Even though I decided to take a semi-hiatus from blogging, I still posted 12 times, including this one. Usually I published 15+ posts per month. This time I focused my posts on reviews only and cut out any weekly meme-related posts. Overall it was nice. I found I had more time to read. Now that my efforts to incorporate SEO are paying off, I may continue to focus more on reviews and less on memes. I may still do the occasional meme post here and there. But the truth is all blogging takes up a lot of time, including relatively simple weekly memes.
Anyway, in case you missed what I was up to in September, read on!
I posted five reviews on September. From earliest to latest they are:
- The Phoenix King by Aparna Verma
- Assistant to the Villain by Hannah Maehrer
- The Milkweed Lands by Eric Lee-Mader
- Bloemetje by Amanda McNeil
- Revelation by J.H. Moore
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. These statistics are from Google Analytics 4.
As of the evening of September 28, my top five posts for total page views are:
- Arthurian Retellings Reading List: 318 views
- Book Review: Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros: 303 views
- Book Review: Assistant to the Villain by Hannah Maehrer: 161 views
- ARC Book Review Etiquette: 148 views
- ARC Review: North Queen by Nicola Tyche: 134 views
SEO continues to drive most of the traffic to my site now by a long shot. My blog hit another personal best in terms of visitors and total views this month. I also hit my goal of 150 blog subscribers thanks to a few more people who decided to follow along. Thank you!
I didn’t finish a single book that was on my TBR prior to 2023. Oh well.
Other Bookish Items
I read nine books in September, helped along by a couple of novella reads for the SFINCS competition. There’s a chance I will have read 10 books by the end of the month. I’m currently ~65% through my ARC of WRATH BECOMES HER by Aden Polydoros.
- A PORTRAIT OF THE SCIENTIST AS A YOUNG WOMAN by Lindy Elkins-Tanton
- THE PHOENIX KING by Aparna Verma
- THE MILKWEED LANDS by Eric Lee-Mader
- THE LAST DAYS OF THE DINOSAURS by Riley Black
- ASSISTANT TO THE VILLAIN by Hannah Maehrer
- FALL OF RUIN AND WRATH by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- BLOEMETJE by Amanda McNeil
- REVELATION by J.H. Moore
- SHIELD MAIDEN by Sharon Emmerichs
I posted about my participation in the inaugural round of the Speculative Fiction Indie Novella Championship (SFINCS).
My feedback ratio remains 80% on NetGalley. I submitted three reviews: THE PHOENIX KING by Aparna Verma; THE MILKWEED LANDS by Eric Lee-Mader; and SHIELD MAIDEN by Sharon Emmerichs.
My progress on non-bookish goals is negligible. I’m still exercising, but not as often as I set out to do. Some is still better than nothing!
Summer gardening is coming to a close. I’m still picking cucumbers and tomatoes, but production is slow now. I planted some seeds for fall including swiss chard, turnips, cold-resistant beans, and various greens. Hopefully we’ll get something before it gets too chilly for any production. We also harvested a huge blue hubbard squash that weighed in at just under 10 pounds.
Health stuff is still health stuff. The bills have come in. The ER one was surprisingly cheap (hopefully I don’t get a surprise bill) while the one I thought my insurance would cover came in higher than expected. Win some, lose some. Testing continues next month.
I found out that the new home for new Doctor Who seasons for the U.S. will be Disney+. I’m very excited for this. I haven’t kept up with DW simply because we stopped paying for cable. And there was a year I think where our cable provider didn’t carry BBC America at the tier we paid for.
I’m almost finished watching Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story on Netflix. It took me long enough and I managed to avoid spoilers. But I have one episode left that I’ll probably start, if not finish, tonight. We’re also more than half way through with Season 2 of Picard. I have mixed feelings about it, mainly that Season 1 is better. Hopefully Season 3 has better plot writing.
And that’s it for my monthly book blog wrap-up! How was your September?