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September Reading Wrap Up

on October 3, 2022

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 15
Non-Fiction: 2
Library Books: 10
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 
4/13
Kindle Books: 17
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): The highest I rated a book this month was 4 stars – those books were A Doctor In Africa by Dr Andrew Browning, Against A Wall by Cate C. Wells, The Torrent by Dinuka McKenzie, Strange Love by Ann Aguirre, The Couple At No. 9 by Claire Douglas & The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin.
Least Favourite Books: Priest by Sierra Simone, which was a DNF, Moon Blooded Breeding Clinic by C.M. Nascosta and Poly by Paul Dalgarno. All of those got 1-star.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 2.

I actually read way more books in September than I thought I would, considering most of the 17 I did read were read whilst I was on holiday. I’ve only finished three (and had one DNF) in the 2 weeks I’ve been back and most of that is because I got so behind with uni classes and assignments whilst away that I’ve been spending all my spare time catching up on those and also because my parents arrived not even two days after we got back from holiday and stayed for a week for my youngest’s birthday and so I didn’t get any reading done while they were here.

I did a lot of other things in September other than reading – the holiday was great, we stayed in a really lovely place with a wonderful view, which I’ll pop in here during one of the (many) sunrises I saw because it gets light much earlier up there:

We went to three theme parks: Sea World (great, really liked it), Movie World (awful, wouldn’t go there with someone else’s money) and Wet N Wild (fabulous, best of the three especially for the kids). Movie World was a waste of time, by the time we got there we attended one show (which was great) but then when we went to go check out rides, the queues were already as much as 110 minutes and 222 minutes! Half the rides were closed, there was no way I was spending close to 4hrs in a damn queue for one ride. When we went to Wet N Wild, it was a Saturday, it was 25*C (about 80*F) and the most the kids had to wait for a ride was about 20 minutes. By about 3:30-4pm it had started to thin out and the kids were just getting off a ride and going straight back down it again, there were no lines. We stayed until they kicked everyone out at 5 and I think the kids would’ve stayed there twice as long! If (when) we go again, we’ll just go to Wet N Wild more than once and skip Movie World all together. Reading the comments on the MW Facebook page, it seems our experience is the norm, not the exception which is disappointing.

My youngest and I also got tickets to the AFL Grand Final at the MCG in Melbourne (for the Americans, it’s this sport’s equivalent of the Super Bowl). The less said about the actual result the better, because our team got slaughtered but we still actually had a huge amount of fun despite that. It was great to experience a Grand Final in person – it’s notoriously hard to get tickets, only about 35,000 of the 100,000 seats are allocated to the paid members of the two competing teams and those two teams have a combined membership base of about 127,000. We were category 2 so not guaranteed of getting a seat – we went into a ballot and I think it was random after the guaranteed member seats were allocated. I never thought I’d get the opportunity to see one live – so that’s ticked off the bucket list, even if my team didn’t actually put in much of a performance during the game, unfortunately. The pre-match entertainment, which was Robbie Williams, was excellent and I’m actually not a huge Robbie Williams fan. I love Let Me Entertain You, which he opened with but he was just great all round. Everyone always talks about how good he is live in concert and I see it for sure.

Challenge check in!

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 6/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 38/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 6/12

My 22 in 2022: 8/22

I only read three books that count towards my challenges in September – one for my Historical Fiction Challenge, which I have really exceeded my expectations on and also one for the Read Non Fiction Challenge, which completes the commitment I chose. I also counted one towards the Aussie Author Challenge (but I only remembered to do that now, to be honest I’ve probably completed this 2-3x over, I just keep forgetting to allocate books read to it).

Now for the October TBR pile – if some of it looks a little familiar, it’s basically because half of it is my September TBR pile that I didn’t get to! So hoping to knock them over this month – this week is half semester break from university so I am aiming to spend it reading! I do have one essay that I have to submit today and then…reading, for the rest of the week!

I hope you all had a great month of reading in September! Let me know if you’ve read anything from my pile here.

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One response to “September Reading Wrap Up

  1. […] I read was very enjoyable apart from probably just one. I also read everything I had on my October TBR pile with the exception of one – Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. That one is a big solid […]

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