Monthly Wrap Up: September 2014


On the Blog

Yesterday, I celebrated my fourth blogoversary by thanking the best friends in the world. Everyone has made the past four years an absolute delight. I love you all.

I also came up with a quiz to help you to decide which Raven Cycle character you are. Which one are you? I asked whether people look down upon YA because they’re sexist, and then got accused of making things up in the comments section. Wonderful! Aside from that once commenter, everyone had some really excellent thoughts to add. The Raven Cycle (Re)Readathon reached the halfway point for The Raven Boys! I’m so proud. I also told everyone why they should read The Raven Boys. Why haven’t you read it yet?!

Tatum reviewed Lies We Tell Ourselves, which sounds like an AMAZINGLY diverse book about equality. The Innocent Assassins was awful because ew, romance overload. She did, however, read The Hundred and Day 21 for her ship. Jackaby was a pleasant read, whereas Blackbird was fairly meh and very Criminal Minds.

Fahrenheit 451 didn’t live up to my expectations, but it’s a really good book nonetheless. Sacrifice was a bit of a let down for a series finale, which is sad because it’s the Michael book. I talked about The Hunger Games in my most recent Books in Motion post, since I’m preparing for Mockingjay! In a Handful of Dust was AWESOME, and I can’t wait to buy my own beautiful hardback copy. I shared some more of my favourite last lines, and Judith and I resurrected Epic Recs! Foyles was featured on my newest World of Bookshops post, because I love that place. The Fires of Calderon was terrible and I’m so upset because I wanted it to be awesome.

Me in September

September was a busy month at work since all the countries are now back from their summer holidays and it was the end of their financial year. We had so many jobs to get out, and normally there is a slight lull in the middle of each month, but in September there was nothing. No break, no slow day. Nothing. So work was stressful, and I ended up doing quite a bit of overtime. I didn’t mind too much though, because I really do love my job. I also went to Birmingham to stay with Tatum, which resulted in a giant book haul of doom. I’m pretty pleased with myself, I must say! Also in September, I really got into the fitness vibe again and I have started going to the gym regularly, doing Blogilates, and eating more healthily. I took a week’s break because of stress, but now I’m back into the swing of things! On Sunday, I went to Go Ape, which is a treetop climbing adventure and IT IS AWESOME. And also bloody terrifying.

Books Read

1. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
2. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
4. The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
5. More Than This by Patrick Ness
6. Unforgotten by Jessica Brody
7. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
8. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Currently reading: The Way of Kings, Part Two by Brandon Sanderson

Book of the Month

dark places

Looking Forward To

The biggest thing I’m looking forward to in October is Halloween! A group of us from work are planning on going to the local museum where they’re hosting a big event, complete with haunted walks and mazes and face painting and trick-or-treating! It’s going to be epic. We’re also planning on going to see The Maze Runner together on the 13th (it’s not out here until the 10th! *sob*) and I hope they don’t mind me crying all the way through because that’s what’s going to happen. I’m looking forward to all the new book releases, and reading my way through my TBR pile. And I’m booking flights for a weekend in Amsterdam with Judith! I’M SO EXCITED.


6 comments on “Monthly Wrap Up: September 2014

  1. Tanya Patrice 01/10/2014 2:14 pm

    I like how you do your monthly wrap-up – and sounds like you had an awesome month! I loved Dark Places too – and looks like quite a few of us got back into fitness in September. Hope you have another great month!

    • Amber 04/10/2014 3:06 pm

      Thanks Tanya! I’ve been struggling with the formatting and layout of my wrap up posts but I really do like this one 😀 September was an awesome month for exercising!

  2. Diana @ Novel Tea 01/10/2014 7:49 pm

    THE RAVEN CYCLE GIVES ME LIFE. I’m one third of the way through my ARC of Blue Lily, Lily Blue. And thanks for coming up with the quiz! I got Noah. 🙂

    I couldn’t really get all the way into The 100 or Day 21 (though I do love the show). I plan to give it another shot in the future, but not right now. Also, I’m looking forward to reading Jackaby!

    I’m using The Graveyard Book as a case study for my publishing course in grad school. It’s going pretty well and I forget how much I love the book sometimes.

    Happy October!

    • Amber 04/10/2014 3:12 pm

      Staaaahhhhp, I need BLLB in my life right away! OH, congrats on getting Noah! You’re one of the few who did 😀

      I do want to try the show, but I watched the pilot and it was kind of boring. But I’ve been told that there’s an awesome ship so I want to get on that.

  3. Jamie 06/10/2014 2:56 pm

    I just read Gone Girl but Dark Places is definitely going to be my next book from her!! Also, your October sounds FABULOUS. I love all the pumpkin picking and hayrides and scurrrry things to do. And omg you and J are going to have so much fun together!!

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