September Monthly Wrap Up

September was such an odd month having just returned from vacation during the very first week, I was riding a happiness HIGH! Many asked me where I’d gone to which I responded “The happiest place on Earth” YES! Orlando Florida/Disneyland. See, this was my first vacation in over 10 years and I had no clue how badly I needed it till my first morning of waking up without an alarm clock.  Best of all was our trip to Universal Studios aka home to Harry Potter aka the land of endless Butterbeer *heart eyes* I’ve told this story here before but, I met my hubby when I walked into my 1st day of work at my then office, carrying Goblet of Fire. He was holding a copy of Deathly Hallows & we gravitated towards each other in true Nerd love haha! It was nice getting to experience & share our love for a fandom that lives near & dear to our hearts. Although it did rain all the while we were there, that didn’t stop us from seeing all there is to see in HP world. We finished our trip by getting our wands & having lunch at the Three broomsticks #BLISS! 🙂

Once back in New York I dived back into my books since I didn’t necessarily miss them (1st vacay & all) while away but once back I wanted to read them all. I joined #Contemporaryathon to keep it light but I did manage to squeeze in two amazing Fantasy books & one beautiful anthology. All in all, it’s probably one of the MOST fun reading months I’ve had all year long…


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson✨5 STARS 

I didn’t know what to expect going into this one but it was hands down one of the best adult fantasy books I’ve ever read. This was the book chosen by Melanie from Meltotheany for her Birthday Read along & I’m so glad I decided to participate. There’s a ton of political strategizing & ruthlessness to spare but I still believe this one is best to go into blind. If you’re a fan of Game Of Thrones, this will most likely appeal to you 😉

Check Out Mel’s Review here

As She Ascends (Fallen Isles #2) by Jodi Meadows (Review✨5 STARS 

This is the sequel to top all sequels! I absolutely devoured this read and loved every minute of it. If you read Before She Ignites and enjoyed it but wished there’d been more action & more DRAGONS! please pick this one up! Meadows knocks it out the park and really fleshed out all her characters. Side characters step up and the dragons have personalities & just gahhhhh! I could be here all day gushing about this one haha 🙂

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Youth (Review✨4 STARS 

This is an anthology I was sent for review and another one I am so glad to have had the privilege of reading. I think this collection is SUPER important & very much needed. This is a Own Voices collection, I’m unsure if each of the authors represent the exact disability their own story was based off of. There’s a variety of disabilities/mental health rep in this collection that I loved to pieces!

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young (FULL RTC)✨3 STARS

Sooo this is where it got interesting haha! I won’t lie and say I wasn’t flipping pages at the speed of light.This was honestly one of those rare moments where I picked up a Contemp. Romance & thought I was enjoying it but something was niggling me that just couldn’t be ignored. The Male love interest, ahhhh! he wasn’t the nicest & often left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I have a full review coming to the blog this Sunday 10/14/18.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Review✨4 STARS

If you read & enjoyed The Wedding Date earlier this year, I’d say it’s a safe bet you will also enjoy this companion novel set in the same world. TBH, I enjoyed this one wayyyyy more than TWD. From the minute we were introduced to Carlos in TWD, I knew I wanted a full backstory to this character! with only a few bumps in the road, I can honestly say I was satisfied with this arc. Also, if you enjoy books with food and culture weaved in then I’d say you’re in for a real treat with this one 😉

Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (Graphic Novel)✨5 STARS

Goodness! I really didn’t think I’d end up crying with this one. As a matter of fact I was wondering whether I was just dead inside and couldn’t see what everyone else was seeing. Whelp! those last few pages REALLLLLY got me & sure enough the tears flowed easily. This is one that stays with you way after you’ve finished reading. I fave a mini-spoiler free review coming but If you decide to give this one a go, content warning for Homophobia & cheating

Pride by Ibi Zoboi (FULL RTC)✨5 STARS

Saved the best for last here really! Keeping it short because I have a full on GUSH review coming on all the reason why this book is making my best of 2018 list. I also HIGHLY recommend the audio-book as it is narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo the author of The Poet X. This is a Pride & Prejudice “Remix” set in Brooklyn. The MC is Afro-Latinx & the very relevant topic of Gentrification within the city boroughs is woven all throughout. This book only further solidified my love for this author & I truly look forward to whatever she writes next.

I Hope you’re all having a wonderful day! we’re finally beginning to see Fall weather here & there in New York. I am so READY to pull out my sweaters, candles, and tea mugs *heart eyes*

I did want to let you know that I am running a GIVEAWAY over on my Instagram (IG link listed below) for a 2019 ARC of Four Dead Queens!!!!! head on over to the original IG post for the rules of entry & may luck be ever in your favor <3’s!


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29 thoughts on “September Monthly Wrap Up”

  1. Amazing wrap up, love! You had such a good month! And I had such a good month, because I buddy read so much with you! Hehe! Ahh, I need to read Pride ASAP! But I hope you’re currently having happy reading, and that Sawkill Girls is treating you kindly! 🧡xx

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    1. Thank you Mellie Mel! 🖤 we had such a FAB September & the rest of the year looks just as promising (eyeballs January like 😱😂) I hope you enjoy Pride whenever you get around to it & I am LOVING SAWKILL Girls so much I’m
      Gently kicking myself for waiting but also telling myself I did well by saving it for all the 🍂 🍃🍁🍃🍁 vibes 🙌🏼 Happy Reading luv! 🖤

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  2. Yay! I loved your HP recap and am so happy you got to take a minute for you and your family sans books, work, and real life drama! ❤ I have Pride coming in a sub box soon and I am even more hyped to read it now!! Great post, love!

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  3. I’m glad you had such a great time on vacation! 😀 It also seems like you read some great books, yay! I’m happy you enjoyed Pride, it seems like such a fantastic book 😀
    I hope you’re having a wonderful October so far! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Marie! this year has been good to me allowing me to take my very first family vacation so I can’t complain 🙂 Pride was so good! I can’t recommend it enough, also listened to the audiobook on release day & gahhhh! wonderfully narrated by the author of The Poet X! Highly recommend, I hope you’re having a wonderful October! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Raven! I hope you love As She Ascends, I have a feeling you will! the dose of dragon cuteness Jodi gave us is PERFECT! I hope you’re having a wonderful October & that you’re reading all the amazing books 🙂


  4. I’m so happy that you enjoyed your vacation and didn’t let a little rain stop your fun! I’ve never been to Universal, but I am going to make it there in the next two years to experience all the HP bliss even if I have to go alone lol

    Did your kiddos have a good time? Did they like Disney World or Universal better?

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    1. Haha! thank you Amanda 🙂 it’s SOOOOO worth it! my first vacation ever & I cannot stop thinking about all the fun memories we made <3! I hope you have a spectacular time when you get to going. My little ones are 4 & 7 so they enjoyed The Magic Kingdom & Hollywood Studios cause of Toy Story Land. Hubby & I did Universal alone while my sis took the kids to the pool. We got to experience Harry Potter at Universal all by ourselves & It was EPIC! I hope you're having a FAB October 🙂

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    1. Thank you Lauren! no complaints here, it was pretty EPIC! haha 🙂 Unbroken was so good! & I just wish we saw more disability rep in our YA books. I hope you’re having a wonderful October reading all the awesome books 🙂

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  5. Ohmygoodness – you have literally every booknerd;s ever dream meet cute! I loved reading your love story – my overly single heart lived for it. True love does indeed exist people. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday and hats off to you for managing to find the time to read so many books. You put me to shame ❤

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      1. I bet you guys did! Tell me – is butter beer everything Potterheads dreamed it would be? There isn’t anywhere for me to try it in Australia :(. I’m hoping to travel back to Disney World and Universal next year (last time I was there was before the Harry Potter addition) so I can experience it for myself. Happy reading ❤ ❤


  6. Oh I would love to go to Orlando one day. Especially to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter world! 😀 I’ve been to the Studio Tour in London so many times but I want to go to the US version as well. It sounds like it was extra special based on how you and your husband met (that’s a really cute story by the way).
    You got through some incredible books this month too, I haven’t read any of these books myself but they all got good ratings from you so that means they must have been great! 🙂
    Great post, and I hope you have a great October too. 😀 ❤

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    1. Thank you Beth! ☺️ it was my very first time visiting Orlando and I loved it so much 💓 absolutely recommend visiting but it’s one where you couldn’t possibly see it all even if you tried! All the more reason to keep returning 😂 I can’t complain about the quality of books, it was such a good reading month 💓 I hope your October is going wonderfully 💓

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  7. Great post 🙂 I’m glad you had such an amazing holiday and it sounds well deserved. The way you and you’re husband met is so adorable and definitely the dream meeting.
    I’m also glad you loved so many of the books you read this month and I hope October is going great for you so far 🙂

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  8. It’s been a long time since I visited you, I hope all is well. I see that you went to the happiest place on earth!!!! I’m so happy for you, I love that place so much! I’m planning on going again at the beginning of 2019.
    I’m also happy you had a great month in reading. I unfortunately been in a major blog/reading slump but looks like it’s coming to the end, finally.
    Other than that I’m doing ok, finally got my mental health under control. I hope to see you around again, have a wonderful weekend ahead. xoxo

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