Reading Wrap-Up: September 2012

Posted October 17, 2012 by in Monthly Wrap-ups / 11 Comments

Yes, I’m just now writing this and it’s already October 17th. Some cold weather settled in here, and with it came my first bit of seasonal depression. I’m not ready to be cold, and I’m certainly not ready for snow. Unfortunately, this means that all I’ve really felt like doing for the last couple of weeks is reading and sleeping. This is the first time I’ve turned my computer on (for any length of time) in two and a half weeks. Ugh. I’ll be fine, though–my body and my mind just need to accept that winter can’t be avoided. It won’t make me feel like hibernating any less, but I’ll be able to fight it off a bit better once I accept that I cannot just sleep for the next six months.

On a lighter note, because I’ve been reading so much, I have a lot of great books to review (if I can ever catch up now). I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on everything I’ve been reading lately.

I have given up on Ulysses for now–I just can’t stay interested in it, so I’m going to put it down and try again next year.

I unofficially participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon last Saturday and did pretty well: I read 476 pages between 10am and 1am, which included finishing one book and getting halfway through another. Not bad for not having planned to do it in the first place!

Today I went to Barnes & Noble (against my better judgment because they always piss me off lately), and I bought Junot Díaz’s new book, as well as the new DFW biography written by D.T. Max. I can’t wait to dive into those two.

I’m not sure I have anything exciting to catch you up on (not that I would remember now, anyway–haha!), so let’s just get to the stats:

Here’s a look at the reading I accomplished in September:

Number of books finished: 13
YTD: 107

  • Before the Rain, Luisita López Torregrosa
  • The Midwife of Hope River, Patricia Harman
  • Elegantly Wasted, Elizabeth C. Vescio
  • The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Skeleton Women, Mingmei Yip
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  • Revolutionary Suicide, Huey P. Newton
  • Bullie, Carrie Goldman
  • The Bookie’s Son, Andrew Goldstein
  • Life Before Man, Margaret Atwood
  • Kindred, Octavia Butler (which I was supposed to review on Sept. 26th, so review coming soon)
  • The Gunslinger, Stephen King
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz

Number of books in progress: 4

  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • The Drawing of the Three, Stephen King
  • The Twelve, Justin Cronin
  • Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness

Number of pages read: 4,084
YTD: 37,220

Books reviewed:

I will forever be behind on reviews, unless I take a week off from reading. So I will forever be behind on reviews.

**I’m using the Daytum website to keep track of my reading stats this year, so you can follow my progress at any time by visiting my Daytum profile.

Back to the Classics Challenge 2012November's Autumn Classics ChallengeMount TBR Reading ChallengeChunkster Reading Challenge 2012 button2012 End of the World Reading Challenge

Reading Challenges progress:

  • Back to the Classics Challenge: 0/9  (YTD: 7/9)
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 2/40  (YTD: 16/40)
  • Chunkster Reading Challenge: 1/14  (YTD: 17/14) DONE! (Technically, I am finished with this challenge aside from writing some reviews. I still have more chunksters to read this year, though.)
  • End of the World Reading Challenge: 3,466  (YTD: 29,707)
  • The Classics Club: 12/100 (Total)
  • A Non-Fiction Adventure: 14/130 (Total)

**You can follow my progress and learn more about each challenge under the Challenges tab in my menu bar.


Ashley (my 11-year-old daughter) is participating in two of the challenges with me: the Back to the Classics Challenge and the Mount TBR Challenge. She doesn’t have a place to review the books she’s read, so she’s just doing the reading and keeping track of her progress in a notebook.

Here’s a look at what Ashley accomplished in September:

Number of books read: 10
YTD: 84

  • Letters from Camp, Kate Klise
  • The House of a Million Pets, Ann Hodgman
  • Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Absolutely Normal Chaos, Sharon Creech
  • The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander
  • Eleven, Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Charlie’s Raven, Jean Craighead George
  • Babe: The Gallant Pig, Dick King-Smith
  • Indigo, Alice Hoffman
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Marguerite Henry

Number of pages read: 2,134
YTD: 23,084

Reading Challenges progress:

  • Back to the Classics Challenge: 0/9  (YTD: 8/9)
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 1/50  (YTD: 18/50)


  • La

    It looks like you and Ashley both did very well on your reading last month, so don’t give yourself a hard time if you’re behind on blogging. The books are the really important thing!

    • I think so, too–thank you for the encouragement!

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  • I’ve been so busy I only recently got a chance to catch up on reading everyone’s blogs and I was like WAIT WHAT?! I know I’ve read blogs since the end of September.

    • Hahaha! I’m so sorry my slack-offness confused you.

      • Eh – we all need slack months to keep ourselves sane! Plus you’ve been reading so much, you’ve made that the actual priority of a reading blog! More reading, less blogging…another challenge/theme for next year? Hmmm..

        • Ah, that’s something to think about. I actually think that I’m going to avoid most challenges next year and just read whatever the heck I want. I’ll still be joining book clubs, read-alongs, projects like the Literary Others, but I don’t think I’m doing the challenges. I’m failing miserably this year as it is. Hahaha!

          • Yeah – I think I’ll keep The Classics Club and Mount TBR and then if anything happens to fit within the however many books I have on my shelf at the moment I’ll tag it on, but I’m not overextending next year.

          • I’m continuing my participation in the Classics Club, too, for sure. The Mount TBR Challenge is the one I’m failing. Haha!

  • Impressive, Heather. It seems you and Ashley are doing so well with the Challenges. At least she is far ahead of me on the Back to the Classics Challenge. Kudos, Ashley. This time, I am so slow on reading I’m almost ashamed. At this rate I doubt if I’d finish the challenges before the end of year.

    • Thank you, Celestine! I am going to fail miserably at the Mount TBR challenge. Haha! Ah well.