September Wrap Up + Book Haul

The last 8 days or so of September, I read like my life depended on absorbing as many books as possible. It was crazy. From the 22nd-30th, I read 9 books and 3 short stories, bringing my total things read in September to 4 short stories (for the Gothic September Poe read along) and 14 books.

It wasn’t exactly record-breaking, but I was impressed, especially since I’d been in a genre slump all year, and was falling into a general reading slump.

The Martian saved me, though. Something about the real/realistic science from it, coupled with the tone and pace, acted as a bridge between non-fiction and sci-fi for me. It was great, and I think I’m mostly out of my sci-fi/fantasy slump (as long as I don’t read too much of either close together).


I read…

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Book, rating, link to reviews, and what Bookish Bingo square I used them for…

  • Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (3.5/5 stars)
  • “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
  • Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman (4/5 stars, but I’m considering lowering it to 3.5/5) // My review //Co-Authored
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (4.5/5 stars) // “Person on Cover”
  • Blue Horses by Mary Oliver (4/5 stars) //Poetry or Verse
  • Halloween Carnival vol. 1 edited by Brian James Freeman (3/5 stars) // My review // “Horror
  • The Martian by Andy Weir (5/5 stars)
  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (3.5/5 stars) // My review // “LGBT
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (2/5 stars) // “First in a Series
  • Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (4.5/5 stars) // My review // “Set at a School
  • “William Wilson” by Edgar Allan Poe (3/5 stars)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (3/5 stars) // “Illustrations
  • Lumberjanes vol. 1 by Noelle Stevens (3/5 stars)
  • Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins (3.5/5 stars)
  • “The Imp of the Perverse” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
  • “A Descent Into the Maelstrom” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
  • The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (3.5/5 stars) // My review //Magic in the Real World
  • Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (5/5 stars)

For the autumn challenges below, here’s my first post about them which has links to the origins.


I finished the Poe read along, but I ended up reading 3/4 stories in the last week or so, instead of one per week. It was fun and I should definitely get back to reading Poe more regularly.


Fall Bookish Bingo

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I’m so close to a Bingo already, yay!


R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril didn’t work out so well for me in September, so I need to step it up for October to reach my goal of 4 books. The only one I read (and counted) for R.I.P. in September was The Graveyard Book, which was one of the books I listed as a possible choice in my original post.


Yearly challenges updates:

For #RockMyTBR, I read The Killing Joke, but The Graveyard Book or The Martian would have counted, too.

And, finally, I got to check off a couple of tasks for both the PopSugar reading challenge, and the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. (I’ll post both lists at the end of the year, because I might swap some things around between now and then.)


Book Haul!

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Left to right: 5 Goosebumps books! In a tin! (That I didn’t want to take the plastic off of yet, which I now realize was a mistake because the picture is garbage, ugh.) // Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay // Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly // The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan // Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (ARC) // Fever by Deon Meyer (ARC) // Doctor Who: City of Death by James Goss (ok, this one is technically husband’s, but I’m going to read it, to) // Caraval by Stephanie Garber // The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.


Both of my grown-up cats were very interested in what I was doing. At least I managed to get one shot that didn’t have my other cat’s butt blocking 3/4 of the frame. Of course, I got this one shot because she decided to try to sit on my head while I was on my stomach on the ground taking the photo:/ 


How was your September, and what was your favorite read last month?

Are you participating in any autumn (or all-year) reading challenges?

Is there anything from my haul that you think I should read ASAP?

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July& August Book Haul (+ bonus pictures of other kittens and a mama cat)

I might have left out a book or two :/ I don’t think I did, but I have this feeling that I missed one.

Anyway, this whole summer was ah-maze-ing for me and acquiring books. Like, I found so many deals! It was magical.

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Left stack, from top to bottom: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katerine Arden // The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers // Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher // The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike // John Dies at the End by David Wong // Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye // Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck (review here)

Right stack, from top to bottom: Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill // White Teeth by Zadie Smith // Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh // Fun Home by Alison Bechdel // Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle // The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry // The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher // The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff


And now what you’re really here for…the cats!

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So, we think this is the mom of our two babies. Our best guess is that she was trying to move all her babies because they were getting more mobile, but the two little shits we found had squirmed into places she couldn’t get to.

Anyway, there are 3 others outside with her, but I could only get pictures of these two. (I touched both of these a couple of nights ago and holy crap you guys, the cream one is like petting a freaking cloud! So. Soft! And brave. She…I think…faced me and put herself between me and her two siblings until they decided I was harmless and climbed over her haha.)

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How freaking cute are these? The other one looks a lot like the top one, but more grey than brown.

(Ridiculously Late) June Wrap Up + Book Haul

Well, at least I did this before the month was officially half over? :/ Onward!

So June wasn’t really a great reading month for me, but that’s ok because I made up for it by buying a ton of new books…That makes sense, right? Terrifying TBR + slow reading month = buy more books! (I might have failed a math class once…)

Anyway, in June, I managed to finally get through some things I’m ashamed for having not read yet, found a new couple of favorites, and crossed an item or two off my PopSugar 2017 Reading Challenge, and completed my goal for #RockMyTBR. So, all things considered, it wasn’t a bad month. Plus, shiny new books!


I read:

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (reviewed here) and I gave it 3.75/5 stars (rounded up to 4/5 stars).

 

 

 

 

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (reviewed here) and I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

 

 

 

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The Haunted and The Hunted by Cassie Alexander (reviewed together here), and I gave The Haunted a tentative 2.75 stars (rounded up to 3/5) and The Hunted 2.5/5 stars (rounded down to 2/5)

 

 

 

 

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La Douleur Exquise by J.R. Rogue which I gave 4/5 stars, and I highly recommend Rogue’s work in general!

 

 

 

 

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover which I gave 2/5 stars. I wanted to like it, but it really wasn’t my thing at all, so sorry to any fans out there :/

 

 

 

 

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare which I gave 5/5 stars (but maybe 4.5/5? I’m not sure yet), and this is one I was ashamed that I hadn’t read yet. I love Shakespeare and I feel like this should have been required high school reading.

 

 

 

And, finally, I read

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen for the first time. I think. I gave it 2/5 stars. I had a bunch of classic fairy tales when I was a kid, but I don’t remember if I had this one or not. If I did read it then, it didn’t leave an impression, and I’m still just not a fan. I think I’m more of a Grimm’s fan.

 

 


Book Haul!

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From top to bottom: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett; Hans Christian Andersen Tales (Word Cloud Classics edition because I love those and have a few others); The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore; It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett; Everything Must Go (ARC) by Jenny Fran Davis; Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour; Burial Rites by Hannah Kent; Blue Horses by Mary Oliver; Irish Folk and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats; Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell; If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; The Complete Poetry of Maya Angelou

Husband picked out Equal Rites, mostly for me, because I didn’t get along well with The Color of Magic and, for a change, he wants to get me into a series. So, I read a page or so of Equal Rites, declared it to be more to my tastes, and here we are. He also found the W.B. Yeats book and thought I’d be interested (he knows me so well ❤ ).

I’m long overdue having some Andersen fairy tales, so I jumped at the chance to get this edition when I found it.

The Girl in the CastleIt’s All Fun and Games, and Everything Must Go were goodreads giveaway wins that arrived last month.

Everything Leads to YouBurial RitesBlue Horses, Station Eleven, The Bone Clocks, The Bone Season, and anything/everything Maya Angelou have all been on my wishlist and TBR for ages.

If We Were Villainshad to get because I won the audiobook a couple of months ago (review here) and became absolutely obsessed with it. I’ve been scouring B&N since then, but the closest to me doesn’t stock it. I actually–amazingly–found it at BAM, which blew my mind. Husband made me buy it because I’d finally found it (and had been talking non-stop about it for weeks by then). It’s definitely a contender for my favorite book read in 2017 and I highly recommend it!

Also, I think I should mention that while this looks like I spent an obscene amount of money, almost all of these (that I bought) were on sale. Like, under $5 kind of on sale. I felt like I’d died and gone to bibliophile heaven because I hadn’t even planned on going to the bookstore, but we did, and it was amazing. I really don’t usually buy as many books as I have this year, I’ve just come across great deals at opportune times. The only thing that bugs me a little is that a lot were on shelves outside, so they have a bit of dirt and slightly more wear than most of the inside books. But for the prices, I’m fine with that.


What was your June reading month like? See any books you loved (or hated!) on my lists?

 

May Wrap Up + Book Haul

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May was a surprisingly good reading month for me, but I’ve fallen behind on reviewing things. I read 15 books, but most of those were short (poetry collections). However, I did, finally, make it through East of Eden, which I started waaaay back for Tome Topple.

 


Books read:

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I Am More Than a Daydream by Jennae Cecelia– A collection of poetry I gave 4.5/5 stars.

 

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Burntown by Jennifer McMahon– I had an ARC of this, and reviewed it. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

 

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Tell Me Where it Hurts by J.R. Rogue– A very emotional, raw poetry book. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

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Poems I Found in My Closet by Evette Blue– More poetry. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

 

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Growth by Karin Cox– Poetry. I gave it 2.5/5 stars.

 

 

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the three o’clock in the morning sessions by Angie Martin– Yep, more poetry. I gave this one 3/5 stars.

 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams– This was a re-read, and I gave it 4/5 stars again. I love this series, but for some reason I don’t “5/5 stars” love the first couple of books in the “trilogy in 5 parts.”

 

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Mad Woman by Kat Savage– Poetry again (are you seeing the pattern yet? :P), which I gave 5/5 stars and it landed Kat Savage on my list of favorite poets. I reviewed it, too.

 

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love, and you by Gretchen Gomez– Yep, another lovely book of poetry. I gave it 5/5 stars and can’t wait to see what else Gretchen writes. Reviewed here.

 

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams– The second Hitchhiker’s Guide book, which was also a re-read and got 4.5/5 stars.

 

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio– AKA “The Book I WILL NOT SHUT UP ABOUT” because I freaking loved it and am now obsessed. 5/5 stars, reviewed here.

 

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck– The tome I did not topple during the read a thon, but finally finished. I gave it 4/5 stars and it also counted for #RockMyTBR, yay!

 

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Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood– Short stories, which I will possibly be reviewing eventually. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff– This was on my TBR before it released, and I really enjoyed it. I reviewed it, and gave it 4/5 stars.

 

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Throes by Kat Savage– The last book, and another collection of poetry. I also gave this one 5/5 stars.

 

 


Book Haul!

Full disclosure: Not all of these are mine (my book obsession might be contagious, so husband might have caught it), but I’m including the ones that aren’t exactly/exclusively mine anyway because I know I’ll be reading them.

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From left to right: Hamlet (this edition ❤ ); The Girl on the Road; NW; The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden; Welcome to Night Vale; The Divine Comedy; Furiously Happy; Fates and Furies; The Beautiful and Damned; This Side of Paradise; Perfume: The Story of a Murderer; love, & you; Simulacra; La Douleur Exquise; Mad Woman; Redamancy; Throes; Good Bones and Simple Murders; and the boxed set of Time Lord Fairy Tales.

I’m not including my Kindle books because this post would take about 5 days to assemble if I did that :/ (I might have purchased, like, 20 Agatha Christie ebooks…and a bunch of others…because for some reason May was the month of book sales…)

Last month was ridiculous, and I never buy this many books. Like, there have been spans of two years when I haven’t bought this many books. But seriously, the sales. It was unbelievable. I got so many books for less than $2, and, like I said, they’re not all technically mine.

Poetry Tuesday (a short poem of mine + poetry book haul)

I almost decided to just skip posting this week, but I decided to go ahead and share something super short. This is possibly the shortest thing I’ve written and consider complete, actually :/

 

I remember the day I found
your Change of Heart card
in the mail, tucked between
some other junk and bills.

–it was dated months before you left

 

I also (FINALLY) bought some more poetry books ❤ Why is it that waiting for books to come in the mail always seems so much longer than waiting for almost anything else?

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And I still haven’t gotten around to making a less pathetic “featured image” for Poetry Tuesdays :/ Maybe I’ll keep this one, who knows. (Hey, my husband said he likes it :p But really, I need to actually finish making the images for stuff so my blog has some semblance of cohesion.)