August 2017: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

August has been a somewhat stressful month, but not a bad month. On the one hand, it’s massively stressful, because I did way too much therapy shopping post May break-up, and so money is a bit tight at the moment; I’ll be fine, but I had to dip into my savings a wee bit, which argh. On the other hand, I’m feeling pretty good mental health-wise, and I’ve felt stable.

Online dating continues to be a fun experiment and very good for my self-confidence and overall mental health. Dating practice is good socialization for me. Plus, turning down loads of guys who think they have a shot really makes me feel like hot shit. By turning down I mean ignoring their awkward and/or boring and/or creepy messages, but still. I’ve not had any horrible experiences, though one guy did ask me to watch him eat dinner (note: I also had not had dinner, and if you invite someone to a dinnerless 7 pm coffee date, you suck) and I respectfully declined.

Blog-wise, things have been pretty consistent. I keep being lazy about review-writing, and I really want to get back to writing a review as soon as I finish. But it’s so nice just not doing that haha. That’s the only bookstagram I’ve done in months, but hey it’s something.

Reviews Posted:

Books read in August: 39

Books reviewed in August: 35

Best book read in August: Bad Romance

Worst book read in August: The Fate of the Tearling

Series finished: 4 (The Girl at Midnight, Starflight, Court of Fives, Agents of the Crown)

Funniest book: What Goes Up

Shippiest book: Starflight

Best audiobook: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

DNFs:

I’m still sort of failing at DNFing. I’ve definitely finished some books I probably should have DNFed, but I’m not charging through absolutely everything, so I’ll call it a win. With the exception of The Hammer of Eden, none of these were overtly terrible or anything, so much as not Christina books. Picture me varying degrees of bored and/or not caring. In The Hammer of Eden, picture me laughing my damn ass off every time someone said “seismic vibrator,” which was a lot.

And, yes, DNFing Jane, Unlimited hurt me. I wanted to love it, but I was bored and the dialogue was a mess. I think it will still be cool for people who love the concept, but yeah not what I wanted after a five year wait. Between that and Strange the Dreamer, it’s not a great year for long-anticipated books.

One response to “August 2017: Month in Review”

  1. Nori says:

    You did not miss much with Jane, Unlimited…I wish I DNF’ed it…I really wish I had just given up. I’m terrible at giving up books. Sometimes what you say about them helps me feel justified. I was trying to truck through “Enter Title Here” and then I read why you stopped reading it on Goodreads, and I was like, “This is all the justification I need.”

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