Sunday, September 30, 2018

September in Review

September was a month of slightly cooler temps,  It felt great adding a light a comforter to the bed and using the crock pot for the first time in several months, making beef stew and corn chowder which were nice changes.  Tomorrow we will go apple picking and apple crisp or apple pie will be sure to follow.  September was also a good month for books, I read (11) books and completed my RIP 13 goal of 4 books.

September Reads:
  1. Baby Teeth; Zoje Stage (library) - 4/5 - September/2018
  2. The Perfect Couple; Erin Hildebrand (audio) 4.5/5 - September/2018
  3. The Cabin at the End of the World; Paul Tremblay (library) - 3.5/5 - September/2018
  4. I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections; Nora Ephron - (my shelves) 4.5/5 - Sept./2018
  5. The Wife Between Us; G. Hendricks and Sarah Pekkenan (audio and eGalley) - 4/5 - Sept/2018
  6. Something in the Water; Catherine Steadman - (eGalley) - 4.5/5 - Sept/2018
  7. Us Against You; Fredrik Backman - (print & audio) 3.5/5 - 3.5/5 - Sept/2018
  8. Bring Me Back; B.A. Paris - (audio & eGalley) - 3.5/5 - Sept/2018
  9. Ana of California; Andi Teran (my shelves) - 4/5 - Sept/2018
  10. The Lonely Witness; John Boyle (library) - 4/5 - Sept/2018
  11. Severance; Ma Ling (eGalley) - 4/5 - Sept/2018 (no review yet)
YTD Reading Total - 82

RIP 13 Challenge - For the RIP 13 Challenge, I picked 5 books I thought I might like. One was DNF,   The Perfect Mother, Aimee Molloy, it just wasn't a story that I was enjoying. If interested you can see the books I completed HERE.

Book Club Read - Our book club read for September was, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, I read it in 2012 so just looked at my review notes for discussion purposes.  Out of 10 people who showed up for the meeting, most thought that this was just an okay read and did not like it enough to complete the series but, were curious how it might turn out.  Did you know this one going to be a HBO series beginning in mid November. It will be in Italian with subtitles.

Here's what I have in progress right now - all are pretty good.
  1. Family Trust; Kathy Wang (eGalley)
  2. After Anna; Lisa Scottoline (audio)
  3. Unsheltered; Barbara Kingsolver (ARC)

Buddy Update -  a few weeks ago I mentioned how our 16 year old cat had lost quite a bit of weight so we had the vet do blood work. We learned it was a thyroid problem, so he's been on a transdermal cream, twice a day for a few weeks now and we'll have his blood work repeated in a few more weeks.   
He's become a constant sleep companion, right between our two pillows every night lately and even stares at me each evening so that I'll get ready to read in bed.  I sure will miss this snuggle bug someday.  As for food, he is fussier than ever and I feel like I am wasting so much food - one week he likes something and the next week refuses it.  He is absolutely nuts over oatmeal, scrambled eggs and shrimp though. We indulge him from time to time.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. It's cooler down here but the humidity is still fierce.

    September was a great month in books for you! I hope October is as good.

    I hope Buddy continues to do well.

  2. You had a good reading month! Buddy looks so sweet and wonderful. I hope the extra rest he's getting will help him to feel better. Have a good week, Diane!

  3. That's quite the reading list! Purrs to sweet Buddy from all of us, that medicine should help him out.

  4. It's so difficult to watch our pets going through a tough time, especially since we can't really understand how they are feeling or what they want. I guess snuggles is always a good idea.

  5. I'll have to check a few of those books out. I hope Buddy keeps getting better.

  6. You did have a good month of reading. Interesting what your group thought about MY BRILLIANT FRIEND. I was surprised that I continued to read the quartet and actually finished it. Not sure I'd read more by the author, but I'm glad I read that one. Apple picking sounds fun. And glad your kitty is getting some help with issues. Have a good week, Diane!

  7. I've only read one RIP book so far but I never made a list so whatever strikes my fancy will work.

  8. 11 books! Good going. My September books post will hopefully go on the blog today. I loved the Neapolitan Quartet all the way through.

  9. A great month of books! Wishing the best for Buddy. (((HUGS))) Happy October!

  10. Not only you read a lot but it seems, from your ratings, that you enjoyed most of them, which is awesome. :-) After losing some weight, your buddy is entitled to be a picky eater. It looks like he knows what is good for him. ;-)


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