August 2019 || Monthly Wrap Up

Hello beautiful people!

Wow … okay … so … did August even happen? Seriously, I feel like I had little to NO time for reading, let along blogging. I feel as though I did pretty well, but I’m excited for things to settle down now in September … I need a people break ha-ha! Is that mean?

I’m going to try my Instagram photos again ha-ah! I wish I could make them smaller but I don’t have that option … blarg.

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Mini #bookreview : Nocturnal by @wilderpoetry . ⭐⭐⭐⭐ . "you loved me quietly, like footprints in the snow. (you were there and i wasn't expecting you.)" . As a lover of poetry, I had to get my hands on Nocturnal. This free verse style collection of poetry captivates you with every word, drawing upon themes of love and loss and self exploration through the use of the written word and nature symbolism. . As poetry is subjective in nature, this review will focus more on relatability and the flow of the collection. Again, this is my reading experience, which may differ from your own. . Pros 🌙 The structure of the poems, the title of the novel and the design of the collection is not only stunning but relatable to the poems within its pages. 🌙 The poems are very relatable, diving into a multitude of themes: loss, love, toxic relationships, self love and more. 🌙 Not only is it a fun poetry style, but Wilder Poetry accurately reflects 'free verse' style. . Woe 🌙 There are times when I had difficulty identifying when a poem ended and a new one began. 🌙 Though all beautiful themes, I found theme scattered rather than carefully flowing from one theme to the next. . Have a wonderful day and happy reading! . Full review on my blog. Link in bio. . www.bookmarkyourthoughts.blog . #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookobsessed #bookdragon #instaread #book #bookaddict #bookworm #bookcommunity #read #booknerd #readersofinstagram #reader #bookish #reading #bookphotography #blogger #bookblogger #bloggers #booklover #amreading #bookaholic #bookaesthetic #bookishfeature #mybookfeatures #poetry

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Mini #bookreview : milk and honey by @rupikaur_ . ⭐⭐⭐⭐ . "i was made heavy half blade and half silk difficult to forget and not easy for the mind to follow" . Book 1 / 7 for #newtsreadathon2019 . Finally reading this novel after 2 years of fearing my emotions couldn't handle it, I've fallen madly in love with Kaur's magical and beautiful writing. Kaur digs DEEP into issues that society chooses to ignore. Completely raw and open, Kaur opens herself up through poetry, reminding us that we aren't alone … that things that have happened to us don't determine who we are nor do they control us. We are strong … and we have voices. . As poetry is subjective in nature, this review will focus more on relatability and the flow of the collection. Again, this is my reading experience, which may differ from your own. . Pros 🌙 'milk and honey' smoothly flows from one topic to the next, reading like a story rather than simply a collection. 🌙 Kaur doesn't shy away from the 'difficult to digest' topics, showing the world a need for change and showing those who have experienced such things than you are powerful and can overcome anything. 🌙 Kaur not only has perfected the art of free versw poetry, but she connects cultures through her writing style and grammatical choices. . Woe 🌙 None. But since a few poems went over my head, I can't fully give this a 5 star. . Have a wonderful day and happy reading! . Full review on my blog. Link in bio. . www.bookmarkyourthoughts.blog . #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookobsessed #bookdragon #instaread #bookaddict #bookworm #bookcommunity #read #booknerd #readersofinstagram #reader #bookish #reading #bookphotography #blogger #bookblogger #bloggers #booklover #amreading #bookaholic #bookaesthetic #bookishfeature #mybookfeatures #poetry #nonfiction #feminism

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Mini #bookreview : A Study in Charlotte (Book One) by Brittany Cavallaro . ⭐⭐⭐ . "Truth be told, I liked that blurriness. That line where reality and fiction jutted up against each other." . For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in love with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. From the original stories to later film adaptations, I can’t seem to get enough of the grand adventures of John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. So when Rebecca at Bookishly Rebecca mentioned she would buddy read the Charlotte Holmes series with me, I couldn’t refuse. Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte brings to life the magic of Doyle’s mystery series. For the most part, I couldn’t put the book down. . To view Rebecca's thoughts, please visit my site for she doesn't have Instagram but I have linked her review in my own. . Pros 🌙 Cavallaro's novel provides a uniquely different approach to other retellings, making the story original but still authentic to Doyle's epic tale. 🌙 Whether it be mundane or epic fighting moments, this book was impossible to put down. 🌙 Though a mystery novel, Cavallaro explores a number of different topics and themes that are important and relatable to people. 🌙 Watson and Holmes' connection is not insta-love, as there's more substance to it. This is very much a bonds of friendship novel more than anything. . Woes 🌙 The chapters are extremely large and discuss too many events. 🌙 As much as I love Watson and Holmes', I found Watson too needy at times and Holmes overly manipulative. 🌙 Rather than gradual and seamless, Watson and Holmes’ friendship feels EXTREMELY rushed and forced. 🌙 There’s honestly VERY LITTLE moments where the author fleshes out the characters, making it hard to find a connection with Watson and Holmes. . Have a wonderful day and happy reading! . Full review on my blog. Link in bio. . www.bookmarkyourthoughts.blog . #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookobsessed #bookdragon #instaread #book #bookaddict #mystery #bookcommunity #read #booknerd #readersofinstagram #reader #bookish #reading #bookphotography #blogger #bookblogger #bloggers #booklover #amreading #bookaholic #bookaesthetic #bookishfeature #mybookfeatures #yalit

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Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry

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Synopsis: “Nocturnal is a collection of words and imagery inspired by darkened skies and sleepless nights. it is a journey of healing and self-discovery whether love stays or leaves. it is dreaming with your eyes wide open while the rest of the world is hiding.”

A Study in Charlotte (Book #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

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Synopsis: “The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar […].

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

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Synopsis: “Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

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Synopsis: From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

Similar to July, I didn’t have as much time to explore other peoples’ posts. I’m HOPING I will get more time to interact with everyone in September and October *fingers crossed*.

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Number of books requested: 1

Pending

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The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

Even with my chaotic month, I still managed to keep on top of my challenge:

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Jenna | Bookmark Your Thoughts has
read 36 books toward
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Honestly, not much. I updated my theme since … I plan to go self-hosted this month! WOOOOOOT! I didn’t HAVE to switch it, but apparently it makes things a little easier. Fingers crossed the process goes over well! I have to figure out still if it’s worth it right now, since I already paid my subscription renewal. If I can get a refund, I will definitely go self-hosted!

Life’s been good but … BUSY! I like my family and friends … but I really, REALLY need a break from people this month. I feel like a ROTTEN person … but I’m unfortunately one of those people that requires breaks from human interaction ha-ha! Fitness was … basically non-existent this month with holidays and being sick, but I plan to get back on track!

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17 thoughts on “August 2019 || Monthly Wrap Up

    1. Thank you! I just changed my aesthetic … again … I THINK (I say this a lot though) that I found one I like. I love the one I had, but it changes the colours of the covers too much for my liking. So I’m going with a more minimalist style … like the brighty and airy (but dark undertones) style. HOPEFULLY this new one works out ha-ha!

      THANK YOU! After that one though, I’m going to wait a bit for books … I went overboard on requests and ARCs again ha-ah!

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  1. Even when you say you haven’t had so much time to read, I think you’ve done a great job, love!! and in general, you’ve enjoyed quite a lot of everything you read, so that’s great!! 😊👏🏻

    I’m SO excited you’re thinking of going self-hosted, I hope it’s an incredible experience, I support you and I’m excited for you!!😍

    I hope you have the most beautiful September ❤️🌻🌟
    P.S: Your photos are PRECIOUS 😍😍😍

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    1. Awe, thank you, love! I just feel like a LOT was going on in August so I’m SO excited for September. i already feel like things are more on track life wise lol! And we have awesome fall weather right now … so I’m VERY happy ha-ha!

      Thank you! I still have a few things to look into but I think I’m going to start this weekend!

      Have a beautiful September as well, gorgeous! And thank you!!! ❤

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  2. I love your photos ❤ I've been meaning to read Rupi Kaur. I'm glad you enjoyed Milk and Honey. Library of Lost Things sounds so cute… can't wait to read your review on it. I've been eyeing it out for a while now 🙂

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      1. I don’t change blog theme (mostly because I’ve only been doing it a month) but instagram is different 😂 I change theme every darn month it seems like! Thanks for the recommendation 😊 I hope you get an ARC! 💙

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      2. Oh yeah … I’ve only changed my blog theme a handful of times since I started, but it’s been a long while. And they were all changes to meet an end goal I’ve had in mind for a long time. Instagram though … yea … I change it WAY too much ha-ha! Hoping not to for a while. And thank you!

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  3. Oh I totally get the “people break”. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed as well with so many things / events happening during the summer. All I want is a quite afternoon with a book, or just some free time to sit down and write my blog posts and NOT be in a hurry.

    I’m in love with your new Insta theme ❤ I haven't been able to do both (blog and insta) in August, so I think I'll take a break from Instagram for a bit, maybe prepare something new for Autumn… Idk, it's been a mess lately 😀

    I hope you'll have some time to re-charge in September. ❤

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    1. Yes … totally feel that. I’ve been hiding away the last day or so and it’s been wonderful. I just need some ME time to get my life sorted and to read books …

      About that … I changed it lol! I knoooow … I’m so bad! But as much as I liked it, I didn’t like how it changed the colour so much of the book covers. So I found a white/light/airy one but with dark undertones … it’s working out A LOT better in that regard. I just posted two photos so you can see what you think lol! I totally get the break thing. I’ve been good on insta but I tend to take a break in February … too many snow photos lol!

      Thank you! So far, so good! ❤

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    1. I was REALLY feeling it after reading “Nocturnal” by Wilder Poetry. It was lovely to get back into it again! Poetry is SUPER subjective, so it’s totally normal to not be into some poetry. I’m sure you’ll find something that’s your cup of tea! Ha-ha! Thank you. Happy reading and good luck as well!

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