My Goings On in September:
- September was filled with swim meets for my younger daughter and general back-to-schoolness for all three kids.
- I’m finding that high school swim meets are a whole lot more fun to watch than swim club meets (mostly because they’re a lot shorter, there are WAY fewer kids at them, and we feel more connected to the team, so we’re rooting for them more). It also doesn’t hurt that my daughter has been improving times a lot since she’s been on the school team. 🙂
- Have I bragged about my oldest’s brilliance? I don’t think I have, so I’ll be a proud momma for a second and do that. She’s a junior in high school taking Calc II at the local community college—and she got the highest score in the class on her first test. Everything she’s learning is WAY beyond me, but she loves it.
- Yesterday was my youngest’s 14th birthday (so it’s technically an October thing, but I’ll still mention it here). He asked for tons of graphic novels for his birthday, which makes me happy—since he’s not a strong reader, graphic novels are a perfect way for him to still form a love of books!
- On Saturday, my mom turned 70 and she retired!! Now she gets to hang out with us even more often. (My poor dad might get to see her sometimes if he can steal her away from me. I make no promises.)
- I went to an author event and learned about The Chunky Method of writing organization. I’ve started using it a bit, and I think it’s going to be very helpful!!
- Things I watched:
- I watched the first season of The Innocents on Netflix. I thought it was pretty good, and I’ll definitely keep watching if they make more. (I assume they will?)
- I also started watching The Walking Dead Season 8. I know this show is getting ridiculous (I mean, a tiger who fights for them—and somehow knows who the “bad guys” are? Um, okay, sure.), but I still really enjoy it. Plus, it’s great for working out!
- I watched Sierra Burgess is a Loser on Netflix. Unfortunately, I don’t recommend it (you can see why in my Twitter thread).
- I started watching the newest season of iZombie. The show is such campy fun. 🙂
Features & Discussions:
A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of The Young Queens and The Oracle Queen (AKA Queens of Fennbirn)
A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Two Dark Reigns
September 2018 Discussion Challenge & Giveaway
Book Box Subscriptions. Yay or Nay? Let’s Discuss.
Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR
Top Ten Favorite Authors I Need to Read More!
September Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway
My 2018 Reading Progress:
I achieved my Goodreads goal this month! I’ve read 107 books so far this year.
September 2018 Reviews
- Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- The Talon Series by Julie Kagawa | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Misfits by Jen Calonita | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna | Review | Rating: Absolutely Addicted
September Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
A much as it pains me not to put Two Dark Reigns here (I’m completely obsessed with this series!), I think A Spark of White Fire actually nudged it out as my favorite this month.
2018 Reading Challenges/Goals Progress:
If you didn’t see my update a couple of months ago, I decided to stop doing most of my challenges. Priorities.
Status: 22/31-40 Discussions Posted
I only posted one discussion this month (probably because I did two TTTs and two Three Dark Crowns Series spoiler-filled discussion posts).
Book Box Subscriptions. Yay or Nay?
Goodreads’ YA Books Lists. Let’s Discuss.
I Love Me Some Purple Prose. Let’s Discuss.
Where to Find Book Series Recaps. (Since most books don’t have a synopsis.) Let’s Discuss.
The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag
The WIFYR Workshop Experience
Goodreads’ Mid-Year Book Lists. Let’s Discuss.
A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming (& Reasons I’m Excited for WIFYR)
Some Changes Around Here
My Personal Connection to Pride Month, Some Recent LGBTQ+ Reads, and Integrating My Faith and LGBTQ+ Issues
Top 10 Writing Tips I Learned at WIFYR
My Newly Organized Bookcases!
My First Time Switching Between an Audiobook and a Print Book.
The Rain on Netflix: Danish or English? (Subbed or Dubbed?)
Why Is Voice in Writing So Hard? And Do You Think About It When You Read?
Expectations About POC Names in Books.
Great Reasons to Get to Know Your Bookish Friends Better
Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018
2017 End of Year Book Survey
My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018
My Book Outlet Weakness (& Why My Latest Haul Is All Your Fault)
Which Types of Reviews Are Most Effective? Let’s Discuss!
My 2018 Goals Progress:
Complete a second edit of my MG novel. Done! Attend a writing workshop. I went to WIFYR in June! AND I’m heading to another workshop in October.
- Read more writing craft books/materials. Yep. I’m definitely doing this. 🙂
- Finish the first draft of YA novel. Okay, so “finish” definitely isn’t the word I’d use for this, but I’m working on this book again. I think I might write a discussion post about my progression, so watch for that next week…
- Read one review book for every one that I request/receive. ) Guys, I’m suddenly totally failing at this, after doing so good the first half of the year.
I received 10(!!) books this month, and I only posted reviews for 5 and decided not to review 2. (So far for the year, I’ve received 69 and read 64, so now I’m 5 behind!!) Must. Do. Better.
(I’ve been reading a lot more backlist books lately and writing craft books—which would be fine if I’d STOP requesting/accepting review books … but I haven’t.)
- Read more middle grade. I reviewed 3 MG books this month and I read 1 other one that I decided not to review. I’m very happy with that. (I’ve read and/or reviewed 22 MGs so far this year.)
- Work out! I’m still doing good with this, but I’ll confess that I’m starting to get a little discouraged at the fact that I’ve lost NO weight since I started working out regularly again in May. It was really easy to gain weight once I stopped working out, so why is it so hard to lose it again? Sigh.
Don’t forget to link your September wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway! (I posted it with the actual link-up this month.)