Rearview Mirror // September 2022

I’m still here, friends!!! Chaos seems to come in waves around here, so I’ll have a few days of being good about posting and then a few days of… well, not haha  But for now, let’s see a September summary!!

Favorite September Read

I had a lot of books I enjoyed in September, and several rereads.  But I think my favorite new read was probably The Reef by Nora Roberts – it was a fun blend of suspense and romance.

Most Disappointing September Read

Definitely Everywhere It’s You, a book that’s been on my Kindle forever.  Except it was actually just half a book!  Half a poorly-written, full-of-typos book!  Gah!

Other September Reads

September Stats

  • Total Number of Books Read:  13
  • Total Pages Read:  3503
  • Average Star Rating for September:  3.54
  • Longest Book: Moonlight Cove (378 pages)
  • Shortest Book:  Outside the Gates (97 pages)
  • Oldest Book:  The Scarlet Pimpernel (published 1905)
  • Newest Book: The Stand-In (2021)
  • Top Genre: Romance (7 books)
  • Top Format: Paperback (10 books)
  • Top Source: Library (6 books)

September Challenge Updates

  • New states visited: Illinois
  • Chunksters read (800+pgs): 0
  • Almost-a-chunksters read (450-799pgs): 0
  • Classics read: 1
  • Nonfiction read: 0

TBR Update

This is current as of today, not the end of September!!

  • Standalones:  493 (up three)
  • Nonfiction:  132 (holding steady)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  599 (down two)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  251 (up one)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 110 (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.): 171 (down three)

Current Reads

Oh, so many! I am buddy reading way too many books this month!!

  • Still plugging away on Middlemarch, which should actually wrap up in, well, the middle of March!
  • Walden is this month’s classic. I’m on about 30 pages in, and it’s honestly a bit of a struggle so far.
  • Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck – I have several of Steinbeck’s books on my TBR and he’s Litsy’s author of the month, so I decided to give this one a whirl. So far, I love it.
  • House of Dreams by Liz Rosenberg – a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery aimed at middle grade readers. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far it’s engaging.
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder – still working my way through the Little House books.  I didn’t really remember much about this one (except grasshoppers, which haven’t happened yet), so it’s been a fun read.
  • Heartstone by Elle Katharine White – I’ve had this P&P/dragons mash-up on my shelf for quite some time, so even though I already had a bunch of buddy read commitments, I couldn’t resist joining in with this one as well!
  • Under Currents by Nora Roberts – the other day I accidentally left the house without a book, so that seemed like a good reason to pick up a new book off the discount rack at Meijer.  This one is a little long, but I am really invested in the characters.

Last Time on “Up Next”

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

  • Songs of Willow Frost – this ended up being a DNF for me.  Too depressing.
  • Twelve Percent Dread, The Roundhill, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and Ben and Me – all yes!! Those were all pretty short, easy reads, so I was excited to bang them all out, even if none of them were particularly stellar reads.

Up Next

My probable next five reads…

  • The Girl in the Tower and The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – I read The Bear and the Nightingale at the beginning of the week, and definitely want to finish the trilogy. The Girl in the Tower is actually the book I forgot at home, which is why I started reading the Nora Roberts book first… and here we are haha  But these are next in the queue as I do want to find out what happens with Vasilisa!!
  • The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis – This is one of those authors I keep seeing around and meaning to read, so we will see how I feel about this one.
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley – a reread for this month’s Children’s Classic Read – this is actually one of my very favorite books, and one that I read over and over growing up, so I’m always happy to revisit it.
  • The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly – this historical fiction was gifted to me a while back.  I am rather hit or miss with this genre, but I’m hoping for a win here!!

Well, there are all the updates from, you know, six months ago LOL  Up next, books I read in October!!  :-D