Boy oh boy, is it September of 2020 already?! For real???! Honestly, with the current global pandemic forging on, it seems like March never ended so I, for one, am in complete and total shock that we only have three more month of this hellish year left! Like, how is that possible?!
Regardless of my surprise, though, it seems the universe doesn’t stop for anyone and thus time moves on as usual. So! With that being said, that means we’ve reached the point where I wrap up the previous month’s favorites. Let’s not waste any more words, though, friends, let’s dive right into the wrap up!
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Um? There Are 1000 Of You Now?? How???
Um, y’all?? Wow. How did this even happen??? I honestly don’t know what to say because I am still so in shock that there are 1000+ of you friends who decided to join me on my literary journey! Like…what?!
I seriously cannot believe that I’ve reached six years of blogging and 1000 WordPress followers! More than surprise, though, I’m just feeling so incredibly grateful to and for you all, my dear friends.
I remember when I first began book blogging back in 2014 and I don’t think I could’ve even imagined reaching this point. The idea that I would ever stick to blogging for six whole years or that I’d have 1000+ lovely friends who genuinely enjoy hearing my thoughts and opinions on books and bookish topics or that I’d have gotten so many book-related opportunities? I don’t even think that was even a whisper in 19 year old Lila’s mind. And the best thing of all, of course, is all of you: the friends I’ve made along the way on this wonderful adventure.
Dear friends, I cannot thank you enough for your support, for your friendship. I truly am speechless. It means…more than I could ever quantify or put into words. You’ll have to believe me when I say I’m more than a little teary-eyed thinking about it.
So, I’d like to do a 1000 follower Q&A in celebration. You can ask me about anything—life, books, blogging, anything really! I’d love it if you’d leave your questions in the comments section of this post or, alternately, you can respond to this announcement tweet of mine and ask a question there. I’ll have my Q&A post on Monday, September 14.
Again, thank you all so much for sticking with me and here’s to many more years of fun (and, of course, of books 😉)!
I Was Feeling Fidgety So I Redesigned!
I know I just redesigned a little while ago, but I was feeling artsy (read: I was having an ADHD driven bout of artistry) and I decided to redesign…again. All that being said, I’m adding a few finishing touches but I really love the new design and I’m thinking it’ll be sticking around for a long while unless I magically gain the money to buy a premium theme.
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- Lately With Lila | July 2020
- Raybearer Review, Playlist, and Aesthetic Moodboard (Hear Our Voices Book Tour)
- My Bookopolathon TBR
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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (★★★★☆) I received an and advance listener audiobook copy of Raybearer for a Hear Our Voices book tour that I was part of and I am so glad I did because I absolutely LOVED this book! The characters were so endearing and the plot was really fun and there were so many moments in Raybearer that I related to as a Black girl, which was so special for me. Definitely check out my review for a more in depth look at my feelings and head out to pick up Raybearer ASAP!
- The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty Look, even I don’t completely know how the heck I’m still reading this book, okay? All I can say is I just don’t want to let the characters and the world of Daevabad go.
- Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles I started reading this at the tail end of August and am still surprised to find myself enjoying it, as I typically don’t automatically reach for magical circus/carnival books. I’m hoping that enjoyment stays steady and that I can finish Where Dreams Descend this month.
- Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin I wasn’t a big fan of Serpent & Dove, but I did see a glimmer of possible hope for the sequel, so I figured I’d nab it on Scribd. That being said, I’m not getting my hopes up for Blood & Honey.
- Fable by Adrienne Young I loved Adrienne Young’s debut novel, Sky in the Deep, and this latest release from her looks super intriguing and fairy tale-esque. Here’s hoping I love it!
- Also check out my Bookopolathon TBR for more on what I plan to read this month!
Thank you to all the publishers who I received these ARCs from!
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AUGUST 2020 FAVORITES
I actually discovered Cari through her recently created booktube channel, but when I heard about her original channel I figured I’d have a look and boy am I glad I did! Cari’s content is mostly vlogging about her life in Korea and it is so incredibly aesthetic and calming! It’s perfect to kick back and relax to on a peaceful day.
I also recently discovered Jessica’s channel and I am so happy that I did! Jessica makes positive content about her experience living with a disability and it is so encouraging to watch as someone who is also disabled! Regardless of whether or not you live with a disability, I highly recommend Jessica’s channel, as it is really insightful!
A MUSIC MINUTE
- “Red Wine” by MO ft. Empress Of This is just a fun, summery song that makes me feel like I’m on a road trip with the wind in my hair and the sunlight on my skin.
- “BIGGER” by Beyonce Of course, we gotta have the Queen herself on the list! I love the sound and feel of “BIGGER” plus the lyrics to and theme of the song are A+! It’s absolutely *chef’s kiss* perfection!
- “Hide Out” by Mahalia Honestly I love the entirety of Mahalia’s LOVE AND COMPROMISE album, but “Hide Out” just might be my favorite song off of it. Idk, I’ve really just been vibin’ with the overall feel of the sound in it lately.
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THE WORD AROUND THE INTERNET
- Ikram from Readology interviewed Syed M. Masood, author of More Than Just A Pretty Face
- Vera and Sabrina at Wordy and Whimsical recommended books based on Folklore songs
- Emma of The Bookworm Girl showed us famous bookshops she wants to visit
- Saoudia from With Love, Sauodia dove into her discovery of her love for teen girls solving murders
- Margaret of Weird Zeal shared six books that feel like a hug
- Chana and Malka from Paper Procrastinators gave us Urban Dictionary for the book community
- Krisha at Bookathon talked about why you should read translated novels
- Mary at Mary and the Words divulged why she loves friendship in books
- Stephanie at Adventures of a Bibliophile discussed why listening to audiobooks absolutely counts as reading
- Heather from This Library of Mine got me thinking with her post on five books that would’ve benefited from a narrative change
- Breanna of Paws and Paperbacks thought over why content warnings are important
- Cielo at Bellerose Reads discussed Latinx representation in literature and what White authors get wrong
- Brigid from The Alliterates showcased new and upcoming fantasy books by Indigenous authors
- Tessi over at Bookrapt hit it out of the park with not one but two amazing posts:
- Heather of This Library of Mine created the “My University Major As Books” Challenge
- E. from Local Bee Hunter’s Nook gave us a plethora of book blog post prompts
- May at Forever And Everly shared her reading spreadsheet plus some tips and tricks for using Google Sheets
- Cielo from Bellerose Reads talked over the negative reviews dilemma and reviewer reliability
- Sumedha at The Wordy Hbitat told us about ten things she’s learned in nearly five years of blogging
- In a funny twist, Sara from Lyrical Reads recommended books based on a random phrase generator
- Rukky of Eternity Books took a look at the popularity of YA
- Vicky from Vicky Again matched books to songs from her Spotify “On Repeat” playlist
- Katie at Never Not Reading wondered why we canceled the manic pixie dream girl
- Kay at Hammock of Books thought on who gets to decide what bi/multiracial reviewers represent when it comes to the label of #ownvoices
- Xandra at Starry Sky Books shared even more bookstagram photo editing secrets
- Shruti from This Is Lit gave us a hilarious post in which she wrote male characters the way male authors write female characters
- S. M. Metzler of Tea With Tumnus recommended their top ten relaxing soundtracks
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AUGUST 2020 MEMORIES
Nothing too much happened in August, save for that my college’s Fall 2020 Semester began on the 24th. I had a great first week and both of my classes were really enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed my Principles of Anthropology I course, as my professor is really amazing and my classmates and I decided to work together and pool our resources so we didn’t have to buy class supples and texts or write notes on our own. We created a Google Doc to write notes at the same time and help answer each other’s questions and we also created a Google Folder that has all of our required texts in PDF and audiobook format, as well as a copy of a documentary we’re required to watch. I feel so lucky to attend a college where every class I had, people have been more than willing and happy to collaborate and help each other out, especially as I used to attend a highly competitive university where that wasn’t the case. Anyhoo, my Intro to Poetry course is also really fun and I’m enjoying learning about the history and technicalities of the form. I guess I can say that all in all, my month had a few bumps, but on the whole it wasn’t too bad.
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So, what’s ahead? My answer is, in short: I don’t know please stop asking me this question in interviews or I swear to god I WILL cry!!!
…Wait…Was that looking a bit too deep into The Void? Yes? Okay, fine, I get it, too much darkness, understood.
Okay, but for real, aside from trying to stay on pace with school and blogging all I can see for now is ~quarantine for days~…*shudders.* As someone who is in the “high risk” category when it comes to the current pandemic, I can’t really leave my house until we get a vaccine. That being said, as autumn dawns quickly upon us here in the Washington, D.C. area, I’m hoping to get outside a bit more and maybe go to a park or two! Nothing’s for sure, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
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SPILL THE BEANS, FRIENDS!
- How was your August, friends?
- Have you read any interesting books lately?
- Is there anything your looking forward to coming up in September?