Bonjour my darling phoenixes. I hope you’re all having a delightful September thusfar. Up here in New England we’ve seen a little rain and a lot of humidity, but nothing to really complain about compared to the rest of the world. My love goes out to everyone who has been affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma… I can’t imagine living through that kind of weather and am constantly impressed by the strength and compassion of people joining together in a crisis.
What’s New In the Bookish World?
September has been a really lovely book month so far – honestly, it feels like Christmas. I’m really pleased.
I’ve already acquired an impressive stack of books for the month of September. Most of these are older ARCs that were given to me by a fellow book blogger who was tired of looking at them! I thought that was really sweet of her, and now I’m flush in hard copy reads for a while.
Also it was just SO NICE to sit over lemonade and talk about books with a fellow bookish person. I don’t get out very often because LIFE and JOB and CAT TIME but it was just such a lovely break in my routine and I could not be happier about it.
NetGalley & I are Not Friends, Apparently
So I sucked up and signed up for a NetGalley account? And I immediately grabbed and read Journal of Curious Letters. To be honest? Not my cup of tea. But you can read the review. I’ve spent all the time since being told by NetGalley that I’ve been rejected for all the other books because they don’t give Galleys to small blogs. So I guess that takes care of that, then? No ARCs for me until I had over 1000 followers. Or ever. YAY.
Seriously though I’m glad I tried it there instead of contacting a publisher because now my heart is less broken.
Things I’m actually reading?
I haven’t been crazy with books yet this month, but I’ve finished a handful and have some reviews pending. I’m still trying to reorganize to find balance between content and reviews.
So far the highlight of this month has The Martian. Oh. My. Goose. Everyone has read this book, right? I loved the tone. I loved that it was a SUPER SCIENCE book that I really liked. There was so much YAY going on, I can’t even tell you.
Otherwise, there’s Harry Potter books and I finished The Handmaid’s Tale and am working through a handful of audiobooks on my TBR (read: anything I can manage to get an audiobook of that’s is on my TBR). THERE WILL BE REVIEWS! YAY REVIEWS!
And what about me?
So September has been sort of interesting for me? It’s either black, or white. Nothing in the middle. Really good, or just, ugh.
Nothing like a hurricane. I have wee, small, petty human problems! Like work drama! And not getting enough sleep. Small things. We won’t focus on those because I’m in a good mood right now.
Last Tuesday was my husband and my second anniversary. It’s the Cotton Anniversary, which is just dumb. Like, what do you buy one another? Curtains? T-shirts? Instead we took the day off, got some little stuff done (car registration, vacuuming, yay?) and went to a late lunch at one of our favorite places.
The restaurant? It’s a brewery just over the river, lots of organic food and MAN do they know how to cook. Neither my husband nor I are beer drinkers, but if we were, we’d be part of their club. I love the place. I always get a sandwich, which you’d think is CRAZY, but it’s got this cheese… and the homemade bread… and OMG I think I’m in love. I should have taken pictures, but I didn’t, because I was eating it. Matt had these grilled green beans that tasted like heaven. We only ever go to this place for special occasions (Valentine’s, Anniversary, and sometimes my birthday) so it’s always a treat.
Also, I finally called and followed up on some missing bills from the medical treatments around my miscarriage back in May. Turns out they weren’t missing… they were written off. I couldn’t believe it – it was so nice of the hospital. There’s really nothing more horrible than to have to pay for the worst thing that’s happened in your life. I’m so grateful I don’t have to.
Since the hospital bills are now settled, my husband and I did something supremely irresponsible and doubly exciting – we booked a transatlantic cruise! It’s not until April, which right now seems like an eternity away. But I’m still so pumped that I’m telling everyone. Here’s what’s great about it:
- It’s two weeks.
- We’ll be going to five different countries.
- It’s on the same ship we had on our honeymoon #nostaligia.
- TWO GLORIOUS WEEKS.
- We have a mid-ship balcony which = less sick, pretty view.
- The food on this ship is delcious.
- I never thought I’d ACTUALLY go to Europe.
- They never do European cruises out of Boston or NYC… UNTIL NOW.
- I AM SERIOUSLY IN LOVE.
And the bad sides of this?
- It’s expensive. It’s covered, but it means to maximize our time, we’re going to have to minimize our spending until April.
- We only get one day in each port.
- April is far.
So while one day is nowhere near enough to properly experience Paris, for example, I am SO SO GRATEFUL I get to see it at all. While Paris is on my bucket list, it was NO NOPE UH-UH on my husband’s, so it wasn’t on our radar until this cruise popped up.
Mes chers! Je vais a Paris!