Friday, 2 October 2020

Reading Wrap Up | September


I thought I'd open up this past month's reading wrap up with a little bit of a chat before getting on to the books... 

For the month of September I read quite a small amount, for me, and also produced very little content here on Reading with Jade... The reason being for both of these is, quite frankly, September was a hard month. 

Obviously 2020 as a whole has not been the year we all envisioned back in January - it has been rough, especially with the pandemic. Of course as individuals we all approach things differently, but I do think for the most part everyone is just trying to get on through the days, the weeks, the months, and in turn make the most of the year. However, having said that, I do also think we all have that one month (or specific period of time) during the pandemic where everything was just too much... And for me, that has been September.

Here in the UK, the children returned to physical school for the new school year, and that in itself brought about some big emotions in our household... But coupled up with that, the week Alexander returned to school, our county was the first to go into local lockdown here in Wales due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. New guidelines and measures were put in place, although schools were to remain open. So, it was a lot all in the one short space of time pandemic wise, but on top of that there were other little concerns and issues arising that also just really took it out of me. 

My attention and focus were needed deeper in other areas of life - our household, my family, my own mental wellbeing - and other things did indeed take a backseat because of that.

However, I do feel like I'm striding forward in much better shape and with a positive mindset for the new month ahead, which is amazing!

I have missed finding pleasure in the reading world and of course, the blogging community - I hope you are all well and taking care of yourselves as best you can.

On to the six books I read in September...

Links below will take you to my review of the book on Goodreads


Happy reading in October!
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  1. Jade, sorry September was a somewhat troubling month for you and the family. The effects of the pandemic do affect people differently. I know I have gone through periods these last 6.5 months where my focus has been off and quite frankly, I feel like taking to my bed and favorite comforter. Surprisingly, then I'll wake up one day with a clearer head and more at ease frame of mind.

    I do hope that October is a better month all around. Take care.

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    1. Yes, definitely - and these phases always pass, which is so important to remember.

      Thank you Diane.

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  2. I am sorry that September was a very difficult month for you. I think that most of us here in the US are under a great deal of stress, with the virus and the tense emotional atmosphere surrounding the election. I'm working hard to keep my focus on positive things.

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    1. That's the best way to be right now, I believe - putting the positives front & centre.

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  3. So sorry you've had a tough month, hope October is a much kinder month for you and your family. x

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    1. Thank you - it has already been a great improvement!

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  4. I can totally relate, September was a tough month. Especially with schools starting again and kids having to go back- it's so stressful and there's so much uncertainty right now. I'm sorry to hear you went into lockdown. I hope things get better there soon. My reading has been really down too.

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    1. Thank you, Greg - I hope your reading is on the up!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear September was such a rough month for you and 2020 has defintiely gone off the rails! Hope October brings more peace and happier reading.

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  6. I'm really sorry to hear September was rough, but I hear you. School starting back up definitely made things a lot more stressful for me as well. I hope this month will be a better one for you.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne - October has been such an improvement on September already. We've found a rhythm and are just going with it.

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