I quit my job.
I know people do that all the time and many of you probably have at some point, but I’ve never done that before. I got my first job working as a student employee in college, and was promoted to full time when I graduated. I’ve never… not worked for these people.
But it was time.
So! Now I will soon find myself with a lot of time on my hands as I search for a new one. Hopefully I’ll get to read a lot during that time, too!
September itself was a disaster. On top of quitting, I also contracted the virus (courtesy of work), and I was stressed beyond all belief. Thankfully, though, my two-month-long reading slump is finally over! I still didn’t read a lot this month compared to the past, but I at least enjoyed what I read.
Shockingly, I only finished 2 books this month. 😩 But based off of everything going on in my life right now, that makes sense.
Now onto the wrap-up!
5 ⭐ books: 0
4 ⭐ books: 0
3 ⭐ books: 0
2 ⭐ books: 1
1 ⭐ books: 0
* 6 ⭐ books: 0
Buddy Reads: 1
DNF count: 0
Set aside: 5
Still Reading: 3
Books I Finished
Favorite read of the month: 🌹
Biggest disappointment: 💧
🌹 Red, White, & Royal Blue (reread ) – You know those books you reach for when you hate the world and just need something comforting and hopeful? That’s this book for me. Especially when I start feeling stressed over the political environment. It’s such a sweet, lovely romance with adorable (and hilarious!) characters. The premise is also A++: A divorced Madam President with a biracial, bisexual son? Who falls in love with a prince? Adorable.
💧 The Story of Stuff (2 ⭐ ) – On the opposite end of the adorable fluff-fest that is RW&RB, this book was a dumpster fire of disappointment. I felt like I was being chastised for existing. Do not recommend.
Disclaimer: A lot of these books that have been set aside are set aside because I’m moving! Not because the books were boring or unappealing.
The Space Between Worlds (Set Aside) – I enjoyed this book while reading it but don’t have time right now. I hope to get back to it soon!
A Tale of Two Cities (Set Aside) – I’m re-reading this classic for part of an upcoming project of mine but set it down in favor of less heavy things right now.
Gideon the Ninth (Set Aside) – I was enjoying this, but legit have no idea what’s going on. Is there a plot? Who knows!
Hyperbole and a Half (Set Aside) – I’m slowly working my way through this book. It’s hilarious and definitely millennial humor.
Where the Crawdads Sing (Set Aside/DNF) – I’m still not sure if this is a DNF for me, or just a Set Aside. Maybe it’s a Firm Set Aside. It just wasn’t interesting to me at all.
🌼 Birth of the Firebringer, by Meredith Ann Pierce (reread): Progress – 30%
🌼 Aurora Rising, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (reread): Progress – 26%
🌼 The Fellowship of the Ring, by Tolkien: Progress – 41%
My Favorite Blog Posts This Month
There were some great blog posts this month, as always! Unfortunately I wasn’t as active on the blogosphere due to being sick for so long, but here are a few that caught my eye:
🌸 Jess @ Jessica Writes discussed how to get out of a reading slump.
🌸 Nimika @ Word Haven Blog listed out a wonderfully entertaining list of some of the greatest YA romantic quotes.
🌸 E @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook gave us a massive list of LGTBQ+ retellings.
🌸 Mug of Wit and Wisdom listed out a bunch of fun Canva images with their fav quotes.
What books did you read this past month? Have you read anything on my list? Let me know!