Lately With Lila | October & September 2019

Well, dear friends, October was…a month, I suppose. I had grand plans to blog more this past month, but then I went through some really difficult personal stuff and, well, obviously it didn’t happen. I’m hoping to be back on my game this month, though, or at least better (we’re aiming for progress here, not perfection). November is Thanksgiving and this year my birthday falls on the same day, so I’m hoping things will start looking up by then. It’s also nearing the end of the semester and schoolwork is fast beginning to pile up. So, the outlook for reading is bleak, to say the least. But we shall keep our fingers crossed and continue to try nevertheless!



No updates this month!





House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig ⭐⭐⭐ I was so excited to read this book but unfortunately it just turned out very “meh.” While the atmosphere was gorgeously gloomy, the pacing was wonky, with most of the book slowly dragging on and the majority of the plot and action taking place in the final 25%. I found it difficult to pick up the book and continue reading after I’d put it down. While there were elements I mildly enjoyed, ultimately this book wasn’t for me.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I’ve actually been  s l o w l y  making my way through this short story bind-up for the past year and I’ve finally reached the finish line! This is a collection of original fairytales from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishverse and I really enjoyed it. As typically happens with short story collections, I liked some stories more than others, but as a whole I enjoyed the collection very much.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin ⭐⭐⭐ Serpent & Dove was another super anticipated book for me which also ended up falling kinda flat. I also found the pacing of this book to be slow and uneven and at times the plot was confusing. However, I did really enjoy the characters and their dynamics, enough so that I’d actually consider picking up book two. I think Shelby Mahurin’s writing does need some minor developments, but holds promise nonetheless.




Thank you, oh ye publishing gods, for granting my wishes these past months!




M O V I E S   &   T V

S T R A N G E R   T H I N G S   ( S 1 )

Yes, y’all, I finally started Stranger Things. And my verdict is…I like it! I’ve only seen the first half of the first season (so no spoilers!), but so far I’ve really enjoyed it! I’ve always loved sci fi TV shows, so it’s no surprised Stranger Things is a hit with me. I especially love Dustin, who I hardcore relate to! Honestly, though, I’m so invested in all of the characters and the plot has me hanging on for dear life too. All in all, Stranger Things is a super fun show that I can’t wait to continue with!


L I L A   L I S T E N S   T O

O C T O B E R   2 0 1 9




S E L E C T E D   S N I P P E T S

“Far Away” by Jessie Reyez // We all know by now that Jessie Reyez is a big favorite of mine, so when she drops a new song, is it any surprise that it lands on my favorites list? Obviously not.

“NEVER GONNA LIKE YOU” by Bea Miller // Miller has become a favorite of mine and she’s been absolutely killin’ it with all the singles she’s been dropping lately! I’ve been loving the fun, carefree vibe of “NEVER GONNA LIKE YOU” lately! It’s so easy to dance to and to sing along with. I can’t to see what Bea brings us next!

“Easy” by Camila Cabello // Camila is another favorite artist of mine and of course I love her new ballad, “Easy.” It’s super catchy and easy to sing along to. A Grade A bop!

“Lose You To Love Me” by Selena Gomez // What a power ballad! Selena Gomez defied my expectations of her and released a single that honestly shocked me with its depth and soul! I’m mostly familiar with Gomez’s sultry pop style, but this song had so much heart and truth that it honestly brings me to tears when I listen to it. Bravo, Selena!

O T H E R   O C T O B E R   F A V O R I T E S

If you’re looking for some fierce inspiration, check out Teen Vogue‘s 2019 “21 under 21” list! I also loved May’s blog post on “realistic” teen representation in YA, which really got me thinking. Moving away from links I’ve loved and toward fashion, I’ve fallen in love with jumpsuits, especially this one, which I recently bought from American Eagle and love wearing over my black turtleneck! I’ve also been enjoying Justine’s new YouTube channel, Justine Belle NYC. I discovered Justine after watching Seventeen Magazine‘s Bestie Picks Bae with Kurtis Connor, who I was already a fan of. I love her sweet personality and look forward to seeing what’s in store on her channel! Finally, I’m loving Chloe’s new bullet journaling Instagram account, @journalwchloe and her new bullet journal channel, Journal with Chloe! I was already a massive fan of Chloe and her main channel, Books with Chloe, as well as a fan of journaling, so I’m psyched to see two of my favorite things collide!


O C T O B E R   R E F L E C T I O N S

I’m not gonna lie: October was really rough for me. Right at the beginning of the month I went through a breakup that completely blindsided me and spun me into a mild depression. But there is a valuable lesson to be learned from everything that happens in life, even the “bad” stuff, which meant that October was also a very reflective time for me. I hung out with my best friends a lot and they completely had my back and made me realize that all of us are so much more loved than we ever really realize. I also took time to consider my love life and my perspective on it, myself, its place in my life, and my life overall. All in all, I still need time to heal, but I know that at the end of this particular journey, I’ll be okay and maybe even a little stronger.

On the brighter flip side, I had an amazing Halloween! I got together with about ten friends and we all dressed up and went out to a club before crashing at my friend’s place. It was the first time in years that I actually did something for Halloween, let alone dressed up for it! I had a great time dancing and laughing and spending time with friends, as well as meeting new people.

N O V E M B E R   H O P E S

November has me realizing that 2020 is just around the corner and we’re gonna be starting a whole new decade! Which just has me like…

But also:


November is a busy month for me. It’s nearly the end of the semester and schoolwork is starting to pile up and on top of that there’s Thanksgiving and my birthday, which happen to fall on the same day this year. I’m hoping I can really hustle to keep up and that it’ll be a good kind of busy. We shall see, I suppose.

T E L L   M E   A L L   A B O U T   I T

  • How were the past two months for you?
  • What did you read?
  • Did you do anything fun or exciting?
  • What are you looking forward to in November?


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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

12 thoughts on “Lately With Lila | October & September 2019

  1. I totally agree with you about House of Salt and Sorrows. The pace was SUPER wonky and the overall gloominess of the atmosphere of the book somehow made it duller for me. Sorry to hear it wasn’t for you either.

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  2. lila, i’m glad to hear from you again!
    it’s great you got the chance to spend a happy halloween despise everything. i feel like i’ve been on a huge reflective mood lately, for no reason, though. probably because i’ve recently started journaling, so i’m spending more times with my thoughts than before and actually putting them to paper, instead of just ignoring them all. i do hope you feel better soon about everything!
    i never got the chance to dress up for halloween – it’s not really something we celebrate in my country -, but i’d love to try it one day. it sounds a lot of fun!
    stranger things sounds like the perfect fit for this time of the year. i watched it back in july, when it was winter for me, so it was truly atmospheric, albeit really scary, especially during s1. i hope you enjoy it as much as i did!
    wishing you a great november 💞

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    1. thank you so much lais ❤ ❤ ❤
      i love journaling too, although i'm terrible at being consistent with it. i have an art journal that i sporadically update, though. it definitely is a nice way to channel my emotions and have an outlet for them.
      that’s too bad about halloween! you should definitely try it one year though. if your ever in the US around halloween time, it’s a super fun time of year!
      i’ll definitely be watching more stranger things—it really is perfect for autumn and winter!
      i hope you have a lovely november ❤

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  3. I’m sorry to hear that your October wasn’t the best. I hope that your November will be a lot better! ❤
    I adore The Language of Thorns, so I'm happy to see that you enjoyed it as well.

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  4. I’m so sorry October wasn’t the best month for you, Lila. I haven’t been feeling “me” this past year but I just have the time to sit and think about it so the past few months have been pretty reflective for me too. I hope November will be a better month for you ❤

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