Monthly wrap-up – September 2017

Hello friends, happy Sunday! It’s that time of the month again where I recap everything that’s been happening lately…both in bookish and non-bookish things. Be ready for all the updates.in real life

It has been a little while since I shared a monthly wrap-up. I was on holidays back in August and, when I came back, I got a bit lazy and left you with an -I’m back, hello!- kind of post instead of doing the whole monthly wrap-up. When I’m on holidays anyway, months aren’t quite the same. Which I missed.

This month has been a really weird month and I have mixed feelings about it all. It mostly sucked, I’ll admit it. Most of the time, I have been in a sort of funk I can’t quite get out of. I miss summer. I have been feeling anxious and tired and well, mainly it has been hard. BUT a couple positive things happened, so let’s focus on that, shall we.

I might have signed my first permanent contract at a job, which has caused tons of anxiety, for tons of reasons, but I guess it’s good, in a way. I feel like a grown-up and I hate it.

I might have finished my WIP. I’m still slightly freaking out about it, if you ask me.

I’m hoping that October will get better – but I’m a summer kind of person and I do know these next months are not going to be quite fun. BUT October being my birthday month AND the release of John Green’s new book, I think it should be okay. Fingers crossed, guys.

on books

September has been pretty good in bookish terms, so yay! I’m still really on track with my Goodreads challenge, as I am 12 books ahead of schedule so far. I read cute, adorable contemporaries, finally crossed The Hate U Give off my TBR and loved it. Let’s take a quick look on these gorgeous covers….

Books I read

FAMILY VIBES HERE! Adorable, emotional, just try and read this for me, please. It was so great. You can already read my full review here.

That was a cover-buy and I’m not even sorry, because Ink ended up being quite good and unique – even if I wanted a bit more from it all.

FAVORITE! One of my coup de coeur (Frenching-it-up! #sorry) of the month with amazing character development, family vibes, home feelings and feelings. You can read my full review here.

This is an important book and I now know why. Only thing I can add here is, READ IT. The hype was right. It’s worth it. (Buddy-read this with the INCREDIBLE MAY!!)

 

 

That was…well, definitely WAY darker than I expected. Still, it was really good. My full review will be coming next week!

ADORABLE ALERT. I’m a sucker for cute contemporaries and that was it. My heart and feels were happy.

 

 

 

in-real-life

My story is about 73 K long and I wrote the end on my Word pages this month. So I guess it’s going okay? I’m just like, what do I do now?!

I’ll admit it: I am THINKING about NaNoWriMo. I haven’t done it for two years now and I miss it. I feel like I need another project to focus on, something, just to let myself know that I’m able to write something else, something different. But I have hints of ideas that mean nothing and no plotting and it’s a blank page and well, basically I just don’t KNOW. See in November, I guess?

In the meantime, I just talked and talked about writing on the blog. Which is surprising. And has been TONS of fun. I happened to have shared a couple snippets and even, what, AN AESTHETIC??

on the blog

I’ve been having a funny blogging month. In the sense that coming back from holidays and getting back into blogging has been a bit strange, overwhelming at times. I’m feeling like I’m losing my mind, my voice or that I just don’t have that thing I did before I left. It’s really, really silly, I know, but I can’t help it.

ANYWAY, I think I still had a pretty nice blogging month – I wrote about my books and ranted about tons of things so…I’m still here.

Book reviews

Click on the book covers to be redirected to my reviews.

Discussions

Book Blogging

Bookish tags

Nyx’s Corner – Travel

I haven’t done this for a long time – and I do want to share the blogging love a bit more, so I’ll try. Here is just a little shoutout to some of the awesome posts I read and enjoyed this month. Please pay them a visit if you have some time, they are all worth it.

How was your month? Do you, like, don’t ever want to be an adult? Because I DO. What’s one positive thing that happened to you this September?

How many books did you read, and which one was your favorite? Which one was a disappointment? Let’s chat in comments!

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76 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – September 2017

    1. Oh yay, that’s so great! I hope you’ll have tons of fun! Don’t be too anxious – just try and put yourself in the right mood to write and get out the words. It doesnt matter if you can’t write the 50K, it’s your first time so don’t be too harsh on yourself. Also, if you have twitter, the NaNoWriMo account always has some prompts to help you write and everything πŸ™‚
      My birthday is on the 15th πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll have a great month xx

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  1. Marie! The books you read in September are what I’d call #goals.
    I wanted to read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and that’s what I’m starting on this new month. I envy you, 73k words? I only wrote 5k words and I am also looking forward to NanoWrimo.

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    1. Aww, thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy Little Fires Everywhere πŸ™‚ And 5 K is still great – I did not write the 73 K this month ahah, it has been going on for over a year now, I just finished the whole thing this month πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I hope you’ll have a great October xx

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  2. Ink was definitely a cover buy for me! I enjoyed it (?) but it just lacked it so many places. YES FOR THUG AND FINALLY READING IT! I’m hoping the movie will be AMAZING too, I’ve seen so many tweets from Angie Thomas about it too. I’m doing Nano Wrimo for my first time so It’d be cool if you did it. HOWEVER, since you just finshed your WIP don’t put too much pressure on yourself! I had quite a few disappointing reads this September; The Dream Thieves, Illuminae and Spellbook of The lost and found. Some of them were GOOD but I liked the author’s other books better.

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    1. Oh I’m glad you felt the same way about Ink. LOVED the cover, really liked the premise, but… I found it quite lacking in world-building and characters-connection? I don’t know, something was missing for sure for me to fall in love with it all :/
      I can’t WAIT for the THUG movie – from what I’ve seen so far, the cast looks amazing. πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll have an amazing time doing NaNo, it is SO much fun! I really want to try and do it again but, I guess I’ll have to see whether or not I have time / inspiration and so on.
      I hope you’ll have a better reading month in October with fabulous books! xx thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀

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      1. EXACTLY. It made me a bit sad, because the concept was amazing – I really liked it.
        I can’t WAIIIT to know more and to see the movie, I’m sure it will be awesome ❀

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  3. Here an advanced happy birthday to you! 😘

    I’ve been thinking about Nanowrimo but I just couldn’t decide on what I want to write. My goal this year is to actually complete the challenge because I failed big time last year because of the lack of planning.

    I shared the same sentiment of not wanting to be an adult. I’m stuck in a phase that not exactly a teenager but not exactly an adult either. #finalyearcollegestudentproblem #notready

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    1. Aww thank you so much! ❀
      I hope you'll manage to find the idea you want to write for this NaNoWriMo – it is tons of fun but, just like you, I need planning in order to be able to make it. My first year sucked because I didn't do any planning, so… I had no idea what to do or write and it was a mess πŸ˜‚
      Ohhh final year of college – ENJOY it ahah. I know it is stressful, but, well… I guess, we're all pretending we know what we're doing, so you're not alone πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I hope you'll have a great October xx

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  4. Yes, come back and visit me! πŸ™‚ I tell that to literally everyone because I love having company ❀ I'm sorry your month of September wasn't the brightest, but hopefully October is better!

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    1. Ahah oh, I would LOVE TO. Are you here for the whole year? Who knows, I might end up coming ahah, I’m never too far away from booking a trip back to England πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much, Holly ❀ ❀

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  5. Goodluck with your book Marie! September has been a wild month for my book blogger self. I know im not posting much and doesnt read as much as most book bloggers and bookworms are but I just love September! I came to know so many new people in the blogosphere and I badly need it because I am an introvert who doesnt go outside to socialize. Im just feeling the warmth of this community and I love it so much!

    Glad you had a fantastic September! πŸ˜™

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    1. Oh I am so, so happy to hear it – it is the best when you get to know the community a bit more and feel part of it all, right? ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much, Mika! Hope you'll have a great month ❀

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  6. Ooh! My birthday is in October too. That’s so fun! I’m sorry you’ve been in a funk lately. That’s the worst!
    I haven’t done NaNoWriMo ever, but I think I will this year! Do you have another story idea you would be writing?

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    1. Ohhh really, that’s so great!! When is yours exactly? πŸ™‚
      I’m so glad you’re doing NaNo – it is A LOT of fun, I hope you’ll love it. I have some ideas in my mind, yes, but nothing too clear just yet and I don’t know if I’ll throw myself into a whole new idea so soon, or if I’ll have the time… I guess time will tell ahah πŸ™‚

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      1. Mine is on the 21st! When’s yours?
        Yeah, I’m trying to finish two first drafts right now so I’m actually starting NaNo today so hopefully I can finish them both before the end of November. Haha, we’ll see!
        Good luck deciding!! It’s always kind of overwhelming to know what to do next!

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      2. Ohhh that’s great, Fingers crossed I remember it ahah ❀ ❀ Mine's on the 15th πŸ™‚
        BEST OF LUCK, you can do this! I don't know how you manage TWO drafts at the same time. You're crazy, brilliant, a little bit of both, I guess, ahah.
        Thank you so, so much ❀ ❀ ❀

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      3. Ooh, that’s coming up, how exciting!!
        Haha, I think it’s mostly the crazy part xD.
        Oh and also I have my WIP post ready to post this wednesday as long as you’re still good to go!

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  7. Hi Marie! I’m so happy to hear about your job contract! I’m sure you’ll do well! 😚

    Ok, you and I should probably have a cup of tea/coffee together sometime haha I’m planning to join NaNoWriMo as well! Let’s add each other πŸ˜€

    Honestly, I’m so curious about your WIP πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

    I so want to read A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! Ugh but since I’m still in the midst of my thesis, I’ll have to put it off for a bit. Another on the list you might like is Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows. I haven’t read it yet though.

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much ❀ ❀
      That's SO great! I hope you'll love doing NaNo, it is so much fun. I'm still a bit undecided at the moment, ahah, I want to try and do it, but I am so not prepared πŸ˜‚
      Oh thank you for the recommendation – I'll have to check this out!
      Hope you'll have a great October! xx

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  8. Thanks so much for featuring my post in your wrap up Marie! πŸ˜€ ❀ I'm really glad you enjoyed it enough to feature it. πŸ™‚
    Also you got through some great books as well. I am so glad you loved The Hate U Give and The Boy Most Likely To, also I can't wait for the release of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I've heard great things about it, everyone who's read it so far seems to have loved it and there's so much hype, I'll be looking forwards to your review for that one.
    Again congrats on finishing your WIP, and it would be great if you took part in NaNo this year as well. I'll be taking part again after one year off, and hopefully this will be the year I actually write 50K words as well. πŸ˜€
    Seems like you had a great September, and I hope your October is just as amazing.
    Great recap, and again thanks for featuring my post! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh you’re so welcome, Beth, I loved your post so much I had to feature it. You always write great discussions<3
      I'm hoping I'll take part in NaNo, but I'm not sure for now. I need to prep a little if I want to be ready and for now… I'm not ready at all πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I guess I'll see later on, but… I can feel the excitment building up everywhere and it is making me want to participate as well.
      Thank you, Beth! I hope you'll have a great month xx

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  9. Are you suggesting that some people didn’t miss me while I was gone?? IMPOSSIBLE. πŸ˜‰

    Anyways, CONGRATS ON SIGNING A CONTRACT AND FINISHING YOUR WIP!! I hope your anciety from those two things go away soon. πŸ’• And I totally know what you mean with getting into blogging again. I haven’t been back for even a week and I’m feeling overwhelmed and wondering HOW THE HECK I managed this before??? Hopefully we’ll figure it out soon!! πŸ’•

    HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT OCTOBER!!! ❀

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    1. Ahah, right? IMPOSSIBLE. πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much, May! I am SURE you will manage to do it and find your rhythm again, it just takes a little bit of time, but YOU CAN DO THIS because…well, you’re you, and you are FABULOUS ❀
      Hope you'll have an amazing month xxx

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  10. im still INSANELY proud of you finishing your WIP like wow what a legend!!
    you’ve had such a great reading month and omg I LOVED THE BOY MOST LIKELY TOO omg i just have so much love in my heart for the garretts

    for NaNoWriMo if you do end up doing it, would you start a new WIP or would you just count it towards editing your current WIP? im conflicted myself (even tho the rules are like ‘NO OLD IDEAS, ONLY NEW STUFF)
    but IF YOU DO END UP NEEDING TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER IDEA, im always here to bounce ideas off of if you would please

    good luck with october, and keep swimming girl, you’re doing awesome, you’ve got this ❀

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    1. AWW you are the sweetest, thank you so much ❀ ❀
      The Garretts are just SO great, I love this family so much – I want books for every single character there?! They're all SO GREAT. ❀

      I have NO IDEA ahah, I am so conflicted. I want to try and write something else, you know, to see if I'm capable of haha, but… I'm also scared to let go of my other idea for a while, because…what if I can't manage to get back to it for edits?! It's weiird ahah. thank you SO MUCH, I'll definitely ask you for help and to think of ideas, thank youu ❀ ❀

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      1. ESPECIALLY LITTLE GEORGE, I WANT A BOOK DEDICATED TO GEORGE!!! My sweet baby!

        OMG SAME, i feel you girl, i feel you. its like if you start on another book, you’re cheating on your original wip and cant have that happening lol

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      2. I was THINKING of George when I typed up my comment ahah, I LOVE HIM, a book about him would be adorable. ❀
        RIGHT? I feel like I'm cheating in some way and it's weird hahaha.

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  11. I think we all get into those sort of funks sometimes. It’s difficult to get out of them and mostly it helps if you are able to take a step back and just not worry about it at all. Which is, as always, easier said than done. You know you can always talk to me if you want to!! ❀ Love you!

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    1. Oh thank you so much! I hope you’ll get to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns soon. My review should be coming this week and… it was a lot of fun to read, even if it was quite dark as well ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you! xx

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  12. Looks like you had an amazing reading month Marie! Girl Out of Water is on my TBR, I can’t wait to get to it! And Warcross too of course πŸ™‚ I still need to get to The Hate U give sometime soon too *shame*
    Congrats on your first permanent job contract! And finishing your WIP πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll get out of your funk soon. Adulting definitely is hard and I’m right there with you on not wanting to be an adult anymore sometimes.
    My September was pretty slump-y as I only read two books, but on the bright side I had a holiday so yay for that πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Lindsey! ❀ I'm so impatient for you to read Girl Out of Water and Warcross – both were SO good, definitely highlights of the month ❀
      Thank you for the support, you're so sweet. It's definitely hard sometimes, but well… I guess we can just, keep on swimming ahah πŸ™‚
      Oh, I'm so sorry you were in a bit of a slump, but HOLIDAYS! I hope you had a great time? πŸ˜€ ❀

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  13. Congratulations on your permanent contract even if it’s making you feel the adult blues… Far From the Tree sounds good! And it seems your reading and reviewing went super well this month! β™₯️

    This Darkness Mine was SUCH a disappoint for me… I’ve not seen mental health done so horribly for a while…

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Dani! ❀ Far From The Tree was really, really good – I hope you'll give it a try πŸ™‚
      Oh no, really? Damn 😦 I'm so sorry that you had such a disappointment. Hope your next reads are better now! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀

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  14. I’m sorry September was not bright and shiny! *hugs tight* but wow, a bit adult contract and finishing your WIP! Massive achievement! I’m proud of you!
    I want more time to read!!! Says the girl who has three reviews to write because she’s been sick and spent her days reading :p
    I know what you mean about blogging! Since school started again (am I allowed to say that at 27? xD) I have had issues finding nice posts to write or even time to blog-hop!
    I wish you a wonderful and cold October!!!! xxxx

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    1. Awww, thank you so, so much my Sweechie, that’s so sweet of you ❀ ❀
      Ahah of course you're allowed to say that, there is NO age to follow your dreams πŸ˜€ I understand, it's so hard to actually manage your time right to do everything we want to do, while still doing everything we HAVE to do as adults, ughhh. I just want "no adulting" days πŸ˜€
      Thank you! I hope you'll have an amazing month my sweechie xx

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  15. Hi Marie! Sorry to hear that it’s been a mixed month for you- Yes adulting is tough! I am glad that you had an amazing reading month though. I read THUG a while back and loved it! Glad that you enjoyed this book as well πŸ™‚

    Congrats again on finishing your novel!!!! That’s no easy feat! You should definitely do nanowrimo again! They say that the only way to get over finishing a novel is to start a new one! (Okay maybe they say that about relationships… but same idea right?!) I’ve done nano a few times before and it’s always plenty of fun! (Though I am skipping it this year because I will be visiting my family in China)

    Have a wonderful October ❀

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Sophie ❀ ❀
      Ahahha, you're right, well…who knows, for now my mind's drawing a blank when it comes to planning, even though I reaaally want to do something… I don't know; I guess I'll see ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, I hope you'll have a lovely October xx

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing my post, Marie 🌸
    I’m sorry you’ve been anxious and that the weather is kinda bumming you out, if I could I would send you all our sunshine (it’s too hot for me!). If you decide to participate in NaNoWrimo I’ll be your biggest cheerleader!
    I’m really hoping to read The Hate U Give and Warcross this month since you loved them so much, I’m sure I’ll love them too.

    I hope you have a wonderful October 🌸

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Michelle! ❀ I'm glad to know I have a cheerleader already, if I'm doing it πŸ˜€ thank you! x
      I can't wait for you to read both of these books – I hope you'll love them as much as I did πŸ™‚
      Thank you, have a lovely month as well! ❀

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  17. Thank you for including my post Marie! I’m sending just tons of love, positive thoughts and hugs your way and i’m so sorry you’ve had a very anxious filled month. I am so proud of you for signing your first contract with your job although I also don’t want them to run you ragged with your amount of work! and of course not to mention finishing your WIP.

    I’m also so happy you loved The Hate U Give, I now can just stop throwing it at you like READ IT because you have! Woo πŸ™‚ Here is to what I hope is an amazing October for you especially as it is your birthday month. What day does it fall on?

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    1. You’re so welcome, Hannah! ❀ ❀ Thank you for your sweet words, I'm so glad I got you to turn to whenever I need to talk, you're the best ❀
      It's on the 15th πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, I hope you'll have an amazing October as well! xx

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Lauren ❀ ❀
      THUG was so, so SO GOOD, I loved it. Such an important book, and all these amazing characters and family vibes made it even better!

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