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Rearview Mirror // September 2019

Well, gang, I did a puh-retty terrible job of being a book blogger in September, but that’s typical for me this time of year – September is one of my busiest months of the year, and this year I compounded it by going on an epic journey to Wyoming and back!  It’s been a great month overall.  Vacation was awesome; I love my job at the orchard; and we’ve managed to get a few projects checked off here at home, too.  I’m still reading a lot, pages wedged in whenever I can, but haven’t had a lot of time for blogging.  I managed to get two batches of minireviews accomplished in the last two days, so you at least have had a taste of what I’ve been reading!  Here’s the list of books still waiting to be reviewed, as some of them may play into the rest of this entry’s stats…

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, plus two sequels and two children’s picture books
  • Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern
  • The Clue of the Broken Wing by Margaret Sutton
  • The Fugitive Heiress by Amanda Scott
  • Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield
  • The Katy Did series by Susan Coolidge

I also reread Nora Roberts’s Bridal Quartet, but I probably won’t bother reviewing those again.  They were relaxing vacation fare.

Favorite September Read

I had a few 4.5* reads this month, but I think I’m going to hand this slot to My Side of the Mountain.  It’s a childhood favorite that has worn very well through the years.  I was delighted to be reunited with Sam and his woodsy wisdom.

Most Disappointing September Read

Probably The Woman in Cabin 10.   I was left feeling confused at the end of this one, and was frequently aggravated while reading it, neither of which are signs of a good thriller.

By the Numbers

In September…

  • I only read 5511 pages – my lowest monthly count this year by quite a lot.  Like I said, busy busy busy!!
  • However, I had my highest average star rating of the year – 3.8!
  • This month most of my books were from my own personal library – 16 out of 23 books.  I only read one book on my Kindle.
  • September’s oldest book was originally published in 1872 – What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge.
  • Nora Roberts snagged the longest book slot with Three Fates checking in at 472 pages, while Jean Craighead George’s Frightful’s Daughter was only 27 pages, with lots of pictures.

September DNFs

I only had one this month – Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson, which I got as a free Kindle book a long time ago.  It wasn’t a bad book, but it was just SO boring that I couldn’t bring myself to care about what happened to anyone.  I slogged through 70% of it as a bedtime read before realizing that I just didn’t want to even finish.  But isn’t that cover adorable??

TBR Update

For those of you who don’t know, I’m weirdly obsessive with organizing the TBR, and have it on a spreadsheet divided into five different tabs:

  • Standalones:  435 (DOWN one!)
  • Nonfiction:  103 (up three)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  655 (DOWN four!)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  236 (up one)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 115 (DOWN one!)

Awaiting Review

Besides the books listed at the beginning of the post, which I read in September, I’ve read three books in October so far – I’m just getting more and more behind on reviews!!!

  • The House of a Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt
  • The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
  • Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Current Reading

Today I started Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.  I remember vaguely reading this as a youngster and not liking it, which is weird because I have always liked wolves.  I’m interested to revisit it as an adult and see if it has improved with time for me.

The Probable Next Five(ish) Reads

I’ve been doing really terrible at sticking with my short TBR as I just haven’t been in the mood for… well, anything, really.  But these *may* be what I read next…

  • Double Folly by Marnie Ellingson – I bought this one a while back after rereading The Wicked Marquis and remembering how much I enjoyed it. We’ll see if this one lives up to the standard.
  • Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques – I still want to finish the Redwall books, but I just wasn’t in the mood for this one this summer, so I pushed it down the list.  We’ll see how I feel about it this time around.
  • Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax – this one came in a book box a year ago or so.  I’m not completely sure it is going to be my kind of fare, so it may end up as a DNF.
  • In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillup – I’ve had mixed results from this author in the past, but when I like her books, I REALLY like them, so I’m least going to give this one a try.
  • The Dry by Jane Harper – I feel like this book was on every blog when it was published back in 2016.  As usual, I’m way behind on reading new releases (actually, I think I’ve waited so long there’s a sequel out haha), so it’s about time to see if it lives up to the hype!!

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