I was wondering what the heck to post for the rest of the week when I realized it’s the end of a month, which means I get to post my favorite types of posts: the monthly rewind, goals for the upcoming month, and a monthly TBR list! Woohoo!
August was another pretty good month. The main thing that happened was various birthday celebrations. My parents came at the beginning of the month to visit us and celebrate my birthday, which meant going out for lots of good and free (for me anyway) food, and gifts. I was really stressed about it beforehand but it ended up being very nice and they loved our cats, of course, because our cats are adorable. Side note: the cats are officially one year old today because it is their birthday! <3 kitties <3
I tried to enjoy my staycation but I ended up not doing much other than sleeping because I was in a reading slump and put so much pressure on myself to enjoy the staycation that I ended up being mad at myself because I didn’t do basically anything that I’d planned and I didn’t really enjoy it, even my actual birthday despite the fact that I saw friends. I keep getting it in my head that everything has to go exactly perfectly as planned or else it’s not worth doing, and then beating myself up when things don’t go perfectly, which is how I am with most things in my life atm. I stressed myself out so much for the staycation that I couldn’t let myself enjoy anything or do anything enjoyable. So it was kind of a bust, even though I did get to catch up on sleep. Alas.
Anyway. Onto other things.
What I Read
Despite my slump, I ended up reading 9 books this month, which is more than usual. I planned to read at least 5 for ARC August, and I just finished my 5th ARC, DEAR MARTIN, yesterday. My favorite book of this month was actually probably my TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE reread. I didn’t like it much the first time even though I continued the series and loved the rest of the books, but this time around, I found it completely enjoyable and delightful and oh so cute. I want Lara Jean to be my best friend.
My big disappointment of the month was THE CRUEL PRINCE. I anticipated that it would be a 5-star read for me because I usually love Holly Black, but I was ultimately not interested in it. It was a bit too political, and I got bored of the court drama even in scenes where faeries were literally slaughtered. I also did not ship the ship, and got bored of Cardan and Jude’s relationship because they just hated each other so much and there was no nuance in their feelings toward each other until SURPRISE kissing happens.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of DEAR MARTIN, which I feel bad about, because I always feel bad when I don’t love a diverse book, especially when everyone else loves it. I feel like if you love it, you either a) related to it from personal experiences or b) found it revelatory in some way because of the topics discussed. Having been a women’s studies major, it just felt like a fictionalized version of what we learned in various classes and felt too close to life I guess? Idk really why I wasn’t blown away by the story. I guess I found it predictable because it played out like how things play out in those stories in real life?? I feel insensitive and heartless for saying that, but I’m much more moved and affected by the issues discussed in the book in real life than I was reading about it. I did really like the writing and thought it was very different and stood out from the crowd in that way. Overall I just wasn’t in love with it though.
I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump lately. I haven’t been in the mood to read other people’s blogs as much, and the motivation to comment a lot like I try to do usually has slipped a lot. I feel bad about this because I love all of your blogs and love interacting with everyone! I’ve been trying to at least keep up with my own comments, but I just feel…tired with it, I guess. I’ve been feeling tired with a lot of things lately so I think it’s more a product of that than a real lack of interest, because I do love talking to all of you through comments! It’s one of the most gratifying things about my recent blogging experience and makes me so happy to talk to other bloggers and book lovers.
Usually I try to do at least 3 things, but…I just didn’t like a lot of things this month or try anything new?? Oh well.
- TATBILB movie. I did love the movie of this adorable book. I thought they changed enough that it felt like something different when I reread it, but they kept the spirit of the book in the movie so, so well. I loved Lara Jean’s style and her ROOM OMG it is the coolest room and I wish I could paint my apartment walls because I WANT IT.
- Decorating my bedroom. Well, okay, my and bae’s bedroom. He has agreed to let me put my various book prints from OwlCrate and other sources on our bedroom wall. I want to get a cute hanging thing or lights from Urban Outfitters to decorate it as well. The apartment has felt a bit more like home lately, FINALLY, and I think I’m getting a little more used to the idea that I’m going to be (stuck) living here for the next two years. Also if anyone has tips on where to get book prints, feel free to shoot me your recs! I want my wall to be COVERED in bookish prints.