My Monthly Wrap-Up | September 2021

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.

Reading Breakdown.

You can find out more about my thoughts by visiting me over on my blog here:

Roars & Echoes.



27 thoughts on “My Monthly Wrap-Up | September 2021

  1. Good job and letting everything go after the exam. That is cool that you meant your gf’s friends and they were similar to you two 😀 Thankfully, I haven’t had that experience so I can still pretend I’m unique, hahahahaa.

    I know you’ll be talking about this in your “Plans for Next Month” post but I wanted to ask while I was thinking about it. How’s blogging going overall for you? I’m already starting to think about next year, not in specifics but just in general and I’m thinking something has to change for me.

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    1. Thanks, man. We all need to know when a break is necessary and that second half of September was just that for me. Hhahaha I was always skeptical about doppelgangers but here we are with the closest things possible. 😛 As for your case… Ignorance is bliss. 😀

      I’m gradually working my way towards a new way to approach my reading for 2022 too. I’m getting pretty tired of new releases and wanting to stay up to date with them and having almost no time to curate my reading towards better understanding myself (in terms of reading taste) and building my “literary foundation”. I’m sure I’ll talk about this again towards December though. Blogging-wise, I don’t think I’ll give up on this platform, it being my favourite way to get in contact with like-minded folks and allowing me to have a voice where people can choose to listen or not. Hopefully, you don’t plan on giving up on blogging altogether and you’re just thinking about investing less but still being present?

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      1. Ignorance is indeed bliss! I totally agree 🙂

        Glad to hear you are thinking of quitting the rat race and finding the stuff that you want to read. I can say it can take a bit more work to track down things that aren’t forcefed you by NG and their like, but it makes for a much richer reading experience. Instead of being one of the crowd, you get to be your own man.
        When I was referencing “change” I was thinking more in terms of HOW you blog and not stopping. I certainly don’t plan on stopping but the “how” has to change. I was looking and in almost every category I’m having the best year ever. But with 6 posts a week for months on end, I’m just getting tired. Part of that might just be work :-/ It’s affecting every single area of my life and that’s not really cool.

        But yeah, no fear of me quitting either posting or commenting. I’ve still got a lot words inside. Just going to have to figure out some other way of writing or simply accept that I need to write less per week. Because when I feel like writing, I end up with a post every day, like this week :-/

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  2. Lashaan, it’s so good to hear how well your month went, and congratulations on that exam (though I knew you had it covered!). I’m sure your thesis will go just as well. And very cool hanging out with your girlfriend’s Belgian friends. Unfortunately my only visit to Belgium was very short, just driving through it returning home to Germany from a vacation in The Netherlands. But I remember how beautiful the locations we stopped at were, and how good was the food! I miss my time in Europe, such beautiful people, food, architecture (I love old castles and town centers), and scenery. Is your girlfriend still trying out cooking different unusual dishes? And back to Europe, I don’t think I’ve ever watched The French Connection, so I added it to my Netflix queue. Maybe I’ll watch it before the years out. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, my good friend! You’re from Germany? I’ve been to Frankfurt (I was too young to remember the trip as much as I’d like) and to Berlin in 2019. Pretty cool that you still managed to squeeze in Netherlands and Belgium so far into your life! I also miss the food there. I’m hopeful that Belgium will figure amidst my priorities whenever I make another Euro trip in the future though. I hear the fries are impeccable there! 😀 Hahahah I showed her your comment on her unusual dishes as she was making a unique creation at that very moment too (an improvised salad without any leaves whatsoever). 😛 She hasn’t had much time to do anything too crazy lately but I’m sure she’ll get back to it when she gets more time to play around with hahaha I definitely recommend the movie to any fan of mystery/crime/noir/procedurals. The ending is baffling. And there’s a train scene in there that no one could ever forget too. Hope you get to try it out someday soon, Todd!

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      1. Nah, I’m not from Germany. But I’ve lived there twice for a total of about 7 years or so. Great experiences, especially at those younger, more formative years. I think it really helped me see and better accept other cultures and ways of life. I visited Frankfurt once but I’d have to really think back to remember much. Never been to Berlin, though I wish I’d been able to. Back then it was still a split city. If you ever get back there and have the time, Heidelberg is a city I’d love to revisit and would recommend. We vacationed there and it was fantastic. It had the old cobble stoned city streets, the castle on the hill, river cruises to see all the lit up castles along the shore after the sun went down, etc, etc, etc. We lived in Augsburg at one time, which was also a beautiful old city. I recall it celebrating it’s 2000th anniversary while we were there. Blew my mind. A single city celebrating its 2000th anniversary with my own county only a bit over 200 years old. The fries (frites) were certainly fantastic, though being a young American kid who was used to ketchup I did have a hard time getting used to mayo on my fries. 🙂 I absolutely loved the waffles we tried in Belgium, never had any like them since. A leafless salad, eh? Nice! I completely understand the lack of free time getting in the way sometimes, but hey, a leafless salad is still something! I hope you both enjoyed it.

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  3. Congrats on passing the exam, Lashaan! Woohoo! Freedom! (at least for a while, until you get back down to writing your thesis) 😁😁😁
    And yay for Ninefox Gambit – I’ll be looking forward to reading your review! Hope you enjoyed it.
    Also, that’s so funny about your girlfriend’s friends being mirror images of you!

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    1. Thank you so much hahahah Something tells me I’ll want to move out to New Zealand by the end of this PhD too. 😉 And yes, I look forward to sharing those thoughts. You are, after all, the one who even got me to check it out! 😛 And yes, who said psychological doppelgangers didn’t exist?? 😀

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