Sunday Synopsis, The First

I’ve been doing monthly updates for a while now, but a lot happens in a month and a lot has changed in the past month as well. One of those changes is my decision to stop doing monthly updates and try something weekly instead. A little update on what I’m doing, what I’m making, and what I’m reading.

I don’t always want to do a full review of everything I read, but sometimes I still want to talk about those unreviewed books. Doing a little weekly check-in will let me share brief thoughts on what I’ve been reading, whether I’ve finished it or just started reading it. It will also let me share the smaller things I get up to throughout the week. I tend not to think much of all the odds and ends that make up my days, but I’m trying to appreciate all of my activities more, not just the big ones.

So, to kick this first weekly synopsis off, here’s everything I finished reading in August, even the things I’m not going to write a full review for:

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu, the sequel to The Library of the Dead continues Ropa’s story as she tries to repair her reputation and solve another supernatural mystery. Not as great as the first book, but I’m enjoying this series and I’ll be sticking with it when the third book comes out
A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow follows Zinnia, who has made a name for herself rescuing fairy tale princesses from the fate of their stories. A fun time, but I probably won’t continue this series
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie, the sequel to Half the World. I loved this and might do a full review after I’ve finished the trilogy
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosamino, which I will review tomorrow

And since September started last week, I’ve read This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel and started reading New Spring by Robert Jordan, because I haven’t read enough from The Wheel of Time series this year.

This past month I’ve seen family a number of times, had some friends over, went to an arts and crafts festival, and had my first ever funnel cake. I also got this bourbon barrel maple syrup that is simply delicious, I can’t wait for it to cool down so I can eat it on pancakes every weekend.

Last week, I learned how to skim coat walls and got three rooms ready for painting. It’s crazy how different these rooms look from when we moved in last year. I’ll still have to re-do the floors when I’m done, but I’m so excited to finish up the walls this week.

I think I’ve made a decision about my long-standing manuscript. Long story short, I wrote two books and I’ve been revising the first one for a while, but I think I need to combine them into one full story. It’s a daunting amount of work, but it feels like the decision that’s been holding me back from progressing any further in my revisions.

Alright, this feels like a long update, so that will be all until next week. I hope you had a wonderful August, and I’ll see you tomorrow with a book review.