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note to self: i’ll be there for you, always

written june 6, 2021. Photo by Kristine Cinate on Unsplash I have always looked for myself in other people. I think the idea was that they would somehow hold the pieces of me that I felt were missing. That maybe, if I wrapped my identity up in theirs enough, we would somehow make a whole person. It's not healthy to live like this, but I did it anyway — burning through relationships and searching for something I couldn't quite name. It was never enough, not to be myself, but it was never enough to latch my identity to other people, either. I got close, several times — I thought I had reached the pinnacle of self discovery. I thought I had completed myself. But in the end, relying on other people to help build yourself is never a viable way to do things. It's only recently that I've started to become comfortable with the idea of being enough, as I am, on my own. Several years ago, in this same position, I would have searched for another person to attach my identity onto,

What I Read: August

Thanks to my friend Ashley @ Ashley Aspires, I've had the idea to recap what I read each month. Much like Ashley, I used to be a voracious reader, but for whatever reason, I went through a years-long phase where I just didn't read. That changed this year when I challenged myself to read 10 books and discovered that there are so many books in the YA genre that I need to read. Now I'm addicted to reading, and I want to sum up all the books I read this month. So, without further ado, here's what I read in August!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A sweet and simple read. I was endeared to Jase's family (especially George), which was my favorite element of the book (but I'm still mad at Sam's mother). I'm looking forward to reading The Boy Most Likely To, the sequel/spin-off, in the coming months.

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Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot had a unique concept that I absolutely loved. 10/10.

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This book was super clever with lovable characters. And it made me pretty much flat out sob. I had my heart broken by this book, but I'm okay with that.

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Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Harvey was my favorite. That is all.

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Hawkeye vol 1: My Life As a Weapon by Matt Fraction

Hawkeye was not my first comic, but it was certainly one of the best comics. I love Clint Barton, goodbye.

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Ms. Marvel vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is flat out amazing. I love her so much. @Marvel, please give us more heroes like Kamala Khan.

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Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen

A solid start, and I look forward to reading more. I adore America Chavez.

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There is a seriously evil mother in this book.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

The main character, Denise, has autism, so the book was an interesting look into her life. She also loved cats, which I can really relate to.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I'm terribly behind on reading, so I finally started Percy Jackson and the Olympians. And that hype that the series has garnered? Totally deserved. I get it. I love it. It was great.

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Percy, probably.

This Is Not a Test Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers
I already gushed a ton over these books, so I'll keep this brief. These books were awesome. The end. Read them.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Like Percy Jackson, I'm horribly behind on Harry Potter. And like Percy Jackson, HP definitely deserves the hype. I loved it. The Harry Potter universe stole my heart.

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

This book focused on rape. It was such a painful book to read, but a necessary one. It's so, so important.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

While the first book is still my favorite (so far), this book was such a good sequel and left me wanting more.

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What was your favorite book you read this August?


  1. Reboot is on my TBR pile! This month, two of my favorites were The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and Transit by Anna Seghers. They were just so gorgeously-written <3

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  2. I love this! The "book in a gif" concept is so clever and hilarious. I look forward to reading future ones in order to get some recommendations.

    Also of the books I have read previously (HP, PJO, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel), I'm absolutely THRILLED that you enjoyed them. It makes my book lover's heart happy. :)

    I'm glad you found a way back into reading--and that you're enjoying it!

  3. Yay! I would like to give you all the awards for starting the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The Heroes of Olympus is so good as well. I JUST ADORE THOSE TWO SERIES SO MUCH.


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