August 2017 Wrap-Up

– I saw the full solar eclipse. It was so, so amazing. I wrote an entire post about it.

– I received my first ARC! It’s Artemis by Andy Weir, author of The Martian, and comes out in November. I got the ARC through NetGalley, which I signed up for this month. 🙂

– We went to a Cardinals game. I’m not really a sports person, but it’s an annual tradition on my dad’s side of the family. Deacon and I haven’t been able to go for the past couple of years, so we were excited to see everyone this year. And it was actually a pretty good game (I didn’t even have to crack out a book).


– I’m participating in #TheReadingQuest challengeIt’s actually the first reading challenge I’ve ever participated in. I’m doing pretty well—I’ve I’ve finished two books from my quest and two graphic novels for side quests–but I have three more books to read by Sept 10, so it might be a little tight.

– I’ve got hummingbirds!

– I set up separate Twitter and Instagram accounts for the blog. I finally broke down and decided to separate my personal and blogging accounts. I felt like my audience was very split. I’m still actively posting on my personal accounts, but if you’re just interested in the things I post here on Mixed Margins, you can follow me on both Twitter and Instagram @mixedmargins



– I’m not a huge fan of Look What You Made Me Do. But I like the video.

– I hate it when people rub their hands together. Especially if their hands are dry. It’s apparently a strong pet peeve that I didn’t realize I had until this month.



rex report

I started playing a new game with Rex this month. Whenever he goes potty outside, he always gets a treat when he comes in. But lately, he gets too nervous to eat it because he’s afraid we’re going to leave the house afterwards. So I started playing a game where he guesses which hand the treat is in, and it gets him really excited to eat it afterwards.

In other Rex-related news, we had to order more of his chews for his arthritis (we use Glyde), which we had shipped to our house. When Deacon and I came home, we found that someone had stolen the box from our doorstep, realized they didn’t want it after opening it, and threw it in the middle of the street. Half of the contents were completely destroyed, and I felt like an angry momma bear.

But Amazon was super understanding and has replaced what we lost, and the chews that were unaffected seem to be fresher than his last batch. Rex has actually been eating some of them without having to mix them with peanut butter! He’s usually such a picky eater, but his appetite has been doing really well this month.



tv shows
Clone Wars (in The Lost Missions)
(oh my gosh the last half of season 5 is intense)
(we only have a few episodes left, which is good because it leaves Netflix next week)
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Youtube Subscriptions
The Weight of Cinema
Stated Clearly


Annabelle (liked it)
Annabelle: Creation (liked it)



Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (okay)
Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan (really liked it)
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (okay…kinda boring)
Hold Still by Nina LaCour (liked it)
Half Bad by Sally Green (okay)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (really liked it)
Lumberjanes, Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson & others (really liked it)
Lumberjanes, Vol. 3 by Noelle Stevenson & others (liked it)
Lumberjanes, Vol. 4 by Noelle Stevenson & others (really liked it)

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currently reading
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick


How was your August?


  1. Kyra Morris
    September 1, 2017

    Rex is so cute! That’s so sucky that someone stole the box from your doorstep but yay for Amazon sorting it out! 🙂

    I also wasn’t a massive fan of Taylor Swift’s new song but I absolutely love it now! I do miss her older music, though, as I feel as if it had more meaning to it.

    I also thought Half Bad was an okay read but then I ended up giving the sequels 5 stars – I LOVED them! They’re a lot better than the first book.

    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      September 1, 2017

      Oh, I’m so relieved to hear that the sequels to Half Bad are good! I was feeling bad about having had bought all three of them already.

      The song has grown on me a little bit, but I still can’t say I love the lyrics. I usually always hate her songs when they first come out and then they grow on me over time, but I’m not sure I can get on board with the “look what you made me do” mentality.

      Rex IS cute. I know they didn’t know they were stealing from HIM, but I still took it personal. People stole from my sweet angel baby. But hooray for Amazon! They were really great about the whole thing.


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