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Total books read this month: 12.
Four of these are library books.
Three are audiobooks.
Two are review books.
Two are books I bought in 2018.
Where do the authors come from?
Five authors from the USA
Three authors from Britain
One from Ireland
One from New Zealand ( Who – well that’s Nalini Singh of course!)
Two from Australia
New to me authors:
Reading Challenge Update:
I am nearing finishes with most, I think I will make my audiobook goal, even though I thought I wouldn’t. I may not read a banned book so that will mean I don’t finish the Anne Bogel one, but that’s okay.
Reading Club Update:
I read Brothers and Sisters by Fiona Palmer for one online book club and really enjoyed it, the listen on audio was the way to go and the discussion on Facebook with Books with Heart was interesting.
I read Table for Eight by Tricia Stringer and that will be for next month along with Liane Moriarty’s latest book, Nine Strangers Waiting.
Outside Reading Highlights
I had installed a bookcase in my lounge room, and I love the fact I can now keep all my books in one place. I did cull some as I put them on their new home. I love the cupboards underneath which will hide stuff!!
Top Book for November…
Have you read this Irish author? I hadn’t up until this month but I loved the story and the exploration of homelessness, which is so prevalent in everyone’s country these days. At first the cover didn’t really wow me, but once I’d read the book – perfection!
Looking forward to reading in December …
Reading/Blogging Goals for December…
See how many of my reading challenges I can finish or near finish.
Decide if I will host a reading challenge for 2019 … or not.
Think about what challenges I might take part in for 2019.
Decide on my first book to read for 2019.
Last month I wanted to get 3 to 4 rereads accomplished. I read two and as they were rather solid reads I count that as good enough!
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!
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
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!
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.
Bought – paperbacks
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.
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!
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!
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.