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September Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 25
Fiction: 24
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 6
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 4.5/20.5 (one book is by a male/female pairing writing under one name)
Kindle Books: 10
Books I Owned or Bought: 8
Favourite Book(s): Elsa’s Stand by Cathryn Hein, Road To Ironbark by Kaye Dobbie, The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker & The F Team by Rawah Arja
Least Favourite Books: Dreams They Forgot by Emma Ashmere, The Lying Life Of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 14 (12 individual titles, 2 qualified for 2 different challenges)

Life…… Stage 4 lockdown continued throughout the month of September (until the 28th, where we entered the “next stage” but the new steps don’t affect us for a couple weeks) which means I didn’t leave my house really which means I did a lot of reading! My husband was home for the entire month (well almost, he went back to work on the 29th) recovering from the operation he had and my kids were also on school holidays for the last portion of September as well. The last week of school was a plethora of half days as they had zoom parent teacher interviews on two of the days and had half days for that and the last day of term is always a half day. But we do have some good news here in terms of Melbourne and its battle against corona – my kids will return to face to face schooling the week beginning the 12th October although it’ll probably not be full time and they may not even attend on the same days. Still waiting for more information there. And we have done amazing work getting the case numbers down so hopefully on the 19th October, we can move out of this and get back to some sort of “normal” life, although what that looks like I don’t know. Seems like whenever a place feels like it’s getting back to normal, a resurgence in the virus occurs, so we’re always going to have to live with some sort of concession to it I think, until there’s a vaccine. If there’s a vaccine.

So of the 25 books I read in September, 24 of them were fiction. I did manage to squeeze in one non-fiction title right towards the end of the month, which was Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which I thought was beautifully written and very blunt in terms of describing a black man’s life in America and a lot of the complexities, grief and anger surrounding that. It’s written as a letter to his adolescent son, all the things he wants him to know. I’ve been mulling it over for a few days, it’s one of those books where I find it very hard to review!

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 75/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 7/12 {technically complete, upgraded the challenge to the top level and trying for all 12}

Reading Women Challenge: 16/26

Not as much progress as I would’ve liked in September! I did read 2 books towards my Reading Women Challenge but I didn’t read anything for the Non-Fiction Challenge. I’m still finding it hard to source what I am after there, as the online non-fiction selection through my library isn’t great and my library was closed throughout all of the month of September. I did see they’re gearing up to return to click & collect and also their delivery service, which I was taking advantage of before it had to cease when we entered Stage 4 restrictions, so hopefully I can use that in the future. I read 11 books towards The Australian Women Writers Challenge but that one is never an issue! It’s going to be pretty hard to finish both of these now, with only 3 months left in the year, so I’ll have to see how I go.

I did finish all the books I set for my September TBR, even The Thorn Birds! 

Onto my October TBR:

No 735p behemoths in this pile!

Lots to be excited about though. Definitely looking forward to reading Monica McInerney’s new one and I’ve read the first couple of chapters of The Mother Fault and was loving it so I’m keen to get stuck into that one too. Also have a new Rachael Johns book and that’s always a guaranteed good read. I’m part of a publisher-organised blog tour for Letters From Berlin so look out for my post for that one on October the 14th. I’m also really curious about the Dash & Lily book – it’s been a long time since I read the first one (and there’s actually been one since, which I’ve not read) but it’ll be cute to revisit them before the Netflix series begins. I’m a bit on the fence about the Alice Hoffman – it’s apparently a prequel to Practical Magic which I’ve not read, nor seen the movie but given it’s a prequel….it’s probably not so bad.

Hope you all had a good reading September. The end of the year is coming up quickly, quicker than I’d like, it doesn’t feel like I should soon be preparing for Christmas. I’ve no idea what Christmas is going to look like this year, hopefully by then we can maybe snatch a couple of days away within the same state somewhere, which would be nice. If not, some day trips I guess? And visiting some people we haven’t seen since last year!

 

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September Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 21
Fiction: 20
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 10
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 9
Male/Female Authors: 6/15
Kindle Books: 4
Books I Owned or Bought: 8
Favourite Book(s): Once, Then After by Morris Gleitzman, The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.
Least Favourite Books: Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 8

Well September was a good month! I actually equalled my best tally for the year, hitting 21books (which I only did once previously, in January) and there were plenty of days I didn’t read. I tried to really prioritise some reading in September to get some stuff done and stop my Goodreads challenge from chiding me. It was a good solid reading month – the total is buoyed a little by the fact that I’ve been reading a middle grade series with my son and I can literally read one of those books in about 50m. So on days when I didn’t think I’d have too much time to read, I’d pick up one of those and know I could get it done in a small window. It is a bonus that it’s just a really interesting series.

I read a lot of really good books last month, some solid 4-star reads and a couple of 5-stars. I also got through all of my September reading ARCs although I didn’t get time to squeeze in The Chain by Adrian McKinty so that rolls over to this month. The books poured in for October and as a result, this month’s pile…..it’s a big one.

As well as making my way through this pile, I will hopefully be continuing with The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley (I’m up to book #4), continuing the middle grade series by Morris Gleitzman (up to #5 there) and there’s books I purchased within the month of September that I’m quite looking forward to as well. I bought a boxset of the Shadow & Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I read the first book about 5-6 years ago and then never finished the trilogy so I’m going to hopefully re-read the first book in October. I also picked up Favel Parrett’s new novel There Was Still LoveWe Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal, I Am Change by Suzy Zail and Scrublands by Chris Hammer so October is going to be busy! I have no plans for October, we aren’t going away or doing anything – my kids start Term 4 of school next week and we are on the home stretch to the end of the year. Soon they will be prepping their final portfolio pieces and and finding out their classes next year.

In terms of the two challenges I am doing this year, the Australian Women Writers Challenge and the Reading Women Podcast Challenge…..with 3 months to go in the year, I have completed 63/80 books for the Australian Women Writers Challenge and 20/26 books for the Reading Podcast Challenge. There are 5 potential AWWC books on my October reading list here plus the Favel Parrett I plan to read. The RWPC is getting a little trickier as I am down to some prompts that are challenging and it’s getting a bit harder to slot books I have available into categories, or source them. I need to trawl the recommendations threads again, hopefully I can find a couple!

Hope you all had a wonderful reading September and if you’re on holidays right now, that you’re enjoying them! If you’ve read anything from my October TBR pile, do let me know in the comments.

 

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