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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



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 



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,



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 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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