August Wrap-up // Starting School, Burning Out, & Being on TV??

Just like that, another month of 2020 is gone.

I’m such a broken record, but wow, August flew by in a blink! I don’t even wanna know how long it’s been since I left my house lmao. But, keeping with my promise to highlight one issue that needs attention in all my monthly wrap-ups, please consider donating to a colon cancer charity in order to honor Chadwick Boseman. Here is a thread of charities.

The biggest highlight of the month is that I started online school. *cries* I want my endless free time back. However, I recognize that things are as good as they can be. My classes only last until 12pm, 10 on some days, and they’re interspersed with breaks.

A really cool thing that happened is that my interview with the TODAY show aired! I was contacted by a producer and interviewed in July, and I was honestly starting to doubt if the interview would actually air, but it did! It was really cool to have been given the opportunity to talk about diversity in literature and recommend diverse YA books! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch the interview because I’m too embarrassed, but you can watch it below. πŸ₯Ί

Also, BTS released their first all-English single Dynamite! To be honest, I didn’t really like it at first, but now I love it. It’s such a feel-good song and so is the music video. Actually, I’ve slowly been getting back into BTS for the past few months. I don’t think I’ll ever officially join their fandom because of toxic ARMYs, but they’re really talented and I’m so proud of them!! If you’re wondering, my bias is Taehyung, though they are all amazing and worthy of appreciation. πŸ₯Ί

I’m officially adding a writing section to my wrap-ups. Exciting! Though I’m slightly embarrassed because I’ve been working on this WIP for months, and I still haven’t written a word. Planning is writing okay!! I’m trying not to pressure myself because progress will happen when it happens.

Anyways, I didn’t get lots of writing done in August because of school, and I think I’ll have to put it on the back burner for the rest of the semester. I spent most of the month conceptualizing a main character, which was hard because I’m extremely particular about characters. I think they’re finally coming together though, which is exciting!

I only read three books in August, which is really low for me. Between that and only reading four in July, I’m behind on my reading challenge. But I’m feeling optimistic about making a comeback because I finally finished the book that caused my reading slump.

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Fence: Rivals by C.S. Pacat– This graphic novel series is so casually queer and diverse I love it! As someone who knows nothing about fencing, I can confidently say that the sport is portrayed in an easy to understand yet interesting manner. These aren’t favorites or anything, but I’ll probably read all future installments.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern– Meet the book that caused the reading slump, friends. I really wanted to love this, but I just… didn’t get it? I had no idea what was going on the whole time, and the characters were pretty flat. I’ve talked to some people who love this book and even they admit that it’s not for everyone, so I guess it just wasn’t for me.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang– I’m so happy that I got to read the finale of The Poppy War trilogy early! I was expecting much worse from the ending, so it didn’t really hurt me lmao. But I just love how this series portrays war without any sugar coats and brings awareness to so many forgotten events in history! I can’t imagine how much thought and research must’ve gone into writing them. My review will go up closer to release date—it’s been a while since I’ve had so many thoughts about a book that I can’t sum them up in a few sentences!

I wasn’t a very good blogger this month. I replied to comments really late and gave up on keeping up with my Reader. I think this’ll be the new normal because of school, I’m sorry!

Also, I was feeling a little burnt out. It wasn’t just that school sucked out most of my time and energy to blog (though it did), but I also had trouble finding post ideas I wanted to write. Hopefully this doesn’t carry over into September. πŸ™ƒ

I somehow forgot to include this in my July wrap-up, but thank you so much for all the 2020 Book Blogger Award nominations! πŸ’• Every notification that someone nominated me seriously made my day, and I’m unbelievably honored that so many people found me worth nominating. 😭 For such a wide variety of categories too, at least compared to last year! I even made it to the voting round for not one but two (!!) categories. I can’t put into words how happy that makes me, and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me! The voting round already closed and the winners are gonna be announced tomorrow—this is how late I am in thanking you guys.

What I posted:

Thanks so much for giving the introduction to book blogs post so much love. πŸ₯Ί It’s my most successful post ever, and it probably will be for a long time. I’m so glad that a lot of people thought that I did a good job of introducing book blogs, and I sincerely hope that it helps people appreciate book blogs more.

How was your August? What was the best book you read? If you like BTS, who’s your bias? I hope you have an incredible September!

52 thoughts on “August Wrap-up // Starting School, Burning Out, & Being on TV??

  1. “Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite” this hook is forever catchy and I’m not even mad about it to be honest. August was a meh month to be honest, I didn’t finish any books, which is ok cause there’s still 4 months left of 2020 for me to bounce back xD Ah I’m in awe of all the planning you must be doing for your WIP though, I’m terrible at planning, I just go into it and take notes as I write xD I’m terrible but I do want to try and outline my WIP in September…maybe?

    Ah I adored your intro to book blogs posts ❀ it was such a wonderful post hehe and I'm so proud of you for getting the chance to do the interview Caitlin! I hope you have a wonderful September (if I were to have a bias in BTS it's probably either Jungkook or Taehyung hehe)

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    1. yesss, the whole song is so catchy i love it πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί i have no doubt that you can bounce back, but it’s totally okay if you need to step back from reading ❀ omg no, most of my ""planning"" consists of me staring into space, trying to work my way out of a problem, and coming up with nothing 😭 i wish i could just allow myself to dive into the wip and fix it when i revise, but i just can't get it into my brain that i can fix whatever i want to during revisions lmao. good luck with your own wip though!

      i'm so glad πŸ₯Ί thank you so, so much, and i hope you have a September as lovely as you! YESSSS, I LOVE TAEKOOK (not the romantic ship though 😷) they're both AMAZING, and the most popular members for a reason

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  2. Ah, sorry August was a terrible month. I loved your interview in the Today Show, you were so good! 😍
    I completely understand about the blog hopping because I have to work for 9 hours (usually more depending on my workload but that’s the minimum) every day and my brain is mush on most days. Also, lower your GR goal if it’s a source of stress. 2020 is bad though as it is without adding that pressure too. Take care, Caitlin, and I hope that September is a much better month! πŸ’–

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    1. thank you so much, dini 😭🀍 ah, sorry about work! i hope you’re handling it well! & i totally get that–after i’m done with homework for the day my brain is just mush and i don’t have the energy to blog or write posts. i’ll definitely lower it if it gets too much, but i think i can make a comeback? idk i just take my challenge to seriously 😭 ahhh, i hope that September is going great for you πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–πŸ’–

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  3. You were on TV?! CAITLIN THAT IS AMAZING OMG. Congratulations!!!

    While I agree that Dynamite is a bop, I somehow don’t like the song as much as their other music. It heavily features few members and barely features others which makes me sad πŸ˜…

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    1. thank you sumedha!!! yep, i don’t think dynamite is close to being their best song πŸ™ˆ & i totally see what you mean :(( i feel like the maknae line always gets the opportunities bc they’re the most popular members, and while i love them too, the hyung lines needs appreciation too fkdjfkdjfkd

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  4. Omg so proud to see you on TV!! That’s incredible ❀ And planning is part of the writing process so it totally counts as making progress πŸ₯° Finding the right main character is tough, but I wish you all the best luck! I’m still revising my project and haven’t made much progress, to be honest πŸ˜…
    I hope September gives you a bit more energy and inspiration even with school going on 🧑

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    1. thank you so, so much caro!! ah, i really needed to hear that πŸ₯Ί i think i finally know all i need to about one of my mcs (now all that’s left is to get to know them better during outling/drafting), now i need to develop another one, which is hard πŸ™ƒ i’m wishing you all the luck with revising! ❀ i'm sure you can do it because you have incredible work ethic!
      hope you're having an amazing September ❀

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      1. πŸ’— You already managed to create one MC so that’s still amazing!! I’m sure the other one will find itself as well πŸ₯° Thank you so much! Revising has been deterred by my planning for the new semester, but maybe I can at least get some progress in before the years ends πŸ™

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  5. Congrats on being on TV, Caitlin!! That’s so cool!! But I feel you about not wanting to see yourself on TV. It does feel embarrassing πŸ˜… I’m with you about planning is writing. I believe it is. That’s what I’ve been doing for I-don’t-know-how-long-now πŸ˜‚

    Well you still beat me with your reading. I only read one book last month πŸ˜† I’ve been feeling slump-y lately and it’s kinda hard to concentrate on the words. Also, it’s okay if you reply to comments late, things like that. School does suck out a lot of your life force. I hope you’re taking care of yourself and doing well, Caitlin!!

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    1. thank you so much aina!! haha, i’m glad someone understands me. and yes, it totally is! don’t worry about how long you’re planning a book, because i’ve heard that some writers plan books for /decades/

      you’re so sweet, and i’m so glad you understand 😭🀍🀍 and you don’t have to feel bad about the number of books you’re reading at all! reading is not a race ❀


  6. Absolutely loved your interview. I kind of teared-up hearing you guys talk about the importance of representation and diversity. Ahhh, more power to your blog! πŸ™‚

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  7. Ahh, I’ve just come from Marie’s post announcing the winner’s of the Book Blogger Awards – congratulations, I’m so happy for you! You really deserved it. πŸ˜€ I’m glad that online school hasn’t been terrible, and I hope it’ll continue on in this more lax way. Good luck on your writing – it IS exciting that you now have a writing section in wrap ups! πŸ™‚ Also, yay for your book blogger post doing well – it was such a terrific post and it deserves all the attention it’s gotten.
    Lmao, I feel like you not being hurt (or as hurt as others) by a book while everyone else is is a pattern with you. πŸ˜‚ Either way, I’m looking forward to your review of The Burning God! Hope you’re having a wonderful September, Caitlin! πŸ™‚

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    1. ahh, vera 😭😭 thank you so much, you’re the best!! ahh, it’s not *terrible*, but i hate that it sucks up most of my time and energy to blog and read :(( i’m so happy that you’re excited, haha. hopefully the writing sections don’t disappoint!
      i hope you’re having a wonderful September too! yeah, i don’t know why i’m like this 😭 as soon as someone calls a book painful my expectations for pain become so high that the actual thing doesn’t hurt anymore. haha, i really should’ve written it while my memory of the book was still fresh, but i just wrote myself a few notes to deal with when the time to write the review comes πŸ™ƒ

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  8. I hope school has been going well for you, and that you’re enjoying what you’re studying now!! You’re doing it fully online? πŸ™‚ and ahhhh I wanna read the burning god so badly!!! obviously, I have to read the dragon republic first XD can’t wait for my copy to arrive!! i’ll try to embrace whatever the ending will be, but I bet it’ll hurt me regardless )): i hope you have a lovely September – and don’t stress too much about blogging ❀

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    1. thank you so much!! yes, all online, bc our government is handling the pandemic TERRIBLY πŸ™ƒ yess, the books will probably destroy your soul, not just their endings, hehe. i hope you had a lovely September (i’m replying to you so late), and i’m trying not to <333

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  9. First off, congratulations on being featured on The Today Show! That’s super exciting and you should be proud! I would’ve been nervous as heck, but you nailed it! I totally understand not having the time to blog consistently. There’s a lot going on right now, but we’ll all be here when you do post. Here’s to a great September on the page and otherwise!

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      1. I’m glad they are too! I feel like it’s so easy to forget people running blogs are entire human beings with lives outside of blogging and books! I had a pretty good month, thank you Caitlin! I hope October is just as good to you!

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  10. You were on Today??? Caitlin that is AMAZING! And equally amazing, a big CONGRATULATIONS for all your Book Blogger Award nominations. πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ I just saw the final awards and I’m so happy that you made it all the way through – you honestly deserve all the recognition for spreading positivity and highlighting diversity. I’m sending you a BIG hug! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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  11. Omg, congratulations on being on TV! That’s so exciting.
    I’m sorry August wasn’t a good month for you. Apparently, we were all struggling there for a bit. I hope your September is much better!
    I’m currently reading The Starless Sea and absolutely adoring it, but I can definitely see how it’s not a book for everyone. In fact, even if I’m loving it and don’t really mind, it has been such a slow read.
    Btw, planning totally is writing because if it’s not then I haven’t written anything in over a year and that’s just unacceptable πŸ™ƒ

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    1. thank you!! yes, september was definitely better! and i’m glad you’re enjoying the starless sea. i have no idea why it just didn’t work for me :(( i’m so glad to hear that bc if it’s not then i haven’t written anything all year too πŸ™ƒ but seriously, it is writing ❀ you can't get anything on the page if you don't think about what you want/have to write first!

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  12. congrats on the book blogger awards too!! And ahh, fitting everything in plus school must definitely be a juggling act (hope you don’t feel too burned out πŸ’›πŸ’›) And someday I will finally get to the Poppy War 😭

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  13. Congrats on the book blogger awards and the interview. I am soo behind my Goodreads challenge too but I think there is time to catch up if I stop sleeping and eating until the year end. I am a new follower and I am enjoying your posts! Thank you

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  14. Your interview was SO cool to watch! Doing all of us book bloggers proud πŸ˜­πŸ’•
    Ahh that’s too bad that you didn’t like The Starless Sea, but I definitely agree that it’s not for everyone. Also huge congrats on your book blogger award!! You absolutely deserve it 😊
    I hope you have a wonderful September and find lots of great new books!

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  15. Ah, I’m sorry August wasn’t that great for you. It also wasn’t for me so I feel you. I thought I was the only one who didn’t have this like an amazing month. Again, SO EXCITING AND CONGRATS on your interview. It’s so cool and well deserved. And I hope your September is 1000x times better. And good luck with the writing, I seriously need to get back to my wip welp. Sending love <3<3

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    1. ahh, i think this whole year has just been ?? for all of us 😭 thank you so much ruby!! september was definitely better than august, and i got some writing done :)) i hope you can get back to your wip, but it’s totally okay if you don’t have the time or motivation to ❀

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  16. EEP I’m so so happy you’re getting your characters fleshed out! You’re sooo right to spend to much time on them… I’m sure it will make the process easier in the long run. And as a character-driven person, it helps that I just LOVE characters, hehe! I hope your September is going well, my friend! πŸ€—πŸ€

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  17. ahhhhh, i was so excited to see you on TODAY show, like!(#(!)!!! that’s so massive and the fact you were talking about diversity in YA too, just ICONIC to say the least. and congrats on winning the 2020 book blogger awards!!! i was so happy for you, honestly, and i’ll never shut up about how great your content is.

    hope school is doing fine, btw! i know how demanding it can be but i hope online school can be a little bit easier, hopefully. wishing you an amazing september, and that you can still read and enjoy your free time despite school! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  18. It’s SO EXCITING about the Today show, really, you’re such a star ahhh you’re iconic ❀
    I hope that your classes have been going okay and that your feelings of burning out haven't been too harsh on you lately, either. Take care of yourself first and always, sending you all the love ❀ ❀ ❀

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