Monthly Book Blog Wrap-Up: September 2022

Despite feeling super busy, I surprised myself by finishing six books in September in addition to my eight BBNYA 2022 extracts. I don’t know how I did it, but I’m very happy about that. I suppose it’s called avoiding-the-world-by-reading-all-the-time. 😉 It’s a great habit. I approve. Also, no plant injuries to report this time around, so another positive in my book.

I think the biggest life thing I’ll share is that our family vacation house in southwest Florida is still there! It’s on one of the barrier islands, so we had no idea what to expect after Hurricane Ian moved on. But we finally found aerial footage from NOAA that shows it didn’t wash away. We’re feeling very fortunate about that fact, though it will take a very long time to repair everything. The only way to access that part of Florida now is by boat or air, so that will definitely add to the restoration timeline. We don’t have any boots on the ground since those individuals are first and foremost tending to their own lives, as they should. We’ll learn more with time. Lots of good memories at that house.

Anyway, let’s see how September went on the blog!

Book Reviews

I posted three book reviews in September. From earliest to latest they are:

I also participated in memes throughout September, as I typically do every month. You can find them in my September archives.

Blog Statistics

Every month I share some statistics from Google Analytics because I think it helps put expectations into perspective for other micro-bloggers like me who are out there.

My top five posts for unique page views in September were:

  1. Call for Guest Posts for the Book Blogger Support Challenge: 50 views
  2. Support Book Bloggers Challenge: Guest Post by Jude in the Stars: 44 views
  3. Monthly Book Blog Wrap-Up: August 2022: 30 views
  4. ARC Review: A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland: 27 views
  5. ARC Review: One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig: 22 views

I also gained 5 followers since August for a new total of 105! This makes my heart happy.

#BeatTheBacklog

I finished absolutely no books that I added to my TBR prior to 2022. I have no regrets.

NetGalley

I’m very happy to report that I broke the 80% feedback ratio! After submitting my review for A DOWRY OF BLOOD by S.T. Gibson I now have an 83%! I was able to achieve this by restraining myself from overzealous requesting. I also made a concerted effort the first six months of the year to read mostly NG approvals. I still have 4 books on my shelf that were published months ago. But at this point my focus is more forward looking; I’ll get to those 4 when I have time.

Other Bookish Items

6 thoughts on “Monthly Book Blog Wrap-Up: September 2022

  1. It looks like you had a great month! Congrats on the NG ratio. I’m so close and am sitting at 79% right now, which is driving me crazy. I’m listening to the first Dark Olympus book right now, and oh my. It is at least 80% kinky smut so far, which isn’t what I expected. It’s not bad, but the sex is definitely the main driving force of the book rather than plot or character.

    1. Thank you! I’m definitely winding down a little bit on the NG requests because my goal for 2023 is to read more of my own backlist books.

      Which Dark Olympus book did you start reading? I knew going in that there’d be a lot of spice, but I didn’t realize it’d be 80%-ish! The author just had a vampire book come out, too, but I passed on that after seeing a number of reviews say it’s like, 3 stories or something that seemed rather hastily smooshed together, so it’s not as cohesive as it could be.

    1. Thank you! I’m sorry you didn’t have much time for some reading! Hopefully October is a better month for you in that respect. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jamie! I have also been wanting to read a Katee Roberts book for a while now to see what all of the hype is about. In 2023 I plan to focus more on my own backlist books, so I expect to get to at least one soon-ish. Wishing you a great reading month for October!

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