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Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021

Hello again! Sorry I took a bit of an unannounced hiatus. But, I’m back! This month I read 12 books! I am on track right now to be able to hit my goal of 150 books for the year!

While I am aiming for 150 books this year, I am also aiming to diversify my reading. I am trying to break into genres I don’t typically gravitate toward. I am hoping to read more non-fiction and classics. And, as always, I am taking part in several reading challenges.

Let’s get into it!


Books I Read:

Well Played (Well Met #2) by Jen DeLuca (4.5 Stars) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: none

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (4 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: none

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (3.5 Stars) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: A to Z Challenge (E)

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist (5 Stars) (re-read) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A re-read)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (2 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list); Read Harder Challenge (Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read)

The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang (5 Stars) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: none

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl (4 Stars) ~ e-book

~ Reading Challenges: none

Sleepless Over You by Sydney Smyth (3.5 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: none

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (3.5 Stars) ~print

~ Reading Challenges: none

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker (3.5 Stars) ~ e-book

~ Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge (Read an LGBTQ+ history book)

Beach Read by Emily Henry (5 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: none

The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven #1) by Kate Williams (3.5 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: none

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Format: ……………………………………………..Reading Challenges:

Physical Books: 5                                    PopSugar Challenge: 47/50

E-Books: 2                                                Read Harder Challenge: 23/24

Audiobooks: 5                                         The Unread Shelf Challenge: 8/12

Non-fiction: 3                                          Little Inklings Challenge: 26/26

.                                                                  On the Cover: 10/10

.                                                                  Reading Rainbow: 10/10

.                                                                  A to Z Challenge: 25/26

.                                                                  Goodreads Challenge: 120/150 

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Star Ratings:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Three (Cold Tangerines, The Heart Principle, Beach Read)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: One (Well Played)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Two (The Starless Sea, Tender at the Bone)

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: Five (Everything I Never Told You, Sleepless Over You, Serious Moonlight, Queer: A Graphic History, The Babysitters Coven)

⭐️⭐️⭐️: Zero

⭐️⭐️1/2: Zero

⭐️⭐️: One (Les Miserables)

⭐️1/2: Zero

⭐️: Zero


Things I Posted:

Book Review: Never Saw You Coming


Getting Personal:

So, I’ve been MIA from the blog for a few months now. There are a few reasons for that, but the biggest one being that I just didn’t feel motivated to blog. I have been feeling unmotivated in general lately, and I decided to listen to my body rather than try to force something just for the sake of having content. I finally got a little spark of motivation this week, and I am seizing it!

A few things that I have been up to since my last wrap-up:

*I started guitar lessons. I have been really enjoying it so far. My fingers have finally developed calluses and I feel like I’m having an easier time with the guitar this go around. Hopefully in the not to distant future I will be proficient enough to at least be able to strum some easy chords to accompany myself.

*Eliana and I have gone on a lot of playdates. We are finally making some good friends here, and it has been so nice to have other moms to talk to and hang out with.

*I was battling bronchitis for about 6 weeks. It was the absolute worst. I had the most awful cough for the entire time, and then it morphed into my nose being clogged as well. I am now battling allergies. I am past ready to just feel healthy again. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of my sickness, so hopefully that will be soon.

*I’m about to start up tea parties again! I am very excited, because I did this every month for about a year in Tennessee before we adopted Eliana. It was so much fun, and I made some really great friendships. I am hoping that the same thing will happen here. 🙂


My October TBR Pile:

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

All the Feels by Olivia Dade

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? Are you participating in any reading challenges? What about the books on my TBR for October? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,

Whitney

Author:

Hello!! My name is Whitney, and I love books! I spend a huge amount of time reading (way more time than I should, if we are being perfectly honest!) I am currently working as a library page at a branch of my local public library. I live in Texas with my husband, daughter, and my dogs, who are a total mess and generally are my reading buddies. I also love to sing, hike, play The Sims, watch tons of YouTube videos, and drink creamy tea and coffee.

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