Literally every time I write the “what happened in…” as part of my wrap up post title, I am forced to admit to the fact that I don’t even know.
Retaining memories is such a quaint idea. 😌 How does one even possibly do it. I am so so in need of a memory card refit (do they sell these on Etsy for humans??). Unfortunately, I very unhelpfully didn’t write many notes in my journal as things went down.
Half of the reason for that IS because I was lost in drafting a new book that went so well before it burned to the ground. So like [waves hand vaguely] I was a bit mentally absent for September.
Other Things I’ve Been Up To:
- I did, in fact, move house again. Which is exhausting and demoralising to do so often (0/10 do not recommend). This time my family just left a rental and moved across the road, but this should be IT for a while. Fitting myself into a super tiny room was crushingly depressing. But my books are here :’) and I have a nice view of a plant out my window.
- Also this house backs onto a golf course and I SWEAR the kangaroos out here are. freaking. mammoth. One is this size of a small planet and hopefully it eats some of the golfers because they’re already annoying me.
- Last month I promised to be a better blogger. I have not been.🙃Please talk to me about my life choices.
- But I ate ice cream so this has made me a better person.
- Basically I just wrote all month. I do not multitask well, so that was about it.
- If my dog wants a treat, he offers to hi five me.
- I went to a LifeLine Bookfest! It was small but I managed to find Talon, Wildlife by Fiona Wood, and a Joe Abercrombie book which I have not read but it’s pretty.
- I also got sent a copy of Ninth House (thanks Hachette AUS!) and I’m frEAKING OUT WITH EXCITEMENT!!! Currently reading and it is dark and deliciously good.
I also compared my instagram feed from 2018 to 2019!
I’ve been using a filter and being a bit warmer! Which I’m really enjoying! I also hit 59,000 followers which is super surreal! I just wish my engagement would…happen. At all. Really.
In other news follow me on Instagram because I post there ALL the time and do a lot of shorter-blogging-style-content in my Stories!
I started off a new WIP! This time it’s a contemporary YA, just like I should be writing.🤗Good job @ me, following the rules. It’s not contracted but I am hopeful for it. 👀 (You can see my Pinterest inspiration board here.) It started off so so gloriously and I was getting 3-4,000 word days consistently. Then due to my horrible habit of pantsing at the moment instead of plotting — it crashed and burned. Hah hhah. Yeah I’m sobbing.
ANYWAY. Draft #6 is happening for October! I will not be defeated.
I also massively hope to finish it this month, because ONE MORE MONTH TILL NANOWRIMO. I have three books to work on that I can choose between so there’s that agony to look forward to. (I might do a post on it and make you choose for me.)
Also tomorrow is The Boy Who Steals Houses 6-month birthday.
My son, grown up so fast. 😭 I still haven’t seen it in a bookstore which is making me sad. But like LOOK. I’m so proud it exists and so happy it is so loved!!! It has a 95% love rate on Goodreads which, quite frankly, surreal. And it still has my whole heart as a warm and tangled mess. 😍
I’ll be doing a giveaway on instagram tomorrow too!
I am back to struggling to find time to read + write. Why do these things argue about coexisting in my life. Seriously. But 5 ahead is good!! I need to pull ahead a bit more so I can spend November focusing on NaNo.
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Had some EPIC rereads this month which makes me happy.
We Are Lost And Found | Absolutely one of my FAVOURITES of the year!! Emotional and vulnerable😭💛It’s set on the cusp of the AIDs crisis and is full of queer kids and coming-of-age feels and it was just completely beautifully written.
The Dream Thieves | oh yet another reread. (My FOURTH.) But Call Down the Hawk is COMING so I am just being trash for my favourite series in the world, no regrets. Possibly my favourite book in the series and my heart swells with love for Ronan’s arc.
Carry On | Because WAYWARD SON is also comingggggg and I’m so freaking excited. So I reread this one, and good thing because I remembered, um, so little. Also just outright feeling things for these oblivious gays. It ended up a full 5-stars this time and my heart is so full.
Shadow Frost | Oh this one was a fantastic fantasy romp!! Full of demon hunting princesses, and elemental magic and ILLUSIONS. And also snark. The snark was 10/10 and they loved cake so you know I’m here for it.
The Surprising Power of A Good Dumpling | An absolute new favourite too!! omg my heart breaks and is mended again with this. Such good depression rep with Rory too, and I just fell in love with Anna’s quiet strength. Also the foodie scenes.😍
There’s Something About Sweetie | Aw I love Menon books and I hadn’t read one for a while, so it was nice to be back in Dimple & Rishi’s world!! This one is about Rishi’s younger brother and it’s an agreed arranged dating. Also fat rep + #ownvoices Indian narrators. And it was CUTE AND FLUFFY.
10 Blind Dates | Ok apparently I read a lot of romcoms this month? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Ngl they are cute and I’m having a soft time after all the fantasy. This had the bessst big extended family shenanigans + blind dating (obviously lol) and it was just wholesome and like a warm christmassy hug.
Ziggy, Stardust & Me | This was so harrow. Like, it was good?? But I wasn’t prepared for it to be about conversion therapy and the intense ptsd and trauma it creates, so it shook me a lot. But it had a lot of beautiful thoughts about acceptance and it’s still so recommended.
Jade War | Ok so I was pretty much obsessed with Jade City (book 1) and had high hopes for this…👀And it was intense and complex, and the ending was phenomenal. But overall it felt tedious and skipped everything I liked about the first book. (Plus I ended up hating some fave characters sooo.)
…and a few others I read
| WHAT DO YOU THINK |
is anyone else getting hyped and prepped for NaNo!? can you balance reading vs writing (tell me your secrets!) and what was your favourite read of September???