I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s October already. I mean, October?! At least it’s now officially Spring and I love that everything is starting to grow and bloom outside again. There is a reason this is one of my favorite seasons. 😉 October also means Halloween month, and seriously the end of the year is coming closer way too fast.
I participated in the N.E.W.T.s Readathon during September, a Harry Potter inspired readathon which was a lot of fun. It’s also the reason I managed to finish a ton of books last month despite the fact I’ve been working a lot in our garden. I’m also still trying to finish my crochet hexagon blanket (almost done though!) And I’ve been baking a lot last month as well, something I never grow tired of. 😉 Brownies to the win! ❤
Now to the bookish numbers:
- Number of books read in September: 25
- Total number of books read this year: 170
- Total number of pages read in September: 8.042
- Total number of pages read this year: 53.036
I somehow managed to read a LOT last month, and I even got another five star read! I did have more lowish reads than normal, but overall I’m still happy with this month.
5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.
The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo – by Taylor Jenkins Reid
4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!
Father Christmas And Me – by Matt Haig // Gone To Ground – by Rachel Amphlett // City Of Ghosts – by Victoria Schwab // Radiance Of Tomorrow – by Ishmael Beah // The Wife’s Secret – by Kerry Wilkinson
4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Birthday – by Carol Wyer // Toxic – by Lydia Kang // The Shattered Mountain – by Rae Carson // Lies Between Us – by Ronnie Turner // The King’s Guard – by Rae Carson // Without Merit – by Colleen Hoover
3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.
2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.
2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’
Pretty Little Liars – by Sara Shepard
I haven’t joined a lot of challenges this year so far, mostly because I decided to focus more on ‘fun’ reading and less on goals I have to complete. Things are going way better than planned! I’ve managed to finish my updated Netgalley challenge last month!! I won’t be updating it again since it seems pretty useless… The same goes for the Goodreads challenge. I still need to find a title for the last era (1600-1699) of the When Are You Reading? challenge though.
# CHALLENGES #
Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge:100/100 DONE!! 2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge :DONE!!! 54/40 books read published in 2017 or 2016 and 48/20 books read published 2015 or before. A total of 102/40 books. Reading Through The Centuries:5/5 DONE!! 2018 Netgalley And Edelweiss Challenge:25/25 DONE!! 2018 Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge UPDATED:75/75 DONE!!
- When Are You Reading?: 11/12
As for my other goals… No progress whatsoever in the final three goals, and I’m not sure if I will make two of these. I’m going to try and read the 800+ in the last two months of 2018 though (yes, not this month). I’m pretty sure my TBR goal will be hopeless unless I unhaul some books…
# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #
Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count)3/3 DONE!! (Murder On The Orient Express // Slaughterhouse-Five, The Mysterious Affair At Styles) Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count)5/5 DONE!! (The Conspiracy Of Us // Bad Girls Don’t Die // Embassy Row // The 5th Wave // Legend) Reread at least 2 books2/2 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta // Harry Potter Y El Prisionero De Azkaban)
- Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way. 416/300
- Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (maximum 528 pages)
Read at least 1 book in Spanish1/1 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta) Read at least 1 book in Dutch1/1 DONE!! (Het Jaar Dat De Wereld Op Zijn Kop Stond by Clare Furniss) Read more international authors/translations (at least 10)10/10 DONE!! (Stage Four (The Netherlands)/ Born A Crime (South Africa)/ Halfway (India)/ A Castle In Romagna (Croatia)/ My Sweet Friend (Belgium)/ The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter (Germany)/ The Letter For The King (Indonesia)/ The Air Raid Killer (Germany)/ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (Sweden)/ The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden (Sweden)/ Radiance Of Tomorrow (Sierra Leone)) Join at least 5 challenges during the year5/5 DONE!!
- Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 95%
- Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m
Happy October and Happy Reading!