September 2015 Wrap Up

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Books Bought:
Not Forgetting the Whale – John Ironmonger
Saga Volume 5 – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Boy With The Camera – Emil Sher
Goodnight Tweetheart – Teresa Medieros

Books Received:
The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood (Random House Canada)
Ghostly – Edited by Audrey Niffenger (Random House Canada)
Walk On Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson (HarperCollins Canada)

Books Read:
Cress (audio book) – Marissa Meyer
The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood
The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin
Saint Anything (audio book) – Sarah Dessen
Saga Vol. 5 – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Not Forgetting the Whale – John Ironmonger
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell (re-read)

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A lot of my fellow bloggers have started posting summaries of their months, and I’ve decided to hop on the bandwagon! Considering how very little time I seem to have for actual blogging these past few months, I figure this might be a good way of sharing a lot of the books that I’ve read (but haven’t had time to review), as well as some of the exciting stuff going on in my life! I’ve stolen the format that I’m using from Chelsey from Chels and a Book! I like how she always summarizes the books she’s purchased and read at the beginning of her monthly post!

In terms of reading, September wasn’t as good as I had hoped! While I finished 6 books, 2 of them were audio books that I listened to on the way to/from work. The narrators for both Cress and Saint Anything were really good, and I often sat in the garage for an extra 5 minutes before reluctantly turning off the car and heading inside to make dinner.

In terms of actually sitting down to read physical books, I found that I just couldn’t focus this month! It’s not that I didn’t enjoy any of the books that I read, (in fact I gave them all at least 4 stars), it’s just that they didn’t hook me in to the point where I couldn’t put them down. While I did manage to re-read Fangirl and get through The Heart Goes Last, The Thing About Jellyfish, and Not Forgetting the Whale, they each took me about a week (or more) to finish (much slower then my usual reading pace).

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Bellamy’s favourite spot to sit when I’m reading in bed

I blame part of my reading reluctance on the fact that my husband and I decided to get a kitten! We walked into Petsmart one weekend, just to look around, and ended up leaving with a black little furball! After much debate, we settled on Bellamy as a name (partly after the character from The 100, and partly after a famous pirate named Black Sam Bellamy). He’s a little bit crazy, but our place is definitely never boring now with all of the antics he gets up to (including pushing books off of my bookshelf to make himself a cozy little nook). Needless to say his cuteness has been distracting me from reading!

While I didn’t read a lot this month, September wasn’t lacking in bookish events and outings! Last weekend I attended the Word on the Street festival in Toronto with Kaley from Books Etc. This was my first time attending, but I loved the new location they chose at the Harbourfront centre! Kaley and I listened to a talk by Chantal Guertin and Emil Sher on placing their characters behind the lens of a camera, as well a discussion with K.A. Tucker and Jeff Ross about writing characters who are hiding secrets or are undercover. I actually ended up leaving the festival with a signed copy of Emil Sher’s book Young Man With A Camera, and a copy of Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros (a book I had read a long time ago and loved…and it was only $3!).

Stolen from Kaley's Instagram @kaley23

Stolen from Kaley’s Instagram @kaley23

The day after Word On The Street, Kaley and I headed back to Toronto to sit in the audience for an episode of The Social! As luck would have it, author Elizabeth Gilbert was the show’s guest for the day! I HATED Eat, Pray, Love (I wasn’t the target audience when I read it), but Elizabeth was a really interesting speaker, and I loved hearing her thoughts on creativity. Everyone in the audience got a copy of her latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I’m not sure if I’ll read it anytime soon, but I figure it’s worth giving her writing another shot! You can check out her appearance on the show here for those who are interested (you can see Kaley and I in the first 30 seconds haha!).

Finally got to meet the library lions!

Finally got to meet the library lions!

Finally, to wrap up a pretty awesome month I went to NYC with my parents! I visited New York for the first time a couple of years ago, but my biggest regret was not getting a chance to see the New York Public Library. In a strange twist of fate, the hotel my dad booked was actually a block away from the library, so I ended up spending each of the three days we were there strolling the marbled halls or sitting outside the library in Bryant Park with a cup of tea after dinner. While the famous reading room was closed for renovations (I was heartbroken), the rest of the library was gorgeous and I would definitely recommend every book lover taking the time to check it out!

So, that’s a wrap for September! October is actually one of my favourite reading months, and I plan on curling up with as many creepy and spine tingling reads as I can! I’ll hopefully write up a post about all my spooky reading plans soon!

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2 thoughts on “September 2015 Wrap Up

  1. Sorry this month’s books didn’t blow you away. At least they weren’t terrible! Your new kitty is adorable! I love the name you picked for him. The festival and your trip to N.Y. look fun.

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