Garden Gazette September Wrap-Up

Posted September 26, 2015 by Pixie in Garden Gazette, Kara, Lyn, Pixie / 6 Comments


The Garden Gazette is a feature here at Great Imaginations. Instead of doing weekly Stacking the Shelves posts, we’re going to be doing a monthly wrap-up on the last Saturday of every month. This will open up the weekends for more posts from us, and is also another way to bring the three of us together in one post – which is one of our favorite parts of co-blogging! The Garden Gazette will include our book hauls, past posts, challenge updates, and more.

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Kara: Hi there! This is going to be a pretty short update as September has been ridiculously slow. No work, and I’ve kinda been sitting around, binging The Amazing Race (Dan and I are sending in a tape at some point), reading, and slowly getting back into blogging.

Big Brother is over, and I am extremely glad. I have never felt more like I wasted my summer than I did this year. The season started off so promising but halfway through it just turned to SHIT. I am ready to read ALL the books again. I don’t know if I am even going to bother subscribing to feeds next season–unless it’s All-Stars. It just ate so much of my time that I could have spent NOT falling behind on my Goodreads challenge.

Other things of note: Dan and I have started planting for the fall. We’re going to grow a HUGE garden. So far we have three varieties of tomatoes in, tomatillos, jalepenos, Japanese eggplant, Thai basil (this plant is finnicky and might die), canteloupe, rosemary, dill, basil, and cilantro. I want to plant more fruit and whatever else we can find at Lowe’s. We have to dig out another section of our backyard for this new part, and pretty soon I am going to dig out the ugly bush in our front yard and plant a mango tree. I plan on being here for a long time, but the insects are WAY out of control and we are learning how to properly exterminate. Basically fleas and fungus gnats. I HATE THEM. Maybe I will post pictures next month once things look more full and accomplished.

Pixie: So my month has been pretty hectic. I’ve either been sick, helping one of my girls out, or trying to find a little additional way to make some extra cash here and there. Oh, and I celebrated a birthday earlier this month. Haha. It wasn’t really a big deal this year though. I am finally past that depressing thirty and now it just feels the same. Except my husband embarrassed me and for the first time ever, I didn’t make it out of the restaurant without the waiters singing. OMG. At least I had a few drinks first. LOL.

Asides from that, I found out earlier this month that it’s official I have a diabetic kitty and she’s now getting a daily insulin shot. At first it was a real struggle, but now that a couple weeks have passed she’s thankfully getting better about them. I got a few marks along the way but I was willing to take the abuse to do whatever I could to help her out. Some people don’t understand (you know, you meet people occasionally who never understand that kind of bond), but I have had her since she was five weeks old and now she’s going on eight years old… so she’s certainly a big part of my life. I’d do anything to help her. I’m glad she seems to be improving now. 🙂 Vet says she could still live quite a bit longer and that was such a relief. I nearly lost my mind going through all of this.

Last thing: I’m glad September is almost over. I’m finally starting to pick up reading again after a horrible reading slump the past couple of months–and I can thank Lyn for that because she recommended a book to me that I have found myself actually dreading to put down when I have to put it down. So that’s great news! Maybe I can finally get back on track again. The only downside… fall TV is starting and ALL THE SHOWS. Thank goodness for DVR. 😛

Lyn: I have no idea where the month went, and I feel like I have nothing to show for it!

At the start of the month, the apartment flooded due to a busted pipe/water heater upstairs. This set the groundwork for the cold I developed later in the month. My Twitterfeed was full of freaking out and cursing – it was an absolute horrible night.

I did get a new phone in the middle of September. I was done with fighting my Blackberry to do the most basic of tasks, such as make a phone call or open a text. I now have a beautiful new iPhone 5s. I converted. I’m a hipster. Apple won. But MAN do I love having Uber one my phone.

Work-wise, I applied for a job, and ended up falling short of the qualifications, but the department really wants me on their team, so I am going to start cross-training with the director and eventually move to a new department. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. I’m so over my current position. I’m so tired of being treated like a middle school teen.

I suppose it doesn’t help that I was sick for a while this month. That sapped me of anything resembling motivation.

I hope October goes a bit smoother. We do have the yearly Trick or Treat and a new round of Story Sprites, so I am looking forward to October!

Banner This Month's Posts


Stray by Elissa Sussman
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton
Nightfall by Jake Halpern
Inferno by Dan Brown
Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Persuasion by Martina Boone

Features and Discussions:

Top Ten Characters We Didn’t Click With
Ten Finished Series We Have Yet to Finish
Top Ten Books On Our Autumn TBR Pile
Top Ten Bookshelf Confessions
Like it Never Happened Blog Tour
What Kind of Book Person Am I?

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Kara’s Haul

When I gathered all my books together to prepare my haul, I realized just how many awesome books I got this month. They all came kinda spaced out so I didn’t really think I got that many, but…

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Bought or Gifted:

Winterspell by Claire Legrand (Thanks, Lyn)
Madapple by Christina Meldrum

For Review:

The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Nightfall by Jake Halpern (I read this and really liked it!)
The Distance From Me to You by by Marina Gessner
The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith
Flawed by Cecilia Ahern

Thank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing and Penguin Teen!


A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Pixie’s Haul




Madapple – Christina Meldrum
Uprooted – Naomi Novik
The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer

Also pictured: an awesome Brandon Sanderson fan shirt (Sanderson Army!) that I unfortunately couldn’t show in its entirety due to official images used on the shirt. But take my word that it’s awesome and I’ve already worn it about three times since getting it about a week and a half ago. 😀


TMNT: Ultimate Visual History (Just look at that beauty!!!) Thanks Lyn!
The Storyspinner – Becky Wallace (Thanks Bekka!)

From Macmillan Children’s (Thank you!):

My Second Life – Faye Bird
After the Woods – Kim Savage
The Killing Jar – Jennifer Bosworth
Mary Jemison: Native American Captive – E. F. Abbott
John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy – E.F. Abbott
(I’m super-stoked for those historical fiction titles, you just don’t know. Lol)

From Quirk Books:

Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs (Yesssss)

It was a fantastic haul this month after a bit of a dry spell the last couple of months. I’m excited to get back into reading again! 🙂

Lyn’s Haul

I have zero self control when it comes to books.

Won/For Review

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (thank you, Anya!)
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (thank you, Anya!)
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz (thank you, Anya!)

The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern


Vikings by Rodney Castleden
The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (signed!!)
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda

eGalleys for Review

Into the Dim – Janet B. Taylor
The Grave of Lainey Grace – Aaron Galvin
Wendy Darling: Stars – Colleen Oakes
Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës – Lena Coakley
The Casquette Girls – Alys Arden

Kindle Books

Into the River by Ted Dawe (because to HELL with censorship)
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt by Todd Harra and Kenneth McKenzie
Only Every Yours by Louise O’Neill

See you in October!

6 responses to “Garden Gazette September Wrap-Up

  1. Wow you guys got a lot of books this month!! Good luck with all the reading!! Sorry to hear about your cat 🙁 My dad has a diabetic kitty… that’s no fun! Also BLAH to floods. That is the worst! My basement flooded a few years back and I still think about all the stuff I had to throw out and it makes me sad. I also had a cold this month and it seems to be lingering. I hate sickness. Hope you are feeling better!
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  2. So many of my fellow bloggers (and me, too!) have felt very ‘meh’ this September… I started the month not even wanting to read – which is unheard of for me. And I have had very little energy, too…
    I hope October will be a great month for all of us! Both when it comes to books and blogging, and work and new departments 😀
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