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?

March 2017 Report

All in all, March was a pretty good month — 29 books finished, nearly not enough written (I’m very tired lately, too tired to write, anyway). A good mix of good books and iffy — with a couple of really good ones thrown in. Which is a pretty decent way to spend a hobby/obsession, no?

So, anyway, here’s what happened here in March.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Hack Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 Playing with Fire
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Ignite Hide and Seek HER: The 1st Victor Locke Story
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Snotgirl, Vol 1 Cold Reign The Book of Three
4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Silence Fallen The Faceless Ones Not a Drill
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Pipeliner The Black Cauldron Little White Lies
2 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
High Heat The Last Adam The Person of Jesus
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars
The Castle of Llyr Magic For Nothing The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 2 1/2 Stars
No Uncertain Sound The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag The Forgotten Girls
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Taran Wanderer The Collapsing Empire Nearly Nero
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
The Accidental Detective The High King      
3.5 Stars 4 Stars      

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament Popo Gigi: the Earlier Years: London to Bollywood

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

February 2017 Report

I really thought I read more last month than I did — not sure how I lost track like that. On the plus side, this is probably the highest percentage of winners I’ve had in a while. I did intend to write more than I did, but I could pretty much say that every month. Anyway…

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Knots & Crosses Devoted to God Death Stalks Kettle Street
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Hungry Heart (Audiobook) Serengeti Jaeth's Eye
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
No Little Women Dead Gone Legal Asylum: A Comedy
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Sense Of Humor The Shanghai Moon The Doll (Audiobook)
2 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Behind Her Eyes Defying the Prophet Skulduggery Pleasant (Audiobook)
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament Hack The Last Adam

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

January 2017 Report

So, here’s what happened here in January — on the one hand, it seems like barely any time has gone by, and I know I have a low book count for the month (I’ve been very busy, apparently) — yet, I can’t believe I’ve read some of these great books already this year.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee Mostly Human Night School
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Hunger Makes the Wolf Cry Wolf (Audiobook) God's Word Alone
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Shadowed Souls Martians Abroad Once Broken Faith
3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars
Souls to the Polls Hunting Ground (Audiobook) Say Nothing
3 Stars 4 Stars (still deciding)
The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey Rivers of London: Night Witch The Innocent (Audiobook)
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Reacher Said Nothing Chameleon Storm Clouds Gathering
5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament            

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

Looking back at 2016 for Books and the Blog

As we kick off 2017, I wanted to take a glance back at 2016. 241 books read — I exceeded my goal (I don’t remember what it was at the beginning, but I revised it a couple of times and still beat it by 6), 444 posts (short of my goal by a couple hundred), I had some good gains in traffic — views and visitors (not as much as the previous couple of years, but that’s better than a loss). I’m also seeing good growth in followers here and on various social media fronts, which is encouraging as all get out.

So here’s my breakdown of books by genre, like the one I did last year. Mystery/Suspense took a hit this year percentage-wise, but not as much as I thought it did. SF and Fantasy jumped up to make up for that. it’s been forever since I’ve read a Western, I guess (at least one that wasn’t a hybrid with Urban Fantasy or SF or something). Theological books went down in actual numbers, not just percent — but I read some big, technical stuff this year that took a lot more time/energy to read, so I’m not too bothered by that. Still, for someone who doesn’t plan too thoroughly, the percentages stay remarkably the same from year to year — tastes (and series I follow) apparently stay the same.

Genre 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2012-16
Children’s 5 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)

5 (0%)
Fantasy 31 (13%) 17 (9%) 11 (7%) 15 (8%) 12 (6%) 86 (9%)
General Fiction/Literature 27 (11%) 17 (9%) 7 (4%) 30 (16%) 30 (14%) 111 (11%)
Horror 1 (.4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%0 0 (0%) 1 (0%)
Humor 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 3 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (0%)
Mystery/Suspense 61 (25%) 64 (34%) 62 (37%) 63 (33%) 73 (35%) 323 (32%)
Non-Fiction 11 (5%) 8 (4%) 4 (2%) 2 (1%) 11 (5%) 36 (4%)
Science Fiction 37 (15%) 16 (8%) 17 (10%) 14 (7%) 11 (5%) 95 (9%)
Steampunk 2 (1%) 7 (4%) 3 (2%) 3 (2%) 11 (5%) 26 (3%)
Theology/Christian Living 33 (14%) 42 (22%) 42 (25%) 37 (19%) 10 (5%) 164 (16%)
Urban Fantasy 36 (15%) 19 (10%) 20 (12%) 26 (14%) 48 (23%) 149 (15%)
Western 0 (0%)

0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (0%) 1 (0%)

December 2016 Report

So, here’s what happened here in December (more about 2016 to come this week).

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Today Will Be Different What You Break The Pursuit
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Avalon Dreams Dead Down East Sons in the Son
3 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
The Informationist Talking as Fast as I Can October 32
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars
A Strange Chemistry Practice Makes Perfect Follow the Dotted Line
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
War Psalms of the Prince of Peace Staked (Audiobook) Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4
4 Stars 5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Plushinomicon To Kill a Shadow Scrappy Little Nobody
3 Stars 2 Stars 4 Stars
Sovereign’s Wake Moon Called Oasis in the Clouds
2 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Gift-Knight’s Quest Blood Bound Tricky Twenty-Two
2 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars

Still Reading:

Openness Unhindered The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

November 2016 Report

So, here’s what happened here in November, 2016.

Wait, what? It’s December?!?!

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Audiobook) The Lost Child of Lychford The Last Star
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Washed Hands Trapped Audiobook The Chemist
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 2 Stars
The Hanging Tree The Patriots of Mars Every Heart a Doorway (Audiobook)
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Chapel of Ease All Our Wrong Todays Hunted Audiobook
4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
INVIVO Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord Titanborn
1 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Korian and Lucy, Part II Shattered (Audiobook) Lost in Wonderland
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Bear with Bear            
3 Stars            

Still Reading:

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4 Sons in the Son      

Fewer books than I would’ve thought — and a greater variety in ratings than I’ve used (needed) lately.

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?