September Favorites 2019

To wrap-up my marathon week of posts (it’s been a while since I did a full week of posts like this even though technically I didn’t post on Sunday so it wasn’t really a full week!) I’m here to share with you some of the things that I loved in September!

Books:

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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This is literally my new favorite book of all time. You can read my review about it here.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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There’s a good chance that this is going to be one of my new favorite series. I’m overly obsessed with technology and robots and the singularity and whatnot and I genuinely gasped when I read the description of this book. Technology terrifies me and I love reading stories in which it is sentient, etc. Ugh I’m so excited to continue on with this series.

Also this book is a novella so it’s super short so if you’re looking for something really engaging and quick to read I highly recommend this!!

Other Media:

Bones ❤ ❤

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I decided to start rewatching Bones. I’m pretty sure I haven’t done a full rewatch since the show ended! I started watching this in 8th grade and it quickly became “my show”. I’m up to season 4 now and oh my goodness I forgot how painful it is to watch. Like I keep remembering events that are going to happen later in the show and I just start crying.

This show is probably my favorite show of all time and oof my heart is just so happy to watch this again.

Makeup:

ELF Wow Brow Gel

People talk about eyebrow gel more frequently than I thought it would be talked about so I decided to give it a shot because ELF has one and if I ever want to experiment with something I almost always go for the ELF brand one first because it’s so cheap. I have a love hate relationship with my eyebrows and I’m still working on finding the perfect product for me. There’s a good chance that this is the product I’ve been looking for. It’s enough color pay-off that my eyebrows look filled in but it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to apply it. My problem is normally that I’m very heavy handed when it comes to putting on pencil and powder/cream takes too much effort. I put on my makeup in my car before I go into work every day. I’ve got about a 10-15 minute window to do a full face so precision and ease is key.

Profusion Cosmetics Contour I palette

One of my coworkers got me this palette as part of her birthday present to me back in August and I didn’t really touch it until this month. I finally put the bronzer away for the year and decided to try out the lighter of the two contour shades in here. It really works great for me! I’ve also been using the two highlighting shades as eyeshadow.

Clothes/Accessories:

Midi skirts

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Enjoy this pic of me in the bathroom at work

As I’ve been learning more about what clothes I like and don’t like and trying to curate an actual sense of personal style I’ve come to really appreciate midi skirts. I have a really hard time with skirts and dresses being too short on me so I love that midi skirts are perfectly proportioned for me! I am trying to purchase more “basic” items so that it’s easier to put together outfits on a daily basis. My next task is to find some good white shirts that aren’t completely see through 🙂

Back to the skirts, though, I have just found that wearing skirts and dresses makes me feel instantly put together and fit me nicely regardless of what my body decides to do and feel like each day. I actually currently have 3 more skirts coming in the mail and I’m actually going to do a whole post with those when they get here because of how excited I am about them.

The link I attached is to a skirt listed on Amazon, it’s the one I’m wearing in the picture! I also have a black one in the same style.

Garmin watch

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I finally started wearing my fitness tracker again and I’ve really been enjoying that. It’s fun to see what I do in terms of steps every day and I love having it track my sleep. I used to wear a Fitbit every day and probably would have switched to an Apple Watch had I continued to use an iPhone but I ended up just getting a Garmin instead.

Other:

Compression brace!!!!

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Ignore my chipped to hell nail polish lol

I have really bad tendonitis and usually the worst joint pain I have is in my knee. But recently I’ve been having really bad foot pain so I finally decided to buy some compression braces for my feet and let me tell you, greatest decision I made all month.

Kindle Paperwhite

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This could technically go in my books category but I’m putting it here instead. I have struggled with reading ARCs on my computer since I started using NetGalley and when I try to get them on my phone the formatting is so difficult to read that I never want to read them. So I decided to splurge on a new Kindle and I’ve used it almost every day since I got it! I used to have a Kindle Fire and I didn’t really use it a ton. It was nice but I played more games on it (good old Angry Birds) than actually read. This Kindle is super lightweight and you can change the brightness so you can read in the bright sunlight or a dark room. This is probably going to be my favorite purchase of the year. I’ve been much more productive with my reading since getting it.

I think this pretty much sums up what I did this month… Spent too much money and cried a lot over fictional characters. Going to say it was a solid month! And now, for the most wonderful time of the year. Bring on October!!

 

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September 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

As much as I’m super excited that it’s October now, I’m also really sad that it’s already October. This past month was really stressful and yet incredibly successful in terms of reading. I’m hoping I can keep this momentum going in October as well because the reading has been helping me a lot with my stress. I managed to read 20 books this month so bear with me as this post is going to be quite long! I’ll try to keep my reviews short and sweet!

Books marked with ** were ARCs that I received through NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.

All Amazon links are affiliate links unless otherwise stated 🙂

Filter This by Sophie White**

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3/5 stars.

You can read my review here.

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Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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5/5 stars

My favorite middle grade book! I made a post about it here.

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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5/5 stars

My new favorite book of all time. You can read my overly emotional review here. I read this twice already and am probably going to reread it because I need a pick me up after the week I had last week.

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Though I didn’t read them in this exact order (there were books in between) I’ll group them together for the sake of this post. I read Jenn Bennett’s books:

Alex Approximately, Starry Eyes, and Serious Moonlight

 

 

I rated them 4/5, 2/5, and 3/5 stars respectively. You can read my review post about them here.

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Starry Eyes: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository

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Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn**

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I rated this 4/5 stars. You can read my review here.

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Next I read two graphic novels:
Sheets by Brenna Thummler and Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

 

 

I rated them both 5/5 stars and you can read my reviews of them in this post.

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Ghosts: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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1/5 stars

I genuinely didn’t have the energy to write a full review of this after reading. It was boring, nonsensical, and incredibly insensitive. I would highly recommend reading some of the reviews on Goodreads from people who actually have schizophrenia or actually just most of the 1 or 2 star reviews are really thorough in all things wrong about this book. Ugh just writing this makes me frustrated all over again. I am genuinely glad I read Eliza and Her Monsters before I read this or I never would have picked it up. This book was atrocious.

Meet Cute by A Variety of Authors because it’s a short story anthology.

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3/5 stars

Oomph by Emery Lord was my favorite story of all of them and honestly, the rest were pretty forgettable. None of them fit that meet cute vibe to me. Except for Oomph that is. If you want my full list of individual ratings, you can see them on my Goodreads review, linked here.

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Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt**

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4/5 stars

My post where I talk more in depth about this book can be found here.

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A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean**

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3/5 stars

My review can be found here.

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Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff**

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2/5 stars

This book was quite a disappointment in the end. As are my thoughts with Made You Up, I just really wish authors would stop using mental illness in their books without properly knowing how to write it and handle it. This book had the potential to be really good but it ended up being not great. You can read my review here.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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3/5 stars

I swear, everyone and their mother loves this book so I genuinely thought that I was going to love it too. So imagine my surprise when I’m reading and it just stays at the same level of interesting the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, I was very far from hating this book but it also didn’t wow me like it seems to wow so many other people. It was good, which is why I rated it 3 stars, but I won’t be shouting my love for this book from the rooftops anytime soon.

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The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills**

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3/5 stars

This was a really beautiful story about grief and ghosts and I am looking forward to going more into my thoughts on this book in a post later on this month. If you’d like to read more of my thoughts now, you can check out my review on Goodreads.

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The Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff**

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1/5 stars

Oh boy… This was really not good? Like the convoluted plot and overuse of 1800’s “slang” could have been easily overlooked had this book been not downright racist. It’s one thing to use the term colored (which the author explains her choice for doing so in an author’s note, which I respect seeing as this is a middle grade book and it’s important to talk about stuff like that) and make off-hand comments about how one of the characters couldn’t get into medical school because “you-know” (also due in part to her being a woman, so I’ll let it slide) but literally all of the victims of the grave robbing were black? And the housekeeper was straight up out there racist and the author thought that was okay to include in a middle grade book? I get that this book takes place in the 1800’s but I felt like it was really insensitively written. Like incredibly insensitively written.

SPOILER: Literally at one point the black woman who is pregnant throughout the story delivers too early and they steal the body of the stillborn baby… THIS IS A MIDDLE GRADE BOOK WTF.

Okay… I’ll get off my soapbox now.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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5/5 stars

WTF THIS WAS SO GOOD. I am so pumped to read the next book, I already bought it and am going to pick it up this week. Robots and “what does it really mean to be human” and so much sarcasm and corporations and holy shit YES YES YES. This is probably going to be one of my favorite series of all time. Also this is super short so if you’re at all interested I 100% recommend picking it up because you can read it so quick!

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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

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4/5 stars

I loved this book and emotionally, I would have rated it 5/5 stars but the more that I thought about it, there were definitely aspects of it that I wasn’t a huge fan of (mainly Astrid’s and Dee’s relationship) so that’s why I decided to go with 4 stars instead. Also I went to my library over the weekend and picked up three more A.S. King books and I’m really looking forward to reading them!

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The Missing Season by Gillian French

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2/5 stars

I will not lie to you when I say that this was really well written, because it was genuinely really well written. I was just not a huge fan of it overall and I got really bored. The action and solution literally took up less than 20 pages and by that point I had skimmed most of the book.

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I know I mentioned my Goodreads throughout this post a few times, so if you’re interested in adding me as a friend on there, or following my reviews, you can find me at this link.

What did you read in September? Any fun reading plans of October? I might be trying my hand at the Spookathon (and I might try vlogging it too) but I have no idea yet, I’m not that great with readathons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading List: September

 I’m officially all moved into college, Welcome Weekend is finished, and today I had my first class!

Here are the books that I’m planning on reading this month. As you can tell I’m not being very ambitious because I really have no idea what is in store for me in these next few weeks.

First up is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve heard amazing things about this book and as it is written by Sophie Kinsella I have a feeling that I’ll probably love it. This book is about a girl named Audrey who wears dark sunglasses all the time due to an anxiety disorder that she has developed. It follows her life as she tries to recover. As someone who has an anxiety disorder I’m very much looking forward to reading this book just to see how her anxiety is portrayed. I expect I’ll be posting a review of this on here when I’m finished with it so look out for that in the next two weeks.

I feel like this might be an overly ambitious TBR pick but I figured I’d give it a go anyways. I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year now and I really just want to get going and read the series because I hear so many great things about it. I also really want to start watching the TV show but I’m forcing myself to read the books first. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin is about a struggle for a kingdom. That’s about all I’m getting from the description. I feel like it would probably be best for me to go into this as blindly as possible which is what I’m planning on doing.

  

Lastly, for my physical books, I’m picking up the first Harry Potter book. I reread these books at least once every year and I usually do it over the summer but I had almost no time this summer and I stuck more with library books instead of books I owned so I’ll be rereading these. If  you don’t know what Harry Potter is, I’m sorry, you should go get them immediately.

I’m also planning on reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs but that book is on my Kindle.

What books are you all planning to read this month?

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend! I’ll see you on Thursday.