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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

September Wrap-up

For the first time this year, I had to turn my A/C on in May with +30 temps. Now, the chill has come earlier than usual and I had to turn on my heat a few days ago. Our night-time temps are around zero or below so, once the house hit 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit), I turned on the heat. The thermostat is only set to 16 degrees, but it helps keep the chill away. But it wasn't before we had a fine dusting of snow! Yes, we had snow this month. I'm glad that I closed the pool right after the September long weekend because I saw rain in the forecast and wanted it done. Our weekends have been rainy ever since, so I'm happy I got that out of the way. I've still been unable to do much raking or yard clean-up with the rain, but I don't mind, LOL!

With back to school, the kids are bringing home all kinds of lovely new germs. I'm sure the change in the weather doesn't help. We had a very hot and dry (and early!) summer, and our autumn has been chilly and rainy. My kids and I have all been under the weather this past week, so there's been a lot of hot tea, cozy blankets and Netflix :)

I went from 10 books read in August to 14 books read in September. That's way up from 4 books in September 2017, so I'm very happy with that!


3 stars
Deja Dead
by Kathy Reichs
(Temperance Brennan, Book #1)

3 stars
The Burning
by Kathryn Lasky
(Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book #6)
[read-aloud to my daughter]

4 stars
Sweet Tea and Sympathy
by Molly Harper
(Southern Eclectic, Book #1)

4 stars
Ready to Die
by Lisa Jackson
(To Die, Book #5)

4 stars
The Call of the Wild
by Jack London

4 stars
Your Heart Belongs to Me
by Dean Koontz


4 stars
The World More Full of Weeping
by Robert J. Wiersema

4 stars
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

4 stars
The Killing Woods
by Lucy Christopher

4 stars
The Girl Before
by J.P. Delaney

3 stars
Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

4 stars
Find You in the Dark
by Nathan Ripley

2 stars
Wherever I Find Myself: Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women
edited by Miriam Matejova


by Anna Willett

I didn't read any real duds, so that's a good thing! Everything I read was either a 3-star or 4-star read. However, that means that nothing either was really superb. My favourite reads of the bunch were The Girl Before and Your Heart Belongs to Me. Both of them gave me a bit of a fright, and they kept me reading/listening to the point where I always wanted to squeeze in some more reading time! They both were suspenseful. My least favourite read was Wherever I Find Myself which is a bit of a surprise and I guess why it's taken me so long to finally get through it. I'm a first generation Canadian, so I thought I'd love this anthology. I was a bit dismayed at the depressing tone of a lot of the stories. 

I discovered nine new authors (including one Canadian, Martel - I'll also include Reichs as a Canadian since she lives in Canada), I started one new series (Reich's Temperance Brennan), read three debuts (Delaney's The Girl Before, Oliver's Before I Fall, and Ripley's Find You in the Dark) and continued on in two series (Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Jackson's To Die). 

I read 12 backlist books (including one classic) and two 2018 releases. I listened to seven audiobooks plus read seven traditional books, which is very unusual for me. I definitely don't normally read that much in the way of printed books. 

And the most exciting news? I've reached my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books and there are still three months left! I wanted to surpass my 2017 total of 97 books, and I did it! 

January Wrap-up: 7 books
[3 shelf-love, 1 library, 3 review]

February Wrap-up: 13 books
[10 shelf-love, 2 library, 1 review]

March Wrap-up: 12 books
[5 shelf-love, 3 library, 4 review]

April Wrap-up: 14 books
[11 shelf-love, 2 library, 1 review]

May Wrap-up9 books
[5 shelf-love, 0 library, 4 review]

June Wrap-up13 books
[6 shelf-love, 7 library, 0 review]

July Wrap-up: 16 books
[9 shelf-love, 6 library, 1 review]

August Wrap-up: 10 books
[5 shelf-love, 4 library, 1 review]

September Wrap-up: 14 books
[6 shelf-love, 7 library, 1 review]

Year To Date Total: 108 books
[59 shelf-love, 33 library, 16 review]

So, how was your September? What was your favourite book? Least favourite? Please let me know in the comments! I'd love to add your favourites to my TBR :)


  1. Congrats on reading 14 books! I hope the kids feel better soon. I remember getting sick pretty much every year during the first few weeks of school. Happy October!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. It sounds like you've read some amazing books!
    I'm so glad the temperatures are dropping now, I hate the heat.
    Cora |

  3. Congrats on reading more in September! Happy October!


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