September 2018: Recap + On My Shelves

This is getting embarrassing! I swear I'll return to a more regular blogging schedule soon. September was so busy (as you'll see) so I'm not shocked by blog fell by the wayside. But I've missed this outlet so much!

1. Beach Vacation – We went to the beach at the beginning of the month, and it was amazing! It wasn't crowded, the weather was perfect, and my son was in heaven. It was his first time truly experiencing the sand and ocean, and he couldn't get enough! I got in a lot of reading time, and we relaxed before we coming home to chaos...

2. Moving Out – We came home from vacation on a Friday, a day earlier than we'd originally planned, to wrap things up before movers arrived on Saturday and we sold our house that Monday. Needless to say, the timing of it all was insane! But, thankfully, it all went off without a hitch. It was definitely bittersweet, but that brings me to:

3. Buying a New House – About two hours after we sold our house, we closed on our new one. Woohoo! I meant to take a photo to commemorate the moment, but all I've got in this one in what will be (SOON!) my library. Our stuff was delivered to the house the day after closing, and then painters arrived the next day. Time to get to work!

4. Enjoying Our Neighborhood – We stayed with my parents while work was being done inside our house, but we finally moved in near the end of the month. And we've already been enjoying the neighborhood! My son loves the playground here, and I'm starting to feel more at home now that our things are here and (mostly) unpacked.

Read 15 Books | Favorites:
I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Still Life by Louise Penny

“You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.”
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

 “With apologies to Kathleen Kelly, what I’ve come to learn is this:
if my real life reminds me of something I read in a book,
I’m reading well — and I’m probably living well, too.”
I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

 “I wadn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.”
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

 “If remembering tells us who we are, then forgetting keeps us sane.
If we recalled every song we’d ever heard, every touch we’d ever felt,
every pain no matter how small, every sadness no matter how petty,
every joy no matter how selfish, we could surely lose our minds.”
The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

 “Life is choice. All day, everyday. Who we talk to, where we sit,
what we say, how we say it. And our lives become defined by our choices.
It's as simple and as complex as that. And as powerful.
So when I'm observing that's what I'm watching for. The choices people make.”
Still Life by Louise Penny

Y'all, the only thing I posted in September was my August 2018 Recap. I think it's safe to say that moving sucked up all my free time and affected my motivation. I've been more active on Instagram lately, so follow me @soobsessedblog if you're interested! I'll keep blogging – and hopefully more consistently now that we're settling in to our house – but that's another place you can see what I'm reading lately.

Favorite Song: "Happy Nowby Zedd feat. Elley Duhé
I listened to more audiobooks than music in September, but this was the song I had on repeat!
It's such a fun song to blast in the car with the windows door.

Candy Jar (2018) starring Jacob Latimore and Sami Gayle I just randomly turned on this Netflix movie one night, partly because I can never resist a teen movie. I liked the concept, but the movie itself was pretty lackluster. To quote my girl Kelly, "Could be better. Could be worse." It wasn't terrible, just forgettable. 

Bachelor in Paradise, Season 5 – When I visited Kelly in August, Bachelor in Paradise premiered. She lucked out because I'd sworn I wasn't going to watch it... and then two episodes later, I was hooked! I was way too invested in this ridiculous show, but we had the best chats about it. Laughing about it with her made it worth watching!

Beach Buys: The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and Still Life by Louise Penny

Pre-Orders: Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen and I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Release Day Purchase: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Bargain Finds: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Gifted: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Kindle: All the Little Bones by Ellie Marney and A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny


  1. I love the Inspector Gamache series!

  2. That's so exciting about your new soon to be library! When I was visiting my parents last week my mum's copy of I'd Rather Be Reading arrived in the post, but she's putting it aside until Christmas! It looks good so I expect I'll end up borrowing it from her sometime early next year!

  3. I highlighted that same Crawdads quote! It punched me right in the feels.

  4. Your background for the monthly title part of this post is so lovely! And yay for a beach vacation, which is always a good thing ;)


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