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August Monthly Wrap-Up

Yes, I’m aware we are a week into September and I am just now getting to this wrap up. I’m also aware that I am including books that I reviewed in September. Here’s the thing- not much in August went according to plan, so we’re just going to keep rolling with the punches like we’ve been doing all month, and forge ahead.

So, let’s recap this crazy month!

  1. The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Essentials by Nancy Wagaman
  2. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  3. To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
  4. Marketing Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know by Vibrant Publishers
  5. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
  6. The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

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#ClassicsWeek Classic Literature Novels:

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell & Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
  3. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Along with these reviews, I also posted three additional articles this month. The first was a product review for the Aluratek LED Bookmark, and about my partnership with Aluratek – stay tuned as there’s another neat project in the works! I’m really excited to be working with them, as they have some really cool bookish and techie gadgets, and I think you guys might agree.

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The next non-review was a post about Marketing Management for Book Bloggers, which is probably not the most glamorous thing to think about, but I am just fascinated by how marketing works and the many aspects that are so accessible for entrepreneurs (like most book bloggers!) So if you want to make any improvements on your blog marketing, that’s definitely something you should check out. Also on that note, I have finished reformatting ALL my book reviews- I hope you enjoy it, as I tried to make them a little more reader-friendly. I will still be making more tweaks here and there, and then hopefully making the switch to a Premium or Business account, which should allow for even more capabilities for both customization and reader experience!

Lastly, the third post was about my third Blogger’s Recognition Award! It always makes me so happy and proud to be nominated for a blogger award, and really motivates me to keep giving you all my best work. Additionally, I love getting to pay it forward to other super amazing bloggers in the community! To those who were nominated, congratulations!

One other really cool big thing to note- I was a guest speaker on The Perks of Being a Book Lover podcast! It was really freaking cool to be interviewed by Amy and Carrie, the hostesses, and chat about blogging, books, horses, and my two favorite states- Kentucky and Vermont! If you don’t follow their podcast, you totally should- they have some really great conversation and interesting guests, as well as discuss local events in Louisville, KY.

Ok, so now let’s get to the hard part… why the break? What was going on?

I posted on August 24th that I was taking a short break due to an unexpected loss in the family. I know many of you were concerned, so what I can tell you is that I have what I consider two families- my Vermont fam and my Kentucky fam.

My sister-in-law’s family has been close with mine for years- far beyond when I was born. Fate made her my sister in 2013, and when I moved to Kentucky later that year, her family not only took in my brother, their new son-in-law, but me as well. Having their support over the years has made living so far away from home much easier.

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Me and my sister-in-law, circa 2009

On 8/19/2019, the patriarch of their family passed away. This was difficult for me, as he was like another grandpa. I had been planning to leave for a vacation that following Friday, so plans were touch and go for a few days, but the decision was made that I should still going to go on vacation. However Thursday late, the night before my trip, my sister-in-law lost her eldest brother unexpectedly. I know I won’t have to explain how tragic it is to grieve multiple losses so close together, and all I knew is, I had to be with my family.

So, this called for me to be actually present, and not worrying about blog posts, conversation, or any other possible distractions. I can’t thank you all enough for giving me that time away, and for all the prayers, support, and love. I tried as much as possible to pass along the outpouring to my Kentucky family, and I know they appreciate it too.

All heaviness aside, I did get a chance to spend some time with my Vermont fam on a shortened vacation, and it certainly helped lighten things up. My family’s camp has always been a magical place of fun, friendship, and family, and it I think it worked it’s magic on me this time around.

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Now, it’s time to keep chugging along into September, which is my favorite month because my birthday is coming up, Libra season is almost upon us, and ALL THE FALL THINGS Y’ALL. Thanks for hanging in there with me! <3

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss! I know the feeling, one of my close friends passed away on August 21 and I didn’t see the point of blogging at all for a good week or so. It took me awhile to get back into the reading mood. I’m trying to get back into the blogging mood now though. It’s been kind of hard to get back into it, I didn’t think grief would affect the creative process so much but it did.

    I still don’t know the right words to say or anything, but if you want to message you can message me on Instagram if you have it and need to!

    One book I read and recommend if you haven’t read it yet is The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. It got me back into reading again. This was my second time rereading it.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your friend. It’s hard to think about anything but all the emotions that you and those around you are feeling. For me, getting back into my routine helps keep my brain out of the gray clouds and focused on the good, but I get what you mean about lacking creative flow from the grief. Thank you for offering to talk ❤️

      Also, I’ll have to check that book out, I haven’t heard of it!

      • Thank you, and I agree about the routine too. That helped me also as well as rewatching shows too.

        And you are welcome, any time you need to feel free!

        And cool! 🙂 I know a lot of people haven’t… I feel like it’s one of those hidden gem type of books.

  2. C.S. Lewis says that the grief of losing dearly departed loved ones is “like the sky, spread over everything.” We understand how difficult this month had to be for you. It’s a lot to process and can consume all of our emotional, physical, and spiritual energy. 🙏🙏🙏

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