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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-04 09:26
September 2017 — A Month with an Abysmal Reading Record



The previous month was all about graphic novels, comics, and anthologies. Here is what I read in September and what I thought about it:


Preacher, Vols. 4-9

It was irreverent as heck:



He means the Heavenly Host btw


It was full of sexist characters who say things like:




But oh, it was so good!




I read this one as part of Work Book Bingo for the Bestsellers’ Shelf. Glad I did because I loved it! Find a detailed review here.



Started this one Because. Neil Gaiman. Turns out, the book had an itty bitty poem by him. Anyway, I plodded on and found a collection of really weird stories. Check out my review here!



A thought-provoking collection of stories. Read my review here!


September seemed endless; maybe because I couldn’t cram much reading time into it. How was your September?


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 4, 2017.

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text 2017-10-01 14:25
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- September 2017

I totally forgot to start compiling my monthly wrap up until about two hours before midnight, right before October... which really isn't a big deal, I know.  But I'm usually so anal about these things that I've usually got my wrap ups ready to post, with a few last minute edits, at least three or four days in advance.  I have this thing about pre-drafting a lot of my posts.

Anyway, life has been kind of hectic, both in my reading life and real life.

Having a few fun past times have been kind of nice to take my mind off of things, though:  Halloween Bingo, some random television music programs I watch passively, and some sort of farming game where you grow stuff and sell stuff and buy stuff and grow more stuff to sell and make money to buy stuff...

Yeah...  The game wastes a lot of time.  That's why I'm glad I got into audio books, though, admittedly, I haven't listened to an audio book for the past two weeks.

Anyway, September was a good reading month, I'd say.  I didn't read all the books I wanted to read, but I made some really good progress for Halloween Bingo.  I read some books I hadn't planned on previously, but sometimes these subtle changes in reading mood aren't so bad.  See my most recent update to see the almost finished Red Eyes Penni Bingo card frame!



September Reads




Books Dropped/Put On Hold


None this month!  Yay!



Currently Reading




September Reading Stats


Total works read: 14

  • 10 print/e-book novels
  • 3 audio books
  • 1 novella

Average rating: 3.46 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  6 books // 4.0 Stars
    • (1) Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle
    • (2) The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada
    • (3) Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
    • (4) Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley
    • (5) Black Rose by Nora Roberts
    • (6) The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
  • Lowest Rated:  The Thin Man // 2.0 Stars

Series I started reading:

  • Vicky Bliss by Elizabeth Peters
  • In the Garden by Nora Roberts
  • Kate Murray by Susanna Kearsley
  • The Pingkang Li Mysteries by Jeannie Lin


Series I completed:

  • The Arkwell Academy by Mindee Arnett
  • Arcane Society by Jayne Ann Krentz / Amanda Quick


Series I have made progress on:

  • Harmony by Jayne Castle


Favorite reads:  I'd say I had a pretty good run of books this month, judging by how many four star reads I ended up with.  Of all of those, I'd have to say that my most favorites so far for Halloween Bingo are the two In the Garden books I've read--currently I'm finishing up the last of the trilogy, Red Lily and enjoying it as well.  A close second would be The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, though The Lotus Palace doesn't fall short either.

Every Secret Thing is a special mention--it's not a favorite this month, but it is written beautifully, and gives an old-timey nostalgia type of feeling that I really appreciated.

Disappointing reads:  I don't know why I'm disappointed in Brenda Novak's Dear Maggie, but the truth is that I had been expecting more than what I actually got out of it.  And that's really all.  I would say that The Thin Man is a disappointing read as well... but I really didn't know what to expect going into it--at least now I know that these books are probably not for me.



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written



  • Did Not Meme This Month!


Other Posts



Coming Up In October


Tentative TBR



Other Stuff

Before the month of September I had had a tentative list of books to read for Halloween Bingo; but just as we all know, reading moods dictate what actually ends up happening in real time, and so a few of my books got swapped around.  I more or less stayed on track with my chosen books, so I'm quite satisfied.  Of course, as I know that history will repeat itself, more than likely, a few more book choices will probably be given a swap for the rest of the game as well.  And then there are the two squares I haven't quite chosen a book for yet.

For the month of October, I predict that I will probably just end up reading more for Halloween Bingo, and possibly one or two books that are non-Halloween Bingo; unlike September where all the books I read (except for one novella) were Halloween Bingo books.

Already, I'm trying to figure out how to fit Kylie Brant's newest book release, Deep As The Dead into Halloween Bingo--a new installment of her Mindhunter series, I had briefly considered plugging it into the 'Murder Most Foul' square, and swapping out Every Secret Thing and moving it somewhere else.  This decisions is still in the air.  The Girl Who Knew Too Much is also a book I may include into Halloween Bingo, though I have a feeling it'll probably end up as my 'Creepy Raven Free Space' read.



2017 Wrap-Ups 


Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/10/monthly-reading-wrap-up-september-2017.html
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text 2017-10-01 13:30
My September 2017
Marlena: A Novel - Julie Buntin
Daredevil, Vol. 1 - Paolo Rivera,Marcos Martin,Mark Waid
A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (2015-2017)) - Brittney Williams,Kate Leth
The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr
Marlena - 4.5 stars
Daredevil, Vol. 1 - 4 stars
A Messy, Beautiful Life - 5 stars
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline - 5 stars
The Book of Whispers - 3 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: A Messy, Beautiful Life


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Süßer Ruf des Todes, Blutzeuge, Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin, Just One of the Boys


This month has been okay-ish. But I'm okay with it, cause September just wasn't my month at all. I'm glad it's over. But this month brought me A Messy, Beautiful Life. A book that is going to be on my favorites list for a long time now. I LOVE IT. I'm also super close to finishing my Reading Challenge for this year. Thank god!!! (or well, thank me, cause I'm the one doing the reading)

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text 2017-10-01 12:23
September wrap-up 2017
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Symphony of Ruin: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel - Christina Lay
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
Cabal - Clive Barker
Children of Chaos - Greg F. Gifune
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
A Latent Dark - Martin Kee
Helltown - Jeremy Bates

Wow. I finished 16 books this month! That's not a lot to some of you speed readers, but it is for me. I average 4-6 books a month usually.


I'm also very close to finishing 2 more. :D


Just one of this month's books was a Netgalley read, Symphony of Ruin. The others came out of either my A-list or my free books slush pile, or were sourced from Amazon's daily freebies or in the case of Classics, from Gutenberg.


I didn't read any samples all month. I had about a dozen saved up before Bingo started, but the pile has been growing from all the books I see from others' Bingo reads! I'm not going to tackle that folder until November. It will be interesting to see how many collect up!


So, for October, Bingo continues. Once I hit blackout, if I manage it, I'll try the other books from my free books slush that I put aside for back-ups in case some of my choices turn out to be duds. It will give me a start on cleaning out the free books backlog!

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text 2017-09-30 16:47
Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – Sept. 2017



We made it through one full month of school. My son just loves school and everyday when I pick him up he chatters away about his day. I love listening to him talk about all the fun and exciting things he did that day.  We also got school pictures back. OMG he looks surprised. We are going to do the retake on picture retake day. Hopeful we get something a little better. AYSO Soccer is going strong and we just finished up our last month of swim classes until summer. I bought some more plants to add to my garden. I love being able to have plants again. They just add to my enjoyment of being outside. 




– Won from Feed Your Fiction Addiction for participating in the Discussion Post Challenge any book set in any country, except the USA; my pick was Moonshadow

– Won an eCopy of All for a Rose from Author Jennifer Blackstream

– Received from Author Setta Jay a book copy of Destined to Crave






  • Movie Review: Angels & Demons (2009)
  • ARC Review: Dark Divine (The Divinities, #3) by Lia Davis
  • ARC Review: How to Save an Undead Life (Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #1) by Hailey Edwards
  • ARC Review: Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy #1) by Juliette Cross (DNF)
  • Review: Hell Breaks Loose (Devil’s Rock #2) by Sophie Jordan
  • Early ARC Review: Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh
  • ARC Review: Divine Awakening (The Divinities #4) by Lia Davis
  • Review: Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan
  • Release Day ARC Review: Danger’s Halo (Holly Danger #1) by Amanda Carlson
  • ARC Review: The Hunt (Devil’s Isle #3) by Chloe Neill (Tour) ~ Giveaway
  • Review: Ultimate Courage (True Heroes #2) by Piper J. Drake
  • ARC Review: Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates, #14) by Felicity Heaton
  • ARC Review: Lure of the Tiger (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #4) by Anna Lowe
  • ARC Review: Of Flame and Fate (Weird Girls #8) by Cecy Robson ~ Giveaway









  • Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge #9) by Maisey Yates (Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Hard Run (Delta Force Brotherhood #2) by Sheryl Nantus (Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Escape to You (Montana Heat #1) by Jennifer Ryan (Tour) ~ Excerpt/Giveaway
  • Vigor (Spartan Riders MC #3) by J.C. Valentine (Tour) ~ Excerpt/Giveaway
  • My Next Breath (The Obsidian Files #2) by Shannon McKenna (Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Release Day Blitz: Deathtrap (Crossbreed #3) by Dannika Dark
  • Romancing the Wallflower (Crimson, Colorado #8) by Michelle Major (Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Release Day: BLACK (All The King’s Men #8) by Donya Lynne ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Release Day Launch: Tripped Out (Blacktop Cowboys #8.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Lorelei James ~ Excerpt
  • Release Day: Destiny Disgraced (Talon Pack #6) by Carrie Ann Ryan ~ Excerpt
  • Release Day Blitz: Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians #7) by Dianne Duvall ~ Giveaway
  • Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #14) by Felicity Heaton (Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
  • Release Day Launch: Stud Finder (1001 Dark Nights) by Lauren Blakely ~ Excerpt










Nadine S. – Email Follower Giveaway: $5 Amazon GC 

Teresa T. – Won the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop. She picked The Hellion and The Highlander & Bengal’s Quest



Make sure to double check $ pricing. Some books are still free while others are back to their original or sale price.




Amazon Free – Thane’s Redemption, Dazzled, Haunt the Haunt, Walk the Walk, Dragon Hunter, His Ruthless Bite, The Knight of Ambra, Mating Behavior, Jarek, A Rancher’s Surrender, Agents Under Fire (3 in 1 books), The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Darkness Awakened




Amazon Bought – SEAL Wolf in Too Deep, A SEAL Wolf Christmas, SEAL Wolf Hunting, SEAL Wolf Undercover (All where on sale for $.99c or $.55c)




Review Books
Thank you to the publishers, tour host, and authors for these lovely additions!


NetGalley/Edelweiss/Tour Host – Hot and Badgered, Halloween is Murder, Tales of the Were Grif, Love Potions, Dance with the Devil




Author – Lure of the Tiger by Anna Lowe & Treasured by a Tiger by Felicity Heaton




The library is a great place to pick up books, movies, manga, audiobooks, magazines and more. I love my library and the freedom to borrow. This is August’s Library Love.


Movies – Mechanic: Resurrection, Tomorrowland, The Mechanic, The Great Wall




Audiobooks – Bone Crossed, Iron Kissed, Magic Burns, Frost Burned, River Marked, Silver Borne, Magic Strikes




Kid Books – Bear Wants More, Boom Boom Go Away!, Cuddle Up Goodnight, I Am Going!, I Will Take A Nap!, I’m A Frog!, Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Work Dogs Work!




Kid Movies – Blaze and the Monster Machines, DuckTales the Movie, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Collection, Lego Next Knights Season 3





Justice for Boone, True Colors: A Novella of the Elder Races, Dance With The Devil (Gods of War, #1), Magic Strikes, Shelter for Elizabeth, Of Flame and Fate, Treasured by a Tiger, Frost Burned, River Marked, Silver Borne, Magic Burns, The Hunt, Hunting Ground, Bone Crossed, Justice for Corrie, Lure of the Tiger, The White Lily






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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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