September 2019 Wrap-up // Another Blog Redesign, 3-Star Reads, & the Return of Gifs

“How is it the end of the month already?” I say for the millionth time.

I swear, months last for two seconds, not thirty days. Every single time, without fail, a month is gone before I can even blink. September was pretty meh, but with October—and I’ve been talking about my excitement for this non-stop—comes my semester break, and I’m so excited.

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September was just filled with school, procrastination, and sleep deprivation, haha! Nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. Let’s move on to other things!

I got into editing book covers! Some book blogs (Vicky Who Reads, The Quiet Pond) adapt book covers into horizontal headers to use as the featured images in their reviews. At first, I was so sure that I wasn’t gonna start doing that for my own reviews, because it seemed like too much work, but one day, with the help of Vicky’s tutorial (linked above!), I started playing around with Pixlr, and I’ve been having so much fun! Some of the covers I’ve edited actually turned out really good if I do say so myself. πŸ˜‰

I don’t fully adapt book covers into horizontal headers though. All I do is edit the text off them, which is sometimes unnecessary because there are times when the part of the cover that I want to use for my featured image doesn’t have text.

An example of my work! Book: Ignite the Stars

I also went to a teammate of mine’s eighteenth birthday party, and it was so fun! I really got to bond with my teammates there, and I’m super super grateful that I rejoined ping pong this year. Not gonna lie, it did make me kinda sad, because I thought of how many people I’d invite to a birthday party of my own, and I could only think of about two people my age. This year, I’ve been drifting apart from friends, and it’s really making me sad!

Lastly, and this is kind of a weird monthly highlight, I read an amazing short story for English class. It was The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, and it has the most memorable ending ever! You may find it weird that I’m sharing what I studied this month with you, but please just trust me and read the story for about five minutes here.

The number of books I’ve been reading in a month have slowly but steadily been decreasing. In July, I read seven; in August, six, and this month I only read five. What can I expect though? Reading always gets put in the back burner during the school year. Also, I’m sad that I rated so many books 3 stars this month! 😦

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me when I look at my average rating on Goodreads

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury– This was required reading that I apparently read a little too early. As someone who struggles a lot with how classics are written, the writing was pretty accessible, and it had some great themes. I just don’t think it was particularly memorable. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela– Though it had its flaws, this was still such a strong debut. It’s also f/f!!! For full thoughts, find my blog tour review here. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Colorblind by Siera Maley– Since this stars a girl who can see the age that people will die on their foreheads, its discussions on life and fate were pretty interesting, though the dark themes are balanced out with a super cute f/f romance. I did get really bored in the last 60% of this book. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern-I’m so mad that I listened to this via audio, because my attention always drifts elsewhere when I listen to them, so I wasn’t able to fully appreciate this story. It had whimsical writing, a beautifully woven plot and deliciously morally grey characters, and if I reread it, it would probably get a higher rating, but…. uhh, I don’t have a great track record with rereading books. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) by Rainbow Rowell– So I read the new release of an author who’s been called out on a lot of problematic things. Not talking about it here because I’m doing a full review! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

I renovated my entire blog again.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of my old design, which lasted for only a month (RIP), but there were things about it that I didn’t like. I also think that it didn’t represent me as a person enough. Hence, I changed my WordPress theme, changed the style of my featured images, and changed/added some other things. I did keep some stuff around though, like my blog header!

We’ll see how long this design lasts. So far, I’m pretty happy with it, though I’m unsure about the style of featured image I’m going for? I like that I don’t have to edit anything anymore, because I literally just find a picture on Unsplash, download it, then upload it as a featured image, but I’m still considering whether unedited featured images work for my blog.

Please let me know what you think of my new design down below! I think a lot of people liked my old one, so I’m sorry if this feels like a downgrade for you!

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In terms of actual posts, I feel like I was at a blogging high last month, and I easily could’ve ridden that into this month, but school and insecurities hit. By some miracle and my obsession with posting consistently, I still had nine posts go up this month, but this was a case of quantity over quality, because I’m not that proud of the things I posted. Plus, they didn’t do well in terms of stats, at least compared to last month.

I’m really going to try to prioritize quality over quantity in my posts in the coming months. This may mean that I’ll post less consistently, but for me, it’s worth it if I’m proud of every single one of my posts.

I also got really insecure about my blogging voice this month, because I thought that it was too boring. I tried too hard to make it more interesting in some of my posts. If you noticed and were put off by it, I’m so sorry!! I always thought that I would never fall into the trap of trying to emulate other people, but oh well.

Lastly, I was unmotivated and way too tired to reply to comments a lot because of how sleep deprived I was this month—I’m so sorry if I still haven’t gotten back to you!

View my blog’s September archive, featuring last month’s wrap-up, book reviews, discussions, and a few tags HERE.

Weirdly, I feel like I didn’t blog hop at all this month, even though I made sure to catch up on posts at least once a week. Admittedly, I didn’t find a lot of posts that I wanted to save, especially compared to last month, but here are the ones I enjoyed nonetheless!

🌿 Lais shares a personal timeline of her favorite male characters.

🌿 Taasia plans out her September bullet journal.

🌿 May does the lord’s work and makes diving into the mystery/thriller genre easier for us by sharing which books to start with and which not to.

🌿 Xandra shares what she should’ve known as a new book blogger, part 2!

🌿 Marie shares 8 very true things that you should know about book blogging.

🌿 Kelly teaches us how to remove stubborn stickers from book covers.

🌿 Mahana lists f/f books coming out this October.

🌿 Olivia talks about her travels in Nashville, TN.

🌿 Alexandra from Twirling Pages writes a guest post on Tiffany’s blog about why everyone should start a book blog.

How was the month of September for you? Any memorable life moments? Favorite books? Least favorite books?

I wish you all a lovely (and spooky!) October. πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ¦‡

52 thoughts on “September 2019 Wrap-up // Another Blog Redesign, 3-Star Reads, & the Return of Gifs

  1. I hope you enjoy your break (: I could have really used one of your recommended blog posts earlier this month – removing a sticker from a new book of mine was a nightmare. I hope you enjoy the books that you read more this month (: and I quite like the look of the theme and it appears quite easy to navigate too. I am on mobile though so I’ll have to look properly when I’m next online (I’d do it now but I’m not feeling great so going in the computer probably isn’t a good idea).

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    1. thank you!! I have it right now, and I’m getting SO many reading and blogging things done—I love it. Ah, that’s so sad. Kelly’s post is so helpful though, so hopefully you can come back to it from time to time!
      So far, I am! I already have one five star read—The Fever King by Victoria Lee is my new favorite thing ever!
      ahhh, I’m so happy that you do!! (oof, i changed it again though. honestly, when do i not rebrand?)

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      1. That’s wonderful (: I’m glad it’s letting you get things done. Yes I expect so as most stickers that they put on books don’t seem to like coming off. It was just especially frustrating with this one as it was a special edition and they ruined it with a sticker.
        Oh yay I’m glad that you enjoyed it; it’s so wonderful finding new favourites.
        I’ve just looked and the latest one looks wonderful (: I really like your new header.

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      2. aw, it sucks that it had to be a special edition!!
        THANK YOUUUU :)) hehe i went through so many versions you don’t even know, but i’m glad that i went with the simple one! it’s really pretty if i do say so myself. (ugh but i’m petty and i hate that it’s so small on mobile/tablet/etc.)

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  2. Have a lovely break, Caitlin! Great post and interesting to read your thoughts on The Night Circus. I have seen it around everywhere lately lol. And don’t worry about your blogging voice – I think it is great.

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    1. So far, I’m having a really lovely one, Stephen! Thank you ❀
      I'm not surprised, honestly. The Night Circus is such a popular and hyped book πŸ˜‚ Ahh, thank you so so much, Stephen! You have no idea how much that means to me. Yours is amazing as well πŸ™‚

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  3. I love any redesigns that you do for your blog, honestly. I feel the same where I feel like I need to tweak things to be a certain way and unlike you, I just don’t know how to do it the way I want to. But I love yours. I hope that you feel better soon and get to read more books during your break. I think 5 books a month is a lot for your schedule! you did a great job ❀

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    1. Awww, thank you so much!! That’s so good to hear considering I do it every two weeks, lmao. Omg what do you mean?? I have no idea how to tweak things!! I feel like I’ll never be satisfied with my blog design, but good luck if you decide to change things up a little with yours! Just go with your gut! I’d be happy to help if needed:)
      So far, I’m getting so much reading done, and I love it! And ahhh, thank you so much :((( I’m trying to remind myself of that. I hope you’re having a lovely October ❀


  4. I like your resign a lot!! I’m honestly a lover of the white backgrounds with personality added in through header or images etc. so I always love your blog design to be honest! I also didn’t feel put off by your blogging voice AT ALL this month but I totally understand what you mean because sometimes I feel the same way about mine. I’m so glad that you brought up the book cover edits you’ve been doing because it gives me a chance to praise you!! I think it’s super cool that you’ve been doing them. I’m sorry you had such an average reading month with so many 3 stars :/ I hateee when that happens. I hope you find a book you really love soon!! Oh and, as a reader who has only ever read one Rainbow Rowell book (Fangirl), I’m superrrr interested to read your review of Wayward Son! To be honest… I know nothing about it other than that it comes from the fanfic from Fangirl and that it’s kinda like Harry Potter fanfic?? But I’ve been trying to keep up with all of the stuff coming out about the author lately so I’m really interested to see what you write in your review!

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    1. THANK YOUUU!! (Even though I redesigned again, whoops.) But I really love white backgrounds too! They’re superior and nobody can change my mind about that.
      Ahhh, that’s so so good to know. but, no, Brittany, your voice is AMAZING. You’re the master of different font sizes, and reading your posts always calms me down!
      Thank you!! Even though they take up time, it’s so very relaxing to do them. and when the end result is good, it’s so worth it. I listen to audiobooks while doing it too!
      So far, October has been GREAT. I think I’ve only had one 3 star read and the rest are 4 or 5 :)) Ahh, I have to review Wayward Son too! I just feel like everything I’ve wanted to say has been said? And I know that some personal things clouded my judgement. It just suffered from middle book syndrome, and I hated that miscommunication was used as a plot device!
      Ohh, and it’s basically Harry Potter, but what if Drarry was canon πŸ˜‚ I don’t know—it’s fun, but (controversial opinion), I want to support actual own voices authors? Not white straight women writing m/m? It just doesn’t sit right with me anymore.


  5. I hope you enjoy your break!!
    Wow, that’s so interesting! I’ve also been wary of editing book covers because it seems like a lot of work, but I might give Vicky’s video a try. Thank you for mentioning that!!
    I 😍😍 the re-design and I relate so much. I think I’ve redesigned my blog 4 major times, and I’m constantly tweaking here and there. I mean, I changed my design again this past month as well so…lol. I’m never satisfied, and I wonder how long my current one will last haha.
    I’m sorry you had such a meh month reading-wise, and that you are stressed and feeling a bit insecure. I haven’t been following your blog for that long, but I still enjoyed reading all your posts especially the discussions πŸ™‚ They were amazing.
    Hopefully, this break will give you time to recoup ❀

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    1. So far I’m enjoying it so much ahhh! Who knew that no school could make me this productive?
      It’s kind of a lot of work, especially when you’re starting. But maybe that’s not me because I have very little experience with editing softwares. I take less time because I just edit the text out, but a good way to maximize the time you spend editing is to listen to audiobooks while doing it! I thought that it would take up took much time as well, and it kinda does, but doing it is so satisfying, and it’s so rewarding to have an end result that you’re proud of.
      THANK YOU (hahaha even though I redesigned again, oops). Ohhh, same! I feel like I’ll just be doomed to redesign my blog for the rest of my life. I just can’t ever be satisfied with how my blog looks, and I hate it! I’m just hoping that this one lasts for a month :”)
      Ohh, it’s okay! October has been a great reading month in contrast, and sembreak is doing wonders for my mental health! ahh, thank you so much πŸ˜­πŸ’– That means so much to me—you don’t even know!

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      1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ No school is the best way to make anyone productive.
        Okay, thank you so much for the tips! This might just be the reason why I finally start listening to audiobooks lol
        You’re welcome, and I love the new tweaks as well lol. The colors are absolutely gorgeous!!! Hope you don’t mind, but I’m curious as to how did it? Was it a graphic, or did you draw it? Hopefully it lasts for a month! And longer ❀
        Yay! Aww, I’m so glad πŸ₯°πŸ’•

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      2. if you finally start listening to them, tell me how it goes, because even though I listen to them, I still haven’t gotten the art of listening to them right haha.
        Thank you!! ahh, I don’t mind! haha, I have no art skills whatsoever, so i obviously didn’t make them. I just found them for free on the internet!! I don’t really know where! I just went to the darkest places i guess lmao

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      3. Sure! Yeah, I’ve tried an audiobook before and I was bored out of my mind. It could have been just the book though, because it was so easy to space out and it was such a slog lol
        Lol, okay. I’ll be sure to go to the darkest of dark places πŸ˜€

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  6. I hope that you enjoy your school break, and can enjoy some more reading since you have some free time from school! I always am so impressed when people can read for pleasure during school – I rarely found the time or energy to do so, and it was sad. I am digging your redesign, and totally feel you on never really being satisfied: I want to tweak with mine already and I love it, haha!

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    1. Thank you, and so far I am! Having so much time to read is so refreshing!! ohh, I totally get that. I can almost never do it, and the only reason I was able to read five books was because I snuck a few audiobooks and short reads in. It just isn’t fun to pick up a book right after reading a textbook hahaha.
      Thank you so much!! (even though I changed it again, oops.) Haha, I’ll never be satisfied, but oh gosh, your blog looks AMAZING. I could literally weep at how beautiful it is!


    1. ahh, that’s so unfortunate, but thank you for taking the time to comment again!
      Thank you! So far I am, and I’m catching up on a lot of blogging and reading things, hence why this reply is coming so late :”)
      WHAT OMG I’M NOTTT, but thank you so much!!! (even though I redesigned again hahaha)


  7. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Caitlin, you’re so sweet ❀ Your design looks wonderful and don't worry about your blogging voice, at all, I adore reading every single one of your posts, your voice is perfect and is just so, you, don't change a thing and try not to overthink it, even if I know how hard that is. You're doing amazing ❀ ❀ ❀
    I'm sending you all the love and hope you'll have a lovely October ❀ ❀

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    1. Of course, Marie. Your posts are always such a comfort to read, and I agree with everything they have to say ❀
      Ahh, thank you so so much. You don't know how much that means to me! I hope you know that your design and voice are amazing too ❀ I know this is cheesy, but your blog is such a happy place that I can turn to.
      I hope you're having a lovely October:)

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  8. Great wrap-up, Caitlin! I am definitely going to check out Vicky’s tutorial because that sounds absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to read Crier’s War and Colorblind. So sorry The Night Circus wasn’t your cup of tea! I absolutely loved it, but I never listened to the audio

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    1. Thank you, Amy!! The tutorial is AMAZING. Vicky put so much effort into it, and though I learned things my own way, it’s still extremely helpful! Ahh, they are both so delightfully sapphic—I love it. Crier’s War truly delivered with the slow burn f/f content. And Colorblind is pretty cute!
      Ah, I wouldn’t say that it wasn’t my cup of tea—just that I consumed it via the wrong format! I just can’t appreciate audiobooks very much, so a lot of the wonder of the story was lost on me. I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy it more if I took the time to read it physically, but I almost never reread books so :”)

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  9. Oooh I remember that short story, I read it a looong time ago and was as taken aback by the ending as you were. Definitely one that left a mark, forever πŸ™‚
    I love your new blog just as much (if not more) as your previous one – it’s the content that matters, after all, and whatever makes you happy, well, go for it!
    I had a pretty chill September but I’m so happy it’s October now so I can read all the spooky books hahaha
    Great post, Caitlin!

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    1. Omg, yes yes!! The story will stay with me forever, and getting to discuss it in class was so much fun!
      ahh, those words mean so much to me, and they’re so right!! Thank you so much ❀
      Yay, so glad that your September was chill. I hope you read a few spooky books and weren't disappointed with them!
      Thank you πŸ™‚


  10. Awesome wrap up, Caitlin!! You have low key reminded me that it IS in fact 7 days into October, and my wrap up which was supposed to be publishes today …. is not. Oops! Midterms are really kicking me in the butt. Lol! I LOVE your blog design! It’s so cute and minimalistic, but also has the perfect splashes of color! I’ll always adore you and your blog no matter what tweaks you do to the design though! πŸ˜‰ I truly think that September lasted 2 seconds as well. I had similar thoughts about Fahrenheit 451 when i read it earlier this year. I had higher expectations for it, but it unfortunately let me down. *sigh* Thank you SO MUCH for linking to my post! Wishing you the happiest of Octobers, love! ❀

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    1. thank you, Kelly!!! oof, but take your time, Kelly! We all know that life gets in the way, and I hope that you’re doing amazing in college! Kill those midterms!
      Ahhh, thank you so much!! (even though I redesigned again lol.) Your blog has such amazing designs though! Seriously, I was in awe the very first time I laid my eyes upon your blog! Yeah, it wasn’t a good book, wasn’t a bad one. It was just pretty meh, and I don’t think it’ll be fun to write a paper on it.
      It’s so so helpful and well put together! Of course I had to share it!


  11. Yes for blog redesigning!! I’m glad you’re doing what makes you happy, even if you still want to change it up a bit haha. I’ve been wanting to tweak my own, even though I still like how mine looks, I just don’t have enough time for the experimenting I want to do! And agh same about reading less ever since school started — it’s so hard to read because I don’t have the time or energy to, and I’ve just been slumping all year lmao. But I hope you have a great break! You definitely deserve to relax and take it easy ❀

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    1. ahaha, I’m writing this as I redesign my blog yet again, so :))
      Excuse me—your blog aesthetic is literally so iconic!! Do what makes you happy, but know that to me, it’s perfect ❀ Yep, it's so hard to pick up a book right after spending hours reading textbooks. It just doesn't feel right, so I just end up scrolling through Twitter or watching Youtube. I hope you can beat that reading slump soon.
      I'm on break right now, and it's already done wonders for my mental health! I hope you get to relax soon too ❀

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  12. School break yay— it was always such a good feeling!! I hope you have a great break!!
    I’m sorry Crier’s War had a few flaws for you but I’m glad you still enjoyed it!! I’m excited to read this one myself– I might put in on my Christmas list, haha!! It’s a shame The Night Circus didn’t live up to your expectation– I know what you mean about audiobook, I do find them harder to sink into and get distracted. I recently found that whilst walking my dog they are great to listen to though.
    I went through a whole thing about quantity vs quality as well and it is hard to accept that you want to post less and be more inconsistent as it isn’t something your necessarily want to let go but it is better to write posts you are passionate about and do it in your own time– it feels better and I hope you know that I love your posts and you get to put yourself first.
    I hope you have a wonderful October, you deserve it!! ❀ ❀

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    1. OMG I’m on school break right now, and I LOVE IT. I’m getting so much blogging and reading done, and I’m more happy than I can remember being!!
      It did, but for me, they were just a few things that debut authors usually do wrong. other than that, the book was absolute gold, and it honestly did so much for the gays. Please read it ahhh! I wouldn’t say that it didn’t live up to my expectation! I didn’t really have much, and from listening to the audiobook, I could tell that it was amazing. I just couldn’t fully appreciate it because of the format I read it in :(( I don’t know why I just can’t pay attention whenever I listen to audiobooks! Even if I’m just walking, I space out while listening to them
      Yes—it’s good to see my site views go up because I’m posting more, but at the end of the day, I have to ask myself if I’m proud of every single thing I’ve posted. I think that focusing on quality rather than quantity would really benefit me and my followers. I hope you know that your posts are amazing too!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful one:))

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  13. I’ve been telling myself for forever that I’m NOT going to get into editing book covers because I just don’t have the time but I’ll probably end up being like you and start doing it and falling in love with it. Why are we like this??

    Also, same. The amount of books I read has been decreasing each month and I HATE IT. I just want to go back to reading fifteen books a month and thriving. But life says no.

    Alsooooo August was a complete blogging high for me too and I wish that had stayed the entire month of September but it didn’t for me either. It fizzled out towards the second half which wasn’t entirely my fault but it feels like it.

    Were we the same person last month because it seems like we were?

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    1. Ahaha—exactly what happened to me!! Yes, it’s time consuming, but it’s so much fun. When the end result is good, it leaves me feeling so satisfied. A good way to maximize time is to listen to audiobooks while editing though!

      I don’t think I’ve read 15 books in a month in, well, ever :”) But I hope that you get to read again!! I hate when life gets in the way of reading, but you’re such a fast reader that I think you’ll get back to that number in no time!

      Ah, no it wasn’t your fault—please remember that. Your blog content is always so good, and I admire how much dedication you have in posting consistently. I’m so so sad that I missed out on so many of your posts:( But I hope that your high is coming back!!

      Ahaha, I think we were!!

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      1. Oooh, listening to audiobooks while you do it is such a good idea! So I actually tried to figure out how to do it but I was so lost. I am not good at all when it comes to design things like that.

        Oh, thank you so much! Your kind words really do mean a lot to me. I’m definitely my own worst critic and I can be extremely hard on myself, so thank you for being so kind.

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  14. THAT EDITED BOOK COVER LOOKS AWESOME!! 😍😍 I don’t really use covers for my review posts but maybe I should seeing as how absolutely wonderful it looks! 😍 (I probably won’t though because ITS TOO TIME CONSUMING! 🀣🀣 #lazyass)

    I am so sorry you didn’t really enjoy a majority of these books. Nothing worse than devoting HOURS on getting into the rhythm of the book only to find out that it is a suck-fest! 😑😑🀣🀣


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    1. ahhh, thank you, Rain!!! Do whatever suits you, but I wish you all the luck if you try editing! I thought that it was gonna be too time consuming too, and it kinda is, but it’s so satisfying to do sometimes. You can also maximize the time by listening to an audiobook while doing it!

      I wouldn’t say that they were suck-fests, but they were just “meh” books that I didn’t feel anything toward, which I honestly feel is.. worse? Like at least suck-fests make me feel something HAHA

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! you seriously leave the best comments :((

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      1. Hahahhahaha!! YESSSS!! I mean, a book should either be sooo bad that you HATED IT WITH A VENGEANCE, or SOOO WELLL WRITTEN that you JUST CANNOT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT! 😍😍😍❀️ Its those where you are indifferent to the characters, the plot, whether they live of fucking die…yeah, THOSE MALE ME FEEL LIKE I WASTED MY TIMEEEEE because now I don’t even have enough content to write about it! WHAT. A. SHAMMEEEE!! πŸ€£πŸ‘»πŸ€£πŸ€£

        Awwww!! YOU ARE MOST WELCOME, Caitlin!’ 😘😘❀️❀️❀️

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  15. yay for school break!!!!#(!# that gif is my everything btw.
    i’m looking forward to your full review of wayward son, because i had such a hard time with the book! even though it was my most anticipated release of 2019, i felt like it was just 350 pages of nothing. there was so much miscommunication and no world building whatsoever and i was so frustrated by the end of it!
    hopefully, you’ll find time to re-read the night circus! i think it is possible you’ll have a better experience reading it rather than listening to it. recently, i listened to emergency contact by mary h.k choi and i feel like i could’ve enjoyed it more if the narrator of the audiobook wasn’t so monotone.
    thank you sososo much for the shoutout, btw! wishing you an amazing october! 😊

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    1. omg, I’m on day two right now, and I LOVE IT. Who knew i’d be so happy and productive without school in my life?
      I was so shocked that there weren’t any more “no school” gifs, but this one was amazing, so I used it anyway πŸ˜‚
      I hope I can post it soon! The review is long overdue. But I completely agree with you! I think a lot of if has to do with some outside factors, but I just found the whole book to be tedious and i just wish the characters had COMMUNICATED. Also, I found Penny and Shepard annoying, idk :”)
      I probably will! It’s a good book—I just consumed it via the wrong format. ahh, so sorry that that happened though!
      Of course, your posts need way more attention, and that particular one was so much fun to read! I hope you’re having an amazing October!

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  16. Nothing really exciting happened in September for me, except packing :// The number of books I’ve been reading and the posts I’ve written have also decreased, which makes me a tiny bit sad, but it’s normal because of school work. I believe you’re doing your best and that’s what matters ❀
    Also, it's normal to drift away from friends while growing up, because everyone wants different things from life and life gets busy, and sometimes we're just not in the right mood to socialize a lot. Try not to worry too much about it! Everything will be okay, and like you said, quality over quantity ^^
    Happy October, Caitlin ❀

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    1. Ahh, that’s so sad, but I hope that you’re having the best time in Germany! You deserve it! Ugh, I relate to this so much. I honestly hate school so much. I don’t really care that it gives me a future, I just hate that it gets in the way of what makes me happy right now :”) ok i’m getting too real, but thank you so much for the kind words, and I hope you know that too!
      Ahhh, that’s so comforting to know :(( Thank you. It’s just a sad feeling when you realize that you and your friends are meant for different paths, and it’s sad to drift apart from someone you were so close to not long ago. But yeah, I’ll always try and remember quality over quantity!

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      1. Germany has been a whole ride with its ups and downs but I’m glad I came! Thank you ❀
        I'm really struggling with classes right now too. It's okay to get too real, I think xD Studying here is honestly making me wondering if I really wanna work in business because I can't keep up with my classes and I honestly think my strategic management professor hates me … but I'm probably overreacting. And this is weird because I usually like school and I like to learn but then idk to do. sorry if this got too much πŸ˜›

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      2. OH SAME! i got my exam results back, and they were, uhhh. bad. idk why i wasn’t happy with last quarter’s because this is WORST.
        Ohh, I don’t think I’ll ever work in business. I’m just not a business-minded person haha.
        I think my English teacher hates me!! It might just be an overreaction, but I don’t think I’m wrong, and it makes me annoyed because she’s biased when giving me grades.

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  17. I love your new blog design!! It looks so, so pretty and you should be really proud of it.πŸ€—β€οΈI understand putting quantity over quality- I think we’ve all been there, but even though I was really bad at blog hopping these past couple of months and didn’t get around to reading any posts…your posts have always been such top-notch quality and genuinely some of the best out there!!

    I hope your break was (or is, if you’re still on it) amazing and filled with a lot of reading or relaxing or TV-watching or blogging whatever else made your heart happy and full. ❀ Thank you so much for mentioning my post in here, I'm really glad that you enjoyed it because I had a lot of fun writing it! I hope your October has been lovely, my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much, Olivia!! Your blog design is GOALS though!
      Ahhh OMG YOU’RE GONNA MAKE ME CRYYY 😭😭 Olivia, you’re such an amazing person, and know that I love you and this community loves you! I hope you’re having a great time with school and dance!

      Ah, I’m having it right now, and it’s been amazing so far! It has done wonders for my mental health, because it really deteriorated during my last few weeks in school. I’m so happy to have caught up on blogging and reading! Ah, I had a lot of fun reading it, so I just had to mention it! I hope it has been lovely for you too:)

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  18. Ah omg I love this post and your blog so much! The new header images are so pretty eek ❀ I also read Wayward Son last month and still have no idea how I feel whoops.

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    1. RUBY YOU’RE SO KIND TO ME THANK YOU!! right?? like, idk if it’s just personal bias, but that book wasn’t good. i hated that there was so much miscommunication and that penny was so annoying in it. but then again, it may just be that i fell out of love with Carry On

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