Wrap Up|| September.

Hey!

It is crazy to believe there is only a few months left of 2020. I honestly have no idea where this year has gone and it’s also kind of sad because it was spent the majority of the time at home. It really bums me out, because we just moved to a new city last year and when the virus happened, we weren’t able to continue to explore our new city or surrounding places. But anyway, I’m here to post my September wrap up of the books that I read this month.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I wasn’t counting audiobooks toward my Goodreads challenge over the last 2-3 years, but that I decided to change that this month and for the rest of the year. In case you missed that post, the reason I wasn’t counting them is because I’ve liked to challenge myself over the years to see how many I could read on my own and audiobooks just being extras. The thought of not completing my Goodreads challenge would have brought me down worse than I already feel these days, so I’m making an exception for this crazy year. Plus, technically it’s still reading, so whatever. I was so behind on my challenge and I knew I wouldn’t catch up. BUT, now that I am including audiobooks…I am only one book behind schedule and I should hopefully be caught up in October. 😀

And now with all that being said, I actually didn’t finish a single book this month on my own. I ended up listening to all audiobooks. I still feel super guilty for this though! 😦 But anyway, here is what I listened to in September. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of September.

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This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio – 3 out of 5 stars.
I read I.W. Gregorio’s previous novel called None of the Above and loved it so much that I had to check out her new book. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up loving This Is My Brain in Love. I liked it and enjoyed it for the most part, but it just didn’t blow me away. I think my expectations were just way too high for this one.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – 3 out of 5 stars.
The Only Good Indians sounded SOOOO good and I was so stoked that my library had the audiobook. It was so interesting and I liked it, but it didn’t blow me away and I really didn’t like the way it ended. It was just way too strange for me.

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim – 4 out of 5 stars.
Unravel the Dusk is the sequel to Spin the Dawn and I really liked it so much. So many feels and it was so great being back in this world. While I did really like it a lot, it felt like it was missing something, which is why I couldn’t give it five stars. Still highly recommend reading these books!

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Adams – 4 out of 5 stars.
I read The Bromance Book Club and I liked it enough to want to check out the sequel. While I didn’t love the first book and only gave it three stars, I actually liked Undercover Bromance so much more. I listened to it in a single day, because I just couldn’t stop and wanted to know what was going to happen. I didn’t like Liv in the first book, but I actually really liked her in this one. Can’t wait to read book three!


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of September, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

I started reading None Shall Sleep this month, but I didn’t have the chance to read it. I’m actually only a little over 100 pages into it, honestly. I’ve been in this on-going reading slump, so I just haven’t really been reading much on my own as you can see by how many audiobooks I listened to instead. So far, I really like it though and I want to try to finish it in October and get my review posted. It’ll be part of my “Halloweenie TBR”, which that post will be coming soon!

What books did you read in September? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I have a lot of blog hopping to do this week and I promise I will catch up with your posts and reply to comments soon. I just haven’t really been in the mood to do much of anything on the computer. It sucks being so down that you don’t even want to do the things you love anymore. I’ve spent a lot of time diamond painting and listening to audiobooks while I do that. My mood has just been soooo low the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, I’ll be more active in October in both blogging and reading. Fingers crossed! 🙂 I’ll have my book haul posted soon as well as my Halloweenie TBR that I previously mentioned.

I’ll end this post with a picture of my new cacti/succulent babies that I got a couple weekends ago. So far, I am happy to say that they are still alive! I’m not very good with plants, even with the very easy ones haha. My friend gifted me the cat pots and I finally got some plants to fill them with. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Random|| Life Update.
Release Day|| September Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Random|| Life Update.

Hey!

This is just a random little life update, because I don’t have any book related posts that I want to write right now and it’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this. Sorry in advance if this post is all over the place and completely random.

So, for the last two or three years I haven’t been counting audiobooks toward my Goodreads challenge goal, because I wanted to challenge myself to see how many books that I could read on my own. I had that goal at the start of 2020 too, BUT…you guys already know this has been a crazy damn year! With that being said, I decided that I would start counting audiobooks toward my reading challenge for this year. The thought of not completing my Goodreads challenge would have just brought me down even more than I am already feeling. Since I decided to do that, I am only 1 or 2 books behind schedule and I’m sure I’ll be caught up soon! I’ve been listening to books while I do my diamond paintings and it’s been nice! Below is the most recent diamond painting I completed. Also, check out this new blood spatter bookmark I got from The Bookables on Etsy! It gives me so many Dexter vibes.

I got back into playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons more. Currently, I have been working on redoing the interior of my house and making it more homey. I’ve focused a lot of my main room and my basement. Next up will probably be the bathroom. And then I need to do some serious work on my island itself. I have way too many flowers and they just need to go. I’m not seeing the real potential for my island, because it’s buried under hundreds of dang flowers! It’s a long process getting rid of so many flowers though, which is why I haven’t touched them. But that needs to change A.S.A.P. lol. 😛 Do you play Animal Crossing? Let’s be friends!

The husband and I watched both seasons of Cobra Kai on Netflix and OMG….the feels! We both love The Karate Kid sooo much, especially me. Cobra Kai was AMAZING and I am dying for the third season. I can’t even count how many times I cried or got goosebumps. The episode that made me cry the most was episode five of season one though. I’m talking tears streaming down my face and me yelling that I can’t take this show anymore, LOL. We got so obsessed with Cobra Kai that for the last week we’ve been going around the house pretending to do karate moves on each other when we pass by each other.

I put up some Halloween decorations around my house! I still need like A LOT more, but I am happy with the little bit of Halloween touch I’ve been adding around the house. I also put out a jar of my favorite Halloween candy, because I love them so much and also because it makes for a good Halloween decoration as well….as long as I don’t eat them all lol. 😛

Speaking of Halloween, I’m in the process of creating my Halloweenie TBR that I do every year. I like to try to read as many spooky/Halloween vibe books throughout October. I’m not entirely sure what books I will be adding to the list yet, but we’ll see how that goes. I am excited to go through my bookshelves and my Kindle shelf to see what books I may want to read in October! As long as I can actually read, still battling a reading slump. I have been reading the same book for 18 days and only on page 120, UGH. I guess that’s where audiobooks come in. If I can’t read myself, at least I have them.

I’ve been struggling a lot with anxiety as you already know and maybe even some depression (or sadness if it’s not depression). My sleep schedule has been really bad, which I think I’ve also talked about here. Sometimes I don’t go to sleep until 5 or 6am. I function day to day on only 3-5 hours of sleep a day. This week I’ve been challenging myself to go to sleep by 1am every night and so far I’ve done that. There was one day I even went to sleep at 10pm, so that’s been a good thing. I still can’t seem to get myself out of bed in the mornings, but it’s progress.

Andy and I went on a day trip a couple weekends ago to visit my younger sister, because my mom, older sister, niece, and nephew were going to. We went to this place called the “Shell Factory”. I’ve been there many times in the past since I used to live near there, but haven’t gone in years and years. Some things were okay and other things weren’t that great. I did take some pictures, so here are a few. For the small ones, you can click the image to see a full size version.

These next pictures will just be a bunch of random pictures, furbabies, sunsets, etc. 🙂

Some banana bread and cheesecake that I made recently. 🙂

And with that, I think that’s all I have for this update. I still want to do a picture update from when I went to Illinois for a month in June, so hopefully I’ll finally get around to doing that post. I’ll catch up with your posts and comments over the weekend. 🙂 

In case you missed it;
Release Day|| September Releases

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Release Day|| September Releases.

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Hey!

I wanted to do this post to share with you three ARCs that I was sent from publishers or received on Netgalley that are being published in September. I haven’t had the chance to read them (yet), but hopefully I will get to them this month. I want to highlight them on my blog now as well as later when I get my reviews up. These books below will be linked to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your TBR and I will share their book descriptions and their release date below as well.

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Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Goodreads Description: Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare. His SAT scores bombed, the old man he delivers meals to died, and when he came out to his religious zealot mother, she had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island. His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he “changes.” But Connor’s troubles are only beginning. At Nightlight, everyone has something to hide from the campers to the “converted” staff and cagey camp director, and it quickly becomes clear that no one is safe. Connor plans to escape and bring the other kidnapped teens with him. But first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they are— and taking this place down.


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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
Release Date: September 1st, 2020 – OUT NOW!

Goodreads Description: In 1982, two teenagers—serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell—are recruited by the FBI to interview convicted juvenile killers and provide insight and advice on cold cases. From the start, Emma and Travis develop a quick friendship, gaining information from juvenile murderers that even the FBI can’t crack. But when the team is called in to give advice on an active case—a serial killer who exclusively hunts teenagers—things begin to unravel. Working against the clock, they must turn to one of the country’s most notorious incarcerated murderers for help: teenage sociopath Simon Gutmunsson. Despite Travis’s objections, Emma becomes the conduit between Simon and the FBI team. But while Simon seems to be giving them the information they need to save lives, he’s an expert manipulator playing a very long game…and he has his sights set on Emma.


**This next book is the third book in a series, so I am not going to put the book description below. Instead I am going to share the book description of the first book in the series. I don’t want to spoil it for you and I also don’t want to spoil it for myself as I still need to read the second book (hopefully this month), so that I can read this one.**

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When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer
Release Date: September 8th, 2020 – OUT TODAY!

Goodreads description of the first book in the series called Not Even Bones: Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far. But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again. Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

Any other September releases that I should add to my TBR?

I’m not a fan of this new WordPress editor at all. It’s going to make wanting to post so annoying. I luckily already had this post drafted over a week ago. I am actually really annoyed by it, UGH. I can’t figure out how to align my paragraphs with “justify” like I do with all my posts, because the keys are different on a MacBook and the “shortcuts” don’t work. UGHH. The fact that this post won’t be aligned with justify is actually making me so anxious right now, because I like all my sentences to be straight and aligned perfectly with each other. :/ EDIT: I finally figured out how to justify, but I still REALLY, REALLY hate this new “block” situation with the new editor.

Anyway, I’m going to spend today catching up with your posts from the week and replying to comments, and then I think I’ll put my Halloween decorations up around the house.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| August.
Book Haul|| August.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| August.

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Hey!

This is my 800th post! I actually read more than two books this month!! It’s no surprise that this just hasn’t been my year and my reading has been so bad the last couple of months. Well, this month I was actually able to read SIX books! I think it helped that two of the six were graphic novels, but whatever. I’ll take what I can get because I am STLIL behind on my Goodreads challenge and I fear this may be the first year that I don’t complete it. 😦 Let’s hope that doesn’t happen though. Anyway, let’s get into my August wrap up. Here is what I read in August. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of August.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Renee Nault, Margaret Atwood – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve never read The Handmaid’s Tale book before, but I did watch a couple seasons of the TV series on Hulu. I decided to check out the graphic novel version and I actually really liked it and I loved the illustrations. I really want to read the actual books now.

Maus I by Art Spiegelman – 4 out of 5 stars
Maus II by Art Spiegelman – 5 out of 5 stars
I’ve been watching to read the Maus graphic novels for a while now and I am so glad that I finally read them. They were so good, but also so sad and heartbreaking. So many feels. It’s about a father and son’s relationship as well as the son learning about what his father went through during the concentration camps. It’s a true story as well.

Beach Read by Emily Henry – 4 out of 5 stars
It seems like EVERYONE has been reading Beach Read and really enjoying it, so I had to check it out. Hype books and I don’t get along that often, but I actually really liked Beach Read and it was pretty hard to put down at times. I really liked the relationship between Augustus and January. The story was pretty heartbreaking as well. Not what I expected when I read the title and see the cover, haha.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – 5 out of 5 stars
I buddy read Clap When You Land with Maren from The Worn Bookmark. It was exciting doing a buddy reading since it’s been a while since I’ve read a book with a friend. I LOVED CLAP WHEN YOU LAND. I flew through it in just a couple days. I knew I would love it though, because Elizabeth Acevedo writes amazing books and I always end up loving her books. It was so sad, but so good. I loved Camino and Yahaira so much.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – 5 out of 5 stars
I decided to reread Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, because I love this book so much and I have this cool edition that I got for my birthday that I wanted to check out. I could have just flipped through all the pages to see the illustrations, but I thought it would be fun to read to book as I looked through them. This time I was able to go through and save all of my favorite lines too.

What books did you read in August? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

What else did I do in August? I spent quite a bit of time watching Netflix. I watched both seasons of Glow Up, entire season of The Floor is Lava, entire season of Love on the Spectrum,  entire season of World’s Most Wanted, and most of Unwell. I also watched season one of Dragula. I also got REALLY into diamond painting recently. It’s kind of funny with the diamond painting, because I originally bought it in July and never touched it. As soon as I seen how tiny the gems were I was like “nope, this isn’t for me”, but I gave it a chance a couple weeks later and I actually love it now. It’s so calming and chill. I throw my AirPods on with some music playing and I sit there doing it for hours. I may try to listen to some audiobooks while I do it too.

Top two pictures are just random ones from doing the paintings. You can see a little close-up of the gems. The bottom two are the ones that I have completed so far. I also have a baby Yoda one to do, and three others to choose from to do next. I’m going to buy some Halloween ones to do throughout October and even some Christmas ones for December. I’m pretty obsessed now. 😛 Anyway, I think that’s all for this post. I am going to spend today and tomorrow catching up with your posts and replying to comments. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| August.
Friday Finds #88.
Release Day|| August Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack