Earlier this year, I said blogging had started to feel like a chore. Although there have been times when I was feeling inspired and productive, that feeling has mostly lingered.
At this particular moment in time, I’m close to accomplishing one of my biggest personal life goals – finishing my master’s and hopefully getting a job in the next few months (fingers-crossed for all of this). I am feeling quite stressed. (I’m not even reading as much.)
So, I am giving myself a break (mentally at least) from feeling guilty about not posting or not wanting to produce content for this blog all the time. (I used to, though, I miss that feeling.) I will still be posting ARC reviews and blog tour posts, at the very least, and if I’m feeling a little more inspired, perhaps more.
This semi-hiatus will last through September and October, at least, and then I’ll see if I expand it or not.
EDIT: (September 17th) after an extremely confusing and frustrating week, I’ve been informed that it will take probably another 5/6 months until I’m actually done with this master’s because of administrative bullshit basically. So this semi-hiatus probably won’t last long.
When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.
That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex: he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand herself. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family, she takes on a role she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.
August was basically a vacation month for me. I didn’t go anywhere special, but my mental health wasn’t the best right off the bat for several reasons, so I ended up barely working on my report (I still have a full-month and I’m nearly done, mind you). So I just focused on spending time with my family, reading and doing other things I enjoyed, basically. That’s how I ended up reading so much…
Goodreads // TWO FRIENDS TEN SUMMER TRIPS THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE
12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.
11 SUMMERS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.
10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver. Poppy holds his hand the whole way.
7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.
2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.
THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.You and Me on Vacation is a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and – most of all – lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.
Synopsis: What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?
‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…
Come on this 5* journey to love, laughter and back again, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.
Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She’s traded in her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, erased anything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully figured out how she will befriend the members of the clique, find out their deepest and darkest secrets, and reveal them to the world.
Chloe has the perfect plan . . . but there’s one thing she didn’t prepare for. And that’s falling for someone she’s determined to destroy. The closer she gets to uncovering the secrets the in-crowd is determined to cover up, the more she realizes that she is going to have to choose between betraying her oldest friend or the boy who’s captured her heart.
Goodreads: If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?
This is one of those *hopefuls* lists and not a strict tbr, as I just don’t do those anymore.
I’ll probably be adding a buddy read or two that still haven’t been decided and participate in a readathon or two as well. I’ll also be spending about a week on holiday at my dad’s house (I’ll be reading by the pool yesss), and I can almost guarantee I’ll read the two physical books in this tbr.
Hello, friends, how was your July? I could make such a big list of all the good things that happened in my life in July, but today I’d just rather focus on the books.
On another note, I’m not entirely happy with my blogging this month. I had the motivation, and I’m happy with my bookstagram account again (definitely feeling more creative lately) but I’ve had to focus on working on my internship report, and enjoying holidays with my family… it’s all about and setting priorities, and blogging was not one of them but I’m hoping to be more active after the summer is over. August will likely be as chill.