Saturday, October 5

September Wrap-Up!

Summer is officially over, fall is in full swing, and there are about 90 days left in the year. Anyone know how that happened? Anyone at all? Not a bad reading month for me, I didn't read as much as I hoped, although, with premier season starting up and getting a nasty cold, that had me down for good three days, and having all the releases of the awards lists, that have added a lot of books to mount TBR, I'm happy with what I managed to get accomplished. And I did get to go to an awesome book event, where I met one of my favourite authors - Margaret Atwood, so all in all, a good month for me.

The Books
It was an okay reading month for me, although I did have a good handful of books that just weren't grabbing my attention, I did read a few good books, some that surprised me on how much I did enjoy them - like A Fine Balance - which was one of my favourite reads of the month, it came second to The Best Place on Earth, which I'd recommend you should read. My least favourite book was Soldier's Song.

1. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Minstry - 9/10
2. Soldier's Song - Alan Monaghan - 3/10
3. The Perks of Being a Wall Flower - 6.75/10
4. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami - 6.75/10
5. Sweetness in the Belly - Camillia Gibb - 7/10
6. Men of the Otherworld - Kelley Armstrong - 8.75/10
7. The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - Esi Edugyan - 6.5/10
8. The Best Place on Earth - Ayelet Tsabari - 9.25/10
9. The Truth About Delilah Blue - Tish Cohen - 6.25/10
10. Missing - Francis Itani - 6.75/10
11. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth - Jane O'Conner - 8/10

The Challenges
I may not be progressing on some challenges the way I like, but I did manage to finish up three challenges this month, although one of those three I keep going until the challenge officially ends, I technically finished three challenges this month. Which is good, because it allows me, in theory, to focus on some other challenges, especially the ones I've er, neglected.

Completed Challenges
New Author Challenge 2013 - 50/50 - Completed on September 8, 2013
777 Challenge - 7/7 - Completed on September 11, 2013

Completed - but still participating.
7th Annual Canada Book Challenge - 13/13 - September 27, 2013 (Technically, this one is complete, as I have read the 13 books, but I had a personal goal to read 1 book from each province / territory - which I still haven't done yet. I also always continue with this one throughout the year, even once I've officially finished with it.

On-Going Challenges
100 Books in 2013 Challenge - 96/100 -96%
2013 Category Challenge - 81/131 - 62%
Alphabet Challenge 2013 - 39/52 - 75%
E-Book Challenge 2013 - 45/50 - 90%
Finish That Series Challenge 2013 - 1/4 (Series), 2/7 (Books) - 25%
Ireland Reading Challenge 2013 - 6/10 - 60%
Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge - 7/12 - 59%
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013 - 44/75 - 59%
Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge 2013 - 3/5 - 60%
50 Book Pledge -96/100 -96%

Countries Visited
This month I hopped around the globe in my reading adventures and managed to visit; Canada, England, Ethiopia, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, USA

Create your own travel map - TravBuddy

Bookish Events

I attended and interview and Q & A with her at Indigo in Toronto. Which was an amazing event. It was an incredible interview, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. She's a great speaker. My favourite was her response to which of her books is her favourite, and she couldn't answer that, because the other books would be jealous - I might use that one next time someone asks me that question. I also met her, got one book singed (MaddAddam) and got a few words into her about libraries. All in all a good day.


I was suppose to go to Word on the Street, but that was the same day I was sick, and while I was feeling slightly better on that day, I was still too sick to spend a day outside. Rats!

There's also an ongoing even going here on my blog. Giller Fever and Jules' Book Reviews Prize. (click the links for the details) and please join me, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them. So far I've only finished the one book from Jules' Book Reviews Prize, but I'm well on my way into two books from the Giller list, and have a stack of library books waiting to be read.

Books That Followed Me Home
Erm.... they forced me.....?

The Cure for Death by Lightning - Gail Anderson-Dargartz
Life Before Man - Margaret Atwood
A Song of Stone - Iain M. Banks
The Empty Room - Lauren B. Davis
You Went Away - A Novella - Timothy Findley
The Blue Guitar - Ann Ireland
The Curse of the Chosen - Volume Two of The Song of the Tears
The Destiny of the Dead - Volume Three of The Song of The Tears - Ian Irvine
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures - Vincent Lam
Every Little Thing - Chad Pelley

The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
The Luminaries - Eleanore Catton
HellGoing - Lynn Coady
The Truth About Delilah Blue - Tish Cohen
How to Get Along with Women - Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Saltsea - A Novel - David Helwig
Missing - Frances Itani
Bone and Bread - Saleema Nawaz


  1. I'm so glad you liked A Fine Balance. Worth the wait!

    1. It ended up being a good read and nothing like my first experience with the author.