August 2020 wrap up and September goals

Hello! My name is Aria, I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks, and I’m kind of in a blogging slump. But I want to get this post out before it’s October, so here I am.

September is here, and has actually been here for a while. I sort of popped off the blogosphere for a week and a half, because I was gone, and then I came back but I had some stuff going on, and I had no motivation to write.

But here is what I did in September, in all its bookish and non-bookish splendor.

My bookish and non-bookish life (i’m too lazy to make a fancy header thingy for this but whatever)

August was not a great month for me. I spent most of the month listening to the Percy Jackson musical soundtrack over and over, and for the first half, I did end up getting a lot done. I wrote a lot of blog posts, scheduled a few, read some great books, and managed to sort of keep up with bookstagram.

About two thirds of the way through the month, I went to a wedding and a camping trip after that, and was gone for a week. I had scheduled and drafted some posts, and that went fine. During that, on the 21st I celebrated my one year blogiversary with a post that only sort of made sense.

The wedding was great, and I got to see a lot of my cousins and family that I hadn’t seen in months. But a the amount of distancing and mask-wearing was not as great as we’d hoped so although we did our best it was kind of stressful. We did get covid tests when we got back and they all came back negative, so that’s very good!

But before we came back, we went camping, and that was amazing. We swam a bunch in the lake, and also paddle boarded and kayaked.

But the bad part of the month that made the whole month awful is that the day I got back, my cat died. Out of nowhere, she just died. We didn’t even get to say goodbye to her, and that was really awful.

there’s Mimi!

I said this earlier but in August I celebrated my one month blogiversary!! For that, I was going to do a post reacting to your assumptions but I only got one response, so PLEASE?? I don’t know if some of them didn’t go through or whatever, but the one that I did get was strangely accurate haha

In August I read 20 books…

  • 2 were audiobooks
  • 2 were ebooks
  • 16 were physical books

I’m pretty sure that I read the number of books I wanted to. However, I only read some of the books on my actual TBR. I am going to try and read the ones I didn’t read in August in September.

Those were some of the books that I wanted to read in August, but I didn’t end up getting through a lot of them. I also wanted to read the second and third books in two trilogies: The Hunger Games, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy, but not To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I did also end up reading The Gilded Wolves and The Silvered Serpents, which I wanted to do.

I also participated in the failed readathon readathon. I read 3 out of the 4 books, which isn’t as good as I was hoping, but is okay.

I reread the Percy Jackson series and started my reread of Heroes of Olympus because those books are my comfort books.

And let me just say, that The Silvered Serpents is even better than The Gilded Wolves, but it hurts. My reviews of both are coming in the near future. Or the not so near future.

My goals for posting in August were…

That’s 17 posts, which I’m really happy with. I just wish that I’d spread out my posting more, and not disappeared for the last week of the month. Life happens and unfortunately it can get in the way of blogging.

You know how last month I said that I read more when I set a specific TBR? Not at all true. Well, maybe it is true, although I definitely don’t stick to the TBRs.

What I do want to read in September are all of the books that I’ve been putting off, like Felix Ever After and Circe. Both sound AMAZING and I can’t wait to read them. Yet here I am, not reading them. I am turning into much more of a mood reader than I ever was.

I also recently acquired a few Cassandra Clare books, however I don’t want to start with the wrong one… am I correct with City of Bones, then City of Ashes, City of Class, then City of Fallen Angels? I would love for some guidance!

I have one review copy that I need to read called Soothsayer, and I’m going to read that soon.

Also, I’m going to finish my reread of The Heroes of Olympus series, because PJO wasn’t enough. Those books are my comfort books, okay?

I also want to read The Woman’s Hour, by Elaine Weiss, which I was supposed read for the failed readathon readathon. Oops!

Also, I want to read The Last True Poets of the Sea, Far From the Tree, Empress of the World, and All the Invisible Things.

My friend also lent me a few books: Piecing me Together, Dress Codes for Small Towns, The Taming of the Drew and Black Enough.

There are also two books that my dad wants me to read: Never Cry Wolf, by Farley Mowat and Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

I’m going to continue to read the 39 clues series with my friend, and hopefully we’ll get through 2 or 3 of those books.

There are two audiobooks that I want to read as well, since I’ve heard good things about them: Dress Coded, and The Only Black Girls in Town.

I’ll read all of that, eventually. Hopefully.

Those are most of the books that I want to read this month, although it’s a lot, so I don’t know if I’ll get through all of them. I also already finished rereading the Heroes of Olympus series, which was amazing as always.

I’m going to be changing how I’m posting, and what I’m posting this month for multiple reasons. To start, here are the posts that I want to write:

  • 1 discussion
  • 2 Top Ten Tuesdays
  • 2 WWW Wednesdays
  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Let’s Talk Bookish
  • 3 Other posts
  • 4 Tags

That is 17 posts, which is the number of posts that I wrote in August and July. I want to also schedule all of my posts, and not be rushing to finish them as soon as I can. I don’t care if it’s for a few hours, days, or weeks, I’m going to try to do it.

I’m not going to try for an exact time, but sometime in the evening, around 5 or 6, probably.

“I’m going to try and finish a first draft of the book by the end of the month, even if it’s more of a detailed outline though.” is what I said I was going to do in August. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I thought about the rest of my book all month, and even wrote a prologue. It was just all in my head. That should count for something though, right?

In September, I do want to try and finish a first draft of my book, and write the prologue. I first had the idea for this more than a year ago, and I really want to sort of wrap some things up.

That’s the end of the wrap up I guess! Writing this and formatting this kind of brought me out of the blogging slump that I fell into, so that’s good. I set a lot of goals for a month that’s we’re already a quarter of the way through, but I’m going to try! I am also starting school in a week, and that’s going to most likely throw things off. I don’t know exactly how online learning is going to work, but I’m not very excited for it.

But that’s how my month went! It could have been better, but there were good things! Hopefully, September will go well, with reading, writing, and I’ll be able to get through the hours and hours of zoom meetings that I’m definitely going to have to do.

How was your August? What are some of your goals for September? Chat with me in the comments below!

17 thoughts on “August 2020 wrap up and September goals

  1. So sorry for the loss that you incurred. Be strong, girl. There are some moments where someone just leaves without informing you. I know how it feels. Don’t guilt yourself that you left for too long or anything. We all are here for you. Take care and I am rooting for the next month posts. 🤗💖

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  2. Sorry to hear August wasn’t a great month for you, and about your cat!

    I haven’t been to a wedding but have had similar experiences. People tell me we’re doing a “small family dinner outside with social distancing,” and suddenly people are walking up to me and trying to hug me. Kind of defeats the point of sitting outside at tables six feet away and all that….

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      1. My school is online for now, which I’m not happy about, but I would rather stay online than get sick or give something to my family, you know? And yes! PJO and HOO are funny but still deep at the same time. 💜 I love The Blood Of Olympus when we finally get Nico’s perspective! I really need to read TOA though.
        This is kind of a rant but I really love these books 😊

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