September 2021 Wrap-Up

How is it already the end of September? The year is 3/4 of the way over now and I’m still trying to process most of 2020.

September was an interesting month for me. I read more books in September than I did in August, that’s for sure:

  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow
  • The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore
  • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak
  • A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

I don’t think I reviewed The Paper Daughters of Chinatown or Men Explain Things to Me on the blog, because I have a hard time reviewing non-fiction and essay collections. But I will say that Men Explain Things to Me probably holds the record for the most number of highlights I’ve done in a Kindle book! All of these books I borrowed from the library.

Unfortunately, I also DNF’d a book this month:

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

I wanted to love this book so much, because I loved the Shades of Magic series by the same author (but wasn’t too impressed with The Near Witch; however I gave that one a pass since I think it was her first book). I know the entire premise of the book is that the main character is forgettable (i.e., is cursed to be forgotten) and everything changes when someone actually remembers her, but I just couldn’t get invested into the story. That’s not to say that you won’t like it; it’s just not for me.

I did curb (most) of my unnecessary spending, with one caveat: I bought several of the Disney Star Wars spirit jerseys, because they are nice and cozy and snuggly and I absolutely love Star Wars. (Okay, so I bought one from Box Lunch that was Robin Hood themed, too.) They’re a little pricey, but they’re really well made and I’m going to be wearing them a lot this winter. I don’t have many long sleeves/sweatshirt options to just lounge around in, so this really boosted my wardrobe.

One area I did over-spend in was medical. I spent several hours at the local hospital on Tuesday 9/21 and had blood work done and then an emergency CT scan because the doctor thought I had appendicitis (which is apparently pretty common in people my age??), but it turns out I’ve got multiple cysts on my kidneys (read: 15 of them over both of the kidneys, which seems like a lot?) and I’ve got something called polycystic kidney disease, which is a chronic illness with no actual “cure.” I even had an appointment with a kidney specialist yesterday, 9/29, and I’ve got many more blood tests and other tests in my future to see what the extent of the disease currently is and how it might progress in the future. Like, I’m glad it’s not appendicitis, but really, body? I thought you weren’t supposed to fall apart until I was over 30. At the very lease, they caught it early (who knows how long it might have gone undiagnosed if I hadn’t had to have a CT scan last week!), so hopefully we can control it.

I also finally took the step and took an ADHD assessment. I was told by my doctor to do it back in March, but I’ve just been putting it off and putting it off because I didn’t want to spend the money. I finally called my insurance company and they said the exam wasn’t going to be covered unless I hit my deductible for the year, so I went ahead and did it. ($150 for the test vs. spending another $2,000 to hit the deductible was a no-brainer.) I’ve been thinking I’ve had it for a while, and I’ve read up on how it presents differently in girls vs boys, and then I joined TikTok and my entire FYP has been nothing but how to deal with ADHD (in and among the cat videos, cosplay videos, and what-have-you). So I’m pretty sure I’ve got it, but I have to get the actual medical diagnosis in hand and then I can go back and talk to my doctor and see about getting on medication for it. My husband has also really been pushing for me to do it for a while, so hopefully I can figure out what “normal” is and experience it. (Also, the whole ADHD-thing may explain why I’m able to hyper-focus on blogging for a few days and get a ton of posts scheduled out, but then once those posts run out I’m no longer on the same motivation wave-length and the blog falls by the wayside and it’s kind of abandoned until I hit the hyper-focus part again.)

I haven’t been the greatest at keeping up with the blog lately (aside from the book reviews/first impression Fridays, and that’s only because I’m still reading, even if only a bit at a time!), and I’m not going to make any promises, but I’m hoping that I can start getting TTT and Tag Thursdays started back up, at the very lease. Maybe I’ll even get around to making my own tag, like I’ve been wanting to for several years now!

I know this post has been more about my life than books, but sometimes that’s how it goes. I’m hoping I’ll be able to start reading more next month (I’ve got a whole stack of physical books that I need to get through, for sure!) and I’ll have more to talk about in next month’s update!

How was your September? Did you read any good books? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

3 thoughts on “September 2021 Wrap-Up

  1. Oh wow- i’m glad you found out quickly about your kidneys! Mother had been having kidney deficiency most of my life, along with dialysis & kidney transplant – and I know most of theses are usually found much later when it’s too late. Hoping the best for you and that you can fix them quickly xx (I also can’t believe the cost of things.. DAMN!)

    I send you love, and wish you luck in your ADHD process xx
    I’ve been seeing thoses kinds of tiktok too- and while i’m dead set certain mother has it aswell (her brother got diagnosed with it last year, and he pointed out how she must have it too.. as they’re so similar); ADHD is so incradibly hereditary.. so if mother has it, I must have it entertwined with my anxiety too 😬 Though neither her nor I got diagnosed for it..

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    1. The fun part is that this is a genetic disease, which means that one of my parents is supposed to have it, but neither of their families have a history of kidney issues, so they’re doing genetic testing on me, too, to see if it’s inherited or if it’s a genetic mutation that just happened in me.

      From the stuff that I’ve read about ADHD, it’s highly likely my dad has it, too (my grandma *definitely* has it), and my sister most likely has it as well, but nobody’s ever gotten tested or diagnosed, so maybe if I get it done I can convince my sister to do it. And anxiety is usually tied into it with female diagnosis, so that’s an explanation for *that* part of me, too!

      Thank you!

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      1. Hah.. that’s wierd indeed 🤔 maybe someone « has it » genetically but not sign of it or something? Or generation skipping?

        Yeah- its a buy one, get three bonus kind of thing isn’t it? 😂 anxiety attracts depression too .. and as people know it more from the boy’s symptoms, lots of us pass in the cracks 🥲

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