September Favourites: A Monthly Roundup

5 October 2020



 Hello Readers & Friends,

I know I said this last month but this month went SO quickly! I haven't had time to do anything! I also didn't read as many books as I had wanted to - Empire of Storms was CHONKY and really slowed me down. 
This month I started my upcoming ebook, Bookstagram and Beyond, which is going to be a social media guide for the bookish. It's nearly finished, so keep your eyes peeled for more information on that! 
And FINALLY it's October now, which means I can get all my Halloween decorations out and focus on some spooky reads for October! 


September Book Roundup:

Nine books this month - as I said, the Maas title slowed me down! A couple of great ARCs from work, including Body of Stars (releasing March 18 2021) and Rescue Me (releasing Jan 21 2021). I also had some super disappointing reads though - Good Girls Die First and Cinderella is Dead, which was possibly my biggest disappointment of the year so far! But on the other side of the spectrum, White Fragility was the best anti-racism read I've read so far. I'll be doing a full review soon.

Good Girls Die First by Kathryn Foxfield */*
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron **/*
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas ****/*
These Witches Don't Burn  by Isabel Sterling****
Wilder Girls by Rory Power ****
Body of Stars by Laura Maylene Walter (ARC) *****
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo *****
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam ****
Rescue Me by Sarra Manning (ARC) ****

TV



60 Days In - Netflix

This month I finished Gilmore Girls for the third time (still cry in the last episode though) and started season two of 60 Days In which I'm embarassingly addicted to. It's where volunteers go into a state prison for circa 2 months to try to get intel for the jail chief so he can improve the facilities and make everything safer, but obviously it's super intense and there are lots of fights and it really puts the volunteers through their paces (not even the officers know they're plants, the only ones who know are the very top dogs in the jail and everyone thinks the documentary is about first timers). It's honestly dramatic and ridiculously American and I love it. But I need something else decent for October - any recommendations?!

Books

I don't review books from my workplace very often because I always worry people will think I'm being biased (I'm not!) but I really want to talk about Body of Stars, which isn't out until next March. It's such a weird concept which I didn't really understand at first. A fantasy cross literary book which is set in a world where womens marks on their body (moles, freckles etc) tell their future, and can be read in the same way as something like Palmistry. It's a super weird and terrible patriarchal world where women going through a changeling period at age 16 when their markings change and men basically become predatory against them. Of course women start to fight against the way things work and the way men are in control, and the main character is a girl who, after changing, receives devastating new marks about her brother. Honestly, so many things happened in this book and there were so many themes being addressed in it, the reason I loved it so much was because I've never read anything like it before.
I'm super excited to be doing the marketing for it, and am planning lots of exciting things and a BEAUTIFUL Proof which will be out soon! It's always great working on something you've enjoyed so much.  

Misc Projects.





This is my current project - it will probably release in October! It's a guide to social media for newbies and bookish folk! You can find out all about it and see the full contents here. I've written and designed it all myself, and it's currently circa 120 pages long. I'll be selling it soon :) 



Image made using Picrew, art credit @Woudim



Our YA Podcast is returning! Bronte and I are relaunching our drunk bookish podcast on 31st October, kickstarting with a spooky Halloween episode! So stay tuned for that. Thereafter, we'll be posting once per month on the last day of each month. To find out all about our ridiculous podcast, head HERE.



 How was your month?
Love, C x 

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