Behind… My September Wrap-Up

October 1, 2008 at 11:30 am | Posted in Books, Historical Fiction, LIfe, My Life with Books, Philippa Gregory, Reading | 12 Comments
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My grandfather worked in tool and die.  When he retired, he had his machines in his shed.  One of the things he loved to make the most were cribbage and euchre boards.  He gave this lovely euchre board to me quite some time ago.  Although I’m not sure how to take that on a personal level ;), it really does represent the state of my blog as the month of September has drawn to a close and October is finally underway.  Grandpa will be 91 on the 15th, so happy early birthday from your favorite granddaughter in Virginia!

September really was quite a month.  I participated in two wonderful book tours, I read 11 books (!!!!), the Literate Housewives Book Club officially started (thanks to everyone who has signed up on the forum!), we all celebrated Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and I took a road trip to see one of my favorite authors, Philippa Gregory.  While this will be a month to remember, it has left me behind on my reviews and my comments.  Hopefully October will be a good catch up month.  With my birthday, the girls’ birthdays (Ally – 22nd, Emma – 23rd), our 11th anniversary, a visit from my parents and Uncle Ryan, and a business trip to Boston, it’s sure to be eventful if nothing else.

I read 11 books this month, but I only wrote 7 reviews (including The Seamstress that I owed from August).  That leaves me 5 reviews in the hole.  I’m hoping to have those all written and published by Monday.  Here’s how my reading broke down by category:

General Fiction

House and Home by Kathleen McCleary
Will I Ever Know by Charles Henry
First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
The Torn Skirt by Rebecca Godfrey – review forthcoming

Historical Fiction

The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner
Immortal by Traci Slatton – review forthcoming

Young Adult Fiction

Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelly Hall – review forthcoming

Short Fiction

Months and Seasons by Christopher Meeks


One Can Make a Difference edited by Ingrid E. Newkirk
Good Person Guidebook by Richard Bayer, PhD – review forthcoming
Shrink Rap by Robin A. Altman – review forthcoming

Best Read of the Month:

Honorable Mentions:

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I hope that you all had a happy and prosperous September and will be enjoying the changing of this colors in October.


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  1. Love that picture, hilarious!

  2. I don’t know how to play euchre (but I do play cribbage) so I don’t know what that board is for, but I do wonder what your grandfather was trying to tell you. He sounds like a fun guy!
    My grandfather has a great sense of humor and is a little on the devious side. I get both honestly it seems. 🙂 I love him a lot, and I had so much fun with him growing up. Regarding euchre… there are four players, split into two teams. The first team to score ten points wins. You don’t really need a euchre board to score the game. Normally you each use a pair of fives, since those cards aren’t used to play. A euchre board is unnecessary and less efficient because you need to bring it with you/find it.

  3. Wowser, October sounds like it’s going to be busy for you too. 91 yrs old for your Granpa-that’s just awesome!

  4. Phew – busy month! I like the picture too – very funny! Man, that is ALOT of books to read in one month girl! I agree with your best read of the month – I loved that one!

  5. you got some great reads in.
    I also read First Daughter in Septemeber 🙂
    wow, your grandpa will be 91! happy birthday to him.

  6. I left you a little something here:

  7. I had a busy month after school started but I managed to read 9 books—the most ever! I find the time in between office hours perfect for quiet reading time.

  8. It took me a minute (hey, I’m tired), but I finally made the connection between the picture and the title. That’s too funny that your grandpa both made that, and gave it to you.

    I’m almost finished with The Last Queen…it’ll be on my top 10 list for the year.

  9. I think I remember posing for the statue on your board.
    So, you’ve met Egbert. The reason this belongs to me is all becoming clear to me now…

  10. I love the euchre board. Your grandpa sounds like quite the guy.

    I love seeing everyone’s wrap-up.

    It sounds like October is going to be a busy month – all those birthdays! Have fun!

  11. You had a great month. I’m green with envy and jealous, in a good way, 🙂 because you got to hang out with authors and meet other really nice people and readers at the book festival. Too bad, for me, Idaho is so far away from all the good book happenings. 😦

    BTW – what are you thinking we’re reading as the next book club selection?

  12. It sounds like you had a great month; I’ve heard good feedback on your new online book group. I’ll check out the blog to see what your selection is next month.

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