August Wrap-Up and Haul: The Month of Good Intentions

Here we are sitting in the middle of September…and I’m finally getting to this post. You would think I’d have life more planned out so this wasn’t as last minute but no. (I mean, did we really think that would happen? Isn’t it obvious that I am a procrastinator?) The important part is that I do it, yeah? RIGHT?!?

So here it is, the “month of good intentions.” Because August was supposed to be my read-everything-before-your-life-goes-up-in-flames month. I mean, I wanted to read at least four books. WAS THAT TOO HIGH A GOAL?!? Yes, yes it was. Because I failed. AGAIN. Whatever. My life wasn’t meant to achieve goals, it was meant to never know what I’m going to accomplish. Because back in June I read SEVEN books while on a study abroad in England. THAT’S MORE THAN THE FINGERS ON ONE HAND. And I was traveling! WHAT GIVES?!?! Apparently I only like to accomplish things when I have no time for them. Which is the months of September-middle of December. So maybe I’ll actually read. WHO EVEN KNOWS.

Let’s take a moment to applaud the fact that I didn’t go as crazy as July. I KEPT MY CHILL. Mostly because my bank account demanded it. I was on a buy ban for the month of August. I had my set list of things I was allowed (like preordering Godsgrave because SPRAYED EDGES and AUTOGRAPHED), but if it wasn’t on that list I didn’t buy it. I kind of caved the first day by buying a candle box, but it was ADSOM themed and WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?!? It’s fine though, I held out through the month. So I’ll just tell you the book I got in my OwlCrate box (because I don’t hate myself and I wanted those OwlCrates).

  • The Hearts We Sold: A heart about demons and deals and stealing hearts? INTRIGUE! I literally knew nothing about this book, but losing your heart is a good enough hook for me!

I still fail at this reading thing. I had such high goals because this was the month before classes and I thought I would get all of the things done. I was wrong. So very wrong. Have I written reviews on this meager list of books? NO. I AM THE WORST. Oh well. Might as well get this over with.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan ★★★★

This was actually my first audiobook of a book I’ve never read. I listen to the Harry Potter books like a religion, but I don’t count those. I have to say, I wasn’t impressed with the narrator. And maybe that’s why this isn’t 5 stars. I tried not to base it off of the narration, BUT I CAN’T HELP IT. A good conclusion to his second series in the world of Percy Jackson. I LOVED Nico’s development. Can we just take a moment to appreciate it? SO GOOD. Honestly, I’d probably give this book a 4.5, but there’s no symbol for a half star and I’m too lazy to make it.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★

SOOOO GOOD. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. I have problems, it’s fine. I absolutely love the Dregs and I DON’T WANT MY PRECIOUS BABIES TO BE HURT. But I know she’ll rip my heart out with Crooked Kingdom. It’s cool, I didn’t need it. And let me just say that although I LOVE Kaz and Inej, Nina and Matthias stole the show for me. I JUST WANT TO HUG THEM ALL. If you haven’t read these books, GET ON IT. GO GO GO.


I basically kept plugging along and kind of failed at my photo challenges. But it’s all good. I’m now at a steady 1k, so I’m pretty dang happy. Plus I love the people I’ve met on booksta. They make my heart happy. SO COME FOLLOW ME AND BE MY FRIEND 😬

  • I moved. FINALLY. It was a struggle that was real and involved not having power or gas, not being able to get in, and lots of frustrations. But it’s over and done and I LOVE my new room. It was big enough to put another bookcase. I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM, YOU DO.
  • I went to Disney a lot while I was home because we had a ton of spare tickets. You could say it was “magical” 😂
  • My sister moved out to where I live to go to the university I’m attending! So now she has to put up with me 😬

August was the month of a lot of failure. BUT I’M STILL GOING. And I did succeed at spending less money. So really, I win? Maybe. Who knows. All I know is that September is a mystery (though not really, because I’m writing this halfway through September 😅)

What are your September goals and how are they going? Was August productive for you? Do you find you achieve more when life is more chaotic?


  1. Elisabeth Wheatley

    22 September, 2017 at 19:27

    Gah! Yet another person who has read and loved SOC. I’ve only had the book since February. Nothing shameful in that. No, nothing at all.
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    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      22 September, 2017 at 21:31

      That’s nothing to be ashamed of! I bought this book back in January 😅
      Everyone told me I had to read the Grisha series first and it took me for freaking ever to get around to it. NO CLUE WHY. WHATEVER. This book is pretty dang great though, even if it did take me forever and a half to read. You can always change your ways 😉

  2. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    24 September, 2017 at 01:37

    Six of Crows is one of my favorite books, so it makes me so happy to see you enjoyed it so much as well. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous recap! <3
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    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      25 September, 2017 at 11:28

      Thanks! I’m absolutely in love with all of the characters and I’m slightly terrified of what’s going to happen in Crooked Kingdom 😫

  3. Lauren

    26 September, 2017 at 16:29

    OMG, I also read Six of Crows in August while in the midst of moving! You’re like, my doppelgänger or something! I really enjoyed Six of Crows, but I seriously struggled with Crooked Kingdom. I was really surprised by that, and I think maybe it might have had something to do with being in the middle of moving angst, and I should probably give it another try. I had no business trying to read anything in the middle of my hellish move, tbh. I hope your September brings you more opportunities to read! Hugs!

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