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Hello fellow, Wormies! It’s another month and we have entered the BER months! What does this mean? It means that it’s almost Christmas! One of my favorite (and bittersweet) holidays! Are you as excited as I am for Christmas? I think it’s time to write up another bookish Christmas wishlist and hopefully, Santa’s helpers will grant your wish early! Or at least, they have time to plan and hide the spoils from you!
Let’s Get Personal
So, I was debating about talking about this, and I have been sitting on it for over a year now. But I guess I’ll talk about it here, right now, before I lose my nerve.
One of the not so shocking things happened to me at the end of 2017. I got diagnosed with Hypertension. I guess this should not be a shock to me since I have it in my family, but what shocked me was my blood pressure was over 200 mmHg! For those who don’t know what that means, that means, it was EXTREMELY HIGH. LIKE STROKE LEVEL HIGH. I found out about it when I went to my OB for baby planning (which has been put on hold for the moment). And the funny thing is, I’m a nurse and I did not see the signs at all! In hindsight, I should have checked my blood pressure when I noticed the signs, but I guess I was in denial? Or I just didn’t think about it because I was 34! I mean, I haven’t been eating the healthiest diet, but still!
So, to the ER I went and yeah. It was shockingly over 200. A week later – on January 2018, I went back to the ER again because my left arm was numb and weak. For those who don’t know what that means, that basically is one of the signs of a stroke! Anyway, as with the first visit, they found nothing wrong with me. Blood tests and EKG and X-Ray was clear. And for the rest of the year at least, my blood pressure has been maintained. I was taking medication for it.
But I guess I also dropped the ball because I gained back the weight I lost earlier last year! Gaaah horrible. But I have no one to blame but myself.
Why am I talking about this now? Oh yeah, it’s because I had to go back to the ER a few nights ago due to the same issue! And as always, they found nothing wrong with me. I guess it’s a wake-up call for me to finally change my eating habits!
This shouldn’t have been a surprise though. A couple of weeks before this incident, my OB changed my meds because we were finally going to try getting pregnant. I don’t think the meds helped me because I had to go to the ER. Sigh*
That’s my saga. Thanks for everyone who read my personal ramblings! I promise to write more of this soon! Haha
Now, back to our scheduled bookish program!
I’ve read 79 books this year! I think I am reading slower this year compared to last year. This is fine, but I know I won’t be able to get to all the books that I want to read this year! The horror!
Halfway Girl remains my shortest read and The Kingdom of Copper remains my longest read so far.
I’m actually doing better with my reviews this year! I think that’s amazing! While not all of my reviews make it to my blog, I am counting reviews on Goodreads that are longer and not just short thoughts after I read the book.
I’m also reading a lot of older pubbed books that have been on my TBR forever! FINALLY!
I read two 5-star books this month and I had to share it! Slave to Sensation by Nalini Sigh was an AMAZING read! Tattered by Devney Perry was soo subtle and grabbed me in the feels! It was so damn good and emotional and amazing!
I also want to add that I am totally addicted to Lore Olympus! It’s a webcomic created by Rachel Smyth and it’s about Hades and Persephone! OMG! It’s SPECTACULAR! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It’s basically an age-gap, billionaire, anti-hero, office romance! Eeeeep! Plus, the writing is snarky and brilliant! Oh, and the art is FANTASTIC!
- [2 Aug] The Rogue King by Abigail Owen
- [15 Aug] Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
- [30 Aug] The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
- [1 Aug] Taking it Easy. July 2019 Monthly Wraps
- [5 Aug] Get to Know the Romance Reader
- [9 Aug] Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean [Excerpt + Giveaway]
- [16 Aug] The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare [Giveaway]
- [17 Aug] Read a Romance Blog Series Sign-Up!
- [19 Aug] How I Keep Track of Blogging & Instagram Using a Digital Tracker
- [25 Aug] Currently Reading 2019 Weeks 32-33: I finally remembered to create this post!
- [26 Aug] Six Favorite Romance Tropes
- [27 Aug] Books I’ve Read That I Need In My Personal Library
I am so excited for my next feature! Read a Romance Blog will be LIVE on Wednesday, so stay tuned for that! Don’t forget to sign-up to be featured!
Pierre and I have been binge-watching TV shows this month! Crazy, right? I hardly watch TV now!
I’m seriously addicted to Demon Slayer! It’s ana amazing anime and it totally ticked all my boxes!
What have you been up to? Any plans for this long weekend?