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 thoughts on “September Wrap-Up

  1. 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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    1. 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. 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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  3. 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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    1. 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. 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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  5. 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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      1. 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˜‚


  6. 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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    1. 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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      1. 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


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