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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!

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Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Wow it does sound like you’ve been busy, but it sounds like you’ve accomplished a lot too! And six books is not bad, give yourself a break! I only read 10, and I spent 10 days doing pretty much nothing but sitting around with no power lol, so I don’t even have an excuse 😛

3 years ago

Yo, 6 books is totally fine, okay? You’ve got so much done over September! I’m proud of you! ❤️

3 years ago

True, true! 😀

Sarah Campbell
3 years ago

This is amazing! Some months I literally read 1 book! So 6 is great!! You’ve accomplished so much, be proud girl!

3 years ago

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!

Sunny Buzzy Books
3 years ago

6 books isn’t horrible considering how busy you’ve been! Plus, it’s always fun catching up with people. 🙂
Have a great week.

3 years ago

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!

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

It looks like you still managed to get a lot done despite the busy month!

Michelle @Because Reading

You have had a busy month, I know how you feel. I didn’t think September was going to be so crazy but here we are in October and I have nothing accomplished 🙂 lol

I hope you have a great week, Avalinah! Happy Reading! 🙂

3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

Given how not-well a lot of my reads are going lately I’m all for quality over quantity with reading so yay for six good books.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

You may not have felt like you did well in September, but I am amazed. Six books is fabulous! Plus you did all the other things.

Brian Joseph
3 years ago

I always feel bad about not reading enough books. I read less then six books in September. The only reason that I do not feel that bad is that I did finish some very long books. But life is too busy!

Have a great week!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

The Rules of Magic is my “up next” ARC, and I’m hoping to love it.

You had a very busy month! Enjoy October, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Wow, you’ve been busy. I don’t think I could handle that much socializing. I hope you have a great October!

3 years ago

It sounds like you had a fairly productive September; I’m impressed! 😉 I always love the stats too. I actually haven’t heard of Anne of the Island; should I know this???

3 years ago

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

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

Looks like you still did pretty great even with a busy month 🙂

I’m really looking forward to reading The Girl in the Tower too because The Bear and the Nightingale is my favorite 2017 release so far.

Hope October is a great month for you and for your blog 🙂

Geybie's Book Blog
Geybie's Book Blog
3 years ago

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.

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

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 ^^

3 years ago

You got a lot done! I can’t wait to read Alice Hoffman’s The Rules Of Magic.

Jenea's Book Obsession
Jenea's Book Obsession
3 years ago

You really have had a busy month! You got a lot of amazing book too. Sounds like a good month to me. 🙂 Happy reading.

Jenea’s Book Obsession’s Sunday Post

Natalie @Natflix&Books

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!

3 years ago

Oh, but you must review Anne of the Island! I love reading reviews of books I know – so interesting to see what other people think of them. Get to it, girl! 😉

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her books

Looks like a great haul of new books. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Wow. You’ve had a busy month. Sounds like you had some fun too. I had a slower month than usual as I worked on my 31 posts for each day of October. I keep forgetting to read Morning Star. Loved Red Rising and need to get back to the series. Enjoy those new reads. I spy a few I’m gong to check out.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

I read Fangirl. Loved it and would go for a sequel, but it’s perfectly standalone. I’d read it if she wrote it though. 🙂

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

You are the poster child for Blogging Ahead!! Congratulations on the Anne box set and all your haul books! Yup, you definitely could use and abuse your BF for co-blogger 😉

Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews)

Nice mailbox.

ROSE COLORED GLASSES is catching my attention.

Have a good week.

Silver’s Reviews
My Mailbox Monday

Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages

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 😀

3 years ago

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!


Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I think that 6 books sounds pretty amazing with everything else you had going on. Reading 6 books that you really liked is even better. I hope your October is wonderful!

3 years ago

Congrats on your wins. I will have to check into Sci Fi Month and see if I can manage that. I’ll check out State of the ARC too. I hope this is a good week for you.
Happy Reading!

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
3 years ago

yay more beautiful charts! Glad to hear you’ll join the discussion challenge. I haven;t posted one discussion since Spring! Maybe I should get to it as well! When is boyfriend posting something??? Where is he? why is he slacking?? [winks] I see you have Morning Star!!! I need to continue that series! SO GOOD!

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

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! 🙂

3 years ago

You were so busy and still managed to read 6 books that’s awesome. I absolutely love how you have your stats set up. It is really informative. I’m going to have to check State of ARC so I can join soon. I hope you have a wonderful October!

3 years ago

Whew sounds like you had a busy month indeed with all the visitors and things that happened. that’s neat you didn’t ran out of blog posts!

I only read one book more than you this month, but in my case it’s because I’ve been reading one very long book.

I hope October will be a great month for you!

Utopia State of Mind
3 years ago

OMG teach me your ways, I love your wrap up. It has stats and the books you got and the post thumbnails, just sooo good! And organized!

Jackie B.
3 years ago

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… Read more »

danielle hammelef
danielle hammelef
3 years ago

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.

danielle hammelef
danielle hammelef
3 years ago

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

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Yay for joining the Discussion Challenge! I’m excited to have you! Oh, and make sure you fill out my form for birthdays and blogoversaries so I’ll have you on my calendar!! 🙂

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Found you! I have you down for October 18th. Should I update it to the 13th? Want to make sure I’m congratulating you on the right day! 🙂

herding cats
3 years ago

Oh my word. That is a lot of guests in one month. That’s more than I’d be okay with in a year! lol #NotAHostess heh Hope you’re having a calmer October 🙂

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I haven’t been able to read much this summer, and it’s been really frustrating. Things are finally starting to change for me. Hopefully they do for you too!