Healing August

August flew by. What even was August? I can’t remember a thing. It got very hot and humid and my depression sunk its claws in deep. I read some books and felt my creativity spark. I slept a lot. I spent a lot of money getting my car fixed.

On the last day of the month, my dear roommate and I went to a healing crystal shop. We got a tour of all meditation rooms, the chakra healing room, and some other things I don’t really understand. We meditated in a pyramid and exhaled every bad thing. We walked around, holding various crystals in our hands, paying attention to how they made us feel. The ones I got are for depression, anxiety, technological interference, and balance. I didn’t know what they were for until I purchased them. How bizarrely perfect.

BOOK MAIL BOOK MAIL. Thanks, @penguinpress! 🎉📖 . . . #bookstagram #galleybrag #crookedreads

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What I read

Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton’s Tiny Pretty Things is the Gossip Girl-esque ballerina story I didn’t know I needed in my life. Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere starts off quiet and slow, and builds into an addicting, weaving story about families and histories and motherhood. Lisa Wade’s American Hookup is a fascinating look at the way sex works on college campuses. Everyone thinks everyone else is having more sex than they’re having.

Kwame Alexander’s Solo is the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. Blade Morrison is sick of living in the shadow of his rockstar dad, who has a tendency to ruin the good things in Blade’s life lately. At just the right (or wrong?) time, a family secret comes out, and Blade travels across the world on a mission to find his roots. Solo is my first novel in verse, and oh me oh my, am I sold on this form. It was my pick for the best books we read this month at Book Riot.

Right now, I’m in a little reading slump, slogging through a few books that I know I should be loving but are just keeping me company on a bumpy few weeks: Caitlin Doughty’s From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (death through time and space!), Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth (wealthy people drinking gin!), and Matt Mikalatos’ Imaginary Jesus (finding the real Jesus!).

Lunch time for lil bumble bee. 🌻🐝

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What I learned

Solar eclipses are cool as heck.

What I wrote

On the blog, I wrote about ways I’ve been trying to create a little less waste.

For my friends at Burn Your Faves, I wrote some super fun tips for using a menstrual cup and questioned whether Lorde and Report of the Week are the same person.

At Book Riot, I compiled books I’ve judged by their covers and loved.

Have a happy September, friends.


This is the ninth edition of my quasi-newsletter. I’m rounding up my month with what I read, what I learned, and what I wrote, and whatever else I want to write about, in a hope to be more mindful of my days. Check my last letter, and the This Month archive.

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