May 2018 Report

Despite starting off pretty rough, this ended up being a pretty good month — some fantastic works, a lot of good ones, but yeah, some let-downs, too. Things were fairly productive, too — all in all a good month, and the next month promises to continue that trend (phew!).

So, here’s what happened here in May —

Books/Novels/Novellas/Short Stories Read/Listened to:

Fault Lines Old Black Magic Baby Shower
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Roaring Twenties Benedict Arnold Theophany
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars
Reluctant Courage Not Talking Italics Gables Court
1 1/2 Stars 5 Stars 1 Star
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone The Gauntlet The Fairies of Sadieville
5 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars
How to Be a Perfect Christian Proven Guilty The Assassin of Oz
4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars
The TV Decective Trouble is a Friend of Mine Trade Deal
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Flame in the Dark Fleshmarket Alley Trouble Makes a Comeback
4 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Sixth Prime Spiraling  The War Outside My Window
2 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
How it Happened The Ship of the Dead Dreadnought
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars

Still Reading:

Volume 1: The Glory of Christ Jesus and His Enemies Rubicon
Any Other Name            

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Audiobook) by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale
  • Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Audiobook) by Stephanie Tromly, Kathleen McInerney
  • Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin
  • Trouble Makes a Comeback(Audiobook) by Stephanie Tromly, Kathleen McInerney (link to come)
  • How it Happened by Michael Koryta (link to come)
  • Ship of the Dead (Audiobook) by Rick Riordan, Michael Crouch
  • Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien
  • Reluctant Courage by Rica Newbery
  • Not Talking Italics by Russell Day
  • Gables Court by Alan S. Kessler
  • The TV Detective by Simon Hall
  • Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Audiobook) by Stephanie Tromly, Kathleen McInerney
  • How to Be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee
  • The Assassin of Oz by Nicky Peacock
  • Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien
  • The Roaring Twenties: A Time of Movies, Mass Production, and Moonshine by in60Learning
  • Benedict Arnold: From American Hero to British Traitor by in60Learning
  • Reluctant Courage by Rica Newbery
  • Not Talking Italics by Russell Day
  • Gables Court by Alan S. Kessler
  • The TV Detective by Simon Hall
  • I’ve really gotta get going on this one…

    How was your month?

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    Mayyyybe they should’ve picked another book

    I don’t know if you can read that too well — it’s a picture I snapped of a page from Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin and the defacing left by a fellow Nampa Public Library patron. This particular Rebus reader wrote “LOVE LOVE LOVE” over the word “hate.”

    Every time the word shows up.

    (well, every time so far — I’ve got another 50 pages to go, they might have missed one)

    Given that it’s a book about a cynical, negative detective investigating what looks like a racially motivated murder with a truckload of racist suspects (and maybe a less-than-PC investigator or two on the case), there’s a more than a couple of opportunities for this patron to pencil in this correction.

    I’m not sure that I completely understand the impulse to replace hate with love, love, love — but I sorta get the gist. However, in almost every case here, it’s actually undercutting the subject matter. (I think one of the references was to hating some kind of food or music)

    If you’re this hung-up on that word, maybe crime fiction isn’t for you, eh?

    April 2018 Report

    Numberwise, April was better than March, worse than February. Neither of which were that stellar — but on the whole, what I read was really strong, so that makes up for it. Still, I’m hoping now that things are slowing down at work, they can pick up here. I still have 2 books I was supposed to read for March, and 2 for April — thankfully, I’ve only committed to 2 for May. I just might catch up by the end of the month (then again, the new Ace Atkins drops tomorrow, so who cares about commitments).

    So, here’s what happened here in April.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    Christianity at the Crossroads Scourged The Italian Teacher
    4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars
    The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh Sir Blunder: A Bedtime Story for Big People Fire Touched
    3 Stars 2 Stars 4 Stars
    The Plea Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies Jimbo Yojimbo
    4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
    Hunter The Bone Keeper A Question of Blood
    3 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    Arrivals Silence Fallen My Man Jeeves
    3 Stars 4 Stars 2 Stars
    The Hike Dark Queen The Founding of Los Angeles: Before the Birth of Hollywood
    3 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars

    DNF:

     Batman: Nightwalker            

    Still Reading:

    Theophany  The War Outside My Window      

    Books Posted About:

    Book Challenge Progress:

    Angel's Guilty Pleasures The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
    A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin
    Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs, Lorelei King, George Newbern
    Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, Will Damron

    Sir Blunder: A Bedtime Story for Big People by Walter Kerr

    Sir Blunder: A Bedtime Story for Big People by Walter Kerr
    The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh by Carolyn Arnold

    ✔ Read an audio book with multiple narrators: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs, Lorelei King, George Newbern

    How was your month?

    Misc. Notes 4/19/18 (a.k.a. Real Life(™) is Interfering with Blogging)

    There are 3 books that I really wanted to talk about this week — and so far, I haven’t. I’ve got 1/3 (maybe less) of a post about Steve Cavanagh’s The Plea written, but I just don’t have time to finish it in time to post; I think sleep deprivation might be the best way to write about the insane (and insanely froody) Jimbo Yojimbo by David W. Barbee — but that’ll have to wait (alas); and lastly Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies by Barb Taub is going to be fun to talk about.

    I got Noirville, the short story collection in the mail today from Fahrenheit Press — it looks great. I’m sure the stories are as nifty as the book they’re printed in.

    I was reminded yesterday that I hadn’t started, much less posted about, a particular book this month. I’d totally forgotten I’d agreed to it. Which makes 3 more books I have to read this month (plus three from March I ran out of time for). If only I wasn’t in the middle of the busiest month of the year at work. I have to learn how to say no . . . but there’s so many good-looking books out there, it’s so hard to say anything but “yes.”

    Lastly, Luca Veste’s The Bone Keeper is chillingly cool. I’m hoping to get to post about it next week (and hoping to finish reading it …well, probably about the time this posts).

    March 2018 Report

    So, here’s what happened here in March. It wasn’t a great month — lots of stuff at work distracted me, some sickness, and whatnot threw me off. There were 7 books I didn’t get to that I’d either planned on or committed to read. Neither of which is something I enjoy doing. Hopefully April is all about catching up.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    Mr. Neutron Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance Burn Bright
    4 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
    Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus Nils Cuts His Nails – The Scissors Game Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32
    2 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
    My Little Eye Vernon the Vegetarian Lion Tricks for Free
    4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
    Volume 9: Sermons to the Church Everything is Normal Skyjack
    5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    An Ill-Fated Sky Secular Jewish Culture Wires and Nerve, Volume 2
    4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
    Good Guys            
    3.5 Stars            

    Still Reading:

    Christianity at the Crossroads            

    Reviews Posted:

    Book Challenge Progress:

    Angel's Guilty Pleasures Wires and Nerves, Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate (link forthcoming)
    Good Guys by Steve Brust (link forthcoming)

    Mr. Neutron by Joe Ponepinto
    Nils Cuts His Nails – The Scissors Game by Nurit Zvolon, Rotem Lots-Zaiden
    Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson, Ali Smith (link forthcoming — I thought I’d written it up by now)
    Everything is Normal: The Life and Times of a Soviet Kid by Sergey Grechishkin
    Secular Jewish Culture by Yaakov Malkin, ed.

    Mr. Neutron by Joe Ponepinto
    Greek Mythology by
    Nils Cuts His Nails – The Scissors Game by Nurit Zvolon, Rotem Lots-Zaiden
    Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, Lenny Wen
    Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson, Ali Smith (link forthcoming — I thought I’d written it up by now)
    Everything is Normal: The Life and Times of a Soviet Kid by Sergey Grechishkin
    Secular Jewish Culture by Yaakov Malkin, ed.

    Nothing here . . . whoops. I’ve gotta get moving on this one.

    How was your month?

    February 2018 Report

    My numbers should’ve been a little better — but between Iron Gold taking more time than I was prepared for, and ongoing sickness, I got a little behind with reading — and the writing took another hit this month, that I really can’t explain. Oh well. Onward and upward, and all that, right?

    Anyway, here’s what happened here in February:

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    Like a Champion Golden Gremlin A Blogger's Manifesto
    4 Stars 2 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars
    Uber Diva Smoke Eaters Fated (Audiobook)
    3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
    Sanctification Iron Gold The Fed-up Cow
    3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    Brighton Beach Memoirs (Audiobook) The Meifod Claw The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
    3.5 Stars 2 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    The Late Show (Audiobook) Timekeepers Blood Binds the Pack
    4 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    The Ark of Safety Illinois Native Americans: A 9,000 Year Civilization Resurrection Men
    3.5 Stars“> 3 Stars 5 Stars
    The Armored Saint            
    3 Stars            

    Still Reading:

    Volume 9: Sermons to the Church Secular Jewish Culture      

    Reviews Posted:

    Book Challenge Progress:

    Angel's Guilty Pleasures Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
    Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon, Max Casella, Peter Michael Goetz, Valerie Harper, Alexana Lambros, Anna Sophie Loewenberg, Jonathan Silverman, Joyce Van Patten
    The Late Show by Michael Connelly, Katherine Moennig
    Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin (link forthcoming)

    Like a Champion by Vincent Chu
    Golden Gremlin by Rod A. Walters
    A Blogger’s Manifesto: A Modern Day Guide to Blogging by Aman Mittal
    Uber Diva by Charles St. Anthony
    Smoke Eaters
    The Fed-up Cow by Peta Lemon, Maria Dasic Todori
    The Meifod Claw by JW Bowe
    Timekeepers by Simon Garfield
    Illinois Native Americans by in60Learning.com

    Like a Champion by Vincent Chu
    Golden Gremlin by Rod A. Walters
    A Blogger’s Manifesto: A Modern Day Guide to Blogging by Aman Mittal
    Uber Diva by Charles St. Anthony
    The Fed-up Cow by Peta Lemon, Maria Dasic Todori
    The Meifod Claw by JW Bowe
    Illinois Native Americans by in60Learning.com
    Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby
    Timekeepers by Simon Garfield

    Whoops. Nothing this month!

    How was your month?

    January 2018 Report

    My numbers aren’t as strong as I hoped to kick off this year, particularly the writing. I honestly don’t understand why it’s so low — on the plus side, I’ve slept more lately than usual (unscheduled sleep, mostly, but that’s beside the point). Still, plenty of entertaining reads, which is the important thing.

    Anyway, on to the more interesting stuff…Here’s what happened here in January.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    Operation: Endgame Simple Genius Heirs with Christ
    4 Stars 2 1/2 Stars 3 Stars
    Love Story, With Murders Laughing Eyes All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault
    4 Stars 2 Stars 4 Stars
    Beneath the Sugar Sky Paddle Your Own Canoe (Audiobook) Where Night Stops
    5 Stars 2 Stars 4 Stars
    Faith: Hollywood & Vine God without Passions: a Primer The Falls
    3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
    Orphan X The Unbelievable Story of How I Met Your Mother Faith: Hollywood & Vine
    3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
    Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord Silence The Dying Place
    3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
    The Bomb Maker            
    3.5 Stars            

    Still Reading:

    Volume 9: Sermons to the Church Sanctification Like a Champion

    The few books I’ve managed to post about:

    Book Challenge Progress:

    Angel's Guilty Pleasures Simple Genius by David Baldacci, Scott Brick
    All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
    Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
    The Falls by Ian Rankin
    Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
    The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry (link to come)

    Laughing Eyes by Haya Magner, Miri Leshem Peli
    Where Night Stops by Douglas Light
    The Unbelievable Story of How I Met Your Mother by Preston Randall
    Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis Malley
    All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
    Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
    God without Passions A Primer: A Practical and Pastoral Study of Divine Impassibility by Samuel Renihan
    Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
    Silence (Audiobook) by Thomas Perry, Michael Kramer

    Laughing Eyes by Haya Magner, Miri Leshem Peli
    Where Night Stops by Douglas Light
    The Unbelievable Story of How I Met Your Mother by Preston Randall
    Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis Malley
    Operation: Endgame by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

    ✔ Read a self published book: Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis Malley

    How was your month?