Farewell, September! You have been a horribly long month, but I can definitely pick out a bunch of good moments. First, I decided to focus on the book blog here. I truly enjoy creating posts and content, and am really looking forward to seeing how the blog grows over time. It is a fun adventure that I am looking forward to continuing.
The second highlight of September is that I am now the proud owner of a camera and am starting a journey with photography! Photography has been something I have always wanted to do as a hobby, but have never taken the time to learn/experiment with it, including editing photos; however, I invested in a Canon Rebel T6i and some editing software, and have really taken to it- at least in the having fun part. I am still learning and hope to continue to grow as I learn more of the technical side and play around with the camera and software. I have been posting some of the bookish photos to my Instagram, so please check them out and give some feedback! Always looking to grow 😊
Reading-wise, I read a total of one book, but am so close to finishing another. I have a book diary up for my one read, Nightingale by Amy Lukavics, which is linked below. It recently came out and would be a great read for the Halloween season! For October, I am going to continue with Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (this will be completed today, 10/01). I participated in the Big Buddy Readalongs for Strange the Dreamer, which ended yesterday, but it was so much fun and got me into this amazing world. I also plan to continue Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft and Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton. And then I have a few other books I would like to get to as well, including the sequel to Strange the Dreamer, Muse of Nightmares… even though I have not finished Strange the Dreamer just yet, I already know it is a new all-time favorite and I am already craving the second book, even in the midst of the first.
What else is coming for October? A lot of personal reflection and working on some things in my life that I have been neglecting, as well as learning to balance myself out more. I think it is a month to take things easy and kind of get back into some things that I have realized I’ve missed, including “personal” writing. I found an old file of poetry and short stories I wrote in a class ages ago and it really made me realize I love writing for me. So that is what I am going to do, and I am hoping I will have the courage to share it as well 😊
• September 01 | Back to Hogwarts: Officially Sorted into my House
• September 05 | Autumn 2018 TBR Pile
• September 11 | Bookish Goodies Highlights: Ash & Quill Candles
• September 16 | Book Diary: Nightingale by Amy Lukavics (Spoilers)
• September 19 | Venturing Further into Annotating My Books
FAVORITE POSTS AND VIDEOS FROM OTHERS
• Chatty Self Care Talk (with some books) by fit and beautiful heart reads: I was talking on Twitter with a wonderful human being named Nadja. I was saying how her username reminded me of self-care. So, she was awesome and created this video of her own personal self-care steps and items.
• Scrapbook Music Memory Jar: A Collab with Book Murmuration by Bexa @ Hello Bexa: One Sunday I came across a Twitter thread that encouraged others to post their recent blog posts, and it was created by a blogger named Bexa. I checked out her post, which is the one posted here and I fell in love with the blog. But focusing on this post, definitely check it out, it details a great scrapbook idea, but instead of using a traditional scrapbook, you use a jar! Since reading the post, my brain has been turning about possibly doing a book/reading-related one to display on one of my bookcases! Checkout the post for a better explanation and how-to, I love the idea and you can see the one Bexa created- it is FANTASTIC!
• Harry Potter ASMR – 🐍 Slytherin Dormitory 🐍 – Calming Ambient Noise – Underwater magic cinemagraph by ASMR Rooms (YouTube): I love the Harry Potter-themed ambient noise videos created by ASMR Rooms. And, just as I find out I am a Slytherin, the channel posted one for the Slytherin Dormitory. I highlight this because I know when I am working on my thesis I cannot listen to music with words, and these ambient noise videos really help to break up silence without being distracting.