September was a busy month for me. With preparing for our home renovation, packing and moving things into storage, I didn’t have much time to sit down and read. What I did manage was to listen to audiobooks as I moved about. That’s how I still read 15 books altogether. Of the books I read, 10 were audiobooks, four were paperbacks and one was an ebook.
My average rating wasn’t too shabby either at 3.858 out of 5. I think part of the reason is that nine were non-fiction. I tend to pick up non-fiction only if they’re on topics that really interest me and which have good ratings and reviews as well. As long as they’re informative, accurate and well-written, they deserve good ratings, after all. For fiction, there’s so much more that can go wrong, contributing to my lower 2017 average rating, 3.665.
Paperbacks and ebooks combined, I read 1,085 pages. I listened to 80:14 hours on audio (equalling 2,714 pages). After converting the listening hours to pages, that’s a total equivalent to 3,799 pages.
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James | Rating: 3.250*
- Sleep by Nick Littlehales | Rating: 3.688
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Rating: 4.813
- Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney | Rating: 3.889
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | Rating: 3.222
- Bleaker House by Nell Stevens | Rating: 3.850
- What’s Your Creative Type? by Meta Wagner | Rating: 4.214
- Captivate by Vanessa van Edwards | Rating: 4.500
- Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | Rating: 3.611
- Barking up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker | Rating: 4.357
- Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger | Rating: 3.625
- Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Rating: 3.778
- Get Momentum by Jason W. Womack & Jodi Womack | Rating: 4.000
- Selfie by Will Storr | Rating: 3.214
- Happiness is… 500 Ways to Be in the Moment by Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar | Rating: 3.857
*Note on ratings: I rate books on a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the worst and 5 being the best. I first rate various aspects such as prose, characterisation, plot, originality, etc. Then I average these out for my overall ratings. To obtain my star ratings, I round to the nearest 0.5.
In September, I hauled six books — five print books and one ebook. Since I already read The Last Magician as an ebook in August, I didn’t count the new paperback towards my TBR pile. With that, I added five to the TBR pile. I read the same number of books I own, so my 2017 tally remained at 0. I’m glad I’ve not hauled more books this year than I’ve read but I clearly need to work more on reducing the number of unread books I own.