I'll start this post by being honest and saying I kind of feel like saying good riddance to August. I really do try and appreciate and practice gratefulness for every day and season, but this summer was
hothard and I don't think I've ever been more excited for fall. September is here now, which means we're basically into the holiday season and I can't wait until October 1st so I can watch Hocus Pocus approximately 25x before November hits and I switch to terribly cheesy Christmas movies.
At the same time I feel like it was just May and I was so excited when Megan listed the categories for the summer book challenge. I couldn't wait until it was June to start reading the books on my list. I didn't finish the challenge, but I definitely made a good effort, especially since I was working primarily with library books. I think book challenges can be tricky because you never want to read a book that you won't enjoy, or something that doesn't interest you, but it's also so important to expand your horizons and consider new genres or categories.
Aside from the category on a microhistory (I never picked a book), I was able to find a book that I wanted to read to fit in each category. I didn't get to Big Stone Gap, but it's the perfect example of a book I probably would have never discovered without this challenge. When I first saw the Appalachia category, I admittedly had zero interest in it, but I've loved some of Trigiani's other books & after mentioning Big Stone Gap in my initial post a few people commented about how much they love the book/series.
I'm not going to list out the categories or books in this post because I've already reviews the ones I finished, but you can see my final list & point total here. While this challenge has ended and I'm really close to finishing my Goodreads challenge, I want to focus in on some of the categories for the PopSugar Reading challenge and the Book Riot Read Harder challenge as well.
At the beginning of August I put together a to-do list (or a few goals) for the month and definitely didn't come close to checking most of them off. To be fair, it really should have been a summer to-do list because there was no way it was going to be possible to check off so many things in just four weeks. The best part is that everything on the list can still be checked off this month, so no pressure.
September also brings a few new things I'm really looking forward to checking out: National Book Festival, Museum of African American History & Culture opening, DC Short Film Festival, Reopening of the East Building at the NGA. I'm also really excited for season 2 of Narcos to be released this week-- it's definitely my most anticipated new season of the year. Plus football is back, and chili sundays, and flannels, and all things apple...
What are you looking forward to in September? Are you ready for summer to wind down, or are you also ready for fall? Linking up with Kristen & Gretchen today for what's new with you?