wrap up

September 2021 wrap up

Hello bookworms!! It’s time for the September 2021 wrap up. FINALLY!!

Remember how we were catching up on things?? And it was all going so well?? And then I somehow broke my blog, and couldn’t post for over a week because I couldn’t even access it?? Yeah. That was a time. So, it looks like I did jinx myself. But hopefully we can’t do that more than once per month!! Also, I am totally backdating these posts… no regrets!!

So, keep your fingers crossed that I will continue to achieve a regular posting schedule for the rest of the year, including catching up on all my posts from the last 2 weeks. And with that in mind, let’s look at what I did in September!!

September 2021 wrap up

what i read

So, after my June to August horrible reading slump and only reading 9 books total, I am PLEASED to announce that in September, I read 9 books (although 3 of them were graphic novels…). Which means that I went from being 11 books behind on my Goodreads goal, to 9 books behind. Oooft. Still a lot of catching up to do!!

SYMBOLS
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
โš”๏ธ fantasy โ›ฑ contemporary ๐Ÿš€ sci-fi
๐Ÿฐ historical fiction โค๏ธ romance ๐Ÿ” crime / mystery
๐Ÿคก thriller ๐ŸŽ€ classic ๐ŸŽ“ dark academia
๐Ÿบ paranormal ๐Ÿ„ urban fantasy ๐Ÿ† smut
๐Ÿชด non-fiction ๐Ÿฅธ humour ๐ŸŽ™ biography / memoir
๐Ÿ–ค BIPOC author ๐Ÿ—ฃ own voices ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer rep
๐Ÿง  mental health rep โ™ฟ๏ธ disability rep ๐Ÿž body positivity
๐ŸŒ‘ dark themes ๐ŸŽฎ nerd references ๐Ÿˆ sports references
๐Ÿงธ middle grade ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ young adult ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ new adult / adult
๐Ÿ“” hardcover ๐Ÿ—’ paperback ๐Ÿ“ฑ ebook
๐Ÿ’ฅ graphic novel ๐ŸŽง audiobook ๐ŸŽ gift
๐Ÿ“š backlist title โฐ ARC / review copy ๐Ÿจ Aussie author / #loveozya
๐Ÿ–‹ signed / personalised copy ๐Ÿช† multiple copy โœ… read

Emoji table for reference

the books

Book
Author
Series
Year of publication / Symbols
Rating
Cover
Teacher’s Girl ?? ย  2021

โค๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ N/A
High Fantasties Kurtis J. Wiebe Rat Queens #4 2017

โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐Ÿ“š

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ Rat Queens #4 High Fantasies by Kurtis J Wiebe
The Colossal Magic Nothing Kurtis J. Wiebe Rat Queens #5 2018

โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐Ÿ“š

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธ Rat Queens #5 The Colossal Magic Nothing by Kurtis J Wiebe
King of Scars Leigh Bardugo King of Scars #1 2019

โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“” ๐Ÿ“š

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Heart Principle Helen Hoang The Kiss Quotient #3 2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
Rule of Wolves Leigh Bardugo King of Scars #2 2020

โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“” ๐Ÿ“š

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Lakesedge Lyndall Clipstone The World at Lake’s Edge #1 2021

โš”๏ธย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿจ ๐Ÿ–‹

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
The Infernal Path Kurtis J. Wiebe Rat Queens #6 2019

โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐Ÿ“š

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ Rat Queens #6 The Infernal Path by Kurtis J Wiebe
The Road Trip Beth O’Leary ย  2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary

the faves

Honestly, this was SUCH a good reading month. Although, I totally have to admit that I got suckered in and read a stupid online serial. I didn’t even like it (and the writing was so bad), but I wanted to see how it ended… Story of my life lately. (*cough* FBAA *cough*)

BUT, I still had FIVE 5-star reads, which is amazing. They were all amazing in their own way.

  • The Heart Principle broke me. I cried so hard while read it โ€” about as much as I cried while reading The Bride Test, so Helen Hoang is clearly toying with my heartstrings. But such a beautiful, although heart-wrenching, story. And I just love Quan even more.
  • The Road Trip by O’Leary was also brilliant. I cried for Addie and Dylan and their past, but the story also had this rom-com feel about it. It was really well done.
  • I finally got to King of Scars and Rule of Wolves โ€” BOTH were amazing, and I loved the ending so much. It felt very less ‘goodbye’ and more ‘see you later’, so fingers crossed we will see them again!!
  • And then there was Lakesedge. The book that inspired me to actually finish my first review of the year. I loved it SO MUCH. I hope everyone reads this book.

what i did

We were in lockdown for the whole of September… so I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just worked and existed in our apartment, with the kitties.

gaming

Actually, I played a LOT of The Sims 4. Like, almost 100 hours. I’m really enjoying the Cottage Living expansion pack, even though I haven’t finished the challenge connected to the expansion. But having a cow / llama and chickens on your lot is a LOT of fun. (Hahaha โ€” no, I’m not sorry for that.)

We skipped a couple of weeks or moved dates around in some of the D&D campaigns, so I actually only played the new campaign in September. I’m playing a half orc barbarian, Rozira, in this one. She is my first melee character, and I’m having heaps of fun with this too. Her voice is very grating, with a deep Aussie accent โ€” she sounds super bogan โ€” and I’m having a ball playing this, kind of dumb, big, brutish character. Also, I said in May-June that I made digital minis of characters on Hero Forge, so this is Rozira!

Screenshot of a mini figurine from Herofirge.com. The mini is a female green half-orc who is wearing light leather armour and carrying a huge axe.

tv and movies

So, continuing the MCU (+ other Marvel based movies) rewatch I’ve been doing with my friends, in September we watched:

  • Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Loki season 1
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • and god help us allย Spider-Man 3

Now, before anyone gets uppity at me, I am well aware that the truly horrible Spider-Man movies that star Tobey Maguire are not part of the MCU. Thank god. BUT, if you know anything about the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, then you’ll know why I’ve been pushing my friends to watch them (or rewatch them in terror, as the case may be). I am also going to force them to watch the Garfield Amazing Spider-Man films, and the new Tom Hardy Venom ones as well. For REASONS.

Other things I watched:

  • Sex Education season 3
  • Once Upon a Time season 1
  • The White Queen miniseries
  • Star Wars Visions
  • What If…? ep4-8
  • New Amsterdam season 3

Honestly, the far reduced number of things I watched is probably how I managed to read equal the last three months combined… Oops?!!

on my blog

Top 5 Tuesday for September was not themed at all. We kind of had a mish-mash of a month. But it was still fun!! Topics were top 5:

And that was pretty much all I posted in September… Actually, that’s a lie. I started my plan to write at least 1 discussion or recommendation post per month. And I started it with 15 books that I’m currently reading. Pleased to say that I have finished FOUR books from that list!!

on your blogs

So, I am caught up on blog-hopping!! WOOT!! I don’t know for how long, because I am a terrible person who never seems to learn her lesson…

Recommendation lists:

Discussion posts:

Reviews:

How was your September?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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