September, September, where did you go? Last month both took forever and flew by way too fast, which is curious on its own. It seems like the blogging break in August didn’t help me at all and the blogging slump has caused some kind of reading slump… As a consequence I struggled considerably to find the motivation to both read and blog, as you might have noticed. On a brighter side, I have been painting a lot and I’ve been busy with DIY as well as I’ve been prepping and painting the garden in preparation for the upcoming spring/summer months. More good news: I also got my second Astrazeneca dose two weeks ago! It’s a relief to be both fully vaccinated… And thankfully this time around there were no side effects either, so a double bonus. Below you can find some samples of my painting (colorful cement ‘stones’ to mark the edge of a border & various plant pots among other things) as well as the shiny new yellow walls in the garden.

Next: the bookish numbers.

  • Number of books read in September: 12
  • Total number of books read in 2021: 185
  • Total number of pages read in September: 4.100
  • Total number of pages read in 2021: 65.638

My reading definitely wasn’t in form last month. 12 books doesn’t sound so bad, but I usually read a lot more and quite a few of the books below were short/fast reads at that. I guess I’m lucky that I was at least able to enjoy most of them… But I do hope to be back to my usual reading self by the end of October.

SEPTEMBER 2021 READS

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!

Broken Bones – by Angela Marsons // The Humans – by Matt Haig // Dying Truth – by Angela Marsons // Malibu Rising – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

Deadly Caller – by OMJ Ryan // Never Saw Me Coming – by Vera Kurian // The Final Girl Support Group – by Grady Hendrix // Adulthood Is A Myth – by Sarah Andersen

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The Summer Seekers – by Sarah Morgan

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.

Faithless – by Karin Slaughter

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

Talk Bookish To Me – by Kate Bromley

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’. 

The Mistletoe Pact – by Jo Lovett


I ended up joining more challenges than planned this year, but thankfully I’m finishing most without too much effort… I increased my Goodreads goal to 200 in the end; I don’t think it will be too hard to beat the number as I have three months left to read 15 books. I also already have the book picked out to complete the When Are You Reading? challenge and I just have to read it… I have to really start focusing on those final BTB Bingo titles though.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals: I’m getting really close to having my ARC/backlist ratio below 40% and I hope to do so by next month. I’ve managed to decrease my TBR pile a little and I did read some DI Kim Stone and Slaughter books, although I don’t think I will be able to complete especially the second before the end of the year. The first is a maybe depending on how fast I can read those final six books (and knowing book 15 will be published soon).

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 3/3 (The Big Four // The Mystery Of The Blue Train // The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes)
  • Complete at least 6 series (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 6/6 (Harold Fry // Martini Club // It Happened In Charleston // Hidden Iceland // Bluebell Castle // A Dog’s Purpose)
  • Catch up with Karin Slaughter series (Will Trent/Grant County) 7/15
  • Catch up with DI Kim Stone Series 9/15
  • Reread at least 2 books DONE!! 2/2 (The Shadow Of The Wind // The One)
  • Get my owned TBR pile below 650 books and keep it that way. 700/650
  • Read at least one book over 600 pages DONE!! 1/1 (The Stand; 1327 pages)
  • Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 40.5%
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish DONE !! 2/2 (Los Plebeyos // Las Onomatobellas)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch DONE!! 1/1 (Harry Potter En De Steen Der Wijzen)
  • Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations (each author counts only once) DONE!! 15/15 (The Shadow Of The Wind (Spain) // Snowblind (Iceland) // Crazy Rich Asians (Singapore) // Smoke Screen (Norway) // Hotel Cartagena (Germany) // Los Plebeyos (Argentina) // These Violent Delights (China) // Inborn (Norway) // Facets Of Death (South Africa) // The Final Chapter (France) // Tears Of Amber (Mexico) // Harry Potter En De Steen Der Wijzen (UK; Dutch version) // The Maidens (Cyprus) // Float Plan (Germany) // Las Onomatobellas (Argentina))
  • Read at least 10 TBR jar picks DONE!! 10/10 (Radio Silence // Shutter Island // Hidden Figures // Inborn // My Dark Vanessa // Take Me There // Every Single Secret // Red Winter // Arsenic And Adobo // The Humans)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year DONE!! 5/5
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% 99%

Stay safe and happy reading!


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