Monthly Digest: September 2013 & Book Haul Vlog

Posted September 30, 2013 by Debby in Uncategorized

September 2013: the month of BOOK HAUL MADNESS

This month, I finally got out of my slump, and I even improved a bit compared to last month! I read a total of 6 books and posted 7 reviews & 1 discussion (sort of). If that sounds bad, think about the fact that I basically had a total reading and blogging break until around the 10th or so. So yeah. I’m getting there! October will be better!

Monthly Book Haul Vlog

Books mentioned:

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Adorkable by Sarra Manning
One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (thanks Christina!)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
More Than This by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (thanks Kristen!)
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

People mentioned:

Judith from Paper Riot
Daisy from Between the Pages
Daph from Loving Books
Mel from The Daily Prophecy
Iris from Iris on Books
Amber from Books of Amber

Favorite Read


We’ll just ignore that pesky little one orange read there and YAY it was a great reading month. Average rating was a 3.86. I’m definitely satisfied. There are two all time favorites here guys, with two other highly favorable ones. So yeah. Definitely satisfied.

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Non-Bookish Obsessions

  • Jane By Design: in case you missed it, this show single handedly ruined my life. So yeah. There’s that.
  • The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles: Still obsessed with this album.
  • Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy: I was way late to this new album but OMG I LOVE IT WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE
  • The Newsroom: Season 2 was so fabulous that I’ve been rewatching the series pretty much on repeat.

    In Real Life

    • Real life drama-llama. I kind of gave an insight into what’s going on in my life in my really long and personal post this month, which you’re not obligated at all ever to read, but yeah. I wish I could say it ended there but alas. I do want to say that I’m super thankful to everyone who is being so supportive on Twitter. I love you all ♥
    • Google hangout with high school friends. I ended up staying up till 2 in the morning or so to compensate for the time difference and participate, but it was super fun. I love Google hangouts.
    • BOOK CLUB. It’s finally happening! Next month, book club starts, and we’re going to read More Than This as our first book club pick. Words cannot describe how excited I am. I’m so glad I finally took the initiative to start this up 🙂
    • AWESOME INTER-BLOG PROJECT COMING UP. I’m so excited guys. You know who you are. 😉 *bounces*
    • Annual family reunion! It was super fun, all things considered (my mother, and my being extremely ill). But I love my family, and we made t-shirts, went on a scavenger hunt, and ate delicious sushi. All at the most beautiful location, where one of my cousins lives, I’m not kidding:

    Ch-ch-ch-changes, changes!

    Minor little updates here, behind-the-scenes on the blog:
    • I will no longer be requesting ARCs. I finally decided to do this for my own sanity, and yeah, that’s a good thing. I can take the long string of rejections no longer. I have more than enough books that I own (now) that I have not read, so there won’t be a problem there, but this gives me SO much more freedom, because now I don’t have to worry about how everything I do looks to publishers, and if life gets too busy that I can’t post four or five times per week, I just won’t. NO PRESSURE. YAY.
    • I officially joined BookTube! I will be making more vlogs than just a monthly book haul. What, I’m not 100% sure of yet, but I have many ideas. More likely than not, NOT EVERYTHING will be cross-posted here, so if you’re cool, click that link and then subscribe to my YouTube channel 😉
    • I will no longer be posting Waiting on Wednesdays. Much like the ARCs decision, this is for my own sanity. I find I can’t take comments that appear braggy like, “Oh yeahhhhh, I just read this and it’s soooooooo goooooooooood,” so now I won’t get them. 🙂 Not sure what I’ll replace it with, but yeah. No WoWs anymore.

    Let’s Talk!

    How was your month? What were your favorite reads? Which of my posts did you like the best? Did I miss any interesting posts over at your blog? Did anything interesting happen in real life? And what did you think of my extra super lengthy vlog?

    Let me know in the comments!



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      8 responses to “Monthly Digest: September 2013 & Book Haul Vlog

      1. shellysrambles

        Percabeth will forever be my OTP. I am slightly (or maybe not so slightly) jealous of your awesome book haul. Retail book therapy probably fuels my bookshelves the most. I also met Samantha Shannon this month and I totally agree that she is so awesome! I haven't read Adorkable but I will definitely check it out now! 🙂
        My recent post Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Book Review

      2. achoquet

        I think your ch-ch-changes are good! I don't have really any experience with ARCs, but from what everyone says they seem to be a source of stress (aside from those few who are just super amazing, haha). Do what's best for you because everyone will love you either way. And BookTube! Exciting. I wish you luck! It seems to be quite a big and fun community, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it. And I've never read WoW posts personally, so that removal doesn't bother me. Not that you need my opinion. Haha.
        My recent post Bookish Review: White Cat by Holly Black

      3. The book thief, the book thief, the book thief! That is a Mel book 😀 Love it so much <3 I hope to read Adorkable somewhere this month. I also don't really like Delirium and I'm going to rant about Requiem. Hated it! I'm a bit jealous of your signed copy of The bone season 😀 and like I said a couple of times, A long long sleep is very good!

        I'm also very excited for the book club :D! Yeaaaaay. I've been wanting this for such a long time, but it's finally happening.
        My recent post Early Review 201. Mira Grant – Parasite.

      4. Your book haul is epic. I LOVE The Book Thief, Before I Fall, More than This, and A Monster Calls. I really like all of Patrick Ness' work(well, what I've read), but those two are my favorites. ESPECIALLY A Monster Calls. And the book itself is just beautiful. The illustrations just enhance the story SO much. Oh, Fangirl & His Dark Materials are also amazing! You really did have an awesome haul–all the books on their that I've read I'm just like YES! Debby! Read now! They're amazing! And the ones I know nothing of all look so good as well! (Also, insanely jealous of that edition of His Dark Materials).

      5. meg

        Your book haul is amazing! I love His Dark Materials and Froi! You're going to read Froi! I really loved that book, even more so than Finnikin which was a surprise. I thought Before I Fall was much better than Delirium, though not a favorite I was pleasantly surprised with the level of feels it gave me. You aren't alone in missing The Book Thief boat, I haven't read it either although I guess I probably should.

        Also, I learned that I have been completely mispronouncing boekenfestijn. Thank you for clearing that up. 😀

      6. Pam@YAEscape

        What a great month for you, you got some wonderful books. As far as what I would recommend you read sooner rather than later, I would say The Bone Season, Origin (I loved it), and A Long, Long Sleep. A Long, Long Sleep is one of the few books that I've read that has really stuck with me long after I read it. I'm really curious what you'll think of it. And I feel you on the ARCs. I've only been approved for a few, and it's so depressing to get those e-mails that say no, sorry, and then you see that there are so many people out there that were approved. Definite ARC envy! But I decided that even if I only get a few every once in awhile, that's better than nothing. Oh, and I read Adorkable based on your review (I had never even heard of it) and I really liked it, so thanks!
        My recent post Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

      7. Because my computer is a jerk, I can't see your vlog, but you've got some awesome books listed there 🙂 I really loved Before I Fall and have high hopes for Fangirl.

        I can also totally understand your decisions (ARCs and WoWs) because I know that feel. Do what's good for YOU, and if that's no longer requesting ARCs, then so be it. I love your reviews no matter what – I don't care if it's about a book that's published in 1985 or one that will be published in 1216!
        My recent post Waiting on Wednesday #9

      8. WoW is a hard one to keep doing. I have begun to shift to more off-book topics for Wednesday. It is just….way too much work.

        I am really excited to see what you are doing for the blog news *holds breath!*