Goodbye September

Hey guys! I’m sorry I didn’t post on Tuesday. My experiment of giving recommendations on Instagram backfired and nobody participated, so I decided to just take a break because I knew this week you’d be getting an extra post today for my monthly wrap up!

Is it just me, or did September last only like…a week? XD I don’t know why it felt like this month flew by even faster than the rest. I did read a TON though. The most I’ve ever read in a month! I even upped my Goodreads goal from 70 to 75, and I’m still 2 books ahead! Though that was only possible because I did read a lot of short books and audiobooks. 😀 But still, 12 books is a lot! Technically I only want to count 11 because I finished All the Stars and Teeth on September 1st and only had a little bit leftover from August, but oh well. 😛 On to the stats!

Reading Stats:

  • Read during September (including currently reading): 15
  • Finished this month: 12
  • Total pages (not including audiobooks): 1,796 (Dang, that’s a lot! O.o)
  • Average rating: 2.75

Books Finished:

I already wrapped up All the Stars and Teeth, Unfurling, Every Hidden Thing and First impressions: A Firebird Ficlet, in my August Wrap Up since I finished them all in the first few days of September before I wrote that post, so you can see my thoughts on them there. I’ll just include my thoughts on everything else I finished as of September 5. 🙂

Owned:

I got Ghosts of the Abyss at a Library Sale and read it because I realized I couldn’t count Luck of the Titanic for Beat the Backlist because it was published this year, so this was to replace it in the prompt “A book that brings out the geek in you.” It was short and sweet and provided a cool look at the Titanic and it’s wreckage side by side, complete with old fashioned red and blue 3D glasses. XD I gave it four stars.

Song for a Whale was cute. I really enjoyed the heart of the story, though the plot was kinda slow to start. I loved that we got a few scenes in the whale’s POV! That really added a lot of emotion to it for me. Iris is so inspiring as a character and I really felt for her and why she was fighting to help this whale even though people didn’t understand why she cared so much. Plus, that cover is so pretty I smile every time I see it. ❤ I gave it 3.5 stars.

There were some cool scenes in Shell Game, and the setting of the Disney Cruise and Castaway Cay was fun, but I was confused as to why everyone hated Philby so much all of a sudden, and all the character’s relationships just seemed off throughout the whole thing. It was just weird. Plus, it was starting to take a dark turn that I wasn’t liking and I just decided to look up spoilers for the other books and finally DNF this series. I knew I grew out of it a lot time ago, but I was still liking the story and concept up until this point, but this book just didn’t do it for me. Even though I have only two books left until the end of the series, apparently it doesn’t end satisfyingly and there’s a spin off series and it just seems to be dragged on forever. So I’m finally giving up. :/ I’m disappointed cuz I worked hard to recollect the books that I lost, but I decided to just unhaul them. I gave it 3 stars.

Prince Caspian unexpectedly made me cry a couple of times! When I was little Lucy was always my favorite cuz I related to her the most, but now as I’ve gotten older I realize I’m more like Susan. Annnd we all know what happens to her in the end. D: Yeah…that hit me pretty hard. :,( But other than that I enjoyed this reread. I was trying to remember how things happened differently in the movie in certain scenes cuz it’s been a while. But reading these books is making me really excited to watch them again with my friends in December!

Library:

I loved this book!! I gave it 4.5 stars. I was really in the mood for a contemporary thriller and it delivered! It wasn’t perfect, there were some little things I didn’t find believable and one thing that kinda fizzled out, but it was a wild ride and I really enjoyed it. I loved her relationship with her little sister, and the romance between her and Ethan was sweet. I thought they made a good team. 🙂 I’m glad it ended on a somewhat happy ending, but there were so many unanswered questions and the sequel seems even more intense, so I’m really looking forward to reading it sometime! Unfortunately my library doesn’t have it so I’d have to buy it. I thought this was really great for this author’s debut, especially since I already loved 10 Blind Dates, but she has other thrillers too that I definitely want to try out!

Audiobooks:

Yes, I reread Peter Pan AGAIN. XD I listened to a different audiobook while reading my Barnes and Noble leather edition. I really want to rewatch the 2003 movie again now. It’s been a while.

Ahhhh I LOVE Sweet Home Alaska. I listened to the audiobook and loved the story just as much as I did the first time, though I wasn’t fond of the narrator.

I listened to Sold on a Monday for the library’s book club, which I wasn’t able to go to in person, but they’d said they’d post a zoom link and they never did…so I guess I read it for nothing. But I still enjoyed it more than I expected. The first half was slow and I struggled to care, but once the repercussions of Ellis’ photo is found out and they try to make it right, it got a lot more exciting. It had a happy and heartwarming ending, so I’m not mad that I gave it a chance. 🙂 I gave it 3.5 stars.

Currently Reading:

I’m not very far into any of these, but I’m enjoying Silenced and The Lost Crown so far. Emma…I’m not sure I understand what’s going on yet. XD But I’m only 13% through it. I can tell this is going to take me forever to get through. I downloaded the audiobook to help me get through it faster, but my hold on it is already expiring and someone else is waiting for it so I’m going to have to put it on hold. :/

Accomplishments This Month:

Blogging:

Posts This Month:

Writing:

There’s a lot of blank space this month where I didn’t write anything. So far in total this year I’ve tracked writing 177,159 words out of 250,000, which is a lot, buuuut since I’ve fallen behind if I actually want to have written 250k by the end of December, I’m going to have to write 24,281 every month. O.o

My total word count this month is 15,690, which is unsurprising since I’m not currently drafting anything, so that just includes, notes, letters and blog posts. Oh, and I did end up doing Abbie Emmons’ story study guide experiment. I watched The Curse of the Black Pearl and filled out her questionnaire to study all the character motivations and plot points, cuz that movie seems SO complicated. I grew up watching it my whole life, and there’s still things I notice for the first time. 😛 It took me 7 hours to watch a 2 1/2 hour movie because I paused to take notes between every single scene. XD

And I submitted my concept for my pirate fantasy that I wrote a couple years ago for critique on YWW, so the feedback I got on that was really helpful and encouraged me to finally start working towards draft two! I figured out a key piece of the plot I was missing in draft one which will make my story make a lot more sense going forward at least. ‘:D It’s still going to be a long daunting project, but I’m excited to finally get back to it. 🙂

Full Bujo Tracker/Favorite/Book Haul:

Favorite of the month:

Definitely The Rules for Disappearing! I didn’t even need to think twice. 😀

Book Haul:

I went to another library sale and found a TON of books that were on my TBR, and a Goodwill opened up near me so I went to check it out and found the Julie Collection, and Peter and the Starcatchers and Island of the Blue Dolphins which I read as a kid and wanted to own again. 🙂

  • In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
  • 10 Truths and A Dare (ARC) by Ashley Elston
  • Tumbling by Caela Carter
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • American Royals by Katharine McGee
  • Julie: An American Girl Collection by Megan McDonald
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Every Hidden Thing (Kobo audiobook)
  • Sold on a Monday (Kobo audiobook)

Life:

Nothing much happened this month outside of reading and writing. We’re still down to one car and my social life just consists of church stuff, but I’m okay with that. But I’m considering a secret project that in the next month I might be able to tell you about. Nothing is official yet, but later this month I’m going to decide. 🙂

Movies/Shows/Podcasts:

Movies watched:

  • The Vault (Netflix) (This one was awesome! I love heist movies.)
  • Silent (Netflix short film)
  • Hampstead (Netflix)

Shows watched:

  • The rest of America’s Got Talent season 16 (NBC)
  • The rest of American Ninja Warrior season 13 (NBC)
  • Sister Sister season 4, episodes 3-11 (Netflix)
  • Mako Mermaids season 1 episodes 7-9
  • Drain the Oceans: Malaysia Airlines 370 (Disney +)
  • Chip and Dale: Park Life episode 2 (Disney +)
  • Dive Club entire first season (Netflix) (It was kinda cheesy and the writing wasn’t the best, but I freaking loved it! The mystery was so addicting and I loved that it ended up being tied to Russian history. And the soundtrack is gorgeous! It immediately went on my pirate fantasy WIP’s playlist along with Shadow and Bone’s. 😀 And GAH IT ENDED HORRIBLY THOUGH! They better renew it just because of that cliffhanger! I’m SO mad at a certain character too. If you know, you know!)
  • Anne With an E season 3, episode 8 (Netflix) (AHH! I only have two episodes left! I’m putting them off so I can savor it. XD)
  • Bear Grylls: You vs. the Wild episodes 1-2 (I’ve seen the one where he takes celebrities into the wilderness, but I was curious about this one cuz I’ve never watched an interactive show before. It was pretty cool. Like those Choose Your Own Adventure things but it’s on TV.)
  • No Good Nick, season 1 episodes 1-2 (Netflix) (I didn’t expect this to be a Disney-esque sitcom type of show, but I’m really curious why she’s conning them, so I’ll probably keep watching it occasionally.)
  • Turn: Washington’s Spies, season 1, episodes 1-4 (This show is so addicting! I had this on my watchlist just cuz the synopsis sounded cool and I’ve heard about the Culper Ring before, but it was coming across The Oversimplified videos on YouTube about the Revolutionary War that made me want to watch it. 😛 My mom and I have been binging a few episodes a night since we started. There’s some gory scenes R-rated sex stuff in it, but I just really enjoy the writing and the history and all the spy stuff is fascinating. It’s kinda hard to understand everything that’s going on sometimes, but I’m still enjoying it and wondering what’s going to happen next.)

Podcasts:

  • Talking Beasts episodes 4 and 5
  • Books Unbound episode 73
  • Gen-Z Media/BYU Radio’s Treasure Island 2020 Audio drama (This was so fun! A little cheesy, but it kinda reminded me of Adventure’s in Odyssey, which is the only audio drama I’ve heard before. This was a cool retelling of Treasure Island and it made me actually look forward to doing the dishes so I could find out what would happen next. :P)

Well, that’s it for this post! Thanks for making it to the end if you did. XD

How was your September? What did you do this month? What was your favorite book/movie/show you saw recently? I’ll see you on Tuesday with my goals for October!

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye September

  1. Wow, what a VERY ambitious list of achievements for one month, I am impressed!

    If you like Peter Pan I have a book recommendation, a darker twist on that book called “The Child Thief” by Brom. Check it out to see if it something for you. I loved it.

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