A CHAOTIC SEPTEMBER WRAP UP // should i join booktube? can i stick to a tbr? why is the poppy war series ending?

Mabuhay, friends!

If there is one word to describe September, it would be: exhausting. September did not go as I had wanted it to nor was I as intentional as I wanted to be with my time. October is going to bring a lot of changes in my life, whether they would be good or bad, I can only wait and see. I am hoping this month would be less distracting and one where I can spend more time investing in my goals.

NaNoWriMo is in my plans but I’m still a bit unsure because the WIP I want is still in need of a lot of research. I know I could start working on it and eventually what make the edits that I need to. I also really need to get this story out of my head.

If you were not aware, I have a Patreon page which is still in the works. But I slowly starting to gather the content that I plan to post there and I am also going to need to re-assess the reward tiers.

So, I have a question for you, readers: should I join booktube?

I’ve been wanting to join YT since way before I knew about booktube but teen me quickly abandoned the idea since I had no clue what to talk about. Anyways, I have been thinking on this a lot and while I am nervous, I know it’s something I would really enjoy and would love to do alongside my blog. But I don’t want to go into it without first confirming that there are people who would be interested! Let me know what you think and whether you’d be excited to watch my content.

Books Read in September

πŸ“š Get A Life, Chloe Brown was a refreshing read! I had initially thought to read Take A Hint, Dani Brown because of how highly recommended it was plus a bisexual academic is pretty much me in a nutshell. In the end, I decided to get Chloe Brown since I wanted to get to each sister. 🎨 Cover art by Ashley Caswell.

πŸ“š The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang is a re-read but despite having already read this book, I was still not prepared for how emotional I would get. It really goes to show how amazing and detailed R.F. Kuang’s writing is when she is still able to break something in me in spite of already knowing the story. 🎨 Designed by Dominic Forbes with art by Jung Shan Chang.


πŸ“š The Descent of Monsters by J.Y. Yang was very different from its prequels in terms of format but it was just as engaging if not more. I am still getting used to reading a novella but I am in love with the world-building and the characters. The plot is not only about machinists versus elemental mages but delves into gender identity and sexuality, grief and vulnerability, and corruption in all aspects. 🎨 Cover art by Yuko Shimizu.

πŸ“š I read The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso as part of the blog tour hosted by Caffeine Tours. 🎨 Cover art by Simon Goinard and designed by Lauren Panepinto.

Currently Reading

πŸ“š I am taking it slow with The Dragon Republic because I am scared of getting and also, I really don’t want this series to end. Why does it have to end? I am terribly reluctant to end my journey with this book even though I know R.F. Kuang will give us more majestic stories. Also, I should mention that I have secret surprise coming up in November for you, dear readers!

For October, I want to challenge myself to stick to a TBR. Having been a mood reader for years, I am legit terrible at sticking to a set TBR but the Goodreadance 2020 challenge revealed how bad my stack of unread – both digital and physical – books is. So, I definitely want to get on reducing them.

I’m still listing out my Kindle library; once I am done with that, I will probably make a post of the books I want to prioritize.


πŸ“š Going for a lighter and fun post, What Draws Me To A Book Cover is an analysis of my own tastes and perhaps, bias when I choose a book

πŸ“š Spring Cleaning My Book Collection because I really need to get my reading plans and books sorted out

πŸ“š A discussion on my ways of Reviewing Self-Published Books, the dilemmas I had with it, and also recommend where you can find your next indie or self-published read

πŸ“š The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso was an amazing read, friends! I highly recommend picking up this series if you haven’t yet!


The Quiet Pond interviews Romina Garber, Author of Lobizona; On Argentinian Folklore, Nuances of Ownvoices, and Experiences of Undocumented Immigrants

Fadwa at Word Wonders shared their thoughts on Book Blogging versus Booktube

Chana at Paper Procrastinators urges readers to uplift more books by authors of colours instead of recommending only white authors

Margaret at Weird Zeal shares the beauty of small moments in Nina LaCour’s Watch Over Me

Fanna at Fannaforbooks lists their favourite poetry collections that made them feel so much

Kal at Reader Voracious recommends 9 books to read this spooky season

Nicole at Thoughts Stained With Ink writes a wonderful review for my favourite, The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso

🌸 How was your September? Did you get to read the books you wanted to?

🌸 Would you be interested in watching my content if I joined booktube?

🌸 What are you looking forward to this month?

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9 thoughts on “A CHAOTIC SEPTEMBER WRAP UP // should i join booktube? can i stick to a tbr? why is the poppy war series ending?

  1. Aj @ Read All The Things! says:

    I subscribe to a few booktube channels, but I barely watch them because I’d rather spend my time reading blogs. I guess booktube is the place to be, though. Youtubers seem to get better opportunities and more attention than bloggers.


  2. neverhollowed says:

    ooh I spot a JY Yang! The Tensorate book covers are gorgeous! I notice you took time to mention the cover artists. Big thumbs up there


  3. Nicole Evans says:

    First off, the title of your post this month made me feel like it was me writing it, because I agree with all of those points! Secondly, thank you so much for linking to my post, that was SO sweet of you!! ❀ I personally don't watch booktube (because I have so little free time as it is πŸ˜…), but I know you would do AMAZING at it and I have no doubt so many people would love to watch your content!!


  4. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators says:

    Um yes!! You should definitely start a booktube! I mean I know it’s a lot of work but if you’re considering it, know that you for sure have one viewer lined up and excited to watch your videos πŸ’•

    Ahh, I was the same way with The Dragon Republic! I ended up taking so long to get around to reading it because I was scared and it was rightly so, now I can’t wait until The Burning God comes out! I just started reading The Ikessar Falcon yesterday! It’s sooo long, so much longer than the first book, but I’m enjoying it so far.

    Thank you for sharing my post! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I hope you have a fantastic October ❀❀


  5. Kal @ Reader Voracious says:

    September was a chaotic month for me as well, even more so than the rest of they year I feel like. Maybe it’s the changing seasons.

    I feel you on the booktube questions! I’ve been wanting to have a channel (maybe not booktube specific) for literally 5-7 years now, but I just don’t want to be on camera and it seems like SO MUCH WORK. Plus all the drama with that crowd? No thanks. But I’d totally subscribe to you if you join!

    Thanks so much for linking to my spooky recs list and happy (mood) reading this month!


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