Weekends and new months are some of my favourite points in time, mostly because it means relaxation and a chance to start afresh. I didn’t really have a good reading month in September in terms of numbers but more on that later. It was a really hectic month and a bit of a low one for me personally. However, the blog did fabulously well and I’m so grateful for everyone’s continued support! Without further ado, let me launch into the details.
I completed only 3 books in September, which happens to be one of my worst reading months in terms of quantity. I found myself too busy to read and I also went into a reading slump. I hesitate to call it a slump as it was more of a book hangover. All the three books I read belong to the same series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It started out innocently enough and I was buddy reading it with Charvi @ Not Just Fiction but it quickly spiralled into an obsession. I found myself sobbing late at night on a Sunday while listening to P. S. I Still Love You, the second book, whereas I should’ve been getting enough rest for the work week ahead. I finished the trilogy within a week and also managed to watch the Netflix movie adaptation. After that I tried reading Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce, a review copy I had received via Net Galley but just couldn’t get into it, mostly because of the weird formatting on my Kindle app. While on my BookTube binge, I saw that Catriona @ Little Book Owl was hosting a readalong for Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, so decided to start that via audio next. By the end of September, however, I was not even halfway through both and have decided to temporarily shelve them as I’m not in the mood. To summarise, even though I didn’t read a lot, I found a new favourite series, so I’m not too cut up about the quantity.
- Reached 500 blog followers on WordPress and 1600+ monthly views for the first time – It’s the love I’m receiving from my wonderful followers that’s keeping this blog afloat, to tell you the truth. I can’t thank you all enough!
- 550+ followers on Twitter and almost 350 followers on Instagram – I don’t know what I did to deserve this but my heart is filled with gratitude for each and every one of you!
- I acquired 5 new physical books and got approved for 2 ARCs via NetGalley
- Kaleena @ Reader Voracious started the Flapping Pages ARC programme, which aims to get ARCs into the hands of #OwnVoices and international book bloggers and I think it’s a great initiative.
- Rain and Clo talk about blogging do’s and don’ts on Rain’s blog Book Dragonism, mostly catering to book bloggers, which has some amazing tips everyone will benefit from.
- Shruti @ This is Lit has started a new blog series – Wednesday Wisdom – which touches on topics starting from how to write eye-catching headlines to discussing SEO, which are some must-haves in a blogger’s arsenal.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares her relationship with ARCs as an international book blogger, which gives hope to one of the most neglected sections of the book community.
- Aditi @ Dreamy Reads takes a look at the pros and cons of having a book blog vs a BookTube channel.
- Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (October 2nd: US and UK release) – the highly anticipated sequel to Strange the Dreamer and the epic conclusion the world has been waiting for
- Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (October 2nd: US release) – a book that comes highly recommended and perfect for the spooky season, the story gives off The Nowhere Girls and The Wicked Deep vibes
- Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (October 2nd: US release) – a new fantasy series from the master storyteller inspired by the Japanese kitsune legends
- The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee (October 2nd: US release) – the next book in the fun-filled historical series following the Montague siblings, it focuses on the life of Felicity after the Grand Tour and her adventures with a girl gang aboard a ship bound for German shores
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (October 9th: US release) – perhaps the most anticipated book of the year for fans of YA contemporary, which has also been picked up for a movie adaptation already
- Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (October 9th: US release) – Destiny’s new fantasy book promises intrigue, infallible prophecies and rebellion
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (October 16th: US release) – this book is based on Mafi’s experiences growing up as a Muslim teenager in USA after the devastating events of 9/11
I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, a buddy read with Charvi @ Not Just Fiction and Simant @ Flipping Through the Pages as well as Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco along with Neha @ BiblioNyan. After that I will probably continue on with Tempests and Slaughter. I have decided to pick up Strange the Dreamer again once my hardcopy arrives rather than struggle through the audiobook. Another book I want to finish and hopefully review this month is A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. If I have the time, I might squeeze in a few review copies as I’m very much behind them.
How did September treat you? I really hope you got more reading done than me. What’s one thing that made you happy/proud and one thing you wish had been better? What books are you looking forward to in October? Tell me everything in the comments section below!