September ’19 wrap up, Bookending Autumn, and finally doing my NEWTs!

Good morning bookworms! It’s time for the September wrap-up!

During September I read 8 books, and finished some series, which, is basically unfathomable. I think I’m still in shock that the Nevernight Chronicle is truly over. However, they were all really great books!!

Book

Author

Series

Format

Rating (/5)

Cover

Godsgrave Jay Kristoff The Nevernight Chronicle #2 Paperback

5

Godsgrave
Darkdawn Jay Kristoff The Nevernight Chronicle #3 Paperback

4.5

Darkdawn
Heartstopper Vol 2 Alice Oseman Heartstopper #2 Graphic Novel

5

Heartstopper Vol 2
99 Percent Mine Sally Thorne Paperback

4.5

99 Percent Mine
Permanent Record Mary H. K. Choi Hardcover

4

Permanent Record
Midnight Beauties Megan Shepherd Grim Lovelies #2 Hardcover

4

Midnight Beauties
Wayward Son Rainbow Rowell Simon Snow #2 Paperback

4

Wayward Son
Bloodlust and Bonnets Emily McGovern Graphic Novel

4

Bloodlust and Bonnets

 

This is going to be a mild surprise, but I think my favourite book for this month goes to Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern. I will be writing a full review on it, but the intricacies of the story, the characters, and the graphics are amazing. How Emily can convey a person’s emotion when they don’t have mouths is absolutely incredible.

Well, I’m doing my NEWTs, which was its own post that you can read HERE! I will give you a quick rundown of the books though, but we also have the Of Wonderland book club theme for October: impulse purchases… which… is like 90% of my bookshelves 🙈

Key: 📖 physical book | 📱 ebook | 🎧 audiobook | 💥 comic / graphic novel
📚 ARC | 👯‍♀️ buddy read | ✳️ reread | 🧙‍♀️ NEWTs | 🎩 Of Wonderland

  • Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo 📖 🎩
  • Vicious – V. E. Schwab 📖 👯‍♀️ 🎩
  • Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 📖 🧙‍♀️
  • The Summer Palace and Other Stories – C. S. Pacat 📖 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • Crown of Feathers – Nicki Pau Preto 📖 🧙‍♀️
  • These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 📖 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • Bloom – Kevin Panetta 📖 💥 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • Black Heart – Holly Black 📖 👯‍♀️ 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • Red Glove – Holly Black 📖 👯‍♀️ 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • The Falconer – Elizabeth May 📖 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • Going Off Script – Jen Wilde 📖 🧙‍♀️
  • Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer 📖 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • Magic Bites – Ilona Andrews 📱 🧙‍♀️
  • Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman 📖 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee 📖 🧙‍♀️ 🎩
  • Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo 📖 🧙‍♀️ 🎩

I kind of took a mini unanticipated hiatus towards the end of the month. I was doing a couple of things: playing the Sims being the most obvious… but I was also traveling for work, getting sick, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, getting ready for Bookending Autumn!

That’s right, friends! In case you have totally missed my screaming, I was selected to be a host for Bookending Autumn, and my host days are October 8-11. However, as you may have already seen, I’ll be doing lots of other people’s prompts – as many as I can (the horror book ones will likely be the only ones that I miss), and you can join in the fun too: there are instructions on the post linked above.

I also continued my Overwatch characters recommendations series. I don’t know why, but I am having the most fun ever writing these!! I should probably do more book recommendation posts, but the reasoning behind why I’m recommending certain books is just giving me a lot of enjoyment to write!

I also changed up my book review format, and I think I like it much better. I trialled it with the review for Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd, and it was much more fun to write than a ‘normal’ review. I also made some new banner / headers for it! Please let me know what you think!!

There were some pretty amazing posts out there this month!! These are some of my faves that I saw:

  • Kristina @ Books and Dachshunds wrote about the pressure of missing posting. If you have ever struggled with blogging, or feel like it’s becoming a chore, this is the post for you!!
  • Aly @ Of Wonderland wrote a post about if vampire books are making a come-back (and OMG I hope they do, but really destructive ones, not the sparkly kind)!
  • Meaghan @ Words Gremlin does a Friday Funsies post, which is basically as addictive as crack. Or chocolate (if you need a more PG13 comparison). Anyway, my fave ones at the moment are Tropes I Love and Advice to Beat a Reading Slump which was EXCELLENT. (Now, I know the second one was in August, but due to being several weeks behind book blogging, I didn’t read it until September…)
  • Clo @ Book Dragons’ Novel Newcomers series featured Alex @ Scribbles and Stories, and they created a Myers Briggs type test for READERS!! It’s so good!! (And for anyone wondering, I’m an ECFA.)
  • Olivia @ Purely Olivia made a Harry Potter obsession rankling post!! And it was #goals!! I would rank myself about a 7.8 on it!!
  • Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties crawled inside my head and wrote about why it’s so hard to write book reviews!! The only thing missing is that I am an EXCELLENT procrastinator!!
  • Katie @ Never Not Reading wrote a post about how reading books with characters that don’t look like you matters!!

September was an ok month. I mean, apart from the getting sick and migraines part (that was not so great), but the work trip was fun, and I enjoyed all the books I read!

I also reached out to another publishing house in Australia and made some more contacts – and they sent me the book I requested to review (review coming this week) so I’m hoping that I can build that relationship a bit more.

And finally, after living in a house with many test patches of different shades of grey (we weren’t quite at 50, but we were getting close), the Husband and I went and picked up carpet samples to see if that could help us nail down a colour – and it did! We have FINALLY picked a colour and a carpet to match it!! This is a huge milestone for us!!

What did you do in September?

15 thoughts on “September ’19 wrap up, Bookending Autumn, and finally doing my NEWTs!

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  1. See? This time I totally know what you are talking about with all those emojis. 😂 Your TBR is really high. And I thought I was reckless for picking six books. 😯 Well, “Aurora Rising” is on my list as well. It’s the book OW picked to read together this month.
    Thanks for all the post recommendations btw. They are really interesting. And yay for the carpet! 😂

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    1. Haha, thanks!! I even remembered out chat from last month, so I put links in and said it was a book club!!
      Yeah, I’m kind of looking forward to Aurora Rising!! I bought it on release, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet… also, hyped books freak me out…! 💕

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