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Monthly Wrap Up -- September 2019

September seemed to come and go quite quickly, and now October is already into its second week.  As far as reading goes, I made decent progress for Halloween Bingo 2019, but at the rate that I'm going, it doesn't look like I'm likely to get a reading blackout by the end of the game's two-month duration.  Of course, that probably won't stop me from continuing forward just to finish reading all the books I'd like to read for Halloween Bingo.

In other news, I've been offline all weekend because my family and I just got back from a nice family vacation in New York!  It's been a long time since the entire family (my parents, my brothers, and I) have gone on an actual vacation together.  Visiting my elder brother in Texas, or my younger brother in Kansas City doesn't really count.

It wasn't a very long vacation and was really just the weekend, starting Friday and ending on Monday, but I feel like we still got a lot of things done, visiting Flushing Chinatown, Times Square, Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and generally just spending a lot of time walking around Manhattan and Flushing.  I even sort of learned how the Metro works, though it was a bit confusing at first.

Anyway, I'm planning a bit of a photo-journal-esque post to go up over the weekend.  I've been too tired from the vacation activities to really want to do anything but lay around, read, and be a vegetable.  So while I DID finish two books this weekend, I've written no reviews, and it took a while before I was even able to motivate myself to get back to blogging.

Hopefully, I'll get back into my normal rhythm soon, as I have two reviews that need to be written, a Halloween Bingo update post I want to get published, and one written review that needs to be edited and posted.  I also have a lot of clean-up to do, and have so far only gotten as far as doing my laundry.

Meanwhile, here are a few teaser photos, just in case I don't get around to my New York post this weekend.


Times Square


The View from The Top of the Rock


9/11 Memorial


99 Favors Hot Pot and Korean BBQ Restaurant


Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea with Cocoa

Meanwhile, the pups also had a long weekend, having to be boarded at their respective pet hotels.  We got back into town nearing midnight, and so picked them up early the next morning.  After they both got a bath, Baby and Bear just kind of pooped out and had their nap time.


As much as I loved the vacation, it feels very good to be home.  The doggies seem to feel the same way as well!



September Reads




Books Dropped/Put On Hold


On Hold until after Halloween Bingo.



Currently Reading




September Reading Stats


Total works read:  9

  • 8 print/e-book novels
  • 1 audio book

Average rating: 3.56 Stars


  • Highest Rated:  4 books // 4.0 Stars
    • (1) Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer
    • (2) Ice by Linda Howard
    • (3) Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
    • (4) Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James
  • Lowest Rated:  3 books // 3.0 Stars
    • (1) The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
    • (2) Mercy Strange by Alisa Woods
    • (3) Firelight by Kristen Callihan


Series I started reading:

  • The Epic Crush of Genie Low by F.C. Yee
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Darkest London by Kristen Callihan


Series I completed:

  • None


Series I have made progress on:

  • Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • InCryptid by Seanan McGuire
  • Legal Magick by Alisa Woods


Favorite reads:  So I had a lot of 4.0 Star books in September, which makes me really happy.  Each one of those books were wonderful, and of the four I listed above, I'd say that my favorite was Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James.

Disappointing reads:  My lowest rating was 3.0 Stars, which doesn't really mean anything since that's still an okay rating in my book.  I still liked the books I read and listed as my lowest rated books.  So if I had to choose one that kind of disappointed me, it would probably be Alisa Wood's book, Mercy Strange, simply based on how much I've liked all of her books so far as guilty pleasures.  Mercy Strange just didn't do it for me.



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written



  • Did not meme this month!


Other Posts



Coming Up In October

Tentative TBR




Other Stuff

So my Halloween Bingo plans definitely changed, and some of the above books I'm tentatively wanting to read for the game.  Each of these books has a spot I can place them in, I hope, but if not, I've still got one more Transfiguration Spell in my hands.  But since I'm not entirely sure that I'm going to get a reading blackout anyway, I'm not too concerned.

As stated above, I've got some posts I'm prepping for post, hopefully throughout this week and the weekend.  I'm still on a vacation hangover, so the chances that all of my blogging plans will be dashed is very high.  It's possible I'll just keep reading and then do one big long update at the end of the month.  That's my mood right now, truth be told.



2019 Wrap-Ups 


Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups (2016 / 2017 / 2018)
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



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My September 2019
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 2 - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 3 - Michael Gaydos,Brian Michael Bendis
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery - Kurtis J. Wiebe,Roc Upchurch
salt. - Nayyirah Waheed
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Sun and Her Flowers - rupi kaur
Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders - Billy Jensen
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 2 - 4 stars
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 3 - 4.5 stars
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery - 5 stars
salt. - 5 stars
Through the Woods - 5 stars
We Should All Be Feminists - 5 stars (reread)
The Sun and Her Flowers - 5 stars
Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month:

e v e r y t h i n g


Books started this month but haven't finished yet:

Still, Tote Asche, If I'm Being Honest, Just One of the Royals, Das Spiel


Random ramblings:

In the beginning of the month I felt a reading slump coming, so I did the only thing I could think of, ditched all the books I was currently reading and picked up some comics and poetry, and a tiny book I have already read before. And it worked. I went back to the other books after that and even though I didn't finish them, I actually got a good few pages read in them. So, I would say, I managed to avoid the reading slump.
I'm also now up to date on all the podcasts I listen to and have to wait for new episodes, so I actually have the time to pick up books LOL


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September 2019 wrap-up
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Earth - Anthology
Stranger Things Have Happened - Thomas Gaffney
The House by the Cemetery (Fiction Without Frontiers) - John Everson
Brian Helsing Mission One: Just Try Not To Die - Gareth K. Pengelly
Till Human Voices Wake Us (Till Human Voices Wake Us #1) - C.S. Johnson
Carnival of the Night - Nicholas Carey
The Haunted Hardware Store (The David Morgan series Book 1) - Frank Roberts
Deeplight - Frances Hardinge
The Shapes of Midnight - Joseph Payne Brennan

Wow, 14 books this month. ALL for Bingo, Yay! Admittedly two were very short, but it's been a nice selection ranging from the silly to the really enjoyable.


Stand outs include three anthologies, Elements of Horror: Earth, The Shapes of Midnight and Stranger Things Have Happened, and also Force of Chaos, The House by the Cemetery and surprisingly, Brian Helsing: Just Try Not to Die.


Only two books were disappointments, which isn't a bad ratio.


Got a good start on my Bingo reads and I've only got one Netgalley book I haven't started yet. I'm very close to finishing another.


So, overall, a good month.

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Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – Sept. 2019


WELCOME to September’s

Monthly Wrap Up


On a personal note: It’s been a full month of school and we are getting back into a routine. Picture day was this month. The kids got to take a silly picture after a nice group picture. My boy is in the center dark grey shirt ^_^!



AYSO Soccer season has started. My husband is couching this year U10 boys. We have practice twice a week and one game on Saturday. My hubby also referees some of the games for AYSO, so Saturday is dedicated to soccer until the season is over in November. We’ve won our first three games and have been having lots of fun.



My pink roses are growing nicely. Filling out and blooming more. I was messing around on my iPhone this month and took a few photos. I love taking pictures of nature. 



On The Blog This Month

Congratulations to all the winners this month!
Make sure to check out the giveaway page for all the latest giveaways!


  • Christy M. won the Subscriber Only Giveaway for Aug. and received the $5 Amazon GC.
  • Sandra P. won the August of Books Giveaway Hop and picked The Nickel Boys.
  • Janet L. won the Back to School Giveaway Hop and picked the $10 Amazon GC.














Champion, Barbarian, Beast, Rogue: Information Rogue / Desert Rogue, Witch Way Home, Guardian, Along Came a Ghost, Cyborg, The Blacksmith Queen, (Audio) Sweep of the Blade, (Audio) Steal the Dragon, (Audio) Wolf Rain, ARC Unearthed (Audio) Trace of Magic, (Audio) Between Jobs & (Audio) Bite Me.





Thank you for visiting!
Have a wonderful October.


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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