Quarterly Rewind (September-December ’19 edition)

Hi everyone! IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS, who’s excited???? It’s taken me a bit longer this year to really get into the Christmas spirit, working retail just before Christmas kind of does that to you, but I’m really looking forward to having another nice quiet Christmas with my family. Anyway, for those of you who are new to the blog since I last did one of these, this is a feature I do every few months at the beginning of a new season, to look back on the previous season and look forward to what’s to come. It was originated by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. Today is the Winter Solstice, which means it is time to wrap up Autumn here on the blog and look forward to what I have to come over the Winter (well it’s actually going to be Summer for me, but we’ll get into that later). This post will cover 23rd September-20th December:

Image from this Autumn:

carcassonne

My friends and I on our Summer in October holiday in Carcassonne.

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Autumn:

“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.” -Stalking Jack The Ripper, Keri Mansicalco

I love it when women show how powerful they can be without shunning all traditional feminine interests, because guess what? Being interested in traditionally feminine things does not make us any less strong.

This Autumn In One Word:

Work (since that’s basically all I did most of this autumn!)

Most Popular Review of This Autumn:

I read 6 books in the period that this rewind covers and reviewed all of them. I actually wasn’t expecting this book to be the most popular one of the last three months, I thought it would be Kingdom of Ash, but I’m glad you all liked it. My most popular review this Autumn was Stalking Jack The Ripper, which I actually really enjoyed:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/stalking-jack-the-ripper-stalking-jack-the-ripper-1-review/

Top Two Books I Read This Autumn:

This Autumn hasn’t been great in terms of books I’ve really loved, I’ve read a lot of decent books, but only a couple that I really loved, but that does make this section a lot easier:

  1. Before The Devil Breaks You-Libba Bray

Definitely my favourite book of the autumn! The Diviners series went from strength to strength with this book, and Before The Devil Breaks You was definitely my favourite of the series so far. I can’t wait for King of Crows to come out in February.

2. Stalking Jack The Ripper-Keri Mansicalco

I really enjoyed Mansicalco’s take on the Jack The Ripper murders, Audrey Rose was a great heroine and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of her adventures.

Thing I’m Looking Forward To This Summer:

And yes, I said, Summer, that is not a mistake, because I’m not actually going to be in the UK! I’m going to be in South Africa! From January till April, I’m going to be writing for an online magazine, Cape Chameleon, as part of Projects Abroad’s Journalism Project.

So with that in mind the things I’m looking forward to:

  1. SOUTH AFRICA-I’ve been planning this for so long, and it’s finally almost happening. I can’t believe I only have a few weeks left before I leave, but I’m so excited for this great new adventure.
  2. Christmas-Okay, this will be Winter, because I’m in Scotland for Christmas, but still, I’m super excited!

Three New Obsessions This Autumn:

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really developed a lot of new obsessions over the last three months, because I’ve been so busy with work, but these are the new things I’ve really enjoyed:

  1. Waitress-I went to see Waitress with my parents back in October, absolutely LOVED IT and have been obsessed with the soundtrack ever since.
  2. Doing It!-Hannah Witton’s new podcast is really fun and informative and sex positive and I really enjoy it.
  3. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 3-I really enjoyed the newest instalment of Mrs Maisel when it came out a couple of weeks ago.

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Autumn:

I actually have more of a mixed bag of posts this autumn, some reviews, some TTTs:

  1. Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant #11) Review-Once again my most popular review of the season was this review of the 11th Skulduggery Pleasant book, which was a big surprise as I wrote it a while back, and my reviews aren’t usually that popular.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/midnight-skulduggery-pleasant-11-review/

2. Unsouled (Unwind #3) Review-This was also my second most popular review of the summer as well, another surprise, this was one of my earliest reviews and more people seem to be finding it now, which is great.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/unsouled-unwind-quartet-3-review/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #234-My third most popular post of the autumn was this Top Ten Tuesday post about non fiction books on my TBR, and I’m glad that you guys seemed to like it, as talking about non-fiction books is a bit of a departure for me.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/top-ten-tuesday-234/

4. The Ship of The Dead (Magnus Chase #3) Review and Top Ten Tuesday #240-Two posts tied for my fourth most popular post of the autumn, the first was my review of the final book in the Magnus Chase trilogy, which again surprised me because it’s two years old now. The other one was my Top Ten Tuesday from a few weeks ago, where I talked about my favourite Christmas TV.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/category/the-ship-of-the-dead-magnus-chase-and-the-gods-of-asgard-3/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/top-ten-tuesday-240/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #231-My final most popular post of the autumn was this Top Ten Tuesday post in which I talked about Book Titles With Numbers In Them.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/top-ten-tuesday-231/

Four Posts On Other Blogs I Enjoyed This Autumn:

Okay, I’ll admit, I did not keep a very good track of the posts I read this autumn, nor did I read that many, because I was busy with work, but I’ll give it my best:

  1. Maggie Stiefvater did this amazing post on her Tumblr about her health issues and how they impacted her writing and I thought it was brilliant, beautifully written and I hope really helpful to other writers struggling with their health.

The Years Without Words

2. Jeffrey Davies from Book Riot did this great post about outgrowing YA, which really expressed a lot of the same things that I’ve been feeling recently about my own relationship to YA as I get further into my twenties.

https://bookriot.com/2019/10/20/outgrowng-ya-fiction/amp/

3. Lin Manuel Miranda did an interview for The Times which I really enjoyed, I realise it’s not a blog post, but I wanted to share it anyway, because I thought it was really great.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lin-manuel-miranda-interview-from-hamilton-to-his-dark-materials-lxnzlsbz8

4. Rose Stokes wrote this awesome long read for The Independent about the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland and how the same changes need to happen in the rest of the UK (because yes, women can still be prosecuted for this in England, Scotland & Wales). It’s a Premium piece, but you can register for one free article a week and it’s definitely worth the read.

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/northern-ireland-abortion-ban-law-change-womens-rights-same-sex-marriage-a9169551.html

Three Things That Happened This Autumn:

  1. I went on holiday with my friends to Carcassonne, it was so much fun.
  2. I went to a really awesome Journalism event, In Conversation With Deborah Joseph, the editor of Glamour, it was really cool and I learned a lot.
  3. I had Fake Christmas with my friends at my house, and it was so much fun, our Christmas meet ups are always my favourites.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Autumn:

  1. You Matter To Me-Waitress-One of my favourite songs from the show, it’s so beautiful and heartfelt.
  2. Bad Idea-Waitress-Another great song from the show, so catchy.
  3. Lover-Taylor Swift-She’s been performing this quite a lot, so I’ve watched a few YouTube videos with it in, and it comes up on my shuffle quite a lot.
  4. She Used To Be Mine-Sara Barielles-My favourite song from Waitress, and I love Sara Barielles singing it.
  5. Mamma Mia-ABBA-Comes up a lot on my running playlist.
  6. I Didn’t Plan It-Waitress-Yup another one from Waitress, I told you I was obsessed!

So there we go, that was my Autumn! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Autumn? What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to this Winter (or Summer if you’re going to be in the Southern Hemisphere like me)? Let me know in the comments!

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