Friday, 30 September 2016

September wrap-up

Tomorrow is the first day of October, which means it's the day that I start embarking on a crazy journey into the wilderness of my brain. Don't know what that means? Come back tomorrow to check out my launch post!

Bookish wrap-up:
In September, I read 15 books. That's the same amount that I read last month, so that seems to be my monthly target. Of course 15, I read 7 non-fiction titles, because I started exploring mindfulness after a recommendation from my counsellor. 
I caught up with the #2016ClassicsChallenge, reading 'The Country of the Blind and other selected stories' by H.G. Wells as my August title. I'm halfway through my September title, which is 'The Time Machine', because I'm reading it through the Serial Reader app (they send you a short section of a classic every day) and I know I'm going to finish it in three days time. 
For my personal series challenge I read... Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I am a failure and a disappointment to no one but myself. 

The best books I read in September?
Image result for radio silence alice osemanImage result for our chemical hearts
My review of 'Our Chemical Hearts' is coming soon, but I rated both of these books as 5 stars. 

The worst books I read in September?
Image result for the dead boyfriend r l stineImage result for the loving husband christobel kent
I was torn between 1 and 2 star ratings for both of these books, so I gave 'The Dead Boyfriend' 1 and 'The Loving Husband' 2. Both of them felt like time wasters, and because 'The Loving Husband' is so long I kind of wish I'd given up on it to read something better. 

Musical wrap-up:

This month's album of the month has to be This Wild Life's 'Low Tides', the heartbreaking follow-up to 'Clouded'. 
Image result for low tides this wild life
This was the only new album that I listened to this month, because it was the only one I was truly excited about, but next month I'm going to make the effort to listen to 'Tidal Waves', 'Bad Vibrations', 'Echoes' and 'GLA', by Taking Back Sunday, A Day To Remember, Young Guns and Twin Atlantic respectively. 

I'm going to choose two songs of the month, because there's a new band I'd like to draw attention to, and a song that I haven't been able to stop listening to.

The song I haven't stopped listening to is the new Highly Suspect release, 'My Name Is Human'. I was so excited about it that I bought tickets to their London show in November, and I can't wait to see these guys live again. 

I'm biased towards Junior, a new Welsh band on the scene, because this song features vocals from Sean Smith - his first musical appearance since the demise of his band, The Blackout. The song's catchy enough, but the special guest (and the hilarious music video) made it for me.

Meanwhile, my concert of the month has to be The Hunna in Bristol earlier this week. While I loved seeing Modern Baseball I hated one of their supports, but both Blaenavon and The Night CafĂ© blew me away. 

I hope you enjoyed this September wrap-up. What have you been up to this month?


  1. Wow 15 books!!! WTG. Oh and I LOOOOOOOOVE that Highly Suspect song. :)

    1. Thank you :) I'm so glad to find another Highly Suspect fan - I've been trying to force all of my friends to listen to them since I found them!