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Monthly Wrap Up: September


There's something satisfying about looking back at what you've accomplished. It can inform where to go next or a goal to add or change. It can push you to achieve more, or to change the balance in your life. For me, looking back at what I did on the blog inspires me to keep going. And looking back on what I read actually puts some perspective on my reading life. It serves as a checkmark, a period, an end and a new beginning to start a new month instead of having all the days and months just run into each other.


Here's what my Reading September looked like.


By the numbers:

I read 14 books.

5 fantasy

3 mystery

2 memoirs

2 general fiction

2 historical fiction

1 DNF

4 were ARCs

3 audio books

1 was a classic

1 was a middle grade



graph from Storygraph




Books by their ratings:



The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez (ARC)

Finding Me by Viola Davis (audio)

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young (ARC)

When You Trap A Tiger by Tae Keller




All the Devils Are Here #16 by Louise Penny

The Madness of Crowds #17 by Louise Penny

Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre deRoche




The Deepest of Secrets #7 by Kelley Armstrong

The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris (ARC)

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Mother Daughter Traitor Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal (ARC)

All of Us Villains #1 by Amanda Foody




Two Old Women by Velma Wallis




Upgrade by Blake Crouch


DNF - Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line


My Favorite Read of September

Two very different books vie for top rating this month. Spells for Forgetting is amazing, atmospheric and has two fabulous main characters. The Spear Cuts Through Water is like nothing I've ever read and is not one I'd usually choose, but the format is remarkable and creative and I just can't forget it.

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Challenge Progress

I'm only participating in one challenge at this point. The Beat the Backlist challenge to read books that have been collecting dust on my TBR. If you check my Challenges tab at the top of the page you can see my progress so far this year and.......well, it's not great. BUT, the year isn't over yet, so I'll use this wrap up to refocus on that goal. I read only TWO that fulfill that challenge: Love With a Chance of Drowning and The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. For the year that puts me at 23/52.


I plan to join the COYER challenge that I learned about from Anne at Books Of My Heart . It's a seasonal challenge so my first time will be the winter quarter beginning October and going through end of December. Visit here for more info.

Hope you had a great September and now we're officially into fall, which I know many of us love. Fall in Seattle is gorgeous until the rains hit (usually mid-Oct), then we have months and months of gray/rain/misty weather. I'm going to love and soak up this sun as long as I can!


How did your reading life treat you in September? If you'd like to share your monthly wrap ups, link up with others at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the September round up. Nicole puts up a new linky at the end of each month.





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