September: A Month of Indulgence

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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.

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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July Rewind

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Hello, all.

How’s your weekend so far? We have a long weekend here so I have an extra day to get things done before I go back to work. I’ve been on vacation for a week. We didn’t really do anything besides pig out, thrift store shopping, and laze around the house. And while some people would’ve taken advantage of the time off to read and get ahead on blogging, I mostly watched a lot of movies. I just finally got caught up with Bloglovin’ (I’ve neglected that, too) and with this post, I’m hoping to keep the inspiration coming.

A New Thing

This week, I started a feature on the blog where I talk about books on a more personal level.  While rearranging my books in the basement, I was overcome with the memories that certain books brought out. I started thinking about the beginning of my love affair with reading right to this point of my life. It’s very therapeutic in a way.

July and Goodreads

July has been a great month. I got caught up on my challenge; cross-posted all the reviews I’ve written, and have managed to get a little bit ahead on the blog. I’m bummed, though that I wasn’t able to take advantage of my vacation. I could’ve read more, written more. Anyway, here are the books I’ve read this month:

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Only 12 books this month. But I’m good with that. My inbox is pretty scary, to be honest, so that’s why I skipped INBOX/OUTBOX this month. It’s so depressing and I figure why dwell on the stuff that will only get me down? Needless to say, my TBR differential for the month isn’t where I want it to be.

My favourite read for July is a toss up between Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner. They’re great reads in their own right. Dark Matter is a Sci-Fi, while The House at the Edge of Night is a Historical Fiction that spans right through the present. Amazing stuff.

The blog is turning 5 on August 6. I’m still thinking about what to do to celebrate this momentous occasion. I’ll keep you posted, but it has been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway so might do something but not too extravagant.

I wish you all the best of August and I hope you’re keeping cool or warm depending on which side of the globe you’re on. 🙂 Happy reading!

 

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Slow January

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The other day, as I was doing my very best to be unproductive, I stumbled upon an article over at Book Riot asking their readers what was in their Inbox/Outbox for the week. I thought it’s a great alternative to putting someone’s reading month in perspective. So I decided to adapt this way of recapping  my month of January.

As you can see, it had been a slow reading month for me. I only read 10 books in total. As I’ve mentioned in my past posts, January got a tad too busy in my mortal world. I neglected most of the books on my reading pile and had weeks when I could barely write a post for the coming week. I was still relatively active, though.

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  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones (read in November)
  • Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  • City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
  • He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
  • Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson
  • And Again by Jessica Chiarelli
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  • All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold
  • Status Update by Annabeth Albert
  • Priest by Sierra Simone

TBR PILE DIFFERENTIAL: +5

Ideally, I should have more books in my OUTBOX than in my INBOX. So any time that number is higher, it spells doom for my TBR pile. Next month, I’m aiming for a negative differential.

How was your January? Did you get all the books you wanted to get for the month? 

 

 

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September

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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.

ON AUDIO

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.

OCTOBER

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.

MY LIFE

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!

HOW WAS YOUR SEPTEMBER?

 

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