I have blogged almost not at all this month, and while I wish I could have done more I feel okay with this. I’ll talk about that more later — for now, let’s get into what all I read in the last month!
Reads for September
Here’s all I read in September:
That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger — 5 of 5 stars
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens anthology (ARC) — 4 of 5 stars
Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground by T. R. Simon — 5 of 5 stars
Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella — 5 of 5 stars
Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith — 5 of 5 stars
Carrie by Stephen King — 5 of 5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers — 4.5 of 5 stars
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman — 5 of 5 stars
Salt by Hannah Moskowitz — 5 of 5 stars
One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock — 5 of 5 stars
Trans Teen Survival Guide by Owl and Fox Fisher (ARC) — 2 of 5 stars
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino — 5 of 5 stars
Big Words Small Stories: The Missing Donut by Judith Henderson (ARC) — 5 of 5 stars
I Am Small by Qin Leng (ARC) — 5 of 5 stars
Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Lyn Sparrow (ARC) — 5 of 5 stars
The Adventures of Wilhelm: A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter (ARC) — 2 of 5 stars
The Spy With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (ARC) — 5 of 5 stars
- Number of books read: 17
- Number of nonfiction books: 1
- Number of ARCs: 7
- Number of books by marginalized authors: ~11
- Number of library books: 3
- Number of books that WEREN’T part of my monthly TBR: 1
I am very happy with how well I stuck to my TBR this month! The only book I read that wasn’t on my TBR was Carrie, which wass a reread for me as well, but I’ve made peace with it because I reread it for a special side project that will be completely worthwhile when I finish it.
I am less happy with my blogging and review-writing for this month — and by that I mean my lack thereof. I have a BUNCH of ARCs I need to review now, and I’m planning to put a concentrated effort on writing them in October!
On The Personal Side…
I turned 24 in September, and it has been a wild month ever since then. I got my driver’s license the day after my birthday, somehow passing my test on the first try. Despite it being almost three weeks since I got my license, I’ve only driven by myself twice in the meantime, and only about a mile away both times. I still feel a bit awkward driving places by myself and I’m working on building my confidence up, but I’m working on it. Also, because I’m in Oregon I was able to get an “X” gender marker on my license! I’ve been waiting to change my gender marker since that option was legalized literally days after I got my learner permit, and it feels really satisfying to have it be a reality for me now.
The Monday after my birthday, I said goodbye to my job of the last four years (which I already miss a ton), and on Wednesday of that week I started my new job as a high school librarian! I really lucked out on all fronts with that job — it came at exactly the time I needed it to, the people are great, and I’m doing pretty much exactly what I want to be doing with quite a bit of control, and I really love it. The only thing that could be better is the pay, but I’m getting paid a little more than I was at my old job and I have more than double the hours, and I’ll be able to live with it. For my first post-college job, I am really lucky with what I got.
I feel like I’ve been thrown into growing up faster this month, and I surprisingly feel pretty okay with this. It’s been cutting into my free time (and my blogging time) and it’s been overwhelming at times, but I feel things starting to mellow and level out as the days go by. Things feel like they’re starting to come together for me, and while I still have quite a ways to go I’m feeling much better about the way things are going for me. Things are looking up!
Also, if you like my content, there are new ways in which you can support me now!
The best way to support me is by becoming a Patron on my new Patreon page! My Patrons will be receiving lots of bookish and cat-related content from me and my cat, Coco, so please check it out! We really appreciate it!
If you’d prefer one-time or occasional donations, that’s okay too! I have both a Ko-fi and a Paypal.me set up, and you are welcome to use either, if you wish! (Coco had a $450 vet bill in September and I’m struggling a little with paying it off, so a little extra help would be VERY appreciated.)
Rather support me with items rather than with cash? I have an Amazon wishlist, too! There are both fun things and necessities on this list, and I’d love to receive any of them!
The last couple months have been kind of rough, so I really appreciate any support I can get!