September Wrap-Up

Well, hello there! Long time, no see! Hope you’re all well.

I didn’t plan on taking almost the entire month off but the post-holiday blues are strong and the blogging mojo is low. Not helped by coming from two weeks in glorious 30+ degrees temperatures to what is that awful time of year called Autumn. Ugh.

For those who don’t know, I spent two weeks in Umbria with gorgeous views of Lake Trasimeno. It’s a good thing we had that view to gaze at without ever getting sick of it since on the first Wednesday, I pulled a muscle in my back and was unable to move for three days. I have excellent timing, don’t you know. πŸ™„

Of course there was also yummy food, delicious wine, a 2 litre bottle of Limoncello that was mysteriously empty three hours later with dire consequences 😳 and I even went on a boat. Twice. Some of you will know what a big deal that is. 🀣

Bookish talk. I took 8 books with me, which the other half thought was way too ambitious. I laughed in his face, despite having only managed two books during last year’s holiday, and was determined to do better this year.

So I read one. And a half. I finished the other half when I was already back home again. Oops. Technically though, they were two books from the Shardlake series. One of 715 pages and the other one 706. So that’s three books, right? πŸ€”

Let us now take a look at the grand total of books yours truly has read during the entire month of September.


What’s the word I’m looking for here? Pathetic! Absolutely and utterly pathetic! Even though technically, 🀣, the three Shardlake books count as 6, that is still a measly 7 which doesn’t sound that much better, to be honest.

Let’s just quickly move on, shall we.


Ah, well, at least the book buying mojo still works!


With thanks to Michael Joseph and Orenda Books.

I’m skipping the round-up of my blog posts from this month because there wasn’t all that much to see anyway.

And that may be a recurring theme from now on. I may have to seriously reconsider the weekly wrap-up posts I’ve been doing, although I love doing them and interacting with you guys. It’s not that I’m not reading. In fact, I’m about 100 pages away from finishing my first book of October. It’s that I can’t be bothered to review them. That’s bad, right?

On top of that, my determination to slow down with blog tours has really paid off. I currently have one review tour for October and two for November. Hence why I had the time to finally get caught up on the Shardlake series. I’m immensely looking forward to reading my own books and clearing my shelves because I’m running out of room and according to the other half, piling stacks of books on the floor in front of the bookshelves isn’t an option. πŸ™„

But I’m sure you see the problem here. If I’m not writing reviews, there will be no blog updates and thus no wrap-ups. Unless you’d all like to stare at a blank page every Sunday. I’m happy to oblige πŸ˜‚

Anyway, we shall see. Right now, I’m perfectly happy about slowing down for a while and maybe catching up on my Netflix list for a change. Or maybe next week, I’ll be back to reading and reviewing like there’s no tomorrow and I’ll be left to wonder why I wrote all this stuff.

So, stay tuned, I guess. πŸ˜‚

Hope everyone has a fabulous week and October is off to a great start for you all! See you next time and in the meantime I wish you all lots of happy reading! xx

  31 comments for “September Wrap-Up

  1. October 1, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Stunning photos! It seems wonderful there!! I’m sorry to hear you pulled a muscle. I’m not sure I really want to know how that happened ;-). There isn’t any amount of books that you need to read so I think you still did great (you’re at my average monthly reads so this seems still quite well for me). I’m so happy to see Degrees of Guilt here, I really loved that novel (I convinced my colleague even to buy it and she’s reading it right now.. in between my question of how far are you, what’s happening…).

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:34 am

      Not entirely sure what you think I get up to on holiday πŸ˜‚ but I only went to set the dog down on the floor and that was it. Completely stuck.

      I’m in a fickle reading mood again so Degrees of Guilt has found its way off and back on the shelf numerous times already. I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some point!

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  2. Karen
    October 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Shame about the back, that is rubbish timing. I hope its better now. I can’t believe you went on a boat- Do I know you! πŸ˜‚ I hope you do some form of wrap up post, even a monthly one.

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Twice! Although that’s actually four times because I had to go back on it too. 🀣

      The back is up and down. Doesn’t help that I’m still sleeping on the sofa with the dog these days πŸ™„

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  3. October 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Lovely to hear from you! I think you are right to take a step back if you can’t be bothered to review as they will feel forced if you are not enjoying them. I’d still like to see updates (I’m nosy!) but maybe just some monthly ones. Take care Eva x

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:38 am

      I think I can manage monthly updates. Or maybe more than that. We’ll see. I’m not worried and I’m definitely not giving up on the whole blogging thing but yes, the reviewing is a bit of a stumble block lately. Oops.


  4. October 1, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    What stunning views! I can see why you had post holiday blues. Hope your back’s better. I think the Shardlake books would count as three each πŸ˜‰ I didn’t even read one last week. Well done on the boat trips! Degrees of Guilt and The Never Game are in my reading pile so look forward to your thoughts.

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Amazing, aren’t they? The house was set out perfectly and everywhere you looked you had a glimpse of that lake. I could definitely get used to that.

      Not a single book? Are you okay?! πŸ˜‚

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      • October 2, 2019 at 10:20 am

        We were on holiday with my sister and her friend so didn’t get much time, but I have added more than several to my TBR πŸ˜‚ Back to normal now!


  5. October 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I can’t wait to try The Institute! The holiday pics are gorgeous πŸ’™ Jen


  6. October 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Those photos are stunning! Hope the back feels better soon.

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  7. October 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Gorgeous photos Eva. Hope back ok. And Shardlake…tis no wonder you hurt your back πŸ˜‰ Mind yourself and do whatever suits you!! x

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:41 am

      And the hands, M! Who the heck reads 700 pages in paperback format? It’s a nightmare! πŸ˜‚

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  8. October 1, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Welcome back lovely! Those views are stunning, I’m not surprised you didn’t want to come to ghis lousy weather. Well done reading those tomes, they definitely count as a 6 or 7 books. Do whatever feels right with your blog, you can’t force it, so take it easy. Xx

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Right?! So dreamy! Even when dark clouds roll in, which were luckily on the other side of the lake πŸ˜‚


  9. October 1, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Don’t ever change ❀️

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  10. October 1, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Well I’m happy to report I’ve read 4 of the books you bought and loved 3 of them! I love Umbria and Lake Trasimeno… fun fact: the OH asked me to marry him on a hill in Umbria with a view on the lake 😁 For the record I love your weekly posts so get your shit together woman and get to writing reviews πŸ˜‚

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Details, woman! Details! Which four and which one didn’t you enjoy as much?! πŸ˜‚

      Wow, OH has excellent taste! Which hill? 🀣


      • October 2, 2019 at 9:56 am

        I should have you guess which and have you win nothing at all if you get it right πŸ˜‚ But I’m feeling generous so: Bone China, Degrees of Guilt and The Institute, loved those! And I listened to the Deaver and was left with a bit of a meh feeling, which might have had something to do with the narrator too πŸ€”
        It was some kind of look-out post in Cortona, with a kind of balcony thingy in the rocks. Very romantic and I thought he was joking πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚


  11. October 2, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Welcome back, Eva, and I love the photos! I hope your back is better now! β™₯️

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:44 am

      Good to see you, Jennifer! Hope you’ve been well! The back is much better, thank you! 😘

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  12. Yvo
    October 2, 2019 at 3:06 am

    That is such a stunning view! I would have post-holiday blues after that as well… Nothing wrong with slowing down though. And I think the same blogging slump monster has bitten me as well, so I might just follow your lead and take a little break next month haha. Catching up with Netflix shows is a great alternative to break that slump. πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful week and I hope your back is all better now! ❀ xx

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Breaks are fabulous! Although it seems to be getting harder and harder to get back into the swing of things afterwards. There is just something to be said for just plain reading for fun without having to analyse everything.

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      • Yvo
        October 3, 2019 at 2:28 am

        All too true! I think part of the reason I’m slumpy right now is that I’ve had so many ARCs to review last month and I feel I have no blogging mojo left to keep writing those longer reviews. xD


  13. October 2, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Personally I think each Shardlake counts as at least three! Sorry to hear about your back – hope you’re fully recovered (from it and the wine)…

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Oh, well, in that case I totally nailed it!

      Thanks again for the fabulous recommendation, by the way! I absolutely love the entire series and I never would have discovered it if it hadn’t been for you!

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      • October 2, 2019 at 10:09 am

        I’m delighted you’ve enjoyed them so much! πŸ˜€


  14. October 4, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve slowed down the blogging because I can’t catch up with all the amazing bloggers visiting and it makes me feel guilty!


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