September has been an interesting reading month for me, being as it’s my first month back on the blog after my reading slump… I was determined to do things a little differently from before, so I didn’t end up feeling overwhelmed or not getting around to posting at all.
Firstly, I gave myself a blogging schedule. Reviews now go up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a Book Nerd Musing post on Sundays. Of course, there’s also the obligatory Monthly Wrap-Up at the end, and the Haul post at the start, of the month.
Secondly, to support that schedule, I started writing my reviews in advance. It’s been a revelation… I cannot recommend it enough!
I haven’t yet figured out how to make enough time to also read all the posts from my wonderful book blogger friends… I do intend to set aside an hour a week where I just focus on blog hopping. Even then, I know I’ll still feel guilty because I’m bound to miss something! So, if I’ve not been by in a while, I’m sorry! Thank you for sticking with me.
These changes have made the world of difference… It takes all the stress of “oh crap, I haven’t posted in a week” or “what the actual f**k am I going to post?!” out of the equation.
New Weekly Feature
Book Nerd Musings is a new feature for me. I love finding new ways to connect with other bloggers, and I often read some really thought-provoking posts, so I’m really enjoying giving shout outs and, hopefully, starting a conversation with you all.
Stop rambling on and get to the juicy, papery, bookish s**t!
Right. Sorry… Let’s talk about what I’ve read this month. A wrap-up, if you will…
Book Dragon Challenge
This month, I finally completed my Book Dragon Challenge. That’s 60 books, including 4 bonus categories. And I did it in 9-months! I’m pretty proud of that…
I do feel a bit like I cheated, because about 10 or 15 of those 60 books were DNFs. I counted them because, well, I read them, didn’t I? It didn’t specify I had to finish the book… But I think I could have been stricter with myself.
I loved the challenge though. It gave me structure to my reading, which I’ve never even attempted before, and it forced me to try new things and crack open my reading comfort zone just a wee bit… It also makes blogging sooo much easier, when you know which books you intend to read that month. Jus’ saying’, my organised little soul appreciates that!
It’s inspired me, and I’m already working on creating a new book challenge of my own…
I set myself 3 other challenges this year: The Goodreads Challenge (which I smashed like 2 months ago), The Book2Screen Challenge and Connect Five. Honestly, I’m kind of bored of them… They seemed fun in principle, but I definitely lost focus.
I’m only have 2 books / TV adaptations left to complete my Book2Screen Challenge, so I’ll maybe do that at some point…
But I’ve done a few Connect Fives and I’m just not into it anymore, so that one’s getting dropped.
What did I read?
I DNF’d 5 books this month: The Priory of the Orange Tree, Birds Beasts & Relatives, Master of War, The Iron Ghost, and Catherine Wheel. That’s not great… But it happens. Fresh out of a reading slump, I have no intention of forcing myself to read anything which I’m not enjoying.
Book Dragon Challenge: A book set somewhere sunny, a family member’s favourite book, a book about warriors, a book with an element in the title, and a book involving a dragon.
My first graphic novel… And I didn’t love it! I honestly didn’t go into it with high hopes, and I’m sure there are other, better examples of the genre. But I don’t think I’ll be checking them out any time soon!
Book Dragon Challenge: a graphic novel
I love Jane Austen, so this was a nice easy re-read.
Book Dragon Challenge: a book published posthumously
I read Rivers of London first and loved it. I actually didn’t intend to read The Moon Over Soho, but I couldn’t help myself! I’m really excited to pick up the rest of the series in October.
Book Dragon Challenge: a book with a real city in the title
I love Michael Palin and Hemingway Adventure, while probably not my favourite one of his books, was an interesting read.
Book Dragon Challenge: a book that was popular in the 90s
Miranda Aldhouse-Green is a fabulous writer, with an interesting take on her area of study. Celtic Myths was very readable and, as well as learning a lot, I actually really enjoyed it.
Book Dragon Challenge: a book about mythology
I was dreading reading The Borrowers, but I actually loved it! It’s so sweet, I love the setting and the characters, and the story was brilliant. The ending was slightly disappointing, but I’m not holding that against it. I really don’t know why I didn’t appreciate this book more as a child…
Book Dragon Challenge: a book you hated as a child
What did you all read this month? Have you read any of these?