Hey guys! Welcome back to the blog for a bit of a different post. I’ve actually tried to do these consistently since 10,000 years ago but I always seem to fail at writing them. With my rather long summer hiatus, I thought I’d (you know) start them up again. Sort of like a fresh start. Plus, I actually wrote stuff this month (surprise!). I tend to have these random months of energy but please don’t get used to them. I normally don’t spit out so many reviews a month
But what exactly went down here?
I went through my book review backlog!
I think I have about 20 books on my Netgalley shelf and a couple others on my Pegasus Publishers shelf. I know, I’m such a terrible person, but what can I say? My eyes are bigger than my self-restraint! And in order to motivate myself in reading more from this pile of goodies, I decided to partake in the 2018 Netgalley Reading Challenge
- [Pegasus Publishers] Secret Society: Secret Society (#1) and Secret Kingdom (#2) by Hannah Jennings: This is my first post of my trying to finish reading all my requested reviews backlog. While the series isn’t anything interesting, there was something about it that just makes me want to figure out when the third book is coming out. Both books ended up with 2/5 ratings
- [Netgalley] The Dam Keeper: The Film and Graphic Novels by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi: This is probably one of my favorite graphic novels! I just LOVE the art and the whole concept of Darkness and Fog. If you haven’t read this already, I seriously recommend it (and if you have read it, LMK what you think!)
- [Netgalley] A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson: A graphic novel that set out to do what it intended, giving us the rundown on they/them pronouns. It’s very informative for beginners, pleasing to look at, and it leaves you with things to think about the next time you interact with people.
I participated in a blog tour!
Honestly, while blog tours can get a bit stressful because I’m the most last-minute person out there, they’re also a blessing. It’s because of BTs that I’m so close to finishing my Goodreads reading challenge of 30 novels this year (I upped it after I reached my initial goal, hehe). But I didn’t just do a review. I also did a short Q&A that I hope you guys find humorous and fun ^^
- [Blog Tour and Quirky Q&A] Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss: While I didn’t rate this novella a 4/5 or more, it was a really nice read for anyone who wants something short and fluffy. Like, this is Major Fluff. There’s also some great representation here: panromantic aro female x chubby Hispanic female and they each have their own mental health struggles (ADHD and anxiety). Plus, there’s food!
Did my first collaboration post on this blog!
Yup! You guys heard it correctly. I’ve never really done a collaboration post before but OneSideofMakhail contacted me about reviewing a movie I’d been excited about earlier this year and BAM, it happened. In summary, we both ended up watching the movie and reviewed it on each other’s blogs
- the typical viewing: I feel Pretty: OneSideofMakhail is really good about breaking down the pros and cons of a movie and I recommend checking out his blog for more movie reviews. He’ll definitely make sure you get your money’s worth
- Crimson’s Typical Viewing: I Feel Pretty: And this is the review I wrote for the movie, which you can find on his blog. While I tried to outline the pros and cons, I can’t help but admit that I talked more about the messages that the movie (possibly) tried to convey but didn’t. Oops! If you’ve watched the movie, LMK what you thought!
My first Review Request?!
You heard that right guys! I’ve officially opened up to review requests because, honestly, buying books is a little tough for me right now. And of course, I just had to land the JACKPOT
But storytime real quick: My deadline for reading this book was before the end of September. And you know, for about a week I thought we were already in September (which makes NO SENSE because that would mean I was in school but I was at home…) so I kept telling myself to hurry up on that review. Then one day I actually looked at a calendar and realized we were in August! But it was too late. In my head, the deadline had changed from “end of September” to “end of this month” because of my earlier blunder. So basically I posted this review yesterday thinking I had waited last minute but in actuality, I’m a month early
I know, my derpiness surprises me too sometimes
- [Review and Exerpt] The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey: This was a really good read, especially if you’re into vampires, romance, fairytales, and zombies? Yup. Oh, and book 2 is coming out in October and if that still sounds like a long wait, there are 4 prequel books! And to make the deal even sweeter, The Gilded King is ON SALE right now
My YouTube Channel is Still Dead, But…
While I was browsing I found this video of me from April (still in the dorms), talking about The Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler. I’ve actually already reviewed the series on my blog but since the video exists, I thought I’d upload it. Feel free to subscribe to my channel for more stuff (eventually) and like the video if you liked anything I said
INTERESTING CONTENT ON THE INTERWEBS
I’m not sure if this function was already on WordPress but now we can save posts. That is such a godsend for roundup posts where I want to share everyone’s lovely posts but am cursed with a bad memory! Unfortunately, this function doesn’t work on my desktop. WHY wordpress, WHY?!
- Reading Slumps 101 via The Cursed Books because who doesn’t experience slumps every now and then?
2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge Sign Up! via Bookish Things in case anyone wants to join in the challenge!
- 7 Things Only A Bookdragon Will Understand was such a fun and interesting read. Totally things I GET. Also, I’m joining the Bookdragon ranks! #adoptme
- Kristina poses a question that I’m sure lots of book bloggers have asked themselves at least once: Do “DNF” count as finishing books?
- Book Bloggers I Love Just As Much As I Adore Chris Hemsworth (Um, sort of) via That Bookshelf Bitch because there’s no such thing as following too many blogs
- Edelweiss 101: Tips & Tricks via Reader Voracious Blog: I just joined Edelweiss and this post is a GODSEND! I swear, I’m having some trouble on this site and this blog post is like I got you young grasshopper
- End of August, early september .. via Books-and-Dachshunds: I always see people do blogging journals and I always try to do something simple but fail. So I stopped doing them but ok WOW, I’ve been inspired again!
- Dissociative Identity Disorder⎮switch caught on camera–meet my alter! I don’t normally frequent YT because I KNOW it’s a void I won’t be able to escape for hours. But one day I stopped by and this video was in my recommended list
- After seeing the video above, I actually got curious about DID and ended up watching Meet The Alters! | MultiplicityAndMe. This video has more of a game format with Jess and her Alters
- And for anyone who speaks/understands Spanish and is following Reto 4 Elementos, Rasta is going to be doing some commentary on certain events going on in the second season and he starts off by talking about how Yann was disqualified (he’s so concise!)
I know I didn’t even graze the iceberg of blog posts out in the blogosphere, so if you found something interesting that you’d like to share, definitely leave a link in the comments section ^^
Life Updates & Goals
Classes start next week! Yes, it’s finally that time of year again. My brother actually started going to school like a week ago and it sounds like other college kids have done the same elsewhere. And I’m the last one.
But yes, I can start moving in on Saturday and I’m actually packing my car today. I already made a list of things I shouldn’t forget but chances are I’m going to forget something else. Eek! For this quarter I also decided to stay in a different dorm building. I think I’m more nervous about that then actual classes starting. Speaking of classes, I’m *crosses fingers and prays to Satan* going to be a full-time student this quarter. Or at least until I can figure out if I can afford it (my financial aid is still processing). And I still need to find a job! I wasn’t able to find anything over the summer but I can’t not find something this month!! Otherwise, I won’t be able to eat Orz
But what’s the point of this story? Well, for one, to say I’m excited about starting school but also to say that my productivity might fall a bit in terms of the book blogging scene. Still, this does mean I’ll be uploading more university, Chicago, and art related posts in the coming months!
Oh and since I’m already talking about school, I got accepted to be a Study Abroad Ambassador! I have no idea exactly what that means but I do like the idea of working more closely with study abroad at my school ^^
But what can you guys expect to find on the blog next month?
CONFIRMED: You can expect these posts nice and early on the dates I’ve marked
- 9/1: Reign of Mist Blog Tour and Tweets!
- 9/4: Alice in Zombieland book review
- 9/8: Gudetama’s Guide to Life and Eggsistential Thoughts Review
- 9/10: What the Woods Keep Blog Tour
DRAFTS: These posts have an 80+% chance of being written and posted!
- The White Rabbit Chronicles series reviews
- Crimson Talks: Harems (on My Fujoshi Life)
- Little Pierrot review for books 1 to 3
- The Girl From the Other Side first impressions (on My Fujoshi Life)
- My Hero Academia impressions up to volume 15 (on My Fujoshi Life)
- Throne of Glass book review
Other Goals: Blogging related and lifestyle
- I hope to start doing exercise more regularly. Ideally, I would go to the gym down the street since I’m technically paying for it (tuition) but I’d also be happy with just taking regular walks, to start off with
- Tied in with exercise, I need to up my water intake and eat a bit more healthy!
- As soon as classes start I want to start doing a sketch a day and at least one painting every week. I really need to get into the habit of actually doing art
- In terms of my blog, I’d like to start doing more bilingual posts (Spanish)
- I’d also like to start reading and commenting on more blogs!
- Try to actually journal the whole month. I already did the calendar and the habits logs (because it looked fun) but I need to stick with it!
- Update my podcast because it’s SO DEAD
- Film one more video (first impression and recap) and edit the global walking videos I started to do over the summer
Aside from reviews, I do have a couple discussion and list related posts I plan to do but they’re still just random ideas in my head and might not be ready for September. I need to sit down and just plan how they’re going to be working, lol. With these goals, I’m at 10 posts this month, which is double what I would normally aim for
As always, thanks for stopping by! And WOW, this post got really long. Usually, they won’t end up this long but if there was anything in bold, it means the posts appreciate any love you guys can give. And if there’s something you guys want to share (be it links, goals, recs, other thoughts) feel free to drop it down below
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