No. 13 | August/September 2018

August was a blur. August is always a blur. August is the worst month of the year, if you ask me, and we should just erase it from all calendars. September was also foggy. I haven’t been reading or writing much, so I’ve combined the two months. Let’s get to it.

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What I read

Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement by Nadya Okamoto, Rebecca Elfast (Illustrator): I did not know that there was a menstrual movement, but I’m glad there is. This book is an excellent read for menstruators of all ages, but especially the young ones. This was my pick for the best books we read in August over at Book Riot.

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World by Brooke McAlary: A lovely book about slowing down and enjoying life for what it is and not for what you hope it can be tomorrow, next year, whenever.

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: This felt like my soul in book form, and I am so grateful for that.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory: So fun and cute and steamy and I loved it so much!

What I learned

Tarot cards are so neat! I’ve been pulling a card a day, asking “what should I focus on today?” and it’s been a great way to pause and meditate in the morning.

What I wrote

I was bombarded by texts alerting me to a new Hemingway short story being published, so I wrote up everything I could find about it. I spent some time with my new library and instead wrote up a love letter to my former library. For audiobooks week, I rounded up some great poolside audiobooks.

A weird thing happened on YA Twitter in August. A fandom subscription box included some … dick-shaped soap. And the internet went wild. I saved everyone’s search histories by doing some research. I present to you: What’s This About Dick Soap?

And I did the usual roundup of excellent August and September book covers.


I’m rounding up my month with what I read and wrote, along with whatever else I want, in an effort to be more mindful of my days. If you’re so inclined, you can subscribe to my blog for emails of each update. A subscribe button is at the bottom of my page.

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