Let's Have Some Real Talk...plus my September Book Haul Vlog!


Let's Have Some Real Talk...

September was hard. Really hard. It's always harder when there's a big event going on, but there was so much more, too. 

You know it's a hard month when you finish reading a mere three books. THE LAST WEEK. (One was a skim re-read and one was a book I'd been working on when I felt well since August! The third was short! ^^;;;;)

I was sick for half of August, which whittled down on my prep time. Then, bad allergies and more illness kept me down for the first half of September. Thankfully, my nephew had his second birthday on the 9th and someone told me to try a different allergy medicine, and then there was a coupon to save $10 in the paper. (And also that I should take it every day, even when I feel fine, which I did not know, this being my first year with allergies!) So I switched and while I still have bad days (The last two days were a little hellish), I've been feeling MUCH better. Although I've still be sleeping a bit more than normal because I've been so weak, ugh. Hopefully October will feel fantastic!

Mandy and Jana also had various ailments, so it was hard for us to get the event to the level it needed to be. We still had a lot of fun, and hope you did as well, but we know it could have been so much better!

So I'm sorry I didn't have the energy to promote more or do more or have more authors here like I wanted, but I just couldn't keep on top of my email or my time!

BUT some giveaways are still going on, so won't you take a peek?

Magic, Myth and Mischief!

Thank you guys so much for taking part in Magic, Myth, and Mischief.

What did you love about the event? What would you have liked to see more of?

Do you want us to repeat this next year??? Because we could talk about fairy tales and mythology forever

I know my only regret is that I wanted to read more, review more, do more. I honestly had to pull out a lot of old reviews and bring them back to life, and that's lame during an event when it should all be fresh and fun. And because of that, I had more of a fairy tale slant when I wanted more of an even mix. But I still had fun!

Check out the Schedule of Events both here at A Backwards Story and over at That Artsy Reader Girl!

Fairy Tales, and mythology; dragons and fae and mermaids, oh my!!!

I'm now on Instagram // Pictures of the Month

It only took me 100 million years, I know, I know.

I can't guarantee that I'll ever be as amazing as the best bookstagramers, but you if you want to follow me, I can be found here @abackwardsstory!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from September:


I decided to do something different this time and made a book haul video, which some of you recommended.

IMO, book haul videos are always so LONG, but since you guys like them, I'm willing to give it a try. 

BUT I KEPT IT UNDER !0 MINUTES!!! Which is awesome since, like, there were SO MANY books! ^^;;;

Should I continue, or nah?

Here's the video:

But if you don't want to watch it, here is a quick shot of my July haul!

Left: My purchases
Middle: For review
Right: Picture books for review from HarperCollins


Now that it's fall, there's so much new material! I was really impressed with a lot of songs from Kesha's new album Rainbow and have listened to them a lot. I just picked up Wonderful, Wonderful from The Killers, and now that it's October, Kelly Clarkson and P!NK both have new ones on the way, too!!!

I've also been watching/listening to some filmed musicals lately, mostly old favorites like Sweeney Tood and Into the Woods and Hairspray.


We watched the first episode of Marvel's Inhumans this past weekend and enjoyed it. I'm excited to check out Gifted and the reboot of Once this week as well!

That was my September.

How was yours???

Here's a look at everything that happened this past month!


*You can WIN a fairy tale/mythology themed book of your choice all month long during Magic, Myth, and Mischief!

Check out the October Blog Tour Schedule for more upcoming giveaways!
(Most blog tour stops feature giveaways as well!)

*PASHMINA by  {10/5 Review}
*THE WICKER KING by {10/25 Feature}


{All links to Goodreads!}



I'm overdue on a lot of things due to being sick for so long. It feels too overwhelming and daunting if I list it all, you know? Maybe I'll do a vlog soon for some of it....
[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]
{All links to Goodreads!}

TOTAL: 3 novels

(It took me all month to read FOTL, even though it was great, and the other two were short--one I'd read before! That's how off I've been!)

*WHEN TINKER MET BELL by Alethea Kontis  {YA}

{All link to our reviews!}

*MIGHTY JACK by Ben Hatke {MG Graphic Novel}
*MIGHTY JACK AND THE GOBLIN KING by Ben Hatke {MG Graphic Novel}
*UNI THE UNICORN by Amy Krouse Rosenthal {Picture Book} [Vlog Review]
*UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal {Picture Book} [Vlog Review]
*ICE by Sarah Beth Durst {YA} [Redux]
*GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust {YA}
*THE MERMAID by Jan Brett {Picture Book} [Vlog Review]
*UPROOTED by Naomi Novik {Adult} [Redux]
*The Once Upon a World Series by Chloe Perkins {Picture Book}[Vlog Review]
*The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani [Redux]
*RELIC by Renee Collins {YA}[Redux]
*The Lotus War Trilogy by Jay Kristoff {Adult}[Redux]
*SNOW AND ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin {MG[Design Vlog]
*WHEN TINKER MET BELL by Alethea Kontis {YA}
*DISNEY PRINCESS: ONCE UPON A TIME A Disney Princess Papercut Storybook by Disney Editors {Art Book // Picture Book}
*THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo {YA}[Design Vlog]

REVIEWED AT BROADWAY WORLD...so you may have missed it!

*Check out everything I reviewed at Broadway World this past month in Sunday's wrap-up!


So many, you guys!!! Check it out in the Schedule of Events! Author interviews, guest posts, giveaways, and so much more!!!