Ah, autumn. I can hear you summer people weeping from here, but I am in my element. Okay, there is a good chance that I am experiencing seasonal depression, but I honestly love autumn. I love the beautiful colours of the leaves and the absence of mosquitoes. I love the moderate temperatures and the cosy fireplaces. It’s time to dig up your fat socks and chunky sweaters and three layers of blankets, curl up on the couch with a book of a cup of tea, and I AM HERE FOR IT.
Also, our third edition of Shattering Stigmas is starting on the 2nd of October! Shattering Stigmas is a mental health blogging event which Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight and I have been hosting for three years now and I’m really excited. Let’s talk some mental health, you guys.
Achilles by Greg Boose // ★★★
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig // ★★★★
Twenty-Two: Letters to A Young Woman Searching for Meaning by Allison Trowbridge // ★★★1/2
Lucky In Love by Kasie West // ★★★1/2
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett // ★★★1/2
Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik // ★★1/2
Feel Good 101 by Emma Blackery // ★★★
Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni // ★★★
The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking // ★★★★★
Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions, and Life Lessons by Dodie Clark // ★★★
Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski // ★★★1/2
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli // ★★★★1/2
I’ve been feeling a little blah about life lately, which clearly shows in my nonfiction cravings. I’ve been reading books about mental health and happiness. Especially The Little Book of Lykke was absolutely lovely and made me smile a lot. Kasie West did not disappoint either, and The Last Namsara was a brilliant ending. Not my best reading month, but it’s all good! I’m currently working really hard to get through all my ARCs because I want to take a break from them for a while. Think it’ll be good for me to just read casually.
Side Effects by Jen Calonita // ★★★ 3/4
By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters // ★★★ 1/2
Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay // ★★★
Wow, I read a lot this month. Mostly involving late night reading. I read a lot of good books (See Dreadnought) and some bad ones (See Black Bird of the Gallows). A problem I found when reading these books was their predictability. I could guess what happened in Black Bird of the Gallows and Warcross. I don’t know why it’s happening now…
11 Sep: #TheReadingQuest Wrap-Up Post
I was really struggling at the beginning of the month, but I’m slowly starting to feel better. Went away with mom for a few days, which was a really big step for me anxiety-wise! I got to see sloths and alpacas and pet a donkey and ate a mountain of pasta so it was a really good trip. I also wanted to share this illustration with you — a friend of mine had this commission made of the two of us hanging out at Hogwarts, and I honestly love it so much! We look really good in our Hufflepuff robes.
Um well, I’m going to steal one of Wren’s updates because I too and just trying to stay alive this month. Smooth sailing, obviously. I actually ended up landing a second job about two weeks ago (YAY!!) however, I decided to start said job at a REALLY bad time since I’m already working overtime at my other job so OBVIOUSLY, it was a FANTASTIC idea to get ANOTHER job to save for COLLEGE which I start in JANUARY.
What even is my life? Who needs sleep, right? Not this girl! (JK I’m legit dead and need COFFEE and SLEEP and JUST SEND HELP.)
Anyhoo, that’s also the reason why I’ve been a HORRIBLE blogger this month, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried in the corner. I WILL GET MORE ACTIVE!!! That I can promise you!! Bear with me?
I’m currently working on A) staying alive and B) the first issue of the paper. I’m very excited about the latter. It’s my first issue as executive design editor, and I’m pumped. Sadly, the shadowing thing isn’t going as planned. I had to have a hard talk with my page designers a few days ago. Eek. It was bad. A returning designer said she was stressed out, and she was a full-fledged page designer. Whoops…
I’ve been busy on the weekends with college visits. It’s that time of the year, you know? And just generally trying to study.
But I thankfully have eighth period off to do work. Or else I have no clue what I’d do.
And how are you?