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?

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%)