April 2019 Report

Only 18 books, 5515 pages, this month. Oh, well, on the whole I enjoyed it — and had some health things come up and distract me (and set me back on reading). It’s not my best month, but it’s nothing to sneeze at, I know. It just seems small when I see it on my screen.

Then once I make peace with that, I see the number of book posts I did. I really can’t believe I wrote so few of them. I know I’m behind, but that’s gotta be one of my lowest months (I’m not going to spend the time verifying that). I’m stunned and a little embarrassed (yeah, yeah, I’m the only one who cares, but I really do)

Anyway, a couple of great books, some good ones and one not. Here’s what happened here in April 2019.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Dispatches from a Tourist Trap A Man Called Ove Fletch and the Widow Bradley (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
Breaking the Lore The Future of Everything KA-E-RO-U Time to Go Home
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars
Death Before Coffee I Want You Gone Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars
An Artificial Night Saints of the Shadow Bible Venators: Magic Unleashed
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
You Die Next Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Audiobook) Always Grey in Winter
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 1 Star
Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation Fletch’s Moxie (Audiobook) That Ain't Witchcraft
2 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars

Still Reading:

Rediscovering the Holy Spirit Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 3: Christology  Death at the Dakota

Ratings

5 Stars 2 2 1/2 Stars 1
4 1/2 Stars 1 2 Stars 0
4 Stars 4 1 1/2 Stars 0
3.5 Stars 4 1 Star 1
3 Stars 5
                                   Average = 3.5

Reviews Posted:

TBR Pile/Mound/Heap:

Physical Books: 3 Added, 3 Read, 29 Remaining
E-Books: 3 Added, 1 Read, 22 Remaining
Audiobooks: 2 Added, 2 Read, 4 Remaining

Book Challenge Progress:

2019 Library Love Challenge

2019 Library Love Challenge

  1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (Translator)
  2. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
  3. Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale

While I Was Reading 2019 Challenge

  • Didn’t have time to do anything here. (again . . . but things are planned)
  • LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    #LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    1. Dispatches from a Tourist Trap by James Bailey
    2. Breaking the Lore by Andy Redsmith
    3. KA-E-RO-U Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara
    4. Death Before Coffee by Desmond P. Ryan
    5. I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks
    6. Venators: Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls
    7. You Die Next by Stephanie Marland
    8. Always Grey in Winter by Mark J. Engels
    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    1. Death Before Coffee by Desmond P. Ryan
    2. I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks
    3. You Die Next by Stephanie Marland
    4. Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
    5. Fletch and the Widow Bradley by Gregory Mcdonald, Dan John Miller — forthcoming
    6. Fletch’s Moxie by Gregory Mcdonald, Dan John Miller — forthcoming
    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

      whoops. Missed this one this month…
    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

      Nothing. Drat.

    How was your month?

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    Independent Bookstore Day 2019 – April 27!

    You like books, right? Otherwise, why are you here? (which is not to say you’re not welcome regardless) You like bookstores, too, right? Nothing against Barnes & Noble or any of the dozens of great online booksellers — but there’s nothing like a good Independent Bookstore. Staff who know their wares; possibly get to know your tastes; care about books, writing, etc.

    (and they’re better for the local economy than chains, too, but that’s out of my wheelhouse, so I’m not going to pretend I know what I’m talking about)

    Basically, they’re great resources, community centers, and places to spend your money. To celebrate/promote them, Indie Bookstores all around the country are celebrating Independent Bookstore Day tomorrow. Go, check a local store out — see the exclusive items just for the day. If you’re in Southwest Idaho, Rediscovered Books in Boise is the place to go — although Idaho has a few other great options, too. I realize most of you aren’t from Idaho, but I know you can find something near you.

    BookRiot has posted a handy guide: 5 Things You Should Do on Independent Bookstore Day that you should check out.

    GUEST POST: Highlighting Shakespearen Women

    I’m very happy to have this guest post today — I just wish I’d set the schedule correctly. I love a nicely designed (and informative) infographic, and this definitely fits that. When I was asked if I’d be interested in posting this, I jumped on it. It’s a great way to commemorate the Bard’s birth.

    Shakespearean Ladies' NamesApril not only marks the start of warmer temperatures and a new pile of spring reads, it is also the month of the birth of legendary playwright, William Shakespeare. The writer was born on April 23, 1564, and to celebrate, we’re highlighting some of his most strong-willed female heroines. Invaluable created a neat visual [N.B.: the image is much nicer if you follow the link than it does on the left there] that showcases a handful of Shakespeare’s most influential female characters, and explains just how each of them was given their memorable names. From Ophelia to Juliet herself, browse through these wonderful female characters and relive some of the most electrifying plays written by the celebrated, William Shakespeare in honor of his birth.

    D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read)

    Today is the 103rd anniversary of Beverly Cleary’s birth, and drawing inspiration from Ramona Quimby some years ago, a group of people started commemorating her birth with a focus on families reading together. Which is just a cool idea. There’s a pretty good website with details and activities here.

    I don’t really know if I can get my family to come together and read as a family anymore — but I can at least encourage them all to do it on their own. But for those of you who have younger kids (or more compliant teenagers), take a half-hour today and read together.

    If you’re like me, or single, or just not into spending time with your family — it’s still a decent way to spend 30 minutes.

    Just Drop Everything And Read

    March 2019 Report

    20 Books, 6258 pages (finished — a few were started earlier, and I’ve never done that page count before, and now I feel tired), an average of 3.8ish (my indecision on a couple of titles is stopping me from having a hard number — but I have to write my way to a conclusion on those). Overall, a decent month here. I hit a couple of hot streaks — there’s a few books here that will be in contention when I do the Best of 2019 lists, but man, there’s a couple I wish I hadn’t read. You take the good, you take the bad, and now you have the same song stuck in my head that I do.

    So, here’s what happened here in March.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    My Lovely Wife Slow Horses And Drink I Did
    3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
    Killing State Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Audiobook) Rogue Superheroes
    4 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
    Who Killed the Fonz? No Country for Old Gnomes Mama's Gone
    4 1/2 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 2 Stars
    The First World Problems of Jason Van Otterloo Crossline Lingering
    3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles A Local Habitation Postgraduate
    3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    or
    5 Stars
    Fletch’s Fortune (Audiobook) The Fourth Courier Water Week
    4 1/2 Stars Still Deciding 3 Stars
    Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 2: Anthropology The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior      
    5 Stars 4 Stars      

    Still Reading:

    Rediscovering the Holy Spirit            

    Ratings

    I really don’t like being this flaky.

    5 Stars 2-3 2 1/2 Stars 0-1
    4 1/2 Stars 4-5 2 Stars 1
    4 Stars 3 1 1/2 Stars 0
    3.5 Stars 5 1 Star 0
    3 Stars 3-4
                                                 Average = 3.8ish

    Reviews Posted:

    TBR Pile/Mound/Heap:

    Physical Books: 5 Added, 1 Read, 29 Remaining
    E-Books: 1 Added, 0 Read, 20 Remaining
    Audiobooks: 4 Added, 2 Read, 6 Remaining

    Book Challenge Progress:

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    1. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
    2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale (Narrator)
    3. Who Killed the Fonz? by James Boice
    4. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix (Illustrations)

    While I Was Reading 2019 Challenge

  • Didn’t have time to do anything here. (again . . . but things are planned)
  • LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    #LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    1. And Drink I Did: One Man’s Story of Growing Through Recovery by Jay Keefe
    2. Killing State by Judith O’Reilly
    3. Rogue Superheroes by Matt Cowper
    4. Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski
    5. The First World Problems of Jason Van Otterloo by James Bailey
    6. Lingering by Melissa Simonson (link forthcoming)
    7. Postgraduate by Ian Shane (link forthcoming)
    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    1. Killing State by Judith O’Reilly
    2. Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski
    3. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
    4. Who Killed the Fonz? by James Boice
    5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
    6. Fletch’s Fortune by Gregory McDonald, Dan John Miller (link forthcoming)
    7. The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay Smith (link forthcoming)
    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    1. No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    1. Reformed Dogmatics: Anthropology by Geerhardus Vos, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (Translator) (link forthcoming)

    How was your month?

    February 2019 Report

    Been a crazy month around here, thanks to Fahrenbruary. More than twice the views and visitors over last February. Which ain’t half bad. I have some other thoughts about that part of the month that I’ll probably share soon. But even without that, it’s been a decent month. I’d have liked to have read a couple of more books and written a couple of more posts — but I’m not complaining. The quality of what I read was great on the whole, which is the important thing. Still, looking forward to March, I’ve got some great reads coming up.

    Anyway, here’s what happened here in February.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    Baptism: Answers to Common Questions Standing in Another Man's Grave The Barista’s Guide to Espionage
    4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    Circle of the Moon Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort Black Moss
    5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
    Rosemary and Rue (Audiobook) Seraphina's Lament Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 1: Theology Proper
    4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars
    Dead is Beautiful The Murder Quadrille August
    4 Stars 3.5 Stars 2 1/2 Stars
    Broken Dreams Back Door to Hell Blameless (Audiobook)
    4 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars
    Back Door to Hell Not Everyone is Special The Great Brain (Audiobook)
    4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
    The Last Act            
    4 Stars            

    Still Reading:

    Rediscovering the Holy Spirit Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 1: Anthropology Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Audiobook)
    My Lovely Wife            

    Ratings

    5 Stars 4 2 1/2 Stars 1
    4 1/2 Stars 1 2 Stars
    4 Stars 7 1 1/2 Stars
    3.5 Stars 2 1 Star
    3 Stars 4
    Average = 3.9

    Reviews Posted:

    TBR Pile/Mound/Heap:

    Physical Books: 2 Added, 0 Read, 25 Remaining
    E-Books: 3 Added, 8 Read, 19 Remaining
    Audiobooks: 4 Added, 1 Read, 3 Remaining

    Book Challenge Progress:

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    1. Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin
    2. Blameless by Gail Carriger, Emily Gray
    3. The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald, Ron McLarty

    While I Was Reading 2019 Challenge

  • Didn’t have time to do anything here.
  • LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    #LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    1. The Barista’s Guide to Espionage by Dave Sinclair
    2. trong>
    3. Seraphina’s Lament by Sarah Chorn
    4. Dead is Beautiful by Jo Perry
    5. The Murder Quadrille by Fidelis Morgan
    6. August by Jim Lusby
    7. Broken Dreams by Nick Quantrill
    8. A Burdizzo For A Prince by Mark Rapacz
    9. Not Everyone is Special by Josh Denslow(link forthcoming)
    10. Back Door to Hell by Paul Gadsby
    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    1. The Barista’s Guide to Espionage by Dave Sinclair
    2. Black Moss by David Nolan
    3. Dead is Beautiful by Jo Perry
    4. The Murder Quadrille by Fidelis Morgan
    5. August by Jim Lusby
    6. Broken Dreams by Nick Quantrill
    7. A Burdizzo For A Prince by Mark Rapacz
    8. Back Door to Hell by Paul Gadsby
    9. Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin
    10. The Last Act by Brad Parks (link forthcoming)
    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    1. Didn’t get anything this month.
    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    1. Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper by Geerhardus Vos, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (Translator) (link forthcoming)

    How was your month?

    January 2019 Report

    A few things you need to know before I start this: 1. Within the last two weeks, my laptop has stopped giving me warnings when my battery goes below 10%; 2 I am an idiot.

    I started this early, I’ve never done that before. In fact, I had this about 40% done Wednesday night when my laptop battery died. Now, for various and sundry reasons, I use Notepad while I’m building these posts, and I had three different Notepad windows open, and was in a good groove working on this. Now, I hadn’t done a good job using the “Save Draft” button in WordPress and had not saved any of the Notepad windows (see #2 above). So when the battery just died on me, I know I yelled. I didn’t cuss/swear/curse/whatever you want to call it out loud, my kids were around and I try to be a good example. But I assure you, I thought a long blue streak. Between the discouragement from that, and my inability to arrange my thoughts about a novel afterwards, I ended up not posting anything Thursday. January in general has seen more days without a post than I like — this week was pretty typical.

    But February will be busier — guaranteed. Fahrenbruary will be good for that, if nothing else.

    Anyway, here’s what happened here in January. Good books, some decent posts (if I do say so myself). 2019 is off to a good start.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    Nature’s Case for God: A Brief Biblical Argument Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition The Power of the Dog
    3 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
    In an Absent Dream Flame in the Dark (Audiobook) Flight of the Fox
    5 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
    Awakenings Death Valley Superstars Here and Now and Then
    3.5 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps Slaughterhouse Blues The Reach of Shadows
    3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars
    Immoral Code The Lion's Tail Skin Game (Audiobook)
    4 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Spare Room In Their Own Words
    3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    Unstoppable Arsenal Main Bad Guy Confess Fletch
    3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars
    The Whistle Blower The Disasters Shattered Illusions
    3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars

    Still Reading:

    Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 1: Theology Proper            

    Ratings

    5 Stars 5 2 1/2 Stars 0
    4 1/2 Stars 2 2 Stars 0
    4 Stars 3 1 1/2 Stars 0
    3.5 Stars 3 1 Star 0
    3 Stars 8
    Average = 3.79

    Reviews Posted:

    TBR Heap:

    Physical Books: 4 Added/5 Read
    E-Books: 2 Added/0 Read
    Audiobooks: 3 Added/3 Read
    …only 1 net addition. Not bad.

    Book Challenge Progress:

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    1. Awakenings by Edward Lazellari
    2. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin(link forthcoming)
    3. The Disasters by M. K. England(link forthcoming)

    While I Was Reading 2019 Challenge

    ✔ An essay collection: Death Valley Superstars by Duke Haney
    ✔ A book by an author you’ve never read before: Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight

    LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    #LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    1. Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight
    2. A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps by Nick Kolakowski
    3. The Reach of Shadows by Tony J. Forder
    4. Slaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski (link forthcoming)
    5. Lions Tail by Luna Miller (link forthcoming)
    6. Main Bad Guy by Nick Kolakowski (link forthcoming)
    7. Death Valley Superstars by Duke Haney
    8. Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition by Russ Colchamiro
    9. Unstoppable Arsenal by Jeffery H. Haskell (link forthcoming)
    10. Shattered Illusions by J.C. Jackson (link forthcoming)
    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    1. Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight
    2. A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps by Nick Kolakowski
    3. The Reach of Shadows by Tony J. Forder
    4. Slaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski (link forthcoming)
    5. Lions Tail by Luna Miller (link forthcoming)
    6. Main Bad Guy by Nick Kolakowski (link forthcoming)
    7. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
    8. Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell
    9. Confess Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald, Dan Jon Miller (link forthcoming)
    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    1. Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition by Russ Colchamiro
    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    1. In Their Own Words by David Calhoun (link forthcoming)

    How was your month?