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Month in Review: September 2011

Well, Fall has certainly arrived here in North Carolina. We went from shorts and flip flops on Thursday to pants and coats today. I guess September is over! I had fun with all the blogging events last month, including Book Blogger Appreciation Week and Banned Books Week.

Here's what happened in September in terms of reading and reviewing.

Books Read in August: 7
I read seven books in August. Two were nonfiction books:
That Day in September by Artie Van Why
Just My Type by Simon Garfield

And five were fiction:
Revenge: A Travis Mays Novel by Mark Young
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
The Homeplace Revisited by William Leverne Smith
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Sandburg Connection by Mark de Castrique

Reviews Written: 7
This month, I wrote reviews for six of the books I read in September. You can click on the links above to read them.

And I wrote a review for the most challenged book of 2010, a picture book called And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Guest Posts: 1
Reflections on 9/11 by Artie Van Why

I read one book for this challenge: The Homeplace Revisited. So at this point, I need to read one to four more by the end of the year. I plan to focus on this challenge over the next couple months.

Fall into Reading Challenge
I signed up for the Fall into Reading Challenge, which goes from September 23 to December 21. I've already finished my first book for the challenge. I have a total of 15 books on my list to read during Fall.

In September, I added a couple new places to my map of where I am reading. I also had a few duplicates and two books without specific locations. I've added these places to my map:
Idaho
Missouri
New York
North Carolina
Edinburgh
That leaves me at 19 out of 50 states covered, plus 9 additional countries. Here's my updated map:

View My Book Retreat in a larger map

Comments

  1. Good month. Happy October reading!~

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  2. You read some great books in September!

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  3. Wow, you DID have a good week - you even did your month-end summary on time. I'm impressed!

    And you had a good month, too - 7 books and 7 reviews. Very nice.

    we had the same weather shift here in DE. Had the a/c on last week and had to turn the heat on this morning! What happened to that nice, in-between moderate fall weather?

    Sue

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