Of Wonderland Wrap-Up Post: September 2017

Posted September 30, 2017 by Both in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 7 Comments


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 // ★★★


dreadnought – 4/5
handmaid’s tale – 2/5
prophecy of shadows – 1/5
wires and nerve – 4/5
warbringer – 4/5
black bird of the gallows – 4/5
warcross – 3/5
godsgrave – 3/5

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…

1 Sep: Of Wonderland Book Club: September 2017

2 Sep: Pop! Goes My Heart Author Event Recap

6 Sep: How Not To Write A Book Review In 11 Easy Steps

11 Sep: {Review} Skin And Bones By Sherry Shahan + Discussion

11 Sep: #TheReadingQuest Wrap-Up Post

12 Sep: Odd & True by Cat Winters // Sister Monster Hunters!

14 Sep: Why Story-Rich Games Are Perfect For Readers + Recommendations!

15 Sep: Screaming Fangirls: Anime Fest 2017 Recap Part One

22 Sep: The Disappointment Is Palpable: Anime Fest 2017 Recap Part Two

26 Sep: [Blog Tour] Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman + Giveaway!

29 Sep: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli // Dragon Slaying Badassery


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?


7 responses to “Of Wonderland Wrap-Up Post: September 2017

  1. It sounds like you all had a busy month! Inge, I always find that I read more nonfiction in the fall and winter. Yay for meeting cool animals and eating copious amounts of pasta! Anissa and Wren, I totally feel you both on the “staying alive” front. I’ll be sending all the coffee and restful vibes your way! I hope you all have a fantastic October!

  2. Sounds like you’ve all had a good September! I’m so glad that it’s autumn because I just can’t deal with summer at all. I can’t function in heat ? Hope you all have a great October! 🙂

  3. Oh wow, it seems like you all had quite a busy month. I’m really glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better, Inge. <3 And you got to see SLOTHS?! That's SO cool – seriously, I love these little animals, I would love to see some of these someday 🙂
    Anissa, best of luck for your jobs, YOU CAN DO THIS. Sending you all the positive vibes and energy and everything else you need <3
    Wren, I hope everything will go well with the paper, this is such a fun opportunity, to be able to be an executive design editor 🙂
    Hope you'll both have a great month xxx

  4. I have Reasons to Stay Alive on hold at the library! It’s been recommended so many times. And I’m also interested in The Little Book of Lykke. I’ve seen it on bookstagram quite a bit. Good luck getting through your ARCs, Inge! Also, I still can’t believe how awesome that drawing is of you and your friend at Hogwarts. ?

  5. I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better, Inge! I’ve been struggling a bit with my anxiety the past two weeks and I haven’t been feeling that great. I love summer and, although I like autumn, it takes me awhile to adjust to the colder months! I hope you have an amazing October, Inge! <3

    Anissa and Wren, life sounds crazy busy for you guys at the moment! I'm also super busy with school and I've kind of abandoned my blogging and reading the past two months. Sadly, school comes first! XD I hope things calm down for you guys soon!

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