September's Reading, Watching, Listening, and Loving
I can’t decide if September went by in a flash or if it lasted a thousand years. The answer is probably both. It was a quick month with A LOT of change in our household but the work weeks seemed to last forever. I think what was especially annoying about this month (yes, maybe even more annoying than returning to full time work) was the hotter than normal temperatures. Excuse me but I am officially done with beach days and am ready to unpack the sweaters and jeans already.
When I think back about this September, what really got me through a pretty tough month was finding little things that were actually awesome. Like going to Target and buying new beauty products to try. Like ordering a new book from Amazon in the middle of a rough week. Like finally ordering a hot chai tea latte on one of the two crisp September days (which also happened to be Violet’s first sick day home from school). Basically, what I’m trying to say is, it was a tough month but there was also a lot of good stuff too in September.
Reading: American Royals by Katherine McGee
This was my mid-week, I’m-not-going-to-make-it purchase from Amazon. It was this book or a pack of silk knotted headbands that may or may not look good on me (I’ll probably go back and buy them this weekend). Though my to-be-read bookshelf is pretty full, it’s full of really cool, highly acclaimed books. I wanted something new, something light, and something fun. Something I can just enjoy without a lot of emotional ties after some long, tiring days at work. So when I saw Grace Atwood mention American Royals and found out that it was the Bad on Paper podcast September book club pick, it was an easy add-to-cart moment.
The premise of this book is that, instead of becoming the first president, George Washington becomes the king of the United States. Fast forward to present day and the Washingtons are still in the White House with Princess Beatrice poised to become the first queen of the United States. There is a whole cast of characters revolving around the monarchy including Beatrice’s younger siblings, twins Samantha and Jefferson. It is a light read but definitely fun. Full disclosure: I’m only about 1/3 of the way through but I’m really loving it so much already.
Watching: 13 Reasons Why, Season Three
I like to be honest when I write my monthly reading, watching, listening, and loving posts. So, yes, I am honestly watching the third season of 13 Reasons Why. But let’s be real honest: I am not loving it. A bunch of people in my Instagram stories feed posted that they were watching it the first day it came out so I was like, I’ll give it a shot. The first season was pretty good, if somewhat problematic. The second season was a bit much and disturbing. This third season is like they threw every possible problem a teen could have in modern day America and called it a season. I’m going to keep going to the bitter end but, yea, I’m regretting it.
What is on my soon-to-watch list is the second season of Mindhunter (we’re rewatching the first season again since it’s been awhile), American Horror Story: 1984, and Succession, again because people are talking about it. I’m a bit desperate for a good, new binge-watch so if you feel so inclined, drop a recommendation down in the comments!
Listening: American Girls podcast
Anyone else obsessed with American Girl dolls and their books in the 90s? I loved every series because I was a huge historical fiction nerd and a huge reader as a kid. I will never forget the Christmas that my grandparents got me Kristen, the Swedish pioneer. I literally had all the books proudly displayed on my bookshelf and actually re-read them. And don’t get me started on the catalog! Best mail day ever!
I was super excited when I discovered the American Girls podcast, hosted by two historians that are in their thirties and lovers of the original, historic American Girls. They go over each book and talk about their accuracy, some problematic themes, and why they’re so compelling. I don’t think I’m doing a good job selling it but it’s a fun listen if you were a huge American Girl nerd like me.
Loving: these chic, cheap Amazon sunglasses
My August post never got published because the transition from August to September was brutal and abrupt and I really regretted not getting to share my “loving” recommendation. Well, I’m just going to share it now because I loved it just as much in September.
These $11 Amazon sunglasses are supposedly a “dupe” (does anyone else hate that word?) for Celine sunglasses. They caught my eye after clicking on a link in Hitha Palepu’s weekly email and I decided on the basic tortoise shell pair. They’re flattering on everyone and they’re cheap enough that you don’t feel bad throwing them in your bag. Don’t tell Nick but I’m probably going to grab another pair or two because you can never have enough sunglasses, am I right?