1 Thing Happened In September That I Can Already Hear You Cheering For – Monthly Rewind

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September In One Word


5 Things That Happened In September:

1. I finally read book 1 of the HARRY POTTER SERIES. *basks in applause* You know I’ve been ashamed of this and endured MANY years of harassing for this on this blog alone. Some of you followed along with my #HPvirgin tweets and were amused by my HP innocence. At one point I tweeted, “Oh that Snape…I can tell he is going to be trouble.” and someone said, “Oh you are just soooo cute and have NO IDEA.” GUYS I AM SCARED.

2. Will ran a half marathon and did AMAZING! Like in the top 2,000 out of 18,000 runners and it was his first race. I can brag about my husband yeah??

3. Book club went and saw Elizabeth Wein when she came to town (have YOU read Code Name Verity??) and then the Fierce Reads tour stop came to Philly and we went to that and had A BLAST. (Great meeting Leila Sales after LOVING This Song Will Save Your Life and the one and only Marissa Meyer who made me love cyborgs).

4. I got in a WICKED reading slump. It’s not even about that I’m not finding good books but it’s more like I’m just fickle and can’t commit to anything. I read 1 page and bail on everything.

5. I really spent a lot of days enjoying the weather because it’s been BEAUTIFUL.

6 Songs That Were Most Popular On My Ipod This Month:

I put all my Monthly Rewinds In a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here now ! I also have an September 2013 playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!

1. Put Me To Work — Papa (realllly obsessed with this song…I am digging all the singles they are putting out in 2013 and could see them being a big deal!)

2. Hearts Like Ours — The Naked and the Famous

3. Pumpin Blood – NONONO

4. My Heart Is Raw – Jacq Becker (she only has 2 singles out but I really like her voice!!)

5.  Love Don’t Go — The Family Crest (OBSESSED!!)

6. Chocolate — The 1975

Top 2 Books I Read This Month:

SIGH I only read 4 books in total this month. PLEASE MAKE THIS SLUMP GO AWAY.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Most Popular Review This Month

This Song Will Save Your Life Leila Sales
I’m so happy you guys loved This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales too and SO happy that my review was able to convey how much I loved this one so others said they would pick up.

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. Current Status: Drowning In Books — You guys definitely seemed to understand my problem in my Vine and my discussion! Will saw my Vine and was like YEAH..I should have made that. I AM DROWNING IN YOUR BOOKS.
2. Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List: You guys made me so excited for the books on my list PLUS I’m off to a good start with my list!
3. When Everyone Else Loves A Book I Don’t…: I shared something I wonder when I don’t like a book which was whether or not I would have loved a book that was very hyped if I read it before it was hyped or if I was destined not to like it…regardless of the hype!
4. Top Ten Books I’d Like To See As A Movie/Tv Show: This one was so much fun!
5. My Favorite Sequels : This was a hard list to come up with because I suck at series!


3 New Obsessions In September

1. Spotify Premium — I’ve had Spotify for quite a while but I decided to try out the free trial of premium and I LOVE IT. God I forgot how amazing it is not to have commercials plus I make playlists so I can listen in my car without streaming and using all my data.
2. Anna’s Roar playlist: My friend Anna knows my brain better than I do and sent me exactly what I needed when I was feeling crummy at a certain point this month.
3. Orange Shandy from Leinenkugel’s: I am officially a beer lover these days I think. This one is SO GOOD.

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In October

1. Gayle Forman coming to Philly ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! (GAH Just One Year was so good. If you haven’t read Just One Day, get on that!)
2. Going to visit my dad over my birthday weekend! I’m excited because it coincides with my baby sister’s Fall Break so I can hear all about her freshman year!
3. A Harry Potter festival in my town!!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In September

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

5 Posts I Starred In My Reader That You Should Check Out

1. How To Create A Marriage That Feels Like A Honeymoon — loved this as a newlywed!
2. The Two Minute Cinnamon Banana Mug Cake — UM YUM.
3. Anna’s post on being a proud book quitter — I WISH I COULD BE LIKE HER. You all know my problems.
4. Interesting post about if book blogging has fallen out of fashion. Some observations I’ve myself noticed.
5. My friend Jess has an awesome blog that always seems to resonate with me and I loved this post called “When Was The Last Time You Did Something For The First Time?” Contemplating FIRST TIMES I can have soon!


What sort of things were noteworthy for you in September? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! 🙂


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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I’ve definitely been in a reading slump too. But at least two of the four books you read were Harry Potter & These Broken Stars! Both awesome books!

  2. gah… I really want to reread Harry Potter these days cuz of your tweets and comments and love!!

    Notable things for us this month:
    Our The Distance Between Us Readalong
    Our August Book Bangin Boys Podcast… which cuz we’re right on schedule posted in… September LOL

    I’ve been listening to Bobby Long on repeat as well as Naive by The Kooks and Skylar Grey (loving her cover of Love the Way You Lie)

    Congrats to your hubby! And I loved This Song Will Save Your Life!

    Hope your book slump disappears!

    jaime @Fic Fare

    • You’ve never read HP?? I AM NOT THE LAST PERSON ON EARTH! And oh fun — a podcast!

      Never heard of Skylar Grey! Checking her out!

  3. I need to start doing something like this. It’s a nice way to incorporate the obsessions-other-than-books, and just sort of keep track of what’s going on. =)

    (As for obsessions, I am fully in love with Lorde at the moment. Talented girl, that.)

    • YES I’ve been obsessed with Lorde too!!

      And yes..you should! I love recaps that involve more things than books & blog! It’s fun seeing what everyone is into!

  4. Jamie, I love the music you shared! Do you have any playlists I can look up on Spotify so that I can enjoy them too??

  5. Ahh, I love “Chocolate” by: The 1975! Song obsession of the month though? “On and On” by: Hanson! I’ve only had it for about a week and it already has 453 plays, oops =X
    And I also read the first Harry Potter book! I finished it today and plan to start the second one later tonight!
    I finally got myself a library card (I haven’t had one since I was 5), so I’ve been checking out ebooks when they become available!

    • HANSON. I used to looooove them. I need to check out their new stuff. ALSO I love you..you sound like me. Will gets SO mad at how many times I can replay a song over and over again.


  6. <3 <3 <3

  7. Omg you’re reading Harry Potter… Hurry and finish so you can obsess more! The obsession gets worse as the series goes on…

  8. Thanks so much for sharing my post <3 I'm glad it resonated with you.

    And YAY! You finally read HP! So proud of you…now keep reading!

  9. So glad you finished the first Harry Potter – but you’re going to a festival without having read the rest? You are brave. Just think of all the potential for spoilers! I know I couldn’t do it if I was you, even though a HP festival is something I’d adore having read the books.

  10. I’m in a bit of a reading slump, too. I keep starting books but can’t seem to finish them.

    P.S. Do you mind if I steal this for my blog? (not your answers, obvs)

  11. I’m so happy you finished the first HP book! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it, and the rest of the series.

    And I totally understand the reading slump. I’m in the middle of one right now, and it’s mostly because I feel overwhelmed by the huge piles of unread books in my room. And when I finally did read something yesterday, it was a disappointing book, which certainly doesn’t help with the whole slump thing. I think I’m just going to re-read the HP series. I know I love those, and it might be just what I need to get back into reading again.

  12. YAYYY! Go you for finally reading the first HP book!! 🙂 Now go read the second one 😉
    I hope you’re reading slump lets up soon!

  13. Reading slumps happen…but I am so happy to hear that you read the first Harry Potter book. I absolutely love that series (if I wasn’t still trying to catch up post move, I’d re-read the entire thing in a heartbeat).

    The most notable thing for me this month, we got a puppy this past Saturday. He is absolutely adorable!!!!