September 2018: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

At this point, it’s probably pretty apparent that what I have not been up to is writing. There are a lot of reasons I’m struggling with that, largely because I tied a lot of my motivation into a source outside of myself, which I then lost. This is why intrinsic motivations are always better, kids!

I’m planning to do NaNoWriMo in November, so I’ll be using October to prep for the project I’ve targeted as my best starting place. It has a great elevator pitch, and, as a retelling, it should help me with my structure issues. I do at least know where the book is going; I just need to figure out what I want my versions of the characters to be like and which plot elements I want to keep, because some of them have to go.


Aside from slacking over my vacation, I’ve been keeping the blog running pretty consistently. I’m really loving the new system of only reviewing books that really were special to me. It’s a little awkward linking up on NetGalley/EW, like here’s Goodreads for everything else, but whatever whatever I do what I want.

The second installment of I’ve Got You Covered went up last week, so check in if you missed it, because THE PRETTIES!


I got to spend a whole week with Lenore! LBR we barely left her house, but we talked a bunch and played phone games (curse my new addiction!) and ate food and introverted like champions. Emmy’s still the cutest, in case you guys were concerned.


From my trip to visit Lenore, this is the song of the moment.

Movies & TV:

So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance both ended, and I’m really happy with the results of the former and understand the latter, even if the winner wasn’t my personal favorite. I’m looking forward to going to the SYTYCD tour with my mom in November!!!

Otherwise, I’ve been watching The Good Place with my boyfriend, and I think I did like season two more the second time around. Though it’s slightly irritating to watch with someone inquisitive, because he kept asking me why they were doing X when they were already dead, and you can’t say anything because SPOILERS. It’s still not my favorite show, but it’s unique and clever and strange and funny.

My parents gave me their Netflix while they’re on vacation, and they first gave me The Post, which they’d rented. I was so bored you guys. I feel like I should have liked it because smart and blah blah blah, but so many men talking and not enough Meryl Streep.

I rented the Everything, Everything movie, and…I didn’t think it was great. But, on the plus side, I think it was about it as good as it could be, even if I desperately wanted to cut Nick Robinson’s hair the entire time.

Reviews Posted:

Christina Books:

My favorite books of the month, the ones that tugged on my heartstrings. They absolutely made me want to write reviews. There is hilariously little variety this month.

Excellent Reads:

These books are really good. I stand by them in terms of quality, but I may not have been as emotionally invested as I wanted to be. Or sometimes they’re so freaking fun that I couldn’t just put them in the Liked section.


It’s funny how these lists break down, because I very much enjoyed some of these books. More so even than the ones in the above section. The difference is in how likely I am to recommend the books, despite having liked them quite well.

Not for Me:

This month, this section is proof that even authors whose books you’ve loved and who you deeply respect sometimes write books that aren’t for you. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

One response to “September 2018: Month in Review”

  1. Leah says:

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo! I’m prepping for that too with a project I’ve been working on for a few years. I’ve been getting the writing bug lately and I hope it continues.

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