of a 2yo, who is just trying to finish highschool and she wants to be a chef. It’s so full of heart and I adored the story. Also the food. Yes yes.
All the Bad Apples | Ok truly harrowing. I didn’t actually expect this to be a hard-hitting one? I really loved The Accident Season back in like,…oh woah, maybe 2015? And that was just whimiscal and lovely. This is more a #MeToo book about smashing the silence that cloaks the oppression and brutalisation of women in history (particularly in Ireland) and it is a VERY needed book. F/f romance too.
Kingdom of Souls | badass Western-African inspired epic fantasy! #Ownvoices! I loved all the elements (the magicless girl and the demons being freed and the sassy gods and complex female villains) but I did get a bit lost oops.
The Hazel Wood | tbh I am mad at myself for not reading this sooner! It had subtle The Raven Cycle vibes too, but this was all fractured fairy tales and mysterious pasts. Portal fantasy! And just, gah, sharp girls and soft boys and dark plot twists. Yessss. Sequel? Pls find me.
Ghosts of the Shadow Market | always love a good solid Shadowhunter book! This is a short story collection, but you don’t want to miss it! My favourite stories were Malec’s one, especially them adopting Rafe 😫😍And also Jem/Tessa making sure Kit knew hew as loved and wanted by them. MY HEART.
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| WHAT DO YOU THINK |
tell me your best reads of August? and are you ahead or behind on your Goodreads challenge? any fun writing plans for September?! 🤗