Monthly Review: September 2017

Monthly Review: September 2017

Yes I tweaked the layout to remove the pink and make everything black and grey, I know I know. I actually liked the pink but a few friends complained, and I realized pretty quickly that a lot of the books I read had covers that looked awful plastered on the pink header images. Plus I was really not liking the headers I had made for non review related articles, so I changed around the headers and tweaked the colors to match. Black looks good with everything and, well, if you ever saw me in person it’s basically the only color that I wear (not even joking). I became very conscious of that fact when my eight year old daughter and I made Miis on her Wii U and she said that my Mii has to wear black because that’s the only color she sees me wear. feelsbad

Also cleaned up review pages a little bit so it looks much nicer and isn’t so clunky looking with the different page alignments. As for reading I was in a bit of a slump this month with a couple of books that weren’t holding me and sadly had to put them on the shelf for now to pick up later. I stuck to mostly short fiction this month and had my slump broken by Now I Rise and Thirteen Reasons Why near the end of the month, so that was a plus.


This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews




Other Writing



What I’ve Read


• Deep in the Dakota Woods by Brandon Barr ★★★☆☆
• Into the Water by Paula Hawkins ★★★☆☆
• Magic & Monsters by Kieran Song ★★★★☆
• Now I Rise by Kiersten White ★★★★★
• The Salt Line by Hollly Goddard Jones ☆☆☆☆☆ DNF @ 67%
• The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★
• The Tent by Margaret Atwood ★★★☆☆
• The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho ★★★★☆
• The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski ★★★★★
• Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ★★★★☆


Book Haul

Blog Tour

Book Box

Kindle First

NetGalley

Prime Reading

Purchased


Samsung for Kindle

So I bought quite a few books this month and I need to put myself on a serious book buying ban. It’s hard though with so many sales and book boxes! Plus I just discovered bookoutlet.com and heaven have mercy on me I had to look away.

You may have noticed the Goosebumps books on the purchase list but I bought them for two reasons! One, because my daughter is steadily moving onto chapter books and I wanted to share my love of the series with her now that she’s at that age. Two, I’m going to be participating in the 2017 Goosebumpsalong, a read along hosted by Richard’s Book Nook which is one of my favorite BookTube channels. Each week we’ll be reading one Goosebumps book and at the end of the week there will be a watch along for the corresponding episode (Netflix!) and discussing on Twitter. The read along starts October 2nd and runs through October 21st for those interested in participating.


Around The Web

Articles

12 Literary Writers on Stephen King’s Influence (Literary Hub)
70 Great Stephen King Quotes On His 70th Birthday (Book Riot)
After Dunedin school serves as shelter, 80 books missing from classroom (Fox 13)
• Have you Read the Most Popular Book from the Year You Were Born? 1930-1975 & 1976-2016 (For Reading Addicts)
The It factor: exploring Stephen King’s Maine (The Guardian)

Blogosphere

8 Types of Schools in YA + Quiz (Paper Fury)
Oops, I Don’t Like A Famous Book WHAT DO??? (Avalinah’s Books)
Webcomics I love (Janepedia)

BookTube

The Generic Young Adult Novel (itsdivya)
Disliking Important Books (rincey reads)
Diversity Isn’t about Adding POC or LGBT (Francina Simone)
Hogwarts House Book Recommendations: Slytherin (Squibbles Reads)
When the Synopsis Lies (Ariel Bissett)
Harry Potter & Classics | The Philosopher’s Stone (Jean Bookish Thoughts)
Why I Hate Rating Books (Lee Nichole)

I have a TON of videos and awesome blog posts for you all this month. I read and watched a lot of book blogging content that I had to share it all! I especially recommend the Webcomic list from Janepedia for those looking for some diverse reads! Also notable is the Harry Potter & Classics videos by Jean Bookish Thoughts which dissects each Harry Potter book and discusses the classical and historical references in the series. She released the first video this month and I definitely look forward to watching the rest of this video series as they are released.

Also if you couldn’t tell by the handful of Stephen King related articles and my review for Mile 81 on September 21st this month was Stephen King’s 70th birthday! Funny story about the September 21st posting, some might have caught it but I had scheduled a review for a Stephen King novella that I didn’t like (not that it was bad, it just wasn’t my thing) for that date, not realizing until I woke up that morning and saw my twitter feed bombarded with happy birthday messages that it felt like a funny coincidence but also extremely poor taste to post a negative review on the special day of a legend, so I swapped the review with one I had scheduled for next month.

Even though he’ll never see this, I want to wish a happy birthday to the King. Thank you for so many years of wonderful stories. ❤


Reading Next Month

6 thoughts on “Monthly Review: September 2017

  1. Woah dang, I LOVE your header images for the book reviews! Beautiful. As for the pink, I find it ironic that your blog URL has the word blue in it? 😀
    Actually, half the books you’ve read seem very interesting! I’ll have to go check out the Terracotta Bride. I have not looked at my monthly stats yet, will need to draft the post still, but I don’t think I did well with reading this month x.x it has been an insane months with loads of visitors and all that, so just… not the best month for reading!
    Aw, thank you for reading and sharing my post! I’ve felt like due to RealLife™ I didn’t have good content on my blog this month, but you still found something to share 🙂 <3 what are friends for, huh 😀
    Have a great October! I can't wait for it, cause it's my blogiversary, plus it's also the ghostie month which is always interesting on the blogosphere!

    1. Ahaha, yeah my domain name is inspired by a video game I really like and is a working title for a book I’ve been thinking / planning out for a few months. The Limitless Blue refers to the sky. 🙂

      You always write good discussion posts that I love sharing Evelina! Your blog is one of the ones that I read consistently for the discussions. ^_^ I get you on being busy also, I’ve been keeping busy doing other stuff plus family stress had put me out of the reading mood. But I made up for it with a handful of short stories that were easy to read in one sitting.

      Happy Blogiversary! Since you mention it, now that I’m looking my first posts for this blog were October 2016 as well so I guess it’s my blogiversary as well. XD I’m so excited for October, I love spookier stories and am always so happy to see what bloggers are reading this time of year!

  2. Ahh, if you took my comments about it as complaining, that wasn’t my intention! I think the end design should be what you want it to be, but I understand about images not matching up with the design of your site.

    Kids really know how to hit us wear it hurts most.

    You didn’t tag me, but I’m going to do the “Books I’ll Probz Never Read” tag, because it seems interesting and I do have some books for the list. I also like how it allows for explanations, something I see so little of. I think it’s a good idea to discuss these things. 😀

    Thank you for the shout-out and linking to my webcomics post! I didn’t consider how diverse my list was until I read this post, but then few of them feature any one thing specifically…which is probably why I fell for them in the first place.

    1. Not at all, and trust me several people noted how bright it was. XD As for what I want, I’m a mess, I never know what I want, that’s my biggest problem LOL.

      Also of course! You write great blog entries and I love reading and linking them. 🙂 Also looking forward to your Probably Never Read Tag, I’ve been having fun with book tags lately.

  3. I read Thirteen Reason Why years ago and loved it! Can you believe I’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman? I’ve always wanted to try The Ocean At The End Of The Lake, (that’s the title right? lol) but for some reason I just haven’t picked it up. The Wood also sounds really good, I definitely have to add that to my TBR!

    1. I’ve yet to read any other books by Gaiman but he’s on my want to read list. I picked up Stardust and American Gods but I really want to read The Ocean at the end of the Lane and Coraline. 🙂 Maybe sometime soon!

      Definitely read The Wood, I don’t see it brought up on all that many blogs and it’s a shame! I really enjoyed it.

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