September Adventure Log // the month I resurrected from hiatus

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The Adventure Log is my monthly wrap-up post!

I swear that every day ages me at least a month but somehow also slows time down to a glacial pace. It’s been a long time since I’ve done an Adventure Log wrap-up (May & June, to be exact!) but I have to admit getting this up really assures me I’m finally back in my blogging groove!

We could call this post a summer wrap-up, but honestly? My summer was full of nothing. Barely any reading. All days bleeding together. So for the sake of my mental health, I decided to just jump in with the month I resurrected myself and let the rest go. So, here’s my month in review.

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Books I Read

This is the year of reading SUFFERING for me, and this summer was the culmination of the worst of my reading slump. These reading stats and books are all I read in July, August, and September.

9

Books Read

2961

Pages Read

4

Average Rating

I basically didn’t touch a book between June 5 and the end of July. Thank goodness for my being on a couple Wednesday Blog Tours otherwise I might not have read for even longer!

July 2020 Reads
Click on book title for Goodreads. ARCs and review copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig

I reached the part of Shelter-in-Place where I’m stir crazy again and wanting to do something to improve myself and regain some semblance of control. What better way than to regain control over my diet?

I’ve done Whole30 twice and maintained a mostly Paleo lifestyle in the past, which works for me and my body. I lost my copy of It Starts With Food when I moved, and I wanted to re-read it to get my mind in the right headspace for the lifestyle change. Thankfully, my library had this one available as an eBook to check out. While I prefer It Starts with Food because of the additional depth it goes into for the reasoning and science behind the choices, I do like that this has a robust recipe collection and includes many resources for novice and seasoned chefs.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I absolutely adore the narrative voice of the PJO series, and the audiobook narrator does an amazing job bringing the text to life. There’s an air of snark and sarcasm that really resonates with me deep in my soul.

Riordan does a fantastic job recapping critical information from The Lightning Thief without being repetitive or bogging down the story. Which is really hard to do! The book has a fast pace and is full of action, while also being descriptive of its surroundings so you cane visualize yourself alongside Percy and Annabeth.

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Lobizona (Wolves of No World #1) by Romina Garber *

📖 ARC Review

I devoured this one in a five-and-a-half hour sitting! Believe me when I say that Lobizona weaves beautiful and important story about finding where and with whom you belong. I adore these characters and the world Garber crafted, I need the second book immediately, and this is not a book you want to miss!

August 2020 Reads
Click on book title for Goodreads. ARCs and review copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *

Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko *

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Raybearer is my favorite read of 2020 and has left me without words for over a month. This is a book that will suck you in, keep you riveted until the end, and have you begging for more. Beautifully written and intricately plotted, Raybearer is a must-read for people who love intricate world-building and found families.

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Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles *

📖 ARC Review

I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve been waiting for this book for over a year. I think Where Dreams Descend was one of my top five anticipated releases for 2020, and I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint! I was instantly drawn into the magical world Angeles wove, and devoured the book quickly. Pitched as Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera with a hint of The Night Circus – that’s a good description, but this is a story all its own unlike one I’ve read before.

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Mirage (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud

📖 ARC Review

Just as good the second time! Honestly, do yourself a favor and read this book. Mirage is such a beautifully written debut novel from Somaiya Daud and I cannot wait for the rest of you to experience it! Poetically written and instantly captivating, this book draws you into a new world so vivid you feel as if you could walk the streets. This is a powerful own-voices Moroccan inspired SFF tale of culture, family, oppression, and rebellion with a diverse cast of complex characters that you cannot help but adore.

September 2020 reads
Click on book title for Goodreads. ARCs and review copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *

Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud *

📖 ARC Review

Words cannot express how excited I am to finally be back in this world!!! I adored Mirage and this finale to the duology was an emotional journey – for me as well as the characters!

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I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan *

📖 ARC Review

Okay so listen: Keep This to Yourself is one of the best YA mystery/thrillers I’ve ever read and landed Tom Ryan on my insta-buy list for YA thrillers. Of course as a result my expectations going in were super high, the author delivered another thrilling queer YA mystery that I devoured in just under 4 hours!

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Jennifer Strange (Jennifer Strange #1) by Cat Scully *

Jennifer Strange is a lower-YA read set in Savannah, Georgia, and I love how Scully painted a good picture of the city! The illustrated journal pages and monsters are definitely reminiscent of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; I appreciated their addition to bring the story to life.

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Personal Update

The past year and a half have been stressful, but August and September especially so. I am dealing with financial issues right now that are making it difficult to focus, but doing my best and don’t want to dwell. But if you appreciate the work I do here and can spare a couple bucks, a ko-fi or joining my Patreon would make a world of difference.

But one of the biggest surprises: I WON AN AWARD?!?!? I won a book blogging award?! This means so incredibly much to me not only because I saw the news when I really needed something positive, but also because I’d been on hiatus and feeling so guilty for being off my blogging game.

2020 Book Blogging Award: Most Helpful
Thank you so much for everyone who nominated and voted for me! It means the world to me and am so thankful for this little space of the internet. If you have already, be sure to check out all of the amazing 2020 Book Blogger Awards Winners!

The only other thing to report is how addicted I am to this new Gaga song and how the music video is AMAZING.

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Read Voraciously Book Club Pick for October!

Did you know that I run a Discord server dedicated to nerding out about all the things you’re passionate about? It’s a fun and lowkey place were we organize voice chats, games, and even group readalongs!

We’d love to have you join us in the server~

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Reader Voracious Posts

I recently ran a poll on Twitter and people overwhelmingly let me know that they love to see a list of the posts from the month in wrap ups.

In case you missed it, here are all of my posts from July, August, and September.

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From Around the Blogosphere

Not only did I come back from my hiatus in September, but I also have been blog hopping! Yea I know, I don’t know who I am either. So I actually have some amazing posts to share with you all that I’d highly recommend checking out!

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That’s basically all I have for you today, sad that I’ve only read nine books in the last three months, but it is what it is. At least I am reading now and Spooky Season is here… so I’m sure October is going to be even more awesome!

How are you doing? What were your favorite reads recently & what’s your favorite post that you want me to check out?

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!

8 Comments

  1. lauren

    October 11, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    so glad to see you’re back, i have missed you but you definitely needed that time to yourself. thank you for linking to my post <3 i look foward to seeing what you have in stock for us

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 12:01 PM

      aww lauren, thanks so much love! the time away definitely gave me the time to miss blogging and find the energy to return, but I missed everyone so much

  2. dianthaa

    October 12, 2020 at 1:01 AM

    Happy to see you back, and resurrected just in time for Halloween!
    I keep bouncing between stir crazyness wanting to make me go all healthy or turn into a blob of chocolate because what’s even the point.

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 12:03 PM

      Yesss, I like to think of this resurrection being sponsored in part by Spooy Season! and OMG yes to that… I have been swinging between eating super clean and eating whatever I feel like because why bother during a pandemic? At least we aren’t alone.

  3. Lois @ My Midnight Musing

    October 12, 2020 at 1:58 PM

    When it comes to reading, I feel like quality over quantity is the best policiy. My reading has definitely slipped this year, but I take comfort in the fact that every book I’ve read so far has been a hit. The Percy Jackson series are such easy books to immerse yourself in. The fast pace adventure just hooks you in from the start.
    Love seeing you back here, but definitely undertand the need to take a step back and focus on you. I hope October is being kind to you. 😀

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 12:09 PM

      I totally agree with you on quality over quantity, and for the most part I’ve enjoyed everything I have read this year! 2020 is just a difficult time to focus, and PJO really helps pull me back into the reading spirit.

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Lois. It’s good to be back and happy October to you as well!

  4. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    October 17, 2020 at 9:30 AM

    Congrats on the award, Kal! It’s good to see you back.

    1. Kal

      October 28, 2020 at 10:58 AM

      Thank you so much Lisa, it’s good to be back! Now if I could only get in the groove of comments & hopping again…

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