august/september wrap-up, life update, and 6 months of love, and you?

giphy-41hi hello hola! i am back!! i missed you all and it feels great to be back after a month of me gone. a lot has happened and i’m not sure i’m ready to talk about it. september was a really hectic month with everything i spoke about in my hiatus post, my birthday, and hurricane’s a lot to deal with at the moment but i’m happy to be back in my element again. it’s been a little over a month and i just wanted to come back so bad *cries for ever*




giphy-42if you are wondering why i mentioned hurricane maria or if you don’t follow me on twitter, then know i am Puerto Rican. although i have my immediate family here in the states. i want to say 98% of my family is in Puerto Rico. ever since the hurricane hit, this has been one of the toughest times. with not knowing about my family for a few days, to then us finding out that yes they are okay and alive but there’s no food and water. being over here and feeling so helpless. it’s a lot to take in. my family also happens to be on the west side which is always forgotten. the town my family is in isn’t even receiving supplies. this whole situation just sucks..let’s not even talk about the president *eye roll* therefore, i wanted to use this platform and let you know that there is a way to help by maybe donating here:

The Wrap Up’s

i didn’t read much these past two months due to everything that has been going on in my life. i read 3 poetry books and 2 YA novels.

  • Stalking Jacking the Ripper (SJTR #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
    A 4 star read for me! This YA Historical Fiction Mystery is definitely a book that I would highly recommend. I loved the story, the setting, the steampunk elements and the mystery. This book was worth every single turned page. I cannot wait to read Hunting Prince Dracula which I am seeing is getting tons of more love. If you click the title of the book, it will lead you to my review =)
  • Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
    A 5 star and all of the above read!!!! This futuristic YA Sci-Fi novel will set you in a technological advanced world where you get to live in a virtual reality and still live in the real world. This book was definitely a favorite read for 2017. I cannot wait to read the next books!! The title of this book will lead you to my rave review.

each of these poetry books were 5 stars
titles will take you to goodread page

  • [redacted] by trista mateer
    This comes in the form of handwritten notes and poetry fragments, iPhone note poetry, tweets, Craigslist ads, and more. This mix of poetry and prose spans a single month and covers topics such as heartbreak, gender, sexuality, and forgiveness.
    That’s the goodreads synopsis. Are you convinced yet? You should read it.
  • Mad Woman by Kat Savage
    Mad Woman whish is comprised of 40 pieces that capture her stream on conscious, her confessions, and her strange thoughts. In Mad Woman, she bears it all and embraces her madness driven by loneliness and disappointment.
  • The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza
    “Should I be
    That my only idea
    Of love
    A book filled with heartbreak poetry and words of love and loss. I loved reading this. I was nodding my head with a lot of these poems because I understand the author’s words.


today so happens to be the 6 month anniversary of love, and you…which i can’t quite believe and i wrote a thing for all of you ❀ if you want to check more on my poetry book, click here.


and that is all for now. sorry i’m a little all over the place lol. it feels great to be back and i cannot wait to blog hop, check what all of you have been up to. i plan on doing a book haul and book tag soon. maybe post a poem later on this week about my island puerto rico. my heart lays heavy. love you all!

instagram:Β @chicnerdreads
twitter:Β @chicnerdreads

31 thoughts on “august/september wrap-up, life update, and 6 months of love, and you?

  1. Such a GREAT feeling to see you back on my Reader Twin!!! It has been such a rough past couple of months & we have a long road ahead of us helping out our families in PR. Glad that we can still maintain our passion for books & blogging as they are truly our ‘go to’ when the world gets to be too much, if only for an hour. I’m excited for your return just in time for Comic Con which I’m hoping just to have fun hanging out in. Your letter is beautiful twin, happy 6 month anniversary to you & your book! I am immensely proud of everything you’ve accomplished with Love, and You & can’t wait to see what the future holds for you & your writing! I’m certain it’s looking bright! πŸ˜‰ ❀ ❀ ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    • EEEEEEEEK I AM HAPPY TO BE HERE TWIN!!! And thanks so much for everything ❀
      I cannot wait to see you on Friday and have a nice little escape mentally with everything going on with our families in PR. Thank you for all your support and continuously being there for me without a doubt, it means so so much to me twin.


  2. Welcome back Gretchen. πŸ™‚ It’s brilliant to see you on WordPress again and I hope you had a good hiatus and feel refreshed once more. πŸ˜€ ❀
    I am really glad to see you loved Warcross and Stalking Jack the Ripper. I've read Warcross myself and LOVED it, that ending really shocked me but oh do I need the next book in the series now. Stalking Jack the Ripper is still on my to-read list but I can't wait to get around to it. I've seen some good reviews so far so I'm sure it'll be a book I enjoy too.
    Congrats on your six month anniversary of Love, and You. I can't believe it's been six months already!
    Also I hope you have a great October. πŸ™‚ ❀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. happy six month anniversary love. I am forever proud of you but you know that. You have come so far and I hope you are giving yourself such a big hug for turning your struggle into something beautiful and inspiring for others. I always tell you how your words always connect with me and I know they will connect with so many more.

    I also have Warcross on my shelf which I need to pick up and read especially if you say 5 star!! πŸ™‚
    Praying for your family and others in Puerto Rico still, I hope aid manages to get to them. I hate how they are always forgotten but if they are like you, they are survivors and fighters. ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    • hannah, i sit here reading your comment with tears in my eyes. thanks so much my love! your words mean a ton to me. thank you for all your support and for being there. if there is something i love about puerto rican is that we always rise up. i know one day we will see this through even when we feel like this government wants us to disappear. i hope you love warcross as much as i did, omg that book is so amazing and worth every single minute spent!!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I’m soooo glad you’re back!!! ❀ Has it already been six months?? My goodness! Happy 6 month anniversary to love & you!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh man andddd shesss backk!!! I know you’ve been dying to get back to the blog and i must say we have alll missed your words and you! I know theres alot going on and my thoughts are with you and the family. I cant wait till you fall right back into the flow of things ! Congrats . And write on !

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your family in Puerto Rico. I’m glad to hear they are okay. It sucks that the town they live in aren’t getting any supplies. I think everyone should be getting supplies equally right now. The president sucks. 😦 Sending good vibes to Puerto Rico and your family.
    I am dying to get my hands on Warcross. That cover is amazing and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Glad to see that you loved it. πŸ™‚
    Congrats on six months of Love, and You! That’s exciting!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Welcome back! I’m so sorry the past month has been challenging like this. The worst part is that you already knew it would be challenging, even without Hurricane Maria. Thank you for sharing those links! It’s nice to know I have some options for supporting victims of Maria which have been vetted. I hate all the helplessness I’ve felt lately!

    CONGRATS on the 6 months anniversary of love, and you! That open letter is absolutely beautiful. I know sometimes it’s hard to love yourself and stay positive– but know that this community is always here for you. Your words are magical to us. And we hope to support you in the same way. ❀

    Liked by 1 person

  8. You are a beautiful and strong soul my dear ❀ I continue to draw much strength from you and your words. With the hurricanes, I have thought of you often and can only imagine how emotionally draining this must all be. I try to follow on the news, but everytime that orange ass clown appears, I find myself turning off the tv in frustration and heartache.

    On the book side of things, I am thankful to see Stalking Jack the Ripper was a 4 star read for you! I have high hopes for it but recently saw many negative reviews. I think I am passing on Warcross for now. My inner being is telling me it is not an ideal read for me at this time haha.

    Hope you, Baxter and the family are all well and safe!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Aww thanks love!!! Cheeto dust is ridiculous!!! Ugh he really has no soul/heart at all. We are just hoping for the best at this point.

      Ahh sorry to see that you saw many negative reviews, I think Stalking Jack the Ripper is one of those hit or miss books. I feel like it equally has the same likes and dislikes lol.

      Lol I would say pass Warcross if that is how you’re feeling. It’s definitely always best to read something that you know has piqued your interest.

      Love you!! And thank you for everything ❀

      Liked by 1 person

      • Love you! And yes about Cheeto dust (aka the orange turd as my son calls him). Sad statee of affairs and we are trying to survive four years holding our breath. My uber driver yesterday acted like he was going to put me out over that clown. He was all “Trump this.. Trump that.” and asked my opinion.. and I was like “He is a complete moron and an a$$. I didn’t vote for him.”.. awkward lol

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s