August Wrap-Up/Book Haul and September Plans

Hello, everyone! We’re trying things a bit new here. Aka, adding in commentary on each other’s because we like intruding and making random comments about the other’s life choices. Believe us, texting is always interesting for that reason.

We’re also deciding to put a book haul part in here since, usually, we have no self-restraint and invariably buy books or bookish things.

Together, we read Bonk by Mary Roach and enjoyed it. As for September, we’re dipping our toes into dystopian fiction with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Caidyn’s text will be in the predictable blue.
Chantel’s text will be in the equally predictable purple.

Now, since I started it off, I guess that I get to go on with it.

I intended to read a lot… and set myself up for failure. Sounds like usual. I’m ambitious as fuck, tbh. I read The Heart’s Invisible Furies and DNFed Crazed (no review because it was down to other things, not the badness of the book), the two ARCs I had on my plate. I also read 1066 & The Battle of Hastings, which was a fantastic introduction to that period. As for the other books on my docket, I didn’t have the interest to read The Reader or Age of Anger, DNFed The Black Witch, somewhat enjoyed Strange the Dreamer, and enjoyed Tash Hearts Tolstoy.

Other than that, I read books I didn’t expect. As for ARCs, I DNFed (admittedly) Istanbul and She Be Damned. The reviews for both are only on Goodreads since they were so short and I didn’t read enough to do anything more than a paragraph, just enough to know they weren’t for me. I listened to Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words; The Eternal Nazi; We Have No Idea; The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue; The House of Silk; Four Princes; Dragon Teeth; and The Book of Joy. Lastly, I buddy read Soleri with Emma.

As for September, I’m going to have to temper my expectations outside of listening to books. (Since I work 20 hours a week, I listen to a lot of books. And don’t read as much outside it as I’d like.)

Now that we’ve gotten through that, let’s see how much money I spent on things! Okay, well, not the money amount, but what I bought.

Mainly, I bought textbooks. I know. Lame. But, alas. Adulting.


These are my textbooks this semester. Only one I have to return and it’s the one with the huge sticker on it. The rest I own. So that’s nice since most of them are up my alley.


My mom then gave me this book. We took an ASL class together and now that I’m studying it on my own this is going to be really helpful.

The rest are some random books that I found at Half Price Bookstore and decided to buy. A couple history books, two classics by authors I like, and then a Harry Potter book in Spanish.

Also adding this in. Tonight (8/30/17) while I was texting Chantel to make sure she wasn’t on this, this conversation arose: (We had already also talked about whoring ourselves out, aka self-promos, earlier. You’ll need the context.)

Me: And do we want to make it a post where we comment on each other’s life choices.
Chantel: Yeah that’s what the people want.
M: Don’t you sound like a whore.
C: Is that what a whore sounds like? If I’m not getting paid, they don’t get shit.

So, everyone, please fork up some cash for Chantel. Any amount will do. Wait, no. She wants $500 per post. please send money

Does this mean you are my pimp now?

Fuck yes, I am, ho. I get $300 of that $500.

In August, I was worried that I was going to end up only reading a few books and not get to everything I wanted to read. This ended up being semi-true. I felt little motivation to read throughout the month, and yet I managed to finish, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue which was a book I was really excited about, Taproot, the first ARC I ever reviewed, Juliet Takes a Breath which I had started back in July, and in one day I finished The Seafarer’s Kiss which I have to say was my favorite book all month. 

In September, I have a few book I’m currently reading that I need to finish, so I’m including them to my TBR for the month. In addition, I’m hoping I can read by the end of the month but it’s a little optimistic, to say the least. I’m not necessarily worried if I don’t finish all of these books by the end of September. If I finish three of them, including The Handmaid’s Tale, I’d be happy. 

It’s an LGBTQ+ month for me, not planned at all, just the way things happen in my world. 

When isn’t it an LGBTQ+ month for you? Also, I do want to read When The Moon Was Ours. And tried a little bit of it but I wasn’t a fan of the opening. I’ll look forward to your review and commentary on it.

It’s my life 24/7. #thatqueerlife  

I did read the first chapter of When The Moon Was Ours and I thought it was beautiful. We’ll see how things go. 

I read the first chapter and thought it was tedious. Ah, the differences between us rise again.

I would agree that it’s very slow, there is a lot of figurative language and descriptions. I still enjoyed it, though. It was very lyrical. 

Book Haul! Will take pics and have my list. There is a list because I like books.


I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile now and it was cheap at the bookstore I bought it from. I believe I also have an ebook copy, so nothing is stopping me from reading this. Except it’s not on my TBR.


img_0999Look at that art!

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I found a used copy of the Special Collectors Edition at my favorite bookstore and it looks brand new. Easiest purchase I made this month. 

That’s beautiful and I want it and I will find a way to take it from you.

First, you take my money, then you try to take my books, when will it end?!

I’ll stop short of your freedom.

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I adore this cover. 

Yet another book I’ve been wanting to read since it came out earlier this year. I have read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour so I’m excited to see if I like this book as much. 


I’ve heard great things about the Graceling series and I only hope it’s as good as I’ve heard. I know very few details about the actual plot, but I know it’s a fantasy book with a strong female character and I’m down for that. 


I don’t know why I got this book. It was two dollars and has an interesting cover. We shall see if my purchase paid off. 

I don’t know much about this story or the book, but I think the cover is gorgeous.

Another one that I want to read.

Me too, I’m really excited to read this. 

When this book went on sale, it was a no-brainer for me. I had to buy it and one day I will read it. 

And now one that I don’t because Leigh Bardugo doesn’t interest me that much, but I’ve heard great things about this one.

I will say that I’m not interested in reading the Grisha trilogy at all, but I’ve heard Six of Crows is much better. Hopefully, the hype doesn’t ruin it. 

That is always the hope.

The description from this book starts out with, “Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black…” I was in and it was on sale so I decided to buy it.


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I fucking love that show (and already severely miss it)!!! Chantel, why didn’t you tell me about this book???

I just found it a few days ago and it’s YA. You don’t like YA. So don’t give me that Alison gif. 

I will give you any gif I want.

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I seriously considered using that gif when I searched Orphan Black gifs, but I wanted a specific Felix one and didn’t want to spoil myself, so there. 

Oh, all the spoilers I could give in one fail swoop.

This was recommended by Emma at Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl and it was on sale. There is clearly a theme to my ebook purchases. 

Wait! I’m not done. 

Of course, with two days before the month ends, I ended up buying three more books because I can’t help myself. 


Now, I know I purchased the ebook version of this, but y’all, I bought this for 5 DOLLARS. 

I couldn’t pass this up for 5 dollars. Plus the pages are blue. 

This was on my TBR last month and I didn’t get to it. I’m glad I have my own copy now because I had to return the one I had to the library. 


I first read Junot Diaz back when I went to college and after that, I went and read everything he ever wrote. This is the only full-length novel he has written to date, he also has two short story collections, but I’d highly recommend this novel. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk about it, but it’s one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Check out the Goodreads description because I can’t even describe it. Go check it out!


It could be worse. 


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