Rearview Mirror – September 2021

I was doing so well, and then fell back off the bandwagon!! But here I am with September’s wrap up, which means there is actually a decent chance that I’ll get around to reviewing some of October’s books only a month after I read them!!!!

Favorite September Read

Even though I read a few books I technically rated higher (two rereads and the next Swallows & Amazons book), I didn’t have high expectations for Aurora Risingwhich may be part of the reason it ended up being such a win.  I’m not always into space novels, but I absolutely loved the snarky characters and intriguing world-building.

Most Disappointing September Read

September was actually a pretty decent reading month, with nothing below a 3.5*.  I think this slow will go to When You Read This.  Even though it wasn’t a bad book by any means, it was definitely a downer when I was hoping for something kind of fun.

Other September Reads

September Stats

  • Total Number of Books Read:  16 (none on Kindle)
  • Total Pages Read:  5698
  • Average Star Rating for July:  4.00
  • Longest Book: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (620 pages)
  • Shortest Book:  The Duke’s Disappearance (222 pages)
  • Oldest Book:  Emily Climbs (published 1925)
  • Newest Book: Hostile Intent, Fallen, The Wisteria Society for Lady Scoundrels, and To Sir, With Love were all published this year.
  • Number of New-to-Me Authors:  7

September DNFs

  • Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson – Following my trend for books-focused-on-letters, I brought this one with me on vacation as well, but it only took a chapter or two for me to realize the (gloomy) direction it was going to go – I skipped to the end to confirm that yes, the female MC realizes that getting married at a young age when she found out she was pregnant ACTUALLY was the WORST DECISION EVER and being a wife and mother all these years has been a COMPLETE WASTE OF HER LIFE AND TALENTS and conveniently right when she discovers that it turns out that her  husband is actually a CHEATING BASTARD and has been the WHOLE TIME so that obviously justifies the fact that she’s been having an emotional affair with the guy she’s writing letters with for the last however-long.  Just UGH. NO THANK YOU.
  • The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman – This one has been on my TBR for quite a while and I gave it about a hundred pages before deciding that it really just wasn’t for me.  It wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t a good fit for me.

TBR Update

This I keep updated as I go, so it’s current as of today, rather than as of the end of September.

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

  • Standalones:  494 (down four!!)
  • Nonfiction:  128 (up one)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  642 (down two!)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  252 (holding steady!)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 112 (holding steady!)
  • New Arrivals – (I have a lot of books that I have been gifted or that I pick up somewhere and they get put on my “oh I’m so excited about this shiny new book” shelf… and then of course don’t actually get read.): 144 (down two!!)

Current Reads

I had this month all planned out with books from the library and that sort of thing but actually have just been in a MOOD so instead I’m reading a random Nora Roberts romance trilogy and it’s the perfect fit right now!

Last Time on “Up Next…”

Did I actually read my probably next five reads from last time?

  • The Sentinels of the Galaxy series – Yes!! Not only did I read this trilogy, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks – Yes! And it was another win!  Not only did I enjoy this one, it was actually set in Columbus so I was really familiar with loads of the landmarks, which was super fun.  I didn’t enjoy the sequel as much (Not Like the Movies), mainly because that MC just drove me absolutely batty, but overall these were good fun.
  • The Copenhagen Connection – Nope!  It’s still here (checked out from the library) but keeps getting pushed back on the shelf!
  • Doctor’s Boy – Nope! Despite the fact that it’s a children’s book and quite short, I just still haven’t actually picked it up.
  • Rosalind – Nope! You would think that since I’ve been in the mood for romance I would have gone ahead and read this one but here we are!

Up Next

The probable next five(ish) reads…

  • I’m finishing the Dreamer Trilogy by Nora Roberts – I just started the second book, Holding the Dream, today.
  • The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters – Wait, doesn’t this sound familiar??
  • The House of Arden by E. Nesbit – I have never met a Nesbit book I don’t like, and since it’s a children’s book, it should be a fast read, right??
  • Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie – This is the next Christie book in published order.  I kind of forgot that we were reading it for November!!  It’s technically a reread but I don’t remember this one at all.
  • Rosalind by Clarice Peters – Yeah, theoretically I’m still planning to read this one from the Regency box!!

That’s a wrap for September – I’ll be back soon with October reviews!!!