September 2017 Report

My numbers were a little off — which surprised me, really, I thought I had some busy weeks. But, oh well, I seemed to really like almost everything (average rating of 3.99 this month). Maybe I’m getting soft. Or I’m just reading a lot of good books.

Anyway, here’s what happened here in September.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Blue Curtain Black and Blue The Brightest Fell
2 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
Prayer Hell is Empty The Spirit Mage
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
The Song of The Swan Wonder Woman: Warbringer The Western Star
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
A Little Book on the Christian Life IQ All Tucked Inn
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Travels and Travails of Small Minds The Whole Christ Night Broken (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Flame in the Dark Sourdough The Hunger Angels
Not sure yet, at least
4 Stars
4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

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August 2017 Report

The end of the month snuck up on me, I kept wondering why I saw all these August Wrap-Up posts Thursday night, and then I looked at the calendar. So I paused my other post and got this assembled (frankly, that worked out pretty well for me, I just didn’t have the energy to finish the other post). Turns out that August was a pretty good month — I liked everything I read, most things I liked a lot.

Anyway, here’s what happened here in August.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Hate U Give (Audiobook) Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith The Dark Horse
5 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars
Dead is Good Whispers Under Ground (Audiobook) The Brothers Three
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Miles Morales Let it Bleed The Driver
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Skyfarer Hopcross Jilly Broken Homes
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions Junkyard Dogs The Blinds
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Christ and Covenant Theology The Last Resort Open and Shut
4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars
Camp Arcanum Summer Knight (Audiobook) Double Lives
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Shadow of Christ in the Book of Job Wait for Signs Foxglove Summer
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Salt Creek Jamarr's Promise      
(still deciding) (still deciding)      

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Planet Grim Hell is Empty

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

July 2017 Report

I didn’t finish nearly as much as I’d intended to this month — every book I’ve read over the last couple of weeks has taken me at least 1 more day than I’d estimated/planned. There are two books I was supposed to read and write about in July that I haven’t started yet — whoops.

Still, I read a lot of pretty good stuff this month, and that’s the important thing, right?

So, here’s what happened here in July.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Gork, the Teenage Dragon Kindness Goes Unpunished (Audiobook) The Hangman's Sonnet
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Dark and Stars Grave Peril (Audiobook) Christ Alone
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
In The Still One by One Frost Burned (Audiobook)
4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Saul Henry and the Hidden Treasure Another Man's Moccasins (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Mortal Causes Tilt-a-Whirl (Audiobook) The Late Show
3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
#Next Level Manners Luck Favors the Prepared The Vanishing American Adult (Audiobook)
            5 Stars
Besieged The Coven Rivers of London: Black Mould
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God Strife      
5 Stars 4 Stars      

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Christ and Covenant Theology Whispers Under Ground (Audiobook)
The Hate U Give (Audiobook)            

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

June 2017 Report

Read a lot in June — meant to squeeze in 2 more (at least), but that was close enough. I didn’t get nearly as much written as I tried (particularly last week — the book I spent most of last week reading took out all my mental energy). Most of what I read was really good and entertaining, but man…those that weren’t? Blech. Thankfully, The Force made up for it all.

Anyway, here’s what happened here in June.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

A Monster Calls The Self-Disclosure of Jesus The Black Book
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
The Mask Project Mothership The Fallen
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament The Cold Dish Exit Strategy
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Devil in the Countryside Collared Silver Borne (Audiobook)
2 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars
Down Among the Sticks and Bones Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Death Without Company
4 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars
The Bucket List River Marked (Audiobook) Love, Murder & Mayhem
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars
Moon Over Soho (Audiobook) Spellcaster Citizen Kill
3.5 Stars 1 1/2 Stars 3 Stars
Knowing the Trinity The Force Fair Game (Audiobook)
4 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Christ Alone God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God
Gork, the Teenage Dragon            

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

May 2017 Report

22 books finished — not bad. Looking at this, I’m wondering if I gave out too many 4-Star ratings, but I can’t think of any of those that I’d change, so I guess I just had a really good month.

Anyway, here’s what happened here in May.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Defense Startup Strip Jack
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Hour Game Chalk The Glamshack
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Wild Thing The Second Life of Nick Mason The Hammer of Thor
3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars
The Right Side People of the Sun The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
The End of Magic Storm Front The Christ of Wisdom
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
The Question of the Absentee Father Fox Hunter On the Line
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Bone Crossed Gather Her Round Fool Moon
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
No Middle Name            
4 Stars            

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament The Self-Disclosure of Jesus      

DNF:

Wrath of an Angry God            

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

Towel Day ’17: Do You Know Where Your Towel Is?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)

One of my long-delayed goals is to write up a good all-purpose Tribute to Douglas Adams post, and another Towel Day has come without me doing so. Belgium.

Next year . . . or later.

Adams is one of those handful of authors that I can’t imagine I’d be the same without having encountered/read/re-read/re-re-re-re-read, and so I do my best to pay a little tribute to him each year, even if it’s just carrying around a towel (I’ve only been able to get one of my sons into Adams, he’s the taller, thinner one in the picture from a couple of years ago below).

TowelDay.org is the best collection of resources on the day, recently posted this pretty cool video, shot on the ISS by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

Even better — Here’s an appearance by Douglas Adams himself from the old Letterman show — so glad someone preserved this:

Love the anecdote (Also, I want this tie.)

April 2017 Report

Not as successful as March — in number of things read, or in the quality — there were some things I really didn’t cotton to (which took me longer to read than I prefer). Thankfully, there were a couple of standouts, and a couple of very nice reads, even if I didn’t go ga-ga over them.

So, here’s what happened here in April.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament The Self-Disclosure of Jesus The Defense

Reviews (or whatever you call my posts) Posted:

How was your month?