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Monthly Wrap Up: September 2019 & BOTM Giveaway

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September was a slightly quieter month than August in that the beginning was chill and relaxing and then everything kicked off at the end! Quill and I moved house right at the end of the month, and it was the busiest week I can remember having. It was stressful, I cried a bit, but we’re now in the new place and everything is looking wonderful.

The house move also took place during the week that Contemporary-a-thon was happening, so that was fun! I decided to daily vlog for the readathon, and while I didn’t exactly fail, I still need to upload my final video for the readathon. I fell a bit behind due to having to move all the big furniture on the Friday.

Other than that, September was mostly just spent doing life admin. How was your September? Did you have a lot to do?

Books Read

I “only” read 9 books in September, which is half of the massive 18 that I read in August, but that was also to be expected. To be honest, I’m shocked that I got to 9! I read some really good ones as well.

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1. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron ★★★★
2. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware ★★★.5
3. The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware ★★★★
4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple ★★★
5. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware ★★★★ .5
6. The Wall by John Lanchester ★★★
7. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson ★★★.5
8. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★
9. The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand ★★★★

Book of the Month & Giveaway

I read so many good books in September, so it was a lot more difficult to choose a book of the month. I eventually narrowed it down to two, so you can enter to win one of them in the Rafflecopter giveaway below! I decided last month that I wanted to spread the bookish love with you all, so I’ll be doing a Book of the Month giveaway every single month so you can experience my favourite books too!

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Statistics

I read a total of 9 books in September, which added up to 3082 pages and 543 minutes. Eight of the books I read were physical or ebooks, and one was an audiobook. I wish I had been able to utilise audiobooks more while I was moving, but everything was so hectic that I couldn’t concentrate!

I read 1 fantasy, 3 thrillers, 3 contemporaries, 1 mystery, and 1 dystopia. I definitely felt more love for the contemporary books that I read, but overall every genre impressed me, bar the dystopia (it was boring).

My average rating was 3.8! YES! I read so many great books in September and I’m so happy with where my reading is right now. I’m feeling so motivated because I’ve been loving what I’ve been reading.

I only read from 1 male author this month, which means I read from 8 female authors. Only one of those was a diverse book in terms of race, but one of the books I read also tackled anxiety. Not my most diverse month, but not terrible either.

5 books were new releases, 3 books were YA, and 6 books were adult books. I’m reading a lot more adult books this year than in previous years, which I think is leading me to read a more diverse range of experiences. I also found that I’m slowly getting the hunger back for urban fantasy, which hasn’t hit me since about 2012. I’m excited to pick up some beloved authors (Nalini Singh! Rachel Vincent!) towards the end of this year or the beginning of next. I might do a whole post on this, actually.

Looking ahead

Quill and I promised each other that we’d relax in October, because September was so horribly stressful for both of us. We have GollanczFest to look forward to in the middle of the month, and I’ll be taking part in Spookathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, but otherwise I refuse to make plans. November is going to be busy, so I deserve a month to focus on myself and on my blog!

As for things I’m looking forward to within the blogosphere, well, I’m looking forward to getting back into blog hopping and commenting on Booktube again! I slacked off during the last couple of weeks of September because of the move, but I’m feeling really motivated again and I’m looking forward to finding more bookish people.

What about you? What are your plans for October?

Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019 & BOTM Giveaway

Life Stuff

August was a very exciting month for me! It was busy, as usual, but some good things happened, the most important of which was Quill and I finding a new place to live! Due to his job being a lot further away from our current flat, we’re having to move a bit closer so his commute isn’t so long. We found a house at the beginning of the month, and have been sorting out all of the paperwork for it. I’m so excited that I’m considering doing a house tour vlog! Maybe lifestyle vlogging will be my new thing.

My company has started paying for fitness classes, so I’m now doing one of those a week as well as a Pilates class. I’m feeling pretty good about all of that right now. If I can get my running back up to scratch, I’ll feel even better!

Another thing my company is paying for is a monthly session on mindfulness. I’ve always wanted to try meditation but if I’m doing it on my own I get distracted, so these sessions have been quite helpful in helping me clear my head and help me to stay focussed for the rest of the day. Having a guide is really useful, it turns out!

Over the bank holiday weekend, Quill and I went to the New Forest. We were ambushed by a lot of horses and donkeys on multiple occasions, and we ended up doing a 16km walk on one of the days. I had a great time down there, and would definitely like to go back in the near future.

On a more negative note, the climate change and Brexit stuff that’s happening is stressing me out. I’m actually losing sleep over it because I feel so powerless to stop it. The Amazon is burning down and no one seems to really care, and the UK government has been suspended because one man wants it to. Continue reading

Seven Years of Blogging

As of today, I have been blogging for seven years. Seven. Years. I know it’s a cliché at this point, but when I first started this blog back in 2010 (in May… except I stopped after one post and didn’t pick it up again until September) I didn’t think I’d make it this far. Fortunately, I quickly discovered that book blogging is a hobby that I really freakin’ love. I love collecting my thoughts on books in one place, I love the book blogging community, I love getting excited about future releases, and I love looking back on old posts and feeling nostalgic.

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Author Spotlight: Emery Lord

One of my “unofficial” goals for 2015 is to get more authors involved with my blog. I really want to take the time to get to know the authors behind some of my favourite books, and to also show other people how awesome they are. With this Author Spotlight feature I will be showing off the authors’ books, giving away some of them (depending on what my money situation is like each month!) and just generally fangirling over some of the masterminds behind my favourite stories.

The spectacular honour of kicking off this new feature of mine goes to Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. I have read both books, and really enjoyed both of them. I don’t think TSOMAY beat ORS in terms of overall feels, but it was still a great contemporary read.

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Monthly Wrap Up and Giveaway: July 2014

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Due to my trip to Germany, the blog went on a semi-hiatus and I didn’t post as regularly as I usually do. This worked out great, in my opinion, because I’m back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and I have a bunch of new ideas for my blog and Booktube channel. Now I just need to find the time to develop them.

The most excited thing that happened on the blog in July was the announcement of mine and Bec’s Raven Cycle (Re)Readathon! You can sign up and stuff in the post. Both of us are very excited to host this, and there are going to be tonnes of exciting things happening over the two months that the event takes place, such as giveaways, a scavenger hunt, challenges, and more.

I reviewed The Vanishing Season which, while I cried, was a bit of a let down. I did enjoy The Savages though, even if it did make me question my morals and remind me a lot of The Addams Family. I shared the characters that I would want with me on a deserted island, and included lots of excellent gifs. The Gannicus gif is reason enough to read the post. Finally, I died over Since You’ve Been Gone, because Morgan Matson is out to get me.

Tatum was thoroughly creeped out by Lolita, which makes me even more curious to read the book. She reviewed Earthman Jack vs. the Ghost Planet, as well as Crime and Punishment, both of which were kind of average. Tatum did really like The Sweet Far Thing, though, so maybe I can convince her to finally read Beauty Queens? I gave that book to her years ago because I hated it but I think she gave it away *cries*

me in July

At the beginning of the month, I started training for my new job. It was very stressful at first, because I had a lot of things that I had to remember, but I think I have the hang of it. I’ll be doing this new job for half of the week, and on those days I’ll get to finish work at 5PM (5.30 on Wednesdays) instead of the usual 6.30! It’s heavenly, even though I do have to arrive earlier in the mornings. Leaving while the sun is still shining makes me happy. Overall, I’m very happy with the new job! So far, at least. Continue reading