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. 


First Lines Friday 

Omg, it’s already Friday again. I was so tempted to put a Rebecca Black gif in here. You’re welcome.

I would have killed you if you did that.

Hey now, Friday is a catchy song that celebrates the best day of the week. 

Apparently, we’re starting early with the colors because I’m putting them in. Me (Caidyn) will be in blue. Chantel will be in purple.

I forgot that we were doing this. Chantel kindly started the draft which made me nearly cry because I forgot and am feeling very slightly overwhelmed tonight for some reason. But, what’s new with that?

Onto my book, though.

Imagine a land centuries before industrialization, a rural, green land of vast royal forests and open fields, wild moorlands, and undrained marshlands, with scattered villages overshadowed by towering castles, and small, bustling walled towns. A land inhabited by just two million people, whose lives were dominated by the twin calendars imposed by farming and the Church.

This was a realm torn by conflicts between Church and Crown, and by centuries of strife between the indigenous Anglo-Saxon population and the land-hungry Danes; a realm that bore the scars of the savagery of the Viking invaders, who had colonized parts of the island’s north and east — yet nevertheless a realm in which trade and learning flourished, and kings traced their lineage back through the mists of time to Noah and the Norse god Woden. This was an age of faith and superstition and an age of bloody warfare.

Imagine, in place of today’s modern traffic and electronic noise, the sound of birdsong, animals, church bells, plainchant, human voices and the occasional hunting horn or strumming of a lyre. This pleasant land, this rural landscape, was England in the time of the Norman queens.

Did I bore anyone to death? Yes? Oops. Sucks for you. (I only included that much because I thought the prologue painted a beautiful picture.)

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Except replace the martini with wine.

Guesses? No? Okay.

You’ve already threatened and now have attempted to kill me this far into the post. I didn’t realize were at attempted murder already.

Should it surprise you that we are? If I’m pimping you out, then we should be here.


While I don’t trust Weir as much as I’d like to these days, I do think her nonfiction is way better than her fiction. I just have to realize she has a bias. Basically, this book covers different queens in the same era. I’m in the process of reading it, so I don’t know how comparable the eras are. However, it covers Matilda of Flanders (wife of William I), Matilda of Scotland (first wife of Henry I), Adeliza of Louvain (second wife of Henry I), Matilda of Boulogne (wife of King Stephen), and Empress Maud.

It’s right up my alley and I’m excited to read it. But it probably sounds boring to everyone else.

Holy shit, three queens named Matilda. I only know one Matilda and she’s badass. 


I have never seen that movie or read that book. And Matilda was a very popular name. King Stephen actually took the throne from Empress Matilda, though. She would have been the first queen of England. She legit fought a war over it against him.

Now onto my book. 

Jess grits her teeth, going for a running start. The gravel on the trail crunches under her feet, the wind rushes through her hair, and she can taste success. This time. This time, she’s gonna make it. 

The canyon is streaked with color, warm in the afternoon light; golden striations race across the signature rusty reds of the landscape. The sky is a gorgeous impossible blue, and the clouds flutter down the endless horizon, a perfect backdrop for a first flight.

That was exciting, right? RIGHT? It totally was. I was definitely hooked into this book from the first two paragraphs as I was left in anticipation of what was going to happen. This is a good example of how to hook the reader. 

These are the first lines to…

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

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I’m currently reading this book right now, and I don’t want to spoil my feelings on it. I’ll save that for my eventual review, but this is a book that takes place in a world where superpowers exist. This concept is similar to another book I’ve read called Dreadnought, I hope to read the sequel this month, and while I’m not a huge superhero fan both of these books feature LGBTQ+ characters and I’m a huge fan of that. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? So far, there has been a lot of beautiful descriptions of the Nevada landscape. I look forward to seeing what comes next in this book as I’ve heard great things about it from the few booktubers I’ve heard talking about it. 

I do like the cover and I’ve heard great things about this book as well.

You will just have to eagerly await my review.