My Goings On in September:
- My family ended up in the ER twice this month. Once for my husband to get eight stitches in his finger, and once because my daughter got in a car accident. Since I already went into detail about the incidents (including a pic of the car!) in two Sunday Posts, I won’t elaborate here—you can click on the links if you want to see what happened. Here’s an update, though: Scott’s finger is healing up nicely. Jade has been feeling really nauseated a lot of the time (due to a concussion, we believe), so she’s been pretty miserable. We actually almost had another trip to the ER last night because she felt like the small amount of food that she ate hadn’t gone down her throat and it made her feel sick as well as extremely uncomfortable, to the point where she was getting hysterical. On the car ride to the hospital, the food dislodged itself. She’s barely eaten since the accident, so let’s hope this was just a one-time thing. Needless to say, I’m ready for life to get back to normal.
- Things I watched:
- Nothing? Honestly, September is a blur at this point.
- We finished our backyard renovation! And, boy, do we love it! We are excited at the prospect of spending many hours out there. I was hoping to get some more pics, but it’s been rainy and then … life happened. So, I’ll just repost the one nice pic here.
Features & Discussions:
September 2019 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
Top Ten Books on My TBR that Terrify Me
Fun with Spam #8
I’m a Judge for the 2019 Cybils Awards!
September 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway
My 2019 Reading Progress:
I’ve read 137 books so far this year, which keeps me at 25 books ahead of schedule.
(I don’t count picture books in this total, even the ones I read for review.)
September 2019 Reviews
I didn’t get as many reviews up in September as I planned because the end of the month got so weird with all our family injuries. I DID actually read six other review books, though, and most of those reviews will be coming soon!! (Along with a couple of reviews for non-review books I read.)
- Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson | Review | Rating: Absolutely Addicted!
- Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison | Review | Rating: Absolutely Addicted!
- Smarter Than a Monster: A Survival Guide by Brandon Mull, Illustrated by Mike Walton | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
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!)
I’m adding a picture book to my Best of the Bunch this month, since Sulwe was so amazing!
I only reviewed one MG book this month, so that made my decision easy for that age category. Luckily, it was an awesome book: The Okay Witch.
My YA choice Vow of Thieves! I loved this conclusion to the duology!
2019 Reading Challenges/Goals Progress:
Progress: 19/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)
The only post I’m counting as a discussion this month is my announcement that I’m a Cybils judge (which is actually debatable if that’s a true discussion, but I decided it’s close enough.)
I’m a Judge for the 2019 Cybils Awards!
That’s a Wrap! (My Wrap-Up of the SCBWI 2019 LA Summer Conference)
Updating the Blog (a Little) and I Need Your Opinions!
Bookish This or That Tags (x2!)
Goodreads’ YA Books Lists: 2019 Edition.
Why Don’t Illustrators (and Cover Artists) Get More Attention?
How Often Do You “Randomly” Visit New Blogs?
Bookish This or That Tags (x2!)
Goodreads’ YA Books Lists: 2019 Edition. Let’s Discuss.
Have Books Ruined Me for Movies?
“Other Stuff” I Like Reading About on Your Book Blog.
I Want to Post It NOW! (AKA One Reason I Almost Never Blog Ahead.)
I’m Addicted to Exclamation Points!!
The Challenge of Running a Successful Meme (or Challenge!)
How Much Is Too Much? Sometimes Life Is Stranger Than Fiction.
Why Audiobooks Are Important.
Bookworm Confession: Swag Isn’t My Thing.
Why I Love the Book Blog Discussion Challenge (Even When I Fail)
Things I Learned About Fairy Tales By Reading the Grimm’s Versions
Progress: 3/12 Classics Read
None this month!
19th Century Classic
20th Century Classic – Catcher in the Rye
Classic by a Woman Author – I Capture the Castle
Classic in Translation – Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Classic Comic Novel
Classic Tragic Novel
Very Long Classic
Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean)
Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia)
Classic From a Place You’ve Lived
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Books and Chocolate
Progress: 48/48 Library Books Read
I did it! I hit my goal!
Two books from the library this month:
Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Swing by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess
Earlier books for this challenge:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight by Joss Whedon, Brad Meltzer, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming by Joss Whedon, Scott Allie & Georges Jeanty
Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien (audio)
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (audio)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You by Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life by Joss Whedon, Jeph Loeb, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons (audio)
A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon & Georges Jeanty (reread)
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondō & Yuko Uramoto
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton
The Language Inside by Holly Thompson
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace (audio & ebook)
Slayer by Kiersten White
Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout (audio)
Release by Patrick Ness (audio)
The Whispers by Greg Howard
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (audio)
Solo by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess
Educated by Tara Westover (audio)
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (audio)
Finale by Stephanie Garber (audio)
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (audio)
George by Alex Gino (audio)
After Zero by Christina Collins (audio)
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (audio)
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (audio)
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (audio)
Birthday by Meredith Russo
How to Worship a King: Prepare Your Heart. Prepare Your World. Prepare The Way. by Zach Neese (audio)
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold (audio)
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout (audio, reread)
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout (audio, reread)
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Progress: 9 (~1 Connect 5 per month)
My September Theme: Royalty
Fairest – This book in The Lunar Chronicles focuses on Queen Levania and her ascent to the throne.
Red, White & Royal Blue – A romantic comedy that imagines, what if a first-son of the United States fell in love with a prince of England?
The Kingdom – Okay, there is no actual royalty in this book, but the Fantasists are basically futuristic AI Disney Princesses.
Tiger Queen – This fantasy retelling of “The Lady or the Tiger” focuses on a desert princess’s fight to save her kingdom.
How to Worship a King: Prepare Your Heart. Prepare Your World. Prepare the Way – A slightly different type of royalty here. Jesus outranks all those others. 🙂
(NOTE: I haven’t reviewed Red, White & Royal Blue or How to Worship a King on the blog, but they’re 2019 reads!)
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Book Date
Progress: 6/12 Books Read
This month, I read Every Last Breath!
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (2016)
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2016)
- Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (2017)
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (2015)
- Winter by Marissa Meyer (2015)
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (2015)
- UnBound by Neal Shusterman (2015)
- Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes (2016)
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston (2017)
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (2017)
- Every Last Breath by Jennifer Armentrout (2015)
- Alienated by Melissa Landers (2014)
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (2016)
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973)
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Roof Beam Reader
My bookish resolutions for 2019:
- Write the first draft of new MG. This month wasn’t great for writing, but I promise I’m going to get back to it!
- Read 1 review book for every 1 that I receive. I’m actually doing really good at catching up on this!! Even though I haven’t requested anything for review since the beginning of August, I did end up getting 5 books for review this month. Which means, so far in 2019 I’ve received 76 books for review. I reviewed 6 this month and read 2 others I decided not to post to the blog, putting me at 71 for the year. So, technically I’m still 5 behind, BUT as I mentioned in my review section I’ve actually read more review books that I just haven’t gotten posts up for yet, so I’m really back to being only 1 behind.
- Read at least 6 books on the craft of writing. I read another one this month, but that only brings me up to 2.
- Read at least 12 books written in verse. (Since I’m writing my next book in verse.) One this month, which brings me up to 8 so far.
Query 50 agents. Or get an agent. ? (I was a wimp and I only queried 12 agents in 2018. At that rate, I might get an agent in like 2050.)Crossed this one off in February when I signed with East/West Literary!! Will I leave it here, crossed-off, for the rest of the year? I just might.
Non-bookish resolution for 2019:
(This one doesn’t count for the challenge, but I’m putting it here so it’s with my other stuff and I’ll hopefully pay attention to it.)
- Work out 3 times per week. Oh, wow … Can we just pretend I never said this? No? Sigh…
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Because Challenges Make Reading More Fun
Don’t forget to link your September wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway!