My Goings-On in September:
- Being miserable over politics. I think this may have been my #1 activity in September, honestly. I’ve had a hard time focusing on much when I know that our country is plummeting … fast, and it doesn’t feel like there’s any real end in sight. I mean, I’d like to think reason will prevail in November, but reason seems to have flown out the window lately. I find myself in tears over the news on the regular over the fact that the leader of our country has said something (new) that’s so incredibly racist or hateful—and that half our country is still behind him. If you’re a fan of Trump, I’m sorry but I honestly can’t comprehend it. I used to be one of those people who said I could generally “see both sides”—I considered myself an independent (I’ve voted for both parties in my lifetime), and I generally could see where people were coming from, even when I disagreed with them on something. But lately… with a president who tells US senators of color to go back to the “crime-infested places they came from” or tells his white Minnesota crowd that they have “good genes” and just like racehorses, “a lot of it is about the genes.” (This is literally a white supremacist talking point—if you deny that it’s racist, you’re being willfully ignorant.) And these are just the tip of the iceberg—so much hate comes out of this man’s mouth. As a Christian, I especially struggle with the fact that so many Christians embrace him, despite the fact that he is the antithesis of almost everything Christ stood for.
So, yeah… I just spent a lot of time talking politics, and I’m sorry, but I can’t just sit around being inwardly horrified anymore.
- We painted one bedroom, put up new doors and trim upstairs and painted it all (including the stairs and banisters–ugh!) And, no, we’re not done with everything yet. I don’t think “done” is a word that applies to our home improvement projects.
- My mom’s birthday! The 29th was my mom’s birthday, so we celebrated with homemade angel food cake (yum!) and tacos. 🙂
- Dog training. I’ve been going to a great place nearby with Bella (my six-year-old fluffer), and I’ll be starting up a class with Digit there soon. In the meantime, we did a puppy class with Digit at Petsmart, which wasn’t the very best, but it got him out of the house and into the “real world.” He’s definitely a COVID puppy—very anxious about just about everything outside of our house!
- Digit! I’ve been sharing pics and updates about our littlest family fluff in my Sunday Posts every week so you can see him grow up: 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28,7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27. But here’s my monthly “before and after” pic, so you can see the first day he came home versus this week (looks like those ears are staying up now, but who knows?):
- What I’ve watched:
- My two younger kids and I are still watching The 100, even though we’re kind of miserable about the way the writers have chosen to finish the show off. Only one episode to go!
Features & Discussions:
My 2020 Reading Progress:
I read 9 books in September, which is better than I’ve been doing lately. I’ve now read a total of 81 so far this year, which puts me 7 books ahead of my Goodreads goal.
September 2020 Reviews
- My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee | Review (plus check out the giveaway, which is still going on!)
- Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | Review
- Flamer by Mike Curato | Review
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore | Review
- The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz | Review
- Cog by Greg Van Eekhout | Review
- A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano | Review
- Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez | Review
- We’re Not from Here by Geoff Rodkey | Review
- Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell | Review
September Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
My MG choice was really tough this month because I LOVED My Life in the Fish Tank (and I actually read that one recently), but Homerooms and Hall Passes still looms large in my mind many months after reading it because it was so utterly hilarious. (I base my BotB on when I review the book, not on when I read it). I went with the latter, but I loved both!
For YA, I had to go with Graceling because the listening experience was so fantastic with the full-cast audio. Plus, I read this one with my daughter, which made me love it even more.
2020 Goals Progress:
Progress: 14/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)
I posted one discussion this month, but I’m still on track for my goal.
My Successful Sneak Attack Using Fiction
Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag
Tales of a Social-Media (and Tech) Failure: What’s the Deal with the WordPress Block Editor?
What Draws Me to a Book Cover?
Black Lives Matter
My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!
I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!!
Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)
All Those Deleted Drafts
Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It).
The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner
The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?
My 2020 Goals & Challenges
2019 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)
My Bookish Goals for 2020:
My Writing Goals
- Finish first draft of my Selfish Giant retelling. Very slow going. I have to get this done!
Attend one writing conference and at least one online class.Done
- Read writing craft books and resources. With my reading slump, this just hasn’t been happening.
- Edit A Memory of Magic. I’m guessing this won’t happen until next year. Sigh.
My Reading/Reviewing Goals
- Review (requested) review books within two weeks of publication. I’m still working on getting some of these that I missed during my summer slump, but I’m getting there. (I have a few reviews that will go up very soon!)
- Review two backlist review books per month. No. Like I said, I’m working on catching up with books from the last couple of months, so that has taken priority over the backlist ones.
- Here’s the spreadsheet I created specifically for my backlist ARCs and review copies. (This was adapted from one of the tabs on Val @ Reader Voracious’s 2020 spreadsheet). Hopefully seeing this list here monthly will help keep me on track!
Don’t forget to link your August wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway!