September Wrap-up and Haul: I Broke the Bank

OH DEAR HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE?!? You shall see in this post that I blew up my goals. As in, I ignored them then lit them on fire while doing a little dance around the fire pit. IT’S COOL, IT’S FINE, WHATEVER.

  • Before She Ignites: This is the book that came in my September OwlCrate. All I know is dragons, and that is enough.
  • City of Lost Souls: This is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series. I’ve read the series, I just don’t have all of the books yet (they just kept adding more books and I couldn’t keep up).
  • Daughter of the Pirate King: Like I said in my Fall TBR, pirates. That’s all that needs to be said about this book. And the second one just came out. So there’s more motivation. But mostly, pirates.
  • Siege and Storm: DO NOT GET ME STARTED WITH THE MISTAKE THAT WAS THIS BOOK. Not it’s guts. It’s guts have Nikolai in them, and for that I am forever grateful. But they sent the wrong cover. They had the old ones displayed and they sent me the new ones. I DIDN’T NEED THE NEW ONES TO COMPLETE MY COLLECTION. It felt like the end of the world. (No, I’m not being overdramatic at all.)
  • Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy: One of the plethora of books Cassandra Clare came out with (is she even human?). So I need to catch up with her writing.
  • The Thousandth Floor: The cover was the reason I first picked up this book. It’s pretty. I can’t help myself, I LIKE PRETTY THINGS. Judge me not.
  • Truthwitch: My friend told me that I need to read this book. And it was $4 on Book Outlet. Now I have this book.
  • Blackhearts & Blacksouls: MORE PIRATES! And the covers. So there we go. And I had to buy the sequel because it looks cool. I mean, who’s not down for a Blackbeard origin story?
  • Shatter Me, Unravel Me, & Ignite Me: My friend Natalie convinced me to give these books another go. I DNFd it back when the first book came out. But now I’ve finished the first and I’m moving on through the rest of the series. They were cheap on Book Outlet and I HAVE NO CHILL.
  • Rebel of the Sands: I’ve been eyeing this book for a while. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the series. But I’m in love with the covers, so it’s all good.
  • Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination: This book popped up on Book Outlet when I was searching for a $5 book so that I could get free shipping (priorities, yeah?). I’m a sucker for self-improvement books.
  • Ruin and Rising: I bought this one on Amazon hoping for better luck with the cover. NOPE. FALSE ADVERTISING, I SAY.
  • The Language of Thorns: I’ll pretty much buy anything Leigh Bardugo writes. Her pacing may not be my favorite, but I’m in love with her characters. (Except for Mal. Because Mal just needs to die.)

In case you didn’t count that, that list is SIXTEEN BOOKS LONG. And then I got another copy of Siege and Storm because I wanted the old cover. SO SEVENTEEN. HEAVEN HELP ME.ย (And I thought I was wild and bad in July ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)

No surprise, this list is short. There are actually more books than this, but they are school reads and I just don’t want to talk about them ๐Ÿ˜‚

Shatter Me byย Tahereh Mafi โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…1/2

Like I said, I read this because Natalie convinced me to. And it wasn’t bad. I mean, I finished it. And I’m going to keep reading the series. So that’s a success. There was a little too much insta-love for my taste, but I was assured it gets better. And her writing style grew on me.

Adulthood is a Myth byย Sarah Andersen โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

I love the Sarah Scribbles comics. She gets my life. If you’re an introvert or millennial or human being, read this graphic novel. It’s a quick, fun read and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud quite often.


September was a happy month on booksta. It was my last month repping for Ashley @ Muggle Library Candles, but she’s asked me to stay on. SUPER PUMPED. Also, I’ll be a rep for Jessi @ Noveheartbeatcreations for the month of October. PARTY. I love these two girls a ton, and I’m excited to be able to work with them. I also changed my bookstagram theme. I added a backdrop and changed my editing style. It’s a little darker and a lot sharper AND I’M IN LOVE.

  • I signed up to take the GRE. November 4th. Pray for my soul ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • I’ve picked up on writing again. Well, I’m taking it more seriously again. And it’s going great! I’m in the planning stages, but I’m going to start pushing out words! Maybe I’ll share with y’all one day. But only if you say “please” and feed me chocolate.
  • I started classes this month. It’s been quite the journey. 8 every morning may kill me by the end of the semester.
  • I got a bookshelf for my candles. I don’t have an addiction. (Also, someone send help.)
  • I pretty much caught up with Brooklyn 99. Honestly, it’s made its way onto my list of favorite TV shows.
  • I now know that I truly belong in Red London (A Darker Shade of Magic) because I took this super official quiz. I’m meant to be magical. And a pirate. And have a fabulous coat.
  • NANO IS STARTING IN A MONTH. WHAT?!? This is bad. So bad. I’m not prepared. I’ve planned nothing. I know nothing. I need help. If I don’t get on this planning train soon I’m going to burn during the month of November. Possibly dissolve into a heap of nothingness. (The book I was talking about before is on its second draft and I don’t know if I want to do a second draft for Nano. A mix of editing and writing that thing to 50k might kill me.)

September was the death of my buy ban. And boy did I go out with a bang. Probably need to get another buy ban going. And learn how to use the library ๐Ÿ˜…ย I have big, lofty plans for October! I’ve created better reading goals and I’m more dedicated to them. Along with writing. BRING IT ON OCTOBER.

How did your September go? Did you beat me in number of books bought? (If you did, I’m impressed and slightly terrified of you. Also, I want your bank account.) How did your reading go? What are some of your September highlights?


  1. Lara @ Words With Lara

    2 October, 2017 at 01:32

    I think I only read two books as well this month and although I did buy more books than I actually read I didn’t buy sixteen(?!) books. You’re crazy but I love it! And you definitely bought some amazing books, I can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

    I only just remembered about NaNoWriMo as well and I am slightly freaking out… I’m considering not planning and just writing but I know that if I do that it will not work out…. We can crash and burn together lol
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    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      3 October, 2017 at 08:19

      I AM CRAZY. And I have no control ๐Ÿ˜… I’m happy for my new book list. Now I just have to find time to read them all. It’s cool, it’s fine.
      YASS! You should try the “just writing” thing. I’ve done that before. I did very minimal planning (like plot points and character names) and just went for it. The novel is a hot mess, but I did it! But yeah, I’ll be right there with you crashing and burning.

  2. Amber @ The Literary Phoenix

    6 October, 2017 at 05:41

    “But mostly, pirates.” -> ALWAYS a good reason to buy books, imho.

    IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL ANY BETTER: I also have a small bookshelf for my candles. As I burn slowly out of my seriously copious, why-do-I-have-this-many candles, it’s being taken over by my Funko Pops/Dorbz…. bookshelves have be used for more than just books! XD

    I hear you on the library thing, though. 2% of my brain says: “but what if I don’t like it?” and 98% says “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!”. ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      10 October, 2017 at 13:16

      Haha. Pirates is all the reason you need to buy a book!
      That does make me feel better. We need help. Or not. Because I kind of like us and think we’re awesome!
      Also, YES. It’s always my birthday when it comes to books. ALWAYS. #sorrynotsorry library

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