May ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

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Yep, lots of books this month. 18 to be precise. Now, 2 of those WERE 22 page comic books, so take that as you may. However, my monthly page count was 6764. Up almost 50% from last month. Page count is definitely going to be my new monthly benchmark. The biggest books were: Shadow’s Edge, Return of the Crimson Guard, Guns of the Dawn and Deadhouse Gates. They ranged from 645 to 868 pages. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Average Star Rating came in at 3.8, so almost everything this month was a fantastic read. The only “Nah” book was Lord of the Darkwood (The Tale of Shikanoko #3).

Personally, the month was pretty bad. My Friend Amy passing away near the beginning of the month was really hard, but I think that is why I read so much. I was escaping in the only way I knew how. Now that the wake has occurred, I can begin processing it and letting the healing begin.

I was able to figure out a way to work in manga on a regular basis without burning myself out; which is great because last month I had no idea how I was going to accomplish that.  I also passed a milestone in organizing my personal review library in Calibre. I’m now under the 1000 review mark. Only 900’ish more entries to polish up and then I just have to stay current. I’m already starting to use it when referencing when I read something in the past or what I thought of Book X.

The cover I’d like to share this month is an alternate for Dune Messiah. I put the cover that matches the asin in the review, but in my Calibre library I’ve got this beauty:

coverNow is that gorgeous or what?

And that wraps up May. Trust you all have a great June and I’ll be stopping by and making comments [appropriate or otherwise] on your posts. Bookstooge out.



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21 thoughts on “May ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. HCNewton says:

    You’re jumping the gun on May’s report. Haven’t even looked at mine. Now I’m feeling lazy….

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  2. Like you said, you have some hefty tomes listed up there (AKA those epic fantasy doorstoppers!) so I would say you did extremely well this month!

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  3. 18 books is like half of what I read in a year 😀 Pretty awesome! I like the Dune cover, it would look great on my shelf. I got the Kindle version though because book 1 I found at the book store just had a black boring cover.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I got that cover from Librarything. They have a lot of member uploaded covers, which is great.
      For some reason I want to say it was an Israeli or Norwegian cover, but the english on the cover gives me pause on being certain of that.

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  4. I have not wrapped up yet. I cannot begin to say how sorry I am to learn you lost a dear friend 😦

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  5. Definitely a strong reading month for ya’ and totally understand the escapism here. It is the best road to recovery, I say. Hope June has you reading even better books (or just as good). Happy reading, sir!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thanks. Things are starting off good. Just finished up the second book in Dave Duncan’s 7th Swordsman series and it is good stuff. Hope to have the review up tomorrow. And, I’m hoping to have another Favorite Things up this Saturday. I didn’t forget this time 😀

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  6. pcbushi says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend, sir. Keep reading. We all grief and process in our own ways.

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  7. I’m sorry about your friend again, I can really relate to reading a lot as escapism. I hope you have a better June!

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  8. Christy Luis says:

    Nice haul- and graphic! You did read a ton, didn’t you? lol I tend to retreat into book worlds when I’m stressed or bummed out, too…to the chagrin of my friends 😅 Here’s to a better month!

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  9. You are the Woman Women of book readers.

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