Monthly Wrap Up | September 2020

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September was quite a busy month for me, and not just from a blogging perspective. The month has flown by so quickly! I was able to get back on track with my TBR, and am now finally caught up and ready for October’s releases, primarily The Tower of Nero and Lightbringer, both of which I’ve been looking forward to all year. Now that it looks like I’m going to be working from home for the rest of the year atleast, I’m hoping to reach my current reading goal of 200 books well ahead of December, and maybe catch up on some backlist titles too. In other news, I finally hit 500 followers this month! Thank you so much to all my followers for your support in reaching this milestone!

Books I Read in September 2020
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
The Faithless Hawk (The Merciful Crow #2) – Margaret Owen (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) – Roshani Chokshi – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix – ARC (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Kingdom of Ice and Bone (Frozen Sun Saga #2) – Jill Criswell – ARC (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes – ARC
– The Write Reads Blog Tour (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness #2) – Katy Rose Pool (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Crownchasers – Rebecca Coffindaffer – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Charming As A Verb – Ben Philippe – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Blood and Honey (Serpent and Dove #2) – Shelby Mahurin (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses #2) – Cassandra Clare (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Come On In – Adi Alsaid – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Kingdom of Sea and Stone (Crown of Coral and Pearl #2) – Mara Rutherford – ARC
– Harlequin Trade Publishing Blog Tour (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers #1) – Enid Blyton (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) – L. M. Montgomery (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Other posts & reviews this month

Monthly Wrap Up | August 2020
Majesty (American Royals #2) – Katharine McGee (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
WWW Wednesday | September 02, 2020
WWW Wednesday | September 09, 2020
WWW Wednesday | September 16, 2020
WWW Wednesday | September 23, 2020
Mystery Blogger Award Round 2
WWW Wednesday | September 30, 2020

Reading Challenge Updates

In a little departure from routine, both my reading challenge picks this month are children’s books for two reasons. First, because I’ve been waiting for a chance to work these old favourites in to my reading schedule, and second, because my immediate TBR simply didn’t have any books that matched this month’s prompts. They certainly did provide a delightfully light-hearted interlude to the comparatively intense reads I had planned for September!

1. Epic Reads Reading Challenge:Β BOARDING SCHOOLS
Chosen Book: First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers #1) – Enid Blyton
Darrell’s off to her new school.
But what has she packed?
1. Tennis racket? Yes
2. Pocket-money? Yes
3. A lid for her temper? No

Oh dear! Malory Towers has a whole trunkload of trouble to come!

Darrell and her friends grow together as they share their school days. There are new students to induct, sporting matches to be won, tempers to control and tricks to play on teachers. This work presents stories about life at boarding school as readers follow the girls’ lives through 6 years at Malory Towers.

Enid Blyton novels are among the earliest books I remember picking up, and this series in particular always fascinated me, as attending boarding school sounded like great fun, with its midnight picnics and delightful pranks. Going through the experience of Malory Towers right alongside Darrell Rivers makes for a read that I found as enjoyable today as I did over fifteen years ago.

2. Fictional Hangover Book Club Challenge
IT’S LIKE BEING BACK AT SCHOOL: Read a “classic” book
Chosen book: Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) – L. M. Montgomery

Anne Shirley is a skinny red-head who never stops talking. The Cuthberts, who meant to adopt a boy to help on the farm, are both exasperated and entertained by Anne’s constant chatter and romantic imagination, and don’t know what to make of her. But they soon find it hard to remember what Green Gables was like without Anne Shirley.

I’ve been meaning to re-read this children’s classic for a while now, since I want to watch the show on Netflix, and this month’s prompt provided the perfect opportunity! Anne of Green Gables is a very special book for me as one of my childhood favourites that I still enjoy to this day. Although the rest of the books in the series are wonderful (Anne of the Island and Rilla of Ingleside in particular), this first book has always been closest to my heart and it was wonderful to return to the world of Green Gables once more.

Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 15
Number of Pages: 5,588
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 174/200

Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


11 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up | September 2020

    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) October 4, 2020 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks, hope you had a great reading month too! Agreed, Anne of Green Gables is one book that never gets old!


  1. Hayley October 1, 2020 / 10:02 am

    Wow that’s a great selection of books that you read in September! I think the only one I’ve read of those (recently at least) is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief which I also loved. πŸ™‚

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  2. katewilson79 October 1, 2020 / 12:59 pm

    Wow, that is a huge reading goal but you seem to be doing very well with it! I was pleased with my 100 πŸ˜†


  3. Alynn98 October 2, 2020 / 12:02 pm

    Looks like a great month! I read Serpent & Dove this month, so I’m excited to get my hands on Blood& Honey! I also just got Silvered Serpents from the library! πŸŽ‰ Happy October! ❀️

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