BOOKS, NETFLIX, & LOVER: August 2019 Wrap Up

The end of August means the end of two of my favorite things: summer and summer reading. As much as I love this season, including all of the reading time, I am really happy to be back at school and get back into my (hectic) routine. I’m content with the amount of books I read this month, considering that I really didn’t read as much as I had been earlier in the summer, in light of the start of school 

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A Match Made in Mehindi by Nandini Bajpai (ARC) | 3.5/5 Stars

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | 4.5/5

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American Royals by Katharine McGee (ARC) | 5/5

I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller | 5/5

Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning (ARC) | 4/5

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker | 3.5/5

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hanh | 4/5

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake | 4/5

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (ARC) | 5/5

Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein | 3.5/5

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden (ARC) | 3/5

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Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children by Kath Shackleton (ARC) | 3/5

When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington | 3/5

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills | 4.5/5

ARC August update:

Inspired by ARC August, I read a total of 6 ARCs in August. I had more on my TBR, but again, I slowed down on reading towards the end of the month and found myself reaching for backlist titles I could get from my local library. The remainder of my Fall 2019 titles are priority in my fall reading plans.

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Five Foot One Teacher (YouTube) – I taught summer school this summer and I’ve been finding myself caught by the education bug. I found Brittany of Five Foot One while looking up some lollipop jar designs for my office hours (what can I say, the best way to get college students to come to tutoring is through food sometimes!). She is a super inspiring freshman high school English teacher in Florida with such creative ideas and assignments. Her classroom is hands-down the most unique and alternative seating-filled classroom I’ve ever seen. My favorite videos of hers to watch are her Life as a Teacher vlogs, finding inspiration in her classroom supplies, activities, teacher clothes, and her overall positivity and inspiring story.

Derry Girls S2 (Netflix) – Everyone knows I love female-led comedies, and Derry Girls is absolutely no exception. Subtitles are definitely necessary to understand the Irish brogues, but this show always make me laugh out loud.  I love the balance between the friend group’, their hijinks ,and the political climate in 1990s Ireland.

Workin’ Moms S2 (Netflix) – Workin’ Moms is another female-led comedy gem on Netflix. There’s definitely a few more explicit scenes in this season, but I loved the plot development and character exploration. I also shocked by some twists near the end.

In Progress:

Glow S1 (Netflix) – I’m in between a lot of TV shows right now, waiting for new seasons to drop later this fall and in early 2020. Since May, I’ve also been looking for shows that have 40 minute or less episodes. I decided to try Glow because of its shorter episodes and it again being a female comedy. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet, but I definitely want to finish the first season and see if I want to continue on to the next two seasons.

Say Yes to the Dress S18 (TLC) – My TV watching life is not complete unless I’m currently watching at least one TLC show, which is currently Say Yes to the Dress! They’ve made this change in the past few seasons, but I absolutely love the hour-long episodes. 

Rewatching: Friends and Parks & Recreation S7

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Reviews 

SWOON-WORTHY ADVENTURE: The Lady Rogue Review

FALL 2019 MUST READ: The Other’s Gold Review

GHOST STORIES & BAKING: Dead Voices Review & Inspired Recipe

LIVE LOVE FRIENDS: I’ll Be There for You Review & Favorite Friends Episodes

FOODIE NEW ADULT READS: Hudson Valley Series Review

HARD YA READ: Hope and Other Punch Lines Review

Fall 2019 Books 

My Top 10 Anticipated Fall 2019 Releases

Best Fall 2019 Books I Read for Review

FALL 2019 PREVIEW: Anticipated Releases Tag

Other Bookish Fun 

Top Five Wednesday: Books I’m Intimidated By

Top Five Wednesday: My Favorite Blog Posts

Book Blogging Firsts Tag

My Favorite Book Pins & Collection

The Sunshine Blogger Award Part 3

ARC AUGUST & MORE: August 2019 TBR

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Lover debut- In addition, listening to Taylor Swift’s Lover as much as possible during my last two days of summer vacation definitely cut into some reading time . Here’s my current fave songs: 

 “I Think He Knows”

 “Cruel Summer”

“Paper Rings”

 “Soon You’ll Be Better”

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Shawn Mendes Concert- I celebrated my 21st birthday in one of the best ways possible: seeing Shawn Mendes! My sisters and I saw him at the Prudential Center this month and it was such a fun experience! My favorite songs that he performed were “If I Can’t Have You” & “Treat You Better.”

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What did you read in August? Have you listened to Lover? Share in the comments!

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