September Wrap Up – The one where college starts again and my schedule is suddenly a lot more full

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Taking a little break from the blogger tips mini-series, here’s my wrap up of the month!

Don’t worry though, the blogger tips will be back next Sunday. Shh, don’t tell anyone.ย 

For some strange reason, this entire month I kept thinking we were halfway through October. It’s almost a relief we’ve reached October, just so that I’ll finally be right ๐Ÿ˜†

Plus, IT’S AUTUMN! *throws orange leaves in the air* Sure, it means from now until June next year I’ll be permanently cold, but oh well. Everything is cosy and pretty.

As always, this is going to be a long post, so get cosy and enjoy!

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This month I read 7 books – the decline in reading pace since starting college is obvious straight away. But I’m still trundling on by.

There are a couple of books here I didn’t technically “read” this month, but the reviews went up this month and I didn’t know where else to put them. I’ll put little *note* on those ones just before the rating, explaining what I mean.

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Six of Crowsย 

by Leigh Bardugo

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Rated 4.5/5 stars – [Review]

I finally read Six of Crows! Can you believe it? And I loved it just as much as everyone else seems to ๐Ÿ˜€ I was so nervous that I wouldn’t, and I’d end up with a crowd of flaming pitchfork wielding fans running after me. But luckily, the pitchforks can remain tucked away.

I adored the characters in this, and really, that’s what made the entire books for me. And I still can’t get over how much Leigh Bardugo’s writing improved since the Grisha Trilogy!

Amazonย | Goodreads

Replica

by Lauren Oliver

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*Not read in September*

Rated 4/5 stars – [Review]

This one I didn’t actually read this month, I read it a couple of months ago…maybe in July? But the review has been sat waiting in my scheduled box for over 2 months now, and FINALLY it’s less than a month away from publish date – so my review is up!

I loved the idea of this being a flip book. I’ve never read a book like that. And it somehow made the reading experience so much more personal. You get to choose how you read it, and really – which side you start from can really change the story.

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Throne of Glass Colouring Book

by Sarah J Maas, Illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe & Craig Phillips

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*The final one technically not “read” in September…though I did USE it in September. You don’t really “read” a colouring book*

Rated 4.5/5 stars – [Review]

This is absolutely stunning, there’s no doubt about it. I can’t stop flicking through the pages and just fawning over all my beloved characters.

I’ve been using coloured pencils (normally I’d use felt tips) to colour the pages in, purely because I want to try my best at making the pictures as stunning as they can be. And I can’t shade with felt tips. Or get the right skin colours.

This will no doubt keep me amused for hours.

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Empire of Storms

by Sarah J Maas

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Rated 5/5 stars – [Review]

OF COURSE this was going to be here. I’ve been waiting for this book for a year. I wasn’t waiting any longer.

This book damaged me. Killed me. Broke me. Whatever phrase you want to use. I cried for the last 100 pages or so just because so much was going on. If it was any other book, I probably wouldn’t have cried. But that’s how attached I am to this series.

It made me want to reread the entire series, not going to lie. I might make it a little mission of mine to reread a book a month, in preparation for the last book.

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Kids of Appetite

by David Arnold

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Rated 3/5 stars – [Review]

I had mixed feelings about this one. I’m glad it was a really quick read, and it felt like it took me no time. It was fun, quirky…and yet the strangeness of it all just didn’t seem to sit well with me. I usually love oddities, but it wasn’t really needed in here.

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Persuasion

by Jane Austen

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Rated 3/5 stars – [Review]

This was the Austentatious Book Club of the month, and I quite enjoyed it. Not as much as Pride & Prejudice, but enough to give it 3 stars. It was slow, and I had to use an audiobook to get me through it quicker. But I loved Anne’s character, and genuinely enjoyed reading about her life – especially with the classy -ness of the time period mixed in!

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Blue Sun

by Tracy Abrey

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Rated 3/5 stars – [Review]

So this one was an interesting mix of science and folklore – and set in the Isle of Man! It was really quick and easy to read, and was on the sort of lighthearted side of YA fantasy. I had a bit of a problem with how quickly the relationships between characters changed, but it didn’t ruin it completely. Just made me eyes roll a bit.

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Naming the Stars

by Susan Koefod

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Rated ???/5 stars – [Review coming on Monday]

I’ve gotten a lot of review books lately, and had to plan a reading schedule to fit them all in at appropriate times. I gave myself a week to read this, like with all my books…only to then realise it was just over 100 pages long and I finished it in a couple of hours ๐Ÿ˜†

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggsย 

(REREAD)

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Rated ???/5 stars – [Review coming on Friday]

I’d been planning to reread this for a while, since I got the last book in the trilogy a few months ago and completely forgot what happened in the first two books. So with the film release, now seemed the best time.

I still loved this book…but not quite as much as I used to. At the moment, it’s on my “favourites” shelf on Goodreads from 2013, but I think I need to remove it from there now. It just doesn’t fit with those books anymore, unfortunately. I DID still love it though.

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I feel like this part is going to be really boring for you guys, purely because the books I’m reading are either going to be unheard of or classics. But oh well.

I’m still catching up on review books, so I’ll be reading Like A Dream by Shina James next. I actually can’t remember what this is about, but I tend to go into books blind so that’s no change.

But hey, it’s got a pretty cover, right?


The Call of Cthulhu

I’m still (shamelessly) reading The Call of Cthulhu…I just keep forgetting to read it, honestly. I usually only read two books at the same time at most, but for some reason I started this classics collection of short stories EVEN THOUGH I knew I’d already be reading one Jane Austen book a month.

I AM enjoying it. Thanks to it being short stories, I can go back and forth to it whenever I want without forgetting the story. And with the gothic theme, I’m loving it even more.


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And finally, the Austentatious book club book of the month is Northanger Abbey, so I’ll be starting that as soon as possible. Again, I don’t actually know what this one is about, but I’ve heard it has more of a gothic theme so I’M IN.

In case you hadn’t guessed by now, I love gothic books. I really need to read more of them, because right now my collection is limited. Very limited.

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Run over posts from August

~ย The story of how I really didnโ€™t get along with the miserableness of Bridget Jonesโ€™s Diary by Helenย Fieldingย ~

~ย August Book Haul โ€“ Probably the most random assortment of books Iโ€™ve gotten in a longย timeย ~

Discussions

~ย Letโ€™s Talk: THE END. How important is it,ย actually?ย ~

ย ~ย Letโ€™s Talk: Owning multiple copies of the same book โ€“ materialistic orย helpful?ย ~

~ย Letโ€™s Talk: Is there a sense of pressure on bookย bloggers?ย ~

~ย Letโ€™s Talk: Which do you prefer โ€“ booktube or bookย blogs?ย ~

Bookish Reveals

~ย Throne of Glass TV show news : My conflicting thoughts turned into incoherentย psychobabbleย ~

Random

~ย The Top 10 books I absolutely NEED to read before the end of 2016 comesย aroundย ~

~ย Blogger Tips: Helping you frolic through your blogging life [Personalย Edition]ย ~

~ย Blogger Tips: Helping you frolic through your blogging life [Writingย Edition]ย ~

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Ahh, September. The time where I went back to college after a very long break.

There’s not much to say about it really. I know it’ll be the hardest year of education for me, but not necessarily because the work is hard. Just…on an anxiety level.

Oh yeah, that’s another thing. This month I managed to drag myself to the doctors – and I mean literally dragย (and it wasn’t a smooth drag either) – only to be diagnosed with anxiety. So that’s a thing now. But it’s not social anxiety…it’s a bit hard to explain. Anyway, it’s making college a bit harder because we have to talk about University and stuff this year, which can be a huge problem for me.

Well, that got kinda deep. I promise I’m fine the majority of the time. Let’s just pass that now, shall we?

*HAPPIER THINGS*

September was the month my blog reached 500 followers! And I can’t believe I never said anything about it! I was planning on making a video to celebrate, but SO MANY THINGS WENT WRONG that I didn’t make it quick enough, and now the moment has passed. But THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE HERE FOR SUPPORTING ME AND MY LITTLE BLOG โค

And guess what! The video is still going to be a thing! Instead, I’m hoping it’ll be up towards the end of October, this time for my 1 year blogiversary! An announcement will be up about it soon ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally, I’m on a book buying ban. Which I don’t actually see as a bad thing. I’ll still be accepting books for review (if I get any requests once I’ve opened them again) & a couple of gifts are on their way to me (for actual reasons, not just random gifts), so you still might see me showing a new book every so often. But I really need to save my money towards gifts to other people – birthdays, Christmas etc – and it’ll take me a while so I’m starting now. At the moment though, I own so many books that are high priority on my TBR, so I won’t run out anytime soon if I don’t buy any. It’ll finally give me chance to catch up on some!

And thus ends the hugest ramble about a book buying ban ever.ย 



So there we have it! My month of September, all wrapped up!

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Have you read any of the books I read in September? What did you think?

How many books did you read this month? Which was your favourite of the month?

Did you buy any new books? How many and which ones? (feel free to link your haul!)

Did any interesting events happen this month for you?ย Visit anywhere nice?ย 

What are you currently reading, going into the month of October?

Let me know in the comments!

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23 thoughts on “September Wrap Up – The one where college starts again and my schedule is suddenly a lot more full

  1. Great wrap-up! I read 7 books this month too; my reading is slowing down too as I’ve just started back at uni. But my favourite book I read this month was The Perks of Being a Wallflower; it was a reread but one of my favourite books of all time ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Ahh I really need that ToG colouring book in my life, sounds amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ And ooh you’re reading HP Lovecraft? That’s awesome. I’m also making my way through his short stories, but like you I keep forgetting to read them haha. I’m enjoying them so far though – I like how strange and unsettling they are. I’ve literally only read the first three in the book though. I LOVE gothic books too. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with anxiety – I also have anxiety, and not the social kind, so I know how hard it can be to do things like college and work, and particularly thinking about the future, when you’re feeling that way. Hope you’re feeling better soon, and if you ever want to talk about it, you’re welcome to drop me a message ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    1. The colouring book is just absolutely stunning โค And that's great – I've not seen anyone else who's read/reading HP Lovecraft! Gothic stories just give off such a great feeling, weirdly. And they're great for Autumn time now!

      And thank you so much, that's nice to hear ๐Ÿ™‚ Things can be difficult sometimes, but the majority of the time I'm okayy!

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      1. It really is! I’ve been dropping ‘subtle’ hints about it as my birthday is coming up haha. And I totally agree with you on Gothic stories – I’m obsessed with anything like that, and October is the perfect month to read them. I’ve not seen anyone else who’s read Lovecraft either – I’ve had the book for a few years, but I completely forgot about it until recently. I wish I’d picked it up sooner. And I’m really glad that you’re doing better the majority of the time now ๐Ÿ™‚ I am doing a lot better too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. It’s taking me awhile to read the Lovecraft book because I forget about it for a while then carry on with the stories, but that’s the benefit of it being short stories I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚ You can just leave it wherever and come back when you feel like it!
          I’m glad you’re doing better too โค

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  3. Wow, impressive reading month! I only managed three books last month because I was so busy with work! But I’m going to read Empire of Storms (finally) and Six of Crows this month, so I’ll come bug you with my thoughts as I get through them ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry to hear that you’re finding things tough at the moment, my housemate has anxiety, so we’re talked about it a fair bit, and while I know I can never fully understand it having not experienced it, I’m here if you ever want to chat ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    1. Three books is better than no books! And YES PLEASE DO BUG ME I LOVE BOTH THOSE BOOKS ๐Ÿ˜€ You’l basically be recreating the start of my month by reading EoS and SoC ahaha ๐Ÿ˜†
      And thank you Kate, I’ll be sure to keep that in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. CONGRATS AGAIN ON THE 500 FOLLOWERS โค
    I read 6 books this month which I was really proud of considering how little time I had haha!
    I hope your anxiety doesn't get too bad and that it leaves you alone from now on, that'd be great :
    Anywhoo! I'm excited for you bookshelf tour and I hope this time it works out the way you want it to hahaha!

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    1. THANK YOUUU! ๐Ÿ˜€
      6 books is so great! I thought I’d read that many too until right at the end of the month I read a really short book so it bumped up one more ๐Ÿ™‚
      And yepp, it sure would be great! I’m fine most of the time so it’s not too bad at least.
      Hopefully the tour works out this time round – it should do with the amount of attempts I’ve had ahaha!

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  5. I dragged myself to the doctors in summer finally after years to help deal with my anxiety and was placed on some anti-depressants. I had the choice of 2 medications and so I take a tablet every day and I can safely say I have noticed a vast improvement already. I’ve been on them almost 2 months now and i’ve been sleeping better, managing to eat better and also I went to uni the last 2 weeks without a panic attack. You’re not alone and you are so brave for getting yourself to the doctors, I just wanted to share a little bit of my experience with you so you can see that going does start helping ๐Ÿ™‚
    I can understand talking about university in college can be scary, I went through the same with my anxiety and I decided to commute a university an hour from where I live so I can continue working etc. Its the best thing for me, do what it best for you and know it’s not as scary as your anxiety is making you feel ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you ever need to talk, I’m here!

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    1. Thank you so much โค
      At the moment, I've been given tablets that I take whenever I'm having a panic attack or when I feel one starting, just to calm me down during that since I'm okayy the majority of the time. It's just when things like that are unexpectedly brought up that seems to get me. BUT I went to an open day today at the Uni I want to go to, and genuinely have such a content feeling there. Thinking about going makes me excited, it's just the getting there that's the hard part. But I'll make it, I'll make sure of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Well done, Ashleigh! Wow– you did a TON of work on your blog last month. I’m REALLY impressed. Keep up the great work!
    I understand the need to stop buying books, for SURE. My TBR is overwhelming, and my pocket book is not happy with me. I wish you luck catching up with your TBR. You’ll get there if you can keep away from buying books. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€
      It’s funny because I actually like having loads of unread books – it gives me more to choose from! But it gets to a stage where it just gets overwhelming, so it’s time to get through some. I hope you manage to get your own TBR down too!

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  7. I’m so glad you enjoyed Six of Crows, I hope you’ll enjoy Crooked Kingdom even more! I’m currently reading Miss Peregrine’s, and while I really enjoyed it, it’s hard to find time to read because of college :(( Have an amazing October!

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