I’m a bit late with this wrap-up post, but then again, I’ve been late with everything this month. I’d like to say this is one of those wrap-ups that’s happy and positive and all “Look how much I got done!” but I’m afraid August was quite the opposite for me. But before I launch into my rant about life, I’ll fill you in on my (pitiful) reading stats.
Books I Read
But wait Mia, wasn’t this supposed to be the month for #ARCAugust? HAHAHAHA yes. Yes it was. Did I basically completely fail? Yes. Have I probably given up on #ARCAugust for life? Also yes. I’ve reached the conclusion that any form of monthly TBRs or reading goals doesn’t work for me.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns – 4 stars
This was my summer required reading for AP Lit, but unlike my experience with most assigned books, this story actually made me feel so much. Like, too much at times. This book has some gorgeous prose and a very important message, but if I ever recommended this to someone I would have to mention about 30 different trigger warnings. Occasionally, it got to be too much for me and I just kept wondering when things would get better.
2. Girls Made of Snow and Glass – 2 stars
I definitely must be the odd person out with this book. I didn’t care for it in the slightest. While the characters are interesting enough and I liked the twists put on the original Snow White tale, this whole book was just so slow and achingly dull. I was very bored most of the time, and didn’t particularly care what happened. The length definitely could’ve been cut in half. Since my opinion is a bit unique on this book, I’m going to attempt to put out a full review soon, so keep an eye out!
Books I Hauled
Well, at least if I couldn’t read a lot, I didn’t buy a lot. August was virtually dead for me in terms of the reading world.
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer – I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS FINALLY IN MY HANDS I ACTUALLY ALMOST CRIED WHEN I SAW IT!!! Okay but you guys know that Leigh is my Queen and I’ve been waiting a year for this book and I’m just completely psyched that it’s real and here and in my hands. Of course, the universe is cruel and I can’t currently catch a break from school reading and Netgalley ARCs, but once I do you bet I will be consuming this book like it’s air.
- Americanah – Speaking of school reading, I had to get a copy of this for, you guessed it, AP Lit. The class that is slowly becoming the bane of my existence. That aside though, I’m already halfway through Americanah and it’s actually a very enticing read with beautiful writing.
Around the Interwebs
The title of this next section actually made me chuckle because where have I been around the interwebs?? Not here, or on bookstagram, that’s for sure. I did manage to squeeze in a few random blog posts, but not nearly as many as I wanted to. I haven’t even been able to read all your guys’ beautiful posts! And I think I posted twice on bookstagram all month? It’s quite depressing. But, for reasons I will explain next, I have had precious time to do anything for myself these last few weeks. Hopefully, during September I will finally find a good routine and be able to pace my blogging and photo shoots out. I’m thinking that I’ll drop down to two blog posts per week instead of the three I was doing over the summer. Let’s pray I can stick with even that.
Alright, buckle up kids cause I have some ranting to do. Some of you may be aware, but I’m a senior in high school, and the year recently started up on Aug. 10th. So this past week was our third full week of school. You might be thinking, “Oh I bet you’re just starting to get in the swing of assignments and tests and school activities.” Well my friends, this past week I had two quizzes, three unit tests, one assigned reading book, one after school club meeting, and about 15 million other very stressful things that I can’t even remember. Oh, and I was also really sick!! With like the flu!! But with my life, I still went to school 3 out of the 5 days and felt like utter crap. I honestly think the last two weeks have been some of the most stressful of my life. Maybe it’s just cause I’m experiencing senior burn out, or my immune system was compromised by all the contact with new kids. But I’m getting the feeling that senior year is not gonna be easy. It breaks my heart a little, since so many people have said “This year will be the best of your life!” With college applications and scholarship searching, on top of my five AP courses, I don’t see how that can be true. So, short story made long, that’s why I’ve been very inactive recently. I’m really gonna try my hardest to make September a better month!
This month: 2 books read towards my goal of 40
This month: none book read towards my goal of 12
*sigh* I guess this list could be worse.