bookish obsessions

I want to start a new series of posts called “bookish obsessions.” In these posts, I will talk about random bookish things that I have been into lately. I apply a very broad definition to “bookish” so prepare yourself to read about anything I have been into lately.


A couple years ago, I tried to do nanowrimo. But I was in school full time while working full time. So I got about 600 words down before I quit. I vowed to try again just as soon as I graduated. Well, I graduated this past May and so I am starting to plan for nanowrimo this November. I am not sure exactly what I am going to write yet, but I have two months to figure it out.

dungeons and dragons

So this may not appear to be a bookish obsession (just a nerdy obsession), but hear me out. I recently started playing dnd with some friends from church and I absolutely love it. At our last session, one of my friends showed me a Forgotten Realms book she read recently. Apparently that series is based in/on dnd. As a used book store employee, I am ashamed that I didn’t know this. But now my mind has been blown and my TBR for Septmeber might be as well.

picture books

I recently gave myself permission to start buying picture books again. I had a huge collection of children’s books several years ago, but I bought them all with the expectation that they would be for my future children. When I finally reached the point in my healing process (long story, I was raised in a cult) that I admitted I was ok with never having kids, I got rid of all of my kids books. It was definitely the right thing for me to do at the time, but now I have a nephew and I want to have cool books for him when he comes over. I have also discovered that I love picture books for me as well. I couldn’t sleep a few nights ago, so I got up at midnight, pulled out my picture books, and read them. It was so relaxing.

fantasy shows

Carnival Row on Prime and The Dark Crystal on Netflix. Wow. So good. The story of Carnival Row isn’t necessarily the best- I guessed all of the plot “twists” which never happens- but the aesthetic is amazing. Steampunk Victorian with fae folk. Oh, and Orlando Bloom. Totally worth a watch. I have yet to finish The Dark Crystal, but everyone I know who has watched it has loved it. I am excited to finish.


September TBR

For the past few months, I have been creating and chronicling my monthly TBR lists and monthly Reading Wrap Ups on my Instagram. Now, normally I hate doing formal TBRs because it is imposing expectations on myself that I know I will disappoint. However, doing TBRs in conjunction with Reading Wrap Ups has made it less about disappointing expectations and more about how my expectations change over the month. So here is my September TBR.

  • Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  • Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman
  • Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay
  • The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

At the end of the month, I will report back with what I actually read. Hopefully I will get more than just one book off this list (like I did in August), but if I don’t, I will have still read books that I wanted to read.