Greetings blog friends! How are you doing? I hope your week is going well. October is off to a great start chez Natalie. We had rain and thunderstorms on the last day of September then the sun returned to welcome the first day of October.
Autumn leaves have been showing off their yellow, orange, and red colours in downtown Toronto. On a sunny day, they look brilliant. The air is cool, especially in the morning, just right for cycling and walking.
There are still a lot of late summer flowers, berries, and monarch butterflies around. The variety of colours in parks and gardens now is astounding and makes me want to paint.
I love that when I cycle along the Waterfront trail, the lake views are always changing. On calm days, I can see what’s beneath the clear water. On windy days, the waves roar and splash as they hit the breakwater walls or the rocks along the shore line. The familiar landscape includes water, open space, rock boulders, and trees.
Anyway, today I’m reflecting on my month of September and summarizing the books that I read in the third quarter of 2020.
September was a wonderful month when I enjoyed a mix of health-related activities, i.e. cycling, exercising, meditation, stand up paddling, walking, and yoga. I wrote my weekly blog posts, completed daily language lessons on Duolingo, listened to digital concerts, and read many novels.
Here’s my September in numbers:
- 1 family meet-up with my sister and nieces.
- 1 stand up paddling excursion.
- 3 digital concerts.
- 4 blog posts.
- 4 rest days.
- 13 strengthening workouts.
- 14 yoga sessions.
- 18 books (see list below).
- 18 walks.
- 22 cycling trips.
- 30 meditation sessions.
- 30 French and Spanish sessions.
2020 Reading Update #3
Back in March this year, I wrote a post to share my Reading First Update for the first quarter of the year. Once I started that, it feels logical to continue with Reading Update #2 for the second quarter, and today’s Reading Update #3 for the third quarter.
At a glance, I read 15 books in July, 20 books in August, and 18 books in September. Social distancing due to COVID-19 pandemic means more staying at home than normal and this gives me time to read.
- Woman On The Edge by Samantha M. Bailey.
- The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister.
- The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely.
- 500 Miles From You by Jenny Colgan.
- Fireworks by Katie Cotugno.
- How To Love by Katie Cotugno.
- Top Ten by Katie Cotugno.
- Turtles All The Way Down by John Green.
- I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella.
- One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul.
- The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda.
- The Switch by Beth O’Leary.
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
- He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker.
- In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker.
- Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker.
- One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker.
- Wild At Heart (sequel to The Simple Wild) by K.A. Tucker.
I lucked out again with the fiction novels I borrowed to read in September. They’re all really good books written by authors from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I look forward to reading more novels from the same authors again.
Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, October 10 to 12, is coming up. I know I have a lot to be grateful for. If you’re celebrating the holidays, Happy Thanksgiving to you! Stay safe and well.
How did your week go? I’d love to hear your comments.
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