Saturday, October 8

September Wrap-Up!

Wow, we are now in the final quarter of the year - where did the time go? And how will I finish all the books I want to finish in just under 3 months? At least this past month was an excellent month for me - if the next three months are as successful as this one, I may just reach my goal. This month I participated in a read-a-long, went to a book launch, joined the dark side, had a lot of great books follow me home and read - a lot!

The Books

This month I read 14 books! 14! I was so close to 15 - but I fell asleep. This is my best reading month so far this year - and I read some pretty good books this month as well - although I did read some books that I didn't like at all - overall it was a good month for me. I'm happy with my progress - so far I have read 81 books (well 83 but I'm not including the two books I've read in October for this post). My favourite book this month was Snow Falling on Cedars, followed by An Irish Country Doctor.  My least favourite was Belong to Me.

1) No Humans Involved - Kelley Armstrong - 8.75/10
2) Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson - 10/10
3) Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson - 8.5/10
4) The Awakening - Kate Chopin - 8.25/10
5) My Name is Mary Sutter - Robin Oliveira - 7/10
6) Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut - 8.25/10
7) A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway - 7.25/10
8) The Cat's Table - Michael Ondaatje - 8.25/10
9) A Cup of Friendship - Deborah Rodriguez - 6.5/10
10) The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells - 4.5/10
11) An Irish Country Doctor - Patrick Taylor - 9.25/10
12) An Empty Room - Mu Xin - 8.75/10
13) Belong to Me - Marisa de los Santos - 3/10
14) Brooklyn - Colm Toibin - 5.5/10

The Challenges

This month I completed a challenge, and started a new one. But I am getting close to completing a  bunch of challenges, so more will be completed very soon - although I'm pretty sure I say that every month. I'll have the Ireland Challenge done soon, and A-Z is also looking like I'll have it finished soon as well, and 1001 Books should hopefully be done very soon too. Crosses fingers.

Completed Challenges
Futeristic and Sci-Fi Challenge - 8/8 

Current Challenges 
11 in 11 - 77/121
100+ Challenge - 81/100 
1001 Books Challenge - 11/16
2011 Count Down Challenge - 54/66
A - Z Challenge - 46/52 
Book Blogger Bucket List - 14/26 
Canadian Reading Challenge V - 10/13 
Chunkster Reading Challenge - 4/8 
Fall into Reading Challenge - 3/14
Fantasy Reading Challenge - 7/12
Global Reading Challenge - 13/21
Ireland Reading Challenge - 5/6 
Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge - 4/16 
Take a Chance III Challenge - 5/10 
War Through the Generations - Civil War - 3/5

Countries Visited
This month I managed to visit a few places - Canada, USA, Ireland, Afghanistan, Italy. I also toured the Mediterranean and Red seas.

Bookish Events

This month I participated in a few bookish events including;

  •  A showcase on Banned Books to help celebrate banned books week - I ended up reading 5 books that have been banned/challenged over the years - Click here to see what I read
  • A Read-a-long of the book Brooklyn - hosted by Carried over at Books and Movies
  • A Book launch of the book Tesseracts at a local bookstore - Click here to read more details
  • I joined the dark side and bought an Ereader - =)
So, this month was not only a successful reading month, but filled with lots of bookish events too!
Books That Followed Me Home

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
Bluebeards Egg - Margaret Atwood
Bodily Harm - Margaret Atwood
Sophie's Choice - William Styron
Minding Frankie - Maeve Binchy
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest - Steig Larsson
Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales edited by Julie Czerneda & Susan MacGrefor.
The Fate of the Fallen by Ian Irvine
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Stargate SG-1: 14 Valhalla by Tim Waggoner
Stargate SG-1: 15 The Power Behind the Throne by Steven Savile
An Empty Room by Mu Xin
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

And that's it for September. I hope you all have a great final quarter of the year for reading!


  1. And how will I finish all the books I want to finish in just under 3 months?

    I know!

  2. raidergirl3 - It will be hard, but I'm trying my best. I hope you can get our TBR books read before the end of the year too,

    Linda - Thanks! I hope I can repeat it!

  3. I also gave Snow Falling on Cedars high ratings, when I read it some time ago.