Reading time 5 mins

Welcome to my Monthly Wrap Up!

Whew! September nearly killed me! I had too much happening this month. Between the kids being back at school and My Miguel’s knee surgery, (oh and a little wedding planning), I am tired! This month had highs and lows for sure. I was in such a funk at the beginning of the month, I couldn’t even put a wrap up together. I skipped a few days of blogging and took the reigns on my mental outlook.

I didn’t get as many books read as I was hoping. BUT, one of them was almost 700 pages, so that’s okay. I am so excited to be making videos for BookTube again! It was really hard during the summer, but fall means the kids are back to school, and I have my house back. Kind of. Do you watch BookTube videos? What are your favorite things to watch?

Oh and I am getting into snapchat a lot lately. I love the 30 second videos that disappear about 24 hours. It’s like a magical place to me to vent, or brag, or muse, without putting too much thought into it. It is kinda like that thing I mentioned to Shannon on her post about Instagramming. It’s the 10 minute challenge that I need in my life! If you want you can follow me at Karen Blue (bluekare).

I posted Four Videos this month:

I reviewed 9 books in September (click the cover to see the review)

I published 20 posts in September

I published one 5 star review this month

Not a Drop to Drink

Now that I am thinking about it, I am really stingy with my 5 star rating. I am still reeling from some of my 4 star books this month. How is it that I am so hung up on what may be negative things that I can’t rate a book 5 stars because someone might not like something about it? I need to get back to rating with my feels. Maybe? I just don’t know. Despite this being the only 5 star book for me, it wasn’t the best of the bunch.

Best of the Bunch was…

the female of the species

It’s by the same author, so there’s that.


I hosted more Beyond The Books. We Did four topics this month:

My First Car vs. My Current Car

A BIG Announcement on a Handwritten Post

How I Found Out I Had a Celebrity Crush

The signs I am getting older

Do you believe in ghosts?

I just listed a ton of new topics for Beyond the Books, for those of you that blog ahead. This is a fun weekly meme.


I did one Top 10 Tuesday posts this month:

Fall New Releases


I made a dent in my challenges for 2016.

2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge

12/20 60%

Commenting 365 Challenge

273/365 75%

New Release Challenge Honestly, I stopping counting on this one.

64/45 100%

2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge And this one.

55/50 100%

Reading New England Reading Challenge

4/6 67%


Goals for October

In October I hope to:

  • Blog at least 5 days a week.
  • Post at least one video a week to my channel.
  • Get a new job.
  • Finalize my wedding plans.
  • Have an awesome Halloween!

How was your month?



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