Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sunday Post: September Summary

Goodbye September! You've kinda freakin' sucked and I'm glad to see the back of you! 
To celebrate September's demise (for 2017), I'm rounding up the month as part of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Sunday Post meme. 

Why did September suck so badly, you may ask, and I'll tell you... Then I'll get onto the books and reading.


September 1 - Nicola 0:
I fell ill with a nasty cold/flu that flattened me for a week, made me miss work, and has left me tired and drained.
The only semi-positive of this experience was the reading time but even that wasn't as bountiful as I'd hoped because I was too busy trying to stay conscious.
Not cool September! Not cool!
I did start re-watching The Vampire Diaries throughout my week of misery and found it surprisingly enjoyable.
I'd quit watching it mid-season 4 as it got so tedious but re-watching season 1 has brought back everything I used loved about it.
Think I'll continue on to season 2 and see if this time I can make it through to the show's ending.

September 2 - Nicola 0:
My hubby's car died a horrible death and as he drives over 400 miles a week on his work commute we had to replace it immediately which was a huge drain on the savings.
The positive I'm taking from this is that we at least had some savings to allow to tackle this.

September 3 - Nicola 0:
Feeling left out in the car drama taking place in our household, my car decided it didn't want to be upstaged and delivered me a nice bill for a couple of new tires.
My positive on this one is that at least it wasn't my clutch which has been playing up and would have cost me SO much more!

September 4 - Nicola 0:
Parental drama. I'm not going to go into much detail here, as it's not my story to tell, but my poor mum is going through the wringer with her job, various health issues and other things... I feel so helpless as I can't help her... When she ended up in hospital overnight she didn't even tell me, as she didn't want to worry me, knowing that I couldn't get to her seeing as she's back home in Scotland and I had all my crazy junk going on.
My positive is that at least my mum is ok and she'll come through this. 

September 5 - Nicola 0:
Knock out!
This one is the doozy. 
This one is unforgivable, September!
The reason this one is the worst is because this one wont sort itself out with time and effort. This one I can do nothing about, no one can, and it's breaking my heart...

Friday, three weeks ago, I noticed that my fluffy, gorgeous, kitty cat - Freya - was drooling a little and it looked like one side of her face was a little swollen. 
The morning after, I called my vet and took her in. 
They had a look, said she had a couple of loose teeth and an infection. They recommended we remove the problem teeth and put her on some anti-biotics. 
We booked her in for the dental work on the Monday. 
When the vet went to remove the teeth, it became apparent that they weren't actually in the jaw bone anymore, just held in place by the soft tissues, and that the swelling wasn't just because of an infection, it was caused by something else.
They removed the problem teeth, took samples of the mass and stitched her up.
The samples were sent for analysis.
Freya healed from the surgery, the infection cleared up, the lump remained... Then on Thursday, this past Thursday, they confirmed the worst: It's a malignant tumour. 
Because of where it is, they can't operate.
They can't do shit.

My gorgeous girl is only 11 and we're going to lose her... It's unbearable. 
We've had Frey since we were students. Eleven years she's been our baby with fur and four legs. 
She's the sweetest natured creature I've ever met. A cheeky, playful, lap cat and purr machine of the highest order. 
She's been with us through university, graduation, the death of our grandparents, the loss of a baby, the birth of another baby... Through everything. 
No matter how shitty a day is, she's there to cheer you up and she does... And she's going to be gone.
She should have so many more years with us... But she wont and our little family just won't be the same.
We already lost one of our beloved cats this year - early May - so this is ridiculously cruel.

She's on palliative care now and we'll be spending as much time as we can spoiling her - even more than usual - until the time comes to say goodbye.
At the moment, she's her usual self. If not for the swollen side of her face you'd have no clue she's sick. I know that she's going to start to decline but I'm hoping it's a slow decent and she gets one last Christmas... She loves Christmas. Plenty of dangly things to attack, ribbon to play with, gift tags to steal, tinsel to pull down, wrapping paper to play in, boxes to claim... But I know it's wishful thinking. I know she's got a little time but three months, with a good quality of life, is probably asking too much. 

We wont prolong her suffering for our own selfish wishes. We know our girl and we'll know when the time has come.

For now life goes on and that includes our upcoming family holiday to Florida in October! 

The challenge is dealing with the crippling guilt that's now attached to the thought of it considering the change of family circumstances but the holiday was booked back in March and isn't refundable. 

Despite this we still contemplated cancelling but we were convinced not to by family, friends and the excitement of our son who isn't yet aware Freya is so ill. 
Our vet also weighed in with the opinion that Freya will still be with us when we come home so... We go. 
My father in law is going to stay with our kitties, he's one of Freya's favourite people, and will make sure our girl has all the love she could want while we can't be there.
Hopefully, I'll be able to re-kindle some excitement over the next couple of weeks.
Now, on to the books!

This month I read 10 books.

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews


Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews


Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews


I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk


Wicked Grind by J. Kenner


Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner


Were Biker by Paige Cuccaro


Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews


White Hot by Ilona Andrews


Wildfire by Ilona Andrews


I've got a load of reviews to catch up on from August as well as September so my goal is to get them written and scheduled for October.

Promotional Bits and Pieces...

Release Blitz: Theirs to Take by Laura Kaye
Release Blitz: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner
Blog Tour: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner
Excerpt: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner

I also posted some reviews from last month's reads: Magic Breaks and Magic Steals.

Other bloggy bits:

I've fallen a bit behind on other blog bits but I'm catching up now... Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup is hosting a Blog Ahead event throughout October and originally I wasn't going to join up but after the cluster of this month I've decided that I'm going to give it a try! Having a bunch of scheduled posts in the pocket can't hurt for when life gets crazy.

I jumped onto the Book Blogger Hop this month to discuss banned books.

The Book of Choice giveaway winner has been selected - check out the widget - but I was late in contacting the winner because of everything that's been happening. Sorry about that but better late than never, right?

From the 15th of October, I'll be taking part in the Bookhounds Spooktacular giveaway so be sure to stop by and check it out.

My only other book related news is that I'm officially giving up on audiobooks and I've re-joined Kindle Unlimited... More on these to follow.

My September book haul looks like this:

Some I've read already and some have been added to the TBR...
And that's that! 
Sorry this was a really long update.


Thank god it's October folks!
Here's to a better month.


  1. You've had a terrible September.

    We've also had a terrible summer and a terrible September. Hurricane Harvey hit, and destroyed a lot of friends' and family's homes. My niece had her baby very, very early and has spent the summer and September (and probably at least October) in the very expensive NICU. (Baby is doing quite well.)

    1. Oh no! I hope the baby thrives and doesn't have to spend too long in the NICU.

  2. That sounds like a terrible September. So sorry to hear about your cat. That is the worst. I hope that she will get her last Christmas. Hugs.

  3. Your month was tough, and I am crying for Freya. I lost my dog to cancer, and was never able to replace her. My heart was too broken. ((HUGS)) I hope your trip to WDW is wonderful! I miss living in FL, because I used to go once a month. I think the last time we were there was 2014, maybe. I am hoping to visit again after my daughter finishes her graduate degree. I adored My Not So Perfect Life. It was classic Kinsella to me. So fun, but also, so heartfelt. Hope you love it too.

    1. I'm planning on taking My Not So Perfect Life with me as my 'relaxing in the evening' read. :)
      Thanks for commenting!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear that September was such a tough month for you and your family, and that sucks about Freya too, hopefully she'll still be okay by the time you get back from Florida! I hope you have a great trip!

  5. I'm so sorry about your cat :( I do hope she gets another Christmas. That would be the miracle. Let's hope for the best!

  6. Oh, your month was horrible! I am sorry about Freya...and your mom not feeling well. It's hard when family members are ill and we're not close by.

    Those cars would be getting on my last nerve, but I like how you gave an upside to every event.

    Enjoy your vacation in Florida...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about Freya. I know it's so heartbreaking for you and your family. I don't know what to say anymore other than, I'm so sorry. I hope she gets to enjoy the rest of her days. #hugs

  8. Oh I am so sorry about your kitty. That just breaks my heart. Hugs!!
    I hope October is awesome for you and your family!

  9. I'm sorry you had such a bad month, and I'm so extra sorry about your cat :-( I hope the time she has left is filled with love and good things for her <3 I'm glad you've at least been finding some good books even though I know that doesn't make it better.

  10. Man September was a real bitch to you! I am so sorry to hear about all the crap you have to deal with this month. I commute 100+miles a week for my job so I know how important it is that your f*cking car cooperates and takes you there. We have replaced numerous tires since I started at my job and I am blaming construction completely.
    As for Freya, I cannot express how sorry I am. I hope you enjoy your time left with her and that she doesn’t suffer at all. Loosing a pet is one of he worst parts of being human. You have all my sympathy. ((Hugs))
    You got quite a bit read despite all the bad, so go you! Have a great week and happy reading!

  11. Sorry to hear about your cat. I hope your cat feels better soon!

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  12. SO sorry to hear about your precious cat- that is so hard! I lost one a couple years ago and it was horrible. But you sound like you are going to make life great for her with the time you have left, and I hope she is pain free as long as possible. All best wishes.

    The Ilona Andrews books are supposed to be so good, I've thought of trying them as I've been wanting to read more urban fantasy. Hope your new books are all good. :)

    1. Over the past 4/5 months I've become a huge Ilona Andrews fangirl. Their books really are as good as the hype.
      Thanks for commenting!

  13. Well good riddance to September. What a horrible month for you. I’m so sorry about your Freya. I know it’s probably much comfort right now, but hopefully you know what a wonderful life you’ve given her. She’s had 11 years of being loved and cherished... and probably pampered and spoiled. I hope the family getaway this month is an escape and a good time for all. You definitely need it. {{hugs}}

  14. I'm so sorry about how rough your September was and and about your sweet Freya.


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  15. September really has been a hard time for you and your family - I am so sorry about Freya. I'm sending you and Freya lots of love, and I really hope that she gets to spend this Christmas with you.

  16. I am in tears for you. I so sorry for you and for Freya. Sending big hugs your way. AS my weekly mews post went up on Friday, I was saying goodbye to my sweet Parker. In his case, it was lymphoma. I am heartbroken and I know you must be too. They bring such joy to our lives,and we love them ever so much. I am truly sorry. I hope she has many more good days ahead of her.

    I am sorry too the rest of your month was so crappy. September was a sucky month all around, I think.

    Sounds like you at least had a great reading month. I hope you enjoy your new books.

    May October be much kinder to you.

  17. oh I so sorry for you and for Freya! :( Something similar happened to our Boxer :( I hope October is much better, that you'll be healthier and less drama!

    1. Fingers crossed! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  18. I'm so sorry! So glad your mom is doing better. So sorry to hear about your kitty. ((HUGS)) Hope you can take a break from it all on your trip. May this month make up a bit for last month.

  19. Goodness! I hope October is better for you. :(

  20. I am sorry to hear about you being sick and the other things that happened, Sure sounds like you had a tough September. And I am so sorry to hear about your cat. It's so hard to say goodbye to a pet. I hope October is a better month for you!

  21. Oh wow, I sure hope you have a better October. Good riddance to September!


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