September Wrap Up 2016

I’m back!!! 

It has been a busy, busy month for me. If you didn’t already know, I spent the month exploring the wonders of New Zealand. I wasn’t as active on the blogosphere so I have a lot to catch up on. However, on the reading front I was very productive. It turns out nights at campsites with no wifi and rain makes for great reading weather so I ended up reading a total of 7 books in September. A new personal record so I think I deserve a round of applause for that achievement. 😉

My book of the month has to be The Hard Count by Ginger Scott. Seriously I would encourage everyone to read it. It’s such a clever and moving exploration of the highs and lows of sport, social divisions, racial issues and amazingly complex family dynamics. I have so much to say about this book and I am so excited to write up my reviews. 

Turns out, New Zealand was also a great place to get my creative juices flowing because I have a load of discussion ideas that I want to type up so keep an eye out for them. 

Overall September was amazing. I made it to Hobbiton, got to try some of the Green Dragon’s ale and soaked up all the natural wonders of New Zealand. I’ll be writing up my recap of the holiday soon enough. 😀

Here are the books I read in September and my review for each book will be posted throughout the month.
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Sacked (Gridiron #1) by Jen Frederick: 4 Stars 

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 4 Stars

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta: 4.5 Stars

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie: 4 Stars

Jockblocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick: 3.5 Stars

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: 3.5 Stars

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott: 5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday

6th September: Characters that would survive the Walking Dead
13th September: All Time Favourites

Waiting on Wednesday

7th September: The Goal
14th September: The Last Magician
21st September: Hunted
28th September: The Valiant


9th September: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy: 3.5 Stars

22nd September: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry: 4 Stars

October To Be Read List

CROOKED KINGDOM. My copy still hasn’t arrived yet. 😥 As soon as I get it I plan on devouring it. I am so excited to reunite with my favourite crew. I also plan on reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I started the book in August but because I was leaving I didn’t have the time to finish it. 

I was also fortunate to win Luna @ LuniReads’ giveaway and I was so happy to come home to two fabulous books and an amazing literary listography book that I absolutely adore. I can’t wait to see what those books have to offer. IMG_5673 (2).JPG

TV wise I have a lot of catching up to do. To start, I need to finish Mr. Robot season 2 and then I plan on seeing what Westworld has to offer me. I’m undecided about whether to watch Arrow this season but we’ll see. Are there any other TV shows I should be keeping an eye on?

I’ve also kind of developed an obsession with ice hockey. Seriously I don’t know where this sudden obsession came from but I am not complaining. My brother is a huge Maple Leaves fan and while I’ll always root for them, I’ve decided that I’ll be backing the New Jersey Devils this season. Granted, I know next to nothing about how the game works but it’s fun to watch haha.

September was amazing and very busy.
What was your September like? What was the best book you read that month?



20 thoughts on “September Wrap Up 2016

  1. Welcome back, Lois! I’m so glad to hear your New Zealand trip went as awesome as you anticipated. The updates on Twitter and Instagram were so gorgeous. And 7 books while on a trip?? I guess Wi-fi does eat up a lot of our time, lol. (I feel like I’m on my laptop way too much to be considered healthy for my eyes.) And oh no (about CK). I hope it arrives soon! Mine should come in the post tomorrow.

    And did I tell you? I FINALLY FINISHED SIX OF CROWS! It was as epic as you promised! T_T

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    1. I never realised how consuming wifi was. It made a nice change to get to put away technology and just enjoy your surroundings. It’s good for the soul. 😛

      Good news, the book has been shipped but it won’t arrive until Monday!

      YAY. I am so, so, so happy that you enjoyed it. What was your favourite moment/character? Any predictions for Crooked Kingdom, thankfully I’ve been able to avoid spoilers so far.

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      1. My favorite moment is when Inej finds the resolve to continue climbing the chimney-like thing. But I really liked all the Inej/Nina scenes as well. As you can tell, I love Inej so much!! T_T I’m working on some Med Termology stuff right now, but afterwards I’m going to dive into CK. I’m looking forward to the Kaz/Inej reunion so much. And I’m so ready for Kaz to speak up on his feelings. 😮

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        1. Inej is like my soul sister. I love how she still holds on to that hope in spite of everything she’s been through. I adore her friendship with Nina as well and it’s so nice to see two women who are nothing but supportive of one another. I also love the dynamic between Inej and Kaz. My shippers heart is on edge with those two. I need Kaz to find her and pull back those layers. I need hope that these two can be together.

          Let me know when you get into CK so we can fangirl together haha. 😀

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    1. Seriously it’s so worth the trip. It’s just such a picturesque country and the people are so nice. The Boy Most Likely To surprised me. I predicted the plot twist but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it cause I usually hate those twists. Have a lovely October. 😀


  2. AHHH WELCOME BACK, LOIS! What was the highlight of your trip? I went to NZ in July and really enjoyed it, too.

    Also: The Boy Most Likely To and Saving Francesca are such good books. I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed them and can’t wait to read your reviews. 🙂

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    1. Oh my, there are so many highlights. To start, Hobbiton was everything. The tour was so much fun and informative. I was ready to move into one of the Hobbit hole haha. I also loved Rotorua and Taupo. New Zealand is such a stunning country and I was surprised how similar the landscape was to Wales, it basically felt like home. I feel like NZ is the perfect place for people who hate gyms because there are so many outdoor activities around.

      I was surprised by how much I loved the Boy Most Likely To especially since I usually hate that particular plot twist. Melina Marchetta can do no wrong for me.


      1. You might hate me for this but I actually didn’t go to Hobbiton when I was in NZ, HAHA. I haven’t watched LOTR (oops) and am so out of touch with it, and no one in my family really cares for it as well, so we just dismissed it completely. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip though and would 100% agree that NZ is full of outdoor activities. 😛

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    1. Turns out being in a no wifi zone is just what you need to get the reading juices flowing haha. Seriously trying to adjust to life back home is such a struggle. I was not ready to leave.


    1. I was an incredible experience and I’d love to visit the country again.
      Half a King has such an amazing cast of characters and the women are so dominant in it. I need to get my hands on the second book. 😀

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