Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2015

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Monthly wrap up

What did I even do in September? Honestly, the month has rolled by and I can’t remember if I did anything exciting the entire month!

September has been the start of the football season, and fantasy football has become a big part of my life again, but mostly my husband’s. :D I’m in two leagues and every Sunday we are dedicated to watching games all day via NFL Redzone. I have been getting a lot of reading and blogging done on Sundays now because we are always home.

I also received my first Owl Crate this month and it was FANTASTIC! Ashley said she’ll be doing a review of the crate since it was her first too, and she queried all of you not long ago with her Readerly Advice post. However, if you are curious now, take a look at my post on tumblr. I also took my first selfie in forever to show one of my favorite pieces of the box — an arrow necklace. :D Also, the next picture isn’t from my Owl Crate, BUT, I did get some of the Fifth Element Funkos in the mail. RUUU-BEE-RHOD!

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Is this how you selfie? Bzzzzt!

I feel like my blogging focus has increased ten-fold in the last few months. Also, Ashley and I made some leeway on two features! The first, Beer & Book Exchange, was published yesterday, and it is a really large post about the books and beers we’ve been sending each other in the mail for the last several months. After this mega-post it will be a regular monthly feature. The second is called Literary Cage Match, and it is just as it sounds. We will get that up in October. We WILL!

Lovely Literature posts from September

End of Days by Susan Ee
Armada by Ernest Cline
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
I mostly blame the audiobook: A Darker Shade of Magic review
Broadway Review: Aladdin
Anne’s Mini Reviews: July & August 2015

Discussions & other content:
Beer & Book Exchange: So many brews
What’s that character’s name again?
Slamming Sci-Fi reads before Sci-Fi November

Top Ten Tuesdays:
Characters we didn’t click with
Series we have yet to finish
Characters we wish would be turned into Funko Pops
Books that make us think of Fall
Books to read if you enjoyed its popular counterpart

Books we read

Anne’s reads:

everything everything dreamer's pool A Darker Shade of Magic walk on earth a stranger sense and sensiblity

Earth Star Wallbanger Saga Volume 5 the mime order The Body Electric

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon | 4/5
Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier | 5/5
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab | 2/5
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson | 5/5
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | 3/5
Earth Star by Janet Edwards | 3/5
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton | 4/5
Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan | 5/5
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon | 4/5
The Body Electric by Beth Revis | 4/5

Anne’s favorite book

Dreamer's Pool

I waited too long to read Dreamer’s Pool! But, at least I am just in time for Tower of Thorns to come out!

Also, I lent this to my father-in-law and he liked it so much he started reading Daughter of the Forest next to get more Marillier. :D

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How did your month go? What books did you read?

6 Responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2015”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Great month! I’ll be looking out for the review of Owl Crate. I was tempted to subscribe, but my tastes are so particular when it comes to YA, so that made me hesitate.

    Oh and I’m currently reading Walk on Earth a Stranger! It’s so wonderful :)

    • Anne

      We will have one up — I might make Ashley let me join in on it, I took a lot of photos. And the book I got with this first one was Dumplin, which I wanted to read anyway, so, so far so good.

      And I just saw your status on Goodreads! YEAY to 5 star for Walk on Earth a Stranger!

  2. Maraia

    *waves at Anne’s face* That necklace is very cool.

    I’m so glad Dreamer’s Pool was your favorite this month. I’m getting nervous because my library still hasn’t ordered it. Juliet Marillier’s series aren’t known for having the greatest covers, so I’m glad she was finally blessed by the Cover Gods, haha.

    I read so much this month – both good and bad. My least favorite books were some of the most anticipated in the blogging world, haha. Aside from the Chaos Walking trilogy, which actually made it onto my “favorites” shelf, all of my other 5-star reads were adult books. I don’t know what’s happening to me!

    • Anne

      *waves back!*

      The cover gods really made up for all that awful design in the past. And I hope your library gets it. I put it off for so long because I wanted to buy it. I have the JM collection going really well so far.

      What were your least favorite books? Do tell, I love a bit of good gossip. :D

      • Maraia

        *rolls up sleeves* I absolutely hated Queen of Shadows. If I remember correctly, you don’t read that series? I can rant about the book/series for ages. I also didn’t like Vengeance Road, which I really seem to be the black sheep in. The vernacular drove me batty, and there didn’t seem to be much of a point to the book. Walk on Earth a Stranger was so much better – basically everything Vengeance Road wasn’t.

        Yesterday I finished one of the worst books I’ve ever listened to, A Sudden Light. I started it in September, so I’m counting it in this list. It took me almost halfway through to realize I didn’t know the 14-year-old MC’s name. He reads his dead/ghostly ancestor’s diary, detailing his gay sex life. He lusts after his aunt. He pictures his aunt’s boyfriend “squashing” her while having sex. His aunt tries very hard to seduce his dad. **SPOILER** The house burns down in the end, killing the dad and aunt. One big WTF.

        • Anne

          Yep, you are right. I’m not a fan of the series. Really of the first book, I can’t comment on the rest of the series. I kind of don’t want to read Vengeance Road now that I have read Walk on Earth a Stranger. I think I would spend the whole time comparing the two.

          And that book sounds wack. No thanks to incest.

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