September Wrap-Up! || 2018

Can you believe we’re already in October? It’s crazy! I had a good reading month in September, however, and I can’t wait to share all the books I read with you guys. I’ve also been extraordinarily busy – I’m working 3 jobs at the moment *gasp* – but I’ll fill you in on all of that in my little section down below.

I didn’t participate in any read-a-thons (even though at the start of the year I said this was one of the things I said I’d do each month) and I didn’t put much pressure on myself to burn through a hefty stack of books. This didn’t stop me from getting super jealous of everyone’s umpteen numbered wrap-up photos on Instagram. My hats go off you to super readers.


What I Read

A Thousand Perfect Notes
by C. G. Drews

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Author: C. G. Drews

Published: June 2018
Publisher: Orchard Books
Pages: 282 {paperback}

This was incredible! I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed this. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it but my mind was absolutely blown. Cait (paperfury.com) has done such an incredible job writing this.

Review to come


Life on Air
by David Attenborough

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Author: David Attenborough
Published: 2002
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
Audiobook Length: 19 hours
Page Count Equivalent: 384 {paperback} 

This is something I’ve wanted to read for such a long time. I really enjoyed it, too! Attenborough is, as we know, a fantastic narrator and to hear him talk about all the amazing things he’s done in his life was brilliant! Couldn’t recommend it enough.

Review to come


Ramesses the Great: Ozymandias, Egyptian King of Kings
by in60Learning

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Author: in60Learning
Published: June 2018
Publisher: in60Learning
Audiobook Length: 1 hour

I’ve so been enjoying the in60Learning books and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review another! These are such great ways to learn a little about history in a really reader-friendly format.

Review to come


The Adventures of Theodore Poussin: Captain Steene
by Frank Le Gall 

5 Star Rating System 3 stars

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Genre: Graphic Novel, Mystery
Author: Frank Le Gall
Published: 1987
Publisher: Europe Comics
Pages: 46 {eBook}

This was such a spontaneous read and really fun! It had some great Tin Tin vibes and whilst I’m sad that the rest of the series isn’t available in English yet, this was totally worth the hour of adventure that it gave me!

My review


Alanna: The Song of the Lioness
by Tamora Pierce

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fantasy
Author: Tamora Pierce
Published: 1984
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 454 {paperback}

Will I continue the series? YES

This was outlandishly fun. This is also the bind-up of the first two books in this series and boy am I glad of it. Firstly, I would not have survived that cliff-hanger. Secondly, isn’t the cover just gorgeous?! I can’t wait to continue on the series.

My review


Absolute Proof
by Peter James

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Thriller
Author: Peter James

Published: September 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 553 {paperback}

I was totally blown away by this book. It was sent to me for review and I’m so glad that the blurb hooked me in straight away because it was a crazy addictive read. I should think I’d better stock up on some more books by James from now on in!

My review


We See Everything
by William Sutcliffe

5 Star Rating System 2 stars

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Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Author: William Sutcliffe
Published: November 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 257 {paperback}

Alas, after such a great month of reading I was bound to hit a speed bump eventually. This was a huge disappointment and I’m so sad I didn’t enjoy it. But there’s not much point to this story and next to nothing is explained. I just didn’t find it enjoyable.

My review


On the Blog


On Booktube


The Statistics

Genres Read:

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Pages Read:

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Total:  2,012

Progress Towards Goodreads Challenge:

73%, or, 55/75 books


What About Me_

So! In September I started my thiiiirrrd job (because I’m insane apparently) but my publishing gig is officially up and running which is exciting. So right now I’m floating in mayhem as I’m waiting for hours to pick up enough there to quit my other two jobs *nervous laughter*

Which means, being the productive freak I aspire to be, I’ve been pushing real hard to get BookTube videos up, two Instagram photos up per day and as many blog posts as I can muster. Along with all the books I’m trying to read and fanning life into my social life with increasing panic. It’s fun times over here. I’m sure eventually I’ll learn to chill?!?!! Probably not.

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I started an online course for Natural History Illustration which seemed super fun and I love it but did I have time to keep up? I sure as hell didn’t. So I’m now 2 or 3 weeks behind and still hopeful I’ll find a way to catch up but YEAAHHH. We’ll see.

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I’ve also ignited a love of bullet journaling. It’s finally happened. I GOT SUCKED IN. But you know what?! It’s amazing. I love how organised it makes me feel. I don’t have much more to report on the month other than that though so let’s move on to the TV I watched!

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Movies I Watched:

Josh Gad in A Dog's Purpose (2017)A Dog’s Purpose, 2017: 7/10 stars

This was a really cute and emotional film about a dog. Fairly self-explanatory?? I’d definitely recommend having a watch of this one for a solid feel good and maybe a bit of a cry.

Ewan McGregor, Brad Garrett, Jim Cummings, and Nick Mohammed in Christopher Robin (2018)Christopher Robin, 2018: 6/10 stars

I feel bad that I didn’t fall head over heels for this one, but I just didn’t? I don’t know what I was expecting and whilst it was really funny and cute and Pooh was the best thing ever . . . but the plot, on the whole, was just a bit lacklustre for me.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)The Terminator 2, 1991: 7/10 stars

I’m being forced to watch this franchise. Send help. But . . . but I’m kind of liking it?!! Ahhh. This was so much better than the first film – holy wow- but still not really my sort of film. Somebody come watch Disney with me. PLEASE.

Dead Poets Society (1989)Dead Poets Society, 1989: 9/10 stars

I’ve never, for some reason, watched this film the whole way through and now FINALLY I can say I have. This film is so sad. If you’re looking for something to sob solidly over, this is it.

Harrison Ford in Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner, 1982: 5/10 stars

I was actually quite disappointed that I didn’t like this more. What even was the plot in this film and it literally all happens just about off-screen. This was so unexciting compared to what I was hoping it would be!

TV Series I Watched:

Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The Crown (2016)The Crown, 2016: series 1

I watched one episode. I shall return to watch more someday when I have free time again. But I did enjoy that one episode (but right now, Victoria is ranking higher in my books).

Amazing Interiors (2018)

Amazing Interiors, 2018: series 1

Yes I’m still watching this. This is the perfect, ridiculous show to put on whilst you’re doing some ironing just so you can be like WHO ON EARTH spends that much on that. I love it.


Tick! September done! 

@ozbooksnail

What was your favourite book that you read in September? 


Happy Reading

~~ Kirstie ~~

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