September: A Month of Indulgence


According to Environment Canada (our weather channel), Fall will be in full swing next week; meaning, low temps, rain, and blustery wind. Goodie. But I don’t really mind Fall. It used to be my favourite season but since my football team has been sucking lately, I can’t summon enough enthusiasm for the changing season. I wish they’d figure out which personality would show up and none of this really good and really awful see-saw they’ve been doing for the last three seasons. My heart simply can’t take it. Sigh.

Anyway, September has come and gone. There are less than three months before Christmas and I’m freaking out just a little bit. My job is a temporary position that ends in April. I’m not really looking forward to going out there again to pound the pavement but I suppose I have no choice. I know I have a bit of time yet, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately. I don’t know why. I think it’s because as the year draws nearer to a close, the more I’ve been stressing out over it. Then again, I may just be borrowing trouble.

So, September. Gosh, what a month! I’ve been sick for the better part of last week and have not yet fully recovered. I went back to work just because I missed so much time already and even though my company pays for sick leave, I didn’t want to take advantage. My ears are still plugged and I still have bouts of coughing fits so needless to say, my quasi-fitness regiment has stalled as well.

The good news is I read 26 books for the month and well on my way to reaching my Goodreads reading goal way ahead of time. The bad news is I doubt I’m going to be able to write a review for all the books that I’ve read.






Not in the picture is The Swan Riders because I technically didn’t finish the book. So I only read 25 and 1 DNF. I blame this surge in the tally to my appetite for romance in September. When I was bedridden for almost a week, all I wanted to read was Romance books. So you can say most of the books I read this month were pure indulgence.  I unearthed my Kindle and downloaded a whole bunch of books. I enjoyed The Royals by Erin Watt and the collaborative (unrelated) series by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Three books, three different flavours. Loved every minute of it!

This is it for now, ladies and gents. I hope to write a few short reviews for these books sometime this month. I have a massive Fall TBR that I will share with you this week, as well new releases that I’m dying to read! I hope you’ll all have a spooky October filled with books that will scare the pants out of you!

What was your favourite read in September?






  • Jazmen

    Even when you’re sick and worried about things, you still manage to read more than me. Good luck with everything, Joy. Fret not, everything will be alright! I know it. 🙂

  • *Squee!* Look at all those books that I’ve read and featured on the blog!! Have I got you hooked to a few good authors there Joy? And for you to read more than one book from the authors… you must be enjoying them!

  • Gah. You read so many books. <3 You are amazing Joy 🙂 I'm jealous, haha 😀 Menagerie was awesome; and only one I have read of these ;p And aw. I hope your job will let you stay, always. <3 Hugs. I am SO excited that it is Christmas soon, lol 😀 I love Christmas. It so cold here already, so feel like it is almost winter, haha. Snow is arriving soon.. ugh.

  • Sara Walker

    Boooooo to being sick! But total yay for getting so much read! 26 books in a month. That is a dream. I have totally book marked the Penelope Ward series, I am mighty curious about those- I think they’d be great one day reads.

    I hope you’re feeling better!

  • So sorry about you still being sick. I am glad you have sick time. In the states lots of temporary jobs don’t pay sick leave. 26 books! That’s great:) I have actually read a couple I see there-the White Trash Zombie one and Catching Fire. I am going to be listening to books until mid November as I had my first cataract surgery yesterday. Second one on the 17th and can’t get new reading glasses until mid November. Sucks getting old! My mind is fairly young but the body is giving out!
    I hope this week is better one for you health wise!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    TWENTY-SIX BOOKS? You are amazing! Watt’s books are such addictive reads and I read and enjoyed Stuck-Up Suit quite a bit though I haven’t checked out the companion novels. I might have to add those to my TBR now, though! Great post, Joy, and I’m so excited to see what you read in October!

  • I hope you feel better soon and good luck with the job situation! <3 WOW, 26 books?! That's incredible!

  • I hope your job situation works itself out because stressing about that stuff sucks big donkey balls. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

    Holy cow, you read 26 books? You’re putting me to shame! Haha. I’m so glad to see that you’re enjoying The Royals because I can’t get enough of that damn series. I’m so anxious to see what happens in the next book because so much is up in the air still.

    I’m really looking forward to reading The Couple Next Door. That sounds exactly like what I’m in the mood for.

    Happy October, Joy! I hope October treats you well!

  • 26 BOOKS?!! I only got to read 13 books but I procrastinated a lot so there’s that haha I’m so happy you liked The Royals! I can’t wait for Twisted Palace. I hope Easton gets his own book since that’s my baby!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • Karen

    I read 14 books for September but only made it through 1/2 the books I had intended to read. I had too much going on.

    Our fall/October in FL is going from 92 to 88 lol Still hot but I’ll take it!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Good luck for the job hunt and the search Joy! I took a temporary contract as well but I’m hoping for the best. I’m excited to see White Trash Zombie on there, I loved that series! I hope you get well soon as well.

  • Wow 26 books!! That’s amazing. I’ve been sick, too, Joy! I have the cold from hell and can’t stop coughing! I have a 1/2 marathon I’m running next Sunday and had to stop training the whole of last week. I hope I’m okay to go.

    I hope you feel better, Joy! I also hope you gain some peace about your job situation. I hate it when things are up in the air.

  • Fantastic month! I hope you feel better soon. 🙂

    Huh, I didn’t realize that the titles on the Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward books are placed so similarly. My OCD loves it.

  • 26 books! That’s a great month!! I hope you can kick the rest of the illness soon. That’s the worst. October is my favorite month to read – I’m on the hunt for the spookiest book I can get in to.

  • oh my….look at all those books you got read!! I am so sorry to hear that you had such a sick week though, that is always horrible. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Romances are always great to read especially when your not feeling good. I have been very curious about Boss Man and Kristen Proby’s books. I hear ya about football though. I love it, but my team isn’t doing good either, But I still have some other teams I like that are doing good.

  • karina

    Romance reads is what I go to when I feel sucky. Totally got you here, J. Did you like Lilah Pace? hugs and get better soon, sweetheart! x

  • I love October and fall my favorite seasons. I am not the biggest fan of the warm weather, something my family finds strange heh, but I love the changing colors and pumpkin everything. I hope you enjoy your fall despite football sucking 😉 I know the feeling, my team is not doing the best either. Sept looked like it was a GREAT month for you reading wise.

  • Glad you had such a fabulous month of reading – although I’m sorry you’ve been ill. Best of luck with the job situation, I’ve been there, and it’s not a great place to be, anxiety-wise. will be thinking of you, and I hope it all works out well. <3

    As for my best books of September? Not that I read as much as I'd have liked, but definitely Everyone Brave is Forgiven and the latest Seanan McGuire.

  • Sep was really weird and warm, spring flowers started to bloom again, this weather is messed up

    Get better!

  • Wow, September has definitely had a lot going for you lately. Don’t stress about finding a job too soon! You’ve done it once, and I am sure you can do it again! Also, 26 books is so many! My TBR would be shrinking so much if I could read that fast. But I’m at the average of six books a month so far. *le sigh*

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry to hear you are feeling sick still. I really hope I’ll be okay, but fall is definitely the time of sickness. My whole family had the flu a couple weeks back, and I don’t know how I made it unscathed. *knock on wood* that that keeps up since I’m in a new job and I don’t want anything messing with that.

    I can see how you’d worry about finding a job again. I really hate job searching. Try not to stress too much. You have time. Wait until after the holidays and then you have still have a few months to start looking again and whatnot. It will all work out, I’m sure! 🙂