August Favorites 2019

Books:

Usually I try and only put one book in my favorites each month just because I also do a wrap up post but there were three books that I loved so much that I really couldn’t choose. They’re also all from different genres so I might as well share them all!

You can check out my August wrap-up here, as well as my individual reviews for Graceling and The Right Swipe here and here.

Other Media:

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Lover… I mean this is no surprise. I’ve listened to this so many times. Had it on repeat in my car every day during my drive to and from work.

My unofficial official ranking of the songs as of right now is:

  1. Paper Rings
  2. London Boy
  3. Cruel Summer
  4. I Forgot That You Existed
  5. The Man
  6. Lover
  7. I Think He Knows
  8. Cornelia Street
  9. False God
  10. Afterglow
  11. Soon You’ll Get Better
  12. You Need To Calm Down
  13. ME!
  14. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince
  15. Daylight
  16. It’s Nice To Have A Friend
  17. Death By A Thousand Cuts
  18. The Archer

Gus Johnson

Gus is my favorite YouTuber and has been for about a year now. He’s absolutely hilarious and is just so genuine and good. His Mitchell Robbins series is my go-to when I’m really sad, I physically cannot make it through one of those videos without crying from laughing so hard. With how stressed out I’ve been I’ve spent hours rewatching his videos and I can say I definitely didn’t regret that.

Make-Up/Skincare:

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I was shopping at Target with no list in mind, which is obviously never a good idea but it’s fine………….. Anyways, I was in the market for a new face mask so I decided to pick up this one. I am definitely still in the learning curve of mixing it (the clay comes in powder form so you have to mix it with water) but I was hooked the first time I used it. Honestly my skin had not been softer in months before trying it out. I was shocked! I’ve been trying to use face masks at least twice a week because I’ve been wearing makeup much more frequently and I’m glad I tried this one.

Also does anyone have any recommendations for good face masks? I’m looking for a nice peel off one for sure and maybe a good hydrating one.

Clothes/Accessories:

Fabletics leggings. Before I bought any from Fabletics I was obsessed with a pair that I have from Old Navy but they no longer sell the kind that I like so I had to move on to other brands to try and find replacements. The first few pairs I bought from Fabletics were patterned and I never wore them so I just figured I didn’t really like them… But then I bought solid colored ones and I’ve been wearing them constantly since then.

I definitely don’t like how hard it is to cancel a membership from the company once you’ve started one but I’ve just started setting calendar reminders on my phone to go skip my subscription charge each month.

Oh and along with the leggings I’ve gotten two tops and a bra and I really like those too! They fit nicely and are so comfortable!

Food/Drinks:

Chai tea ❤

This is my go-to warm drink from any coffee place and it’s been cold enough to order warm drinks again so I’ve been drinking a LOT of chai recently.

Pacific Chai is my favorite brand for instant chai mixes and I personally love the vanilla one.

Has tea been my favorite for like every single one of these posts? Whoops!

Other:

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I’ve been using this for a few months now to slowly clear out my closet and earn a little money back. Unfortunately though, I’ve recently learned how nice this is to find pieces that I really want so most of the money I’ve earned has just gone to purchase other stuff off of here.

I found a really cute Halloween sweatshirt a couple weeks ago and I also got a jacket that I had seen in Old Navy last year that I loved but couldn’t splurge on at the time.

This solar powered lantern

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It is tiny but mighty!! I used it during my camping trip to Itasca and it was awesome! It is also pretty affordable too which is exactly what I was going for when I was looking for supplies.

That about sums up what I loved this past month! I read a lot of good books, drank a lot of tea, and listened to a lot of great music. What did you love in August?

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August Reading Wrap Up: 2019

August was a pretty good reading month! In general it was a very busy month and I’m surprised that I read as much as I did! Now that I’m back in school my reading has already slowed down but I’m hoping that I can pull out some decent posts and reviews for September.

If a book has ** next to it, that means the book was an ARC that I received from NetGalley or the publisher in exchange for my honest review 🙂

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons**

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2/5 stars

You can read my full review here. It’s a shame such a beautiful cover was given to such a disappointing book. I had such high hopes but it really let me down.

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai**

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5/5 stars

Y’all… Alisha Rai announced her next book in this romance world a few weeks ago and I shrieked when I saw the tweet. I CAN’T WAIT. The Right Swipe was so good and so heartwarming and it just made me feel all the feels. Such a diverse cast of characters and a kick ass main female lead. I found this book incredibly relatable to my own views on love and relationships and I highly recommend picking it up!

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Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

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5/5 stars

I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. It made me feel full and sentimental. It’s full of magical realism and family and friends and feelings. I highly recommend it. Great LGBT+ representation and while it surrounded a dark topic I felt that it was all handled well and the book was just beautiful in the end. So unique and engrossing.

(TW: Rape)

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Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern

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4/5 stars

This was available on NetGalley and it’s by the creator of one of my favorite webcomics (My Life as a Background Slytherin) so I had to get my hands on this. It was hilarious!! So satirical about romance tropes and plots and I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions through the whole course of reading.

The only reason I docked a star was just because the pacing and plot was not always easy to follow. I got confused by the characters multiple times and there were some cases where I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Not really sure if this was the intention or if that’s just a result of it all.

Still loved it though and this comes out on September 17 if you’re interested in checking it out for yourself!

Preorder links: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

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5/5 stars

Working on collecting all of Sarah Dessen’s books and rereading them as I go. I actually changed my rating from the first time I had read this book to now. Originally I had rated it 3 stars because I didn’t like the main character. Now though, I could see the reasons why I was frustrated with the main character but I think Dessen wrote this book really well with how Macy dealt with grieving and healing.

I’m pretty sure these will always be my favorite YA contemporaries. This is a good story about learning how to be yourself and make decisions that are good for you and not just following what others want for you.

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What You Did by Claire McGowan**

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3/5 stars

So I completely forgot that I had gotten approved for this on NetGalley and ended up borrowing it from Kindle Unlimited. At least I realized after the fact and submitted a review on NetGalley *face palm*.

Anyways, this was a really average domestic thriller. The characters were beyond frustrating so if you can’t look past the idiotic choices that people might make because they’re trying to preserve themselves then this might not be the book for you. There were two parallel timelines and also the perspective changed at seemingly random increments and those aspects seemed completely unnecessary. The overall plot started off really strong but went downhill to the point where I was kind of skimming to get to the end. It was really predictable but I say that about almost every thriller I read.

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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5/5 stars

I did it. I found a good thriller (I’m referencing this post when I say this). Also I wanted to say that apparently I lied in that post because I was going through my Goodreads the other day in order to come up with recommendations for another post I’m working on and I rated a Gillian Flynn book five stars? I need to go reread that now to see what I was so hyped up about with that.

So this book was so gripping and while I figured out aspects of it over the course of the book there was one point that literally BLEW MY MIND and I flew through the rest of the book after that. I stayed up until almost midnight on a weeknight to finish this and while I highly regretted that at work the next morning it was so worth it.

If you’re looking for a book with a good twist, pick this one up and give it a try. This also had really great pacing and I never felt like it dragged which is an issue I’m having with so many thrillers I’ve read.

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The Poison Garden by A.J. Banner**

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3/5 stars

This book was zooming straight for 2 stars until I got to the ending. This was another pretty standard domestic thriller. While I think that if you’re well versed with the genre you might not enjoy this as much, if you’re new to thrillers I think that you could enjoy this.

The Poison Garden comes out on October 22 and I’ll be posting a review around that date where I go in depth with my thoughts for this.

Preorder links: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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5/5 stars

This is still my absolute favorite book and it was quite an emotional reread. My best friend and I were actually together while I was reading this and she was rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and we basically both just sat there reading passages of our books back and forth to each other.

You can check out my post about my reread here.

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The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt**

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4/5 stars

This book comes out in October and I got an ARC from NetGalley and honestly I was so excited when I saw that I was approved for it!! I absolutely love Disney and some of my favorite non-fiction books involve learning about women’s roles in big industries from the past.

My only issues with this came from confusion of the timeline but I’ll be posting a full discussion closer to the release date. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of women working in animation then I would highly recommend picking this up. I learned so many things and I was surprised at just how much work went into animation back in the day. It’s just amazing what went into those old Disney movies.

Preorder links: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan**

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1/5 stars

This book made me want to chuck my computer out the window so much. I don’t want to say that I hated the book… But I kind of hated this book. This book could have been groundbreaking in the YA community because it completely surrounds the topic of abortion which is a really heavy topic as of late but this missed the mark on numerous occasions.

I’ll be posting an in depth review with spoilers in it once this book is released. And I will say that while I can see why people would like this, I just think that it pushed the wrong messages unknowingly. Oof, just thinking about this is getting me heated. Writing my full review is going to be tons of fun. I’ve been avoiding it because I don’t want to get angry again.

Preorder links: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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5/5 stars

I really needed this reread. Also this second time around I realized that I have a lot of issues with Alex? But also I relate to him a lot so I’m just leaving my rating at 5 stars because I don’t think his opinions and actions are outrageously bad for his age.

Here’s the link to my original review of this!

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I also did a whole post where I did mini reviews of five poetry collections which you can find here. The five books featured in that post were the ones I’ve inserted the covers of below and all my thoughts and ratings about these are in my post which I’ll link again here.

 

 

And with that, I want to know what you read in August. Anything you loved? Anything you hated? What are you looking forward to reading in September?

July Favorites

Books:

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

I can’t even say enough good things about this book. Incredibly sad and inspiring and one of my all time favorites. I also have an entire post going up about this on Friday and will discuss it in my reading wrap up so all I’ll say is that I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s a collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan who passed away in 2012. She was 22 and had just graduated from Yale the day before her death. Marina is a huge inspiration to me and I urge all of you to pick up this book if you haven’t already.

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Graphic novels

I read a number of graphic novels to try and kickstart my want to read again. It definitely helped. I’ll talk more about the specific graphic novels in my July Reading Wrap Up post and will link that here when it’s been published!

But I really appreciate the artistry that goes into making graphic novels and I have so many favorites that I will continue to reread time and time again because I enjoy the illustrations and the stories so much.

If you have any suggestions for graphic novels that I should pick up, comment them on this post! I haven’t read a ton, I’ve stuck to the ones I’m familiar with for the most part so far, and I would love to branch out and read more.

Other Media:

Letterkenny

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Over the last couple of weeks of June I kept getting ads on Hulu for this show called Letterkenny. On the Fourth of July, or actually on the third technically, I decided to start watching it. I’m not even going to lie to you when I say that I made it through five seasons in that weekend… And I may or may not have already rewatched the first two seasons since then.

This show is just perfect to me, the running jokes, the physical humor, the absolute absurdity of so much of it. It has overtaken Parks and Rec as my go-to show when I need mindless humor. Check it out on Hulu! They’re going to begin filming a new season in the next few weeks!

Machine Gun Kelly’s album Hotel Diablo

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Last month I talked about one of the singles off of this album (I Think I’m Okay) and now the entire album has been released. I’ve listened to at least one of the songs every single day since it came out. Also still can’t believe that I like rap, used to be the only music I could not listen to but here we are…

BooksandLala’s entire YouTube channel

I want to say that I discovered her channel in May? But I’ve increasingly just really found myself enjoying to watch her videos. And then her Reading Rush vlogs were my favorites of all the RR vlogs. She just has so many unique video concepts and reading challenges and watching her videos always makes me want to push myself to come up with new ideas for this blog. Also her son looks like my youngest brother and it makes me smile whenever I see him (they’re the same age too which I think is such a funny coincidence!).

Makeup:

Colourpop’s new lip tints

I saw them on Twitter a few days before they were released and I bought the entire collection the day they were released. They are so nice!! I’ve been looking for lighter lip products that aren’t drying and these came out at the perfect time. They’re apply light but you can build the color easily and they fade so nicely. I’ve only gotten a chance to wear a few of the colors so far but I’ve really liked each one! Colourpop is one of my favorite brands to use to experiment with colors because they’re so cheap.

I’ll insert some swatch pictures when I have a chance to take them in good lighting 🙂

Clothing/Accessories:

Tevas

I had to finally bite the bullet and purchase a new pair of Tevas because I lost the pair that I got last summer (very sad about that, I wore that other pair constantly last year 😦 ). This new pair is really cute and comfortable (despite the fact that they’re slightly too big, which is unfortunate because they’re technically in a children’s size). I wore them quite a bit after I got them. They provide a lot more support than my old pair did and honestly what more can I look for in a shoe, support and ease of wear. PERFECT.

I’m also really excited to have these because I finally got a new state park pass so I can go hiking!! I have a camping trip planned in the middle of August that I’m really looking forward to and I know I’ll be wearing these shoes for that entire trip. I have a big issue with hiking in close toed shoes over the warmer months. My feet get too warm and if my feet get too warm then my entire body overheats and feels really bad (thank you sensory issues) so I prefer hiking in sandals. I’ve tried Chacos but could never get the pair I had to fit my feet well and they took forever to put on so I’ve turned to Tevas instead and have not looked back. In the cooler/muddier months I wear a pair of hiking boots from the brand Oboz.

Food/Drinks:

Lychee Bellini tea from David’s Tea.

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I bought two new teas from David’s Tea in July and the Lychee Bellini kind was my favorite. I’ve only made it a few times because I’m lazy but I’ve been brewing it hot and then sticking it in the fridge overnight and mixing it with lemonade before drinking it. It’s from their Mocktail Collection and I highly recommend it! It smells wonderful and is really fruity and sweet. I’m really trying to make myself drink more tea and less pop but it’s a struggle.

Other:

Crossword puzzles

I spent many, many hours doing crossword puzzles in the last few weeks of July. It was my way to force myself to stay off of social media and still act like I was being productive. Things just got pretty bad with burnout in July and I stopped doing everything that wasn’t just scrolling mindlessly through social media until I literally ran out of stuff to scroll through. I couldn’t hold my concentration to read anything longer than a Tweet and I basically just gave up on doing anything other than go to work and sleep. I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t done crossword puzzles that I would’ve spent my weekends starting at various walls in my house and acting catatonic. Tons of fun.

Anyways, so I’ve been working my way through a book of crossword puzzles and really enjoying that. It’s a good and easy way to do something without really putting out too much mental power so it felt like I was still basically doing nothing but I didn’t feel as guilty about it.

My new logo

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I gave my blog a little bit of a makeover when I finally had the motivation to do so and I created a really basic new logo. I really like it and I’m excited to continue on in this blogging journey!

So those are some of the things that I enjoyed in July. I can’t believe tomorrow is already August. This year is going by way too fast and I hate it!! What do you guys have planned for August?