September Wrap Up

Hello, hello!

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been MIA for a few days while I was in RI finishing up some wedding prep and grabbing the last of my things before we move tomorrow (eek). I’d planned to post some book reviews while I was away but, shocking to absolutely no one, I didn’t have time to finish reading anything, let alone write a review!

So, here we are. The last day of the month, wrapping things up as we prepare for October. At the end of every month, I used to sit down and review the goals I set at the start of the month and see how well I did. I haven’t done that in a while now—mostly because I haven’t really had time to sit and set goals beyond “pack up X boxes by Friday, call Y to make appointment, maybe take a shower tomorrow”—but I think reflection is important. So let’s recap:

In September, I (mostly) kept my goal of posting here consistently. That was my biggest goal, I think—to be here and present and consistent. There were a few posts I’d planned but never got around to writing, but that’s okay—we have to take the failure alongside the success, right?

In September, I also read three incredible books that I’m so happy to share with you! TRISTAN STRONG was an incredibly fun Middle Grade book, written by Kwame Mbalia and sponsored by Rick Riordan that follows a young Tristan Strong into another realm where magic and gods are real. It’s a wonderful exploration of African American culture that’s perfect for readers of all ages, and the central theme of the power of storytelling still gives me chills.

BURN OUR BODIES DOWN is perhaps one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and author Rory Power did not disappoint. I loved her first book, WILDER GIRLS, and I cannot wait for her next book, THE WORLD ENDS HERE, so I fully expected to love BOBD—but I wasn’t expecting to be affected by this book as much as I was. It was so well written, the mystery kept me on the edge of my seat, and the relationships in the pages of this book are so incredible and real I had to stop reading every so often to take a break.

MALORIE was the only book I read in September that didn’t 100% live up to my expectations, but it was still a fantastic read. Any fans of author Josh Malerman’s book BIRD BOX, or the Netflix film of the same name, should pick this book up. Following Malorie and her children 17 years after the creatures appeared, MALORIE tells an amazing story of fear, progress, and the love between a parent and a child. For me, it was a 3-star read—but I would without a doubt pick this book up again with fresh eyes one day.

In October, I’m looking forward to more posts, more books, and starting a new chapter of my life. I’m so excited to share this journey with you!

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