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September 2009 Reading Wrap-up

September was another great reading month over here.  I completed 28 books, 20 of which reduced my TBR pile.  I’m at 368 TBRs and before the end of October, I’d like to be at 350.  We’ll see how that works!  I’ve now completed 228 books for the year, which includes one from October already, and with which I am very pleased.  I have never read this many books in a year in my life.  It’s amazing how book blogging has inspired me to make time for reading no matter what else I’m doing, and I hope that this continues as I put more effort into finding a job as this month progresses and hopefully when I have one not too long from now.

What I read:

  • Santa Olivia, Jacqueline Carey
  • The Complete Maus, Art Spiegelman
  • Graceling, Kristin Cashore
  • To Tempt the Wolf, Terry Spear
  • Twilight of a Queen, Susan Carroll
  • Secrets of a Summer Night, Lisa Kleypas
  • Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  • One Deadly Sin, Annie Solomon
  • Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris
  • The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, Angie Fox
  • Fragile Eternity, Melissa Marr
  • It Happened One Autumn, Lisa Kleypas
  • Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas
  • Dead Witch Walking, Kim Harrison
  • Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
  • Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn
  • God is an Englishman, R.F. Delderfield
  • The Lace Makers of Glenmara, Heather Barbieri
  • The Angel’s Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • A Separate Country, Robert Hicks
  • The Maze Runner, James Dashner
  • The Tudor Rose, Margaret Campbell Barnes
  • The Fire, Katherine Neville
  • The Strain, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  • On the Prowl, Patricia Briggs and others
  • Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
  • Cry Wolf, Patricia Briggs

The latter half of this month was heavy on review copies as I’m attempting to catch up before my parents arrive with all the rest of them in less than two weeks.  I did rebel towards the very end and rewarded myself with some urban fantasy.  It is becoming one of my favorite genres, and to think that at one point I wasn’t sure I’d like it!

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I have also, somewhat miraculously, completed the R.I.P. challenge!  When signing up, I listed The Strain, Vampire Academy, The Maze Runner, The Angel’s Game, and Fragile Eternity as possible reads.  I’m impressed with myself as I almost never complete challenges, let alone early, but I’m wondering now if I can read the rest of my list in October.  I haven’t linked my reviews at the site yet (I have only written one of them anyway) but I will soon.

For the month ahead, exciting and somewhat stressful happenings are afoot.  Two weeks from today, I am getting married, and sometime shortly afterwards we are going to endure the stressful process of trying to extend my leave in the UK on the basis of that marriage.  Money is tighter than I’d like it to be for this, but we’re still in the right margin of income, so please cross your fingers for us.  On the blog, I have a lot of great reviews already lined up and a few giveaways and guest posts.  I’m also planning on participating in Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-Thon on October 24th and 25th, which is guaranteed excitement.  I loved my first one in the spring and this time I will have a husband to feed me and keep me awake (as he plans on gaming for 24 hours at the same time), so I anticipate even more fun.  Stay tuned!

Do you have any exciting plans for the month ahead?

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