Meeting Bloggers & Bookstagrammers
Where should I start? So much happened in September before whirlwind of an October that I had! I met Elaine and Tory over coffee and books. Later that month Hazel made a trip to Singapore, so we seized the opportunity to meet as well. I’m always curious about who these people are behind their screens. It’s really amazing how we get to meet like-minded people through the book blogosphere and bookstagram as well; more amazing even when you discover that some of them live so near you.
Of Cakes and Candles
September’s always been my favourite month because it signals the beginning of autumn. Sadly Singapore doesn’t have the four seasons since we’re in the tropics. This mean heat and humidity all year round. On the upside, September is also my birthday month. While I don’t ever make such a big deal out of it, I did celebrate with my parents and some of my closest friends, so that was neat. It was also an occasion to order a sack of books that I had been eyeing.
September also brought with it a terrible haze in the Southeast Asian region. The forest fires in Indonesia were out of control and the air pollution reached all-time highs. This is a crisis that’s been plaguing the region for a very long time. There’s no telling how much longer it will take to resolve this environmental issue that is even more complicated when factoring in politics. This year the haze lasted until the end of October.
Sorted by date read:
Altogether I finished reading 10 books. That's mostly because I worked myself through audiobooks on Scribd before they changed their model to one credit/audiobook per month. As a result I listened 57 hours and 5 minutes compared to only 800 pages. If I convert the listening hours to pages, then I would've read a grand total of 3056 pages.
The books I read had an average of 400 pages and the audiobooks I listened to were on average 7 hours and 8 minutes long. This means the books on average had double the length the the ones I read in August while the audiobooks were almost 4 hours shorter on average.
I finished most of the books during the first half of September. The second half saw quite a slow-down as I dedicated my attention to other things instead of books.
Format-wise, I read 2 paperbacks and 8 audiobooks.
Targets and Genres
I read, 1 new adult fiction book and 9 YA fiction books. The genres weren't so mixed either mixed with 8 contemporary, 1 fantasy and 1 alternative history. I suppose that because when it comes to audiobooks, I rather listen to contemporaries than fantasy. Fantasy requires more concentration to keep the world building and technology straight, so reading makes it easier to follow the stories.
The sources of these books were:
- Bought 1 from Kinokuniya
- Received 1 for review
- Accessed 8 on Scribd
I got pretty lost on Scribd, knowing that I wouldn't be able to listen to that many audiobooks again.
Sorted by author:
By this time last year I had reached a hundred on my Goodreads challenge already. Nonetheless, with 92, I was ahead by 17 books.
If I include plays and poetry, then the tally is 18.
Popsugar Reading Challenge
How did September go for you?