September didn’t even feel like a real month to me. By the time I even realized it had started, it was already halfway over. I read and watched so much this month, far more than I expected I would have when I started writing this post. It’s been a chaotic time, and even as I write this my head is still spinning with everything that is going on in my life right now.

Books I Read

This was the month of me starting lots of books. While I did manage to finish these below, there are many more that I started and haven’t finished quite yet. I spread myself thin reading a variety of books in a variety of formats, but I enjoyed being able to switch up the genre that I read, especially after reading two memoirs back to back.

  • Pretty Baby, by Chris Belcher (5 stars)
  • The Ethical Slut, by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton (4 stars)
  • The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays, by CJ Hauser (5 stars)
  • The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter- And How to Make the Most of Them, by Meg Jay (2 stars)
  • Ugly Love, by Colleen Hoover (3 stars)
  • Behind the Scenes, by Karelia Stetz-Waters (4.5 stars)
  • Orlando, by Virginia Woolf (3 stars)
  • People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry (4 stars)

TV and Movies I Watched

The WNBA playoffs were this month, meaning that my actual TV show and movie watching was limited. The movies and (most of) the shows that I did watch were big hits though. Most of them are older films that I just now got around to, but they were still very worth it.

Shows

  • Santa Clarita Diet (5 stars)
  • Abbott Elementary Season 1 (4.5 stars)
  • The Bachelorette Season 19 (2 stars)
  • Broad City Season 1-3

Movies

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting (4 stars)
  • Vita and Virginia (4.5 stars)
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post (5 stars)
  • Do Revenge (4.5 stars)

Reviews You Can Use

Sometimes, we publish reviews long after we actually consume the material. Below is a list of all of the reviews I published this month, in case you want to read some reviews right now.

Books

  • Stirring Up Love, by Chandra Blumberg (4 stars)
  • Boys I Know, by Anna Gracia (3.5 stars)
  • Goblin Market, by Diane Zahler (3 stars)
  • Pretty Baby, by Chris Belcher (5 stars)
  • The Crane Wife, by CJ Hauser (5 stars)
  • The Defining Decade, by Meg Jay (2 stars)

Movies and Short Films

TV Shows

Posts We Wrote That You Loved

Here are the most popular posts of the month! As always, posts must have been published within the last 2 months to make the list.

  1. A Complete List of All 57 Out Gay Players in the Premiere League– These types of lists always get attention, and this one is no different. If you’re looking for some great women’s sports to watch now that the WNBA is over, tune in to women’s football in Europe!
  2. The Interconnected Web of the Taylor Jenkins Reid Universe– While I still haven’t gotten around to reading Carrie Soto is Back, I did write an elaborate post about how each of the characters intertwines with the characters I already love
  3. Rating All of the Movies I Watched on Autostraddle’s Top 200 Lesbian Movies List– I rated all 200 movies on the top lesbian movies of all time list, and I haven’t read nearly enough of them! How many have you read?
  4. 10 New Book Releases This September 2022– Looking for a new book to read? Check out this list to see some of the most relevant and exciting new books
  5. The Problem with Miraculous Ladybug– Vania wrote a piece about why Miraculous Ladybug series and fandom is so problematic, despite receiving such widespread acclaim. If you’re considering watching this show, this is definitely a must read
  6. Minions: The Rise of Gru and TikTok’s Cultural Influence– Chinwe wrote an analysis of why TikTok made the Minions series so big, despite the seemingly cringe nature of the trends themselves

My Bookshelf

I got SO many books this month that I’m actually embarrassed to share them all. I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC of Behind the Scenes, the first 2023 ARC I’ve received! The other five books were all purchased in one trip to the bookstore. I started out wanting to read Invisible Women because as a woman in tech it seemed important to know, but before I knew it my arms were full and I was checking out.

  • Hood Feminism, by Mikki Kendall
  • The Four, by Scott Galloway
  • NW, by Zadie Smith
  • Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez
  • Wordslut, by Amanda Montell
  • Behind the Scenes, by Karelia Stetz-Waters (4.5 stars)
  • Undefeated Woman, by Desange Kuenihira

Off the Internet

As I alluded to at the beginning of this piece, this month was extraordinarily busy for me. I started off the month in Italy, at the end of one of the most amazing vacations I’ve ever been on in my life. Later in the month I went to New York City on a work trip, and then Philadelphia to visit my friend who had just moved there. Everything I did this month was extremely fun and I enjoyed every last second of summer weather.

It’s getting cold now and I keep forgetting to put on a jacket before I go outside, but I’m staying positive that this fall will be a good one!


How was your September?