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. 🥺
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. 🥺
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.
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. 🙃
I somehow forgot to include this in my July wrap-up, but thank you so much for all the 2020 Book Blogger Award nominations! 💕 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. 🥺 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.