Favourite reads from the month of September

September came and went without much fanfare. But over all, a successful reading month. I read 23 books! Gosh. That’s mind boggling to me. Unfortunately, most of those remain unreviewed and will probably remain so depending on whether or not I will remember to do them. Here are the books I devoured last month:

  1. Chill Factor by Sandra Brown – 4 stars
  2. Ricochet by Sandra Brown – 4 stars
  3. Chasing River by KA Tucker – 4 stars
  4. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake – 4 stars
  5. Overruled [The Legal Briefs, #1] by Emma Chase – 2 Stars
  6. Killer Instinct by SE Green – 1 star
  7. Stand Off by Andrew Smith – 4 Stars
  8. Surviving Ice by KA Tucker – 4 stars
  9. Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg – 4 stars
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – 5 Stars
  11. The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly – 4 Stars
  12. Sustained [The Legal Briefs, #2] by Emma Chase – 5 Stars
  13. Where There’s Smoke by Sandra Brown – 4 stars
  14. The Witness by Sandra Brown – 4 Stars
  15. Slow Heat in Heaven by Sandra Brown – 4 Stars
  16. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown – 4 Stars
  17. Alex [Cold Fury, #1] by Sawyer Bennett – 1 star
  18. Instant Attraction [Wilder, #1] by Jill Shalvis – 4 stars
  19. Instant Gratification [Wilder, #2] by Jill Shalvis – 4 stars
  20. Instant Temptation [Wilder, #3] by Jill Shalvis – 4 stars
  21. The Hooker and the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid – 4 stars
  22. Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon – 4 stars
  23. Saga, Volume 5 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn – 4 stars

I’ve been thinking about the stale books in my TBR lately, and basically just wracking my brain as to how I may be able to give them the attention they deserve. Unfortunately, there really is no science to it. I just have to hike up my skirt and dive in. So for the coming days, you’ll probably see a lot of old books being reviewed here. I know most of you would rather read a review for the latest releases, but sadly, I probably will be getting less and less of those.


I have a few books sitting unlistened to on my Audible account. So I might spend sometime trying to clean these up as well. I just used my September credit by downloading After You by Jojo Moyes, and I’ve recently started listening to Seveneves again. Honestly, I just need to do a lot of housekeeping in the next little while. And that would include my iBooks and Kindle accounts.


I signed up to participate in Queer Romance Month. I’m on the hunt to discover some new stories from authors that I’ve not read of before, so I thought this is the perfect time for it! The event is on for the entire month with a whole slew of authors and bloggers participating. So far, I’ve signed on to review a few books for the month.


So exciting news! I’ve quit my job. I bit the bullet and just did it. Of course, I didn’t just do it without making arrangements first. Because goodness knows I’m broke. I found a job at another company. I am now a PROJECT ACCOUNTANT for a small construction firm. I sound so…special. Lol. So yeah. I will probably be a bit frazzled what with cleaning up my stuff at work and training at my new job, but I’m excited, nonetheless!



  • Congratulations on starting the new job! Just curious– do you have a degree in accounting, or was it mostly on-the-job training/experience? I sort of feel like I’m at the point where I need to make a switch soon (I’m at the point where I’ve put my resume together, but I haven’t started the actual job seeking part), but I’m all sorts of terrified because aside from three years of experience and maybe three accounting classes, I have no degree in the field…

  • I’ve already said how proud I am for you quitting your job. I think it’s fantastic that you decided to change something that you felt needed to be changed.

    Maybe you should only go into bookstores once a month, to hold off going every week. Maybe even once a fortnight, to begin with, and make going in a really special occasion where you take cash and limit yourself to spending only the amount you bought in. I’m sure there are plenty of ways. You’re already doing a heap better job, Joy- the amount of books you’ve been getting these days, compared to even a month or two ago- it’s incredible. x

    • Thanks, Romi. <3 Monthly trips to the bookstore means I'll just be prolonging the inevitable. lol.

  • Geez, I’m impressed! I don’t review a lot of what I read either, so no worries! Mostly I get lazy. πŸ™‚

    Woo for quitting your job! I hope the new one is much better for you!

    • Oh good. I mean, it’s impossible, really. Unless I have the time to write them soon after I read the book, but that’s not going to happen. Lol.
      Thanks, Rachel!

  • HOLY MOLY 23 books is fantastic! If I hit more than ten I’m doing good these days lol. Turns out I did for September, but it was a first for awhile! I love audiobooks but I am not a member as of yet. I think I’m gonna sign up soon though, because I am becoming ever more addicted to audiobooks. πŸ˜€

    • It might be the last time. I’m about to work two jobs. Turns out, my current employer wants to keep me on part time on top of my full time job. so yeah. I’ll be busy and a half. Lol.

  • Wow and you found a job at another company too! That is so amazing, sometimes a change is as good as a holiday isn’t it? Good luck with it! And you had a really great month, 23 books, wow!

    • Thanks, Jeann. I was pretty surprised myself. I went on an interview in the morning and before I even got to my current job, they’ve sent me a message with a job offer. And yes, I was a voracious reader in September. πŸ™‚

  • Yay for reading so many books in September πŸ˜€ You are awesome. <3 And aw, congrats on quitting your job, lol πŸ™‚ But yay for getting a new one so fast too πŸ˜€ Best of luck sweet girl. <3 Happy reading Joy πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, C. It was time. I think 15 years of my life was enough.

  • Congratulations on your new job! And 23 books in a month-WOW! I am impressed!I don’t think I have ever counted but I am pretty sure you have me beat by a mile! As far as reviewing old books-I enjoy older book reviews-so many are still new to me since I was stuck in romantic suspense land for too many years, until probably the last 4. So I am finding so many books that are old but so good!

    • Thanks, Lorna! I know! It’s an astronomical number, even for me! I tend to read fast when I get stuck on romance novels and Sandra Brown. I suppose it’s the familiarity of it all. πŸ™‚

  • 23 books in a month is impressive! Good luck tackling your TBR, I actually prefer reading reviews of older books, because you never know what awesome things you missed, right? πŸ™‚

    Good luck with your new job, that title does sound very important πŸ˜‰

    • So true! Okay, I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks for the input. πŸ™‚

  • Rachel

    Wow, I need your reading speed!! I’m checking out some Sandra Brown books now thanks to your obsession! Good luck with the new job! R x

    • Aw, don’t despair. I find that if I read books from my comfort zone, I tend to read fast when I do. Hence, the incredible amount of Sandra Brown on my read pile. Lol.

  • Nicole Hewitt

    23 books is fantastic!! I miss the days of lots and lots of reading getting done – don’t know when I’ll get back to that. Sigh. Good luck with the new job!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Thanks, Nicole! I think the next little while will be tough for me, but I’m going to try my hardest not to fall off the face of the earth. Lol.

  • Ksenia

    Wow, 23 books! Very impressive! I
    see you’ve read quite a few Sandra Brown’s titles. Congratulations on the new job, Joy!

    • Thanks, hun! Btw, have you considered Bloglovin? I find it easier to track my blogger friends like you over there. Otherwise, I become such a bad friend for not visiting you. I hope you’ll give it a chance someday. πŸ™‚

  • Wow, looks like you have had a great September. I see you have read a lot of Sandra Brown. I haven’t read her in so long. I am on a NetGalley/Edelweiss timeout right now. I have several ARCs to read for the rest of the year and I also have SO MANY books on my Kindle waiting to be read. Some of them are recent releases, but quite a few of them are older. I just need to dive in, like you said. And congrats on getting a new job. That is awesome news!

    • Thanks, Cyn. I still haven’t been able to break into Edelweiss, but NG will probably be where I’d get my books for now. Sigh. And thank you!

  • YAY for getting a new job right after quitting your old one! That is pretty awesome! And I see Saga on the list! I actually just put the 5th volume on hold at the library πŸ™‚

    • I finished it as soon as I got it. It was fantastic as always!

  • Melliane

    congrats for the new job, I hope it will be a good one! Good luck for everything!

  • Congrats on the new job!

    And you did so well for September! I have the same issue with my old books, I squeeze in an oldie here and there when I’ve met my weekly goal.

    • Thanks, B! I went for an interview on Wednesday, go the text message before I even got to work. Lol.

      I definitely have to put in more effort with my stale tbr.

  • Congrats on an awesome job! That’s so awesome. πŸ˜€ Great reading month, too!

  • Congratulations on reading 23 books! And the awesome new job! Looking forward to all your review X)

    • Thanks! Hopefully, I’ll be able to find the time for them. Lol. Sometimes, all I want to do is move on to the next one.

  • Awesome reading month and CONGRATS on your new job, Joy!! I think it’s great you are tackling you book shelf and look forward to reviews from both older books and new. πŸ™‚

  • Awesome month! πŸ˜€

  • RO

    Kudos on getting in so many books in September AND keeping up with your blog! Wow! in addition to being a beautiful book nerd with mad photography skills, and blogger extraordinaire, we now need to add awesome accounting chick to your ever growing jobs. (lol) Super proud of you and congrats! Ro

    • Man, you make me sound like a pompous, overachiever. Lol! Thanks, Ro. You’re the kindest, sweetest ever. <3

  • Adriana C

    Wow! great reading month!!! I wish I could read that many books.
    IΒ΄m going to check out Night Owls.

  • Congrats on moving on from that old job and I hope you will enjoy the new one all the more! I am someone who reviews quite a few older or lesser known books as well and I just hope my readers don’t mind because well, my reading choice kind of is everywhere. But 23 books is so many! You should be proud of yourself ^^

    • Thanks, Olivia. I am. Also surprised I read so many!

  • Congrats on the new job and that is some awesome reading done

  • kindlemom1

    Congrats on the new job, I hope you love it and the training goes smoothly!
    And wow, 23 books! That is awesome!

    • Thanks, Ali! πŸ™‚ Right? Will wonders ever cease.

  • Wohoo! You rocked it with the books in September. πŸ™‚ I feel you about the backlog of reviews though. I have a ton to write myself.
    I’m so happy that you decided to quit your job and find something better. I hope you’ll be happier there. Hope your October is just as amazing!

    • Thanks, Nick. It’s a new adventure for me, for sure. Starting over again at my age is really terrifying.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW JOB JOY!!!! Project Accountant. You sound very official and badass:) Add 23 books this month? WOW. I think I’m at like 6. Life has been challenging lately o.O

    • Thanks, Jenny! Honestly, I don’t have a frigging clue. Lol. It does sound official. First time having a title. Lol.

  • Damn Joy, you cray. And backlist reviews are still wonderful (and perhaps necessary); just don’t forget to review more Hockey ones so I can add them all to my pile [eventually]. (Also: is it weird that I was perplexed by the name “The Legal Briefs” as if there were an illegal brief/underwear? Unless that was the intent…)

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Congrats on the new job! 23 books this month!?! Wow! I don’t think I have ever read that many in one month…impressive!

    • Thanks, Christina! It’s been a stellar month over all. πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on the new job, that’s so exciting! Best of luck! Also, well done on reading 23 books in a month. That’s amazing!

  • Omgosh Joy, HUGE HUGE congratulation on your new job, it sounds so exciting and I’m so happy for you!! *throws confetti* I hope you enjoy it, but remember to enjoy the journey as well πŸ™‚

    O..m…g…23 books in a month?! That’s insane, I don’t know how you managed it, so impressed!

    • Thanks, Joy! I’m nervous and excited at the same time. But I’m ready to test other waters. πŸ™‚

  • Great effort reading! I must get into the Legal Briefs series!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    • You’ll enjoy it, Naomi! trust me. πŸ™‚

  • Brittney

    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the new job! Btw: you make me want to read Sandra Brown!

    • Hahah! everyone says that to me! I just really love that woman. Lol.