August 2018 Report

As you know (because I can’t seem to shut up about it), August was an eventful month for my family — yet I somehow found time for 23 books (only 2 audiobooks however). They weren’t all fantastic, but I really enjoyed them all, so there’s nothing to complain about on that front. I did read a couple that were simply great, too — which is always nice. I need to do a little better on the writing front, but I’m doing what I can there.

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

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Blue Kingfisher Dragon Road Anaconda Vice
3.5 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
The Life and Theology of Paul Scoundrels Among Us The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax
3 Stars (still deciding) 4 Stars
Dear Mr. Pop Star The Cleansweep Counterstrike She Rides Shotgun
5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Dead Blind Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit Kings of the Wyld
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
See You Soon, Afton Death and Taxes Jade City
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
The Drifter Constance Verity Saves the World Hostile Takeover
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
The Burglar Finding Felix Kitty and The Midnight Hour
3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Twisted Magics The Western Star (Audiobook)      
3 Stars 4 Stars      

Still Reading:

The Holy Spirit In the Year of Our Lord      

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures The Western Star (Audiobook) by Craig Johnson, George Guidall

Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield
Scoundrels Among Us by Darrin Doyle
Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley
Death and Taxes by Mark David Zaslove
Hostile Takeover by Cristelle Comby
Twisted Magics by J. C. Jackson
Finding Felix by Jo Platt
Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel
Dear Mr. Pop-Star by Derek Philpott, Dave Philpott
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Jade City by Fonda Lee
The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

The Blue Kingfisher by Erica Wright
Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield
Scoundrels Among Us by Darrin Doyle
The Cleansweep Counterstrike by Chuck Waldron
Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley
See You Soon, Afton by Brent Jones
Death and Taxes by Mark David Zaslove
Hostile Takeover by Cristelle Comby
Twisted Magics by J. C. Jackson
Dear Mr. Pop-Star by Derek Philpott, Dave Philpott
Finding Felix by Jo Platt

Another month with nothing for this one…but I have a plan.

How was your month?

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July 2018 Report: What I Read/Listened to/Wrote About

I’ve had a little time on my hands lately, so I’ve gotten a few more books read than usual — but fewer audiobooks. The downside to a reading burst is that it’s difficult to keep up with the posts about what you read. Oh well . . . worse problems to have.

So, here’s what happened here in July.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Doctor Who: Christmas Invasion Needle Song My Lady Jane
3.5 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
Planet Funny The Affectionate Theology of Richard Sibbes Besieged (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Marked An Obvious Fact (Audiobook) The Day That A Ran Away
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
The Death Pictures Heaven on Earth Small Favor (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Nightwolf Arsenal Colorblind
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Lessons From Lucy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet True Fiction
5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Ophelia Immune Ways to Die in Glasgow The Puppet Show
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time Between the Shade and the Shadow A Mint Condition Corpse
3.5 Stars 2 Stars 5 Stars
The Passenger Boise Longpig Hunting Club  Just One Damned Thing After Another
3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars
(maybe more..)
4 Stars
Picket Town Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine      
3 Stars I’m not sure yet      

Still Reading:

The Holy Spirit Dear Mr. Pop Star Scoundrels Among Us
The Life and Theology of Paul            

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures My Lady Jane (Audiobook) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, Katherine Kellgren
Planet Funny by Ken Jennings
Besieged (Audiobook) by Kevin Hearne, Luke Daniels
An Obvious Fact (Audiobook) by Craig Johnson, George Guidall

Planet Funny by Ken Jennings
Doctor Who: Christmas Invasion by Jenny T. Colgan
Arsenal by Jeffery H. Haskelll
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Ophelia Immune by Beth Mattson
Ways to Die in Glasgow by Jay Stringer (link to come)
The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven (link to come)
Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander
Boise Longpig Hunting Club by Nick Kolakowski (link to come)
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (link to come)
Picket Town by Chris von Halle (link to come)
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (link to come)
Nightwolf by Willie Davis

Arsenal by Jeffery H. Haskell
Ophelia Immune by Beth Mattson
Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander
Boise Longpig Hunting Club by Nick Kolakowski (link to come)
Picket Town by Chris von Halle (link to come)
Nightwolf by Willie Davis
Needle Song by Russell Day
A Mint Condition Corpse by Duncan MacMaster (link to come)

Another month with nothing for this one…not feeling good about it.

How was your month?

June 2018 Report

I read a decent chunk of things — and rated most of them pretty well. I don’t think I had anything under a 3 — which is the first in a few months (this year, maybe?). The only regret I have is that while the spirit was willing, the flesh was weak and tired, and the writing about what I read just didn’t get done. I’d also planned a few posts that weren’t just reflections on a particular reading experience that didn’t get finished enough to see the light of day. Maybe July will be more productive. Regardless, I’m calling June a winner.

So, here’s what happened here in June.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Incredible Ordinary Hero or The Brave Bystander: Burns Rubicon Rescued
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Any Other Name (Audiobook) Refugees Brief Cases
4 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
Cry Fox Jesus and His Enemies Kill the Farm Boy
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
White Night (Audiobook) Go Home, Afton Assassination
5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
This Thing of Darkness Superheroes Can’t Save You Dry Bones (Audiobook)
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
The Highwayman (Audiobook) The Last Cleric The Wrong Side Of Goodbye
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
The Eyre Affair (Audiobook) Shattered Blades Volume 1: The Glory of Christ
3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars
Marching to Zion The Naming of the Dead The Question of the Dead Mistress
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
All the Nations of the Sky Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Audiobook) Dead in the Water

Still Reading:

Planet Funny Besieged (Audiobook)      

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures Any Other Name (Audiobook) by Craig Johnson, George Guidall
Dry Bones (Audiobook) by Craig Johnson, George Guidall
The Highwayman (Audiobook) by Craig Johnson, George Guidall
The Eyre Affair (Audiobook) by Jasper Fforde, Susan Duerden
The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Audiobook) by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale

The Incredible Ordinary Hero or The Brave Bystander: Burn s by Aida Rascanu, Beatrice Magrini (Illustrator)
Jesus and His Enemies by Paul F. Yeulett
Superheroes Can’t Save You: Epic Examples of Historic Heresies by Todd Miles
Dead in the Water by Simon Bower

The Incredible Ordinary Hero or The Brave Bystander: Burns by Aida Rascanu, Beatrice Magrini (Illustrator)

Another month with nothing for this one…not feeling good about it.

How was your month?

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?

    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?

    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?