500 Followers πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ & Other Things // September Wrap Up

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Firstly,

WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!! I love you all so much. I know I say this all the time, but I’m so happy to have started this blogging journey. You’re all wonderful.

Anyway, besides reaching 500 followers the most exciting thing that happened was that I RECEIVED MY FIRST PHYSICAL REVIEW COPY FROM A PUBLISHER. I honestly can’t even explain how amazing it was seeing my blog name on the postage label. It felt like all the work I’ve been doing on this blog had paid off. Like, I don’t blog for free books and I definitely do this for fun, but it just made me feel really relevant. It was also important because before blogging I would never have even considered contacting someone as important as a publisher because of how bad my anxiety was. It seems like a little thing, but it was huge for me.

The other SUPER exciting things that happened this month is that I opened my society6 and RedBubble store!! I’m planning a whole post on it later so I won’t get into it too much now.

Now it’s time for the part of every wrap up post where I say: HOW THE HELL IS THIS MONTH OVER? It’s INSANE how quick this year has gone. I’M SO EXCITED FOR OCTOBER THOUGH BECAUSE HALLOWEEN!!!

BOOKS I HAULED

I had no income this month yay for severe anxiety and agoraphobia! but I still managed to accumulate 5 books.

From Publishers

I receivedΒ The Creeper Man by Dawn KurtagichΒ (US Title: And the Trees Crept In) from Hachette Australia. I’m really excited to read this! It’s definitely going to be one I’m picking up next month.

Angus & Robertson / Discounted Books

I’ve been wanting to readΒ More Happy Than NotΒ by Adam Silvera for so long. Adam launched a YouTube channel this month and I kinda fell in love with him. He does really fun interviews with a bunch of cool authors. I defs recommend checking out his videos! The cover has a matte finish so I keep randomly touching it because it feels so nice, haha. I purchased this from

I purchased this from Angus & Robertson which is where I buy all my books from online and they’re amazing. If you’re Australian I definitely recommend checking them out. Their prices aren’t that much more expensive than Book Depository, they ship in 2-4 days if you’re in a metro area (I’m not but still 1 week is better than 2-3 which is what it takes for Book Depository) and if you use Booko you can get free shipping on any order. This isn’t hashtag sponsored, but I wish it was. So hey, if you’re reading this A&R – hit me up 😏

Another cool thing that happened was that I found out one of these discount stores (that sell odds and ends) in my town started selling books half price!! There wasΒ only a small range and a lot I already had, but I managed to find three that I wanted! I’m really hoping they keep it going and get more in.

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman β€’ Eleanor by Jason Gurley β€’ Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

I’ve heard great things about all of these books and they all sound really intriguing. Challenger Deep has mental health elements and Eleanor and Foxlowe both have elements of magical realism. Foxlowe also deals with cults which I’m fascinated by.

Like always I have no idea when I’ll be reading these, but they were half their RRP so I couldn’t resist. The covers for Eleanor and Foxlowe are so gorgeous too.

BOOKS IΒ READ

I thought I was going to have a bad reading month, but it was actually one of the best I had? I managed to read 3Β books in a week during #diverseathon!! I also gave out a ton of 5 stars.

IΒ read 12 books this month.

My favourite reads were:Β Every Heart A Doorway, The First Third, Homegoing & Caraval.

Covers = Goodreads / My review

3 & 4 Stars

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Three Dark Crows by Kendare Blake (β˜…β˜…β˜…) – I have a review up for this, but basically it was an interesting premise, but misleading marketing made me not enjoy this as much as I potentially could have. I am intrigued to see how the next book is! (I was provided with a copy of this book via Netgalley & Pan Macmillan Australia)

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (β˜…β˜…β˜…) -I loved that this was a story about WLW but it did fall a bit flat for me. I wasn’t really able to connect to the characters. This is 100% an “It’s Me, Not the Bookβ„’” situation because it really was a beautiful and heartbreaking story. I just don’t really do romance contemporaries.

Labyrinth Lost by by Zoraida CΓ³rdova (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…) – This was such a fun read!! The world that was created was so magical and I loved the mythology. It was so great having a POC main character that identified as bisexual too. Planning on posting a review of this soon so I’ll go into more detail then.

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Potter Presents by J.K. Rowling (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…) – After The Cursed ChildΒ it was just really great having something that was actually written by Jo. Having read these close to TCC it was so easy to tell the differences in the writing style. I gaveΒ Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous HobbiesΒ 5 stars and the other 4. It’s a shame that a lot of this was available on Pottermore for free and has since been taken down, but I loved reading about Lupin, McGonnagal and Peeves especially. I really wish we could actually read Hogwarts: A History. Also, there’s something about Time Turners in here that makesΒ The Cursed ChildΒ even less plausible.

5 stars

I plan on writing reviews for most of these so stay tuned!Β 

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A Monster Calls by Patrick NessΒ – THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTBREAKING THINGS I HAVE EVER READ. I cried for pretty much the ENTIRE book.

Homegoing by Yaa GyasiΒ – This was the group book for #Diverseathon and oh my god. I am so glad I read it. Such an amazing and brutally honest story. It opened my eyes to SO much.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuireΒ – From my review I’m sure you all know how much I loved this book. I connected to it on such a personal level. The story and writing were so beautiful and unique.

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Wynonna Earp, Vol 1: Homecoming by Beau Smith (writer) & Lora Innes (art)Β If you love badass ladies who fight demons then you need to read this comic. There’s also a TV show based on this which I am 100% checking out. There’s also a great dynamic between ragtag characters. (I was provided with a copy of this via Netgalley and IDW Publishers)

The First Third by Will KostakisΒ – I’m sure you all know how much I love Will and his other bookΒ The Sidekicks so my expectations forΒ The First ThirdΒ were high and it exceeded every one of them. This book is what every contemporary should aspire to be. There was a beautiful family relationship, no absent parents, some romance but it wasn’t the focus, incredible friendships and an important secondary character identified as gay and had a disability. Again, this book really connected to me on a personal level. When I finished it I actually hugged it. The last third (pun not intended) made me cry eyes out. When I finished the book I was still crying for about half an hour, hahaha. THANKS WILL.

Caraval by StephaieGarberΒ – THE HYPE IS REAL, FRIENDS. I can’t say too much about this because it’s not released until next year, but IT WAS SO MAGICAL AND ATMOSPHERIC. I was totally swept away. I haven’t readΒ TheΒ Night CircusΒ yet but I feel like this would be quite different, so don’t go in expecting it to be the same or you might be disappointed!!Β (I was provided with a copy of this via Netgalley and Hachette Australia)

Posts & Things

Some posts this month I’m proud of are:

Upcoming:

I really want to try and put out more original content. It was so much fun planning the readathon. I’m planning an upcoming post about contacting publishers similar to my other Newbie 2 Newbie post. I’d love to switch over to self-hosting before the end of the year too, but we’ll see how it goes!!! I’m also going to try harder to keep up with everyone’s posts and comments.

Music:

I made a couple of playlists on Spotify! The first is my favourite albums released so far in 2016 and the second is a random bunch of songs I listen to while I’m blogging/designing. As you can tell my music taste makes absolutely no sense. I’ll be adding to both of them so feel free to follow me!


If you got through this entire thing: congrats!!!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books! Have your read them? Or are they on your TBR?

What was your favourite read this month? Feel free to leave a link to your own wrap up posts so I can drop by.

I hope you all had an amazing September and have an even better October xx

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52 thoughts on “500 Followers πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ & Other Things // September Wrap Up

  1. Congrats on the 500 followers! You deserve it πŸ™‚ Also, fun fact : even I received my first ever physical ARC from a publisher this month πŸ˜…πŸ˜… It just felt so great and worthwhile and it’s just such a different feeling ☺

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  2. Laureeen!! Congratulations!! You deserve all those followers and more. Not only are you a fantastic person, but you put so much work into your blog and it shows. It’s genuine, you know? I love that. Your designs are gorgeous, your reviews and posts are engaging, I mean, I could go on and on, but what I’m trying to say is that you are doing a great job. I’m really excited to be participating in your Halloween readathon πŸ™‚ And now I want to read all of these books!
    Keep doing what you’re doing πŸ˜‰ ❀

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  3. 500 followers? Hell, Lauren, that’s AMAZING!
    I’m not surprised, as you’re a) an awesome blogger, b) an awesome person and c) have an awesome blog.
    Yep. It took the world some time to see but now 500 people + a publisher know it (:
    And I’m sure there will be more to come.
    Anxiety and agoraphobia lock you away but you have *so much* to offer the world.
    Just want you to know ^^

    So many books you mentioned the I want to read!
    You seemed to have had such a fantastic reading month πŸ˜€

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  4. First, congratulations on the 500 followers, that’s amazing! πŸ™‚
    Second, all the books you have read this month look so pretty and interesting to read, I wish I had the time to suck all of them in. Inhaling, whatsoever.
    Third, OMG when I read that you are doing a Halloween Read-A-Thon I was like HELL YEAH a challenge – but then remembered my two fat review books waiting for me, so the chance that I will join that is unfortunately really slim. Although most of the challenges might be covered by The Stand by Stephen King, yet six books seem pretty impossible to read at the moment, ugh.
    However, your post got me now into Halloween mood, so yay for that πŸ™‚

    xo Annina

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  5. First of all, congrats on getting 500 followers!!! And also on starting your society6 and RedBubble store! πŸ˜€ I’ve read A Monster Calls last month and I agree that it’s beautiful and heartbreaking! Cried a lot on that one and I still feel my heart aching everytime I remember it. 😦 And, and!!! I love both your playlists. Lots of artists I like. πŸ™‚

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  6. huge congratulations on getting 500 followers, that’s awesome, though I am not surprised, you are always so sweet and bringing quality posts and enthusiasm to the community, Lauren ❀
    I bought More Happy Than Not earlier this month and I am so looking forward to reading it as well. I had no idea Adam did interview videos as well? I need to check them out, thank you for letting me know!! πŸ™‚

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  7. Congrats on 500 followers! I can’t stress how I awed I am by that number, haha.
    Sounds like you had a great month! 12 books it’s a pretty good number πŸ™‚ I only managed to finish 3 😦 I need some tips to read faster! I also wish you all the best with society6 and redbubble stores.

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  8. Congratulations on 500 followers Lauren, you must be so thrilled and you definitely deserve it! I love the content you’ve started putting up on your RedBubble store, and ohh I definitely need to check out your society6 one now as well.
    Congrats on your first physical ARC from a publisher, it must have been a great feeling seeing it arrive with your name on the label.
    You got through some great books this month. I read the Harry Potter novellas too and really enjoyed them, I hadn’t seen the original content on Pottermore so it was all new to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed A Monster Calls and Caraval as well. I have that on my to-read list for next month because I was lucky enough to get an ARC as well, glad to hear the hype is real! πŸ˜€

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  9. Congratulations on reaching 500 followers, hun! And receiving your first physical copy from a publisher! Both of these are REALLY exciting. I would love for you to write a post about contacting publishers for the first time. I’ve never done that before, but I’m really interested in doing this once I finished school. Great post, and what a fantastic month!
    Also! Once I get paid, I am 100% purchasing something from one of your stores! πŸ™‚

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  10. Congratulations on reaching 500 followers, Lauren! Your blog is wonderful and it’s been such a pleasure to see a lot of your original content like the blog designs and the readathon (though tbh I’M SO SORRY I suck and can’t join any of these things – my real-life schedule is jampacked and if I join readathons it means I neglect lots of RL stuff. BUT I WANT TO, THOUGH. And it looks awesome, and I hope people have fun). Here’s hoping October will be even better. πŸ’•

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  11. Congrats on 500+ followers! πŸ˜€
    I’m really happy to see that you loved A Monster Calls! It’s one of my favourite books. I’m very exited about Caraval, but also nervous – as I have quiet high expectations and I really hope it will live up to them.

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  12. Congratulations on 500 followers Lauren! It’s so well deserved, you have an amazing blog and post some great content! Also congrats on the Society6 and redbubble store! I’ll definitely be checking them out πŸ˜‰
    I absolutely LOVED More Happy Than Not! I hope you’ll enjoy it too! I didn’t know Adam had his own Youtube Channel, that’s so cool.
    Ah Caraval, that’s amazing that you got a copy! I’m so excited about this one, so I’m glad to hear that you thought it was worth all the hype πŸ˜‰

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  13. YAY FOR 500 FOLLOWERS ❀ ❀ AND CONGRATS ON THE FIRST PHYSICAL ARC ! This month I requested a bunch too but haven't heard back from most which doesn't surprise me since I live in Morocco xD I heard back about When the Moon was Ours though and got the eArc for it so that's awesome since I adored the book πŸ˜€
    And you had a great reading month !! Double mine hahaha.
    Seriously girl, if I had the money I'd buy EVERYTHING you make, I'm in love with your designs but for now I'll be satisfied with drueling over my laptop screen !

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  14. Great reading month and congrats on 500 followers!! Foxlowe is on my wish list.
    I’m so glad I read this post as Blue is the Warmest Colour was highly recommended to me…but I don’t read romance contemporary books…so I’m not sure why my friend told me I need to read it as she knows my reading preferences πŸ€” lol

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  15. Looks like you had a fantastic reading and blogging month! Also, congrats on 500 followers and your first physical ARC, you definitely deserve both. β™₯
    A lot of the books you read are on my TBR – Caraval, A Monster Calls, Blue is the Warmest Color, Three Dark Crowns, and Every Heart A Doorway. I especially want to get around to A Monster Calls soon because everyone has been saying wonderful things about it and I’ve seen the movie trailer which makes me even more interested in reading it. And I actually have a pending request for an ARC of Caraval through NetGalley so hopefully it gets approved. *crosses fingers*
    As for my favorite read of the month it was Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig which is one I know you also loved. IT WAS SO GOOD!
    Great wrap up and here’s to an even better October! 😊

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  16. Congratulations on 500 followers and the physical ARC, omg! You deserve them! Also, that’s so true that what is said about Time Turners in the HP novellas completely counteracts TCC. And the fact Hermione wasn’t mentioned in the Minister for Magic sections! At least we had Jo’s writing, though πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha, thanks!! A lot of them were short, but it’s definitely one of the best months I’ve had since I got back into reading πŸ˜€

      It was really exciting and something I didn’t think would ever happen.

      Unfortunately no. They’re just available as ebooks. It’s a shame because the covers are gorgeous!

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  17. Yaaaaaay congrats on 500 followers Lauren! That’s awesome news. πŸ’•πŸ˜πŸŽ‰ A Monster Calls is a heartbreaker, right? I saw you were reading Caraval on Goodreads the other day – I’m super excited to read that one! Also the Creeper Man looks TERRIFYING – I hope it lives up to expectations for you! 😁 Congrats again! πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much, Sammie β™₯β™₯ A Monster Calls made me cry so much. It was such an emotional read. I’m definitely interested in reading more Patrick Ness. I wish everyone could read Caraval right now!!! I can’t believe it’s not being released until January haha

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  18. I’m not at all surprised that you reached 500 followers so quickly, Lauren! Your blog is fantastic and I’m so happy for you. πŸ˜€ Congrats on getting your first physical ARC, and from a big name publisher too! You deserve all your successes.

    12 books read is fantastic! I haven’t read 12 books in a month ever, I think? lol I’m such a slow reader. I wish I din’t have to work 8 hours a day. It cuts into my reading time and it’s endlessly annoying.

    I’m loving the books you read this month! I can understand why you didn’t connect with Blue is the Warmest Color, but I’m glad you liked Labyrinth Lost too! It was a 4-star read for me as well.
    Last Saturday I met Kendare Blake..well, I heard her speak at a panel. She seems pretty cool and chill. I’m not sold on her book yet, but maybe one day?
    Anyway, congrats again. You’ve got a long and successful blogging journey ahead of you. See you at 1k followers. πŸ˜‰

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  19. I am SO PROUD of you! What an achievement!
    How do you do it all? I am completely enamored with your blog and your abiliry ro do so much blogging!
    You are my model, lol! πŸ˜‰
    Congrats on 500. Even though you still make us all feel like we are the only follower.

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