Can you believe it is the end of September? I really can’t. If it weren’t for the drop in temperatures, the darkening nights, and the change of colour outside, I’d have no idea it was autumn already.

September also means that most of my reading is geared toward the horror, supernatural, crime and mystery genres as I take part in a Halloween Bingo game that starts in September and lasts all the way through the end of October.
This also means that reading from my Mt. TBR shelves is not a priority.

What with the focus on Greek tragedies last month and the focus on crime and mystery this month, you could almost think that I have given up on the Mt. TBR Project, but this is not so. I have been able to read two titles that were on my dedicated project shelves and no less than six (SIX!) books that I also owned physical copies of that were located on other shelves. As in previous months, I used those as “Book Jokers” (see explanation at the end of the post) that I can apply toward my Mt. TBR Project. Hooray!

Fyi, the Mt. TBR books and Book Jokers were:

  • The Blank Wall – Elizabeth Sanxay Holding – 4*
  • John Crow’s Devil – Marlon James – 3.5*
  • Opus – 25 Years of his Sunday Best – Berkley Breathed – 4*
  • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter – 3.5*
  • Benighted – J.B. Priestley – 5*
  • Ripley Under Ground – Patricia Highsmith – 3.5*
  • Lord Peter Views the Body – Dorothy L. Sayers – 4*
  • Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison – Caitlin Davies – 4*

All in all, I call this a win. I can also look forward to something else: I have 40 books left on my Mt. TBR Shelves. I have 38 Book Jokers that I have not yet applied against the project. So, in two physical books time, I will have reached my Mt. TBR goal. I will reserve the appropriate celebratory image for the next update.

So, with all of this, and a little bit of shelf re-arrangement, my status update for the end of September looks like this:

End of September Mt. TBR:

End of August Mt. TBR:

End of July Mt. TBR:

End of June Mt. TBR:

End of May Mt. TBR:

End of April Mt. TBR:

End of March Mt. TBR:

End of February Mt. TBR:

End of January Mt. TBR:

Start of 2020 Mt. TBR:

The Stats:

Books read this month: 16 (September)
Mt. TBR Books read this month: 2
DNFs this month: 0
Women / Men / Team*: 55% / 41% / 4%
% of original Mt. TBR read: 48.3%

Book Jokers: Available swaps (not made yet): 38 (+6 from previous month)

(* – of all books read since 01 January 2020)

Link to the original Mt. TBR (2020) post.

Rules – same as previously – are that I picked a stack of physical books off my shelves at home which I would try to read over the course of the year. If I pick another (yet unread) physical book off my shelves, I get to take one off the Mt. TBR shelves and put it on the regular shelf – as a substitute (the “Book Joker”). In a change from previous years, new purchases (physical books only) will not be added to the Mt. TBR shelves – I will track these separately.