September Wrap-up // School Ate All My Time, But I Was Surprisingly Able to Write!!

Hi, long time no see.

It’s been two weeks since my last post, and I usually post at least once a week so this is weird for me. Sorry for disappearing! Anyways, since a certain TERF’s transphobic book was announced in September, I’d like to direct you to this thread containing donation links and petitions to sign in order to help Black trans lives.

School is taking up a lot of time as always. I had a few important tests to study for in September, so that’s why I had to take a step back from blogging. Honestly, as much as I complain about school, I’m being given a reasonable amount of work and time to finish them. My problem is just that I suck at paying attention!! I’ve always had trouble listening in class, and now that school is online and I could easily open another tab—plus, most of the assessments that carry weight don’t require me to listen to the teacher because they send powerpoints, notes, etc.—I just tune out quite a few of my classes.

Luckily, I’m getting by with my friends’ help and the material teachers send through google classroom, but I’d save myself so much time if I just listened to all my teachers and retained what they said. Do you have tips for paying attention in online class? They are very needed.

Something that’s really trivial but made me happy in September is the fact that one of my tweets went viral. And, of course, it had to be one about my inability to be a useful human being.

I’ve always wanted one of my tweets to go viral, and I can’t believe one actually did! Now I know what it’s like and can die in peace. Except the tweet originally had 141.8k likes and Twitter decided to delete 500 for some reason. [insert annoyed face here]

On the topic of social media, follow me on bookstagram! I post, um, once a week even though I have pictures to post because I’m too lazy to write captions. :”)

I made a surprising amount of writing progress in September! I think I was able to do so because during the school week, I don’t have the energy to read or blog, but I do have the energy to think/daydream about my WIP. I didn’t write any actual words, but I figured my main character and basic premise out. This is long overdue considering how long I’ve been planning, but what matters is that I can finally start outlining and hopefully do well on NaNoWriMo!

I also came up with two new WIP ideas and they’re both gay, hehe. It’ll probably be a while before I try to get an actual premise out of one of them, but when I do I’ll probably be much faster than I was with my current WIP… I don’t know why my current WIP took so long to plan.

Since this is a writing section, I feel like I should post snippets, but I’m too self-conscious to post ones from my planning process. It mostly consists of me jotting down gibberish in a document anyway, so instead I’ll share a poem I wrote for one of my classes!

It’s called a textula, and it’s in Tagalog. I tried my best to translate it to English, and I came up with: The dog is happy // Because it is free // It is not sad // It roams and roams. Obviously, it’s not the best poem ever, but I’m proud of myself for managing to make each line have seven syllables and follow an AABB rhyme scheme!

I read five books, and considering how unmotivated to read school makes me, I consider that a win. I only manage to squeeze reading in during the school year by forcing myself to finish a book during the weekend.

My ratings this month were surprisingly high. I mean, I had one 2-star read, but I rated three books 4 stars, which is really good for me. I’m currently reading and loving Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, so I hope the good ratings continue for the rest of the year!

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown– This was… not for me. I’ve never been a fan of royalty books, and sadly that’s exactly what this book is. I just didn’t care about the characters or what was happening, which is one hundred percent a me thing. Also, I’m SO tired of characters developing feelings for each other just because they stared into each other’s eyes and interacted a few times. Please give me a reason for these two to fall in love other than the fact that they’re in a YA book.

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo– This is such a great story about an Afro-Latinx teen mom! The writing and food descriptions were on-point, and Elizabeth Acevedo is a queen.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko– This was a well-written fantasy debut, and it had such great themes of found family and female empowerment. Fantasy countries that are just real-world countries with a different name and friends to lovers where the development of the romance isn’t shown are some of my pet peeves, but overall I’d still recommend.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz– This did not resonate with me like it has with so many readers, but I’m glad I reread it because I definitely got the message more. If you’re looking for a quick read, I suggest this book because the writing is on the simplistic, stream-of-consciousness side, and the chapters are so short!

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle– I read this white cishet romance for the serotonin and it delivered! The beginning is a little rough and the writing wasn’t my cup of tea, but the last chunk made me believe in love.

I’ve been such a bad blogger for the past few months! I think I just have to accept that my time and energy to blog has gone down the drain, and it’s okay not to prioritize blogging. Honestly, if I didn’t want to hit 1,000 followers before the end of the year, I’d be lowkey about blogging with no guilt, haha.

I feel bad about how behind I am on replying to comments and blog hopping. It’s been a while since I’ve talked to you all, and there are so many good posts on my Reader! Maybe I’ll set aside time to interact next week, but no promises.

Also, I’ve run out of post ideas. Whenever I think of one, I immediately shoot it down or shrivel up inside because of how much time it’ll take to write. If you have any post suggestions, you are more than welcome to comment them down below!

On a more positive note, I won Best Teen Blogger in the 2020 Book Blogger Awards hosted by May and Marie!! Thank you so, so much for voting for me if you did. Best teen blogger is huge, and I’m so happy that so many people seem to enjoy my content! I never could’ve imagined this when I was still a baby blogger finding my blogging voice and putting out poorly-formatted posts. 🥺 Congrats to the other winners, but remember that awards don’t define your worth and your voice always matters. ❤

What I posted:

If you have school, how’s it going? Did you read any of the books I did? What’d you think of them? Do you have any plans for October?

36 thoughts on “September Wrap-up // School Ate All My Time, But I Was Surprisingly Able to Write!!

  1. You read amazing books this month! I’m sad to see you didn’t enjoy A song of wraiths and ruin, I really want to read that one! I have the same opinion about With The Fire On High, it’s an amazing book that portrays strong female characters and I loved that.
    I just started school a few days ago and my productivity on the blog has been lacking lately, but I hope to change that in the near future! I plan to read spooky books only for this month✨

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    1. yeah, ASOWAR just wasn’t a book for me 😅 with the fire on high definitely portrayed a strong female characters who’s not strong in a conventional sense! i hope you get to blog more, but don’t feel guilty if you aren’t able to. ahh, i’m replying to you so late, so i hope you enjoyed the books you read during cotober!


  2. Congratulations on winning best teen blogger! That’s incredible! I just fininshed A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, and while I not usually a fan of royalty books, I still liked it. I think the individual characters are what made me carry on – I found them both just so precious. Like you said, I didn’t feel much in the way of romance between them but maybe that’ll be developed in later books?

    I also loved With the Fire on High when I read it! Elizabeth Acevedo is for sure a queen.

    Third year of uni just started for me but I managed to get a couple of weeks ahead so I’m /tentatively/ optimistic? I hope school settles out for you, and good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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    1. thank you so much!! i’m so glad that ASOWAR worked for you nonetheless ❤ i hope that's the case, but sadly i do not foresee myself picking up the sequels, haha.

      ahh, that's amazing! i hope school isn't too stressful for you—it really has been for the past few months for me, but thankfully things are better. maybe bc christmas break is so near?


  3. I just bought Raybearer and I’m really excited to get to it!! It’s been so positively reviewed and I’m hoping I love it. Fantasies are always so hit and miss for me so who knows how I’ll find it! WTFOH was also so good!!
    I started school in September and I’ve definitely been a lot busier – my uni application has consumed a lot of my time (and stress) but that should be finished by mid-October! I’m just waiting on my school now but I’ve done as much as I can. Hopefully October is a good month for you and I hope you reach your 1000 goal because you deserve it <3. Please don’t stress about it though because you’re doing amazing no matter what!

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    1. yay!! i hope you enjoy/ed Raybearer ❤ ahh, i'm so sorry about school :(( i totally agree that things have been more stressful. but i know you're doing your best, and i hope you're doing well emme!! good luck with school and uni applications ❤ at this point i don't think i'm going to reach 1,000 followers this year, but i've made my peace with it. thank you so much emme 🥺🥺 you're doing so amazing too ❤


  4. I always had difficulty not tuning out in school too, especially if it was one of my least favourite subjects like Maths or Science. I know I would definitely really struggle these days when it’s mostly online, so I really feel for students at the moment!
    But yay for making progress on your WIP! It always feels good when all the details start to click into place! Have a great month!

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    1. yes, haha. science is so hard to space out in bc there are so many facts to remember 😭 & thankfully my math teacher (or at least, one of them—i have two math subjects rn) is good, so i don’t really space off in his class. i still do occasionally tho :(( it really does!! thank you so much ❤


  5. Congrats on the book blogger award!! So happy you won, you deserve it so much ❤ also that's great that you're getting more into your writing! aLSO I read Aristotle and Dante this month too and… didn't like it lmao. there is literally no plot. glad I'm not the only person who isn't shouting its praises from the rooftops lmao. hope you have a great October!

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    1. thank you so much kay!! ❤ yeah it wasn't bad but i'm definitely not head over heels in love with it like everyone else is 😭 i didn't really mind the plot, but i feel like it's hard to love if you don't have a personal connection to it (which i sadly don't).


  6. Im pretending school doesn’t exist and it’s delightful 😌 (it’s a problem)

    also ahhh I’m so excited you’re developing your WIP more, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about it 👀 also omg I need to read With the Fire on High and Raybearer SO bad ahhhhhh!! (also lmaooo I’m sorta in the same boat with Ari and Dante and I’m sort of glad someone else isn’t head over heels in love with it XD like it was GOOD but . . .)

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    1. me rn bc things are surprising more chill right now 🤠

      ahh, thank you so much for listening to my writing rants 😭 and i hope you can read both WTFOH & Raybearer i feel like you have a high chance of enjoying both!! yeah, i’m definitely not head over heels in love with ari and dante. i feel like it’s hard to love it if you don’t have a personal connection with it, which i sadly don’t :”(

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  7. At least I know I’m not alone. I’m always tempted to do something else during class. *cough Booktube cough* Readwithcindy is absolute perfection 😌👌 but she also managed to destroy my innocence.

    I loved With the Fire On High too! I think I was drawn to it because of the POC characters and the food 🥺 I’m about to start listening to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Who’s ready to listen to seven hours of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice? 🙈 (me, but not really.)

    Okay, so now it’s fall, right? I think so, except it really doesn’t feel like it. I expected cloudy weather with a chill in the air, but instead I get hot sunny weather that goes up in the 100s. Yay, California 😭

    Congrats on winning the award for best teen blogger! Hope you have a spooky October! *this is me being cringey*

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    1. yes i love cindy!! she’s so funny! and lmao her dirty jokes aren’t for everyone, but i still laugh most of the time :”)

      i’m so glad you loved WTFOH! & i’ve heard good things about the ari and dante audiobook! i hope you enjoy listening to it ❤

      lmao that sucks. but i can't relate bc we don't have four seasons in the philippines—we just have a rainy season 😭

      thank you so much katie!! 🥺

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  8. Congratulations on the blogging award!! I have also read with the fire on high and it is very good I am happy you enjoyed it🙂 I really loved how food was incorporated into the book. Sorry that you are having a hard time with online school I totally relate it can be so hard to focus. Nice job with your writing! I hope you have a wonderful October❤︎

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  9. I can’t even imagine trying to focus on school with everything that has been going on. I don’t go to school but I’m an essential worker so I feel the stress. lol. Congrats on the award! Hopefully things settle down for you and you have a fantastic October. ❤

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  10. Congrats on winning the blogging award!
    I plan on reading cemetery boys this month as well, it sounds so interesting! I’m so happy you’ll also be participating in nano this year, I can’t wait to finally start drafting my w.i.p. (I’ve been planning it since July but took a break from it this month).
    I’ve been so busy that I’ve fallen behind on answering comments and visiting other blogs as well, but I’m slowly working on it.
    I hope you have a lovely October ❤︎


  11. Omg Caitlin, your tweet going viral is SO COOL OMG!! And congrats on the award, it is so well-deserved and I’m so happy for you. And for writing something. Who cares about books tbh?? Hehe. Sending you all the love, take all the time you need xoxo


  12. paying attention on online school is literally the hardest. i find that i can not concentrate super well, possibly because i don’t find as engaging to just sit there and listen even in regular classes, BUT now there’s so many other distractions than when i’m sitting in class, away from my phone, hahah. i am glad you can still make it because most of the assessments have other resources.

    i was happy you enjoyed ari & dante and you deserve each other! i think the writing for you deserve each other really was… unique, i guess you’d say, lol. it was unlike anything i’d read before and i kinda missed having a 2nd perspective like most romances, but i ended up getting used to it and really liking it by the end.

    i really hope october is an amazing month for you & that you manage to finish your outline in time for nano! all the luck!


  13. Eeeep to your tweet going viral! I have no tips for online classes cause I know if I were taking them, I too would not be paying attention xD However as you may know I work, works going well sksksk I’m so ready to have two weeks off though, a nice perk to working in a school is getting the same holidays as the kids hehe. October plans…I feel like somehow I’ve made October a month of trying to find balance within myself, with work, with the course I’m taking as well as blogging etc. It’s also the last month of being a teenager aaaaah I’m not ready to be 20, come save me Caitlin *sobs* I hope you have a wonderful October ❤


  14. Have you had any luck gathering tips for paying attention in class? I just had my first week of classes and well … if I managed to listen to fifteen minutes of my professors talking before starting to daydream, that was a lot already. 😅 I’ve also been struggling with posting 😭 It’s totally okay to prioritize other things, and I do need to work on listening to my own advice! You’re not a bad blogger for that! ❤ I hope you’re having a great October, Caitlin! ❤❤


  15. My online classes are to come in November, so I sadly have no tips on how to pay attention yet. Only one of my online classes will be live though, the rest if just prerecorded content. So we’ll see how that goes 😅

    Congrats on making progress with your WIP that’s amazing! Also, your poem is so wholesome 🥰🐶 As for blogging content, I usually do a Book Tag or recommendation post that appeals to me whenever I need some inspiration. Also congrats on winning Best Teen Blogger, you deserve it!!! 💗

    I actually canceled my library hold on A Song of Wraiths and Ruin for now, because it’s rather long and I’m not really in the mood for a dense Fantasy (especially one with royalty) 😅 Happy to hear you liked Raybearer though, I have high hopes for this one 😊


  16. YESSSSS A VIRAL TWITTER QUEEEEN!!! And you did it again, absolutely legendary. Your poem is so good! Also yess for progress with your WIP!! And 2 gay WIP ideas?? Tell me more 👀

    I can’t offer you any tips on how to focus more in class (not even an hour ago I played among us for 2 hours straight during class), but I’m cheering you on with all your classes and schoolwork! I hope your October has been going well! 💕


  17. I hope October has been kind to you so far, Caitlin, you deserve it ❤ and yay for your tweet going viral, that's amazing! You're the twitter queen now ahha 🙂 and I'm so happy you made progress with your writing just as well, that's so wonderful, I can't wait to hear more about it if/when you feel like sharing 😀


  18. Congrats on the viral tweet, that’s pretty impressive. 😀 Ugh, I’m sorry school has taken up so much of your time and energy, BUT I’m happy you’ve been able to work on your WIP and yay for new ideas! 🙂 Answering your question, uni has been horrible. Our professors have lost their mind – they somehow believe we have more time than ever before, which is not true!? And I have so much less energy, because I’m constantly stressing over COVID-19 as my country’s horrible government decided not to control it at all. I hate this country. Anyhow, rant over!

    So glad you enjoyed Raybearer because I’m looking forward to that one. And You Deserve Each Other is so fun, so I’m glad that worked for you too. 🙂 I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t read Ari and Dante… and I probably never will get to it. I’m just not sure I’d enjoy it. Hope your October has been going well! 🙂


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