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text 2018-10-08 22:10
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- September 2018

So September didn't quite turn out the way I had planned, but it still wasn't too bad.  Unfortunately, at the rate I'm going for reads, I have the distinct feeling I will NOT be getting a Blackout for Halloween Bingo this year.  This strikes me as a little disappointing, because despite how overwhelmed I'd felt the previous two years, I still managed to finish a book for every square--and both years I even had time to read extra books.

Of course, in the month of September, I DID sort of spend extra time finishing two books for a series I was adamant about finishing.  So maybe if I pick up the pace, I'll be able to catch up.  For one, this month was filled with books I had a hard time enjoying; however, since my stubborn streak is strong, I persevered.  There are at least three or four books I have planned on for Halloween Bingo that I will be getting to in October, all of which are by authors I have enjoyed in the past--like, really, really enjoyed.  And then I'm also considering reading a romantic suspense series involving serial killings or murder that will fit at least four squares for each book of the series.

Worst case scenario, I suppose, I can quickly search up a bunch of short stories just to fill squares... but I don't really want to do that.  I'm not big on short stories anyway.



September Reads




Books Dropped/Put On Hold


None this month!  Yay!



Currently Reading




September Reading Stats


Total works read:  8

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

Average rating: 2.69 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson // 4.0 Stars
  • Lowest Rated:  Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts // 2.0 Stars

Series I started reading:

  • Nursery Crimes by Jasper Fforde
  • Discworld by Terry Pratchett


Series I completed:

  • The Liar's Club by Celeste Bradley
  • Circle trilogy by Nora Roberts


Series I have made progress on:

  • None


Favorite reads:  It's quite unfortunate that the month of September had this year's lowest monthly book rating average, as you can see above.  There was really only one book I enjoyed, and fortunately it was a very enjoyable book, so it's not like The Name of the Star became my favorite book by default... even if it sort of did.

Disappointing reads:  The Splendour Falls was a book I was very much looking forward to, being by an author I've come to enjoy after reading two other of her books.  Susanna Kearsley is great with her writing and imagery, but unfortunately, The Splendour Falls just didn't hold up very well.  Meanwhile... if I really had to list all of my disappointing reads, then September will start looking even more pathetic.



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written




Other Posts



Coming Up In October


Tentative TBR


Other Stuff

September turned out a bit lacking in posts--at least more lacking than I'd been planning.  I was hoping to be back in the blogging game, but one thing after another came up, and then I just simply got really lazy.  With the fewer number of books read, I had fewer updates to make for Halloween Bingo, and so fewer posts went out.

I mean, I even desperately filled in one of the 'It's Monday!' memes just to have something to share.

Meanwhile, I'm really hoping to exponentially increase my number of books read for October, which will also hopefully give me things to blog about.  As you can see for my tentative reads for October, I might be overshooting my ambitions a little bit... but that never hurts too much.  At least not until I do my wrap up for the month and realize how far off the mark I ended up.



2018 Wrap-Ups 

Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups (2016 / 2017)
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/2018/10/monthly-reading-wrap-up-september-2018.html
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text 2018-10-07 21:55
My September 2018
Bonfire – Sie gehörte nie dazu: Thriller - Krysten Ritter,Norbert Möllemann,Charlotte Breuer
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - Nico Leon,G. Willow Wilson,Cliff Chiang,Takeshi Miyazawa,Adrian Alphona
Moxie. Zeit, zurückzuschlagen - Jennifer Mathieu,Alice Jakubeit
Clean - Christel Kröning,Juno Dawson
Bonfire – Sie gehörte nie dazu - 3.5 stars
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - 5 stars
Moxie. Zeit, zurückzuschlagen - 5 stars
Clean - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Moxie, Clean, and Ms. Marvel (always)


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Harry Potter, Flugangst 7A, Ghachar Ghochar, Power Woman


Theme of the month, starting ALL the books, finishing only half of them.
My wrap ups this year are mostly me crying about how little I'm reading. I don't like it. On the other hand, if I would make a tv show wrap up with all the episodes I have watched, we would all see, why I only finish three or four books a month. UGH.

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text 2018-10-02 18:45
September 2018-That's A Wrap!
Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories - Adam Light,Gregor Xane,Josh Malerman,Jason Parent,Evans Light
Cross Her Heart - Sarah Pinborough
Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Ramsey Campbell
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix
The House by the Cemetery (Fiction Without Frontiers) - John Everson
Cockblock - Ramona Master,Roderick Hunt,Roderick Hunt
Drawing Blood - Poppy Z. Brite,Matt Godfrey
Hex - Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Devil's Fingers - Hunter Shea

I read 13 books in September! 


Graphic Novels


Lucifer Book 3 by Mike Carey 5*


Total: 1




We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter 4*

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, narrated by Bernadette Dunn 5* (HB)

Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite, narrated by Matt Godfrey 3* (HB)

Cockblock by C.V. Hunt, narrated by Ramona Master 4*


Total: 4


ARCS/Reads for Review


Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough 4* (HB) 

Doorbells At Dusk edited by Evans Light (Anthology) 4*

Thirteen Days at Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell 3* (HB)

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 5* (HB) 

The House by the Cemetery by John Everson 3.5* (HB)

Slimer by Harry Adam Knight 5* (HB)

The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea 4* (HB)


Total: 7




Hex by Thomas Heulvelt (Buddy read with Lillelara) 3* (HB)



Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

(I'm failing miserably)


1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt

Running Total: 122


Books read for Halloween Bingo: 9





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text 2018-10-01 11:46
September wrap up
White Lies - Jeremy Bates
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
John Peters in the land of Demons - A.H. Matai
Loch Ness Revenge - Hunter Shea
Doomsday - Samie Sands
Rose Cottage - Mary Stewart
Unsettled Spirits - J. Matthew Saunders
Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab - Columbkill Noonan
The Hermit's Creepy Pet (Single Shot Short Story Series Book 10) - Terry M. West
Trapped in Room 217 - Thomas Kingsley Troupe


Wow, 14 books this month! That's a lot for me. Admittedly I was going for the shorter ones to get through as many as possible. I do have some reading done on longer ones too, so we'll just see how things go in the coming month.


Stand outs this month are The Last Werewolf, White Lies and Pieces of Her. These were all really good. I got various levels of enjoyment from most of them, only one got below 3 stars from me.


Bingo reads continue! But I also have 4 Netgalley books that aren't for Bingo squares so will need to at least make a start on those. Not much sample reading during Bingo. I'll have to devote some time to that in November.

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