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What I’ve been up to in September // It’s Finally Fall and NaNoWriMo Prep

September

Hello fellow bookworms 🍂 Guess what? IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL, YES, SUMMER OVER!!! I’m in the mood for the colder seasons to come, as I automatically feel calmer and at peace 💕 October is the prime time for Fall, as Halloween is coming soon, which  means that I will read some spooky books and participate in Sbooktober again – my absolute favorite Halloween Readathon out there! (TBR coming up a week before the Readathon) As I love fall I also decided to post a Series of Fall Themed Posts! I sadly cannot participate in the amazing Blogoween as it’s a bit too much (given that I start University in October), but I want to post something fall related every Friday/Saturday & I already have all of the posts planned out. I’m SO excited about them, so I hope you will be too

Until then … TIME TO GET SPOOKY 😈 🎃

Trenn Kopie

What I read in September

As you can see I have had a very good reading month! In total I read 15 books, which is honestly the most I have ever read in a book 😱 I really enjoyed a lot of the books I read too, which explains why my average rating for the month turned out to be so high! The lowest rating was 3.5 stars, which in itself is a pretty good rating, as it means I enjoyed the book I was reading!

I was taking advantage of my free trial of Scribd for September and October, so I could read whatever I was feeling – this was especially great for the nonfiction books related to writing that I was able to read and learn from. However, as much as I love the potential of the service and like the layout there are some things that I’m not a fan of. More of that in a potential Review or another wrapup! Let’s just say that Scribd offers unlimited books (audio and e-book). but is quick to restrict titles once you’ve read some of them. I was using the service a lot as Lia was kind enough to offer me her 2 month free Trial link, so even though there were some not to great parts, I’m very glad to have this selection fo choose from! 💗

Buddy Reads

  

1. Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

2. Siege and Storm (Leigh Bardugo) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

3. Ruin and Rising (Leigh Bardugo) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

Writing Related

 

4. Creating Character Arcs (K.M Weiland) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

5. Outlining your Novel (K.M Weiland) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

6. Outlining your Novel: Workbook (K.M Weiland) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

More Books

  

7. Gemina (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

8. Obsidio (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

9. Wildcard (Marie Lu) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

     

10. Coffee Boy (Austin Chant) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

11. The World According to Bob (James Bowen) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

12. My Plain Jane (Ashton, Hand, Meadows) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

13. & 14. Adulthood is a Myth & Herding Cats (Sarah Anderson) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

15. American Panda (Gloria Chao) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Average rating ⭐️ 4.5 Stars

Favorite Books 💕

  

Trenn Kopie

What I posted in September

August Friendship Groupsreadwithme younger selfreview comp Genre Tagnano2018 Milestones Write Tag

In the Bookish Community

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

Trenn Kopie

Other Life Stuff in September

Doing my last exam & getting stressed again. I had a very late oral exam on September 21st, that was about the research report I had worked on this semester … and I wasn’t looking forward to it. It was only 20 minutes long, but as I hate public speaking and always get nervous before and tests, I was getting stressed again. I should have known better, but instead of trying to calm myself down, I let things dwindle, which in turn wasn’t too good for my back pain, which always flare sup when I’m stressed. That combined with the ensuring sleeping problems was making me a bit cranky and tired. (which is why I’m still behind on comments) I’m fine now, but I really need to work on self-care again and not forget about it whenever I feel better!

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 🖋 I’m talking about this more in my latest post, but I was preparing for NaNoWriMo, because I like to plan ahead of time, We still have October, but I was having very ambitious plans and as I finally found the motivatuon to get back to my project I went for it. Since then my plans have changed, but I’m still planning on doing NaNo in November. Idk how this will work out yet, as I cannot yet say how much the workload will be in my next semester at the end of October. I have a lot of classes on statistics (again! you would think once was enough, but as I study two subjects, I have to do statistics and both of them aaaah), which is not the most exciting tbh 😅 But I’m very exited for writing in November!!

Moving to my new flat! I have only mentioned this in passing, but I got a new flat! Everything was a bit in the open as we had no idea when the guy before me would move out, but then finally everything cleared up! I will only truly live here when the new semester starts, but for now we’re moving all my stuff into the new flat and are trying to make it look cozy. I’m finally no longer directly under the roof, but on the 1st floor, which is amazing 😄 I also have two huge windows, letting in a lot of light, something that makes the room look bigger than the one I had before! Now if only I could get a reading nook by the window …

Bloodwitch Cover Reveal 😍 Yes this is a significant life happening in September 😂 As you might now I love the Witchlands books and I’m a huge fan of Susan Dennard, so I was 10000% excited for the Bloodwitch Cover Reveal!! It was sadly pushed back to 2019 and now we’re finally getting closer to the release of the third Witchlands book featuring my absolute favorite character (B)Aeduan!! I also joined the rebooted Witchlands Street Team a while back and I’m super excited to be part of the team and boost my favorite Series 😍 I’d also highly recommend joining Susan Dennard’s newsletter if you’re a writer as she always shares great advice!

NOW LET’S LOOK AT THIS COVER!!! Doesn’t my precious sinnamon roll look stunning 😭💗💕❤

Trenn Kopie

Looking Ahead: October

  

  1. Thunderhead (Neal Shusterman)
  2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
  3. Radio Silence (Alice Oseman)

Like the month before I’ll be showing my Top 3 Priority reads for the next month, instead of having a lengthy TBR! I have a lot more books in mind that I want to read (as I will also be doing two Readathons in October – the Charms Extra Credit and the Sbooktober Readathon), but these 3 came to mind first and foremost! This is a very mixed list in genre and topics, but I’m excite for all of those books. After reading Scythe I’m more than ready to jump into the sequel Thunderhead I(so I can dive into the next book when it comes out in 2019) and as Scribd has this one, I can read it this October 😍 Then I of course had to finally dive into The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as this book has received so many glowing Reviews and I’m really in the mood for read more out of my comfort zone! (as this is adult historical fiction) Lastly I choose to prioritize Radio Silence, as I want to read more by Alice Oseman ever since loving I Was Born for This a while back 💗 To be fair these books ate not very spooky,. but I have more spooky books planned for the Sbooktober  later this month 😀

Goals

  • Prepare for NaNoWriMo
  • Practice lots of self-care when university starts again
  • Join the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on October 20th
  • Start doing Yoga again

What was your favorite book this month? Has anything exciting happened in your life? 🍂

27 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in September // It’s Finally Fall and NaNoWriMo Prep

    1. That’s really true and I always try to remind myself to take the time and look after myself 🙂 I’m soo glad that I will finally read Thunderhead, I have such high hopes 😍 I’m so torn about Scribd, it has so much potential, but the restricting of titles that is happening unofficially is just not cool 😮

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  1. DAMN CARO. That is one hell of a reading month and filled with so many fantastic reads too! I’m so happy to hear that you ended up loving the Grisha trilogy and I cannot wait to see what you think of the Six Of Crows duology – that’s probably my favorite out of everything Leigh has written so far! 😀 Also, I still need to read Wildcard. This is getting ridiculous now! xD

    Congratulations, once again, on passing your exam!!! I’m so happy you were able to finally get it behind you and put that stress behind you. I hope you’ll be able to take better care of your mental health during your next exam period – no one deserves to be under this much stress! ❤

    AAAHHH! New flats are so much fun! I hope you have the best time settling in once you go back to uni and maybe you'll be able to come up with a solution for a reading nook that isn't where you originally wanted it to go! I'll keep my fingers crossed. 😀

    Those are some really good books you've got as your top 3 for October! I absolutely loved Thunderhead when I read it earlier this year (or listened to it) and Radio Silence was really good too! I adore the relationship between the main characters in that book SO much.

    I can't wait to see what you'll be reading for the readathons this month! Have a great October, Caro! ❤

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    1. It was definitely a great reading month for sure, especially as I read so many great books 😍 I’m so glad that we read the books together, as I now finally had that push to finish them! As you know I ended up loving Six of Crows as well & I’m so excited for Nikolai’s book next year! 😍 *whispers* Read Wildcard, it was such a great book 😄

      Thank you so much! ❤ I will definitely try and not get too stressed next time (gladly I don’t have any more exams this year, yay!!) and actually figure out how to stay sane 😅 Thank you again! I hope to settle into the flat very well! I have an armchair and I think I will set it up facing the window, so the light can stream in 😍

      I’m so excited for the books, I have high hopes that I will end up loving them 🙂 I hope you have a great October a well!! ❤💕💗

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  2. Aw Caro you’re the sweetest, thank you for sharing my posts!!
    And I’m beyond hyped that you read 15 books!! That’s a lot! I have been meaning to read Ruin and Rising now for about 6 months and I put it in every single one of my TBRs and it’s still lying around unread. But you just gave me the extra motivation to pick it up! I definitely have to give myself a refresher on the first two books though. I’m really excited that you’ll be reading Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo soon, I loved it!!

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    1. Always happy to share 💗
      I was so surprised when I looked at the number at the end of the month, it’s the most I’ve read in a month – ever 😱 I’m glad I could motivate yourself to maybe pick it up! I feel you though, the Grisha Trilogy was on my TBR for soo long before I finally picked it up 😅 I have heard that a lot now, so I have high hopes for Evelyn Hugo 😍

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  3. You had such an amazing reading month!! I’m glad that you liked Wildcard, I’m looking forward to read that too!! I hope your October is gonna be more awesome!

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  4. Wow fifteen books on September is incredible Caro. Honestly I don’t know how you did it but I guess you’ve got to make the most of your reading time before NaNo starts (that’s what I’m trying to do, because once November comes around it’s going to be all about writing.)
    Anyways it seems like you loved all these books, which is amazing to see, and hopefully you’ll love the books you get around to next month too (especially Thunderhead which is a favourite of mine too.)
    Congrats on moving into your new flat, and I hope your NaNo prep continues going well on October too.
    Great recap, and thanks so much for featuring my post too. Happy October. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Thank you! I have no idea how this happened either, but with no university work I had a lot of time 😄 I will definitely be very busy during NaNo, so I really have to get my reading in now 😱 I’m soo excited for Thunderhead, I loved the first book so much and I have heard that the sequel is even better! 😍
      Thank you so much!! I hope October is great for you! 🙂 ❤️

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  5. Thank you so, so much for sharing so many of my posts, Caro, you’re honestly the sweetest and I am so happy you enjoyed them ❤
    It seems like you had such a fantastic reading month, wow, I'm SO proud of you! Also really happy you enjoyed Wildcard, I can't wait to read that one 😀
    I'm sorry to hear about your stress again in September, I hope you're feeling better now and please remember to take care of yourself! ❤ YAY though for the NaNo prep and the new flat, that's great news ❤ ❤
    I hope that you will have an amazing October! Sending you love xxx

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    1. Always happy to share your posts, Marie as I love reading them 🙂 💗
      Thank you, that’s so sweet! ❤ I feel like I’m in the minority when it comes to Wildcard, but I really liked how the conclusion was written 😄 I just wish there was another book, because I love the characters so dearly 😥

      Thank you, I’m feeling a bit better now and try to take time to take care of myself!! 💕 I’m so relived that everything worked out with my new flat, it’s definitely not easy to find one 😅
      Sending you lots of good vibes and love as well, I hope your October turns out to be great! 🍂💗

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      1. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better love!! ❤ And I get the struggle with appartment hunting, I'm glad you found something good!! ❤ ❤ Thank you!! ❤

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  6. Self-care is so important, I hope you have a lot of time to relax and recover in October! 💕 Also, your posts are totally making me want to read K.M Weiland’s books now… do you think her books on writing will be helpful for me to get back into working on my WIP after taking a long break from it? It sounds like her books have been really helpful & informative for you 🙂

    Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful month of October! Best of luck with your Nanowrimo prep! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, I hope to enjoy as much of the free time I have left before the next semester starts! 💕 I definitely think that everything K.M. Weiland put out has helped me gain a better perspective on my writing! I recommend checking out her website helpingwritersbecomeauthors, because it has a lot of free content! When it comes to her books, I found Outlining your Novel to be the most helpful 🙂

      Thank you! I hope you have a great month ahead of you as well! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Caro! 💕 I really want to get to Evelyn Hugo soon, so I look forward to hearing what you think of it! And hope you enjoy Radio Silence. it’s my favorite Alice Oseman and I love it so much!

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    1. Always happy to share! 💕 It is such a beloved book, I really hope that I end up enjoying Evelyn Hugo as much as everyone else 🙂 Oh I’m so glad to hear this, it just made me even more excited to get to this book! 😍

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  8. Gosh Caro you are a reading fiend! 15 books in a month breaks my best record! ;D What a great month you’ve had even with exams and everything. I love hearing about all of your plans and efforts to be a part of NaNo!! And KM Weiland is a great place to start. and that Witchlands cover!! WOW! IT’s going to be good!

    And thank you so much for sharing my post!! ❤

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    1. 15 books in a month is my all time best and I have no idea how that happened 😱😄 It has truly been a good month, especially with the last of my exams over now 🙂 I love all of that so much, NaNo, the Witchlands and writing in general, hopefully the next months will be great 😍

      Always happy to share! 💕

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  9. It’s really interesting to see which writing craft books you’ve read and liked. I think I’ll have to look up that character arc one. I’ve read a couple this month myself and really liked one called Rock your plot. But I’m reading another at the moment that isn’t very helpful at all.

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      1. I’ve been reading KM Weilands character arc blog series online but it’s mainly giving me a headache. It feels a little bit too perscriptive to me but still helpful in places.

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