September 2022 Book of the Month Box

September 2022 Book of the Month Box

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My September Book of the Month box arrived today, and I wanted to share my picks with you! If you aren’t familiar with Book of the Month, it’s a subscription service where you get new, popular, and early-release hardcover books for cheaper than a regular hardcover book. They have a huge selection of add-on books we well! Want more information? Read more here.

Cost: Each Book of the Month renewal is $15.99 plus tax, with add-ons being $10.99 each (after your third regular price box ships). Get your first Book of the Month box for $5 when you use my referral link!

My September Picks:

Older women often feel invisible, but sometimes that’s their secret weapon.

They’ve spent their lives as the deadliest assassins in a clandestine international organization, but now that they’re 60 years old, four women friends can’t just retire—it’s kill or be killed in this action-packed thriller by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for 40 years. Now their talents are considered old-school and no one appreciates what they have to offer in an age that relies more on technology than people skills.

When the foursome is sent on an all-expenses-paid vacation to mark their retirement, they are targeted by one of their own. Only the Board, the top-level members of the Museum, can order the termination of field agents, and the women realize they’ve been marked for death.

Now to get out alive they have to turn against their own organization, relying on experience and each other to get the job done, knowing that working together is the secret to their survival. They’re about to teach the Board what it really means to be a woman—and a killer—of a certain age.


When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts’ mysterious and sometimes frightening powers – and as their own powers begin to surface – the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into “normal” society.

But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes – in the form of a menacing backyard ghost – the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift – and their key to a future of love and passion.


An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets…. From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

What did you choose this month?

The Upside Down Readathon

The Upside Down Readathon

It’s almost time for The Upside Down Readathon! I’ve been planning my TBR for weeks, and I am so excited to get started! This readathon will run from September 5th through September 11th, and will consist of reading prompts, photo prompts, and buddy reads. If you haven’t heard about this readathon, but want to prep for it before it gets here you can check out the host’s videos, as well as the graphics down below for more info!


Hosts: Kendal from Bookphoria | Jordyn from Sorrybookedsolid | Kaitlin from Pride&Paperback | Lauren from LaurenLoveReads | Olivia from Liv’s Library | Nahomy from Nahomy’s Library

Readathon TBR Books

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

Other Buddy Read Books:

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos

When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly



Let me know if you’ll be participating in the readathon! Have a great week!

Currently Loving | Lifestyle, Seasonal, and more! – October 2021

Currently Loving | Lifestyle, Seasonal, and more! – October 2021

Spooky season is almost over, and I spent a ton of my free time reading and listening to podcasts, having movie nights, and enjoying the few days of true fall weather we had here on the coast of NC. To end October, I’m going to do a quick wrap-up of all of my current favorites!

Lifestyle & Beauty

Plum Paper Daily A5 Planner: If you know me, you know how obsessed I am with my planners! Right now my lineup consists of a vertical weekly planner and a daily A5 planner from Plum Paper for on the go and work. This is my first time using a daily planner, and it’s safe to say it’ll be in my routine from here on out! Plum Paper planners are also super customizable, and the paper feels incredible.

Airpod Pro: My husband bought me some Airpod Pros a few weeks ago because I’m always using headphones. I’m constantly listening to audiobooks, podcasts, or music while I’m at home or work, and these are so much better than my other Bluetooth headphones! They’re well worth the investment if you use your headphones as much as I do!

My Home Office: We moved into a new apartment halfway through September, and we’re finally 100% settled (besides hanging up some wall decor and organizing). My favorite part about our new place is my home office/library! After having my desk in our bedroom for over two years, it’s nice to have my own space again. Once I finish decorating I’ll be showing you a full office reveal!

Buff City Soap: Last month a Buff City Soap opened in Wilmington, and I’ve already been twice! We finally have a bathtub again, and we were dying to get our hands on some bath bombs. The BCS bath bombs smell amazing and are super moisturizing! We also love the soaps and laundry detergent. I can’t wait to try more!

Dashing Diva Nail Strips: I’ve been obsessed with these nail strips for well over a year now! They stay on my nails for up to two weeks, give me a clean at-home mani, and come in a ton of fun prints and colors! They also do seasonal sets, which are some of my favorite sets that I’ve used!

Seasonal

Safe + Fair Granola: Since going gluten-free back in July, Safe + Fair has been one of my go-to’s for snacks! I have several bags of their granola in my pantry at all times. I put it on yogurt, add it to oatmeal, and just snack on it if I want something sweet. It’s a must-try if you’re dairy or gluten-free!

Fall Wax Melts from Candles, Etc.: This place is local to Wilmington, but they have an online shop and ship anywhere! We always take a trip to buy new wax melts and candles at the beginning of every season. This fall we purchased banana nut bread, coffee downtown, pumpkin spice latte, toasted marshmallow, and twilight mist!

Fall & Halloween Ambiance: I love a good ambiance video for when I’m cleaning, relaxing, working, and decorating for a new season. My current favorites are Ravenclaw Common Room, Cozy Fall Coffee Shop Ambiance, and The Spirit of Fall.

Books

The Girl Who Drank The Moon: This book is an easy middle-grade read with a ton of whimsy, witchy magic, and a cute tiny dragon named Fyrian (who happens to be one of my favorite parts of the book). This book was perfect for this time of year, and one of my favorite reads of 2021 so far!

The Final Girl Support Group: This book is also perfect for this time of year, but unlike the other book this one is for horror and thriller lovers. It was a great option for a Halloween read! I’m only halfway through this one, but I can’t put it down!

Movies, Podcasts, Etc.

Drama Queens Podcast: OTH fans, you need this podcast in your life! I absolutely adore Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, and Hilarie Burton.

I Am All In Podcast: Gilmore Girls lovers (hi, hello, that’s me), this podcast is everything!

Bridgerton: Official Playlist: My go-to playlist for when I’m working and really need to concentrate. The music from the Bridgerton soundtrack is absolutely beautiful.

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