Here it is, the end of September, and the beginning of fall, my hubby is still in hospital, although he has been in rehab for 2 weeks. The end is in sight – he should be home next week (yeah!), just in time for Thanksgiving (in Canada it is the 2nd Monday of October).
Reading is my huge stress-reliever and I most often turn to fantasy or romance. Once again, there have been many excellent books this month to escape the stress.
It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for September was 28 books, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 7
Romance – 10
Women’s Fiction – 2
Non-fiction – 4
Pix books – 3
SciFi – 1
YA – 1
(Graphic – 1; Diverse – 7)
I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads –14
TBR/owned books –8
E-books – 5
Charity reads – 1
Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:
Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I read 3 books for this challenge, so have now 7 more books to complete this challenge.
#23 -won award in 2019 – Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
#25 -only words on the cover (no images) – The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
#39 – Banned book to read during Banned Book Week – Looking for Alaska by John Green
52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read only 1 book for this challenge so have a bit of catching up to do (9 books)
#3 – by an Indigenous author – Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
Beyond the Bookends
The theme this month was “women in politics. I hoped to finish Becoming by Michelle Obama but did not.
Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key words I used this month were:
“star” – Love Comes for the Rock Star by Savannah Adams
“forever” – A Second Forever by Suze Robinson
–For Now, Forever by Nora Roberts
The theme this month was “Graphic” – March Vol. 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
The theme was “in a school” – Looking for Alaska by John Green
My Kitchen Year
I’ve decided to read and cook my way through Ruth Reichl’s cookbook “My Kitchen Year”. It begins in the fall and I thought it a fun way to add variety to my cooking.
It was her quote which follows, that really gave me the idea to take on this seasonal cooking challenge.
“My kitchen year started in a time of trouble, but it taught me a great deal. When I went back to cooking I rediscovered simple pleasures, and so I began to appreciate the world around me. I learned that the secret or life is finding joy in ordinary things.”
The first recipe I followed (and her first in the book) was ‘Shirred Eggs with Potato Puree”. I’ve never eaten or made these, so it was an experience. But a delicious one – even tho I did not use cream. I will be making them again!
I took part in 3 reading challenges over the summer months.
Here is the summary for these challenges:
20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge
I only read 2 (!) of these this summer. Too many other books I was drawn to. Some I have added to my fall reading list (you can check it here)
2020 Summer Reading Challenge (at The Messy Middle)
2020 Popsugar Summer Reading Challenge
I read 14 out of 20 books for the challenge. I’m pleased with that as it was a challenging summer – in many ways.
Here are my top 10 reads:
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe
The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
Wild Country by Anne Bishop (as well as all The Others books)
Firstlight by Sue Monk Kidd
Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh
Let the Elephants Run by David Usher
Looking for Alaska by John Green
March Vol. 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Looking Ahead to October
I plan to continue reading through the 2 fantasy series by Nalini Singh, as well as to read more books from my TBR shelves!
I am linking with the following:
Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)
Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)
Inspire Me Monday (at Create with Joy)