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September Stats Fever! And Sunday post #26

Ah, September… The beginning of my favorite season. However much I love autumn, I must say, September has been tough. Basically, think of a fire-breathing dragon that’s beautiful, and wild, and… very deadly:

(Yup. That there is September, and that poor bastard at the bottom is basically me)

I’ve had so many visitors, so many parties, so many social events and so much overtime at work that I’ve barely had time to work on my reading or the blog. So I’m a little bit apprehensive of looking at the stats?? WHAT STATS there are no stats!!

Okay, so there ARE stats. I lied. Let’s get to them.

What have I accomplished in September?

  • entertained three waves of guests, altogether 7 people, and failed to die from exhaustion
  • didn’t run out of blog posts during that whole affair!
  • went to the weirdest party ever and I talk about it here
  • won a box set of Anne books! And they’re already here, eventually there will be photos!
  • got a co-blogger! If you’ve missed that, go see here
  • released the second edition of State of the ARC, and please go link up, minions friends!
  • signed up for Sci-Fi Month 2017! (I urge you to sign up too cause it will be great fun!)
  • absolutely failed my goal of NOT hauling a number of books I can’t read
  • read only 6 books booooo ;_____;
  • was offered to be a beta reader though!
  • wrote 4 posts in one sitting which is a personal record???
  • paid my yearly DNS service, and do you know what that means??? BLOGOVERSARY IS COMING.

So it’s basically a month of mixed feelings. Like, I feel good about working so much and having so many friends over, but I feel awful about reading only 6 books! I mean, what is that even?? Pathetic, Evelina! Pathetic!

Anyway. Let’s all stop being sorry for me now and look at the books I did manage to read!

~ Books Read ~

Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After It's Just Nerves Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) Attachments In Case I Go The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0)

Despite not reading too many books this month, the ones I did read were great. I really liked all of them! I feel the worst about not reviewing Happiness in time for its release, but I just had too many things going on. It’s a true story about raising a child with an extremely life-threatening disease, and surprisingy, it was extremely uplifting because it’s just so sobering to read about things like that. It’s Just Nerves is an essay collection on disability and it will be reviewed on my blog on Octorber 22 during the blog tour, and it’s definitely worth your time because it talks about the certain aspects of disability that we just know nothing about, and yet need to hear about. Then, I’m sure you all know Anne of the Island, and that’s why there’s been no review on the blog. It was a great read though! Attachments was also a great one, a buddy-read with Jackie that we reviewed as an interview, and the post is coming out tomorrow. In Case I Go will be coming up at the end of next week, and it was also a very poignant, wistful story of a haunting that isn’t concentrated on ghosts, rather family histories. I really liked it. And, of course, time for The Rules Of Magic! A magical read indeed, the review coming up the second week on October, and it’s definitely worth your attention.

~ Reviews Coming Up ~

A little bit of a heads up about what you can expect on my blog next month in terms of reviews, besides the ones I’ve already mentioned!

Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1 Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Aside from these, I should have a guest post at the end of the month, my Blogoversary on the 13th, State of the ARC #3 on the 30th, and at least one discussion post that I’ve already written, that’s coming up next Wednesday, which should be great fun, so make sure you visit! ❤️

5 Hopefully Not Deadly Sins of Book Blogging

~ Joining Discussion Challenge ~

I would also like to mention that as of October, I will be joining the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight! Let’s see if we can produce more discussions before the year ends. You should join too!

~ The Stats! ~

So now that we’ve talked about all the fun stuff that’s coming up, let’s see how I did this month. I mean, we all already know I didn’t do that well, but I still stick by keeping the stats! It seems I’m actually not doing that badly on my Goodreads yearly goal, altough the other goals could use a little push.

september stats

~ On The Blog In September ~

Even though I kind of failed at reading this month, I’m happy to say I didn’t fail at blogging OR blog hopping! I have posted my steady amount of 13 posts and I’m happy to say that I should be able to post more next month. Here is the content you might have missed:

 the growing season helen sedgwick   

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie   I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman   Sunshine award

Introducing my co-blogger

The Punch Escrow   

I hope you were entertained!

~ Book Haul August ~

So this month I got even less books! Yay me! (Isn’t it funny how we’ll cheer for that, of all things..?) And I won a giveaway hosted by the lovely Lucy, thank you! I never win anything lately, so it was such a wonderful surprise. Out of my review copies, I’m most excited about The Girl In The Tower, and I wouldn’t have it if it wasn’t for Teacher of YA who kindly informed me that I was missing out on it on NetGalley!


The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables #1–8)
Thank you Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku and Jane @ The Greenish Bookshelf!

Books I Bought

Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories

Freebies And Gifts

Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) Breaker and the Sun (Paper Stars #2) The Shell Keeper (Keeper Series #1)

Books I Got For Review

It's Just Nerves The Feed: A Novel But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury Central Station
The Hidden Face (Fifth Unmasking #1) The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Flower Moon
An Unkindness of Ghosts Rosie Colored Glasses The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1 (The Promised Neverland #1) The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories

This time I’m linking up with the usual crew at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and Mailbox Monday, Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

And that’s it for my September! What about you? Share your links with me in the comments please!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

89 thoughts on “September Stats Fever! And Sunday post #26

    1. WordPress just ate my half-written comment xD hate it when it does that! Anyway… Yeah, I guess 6 books isn’t that bad, but I’ve been doing like 10-13 for the past few months, so that’s why I feel off 😀 but I guess you either read, or you socialize – time can’t stretch. So September was more about doing other things.
      And you totally have an excuse – you didn’t have any light in the evenings! And also, surviving the heat and the damp isn’t easy. It makes you very tired and it’s much easier to get a headache, and when you have one, it’s really not about reading! Ugh. Glad you have your power back 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks 🙂 I have a goal of 100 this year, that’s why I’m all like that xD but yeah, I guess 6 is enough to blog about anyway 🙂 I’m only 1 ARC behind (if we don’t count the ones that are lost causes by now, lol :D)
      Anyway, thanks 🙂

  1. There is a reason the saying, “it’s not quantity, it’s quality”, exists. I would rather read 6 great books, than 30 meh books. It is fun to be social, but can be exhausting. Congratulations on balancing it all. And happy almost Blogoversary!
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  2. Yeay for surviving the flow of people last month! Entertaining people is so hard. You might not be happy with six books but it is still six books. Better than zero. 😉 But I hope October will be a better reading month for you!
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    1. Better than zero, you are right, let’s stay positive 😀 and it’s not 5 either! (Yesterday for a moment there I had thought it was 5 because I had forgotten one of the books I’d finished :D)
      Have a great reading October too 🙂

  3. September sounded like it was such a busy month for you Evelina! I hate it when it gets in the way of reading time, but at least you were able to enjoy all the books you were able to squeeze in!

    1. I didn’t think I could ever, but when it gets to that point, it just sort of happens to you xD anyway, thanks, you have a great one too 🙂

    1. Anne of the Island is just one of the many sequels to Anne of Green Gables, and I’m sure you’ve heard of that one 🙂 and yay, I’m glad I’m not the only stats nerd 😀

      1. Ah, okay, I probably should’ve known that, haha! Don’t worry, your efforts are never in vain. 😉

    1. Thanks Suzanne! Same back at you 🙂 I wouldn’t say it was my favorite release per se, but I’m sure stoked to read it 🙂

  4. Oh what a great month you had in September. The list of your accomplishments is awesome!! I still remember your weird party. Hehehe..
    Yay, congrats on getting a coblogger. ❤️
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

    1. Yep, nobody is going to forget that weird party anytime soon 😀 another funny thing – this weekend we had another party with the same people (I know right.. I’m tired of the parties xD) and it turns out that some of those people never caught onto the fact that my boyfriend is English and doesn’t speak the local language 😀 they just thought he was shy or quiet! Which he is, I guess xD but that’s kind of hilarious.

  5. I see you had quite a month, Evelina! Six books sounds terrific, why are you crying? :O Ok, so maybe for me it’s a lot but for you it’s not that much… I read about four? So what do I know xD
    Fall is my favorite season too! What’s there not to like about it, am I right?
    Good luck and I hope October is just as awesome, if not better ^^

    1. Haha, cause I read 10 last month and 13 the one before xD and! I hauled 16, so I’m not cutting down! But you’re right 😀 point of perspective!
      4 is fine if that is your goal! But I made stupid goals xD and now I’m all like *panic* 😀
      I hope so too! Sometimes there can be some serious rains in autumn… but even then, I still like it 😀 (provided I have good shoes… :D)

  6. Busy month! I can’t believe it is Oct already. I loved Attachments, and I definitely need to get on Rules of Magic. It has been years since I read Practical Magic, though, so I’m hoping I don’t need to remember any of it. Happy reading!
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    1. Nope, you don’t need to remember 🙂 even just the movie is mostly fine. That book is pretty much standalone. And I really do recommend it 🙂

  7. WHOAA!! ALLL THOSE REVIEW BOOKS!! You must be left utterly EXHAUSTED!!! GOSH! BUT..heyy, the satisfaction faaaaaaar outweighs the exhaustion, don’t ya think? And 6 books – NOT THAT BAD, hon! BUT YOU SHOW OCTOBER WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF!!! YEAAAHHHHHHH. This month you won’t feel any unnecessary exertion. Do you know why? BECAUSE. I AM SUUURE THAT THIS MONTH WILL BE UNCOMMONLY KIND TO YOU.

    Have a rockin’ October Evelina.

    1. You are right 😀 I am exhausted, but it’s more like I’ve utterly exhausted my conscience 😀 (badum tsss…)
      Hahaha, thank you 😀 I really hope it will be kind to me! Either way, thanks for such an awesome comment 😀

  8. Wow, you have been busy! And yay for SciFi Month- I think it’s going to be pretty good this year. Can’t wait to see everyone’s posts. And happy upcoming blogoversary!!

    I so need to read Attachments. How have I only read one Rainbow Rowell book so far?

    Love the dragon pic BTW.
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    1. Oh yes, yay for Sci-fi Month 🙂 I have also only read one RR book 😀 which one have you read? I see myself reading some of her other work sometime in the future 🙂

    1. Haha 😀 he’s written his first post today! Now I just need to fix some of the formatting and we’re good to go 🙂 and thanks! I don’t know where I’d be if not for the whole scheduling thing 😀

  9. 6 books are not bad at all. I hardly manage to read 4-5 books each month so as per me, i tis not bad at all as you were busy in other things too. Looks like you have acheieved so much 🙂 It was a pretty busy month for me too, and guess what, my wrap-up post is still pending 😀

    1. I think September is busy for everyone! Somehow 🙂 at least it seems so, listening to all my blogger friends. Wrap up posts are so much fun though, I hope you can finish yours soon 🙂

  10. Sometimes six is a good reading month, and at least you liked all of them. That’s always a plus, right? I don’t know how many I read last month – I feel like it was a lot because I had a lot of review books. The same for October, but after that, it will settle down a bit so that’s good. I’m hoping to get some other types of posts up and not just book review after book review!

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    1. Yes xD I gave Morning Star, but the problem is that I don’t have Golden Son yet 😀 so I can’t continue with the series, actually!
      Yes, yes, join the discussion challenge! I have just linked up a post 🙂
      And my boyfriend’s first post should come out next week. Now I’m just struggling with how to make signatures or something like that work, because right now I don’t have anything like that 😀

  11. Ahhh. Right. September. It was awful for me too. I basically did nothing outside of work. I think I read like THREE books. Yeesh. So you’re doing just fine. 🙂

    Yay for your blogoversary coming up! That’s so exciting!

    I’ll join in on State of the ARC again next month. I’ve had NOTHING TO REPORT!

    Hope you’re having a fun October so far! Mine has been better… I mean, I’m here, so that’s definitely better! 🙂
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    1. September was hard, I hear ya! I’m glad you’ll join State of the ARC! I’ve actually just started a Goodreads group that’s called ARCs Anonymous, and I think the name speaks for itself 😀 I know you are busy, but if you would like to join, just tell me 🙂
      Yep, definitely better if you’re here! Welcome back 🙂 I hope you can come back to the blogosphere a little bit more during October 🙂

    1. Thank you! If you want to join, I’ve just created a Goodreads group for people addicted to ARCs xD it will help motivate us to read ARCs from the stack. If you want to join, just write me 🙂 also, the next State of the ARC will come out on October 30 so please join 🙂 have a great October too!

    1. Oh, that’s true, if you’re reading a long one this can happen! I’ve just started a long one as well -.- have a great October too 🙂

    1. XD I’m glad you like it! I do love doing my wrap-ups! Stats are LIFE. I usually just copy paste the text of the old post and change the actual text and the links xD much faster.

  12. Oh hai. I feel like I haven’t seen you in FOREVER. I am super respectful of the fact that you managed to get a TON of posts up in September AND you kept up with your blog hopping! The hopping is what dropped off for me this past month, but thankfully I have amazing friends who are supportive even when I’m silent. 😀 I appreciate you.

    YAY! You read Anne of the Island! This makes me super happy. I hope that you enjoyed it. Will you be posting a review eventually? I want to know your thoughts!

    I love how prepared you are with all your pre-scheduled posts! It’s super cool knowing what’s coming ahead on your blog. I would love to see a discussion post focusing on your blogging strategy. I think it’s so interesting how different everyone is when it comes to their blogging habits. Plus, that could easily tie into your Book Blog Discussion Challenge! If this challenge exists for 2018 I might join up– I need more discussion on my blog (Don’t we all)!

    I cannot wait to see where October takes you. Are things calming down at all for you as far as friends/family/visitors/work is concerned?
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    1. Aw, thanks 🙂 yeah, even though I wasn’t home a lot, I still had my phone. And I mostly blog hop on my phone. There was that bit when I couldn’t sleep in my grandma’s house xD guess who was blog hopping at 3am? But something’s gotta give, so for me it was reading, hence only 6 books.

      I did post a super tiny review of Anne of the Island, but I only posted it on Goodreads 🙂

      I was actually thinking about doing a blogging strats post. I just felt like, you know, I’ve been blogging for only a year, not even that much till the end of this week! What do I know? I’m a noob! But I do manage my social media well, partly because I work in marketing, partly because I have his OCD thing going on with this stuff xD and I know half the people aren’t as organized cause they’re just normal people and not Monica from Friends, so maybe I could impart some of my Monica-ness on you all. Maybe it would even help someone.

      Yeah, the challenge 🙂 I would actually have more discussions if I didn’t have as many ARCs xD I don’t want to post more than 3 times a week (minus the Sunday post) because that’s just crazy and I don’t have time for that. But with all the reviews I gotta do, there are just no slots! That’s why there have been less discussion posts lately. That said, I would love to see discussion posts on your blog as well 🙂

      Yep, the October social scene is almost empty for me, but the thing is xD teaching season has begun. Which means, I’m either working from 9am till 9pm straight (like today…), or I’m missing an entire day of work for teaching classes, which means, my tasks are pushed a full day. Which means, they still need to be done. So work has been a little but crazy lately. Grr. And I still have class almost weekly or at least bi-weekly up till Christmas. So… 😀 but I’ll manage. Somehow.

  13. You had a really busy September and the 6 books you did read were so diverse in genre. Nice! September flew by here too and October seems to be in a hurry also. I’m reading lots of debut authors this fall and have found quite a few talented writers to follow.

      1. I read Wendy Brandt, Sandhya Menon, Stephanie Garber, Tricia Levenseller, and Alison Gervais to name a few.

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