coming back to blogging after a year, post quarantine life // August Monthly Wrap-Up

I know almost everybody’s wrap up starts with “omg I can’t believe how fast this month flew by!!1!1” but one day I was binging Avatar the Last Airbender, and now I’m writing an August wrap up, so yeah “omg I can’t believe how fast this month flew by!!1!”

  • I went ziplining! – So me and a couple of friends went to an obstacle course and I had a freaking blast! It was pretty difficult near the end and my arms are still sore as I’m writing this, but it was worth it. I got to zipline, rock climb, do a free fall 50ft in the air… I really like adventuring and having fun but with COVID obviously things are a little different (also don’t worry I had a small group and we maintained social distancing with our masks).
  • I created a twitter! Because I’m dumb I got locked out of my old account I was debating on whether or not too make a new one. I didn’t really use Twitter that much but then I started making book aesthetics and posting them and they were doing well too. But of course I got locked out. Sooo I made a new one, and if you’d like you can follow. I mostly rant about books, share fanart, but I love interacting with others!
  • I also learned photoshop – So I downloaded photoshop and started taking some classes on how to use it, and it’s actually way less complicated then I thought lol. I love creating graphics on it and I really think it’s turning out great for my blog. I’m kind of brainstorming a big blog makeover, but I’m not really sure what direction I want to go in. And also there is only so many thing you could do on the WordPress free plan (#imbrokeasf).
  • School starts soon and I’m kinda excited – Okay so by the time I’m posting this school will start in like 11 days and I’m not feeling bummed out about it. Mostly because I would be taking it online 😛 hehehe. Even though the spread of COVID has calmed down significantly compared to March and April, it still seems risky too go back too school so I’m doing remote learning. My school is pretty far from my house and I have to take several trains on the way and I know firsthand that it gets REALLY packed on the subways.

  • I returned back to blogging *after one year* – I did return from a hiatus and I feel like such a boomer. It took me a while for me too get used too the new editor and I’m not very happy with it. Buut I do love the new features they have like the Podcast Player, and the Buttons! They are so cute hehehe.
  • I plan on having more interesting posts to come for September – Things too look forward to are posts about making side money, some interesting book reviews, and maybe a tutorial on the extreme basics of Photoshop?? I’m not really sure yet on the last one, but I am excited for September!
  • This month I thought I finished a lot of books, but surprisingly I only finished three?? Turns out I just spent most of my time watching anime instead oops. But this month wasn’t entirely that bad, and I didn’t read a book below 4 stars so that’s great!
  • Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson ★★★★☆ – THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE OMG! If you’re looking for a badass yet fragile female mc, and a caring and sweet male mc then look no further. Adam and Jolene were the perfect couple, they had such sweet moments and their story is super cute. This book was my favorite of the month, and I highly recommend checking it out!
  • Anna K by Jenny Lee ★★★☆ – Honestly this did have the potential too be a five star book. It had a great cast of characters (I love Steven!), but the romance was a little underdeveloped. You can check out my review here.
  • The Final Six by Alexandra Monir ★★★☆ – This was a great sci-fi concept, and the characters were great! But sometimes it was a little bit too detailed, and some descriptions will leave you like huh?


September consists of a lot of re-reads, and murderous plot lines! Even though I have about seven books I want too read, I know school will take a bit get time too get adjusted too so I want too finish at least four.

  • The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater (4 books) – This is the one series I have too finish because ohmygod I have tried too read this 3!! Times!! I always love the first book but never get too the second book for some reason because it’s never available in my library. But this time I got lucky and managed too snag the first two books and I can’t wait.
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Saaba Tahir – This is a re-read because even though I loved this story I never managed to finish the trilogy.
  • The Poppy War by R.F Kuang – Another re-read but I forgot basically everything except for the fact that there was this eccentric teacher who used poppies too get high. Or something like that because wow it has been a while since I read it and the hype on Twitter is driving me insane.
  • If We Were Villains by M.L Rio – I’m currently on this dark academia aesthetic obsession mode, and this book definitely fits into that. Also murderous theater kids.

Here are some of my goals for September!

  • Finish The Raven Cycle series – This is something I’m hellbent over doing.
  • Interact with more people – This is actually going well for me already! I’ve been going over to my feed and liking + commenting on whatever I find interesting.
  • Write more book reviews – I have only written one review so far so this September I’m aiming for at least four!
  • Finish up blog re-design! – I am in the process of redesigning my blog and I have some things in plan, buut I’m not entirely sure what exact theme I want.

So that’s it for my August! It feels great too do this after so long lol. What about you guys? How was your August? If you are going too school this fall are you excited? What’s on your TBR? What do you think about my TBR?

18 thoughts on “coming back to blogging after a year, post quarantine life // August Monthly Wrap-Up

  1. I only just started following, but I love your blog already and I’m so glad that you’re back 💕
    I was also so excited for school just because I needed something different and some interaction with people on a day to day basis (I can’t believe quarantine has made my introverted self crave a chance to talk to people even if it’s online 🤦🏾‍♀️) and now I am drowning and regretting that I ever was excited about it 😅 I really hope it goes better for you!!
    I’ve been meaning to read An Ember in the Ashes for forever, and idk why I still haven’t. And I also need to get The Dragon Republic. The Poppy War was pretty awesome, and lol yes, there is a kind of lovably annoying eccentric teacher who gets high on poppies (though it’s kind of deeper than that. But I’ll let you enjoy re-figuring out what happens)
    Good luck with the redesign and I hope September is wonderful for you ❤

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    • Thank you, you are so sweet! I know it’s crazy how content I was in the beginning of quarantine with just staying home with my family, but now if I hear one more dad joke from my dad I’m going to run away. But I’m also trying not too get too hyped up for school because knowing me, I’ll probably burn out pretty quickly.
      I SO BADLY WANT TO RE-READ THE POPPY WAR!! I can’t believe that’s the only part I remember LMAAOAOA. Anyways, whenever you can read An Ember in the Ashes and tell me what you think! It has some romance, but it’s mainly action so I think you’ll like it. 😀

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  2. Welcome back to the blogging world!! ❤️ I’m also having a hard time with the new editor, but little by little I hope to get used to it 😅 & It makes me happy you liked my post, you’re so sweet! Thank you SO much. 🥺✨
    I hope you have an amazing September! 🥰 If We Were Villains sounds interesting, I’ve heard the best things so I hope you enjoy it 😊


  3. i’m so happy to see you back, amena!! i was just going through my following list and feeling sad about all the people who were inactive, so i’m really glad to see you posting again 🥺 AAHH yes a reread of the poppy war is a fantastic idea! i’m tempted to do one myself lol. can’t wait to see what you’ll post! ❤

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