Monday, October 1

September Wrap-Up

And another month has just flew right by. 3 months left of the year, which means there are only 92 more reading days left in the year. Yikes!  This month was another good reading month for me, and I managed to sneak a quick visit to Word on the Street. It was the first time I went there, but not the last. And I even managed a lot of self control and didn't allow many books to follow me home. This month I also focused heavily on the Giller Longlist books. I'm about half way through the longlist and have enjoyed the books for the most part. I'll do an update on that later when the shortlist is finally revealed.

The Books

I read some very good books this month save for one, but that one isn't finished yet. It may not ever be finished truthfully. I'm still trying to decided on that one. It's one of the books on the Giller Longlist. So I'm torn about it. Otherwise I enjoyed all the books I read this month. My favourite was by far Whirl Away. My least favourite was  three way tie between Hetty Dorval, Star Sullivan and the Long Song.

1.       Hetty Dorval - EthelWilson (Ebook)- 7/10
3.       Spell Bound - KelleyArmstrong - 7.5/10
4.       Star Sullivan - MaeveBinchy 7/10
5.       The Long Song - AndreaLevy - 7/10
6.       The Hundred ThousandKingdoms - N.K. Jemisin (EBook) - 7.5/10
7.       Whirl Away  -  RussellWangersky (Ebook) 9.5/10
8.       Dr. Brinkley's Tower -Robert Hough -7.75/10
9.       Y - Marjorie Celona (Ebook) - 9/10

The Challenges

I finished two challenges this month, but started a new challenge. Fall into Reading Challenge 2012 began on September 22. And I had to join it. I'm still very happy about my progress of the challenges. I should finish almost all of the this year. The one I'm doing the worse in is Mount TBR Challenge. But otherwise, I'm doing well.

Completed Challenges
Canadian Book Challenge VI - 13/13 - Completed September 1, 2012
Global Reading Challenge 2012 - 14/14 - Completed on September 13, 2012

Ongoing Challenges
12 in 12 - 95/144 - 66% Complete
Finish That Series Challenge 2012 - 0/3 - 0% Complete (4 books read from series one)
Ireland Reading Challenge 2012 - 6/8 - 75% Complete
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 - 31/50 - 62% Complete
Speculative Reading Challenge 2012 - 15/24 - 75% Complete

Countries Visited

This month I managed to visit during my reading adventures. Canada, USA, Mexico, Jamaica, France and Ireland.

Books That Followed Me Home
So it seems a lot of books came home with me this month. I blame Word on the Street and the Giller Prize my self.

The Door: Poems - Margaret Atwood 
Murder in the Dark - Margaret Atwood
Quentins - Maeve Binchy
Scarlet Feather - Maeve Binchy
The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny (EBook)
Y - Marjorie Celona (EBook)
Fifth Business - Robertson Davies
The Brightest Star in the Sky - Marian Keyes (EBook)
Under the Duvet - Marian Keyes (EBook)
Vintage Munro - Alice Munro
Everybody Has Everything - Katrina Onstad
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell (EBook)
Heidi - Johanna Spyri (EBook)
The Whilrpool - Jane Urquhart (EBook)
Whirl Away - Russel Wangersky (EBook)
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells (EBook)
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  1. I hope you have a lovely October!

    1. Thanks, I hope you have a fantastic one as well

  2. Finished the Canadian and the Global challenges? Congrats!

    Though I couldn't help but notice a white gap covering the Northwest Territories. May I suggest the new Coming Home compilation? ;)

    1. Thanks for the tip on the book, it looks great, and is an anthology, which I can't seem to get enough of this year. I'll have to hunt a copy down. Thanks again John.

  3. I've got to check out the Fall Into Reading Challenge. The Mount TBR Challenge is my weakest right now, too, I'd say, especially as I've launched into library loans in a big way because the prizelists get me curious but I'm not always certain that buying is the right answer (depends on the book, right?!) and then that leads to borrowing more (because I can't go to the library for my holds and NOT browse": there are rules against that, right?) and reading fewer from my own shelves. Well, I suspect you know all about how they follow me home...

    1. The Fall Reading Challenge is an easy challenge to complete, but it's also one that is easy to fail - the same reason why the Mount TBR challenge is. I don't browse that much at the library for that very reason! So I browse at home online, and have them wait on the holds shelves for me. So I can run in and run out! My TBR list is big enough.