Yes I tweaked the layout to remove the pink and make everything black and grey, I know I know. I actually liked the pink but a few friends complained, and I realized pretty quickly that a lot of the books I read had covers that looked awful plastered on the pink header images. Plus I was really not liking the headers I had made for non review related articles, so I changed around the headers and tweaked the colors to match. Black looks good with everything and, well, if you ever saw me in person it’s basically the only color that I wear (not even joking). I became very conscious of that fact when my eight year old daughter and I made Miis on her Wii U and she said that my Mii has to wear black because that’s the only color she sees me wear. feelsbad
Also cleaned up review pages a little bit so it looks much nicer and isn’t so clunky looking with the different page alignments. As for reading I was in a bit of a slump this month with a couple of books that weren’t holding me and sadly had to put them on the shelf for now to pick up later. I stuck to mostly short fiction this month and had my slump broken by Now I Rise and Thirteen Reasons Why near the end of the month, so that was a plus.
This Month’s Posts
What I’ve Read
• Deep in the Dakota Woods by Brandon Barr ★★★☆☆
• Into the Water by Paula Hawkins ★★★☆☆
• Magic & Monsters by Kieran Song ★★★★☆
• Now I Rise by Kiersten White ★★★★★
• The Salt Line by Hollly Goddard Jones ☆☆☆☆☆ DNF @ 67%
• The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★
• The Tent by Margaret Atwood ★★★☆☆
• The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho ★★★★☆
• The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski ★★★★★
• Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ★★★★☆
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So I bought quite a few books this month and I need to put myself on a serious book buying ban. It’s hard though with so many sales and book boxes! Plus I just discovered bookoutlet.com and heaven have mercy on me I had to look away.
You may have noticed the Goosebumps books on the purchase list but I bought them for two reasons! One, because my daughter is steadily moving onto chapter books and I wanted to share my love of the series with her now that she’s at that age. Two, I’m going to be participating in the 2017 Goosebumpsalong, a read along hosted by Richard’s Book Nook which is one of my favorite BookTube channels. Each week we’ll be reading one Goosebumps book and at the end of the week there will be a watch along for the corresponding episode (Netflix!) and discussing on Twitter. The read along starts October 2nd and runs through October 21st for those interested in participating.
Around The Web
• 12 Literary Writers on Stephen King’s Influence (Literary Hub)
• 70 Great Stephen King Quotes On His 70th Birthday (Book Riot)
• After Dunedin school serves as shelter, 80 books missing from classroom (Fox 13)
• Have you Read the Most Popular Book from the Year You Were Born? 1930-1975 & 1976-2016 (For Reading Addicts)
• The It factor: exploring Stephen King’s Maine (The Guardian)
• The Generic Young Adult Novel (itsdivya)
• Disliking Important Books (rincey reads)
• Diversity Isn’t about Adding POC or LGBT (Francina Simone)
• Hogwarts House Book Recommendations: Slytherin (Squibbles Reads)
• When the Synopsis Lies (Ariel Bissett)
• Harry Potter & Classics | The Philosopher’s Stone (Jean Bookish Thoughts)
• Why I Hate Rating Books (Lee Nichole)
I have a TON of videos and awesome blog posts for you all this month. I read and watched a lot of book blogging content that I had to share it all! I especially recommend the Webcomic list from Janepedia for those looking for some diverse reads! Also notable is the Harry Potter & Classics videos by Jean Bookish Thoughts which dissects each Harry Potter book and discusses the classical and historical references in the series. She released the first video this month and I definitely look forward to watching the rest of this video series as they are released.
Also if you couldn’t tell by the handful of Stephen King related articles and my review for Mile 81 on September 21st this month was Stephen King’s 70th birthday! Funny story about the September 21st posting, some might have caught it but I had scheduled a review for a Stephen King novella that I didn’t like (not that it was bad, it just wasn’t my thing) for that date, not realizing until I woke up that morning and saw my twitter feed bombarded with happy birthday messages that it felt like a funny coincidence but also extremely poor taste to post a negative review on the special day of a legend, so I swapped the review with one I had scheduled for next month.
Even though he’ll never see this, I want to wish a happy birthday to the King. Thank you for so many years of wonderful stories. ❤