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September 2021 Wrap Up

Hello! Today I have my September wrap up to share with you, and spoiler… it did not go well.

I didn’t have a great reading month, about a week in, I got into a little bit of a reading slump that I am still trying to navigate. I only read three books. I did attempt to take part in the Theatreathon hosted by the lovely people over at TeaTimeLit, however I did not do very well in that either! Although, the three books that I did read did meet some of those prompts, so at least that is that!

The books that I did read, were all great reads so let’s get into the books I read this month!

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

This was a reread for me! I don’t even know what number reread this was for me, it has been so many times. It was a great comfort for me, yet again, and I am so happy that I have wrapped up my reread of The Mortal Instruments series, and I am looking forward to moving onto The Dark Artifices series, which I personally think is the best shadowhunter series so far!

Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis

I was really craving a quick, dramatic contemporary, and Roman and Jewel was the perfect book for that! It was jam-packed with drama and was a really funny novel. Roman and Jewel gives Romeo and Juliet the Hamilton treatment, and centres around the people who play the leads in the show. I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a fun insta-romance. I did review this book too, so you can check it out – here.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

So I am not actually familiar with the original story of Merlin, but I didn’t felt like that impacted my enjoyment of Legendborn! There was quite a lot going on, so I will definitely need to reread this one before the sequel, and I feel like it is one that I haven’t retained a lot of information after finishing the novel. Although, I am not very good at remembering books after I read them in general, to be honest. Despite this, I really loved it! It felt like such a unique novel incorporating magic and demons and it was so good.

If you saw my post on Thursday, Entering the Last Quarter of the Year, you may have seen that I have decided to reduce my reading goal for the year. It was set at 100, but as of the 1st October, I have read 56. With that, I have decided to reduce my reading goal to 75. I think it is still enough of a challenge, but a much more achievable goal. I am going to be really busy at work the next few months, as well as focusing on rewriting my novel and NaNoWriMo.

That being said, if I pass 75 before December, I will up the goal again. Every year I tend to change my goal depending on how I am doing until December. As soon as I get to the 1st December, I won’t change it anymore. I find it more enjoyable this way – because this challenge should not be stressful and should just be a bit of fun.

How are your reading goals going for the year? What did you read this month?

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22 thoughts on “September 2021 Wrap Up

  1. It’s okay to take a break from reading. Sometimes we need that. How fun that you’ve been rereading the Shadowhunters books! That’s quite an endeavor. My favorite is still The Infernal Devices. I think Will will forever be my favorite character. ❤ But I did really enjoy The Dark Artifices, as well. I need to reread it someday, too. I hope you read some great books in October!

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    1. I love Will! I don’t get the hype as much with The Infernal Devices – don’t get me wrong, I still love them and they’re all still 5*s but I definitely love hold more affection for the others series!

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  2. I feel like the shadowhunters books should count as multiple books for how big they are haha
    And if it makes you feel better, one of my sisters sets a reading goal of ONE book on GR every year and hasn’t succeeded in about 5 years – you’re doing great no matter what!

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    1. Haha yes! I did only read the last book last month though! My reread started in March! Oh no – is she not much of a reader? I like setting the goal as a bit of fun, but I don’t get too upset if I don’t reach it

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  3. Sorry September didn’t go as well as you’d planned, but I think it’s so important to take some breaks and restrategize, and not pressure yourself to read because that just makes the slump worse. Hopefully October is better for you. 🙂 Also very nice to hear that being unfamiliar with the Merlin legend didn’t dampen your enjoyment of Legendborn – that was one of my main concerns as well.

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    1. Yes this is true! I am hoping I can get back on my feet in October. I hope you enjoy Legendborn once you get to – you’ll have to let me know!

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    1. I had a lot of reading slumps last year too! I would have failed my reading challenge if I hadn’t kept altering it, to be honest
      Rereads are the best! I am currently rereading The Vampire Academy, and I am hoping that that is what is going to pull me out of this slump before it becomes a proper reign slump

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      1. Yes! If I get into another slump, I’ll probably choose Vampire Academy 😻.
        Another thing which helps is to change your format up! I recently found that I was getting annoyed with my e-arcs, but I realised that with my Kindle tablet, there was a text to speech button and on my phone there’s a ‘read screen aloud function’.

        So I used that ‘make’ my e-arc into audiobooks. It’s not perfect, but it allowed me to change over to another format until I could go back to e-book format (which I can now).

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