Bookish Reflections – September 2019

A monthly round up of all things bookish at Sammi Loves Books…It’s my attempt at becoming more accountable in my reading and reviewing habits…


In a nutshell

September was a very slow month, book review-wise.  Only one book review posted. :-/  However, I have been reading – and, unsurprisingly, been buying books too.  So October will be a month of catching up.  And, towards the end of the month, it will be time to look towards one or two Halloween reads for my reading challenge.  I have an idea of one or two books / stories to read, but if you have any spooky recommendations, please leave them in the comments 🙂

I need to spend some time this month organising my reading challenges.  I’m on target for my Goodreads challenge but the Sammi Loves Books 2019 Reading Challenge is not looking good…  November is NaNoWriMo, and I need to think carefully if I’m going to take part this year – if I am, I usually cut back on the blogging, so I need to get Sammi Loves Books in order before I can make my decision…

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Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

  •  None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  •  N / A

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

Are you ready for the list?

  • Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
  • Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
  •  The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  •  Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
  • Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
  • A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear
  • In The Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
  •  German Myths and Legends
  • The Falcons of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland
  • Spartacus The Gladiator by Ben Kane
  •  A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvatar
  • Death at Whitechapel by Robin Paige
  • A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

And these are only the ones I can remember!

Books I’ve downloaded

  •  None

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  •  Circle Wright by KC Farrar

September’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M. C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate by M. C. Beaton
  • Miss Tonks Turns To Crimes by M. C. Beaton
  • Murder In The Afternoon by Frances Brody

* Light blue = review posted | Blue = review not posted | Black = did not read / review

What I’m reading and reviewing in October

  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M. C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate by M. C. Beaton
  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M. C. Beaton
  • Murder in The Afternoon by Frances Brody
  • A Woman Unknown by Francis Brody (currently reading)
  • Dawnthief by James Barclay

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 33.  83% complete.  3 books ahead of schedule. Woohoo!

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 2

  • They Never Get Caught by Margery Allingham
  • The Taking by Stan Nicholls

Total books read so far this year: 35

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

I’ve completed the following challenges from the list this month:

  • None – eek! 😮

Total challenges complete: 8 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

  • No change here – Still the letter “I” to go.

Challenge status: 1 / 2

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 18 / 20

  • Dying in The Wool by Frances Brody
  • A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody

10 thoughts on “Bookish Reflections – September 2019

  1. Your long list of newly acquired books made me laugh, Sammi — sometimes you just have to give up that moderation thing and just splurge! I can relate to the part about not getting books reviewed. I rushed to read several books before the last writers conference, but i didn’t get around to reviewing them, and now they’ve been sitting on my desk far too long. Worse, I have a large pile of books I had planned/hoped to read before World Fantasy Con (starting Oct 31) — books that are nominated for awards and will be discussed in the sessions — and I’m crazy behind on that. But I *have* watched almost the entire first season of the original Star Trek series, so… that counts toward my goal of catching up on SFF classics somehow. 😉 I have one episode of season one left and then I’m going to have to put the other two aside until I catch up on reading and reviewing.

    Good luck with your reading & reviewing & posting goals for October!

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    • I think you’re right. The harder I try, the worse it gets! Perhaps I’ll have better luck in 2020, but somehow, I don’t reckon I will lol 😀

      Yeah, that definitely counts, because they are, of course, classics 🙂 Well, you’ve still another few weeks before World Fantasy Con starts – how books are on your list?

      I’m hoping to get caught up with my backlog of reviews soon. It’s on my list of things I want to complete if I’m hoping to do NaNo this year…

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      • I have 4 books to review and 6 more books to read before Oct 31. ACK! That is about twice as fast as I would normally go. Plus a TON of job-work to get before then, because I’m going to two work-related conferences directly after World Fantasy Con so I have to prepare to present at those too, not to mention get all those weeks’ worth of work done in advance so that the center keeps operating smoothly in my absence. ACK!

        Okay, what am I even doing online? I need to get to work!!!

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  2. I see a pattern here in the books you’ve been given, and the books you’re reading. Our Sammi, she does like Whodunnits/Detective books. 🙂
    And I’m gonna take you up on that interview offer… once I press that button to publish. And I really wish I’d more time to read. Well, I do read loads… mostly blogs!

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