Month in Review

Month in Reading Review – September 2018


For me September was about keeping an eye on the reading challenges I had set myself, so I am interested to see how I went and how much further I have to advance!

A holiday season book –  The Wishing Tree
A number in the title  – Three Gold Coins 
A classic   – Persuasion
Last book added to my TBR – By Invitation Only Dorothea Benton Frank
Children’s Book  Emily of New Moon  L. M. Montgomery
Randomly chosen from TBR – Flirting With Pete  Barbara Delinsky
Audiobooks – 3
Library books – 7

So for the last three months of the year I still have some challenges I’d like to advance a little more.  I have finished the library challenge although of course I am still reading from the library!

Books Read

Number of Books Read in September: 16

The Wishing Tree   Emily March    Contemporary romance   Kindle
Three Gold Coins   Josephine Moon Mainstream fiction  – Hardback
Rush     Lisa Paton    Mainstream southern fiction  – Hardback
Crimes Against a Book Club  Kathy Cooperman Mainstream fiction – audiobook
Season of Wonder   RaeAnne Thayne  Contemporary Romance – Kindle
Persuasion   Jane Austen   Classic.   – audiobook
Flirting with Pete   Barbara Delinksy  – Mainstream Fiction – Paperback from my bookshelf
Fool Me Forever   Ainslie Paton   – Contemporary Romance – Kindle
An American Marriage   Tayari Jones – Fiction – Hardback.
The Desert Nurse   Pamela Hart  Historical fiction – Trade Paperback
By Invitation Only  Dorothea Benton Frank   Mainstream Fiction.   Hardback
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane  JoAnn Ross   Contemporary Romance – Kindle
Leverage in Death.  J . D. Robb. Narrated Susan Eriksen – Suspense – Audiobook
Scandal Above Stairs   Jennifer Ashley   Cozy Mystery – Paperback
Emily of New Moon  L.M.Montgomery   Children’s Fiction – Paperback
How to Walk Away.  Katherine Center Mainstream Fiction – Hardback

New to me authors

Lisa Paton
Cathy Cooperman
Tayari Jones

Favourite September book

Ah, so many good books in this month. In the end I have chosen this book for my favourite but so many close runner ups!

book cover


What I am looking forward to reading in October

Now that’s a bit of a hard question, obviously my own bookshelf is groaning with books I want to read and some are also on the way and then of course the library will tell me a book is ready to pick up. But … let’s see.  The first two are on my bookshelf, the Cathy Lamb is for review from Kensington. The anticipation for each book fills me with delight.

Incoming books

Bought – paperbacks

Kindle Books

I bought The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt because his Okay for Now might just be my top favourite children’s book.

From the Library

This was the month of the feast from the library. So many of my reserved books came in! Looking at them now I see I have finished with them all and they have been returned! The pressure of other readers waiting!

From Edelweiss or NetGalley

That one without a title is American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt.


Audiobooks bought.



This month I also joined two Australian book  clubs online on Facebook.  One is Rachael Johns Online Book Club  (Australian author) and also Hachette Australia’s Books with Heart Book Club. Each read one book a month and talk about it. Australian books of course, but I decided that I’d enjoy reading many of them, as they are mostly women’s fiction genre so I think it will be an excellent fit for me. The New Zealand population of 5 million is too small for such things!  I know! I know! Many cities in the world have double, triple and more of that! You can see why when we travel for the first time we are a little over awed!

The October read for Books with Heart is about a 79 year old woman. And that will cover a reading challenge topic for me as well. I’ve bought this one as too many reserves on it at the library!book cover

Rachael John’s club read is reading in October …    I’ve bought this one as well and its on its way from Booktopia. (An Australian site) as I couldn’t find it in my local bookshop. Again too many reserves on it at the library, which is good!

book cover

So that’s a wrap for September, I count it as a very good month.  As we slide into October – I saw a blogger calling this Owntober which is a good reminder to read our own books! And I hope to read some more of them. But… there is the local book fair mid October where there will be cheap books. Hmm I’ll limit myself I think. Maybe ten at the most! Have I read last year’s haul, I need to look at that, maybe I haven’t even read one! Ouch.


So what was your reading month like?  Last month I had a book giveaway – I have contacted the winner but haven’t heard back, but I do believe she has been away so I’ll wait awhile longer to give her time to check her email. More news on that next time.

25 thoughts on “Month in Reading Review – September 2018”

  1. Wow, what a great reading month for you! I just love your line, “The anticipation for each book fills me with delight.” Isn’t that a wonderful thing? I feel that way, too. And I have the same problem with my TBR shelves just growing and growing! I haven’t bought books for myself and neither has my husband in many years (but we buy them for each other for holiday gifts!), but somehow we now have double rows on our TBR bookcase!

    I am also looking forward to An American Marriage and the new Kate Morton. And OMG – Okay for Now is one of my favorite kids’ books, too!! I need to read The Wednesday Wars as well.

    Hope October is going well for you so far!

    Book By Book

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    1. Oh Sue so happy to hear you love Okay for Now too. I bought a hardback copy that I read to my class and left in the classroom when I retired. Now I am thinking I need to buy myself a copy!!


  2. Wow, you had a fantastic month, Kathryn! I, too, can relate to the library holds. I have about seven audiobooks that came in on Overdrive all at the same time, so I’m trying my best to get through them all. I like the sound of Owntober. Unfortunately, I have so many incoming library books that I’m afraid I won’t get much of my own books read this month! Oh, well!! I love to support my library, so it’s all good. I requested the audio for An American Marriage. Here’s to another great month of reading! Happy October!!

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  3. What a great month Kathryn! I admit I’ve let my challenges slide and am just working on my Moody Reading Challenge now… So good luck with that! And the book clubs you joined sounds so fun! And the Village book is one I need to look up because I think my own book club would love it. Thanks for sharing! ❤


  4. What a great reading month you had! And we had one book in common this month – the JD Robb book – it was my first time reading a book in this series? I love reading her Nora Roberts books, but I’ve never read any of her In Death books and I just felt that since I had been sent this one, I would give it a try…and I actually enjoyed it. I think I’m going to go back to the beginning as I have time and read them all – they will be my “guilty pleasure” reads!

    Hope you have a great October!!!


  5. That was a great September!! I’m in awe of your reading successes. Thanks for sharing with us.
    A health issue set me back a couple of weeks in September, but I’m trying to get back on track with my reading.


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