September Wrap-Up, October Plans

Posted October 2, 2013 by in Monthly Wrap-ups / 31 Comments

Doctor Sleep quote

Hello, October. Fancy meeting you here. [grumble, grumble, grumble]

Things that happened in September:

  • The kids went back to school. Yay for breakfast dates! Yay for free time! Boo to the public germ factory!
  • I got new glasses. They were my birthday gift from my parents. I love them.
  • Library book sale! (Haul photos here and here.)
  • I’m watching some TV. [GASP] Voluntarily. [GASP] That doesn’t involve watching just to be snarky. [GASP] I’m kind of liking Sleepy Hollow.

What I’m looking forward to in October:

  • I’m pretty sure I’m moving the blog to this month. If you’re following with an RSS reader, you shouldn’t have to change anything–I’m not changing the blog’s address. If you’re following through WordPress or email, you shouldn’t have to do anything–Wordpress can transfer you all to the new place. I will post more about this when I take the plunge later in the month.
  • Marching band season is almost over! Yay! Heh. (I love my daughter dearly. She deserves everything I do for her. That doesn’t mean I enjoy doing it.)
  • Maybe, finally, getting to the books I’ve been meaning to read for MONTHS.

September stats:

Books finished: 13
YTD: 160

  • The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene — 9/2/13
  • Haven, Kay Hooper — 9/8/13
  • The Explanation for Everything, Lauren Grodstein — 9/8/13
  • The Talisman, Stephen King & Peter Straub — 9/9/13
  • The Street Sweeper, Elliot Perlman — 9/12/13
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace — 9/15/13 (re-read)
  • Mother, Mother, Koren Zailckas — 9/16/13
  • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor — 9/22/13
  • The Returned, Jason Mott — 9/23/13
  • The Black Count, Tom Reiss — 9/23/13
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell — 9/30/13
  • Seven for a Secret, Lyndsay Faye — 9/30/13
  • HHhH, Laurent Binet — 9/30/13

My favorites in September: The Talisman, The Black Count, and HHhH

Pages read: 5,851
YTD: 55,314

Pages Sept 2013Pages read in September, by day

Currently Reading:

  • The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova (Estella Society readalong)
  • Doctor Sleep, Stephen King (Read All the SK / #sleepalong hosted by Charleen and Tif)
  • The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo Moyes
  • Clay’s Ark, Octavia Butler (Blerd Book Club)

October Plans:

  • Diane Duane’s Young Wizard series, books 3-6. For real.
  • Arc & Hue, Tara Betts (Twitter Book Club)
  • Joyride, Stephen King (Read All the SK / #TuesBookTalk)
  • Patternmaster, Octavia Butler (Blerd Book Club)
  • Fireproof, Alex Kava (Library book club)
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford (Library book club)
  • Someone Else’s Love Story, Joshilyn Jackson
  • Thinner, Richard Bachman (Read All the SK)
  • Song of Susannah, Stephen King (I WILL GET TO THIS IN OCTOBER.)
  • Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (THIS ONE, TOO.)

I’m sure there are other books I’m forgetting to add here. I’m just going to read all the things.

Favorite book in September? Looking forward to anything in particular in October? Any excitement going on in your lives so I can live vicariously through you?


  • Can’t wait to hear what you thought about The Girl You Left Behind. I am also thinking of switching over to, but haven’t done much more than think. How do you switch?

    • If you go to the Help section of, there is all kinds of information on how to go about moving to .org.

  • Look! It’s me – not just reading your blog but actually commenting! (Try not to fall over from the shock … 😉 ) I have no excitement to share other than – YAY MARCHING BAND ALMOST OVER!! lol. Thinking about rereading the Game of Thrones books and just generally hoping to get back into a reading groove – there’s something about fall and the cooler weather that inspires me to read. What sounds better than folding yourself into the sofa with a good blanket, a cup of coffee and a book on a chilly autumn day?

    So – curious – what’s the advantage of moving to

    • [faints]

      There are things I’d like to use on my blog that I can’t because .com doesn’t allow it…just aesthetic things, really. (And I think it will be cheaper for me to use .org.)

  • I like marching band, it’s part of back-to-school nostalgia for me (I was never IN it, but always had friends who were). And I currently live across the street from a high school so it makes me happy when I hear them practicing.

    And yay for Doctor Sleep! I’ve only gotten through the prologue so far, but I’m gonna make another dent in it later today.

    • I don’t like football. At all. So I’m not even watching Ash perform in the marching band because I’m not spending $20 every time to watch two hours of a game I can’t stand just for 10 minutes of marching band. :/

      My school didn’t have a marching band, so it’s also not something I’m nostalgic about.

      Doctor Sleep is very good. I’m enjoying it thoroughly (aside from the rough beginning).

  • Love your new glasses–they suit you perfectly! My favorite book in September was State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, which was great. I just started Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon which I’m meant to be reviewing in six days so I need to get on with it. Hope you have a great month of October full of surprises and excitement. 🙂

    • Thank you!

      Looking forward to your thoughts on Telegraph Avenue.

  • Your glasses look fab! Happy reading in October; I will be reading Alias Grace too 🙂

  • Love the glasses! And I’m really eager for your reviews of The Talisman, HHhh (or whatever), and The Black Count. All of those sound good to me and either are or will be on my list.

    I was in marching band, but believe me when I say, I have no desire to enter that world again. No. Thank. YOU.

    So much time and effort when kids are involved in all of that. My parents are saints. 🙂

    • Thanks! I will definitely be writing reviews for all three of those books. I’m just…procrastinating. Sigh.

      My parents are saints, too, but specifically my father. I took dance lessons for many, many years and he was the only driver in the family back then. Poor guy. That’s why I do these things for Ash without complaining (in front of her). She’s worth it…it’s just a pain in the ass. Haha!

  • Love the new glasses! I should tell my parents that’s what I want for my birthday this month; I’m so ready for a change.

    • Thanks, Lisa! I had yet to find a pair of glasses I really loved before I found these. I’ve been wearing them all the time (and I should have been wearing glasses all the time long before this).

  • What did you think of The Street Sweeper? I started reading it last year but didn’t get a chance to finish it. I had a few favorite books in September including the latest from Anne Lamott. This month I’m looking forward to digging deep into my ARC pile while reading whatever I want to for the rest of the year.

    • I really enjoyed The Street Sweeper–I thought it was excellent.

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  • Hooray hooray for back to school! It means something a bit different around here since I homeschool…but still! I love getting back to a good routine.

    Super HAWT glasses..hubba hubba!!

    I want to read The Black Count! Should I?

    • Thanks! [wiggles eyebrows]

      The Black Count is SO GOOD. I learned about a bazillion things I didn’t know, and it’s very well written.

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  • I have Seven for a Secret sitting on my shelf. I sort of want to read it, but I didn’t read the first one. That’s my excuse, at any rate.

    • And I too am reading Doctor Sleep. Iwas going really well, but fell off right about the middle and haven’t picked it back up. Yet. Because I will.

      • I’m about 80% of the way through it. I’ve stretched it out far longer than I should have, but not because I’m not enjoying it. I’ll probably finish it today.

    • You don’t necessarily *have* to read Gods of Gotham first, but it *would* help parts of the second one make more sense. I personally would suggest reading Gods of Gotham first. They’re both very good.

  • I must have missed your glasses somehow. Very nice. They compliment, and complement, you very nicely. 🙂

  • Loved reading your post and the things we mothers do for our kids, and you’re right — no one said we had to enjoy them all!

    Favorite read in September definitely Strings Attached. Coming up in October I’m reading Mrs. Poe, Gracianna by Tony Amador and maybe The Luminaries.

    I’ve considered moving to .org too for the same reason — there are some aesthetics I’d really like to use and get frustrated when I can’t. 🙁

    • Oooo…I think I’ll be starting The Luminaries soon, too.

  • I just started watching Sleepy Hallow and I’m liking it a lot more than I thought I was going to. It’s fun, in a goofy, scary, weird sort of way.

  • It says WAY too much that I’m just now getting around to this! I’m jealous of your .org move and can’t wait to see the finished product. YAY for school starting and library book sales, I’m missing mine this weekend for my HS reunion.

    • Heather

      Well, you’ve been very busy with Margaret Atwood and such. Hee!

      We have another book sale coming up on the 25th, but I don’t know if I’m going to go to that one or not. I really need to find room for all the books I already own, first. Sigh.