September Round-Up

Monthly Round-Up for September

September has been a whirlwind, as always. Every year I start back to school with lots of resolutions…and within a few weeks I am up to my ears in work. This year I started off really well, cooking meals every night and making sure I had packed lunch…but in the last week I have missed lunch more often than I’ve eaten it and had cereal and crisps for dinner on a few occasions. I also went through a bit of a reading and blogging slump, because real life has just been so full-on!

In good news though, I love my new class, even though I miss my old class too! I also love my new classroom, now that it is starting to be personalised with the children’s work and feels like a really nice place to be. I attended a fantastic event launching The Restless Girls, with Anna James, Jessie Burton and Angela Barrett, as well as the inspiring Reading Rocks Conference which has left me full of new ideas!

I can’t quite believe that September is at an end…

How has your September been?

See my monthly round-ups for January, February, March and April, May, June, July and August.

Books read


Total: 30

Picture books: 13

Graphic novels: 0

Middle Grade: 8

Young adult: 8

Adult: 2

Non-fiction: 1

Poetry: 0

Sources of books

Library: 17

Bought/Owned: 0

Won: 0

ARC: 9Β  ( 5 e-ARCs from Netgalley)

I also read or was read several books at the Reading Rocks Conference!

September Posts

I had a bit of a blogging slump this month so haven’t posted as regularly as usual – will try to make October better!

Book Reviews: My First Book of Gymnastics, The Pretender

Author Interviews: Katie Ward

Multilingual flashcards: Manta Ray

Language Learning: None

Other posts: Nerd Poured Candle Crate Unboxing and Review: Dreaming of Ghibli, Harry Potter: You’re not good enough!, Letter to My Unpublished Self by Lucy Van Smit, Book Excerpt: Goblins of Bellwater, Cover Reveal: Blastaway, Readers’ Problems, A Spark of White Fire Deleted Scene

Reblogged posts: None

I also took part in:

Waiting on Wednesday: Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the Crane, Dragon Pearl, Last of Her Name

Six for Sunday: Favourite Blog Posts, Reasons I Love Blogging, Advice for New Bloggers

Library Loot: Birds, Cages and Secrets

September Achievements and Highlights

Oops, accidentally left this section blank in my first draft.

Achievements would have to be getting moved into my new classroom in record time after the piles of rubble had been cleared out of the way and getting me new class settled in to school. I have also been working hard on our new school library and running Wildlife Club and Gymnastics Club.

Highlights so far have been my niece going to nursery, the launch for The Restless Girls and, without a doubt, the Reading Rocks South Conference at the University of Greenwich. More posts to come about that!

Looking forward in October to one ofΒ  my favourite people coming to visit, a local book festival and a planned trip with the significant other in the half-term holiday!

September Favourites

Food/Drink: I was really good for the first three weeks of September…but in the last week I had two takeaways and some coca cola (I gave it up earlier this year because it’s so bad for your teeth!). Will hopefully be better in October. I have been eating lots of edamame beans this month, strangely enough. I have always liked them, but my supermarket now stocks frozen edamame so I can have them as a snack or in a salad.

Skincare: I have been trying to use up all the half-finished containers this month so haven’t tried anything new. However, have been making an effort to drink more water and think my skin is starting to show the benefits. Now just need to start actually sleeping enough!

TV/Film: Recently I have been re-watching To the Beautiful You, the Korean version of Hana Kimi and am proud to say that I understand a lot more Korean than I did the first time I watched it, despite the fact that my study has been minimal this month. I have also just started re-watching the Japanese drama of Nodame Cantabile, which I love. It is a great pick-me-up when I’m tired and it is relaxing to watch TV in Japanese ( Korean still takes too much concentration so isn’t relaxing at all!). I am trying to persuade my other half to watch a Chinese drama with me too, as he won’t speak Chinese with me at home and I am worried that we will forget it all…


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23 Comments Add yours

  1. AJ says:

    I must block out how busy and tiring September is as it always comes as a shock!

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    1. I am amazed by it every year! It’s also a shock having to get a new class ‘trained up’ in classroom routines, etc, as you’ve become used to last year’s class…Hope your September is going well!

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  2. nsfordwriter says:

    Wow your September has been full-on! Mine has been the usual round of work, family, reading/writing/blogging when possible, sorting out and cleaning. This month will be slightly more exciting as I have a few treats lined up for my birthday.

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    1. Hope you have a lovely birthday! September is always hectic, but I love all the excitement of having a new class, etc. I have also been doing plenty of D.I.Y., lol – probably should have added that into my achievements section!

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      1. nsfordwriter says:

        Thanks! And yes, DIY definitely is an achievement.

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  3. Wow 30 books is a lot, even if it’s less than your average! What did you think of Mistletoe and Murder? Glad you’re enjoying your new class, even though things are hectic, and hope you have a lovely time when Louise visits πŸ’œ
    Amy x

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    1. Louise will be here tomorrow – yay! I thought Mistletoe and Murder was really clever – a lot more convoluted than some of the earlier plots and I liked the setting in Cambridge. Really excited for the next one set in Hong Kong though! Quite a lot of those 30 were picture books though πŸ˜€ Which is your favourite Detectives Society book?

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      1. 16 MG/YA is still super impressive! My favourite is Arsenic for Tea, though I love all of them. X

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      2. I will have to judge once I’ve read the next two! x

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  4. Sounds like you had quite a hectic but enjoyable month! πŸ™‚ Wow, despite all that you managed to read 30 books! You’ve gotta spill the secret on how you do it. πŸ˜€

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    1. I am a teacher and read a lot of books for kids which are generally shorter and (usually!) more fun than adult books. I also read to my pupils so am reading at work sometimes too! I also try to read every morning and before bed πŸ™‚

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      1. Wow, that is amazing! Yes, I love children’s books too. 😍

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      2. Which are your favourites? Would love some new recommendations!

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      3. I mostly read MG fantasy like Rick Riordan and the books in his new imprint. They are quite popular, so I’m sure this isn’t new information. I just love the diverse rep and the ‘save the world’ kind of plots. 😍

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      4. I have my eye on a few books from his new imprint, e.g. Dragon Pearl. I do like MG Fantasy but have yet to read Percy Jackson (I know that’s awful!) I did read The Red Pyramid series and liked it!

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      5. All of his books are great, to be honest. His new series are wonderfully diverse and I love that Middle Grade books are getting such good rep these days. ☺️ Aru Shah and Storm Runner are already out under his imprint. I love Aru Shah to the moon and back because it’s OwnVoices for me. 😍

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      6. I will have to get a hold of a copy – I keep hearing good things about it! Own Voices is so important!

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