Oops: Wrapping up June, July, August, September, and October because I’m a mess

HERE WE ARE AGAIN.

My fourth-most recent post is a wrap up of FOUR MONTHS. Merely three posts ago!! That’s how recently we did this!!

And yet somehow, enough months have since passed that I have to wrap up five more.

Enough introing. I already have a lot of writing to do.

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ALL OF SUMMER HAS ELAPSED.

I love summer. I’m cold all the time, so it’s cool for that to be less of a thing. I like walking at night and I like the smell of the air and I like picnics and flowers and it’s all around a joyful time.

Wow, I am writing myself into being really sad right now.

Anyway, not only has all of summer rushed away before my very eyes, but we’re like…basically done fall now? Now, it’s November, which is just Winter: The Preview.

Cold and suffering…they’re on their way. You can smell them in the air. LEAVE ME BE.

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It seems…ridiculous to look back on my goals for July and see whether I achieved them over the course of many months.

But ridiculous is where I LIVE.

July Goals

REMAIN AHEAD ON READING CHALLENGE ✓

READ AT LEAST ONE CLASSIC ✓

BLOG POST AT LEAST TWICE (BUT REALLY AT LEAST THREE TIMES) ✗

LOWER NUMBER OF BOOKS ON “TO-REVIEW” SHELF ON GOODREADS

Surprisingly…not that bad.

But then, the bar was very, very low. As in, so low that fifty percent – a failing grade – seems okay. (Also, even when I’m not active here, I tend to be active on Goodreads because I thirst for attention. So if you can’t get enough of me, find me there.)

Goals for November

Stay ahead on reading challenge

Write reviews

At least kind of blog

Be active on Twitter

Resurrect Instagram???

Sticking with what works: wildly low expectations.

Also, I’m now trying to be an actual member of the Book Internet?? Rather than someone who sporadically appears here once every two months.

Basically what I’m saying is…follow me on Twitter and please encourage me to begin Instagram again. Please. Because it’s been years.

I need your help on this one.

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As mentioned, I love summer. And fall has arrived VERY SUDDENLY. Seriously, one day it was 80 degrees (Fahrenheit, I am not boiling alive), and the next it was 60 and then it just never went back.

I DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO SAY GOODBYE.

This is my first-ever fall that doesn’t include Back To School time. I also moved away from a city I love very much because Money, and that’s kind of a bummer too.

So I’m melancholy. And you know what that means.

READING TO ESCAPE THE PRISON OF MY FEELINGS.

Now, to talk about, like…60+ books.

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1. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Read: May 31 – June 1 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

I have never enjoyed a Brigid Kemmerer book.

But I love Bloomsbury and they keep sending them to me.

This one included some truly insufferable characters who were inexplicably horrible to the people around them, and it was about as fun as it sounds.



2. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Read: June 1 – 2 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)Speaking of me continuing to read books by authors who have never written a book I’ve enjoyed. And giving those books 1.5 stars.

This was simply so, so, so boring. And riddled with small mistakes and errors, as if specifically designed to drive me slowly insane.

(It worked.)



3. Mr Salary by Sally Rooney

Read: June 2 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

Mr Salary by Sally RooneyI fell so deeply and profoundly in love with Sally Rooney that I was compelled to read every scrap of insight into her brain I could, including:
– this
– another short story
– several profiles
– a failed attempt to break into her home in order to read her grocery lists.
(That last one is a joke. Please don’t arrest me.)



4. The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt by Ken Krimstein

Read: June 3 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt by Ken KrimsteinI don’t know that much about Hannah Arendt and philosophy is so cool and so are women, but this was a lot more List Of Famous People Hannah Knew In Her Lifetime Via Footnote, And Mostly They Are Men than Graphic Novel Overview of Hannah Arendt’s Philosophies, Or Even Life.

A bummer.



5. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (reread)

Read: June 4-6 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

Basically every time I write anything about any of Jonathan Safran Foer’s books (by which I mean either of the two I’ve read, both of which I love), I say this:

Jonathan Safran Foer is quite possibly the most pretentious man alive, and I will stan these two (2) books forever. And probably not read anything else he’s ever written. That’s the take.



6. Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Read: June 10 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

Field Notes on LoveI read this book about four months ago (I am writing this in mid-October with the realistic awareness that it will likely take me weeks to finish it) and I remember little to nothing about it.

You could probably convince me that reading it was an elaborate hallucination. Or not-so-elaborate. Because I don’t remember a thing.



7. The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (reread)

Read: June 9-12 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)I’ve technically been in the midst of this “””series reread””” for two and a half years, and I read the book before this one over a year ago.

And it’s not even hard to keep track of what’s happening.

THAT’S HOW FANTASTIC AND MEMORABLE THESE BOOKS ARE.



8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (reread)

Read: June 12-13 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

The Storied Life of A.J. FikryPretty sure that every book I’ve read since June that hasn’t been about bookstores was by accident.

Not exactly convinced I’d read anything that WASN’T about books and stores that sell them and people that love them at this point in my life. Or any point.



9. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Read: June 13-15 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

We Are the AntsThis is one of those books I had on my TBR forever, and then I finally read it, and then once I did I was like…”Should’ve just kept that one on the ol’ to read list.”

Or more accurately, taken it off.

This was a deeply unpleasant reading experience.



10. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Read: June 10-16 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleBefore reading this, I thought the most interesting thing about it was that its original (and current British) title was The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, but that was deemed too similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and so the half was added.

After reading this, I still thought that was the most interesting thing about it.



11. Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Read: June 17-18 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3.5 stars

Red, White & Royal BlueThis was very cute and very, very fluffy and very, very, very much the most insane and ridiculous book ever of all time.

Was it an enjoyable read, for the most part? Yes. Did I enjoy the moments this felt like a political-fanfiction AU where 2016 went differently? No. As someone with an actual genuine interest in politics beyond “WHAT IF THINGS WERE DIFFERENT AND PERFECT,” that was not my favorite.



12. Becoming by Michelle Obama

Read: June 17-19 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4.5 stars

BecomingENOUGH FAKE FICTIONAL PERFECT POLITICS, I said. IT’S TIME FOR TRUE REAL-LIFE PERFECT POLITICS.

(Michelle Obama is the only perfect thing about politics.)

Also, I read this as an audiobook! A pretty uncommon thing for me. I wanted to hear Michelle’s dulcet tones ❤



13. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (reread)

Read: June 20-21 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4.5 stars

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineI’ve read this book twice in the past two years and approximately 25 times in childhood and I show no signs of getting tired of it.

Truly how could I? This book has Prince Char and Ella and is the best fairytale retelling of all time probably. Middle grade-level romance = forever the only kind I’ll accept. (This is blatantly false.)



14. The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Read: June 18-26 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

The IdiotWhen I was reading this, I did not know if I liked it or not.

When I finished it, I did not know if i liked it or not.

Three months have passed.

I do not know if I like it or not.



15. Stealing Home by Becky Wallace

Read: June 27-29 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

Stealing HomeThis is an ARC I was sent, and it’s about baseball. I actually requested this ARC, which is not only about a sport (generally not something I read about), but specifically my least favorite sport of all time.

Unsurprisingly, I didn’t like it. Surprisingly, it wasn’t only because, you know, baseball.



16. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Read: June 28 – July 1 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

The Bookshop on the CornerRemember earlier, when I said I can’t really read anything other than books about bookstores? Prepare to see the evidence of that.

The unfortunate part of this inclination is a lot of books about bookstores are fluffy romance-y type things, and…I do not always do well with that.

But this was fine.



16. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (reread)

Read: July 1 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3.5 stars

Words in Deep BlueThe whole books-about-bookstores thing also meant I had to resort to rereads a few times, which was…you know. Not exactly out of the ordinary for me.

Unfortunately, this book – which was a four and a half or five star read originally – dropped significantly when I realized it was more about emotions than bookstores. A lot more.



17. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (reread)

Read: July 2 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)If you don’t have a series of magical summery middle grade reads you loved in childhood and can return to without fail whenever you so choose, I feel bad for you son.

I got 99 problems but The Penderwicks ain’t one.

(I’m equal parts proud of myself and disgusted. So…the usual.)



18. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Read: July 7-9 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

Heidi by Johanna SpyriFor some reason, this book felt like it took a million years to read and also I was never once interested.

And this is coming from a girl who LOVES children’s classics. My favorite book in the history of time is a children’s classic! But this is sure as hell not my favorite book in the history of time.



19. Beyond the Lens by Hannah Ellis

Read: July 10-11 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

Beyond the Lens (Lucy Mitchell Book 1)I don’t know when I bought this, I don’t know why I bought this, I don’t know why I read it beyond the fact that I was kind of on vacation and wanted something summery and romantic comedy-y.

Regardless, this was neither of those things, and I still don’t know why I bought or read this.

I just know I should not have.



20. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll (reread)

Read: July 14 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

Alice's Adventures Under GroundI first read this book when one of the people I love most in the world bought me a copy, and I reread it when another of the people I love most in the world bought me a different copy.

Which was in LEWIS CARROLL’S HANDWRITING. If you’ve ever heard anything cooler than that, you need to fix your priorities.



21. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Read: July 12-15 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)Honey, if I wanted a will they/won’t they romance, I would have picked up a will they/won’t they romance.

That’s not why I read this book.

I read this book because I’m desperately seeking the high of Six of Crows. Like a normal person.



22. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Read: July 13-15 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3.5 stars

The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)What…does anyone say about this book?

It is very very sad.

It is very hopeful.

My heart was stomped on.



23. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Read: July 15-16 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and MeI don’t know if I ever really thought there was such a thing as unputdownable nonfiction…but this book sure is that.

THE DRAMA. THE ANGST. THE EMOTIONS. Reading this is like having the best most gossipy lunch with your most backhanded high school friend. In the best way. (Thanks to HMH for sending me this.)



24. Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

Read: July 16 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Are You Listening?At the best of times, a graphic novel tends to feel incomplete.

This is only truer if that graphic novel contains two separate character arcs, plus a handful of very thorny and complex social issues, plus a near-inexplicable introduction of some very complicated magical realism.

(Thanks to First Second for the copy.)



25. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Read: July 17 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

The Chaos of Standing StillSo this is a contemporary romance about two characters who are stranded in an airport.

I can’t think of a synopsis much dreamier than that.

And yet. Here we are. With a pretty meh read and a 2.5 star rating. Because life isn’t fair.



26. Fake Plastic Girl by Zara Lisbon

Read: July 17-18 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1 star

Fake Plastic GirlHere is all I have to say: This book spends more time talking about the feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West (4 pages) than the murder I thought I was reading about (approx. 2 pages).

(Obviously that isn’t all I have to say in general, but it’s all I have to say about this.)



27. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (reread)

Read: July 21-22 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4.5 stars

Foolish HeartsOkay YES I lowered this to 4.5 stars upon reread because it was ever-so-slightly less beautifulfantasticamazingfunny than I remembered…

But it was still beautifulfantasticamazingfunny.

I love Emma Mills.



28. Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Read: July 22 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

GhostedI bought this on a whim with no research in an airport. This means that I paid full list price for this bad boy. With no concept of what it was about.

That was a mistake.

I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE MYSTERY. NOT ROMANCE.

Also there were no ghosts.



29. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Read: ?-July 24 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: ? stars

Lolita by Vladimir NabokovI picked this up in December, took weeks to read half of it, then had to put it down for seven months before picking it up again.

I viscerally hated everything about reading this except for the prose, which was…maybe the best I’ve ever read?

Confusing.



30. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (reread)

Read: July 25-26 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4.5 stars

Since You've Been GoneI have now read this three times, and would literally pick it up right now and reading it again.

IT’S THAT FUN.

It has everything I love. A contemporary with summer and road trips and friendship and banter and a little bit of romance. A dream.



31. Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Read: July 26-30 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

Franny and ZooeyCopying and pasting my Goodreads pre-review:

Franny and Zooey has the powerful ending of East of Eden, the beautiful and spare writing of Fitzgerald, the holy-hell-this-book-is-inside-my-head feeling of Sally Rooney, the intensely real characters of Jonathan Safran Foer, the lyrical descriptions of Neil Gaiman… This book feels like it was made for me in a lab.



32. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Read: July 30-August 1 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)I was SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK.

(Even though it took me years to read it.)

All I wanted was magic and Prague and worldbuilding. Instead I got instalove and Mary Sue. Hurray.



33. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Read: August 5 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

The Rest of the StoryThere are some things a Sarah Dessen book guarantees. (We don’t speak about Dreamland in this house.)

They’re summery. They have a Major Social Issue. The main character has a big thing with their parents. There’s a romance. People Come Of Age. But some are better than others. Others are better than this one.



34. If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser

Read: August 7 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3.5 stars

If You're Out ThereI…completely forgot about this book. I forgot I read it. I forgot what it’s about. I…am simply at a loss.

I just had to reread the synopsis and I’m still not all that confident this isn’t a Goodreads glitch.

Maybe this isn’t a 3.5 star read after all.



35. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Read: August 8-9 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

The UnhoneymoonersI have never liked a Christina Lauren book, and yet I will never stop in my quest to like a Christina Lauren book.

It’s the optimist in me. (Or the masochist. Depending on your perspective.)

(It’s more likely the latter.)



36. Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

Read: August 13-26 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1 star

Broken Beautiful HeartsOnce upon a time, in February 2019, Macmillan sent me a very cute romance-y Valentine’s Day package with a bunch of YA contemporary romances.

I did not have most of these (except Foolish Hearts), and that is because I did not think I would like them. And I did not like this book.



37. The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

Read: August 29-30 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1 star

The Season of You & MeAnd then I guess I figured…why not keep the streak of forcing myself to read YA contemporary romance I’m not enjoying going?

Except I, presumably, bought this book. Myself. With my own money.

I do not remember why, but…it was a bad idea.



39-40. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

Read: August 31 and September 2 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

PumpkinheadsBasically all I need to say has already been covered in the line above.

a) It’s a five star read.

b) I read it twice in three days.

This is the most perfect most autumnal thing I have ever laid my eyes on.



41. We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Read: September 1-2 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3.5 stars

We Speak in StormsA book I’ve actually already reviewed…AND I’ve already posted the review on this blog??? It’s more likely than you think.

(By which I mean, excluding maybe rereads, it will happen exactly once in this post.) (Even though I’m wrapping up like 60+ books.) (Thanks to the publisher for the copy.)



42. As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl

Read: September 3-4 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

As Many Nows as I Can GetLook at this cover. LOOK AT IT. Look how cute it is!!

I expected a cute fluffy summery fun road trip-y read, and instead this book made me feel everything and then it DESTROYED ME.

(Again…thanks to the publisher for the copy. Even though I was ruined.)



43. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (reread)

Read: September 5-8 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

Conversations with FriendsI REREAD THIS FOUR MONTHS AFTER I READ IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Even in my terrible history of constantly, compulsively rereading…that’s a new low.

Sally Rooney let me hug you. Or at least publish another book soon. I need it. Clearly.



44. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Read: September 9 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Permanent RecordUghhhhhh.

This was my most anticipated read of the year, probably (okay not THE most but in the top tier for sure), and it tore my heart out and stomped on it.

And not in the way I wanted it to. In the wow-that-was-disappointing way.



45. The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

Read: September 12-13 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

The Birds, The Bees, and You and MeI liked what this book was TRYING to do (be a feminist YA contemporary), but like most feminist YA contemporaries, this did not work for me at all.

WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT FOR ALL OF THESE BOOKS TO ACTUALLY HAVE THEIR CHARACTERS ACT LIKE FEMINISTS? NOT JUST SAY FEMINIST STUFF? I mean really. (Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.)



46. American Royals by Katherine McGee

Read: September 13-16 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1.5 stars

American Royals (American Royals, #1)This was very ridiculous, and not the fun gossipy fluff kind I wanted.

Just a whole lot of boredom and angst.

I need to remember that I don’t go for poor-little-rich-royal-can’t-marry-for-love stories.



47. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Read: September 17 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

A Tale Dark & GrimmI read this because my sister said she loved it, and also that it was a quick read. Also I love middle grade and I love fairytales and I love adventure stories and I love darkness.

But mostly I thought this was a worse version of A Series of Unfortunate Events.



48. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

Read: September 20-22 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)I loved loved loved Every Heart a Doorway, and then I thought the next two installments in the Wayward Children series were…meh.

Classic me.

But HURRAY BECAUSE THIS WAS GREAT!



49. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (reread)

Read: September 22-23 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

The Serpent KingI never intended to reread this book (which I got as one of my VERY FIRST ARCs, at my first and only BookCon), because the only thing I remember about it is that it’s very, very sad. And I do not do “sad.”

But then I found a hardcover copy of it in a dollar store (?!) and that changed everything.



50. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Read: September 28-30 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

Three WomenThe idea of this book (a nonfiction account of the sex lives of three women across America) is so much better than the execution (all three women are white, two are Catholic and live in the Midwest, hints of victim-blaming at the beginning).

Because I love to suffer.



51. The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

Read: September 30-October 1 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica BrodyWhen I tell you I really and truly went on Book Outlet (the world’s greatest site) and bought approx. a dozen young adult contemporaries about road trips (possibly the world’s greatest trope)…

Anyway. This one was disappointing, BUT MY EXCITEMENT ABOUT THIS HAUL REMAINS.



52. Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable

Read: October 2 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1 star

Kiss Number 8Not to be rude or dramatic or anything, but…THIS SUCKED AND IT WAS THE MOST UPSETTING THING IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

The very Idea…of making the subplot in your GRAPHIC NOVEL all of your protagonist’s loved ones being TRANSPHOBIC AF…when you OBVIOUSLY DON’T HAVE TIME TO RESOLVE THAT…wtf. (Thanks to First Second for the ARC.)



53. Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

Read: October 3-5 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

Eight Will FallOkay please don’t leave me and this book alone in a dark room at night because it scares the hell out of me.

Well, the middle third-ish does. The only thing that scares me about the ending is how meh it was.

And that’s not unusual.



54. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Read: October 5 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

The FlatshareLately, I’ve been really into the IDEA of rom coms? Like, I glamorize them in my brain and think “wow it would be so fun to read something cute and fluffy and funny right now…I should do it…” and then I read one and it’s not like that at all.

This was the least disappointing of all my attempts thus far.



55. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Read: October 7 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Bet MeThe rom com quest continues, and delivers a MASSIVE and ANNOYING and BORING disappointment.

Someone in the comments of my Goodreads review of this was like “don’t read romantic comedies from more than 2 or 3 years ago” and that person was not only correct, but probably an angel sent to guide me. (This book is from 2004.)



56. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Read: October 8 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3.5 stars

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanI honestly don’t know why I had this book on my to read list, considering I am VERY bad with books about characters who embarrass themselves / are sad and lonely / etc.

But I read this anyway.

Worked out surprisingly well.



57. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Read: October 9-15 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4.5 stars

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)YESSSSSSSSSS.

THIS BOOK IS THE SH*T.

I GAVE IT 4.5 STARS BUT MIGHT HAVE TO F*CK AROUND AND CHANGE IT TO FIVE BECAUSE I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT AND I KIND OF ALREADY WANT TO REREAD IT. SO.



58. Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Read: October 16 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and LossAdd it to the 2019 favorites list, baby.

Harris Wittels is one of my very favorite comedians, and in 2015, he died of a heroin overdose.

This is his sister’s memoir about his life and the loss. It is beautiful and it destroyed me.



59. How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Read: October 18 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1 star

How to Find Love in a BookshopI bought this in a used bookshop, due to the whole aforementioned can’t-stop-reading-books-about-bookstores thing…

It was…well, you can see the rating.

I have to get over this fixation. It very rarely goes well.



60. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing

Read: October 19 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

37534379. sx318 I don’t really know why First Second sent me a finished copy of this, considering it’s the second book in a series and I didn’t read the first and also there’s no way I requested it, but I read it.

It took me approx a year and a half and was ultimately disappointing, but I did it.



61. Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

Read: October 22 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3.5 stars

Hello GirlsEveryone in the world knows that I truly adore Emily Henry. (Especially Emily Henry. To which I say: Apologies for the creepiness. It’s not intentional. Just an effect.)

Anyway, this book was only about 50% Emily Henry, and that’s just not enough Emily Henry for me. (Although…is anything?)



62. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Read: October 21-22 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

If I'm Being HonestWhen I picked up this book, I said “Not to be dramatic, but if I don’t like this book everything is ruined and I’ll be sad forever.”

Then, true to form, I did not like it.

I am doomed to an existence of never-ending suffering.



63. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket (reread)

Read: October 23 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)I’ve been doing this series reread for like two years. And I just…keep forgetting about it. Then I’ll think (as I very often do) about how much I love these books, and then be like “Wow I want to reread them right the hell now.”

And then I remember I ALREADY AM! It’s like a fun gift for me every time.



64. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (reread)

Read: October 27-28 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)I am a very critical reader. My average rating on Goodreads is, I believe, 2.92 (and consistently dropping). I write negative rant reviews about popular young adult books alllll the time.

And yet I truly enjoy the Vampire Academy books.

I never promised logic.



WE DID IT!! We wrapped up all 64 books!

Now…it’s time…

My average rating for alllll of June, July, August, September, and October…

Insert drumroll here…

3.02!

Not horrible!

Also might be wrong but I am NOT going to recalculate that. Way too many numbers.

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Well, there certainly aren’t many. But it’s not as bad as it’s been in the past.

The lowest bar of all time.

Here are my three most popular posts of the last four months:

1. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY SO HERE IS EVERY BOOK I’VE EVER TRULY LOVED!

2. THE ULTIMATE WRAP-UP: LET’S TALK FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, & MAY

3. IT’S PARTY TIME!: WE SPEAK IN STORMS REVIEW + A HAPPY LIST + ALL AROUND BLOG TOUR FUN!!

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Woohoo! We did it! And hopefully I actually…keep blogging so I won’t have to do that again.

Or more realistically won’t have to do it for a while.

Anyway, in my last post I mentioned my dog, the best creature in the world, and I promised a few people in the comments that I’d include pictures here, so without further ado here she is. Enjoy. (And prepare yourself for the cutest thing you’ve ever laid eyes on.)

(These are when she was littler but she remains just as perfect now.)

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Have you read any of these books? What was the best book you read in the last few months?

Have you ever seen a more perfect creature in your life than that puppy?! You don’t have to answer that one. I know the response.

26 thoughts on “Oops: Wrapping up June, July, August, September, and October because I’m a mess

  1. Tucker Almengor says:

    Ahhh! Louis (that’s her name right? i have a horrible memory) is so cuuuttteeee!! 😍 I’m still trying to get over the fact that you didn’t like Unhoneymooners 😭 I am really glad you liked Ninth House though. I am so excited for the sequel but it’s not supposed to come out until fall of ’21 ughhhhh. Yeah, winter sucks. It’s so depressing. But at least there is Christmas!

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  2. Meeghan reads says:

    NAWWW PUPPY!!!!! 😍 She is amazing and adorable!!! 😍
    Also, I can totally see where you get the insta-love for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but it’s slightly more complex, and I think is explained much more in the second book. You know, if you were to continue the trilogy… 😘

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      SHE IS SO PERFECT!!!

      idk…i just…don’t really care about their relationship? like i get that it wasn’t ~really~ instalove for the back story reason but i still wasn’t in it for the romance and i don’t feel like the other story is fleshed out enough for me to care that much? but if i stumble across a cheap copy of the next book you KNOW i’ll pick it up

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      you are NOT WRONG. ninth house was fantastic!! v v different from other bardugo books but still soooo good. i very much love both my dog and my bookshelves ❤

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  3. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea says:

    OK now I’m scared to read If I’m Being Honest, because I’ve only heard bad things lately! Tiffany and Marie love it though, and I can’t wait to read it and see for myself! OMG SAME ABOUT OUR DARK DUET. Probably one of the most disappointing books of my entire life. This Savage Song is one of my favorite books of all time, and the fact that it let me down like that… I’m still salty about it. It just lacked the spark that the first books have, and I agree that it was riddled with small errors throughout, grr

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ooohh fingers crossed you end up loving it??? the reasons it didn’t work for me may be unique for me.

      omg i am so sorry that our dark duet was disappointing for you…it def disappointed me, but i didn’t ADORE this savage song. (i did like it though.)

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  4. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    Okay how can you read the same amount of books I’ve read this year, but only in 4 months?? 😲

    I think you got quite a mixed bag there! From what I take… it seems like you mostly hate hyped up books ahaha. No worries, I’ve been feeling the same way this year, especially with all the new releases. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for The Flatshare and the cover also really calls to me so I think I’m going to give it a try.

    Your puppy is sooooo cutee!!! Look at that face 😍

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      all i can say is i finally broke out of the slump that’s been plaguing me foreverrrr.

      i do hate hyped up books very often lol. it’s like unpopular opinions are in my dna. omg please read the flatshare and tell me what you think!!!

      she is perfect ❤

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  5. tiffany @ readbytiffany says:

    Your puppy is the CUTEST!!! ❤ I loved catching up with all that you've done this half of the year, and WOW congrats on reading so many amazing books. (Also side note: I just realized your blurb for the comment box is "PLZ GIVE ME ATTENTION" and honestly #mood)

    I'm wishing you so much luck for your November goals, and I hope you have a fantastic time resurrecting your IG too 🙂 Happy Reading!!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      TIFFANY THANKS

      isn’t she the best?? she is the single most joyful creature in my life.

      ty i constantly crave attention

      hope you also have a wonderful wonderful november!! you toooo ❤ ❤

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  6. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirl) says:

    Thank you for this post because I can no purge several books from my TBR! It also means that I’m definitely going to be adding a few but I guess that can’t be helped. I too for some reason keep reading books by authors who have never left me satisfied, V.E. Schwab included. In fact, just yesterday I was thinking of picking up This Savage Song. I’m gonna call that a lapse in judgment and stick to authors I know won’t disappoint me. Also, Permanent Record was one of the worst disappointments of 2019!! I’m gonna pretend I didn’t read it and continue to love Emergency COntact.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      omg…this comment means…the world to me. not just b/c you TBRed some of these (THANKS) but also b/c thank god i’m not the only one consistently disappointed by V.E. Schwab, and thank god i’m not the only person who LOVED emergency contact and was suuuper disappointed by permanent record

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  7. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    all dogs make me emotional but seeing those pics of Louie is going to make me actually cry!!! she is the most perfect angel to exist on this earth (besides you of course)

    and I’ve been kind of worried about whether or not I’ll enjoy Ninth House, but seeing YOU love it brings back the confidence that I also will, so thank you for that. and finally someone who doesn’t love Daughter of Smoke and Bone!! it was just so… bad for me, but everyone seems to be in love with the beauty of it and I do not see it at all. also we seem to be opposites when it comes to the Wayward Children series… I just picked it up in the last few months (because I am sorely failing my goodreads challenge), and I really didn’t love the first book but liked the next ones slightly more. however we will see how I feel for the fourth!!

    anyways I’ve missed your posts a lot and seeing you post regularly now makes me so HAPPY. (and yes you absolutely should revive your instagram because it was beautiful and it means another platform I can be obsessed with you on)

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      I LOVE YOU AND YOU’RE CORRECT except for the fact that you are above me in terms of angel-ness and at least tied w louie

      Ninth House is a toughie b/c it SOOOO completely isn’t YA. so i think a lot of mostly-YA readers have struggled w the slow start and the intricateness of it, but i personally loved it!!! i hope you do toooo

      omg yes to Daughter of Smoke and Bone??? what was there to love. i have no idea. also omg can’t relate on the wayward children series but glad it’s helping slumpy you!!

      i’ve missed your posts a lot toooo being back is a delight for seeing them regularly alone. ILY THANKS

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  8. Marie says:

    AH you’ve read SO MUCH in the past few months this is honestly INCREDIBLE there are so many books there ahhhhh. I love Emma Mills’ books so so much they always make me so happy ❤ ❤ ❤ and your dog looks way too adorable ah I'm a little bit in love right now ahh. ❤ ❤

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