September 2019 Wrap Up | I’m so glad this month is over!

Out of all months of 2019, September was probably the worst one when it comes to reading, and just generally staying on top of things. I don’t know if it was the intense summer reading or the number of books I chose to finally get to in September, but my brain decided to avoid reading at any cost. 

As a result, I’ve only finished one book in the first half of the month. I began reading «Gardens of the Moon» on the 15th of September and started a bunch of other books in the hopes to be able to finish them by the end of this month. 

WHAT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER

1 – I fell into the work-home-work routine.

Not the most pleasant part of September, but for the first half of it I was in this constant work-home-work routine, that took a great effort to actually break. 

I hate when this happens. But as the work gets busier, it gets more difficult to find the energy and mental capacity to do something else after long working hours. Even reading becomes a chore. That’s when I know that I’m falling into a routine and need to do something to break free from it.


2 – We went for a weekend getaway and visited Safari Park. 

To break the routine, me and my boyfriend decided to go on a small getaway. It actually helped! After the trip to the central part of Portugal, I (1) read a book in a day and (2) finally decided that reading wasn’t all that bad. 

We stayed one night at a hotel in a small town close to the western coast of Portugal, sunbathed, had a delicious meal and visited the Safari Park. The park doesn’t have predators, so the safari itself was rather chilled. But it was fun to see different species in their “natural” environment. I was especially excited about giraffes and black&white tailed lemurs. There even was a lemur called Julien*. 😀

*Who doesn’t love Madagascar?!


3 – I completed 2 monthly goals (out of 3…).

1 PARTICIPATE IN THE READ-A-LONG OF «GARDENS OF THE MOON» HOSTED BY ELLIOT BROOKS!
I did it! Even though I joined late, I managed to read almost all of it before deciding to DNF. In my previous post about the books I was reading, I said I was enjoying «Gardens of the Moon» more than I expected to. And that was true, until maybe 70-80% in.
2 – CONTINUE READING AND REVIEWING ARCS.
Out of 5 books that I read in September, 3 were ARCs. Technically, I made some progressed and tried to prioritize ARCs over other books this month. But I don’t feel like I made progress if I’m being honest. Maybe it was because the books I read in September weren’t that great, or maybe because I still have some pending reviews I need to write. 
I will count this as “Achieved”, but I’d love to make more progress in October.
X 3 – FINISH TRILOGIES.
This I failed. I completed one trilogy – The Grishaverse, which I’m very happy about, especially considering that I started this trilogy in July, and didn’t let it be unfinished for a long time. However, my idea for this goal was to finish the trilogies that have been on my TBR for a very long time. And I didn’t read any of those books.

MONTHLY READING STATS

Somehow I managed to read 5 books this month. That is surprising, considering that I only finished one book during the first half of the month and then tried to power through as many books as possible during the last 15 days.

«Saving Fable» was by far the best book of the month. Highly recommend to anyone looking for new middle grade books.

Out of 5 books – 3 were ARCs, 1 middle grade, 1 Adult and 3 YA.


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How was your September? What books have you read?
Let me know in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “September 2019 Wrap Up | I’m so glad this month is over!

  1. I couldn’t agree more, I’m so glad September is over! And I’m so excited about October.

    Was the park you went to Badoca Park? I feel you though, I went to the lisbon zoo last month and though obv there are no natural habitats there, it was a really fun day and I loved seeing all those animals.

    I read a lot, but it was mostly rereads (the throne of glass series), a few comics and a really long and really good Stephen King book (under the dome).

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    1. October has started very well! I’m feeling so much more organized and productive. I hope it’s treating you well too ❤

      Yes! Badoca Park 🙂 It was our first time there, and I loved it. Although the amount of DUST during the safari… oh, my. I needed an immediate shower aftwerwards 😀 My hair was filthy, my glasses were all stained and I don't even want to think about the amount of dust I inhaled during that 30-40 minutes ride 😀

      I love Lisbon zoo! The last time we went, we chased the peacock all over the park so he'd open his tail for a picture. Ahaha, poor thing. He finally did, and we managed to snap some beautiful photos.

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  2. Your small getaway sounds nice. Loved seeing the pictures from the Safari Park. We have one around here, but haven’t had the chance to check it out yet. Nice job finishing five books! I had a rough reading month in September. It was 19 days in and I had only read one book, I felt so bad about it. I really want to read American Royals!

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    1. Yeah, September wasn’t the best. I only read one book (American Royals) by Sep 15th… lol. And then had to push myself into reading something else. «American Royals» is very much like Gossip Girl and The Royals TV Shows! It’s a lot of fun, I hope you’ll love it when you get to it 🙂
      October will be a much better month! I can already feel it 🙂

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  3. I’m sorry to hear that your September wasn’t the greatest! I know what you mean by work, home, work, home routine. That’s my life for the most part. It’s not very often that I deviate from it. That trip to the Safari Park looked like it was SO much fun! I love the close up photo of the ostrich! So freakin’ cute! 😀
    5 books isn’t bad… I haven’t counted how many I’ve read yet but I think I read 7 this past month. I feel like I had so much on my mind that my reading has suffered!
    Here’s to a spooky, fun October! 😀

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    1. I love blog and reading mostly because it “breaks” the routine, but sometimes I let it become a part of the routine and everything gets so much more difficult to accomplish, if you know what I mean 🙂 Ahaha, my bf seemed to love that ostrich (actually, I think it’s an emu). When I was choosing the photos for this blog posts, there were like 10 of the bird! *facepalm* and 0 of me! 😀

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      1. Oh I know exactly what you mean! I end up doing the same things every day, then blogging and reading become part of that routine!
        That’s cute! 😀 Oh haha, I actually wouldn’t know the difference 😐
        HA! That’s hilarious! You’ll have to tell him next time, please refrain from taking so many photos of the birds! 😂

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    1. Thank you, hun! I can tell you already that October has started so much better! I’m back into reading and blogging, and don’t feel very overwhelmed by the work (even though we’ve been crazy busy!)
      Here’s to a happy (and spooky!) October! 🙂

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  4. WOWSERS, it’s incredible that you managed to fit in so many books at the end of the month – good on you! ALSO SURELY SOMEONE NAMED THAT LEMUR JULIEN ON PURPOSE, I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT’S A COINCIDENCE!! 😱 I hope you have a better reading month in October (although tbh 5 books is already an achievement IMO hahaha 😂)

    💛 Ngoc

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  5. I’m sad to hear September was your worst reading month!! I hope October will be better and kinder for you ^^
    september was okay for me. To be quite honest, I don’t even remember what I’ve read!! hahaha But I did lots of stuff, so I’m happy about that. so far, October has been harsh on me, unfortunately. I haven’t had much time to read, or even desire to, because I have a million things to fix, accounts to create, classes to change, contracts to sign, … basically, lots of Erasmus and adult tasks I don’t really enjoy taking care of. )): My classes have started this week and I’m already full of homework and essays! But hopefully by the end of the month, I’ll get used to the routine and everything will be fixed!
    By the way, I really wanna read American Royals!! The cover really brings my attention to it o:
    Happy readings ❤

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    1. October has been so much better tbh! I’m sure that once you settle in, get used to classes, make friends, you’ll have some spare time for reading as well 🙂 Erasmus is a very unique experience, I hope the positives outweigh the negatives and you learn a lot of new things! ❤

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