Aug-Sep 2018 Wrap-Up

I’ve decided to do a monthly wrap-up post each month to see how I’m doing on my blog and what’s going on in my personal life. I plan to link-up to a couple of blogs that host wrap-ups and reviews of their months. The Month in Review is hosted at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Personal life

Yard & Garden

August was dry and September got rain. The grass had turned brown and now everything is green again! We have a few autumn flowers blooming.


I was gone for most of the month of August visiting my daughters in Indiana and Illinois. During the time in Indiana we helped our daughter move into her house and helped her build a fence around her backyard so her dogs could roam without being on a leash. They love it.

I spent the month of September back home in Iowa. So nice to be home snuggling with my cats! The weather is cooler and I love that, too. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.

Blog life

I reviewed quite a few books in August, but only two in September. I hope to get more reviews done in October. I do have a few in the works. I read lots of good books in August and September and hope that trend continues!

I’m also trying to get more posts scheduled since the last months of the year are always busy for me. I also am trying to catch up on visiting other blogs and seeing what everyone is up to this fall.

Books read during August

Books read during September

Books reviewed


Modern Crimes by Chris Nickson (ebook, purchased) — B+

Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman (audiobook, library) — B+

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (hardcover, library) — A-

Spindle by W.R. Gingell (ebook, purchased) — B+

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf (audiobook, library) — B+

Blood Hollow by William Kent Kreuger (audiobook, library) — B+

Confluence by S.K. Dunstall (ebook, purchased) — B+

Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell (ebook, purchased) — B+

Mini Reviews

Diamond Girl by Julie Mulhern (ebook, purchased) — B

My Challenges update

I’m doing well with my Goodreads Challenge. However, I need to work a little lot more on the other challenges!

Goodreads Challenge

Goal–90 books read

By the end of September I’ve read 75 books toward my goal. I am 8 books ahead of schedule!

Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge

Goal–read 26-35 mysteries 

I’ve read 39 mysteries so far and have reviewed 16 of those mysteries.

Discussion Challenge

Goal — 1 -10 discussion posts

I haven’t written any discussion posts yet. I finally have some reviews written so I can focus more on discussions and hope to get one or two done in October!

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Goal — 40 prompts to the challenge

I’ve read 14 books which match prompts

Swords & Stars Reading Challenge

Goal — 20 prompts for the challenge

I’ve read and reviewed 8 books which match this challenge

What were August and September like for you?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

2 thoughts on “Aug-Sep 2018 Wrap-Up”

  1. Wow, you read a lot and are doing great on your challenges. I’m glad you got to spend some time with your family. Have a great October!


    1. Thanks! I feel I could do better on my challenges, but I am reading lots of good books and that’s the main thing for me.


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