August Blotted Recap // Unofficial Hiatus + Smol Life Updates


Well, I’ve really already been back the last two posts, but… TECHNICALITY.

(Also I published this 12 days after I was planning to publish it, so… I’m back. AGAIN!!)

Anyways, this month- for reading- was KIND OF more successful than most other months? I read SEVEN books which wasn’t as high as I hoped, but oh well.

One of them was a DNF, but I’m still COUNTING IT, OKAY.

And………. this month for blogging was not the best. Whooooops I had SO MANY HIGH PLANS FOR THIS BLOG and then it went #lolnope.

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I read seven books this month, and… two of them were 2018 ARCs my ARC schedule isn’t the best..



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Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor ★★★★★

  • Omg I love Laini Taylor so much and THIS WAS SO CUTE I CAN’T EVEN. Zuzana was one of my favorite characters in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series *intense screeching* [review]

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee ★★★★★

  • I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. This was a re-read, by the way. BUT I COULDN’T HELP IT. [review]

These Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee ★★★★★

  • Ahhhhh I totally forgot why I gave the first book three stars. This was so dark and twisty and the characters were so gray and I loved and hated all of them. (Which might seem like a bad thing. It isn’t.) [review]

Freefall by Joshua David Bellin ☆☆☆☆☆

  • This was a DNF, since I kept on losing interest in the story the more I tried to read it. It just didn’t really captivate my interest??? [review]

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert ★★★★★

  • THIS WAS SO DARK AND I LOVED IT. IT’S SO CREEPY AND I WAS FREAKED OUT BY SOME OF THE TALES. Can we just discuss Finch though? I loveeeed Finch.  [review]

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke ★★★★★

  • Okay, but Jane Sinner was such a relatable character. She seemed “cold” and “uncaring” to everyone else but really, she had feelings. And she was hilarious to read. The format was also so unique! I loved it.  [review]

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera ★★★★★

  • This was really good. Can I just tear up over the ending. I mean, I expected more, I guess?? It wasn’t as captivating as I thought, but it was still super deep and the main characters were fun to read. [review]

short watercolor stroke betterLooking back on it ALL OF MY READS ARE FIVE STAR READS. Except for Freefall. But let’s ignore Freefall. EVERYTHING ELSE WAS FIVE STAR. I am happy with my non-pickiness for this month???

Anyways, my favorite book this month was probably THE HAZEL WOOD. It was so breathtaking and I read it in one sitting (even though I do that with like, every book haha.)

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[these pictures are stolen from my instagram]

[which i almost never post on #oops]

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I did a LOT of book trading this month. (I think I now have a bookmail obsession??)


I HAVE SO MANY ANTICIPATED READS AHHH. I’m just going to list all of them and not do that bullet point thing where I list a comment about each of them since there’s so many. 

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I actually had a lot more, but WordPress image formatting IS SO HARD?? There’s no way to list a bunch of images in a row?? (If anyone has tips please help me.)

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  • Five posts total.
  • One (big) un-official hiatus, in which I didn’t post for two/three weeks.
  • And then one random post in the middle of nowhere!
  • And then I did an interview. Which was new. I never had done an interview with an author before on this blog!

(I don’t think I’m planning to do any more interviews because.. well.. it’s MUCH MUCH harder to make them snarky and sassy and witty.)


  • The Scribbler’s Challenge (which was hosted by the lovely MAY/M8)
    • I had so much fun doing this! I met Sarah, a likeminded person who I am friends with!
  • Some reading challenges. Which I slightly failed at.
    • #TheReadingQuest & #ARCAugust // these were NOT successful, due to the fact that I didn’t really feel like actually looking at my score, since I didn’t really do that well anyways.


  • Well, I finally did that blog button thing! (By the way, it’s not a swap. It’s just a feature of all the blogs that I LURVE.)
  • I’m going to be more laidback on my schedule.
    • Let’s face it, guys. THE SCHEDULE?? NOT WORKING FOR ME OK.


Ilsa talks about how we always feel like our blog is a potato and how we’re never 100% satisfied with it. (If you are, then.. how???)

Elise reviews History is All You Left Me and she gives a more personal take on it, since she connects to one of the main characters.

Marie returns from her break from blogging… and the aesthetic pictures from her trips are GORGEOUS.

Madeline talks about rating and reviewing books & how you can overthink it sometimes.

Analee talks about how unrealistic life in YA books is compared to reality and honestly girl, sAME.

Jackie mini-reviews a bunch of books! And she FINALLY read Cinder.

Lia talks about the perfect reading spot. Which is obviously VITAL info for all bookworms.

May tells us all of her secrets on how she’s an amazing and perfect blogger. SERIOUSly. HOW DOES SHE DO IT.

Mikaela wonders if blogging discussion topics can get old and overused (and the answer is YES, my friends. At least in my opinion.)

















THEN AGAIN I ONLY HAD FIVE POSTS TOTAL. *bangs the side of my own head*

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You might be wondering, “Julianna, what did you even do on your smol unofficial hiatus that no one really cared about?”

And to that I answer, “LEAVE ME ALONE YOU STALKER.”

Just kidding.

I just did some studying and prepared for school! This September, I… well, I got bitten to death by mosquitoes since THEY KEEP ON APPEARING IN MY HOUSE HOW DO THEY GET IN???

(Seriously, it’s a problem. I’m slightly starting to wonder if there are mosquito eggs somewhere in my water bottle.)

(That’s gross.)


Well, I also went on a trip to my older sister’s (who is ~10 years older than I am!) in the city. Not New York City. Jersey City!

I also bring you… pictures.

This is a picture of the harbor/bay/whatever it’s called. It was so fun walking there, and also these pictures aren’t the best quality I’M SORRY.

Also: we ate out on my birthday! We went to this super small authentic Mexican shop, and we got these beef quesadillas that were SO GOOD AH. Also their chips and salsa are SO GOOD that we ordered more. I took no pictures of that because… I WAS EATING IT, OK?

We also went to this expensive ice cream shop, and it was so cute! I mean, I’m probably never going to go there again since it was like, $5 for one of those small cups but STILL THE AESTHETICS.

(Also they had really unique flavors like Jackfruit and Sourdough which was super cool.)

My younger sister got Mint Choco Chip, my older sister got this Chocolate Mountain thing, my brother got blackberry, and I got lychee! I AM THE UNIQUE ONE HA. Lychee ice cream is seriously SO. GOOD.

My sister’s apartment was also honestly SO CUTE AND AESTHETIC. She had this GREAT view of the city (her floor is in the 20s). And it was so nice to stay there for those three days ahhhh. She had a bunch of succulents around her house WHICH WERE ALL DYING (howww?) but it was still super cute!

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Tell me your thoughts! (please)

Anyways, enough of my rambling for over 1k words. <big>HOW WAS YOUR AUGUST?? </big>(even though this is a super late post, please forgive me.)

(Also I’m super sorry that I haven’t caught up on SO MANY of your blogs that I absolutely love, my friends. I’LL PROBABLY BINGE THEM AT SOME POINT DO NOT WORRY.)





  1. Sounds like a great month for reading!
    There should be a way to insert pictures in a row: click add media, select multiple pictures, and it should take you to a window that allows you to format how your pictures line up. Hope that helps!

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  2. Ohhh I missed your posts, Julianna, so glad to see you around!! ❤ You had a fabulous reading month – I'm so glad you loved the Hazel Wood, I'm so eager to read this book someday, it sounds SO weird and cool somehow?! 😀
    Thank you so much for sharing my post! ❤ ❤
    It seems like you had tons of fun with your sister, that's SO great and that ice cream, it seems SO yummy! Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY?? When was it, I guess I missed it? I hope it was all kinds of fabulous!

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    1. AHHHHH I MISSED WORDPRESS TOO ❤ I really need to catch up on your posts; I am seriously the worst fan ever.
      The Hazel Wood was honestly so much better than I expected! I loved Finch so much aghahg.
      Ummm of course your posts are FAB~ I will always share them!
      Yessss the ice cream was delicious! My birthday was August 30th, I don't think I ever mentioned it in other posts haha!

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      1. Awww you’re too sweett ❤ ❤ ❤
        August 30th, that's a fabulous date to have a birthday (I know some people born on the same date and they're the best….you are the very best as well, OBVIOUSLY) 😀

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  3. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is kick ass! It’s also the first arc that I’ve ever received and so, for that, it will always have a special place in my heart. WordPress image formatting is super hard. If you upload photos at the same time, there is a gallery option that can be helpful! Although I am using .org instead of .com so I don’t know how it differs.

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    1. YEESS GENIE LO IS so good! Honestly it should be more popular??? WHY DON’T MORe PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT. Also, yes! I knew about the gallery option and the individual photo option, but I like to link all of the book covers to their goodreads? And I don’t think I can do that when I use the gallery option haha

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  4. I AM HERE FOR THE ICE CREAM JU.I got an ARC of The Dazzling Heights but haven’t read the first book. OOPS. I am so glad you liked The Hazel Wood. YES FOR NEARLYA aLL 5STARS!!! You have great reading tastes obviously. WARCROOOSSSS SO EXCITED I CAN’T EVENNNN. YAYYY FOR THE SISTER TRIP and thanks for linking to my post.

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      YAS FOR THE ICE CREAM. And SAMEEEE with you getting the arc of The Dazzling Heights! Once I requested both the first and second book in a series and got approved for the second book… WHOOPS.

      YES I HAVE THE BEST READING TASTES. (watch me dnf five books)


      Also of course I would link to your post I LOVE ALL OF THEM ❤


  5. You went to New York? That is awesome! I went there for the first time earlier this year, and I must return because I only saw two Broadway shows while I was there which is clearly not enough.
    My August was completely packed with SCHOOL, a word which here means torture and death. But though I have been busy, fun things have happened too. I have eaten ice cream and watched Charles Dickens’ mini series’ so my life is bearable. School is craziness sometimes, and I have not been able to keep up with other bloggers as much as I would like to either. I UNDERSTAND YOU LITTLE WELL-DRESSED BIRD. (Um, In case you are wondering why I would refer to you as a little well-dressed bird, that is a quote from Megamind. Movie quotes are such a huge part of my life that it is sometimes a detriment to my communication skills.)

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    1. OOH YOU WENT TO SEE A BROADWAY SHOW?? THAT IS AWESOME AHHH. I’ve never seen a Broadway show before, I reallyyyy want to!

      AHHH YOU HAD SCHOOL IN AUGUST I CRY INTERNALLY ON YOUR BEHALF. Well, thank goodness you ate ice cream. That’s a vv important factor in everything.

      OH MAH GOODNESS I ALSO WATCHED AND LOVED MEGAMIND. (except that was several years ago and I forget everything. BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNy. So.)

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      1. Yes! Broadway is my life! Mostly I live by cast recordings though because they cost less money than tickets to actual shows. We have to figure out how to make these things work.
        Huzzah, I am glad to hear that you loved Megamind! It is indeed a fiendishly entertaining movie. I am afraid that I have seen it enough times to quote at least half of it.

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