July ’17 Roundup & Ramblings



Ok, the facts and nothing but the facts to start off here. 19 Books [yeah baby!!!] and 8002 [!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] pages. Now, 1100 of those pages were Don Quixote and I’d been working on that for 8 months, but still. I was pretty stoked at those numbers.

Looking at the numbers [books, pages and ratings] this was a pretty fiiiine month. No DNF’s and several Epic reads.

I think that Children of Dune was my favorite read of the month. It had some stiff competition though from Monster Hunter Siege, The Shadow Roads, Sungrazer and Beyond the Shadows. Having that many good reads makes this a good month for me by any estimation.

Least favorites for the month were definitely Instinct and Destiny of the Sword.

Eyeshield 21 is still ripping along. I’ve only got 6 more volumes to go in this manga series and I have to say, volume 31 was just as good, just as funny and just as feelzy as the first volume. Thumbs up.

I completed Don Quixote. That felt like a milestone. The whole process of note taking was interesting and going so slowly really allowed me to “get” the story. However, it took effort and work and I’m going to be taking a break from doing that kind of read again for awhile.

My Malazan Series Re-read stalled big time with my read of Memories of Ice. It went from being my Favorite of the series to the point where I started dreading continuing my read. Existential Pain and Sorrow don’t titillate me any more, they just grind me down. So it is hard to want to keep reading. I’ve got about 25 series I cycle through on my kindle and I’ve pushed this off to every other cycle now. Hoping the extra time between allows me to recover.

And speaking of series on my kindle. Lashaan asked me sometime ago if I planned on reading “new” books from 2017 since I’m doing a lot of re-reads and stuff. I hadn’t thought of it too much, but I’ve created a High Priority series and whenever I see something that I really, really, really want to read (Monster Hunter Siege for example) I’ll add it to the High Priority series. And I cycle through that every 9 series or so instead of the usual 25. Whenever it gets to the bottom of the first page of my kindle, I just read the next one in there and start the cycle over.  I’ve currently got Joel Shepherd’s Kantovan Vault, Tal Klein’s The Punch Escrow (Thanks Mogsy for your review!), and one other that I can’t remember off the top of my head.

To wrap this Rambling up, it’s Cover Love time. It was a tie between Memories of Ice and All Darkness Met.

memoriesoficeA Tiger-man. With Swords. How is that NOT totally awesome?


coverI’m Batman! (said in deep gravelly voice)





28 thoughts on “July ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. bookcupidity says:

    Good Month! I like the spikey flag thingy on the second cover personally. I didn’t really see how it could wielded as a weapon easily, but then I got that his killing blow MUST be a ramming head-butt.

    How’s the journaling going?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, he used to work for the WWE 🙂

      Journaling is going ok. It’s started to become routine, so I’m hoping I don’t slack off. It is definitely helping my numbers.

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      • bookcupidity says:

        Telling you that it works kicked my butt in gear. I have never gotten into a routine though, so here’s hoping that works out for you! I’m just gonna set myself a 30 day goal and get there…

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I’m hoping the actual journaling works. I’ve tried an app on my phone and I just didn’t care. I’m hoping that writing in a nice leather bound book will keep my interest 🙂


  2. Manuel Antao says:

    Wonderful numbers indeed.

    “Existential Pain and Sorrow don’t titillate me any more, they just grind me down.” You know what? I’m getting there as well. Being Kierkegaardean is something to be avoided when one get more cynical…It’s be a sort of double burden… Things book-wise that had me going, now not so much. Age? Being more cynical? Not sure.

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    • Bookstooge says:


      I’ve moved beyond the titillation because of some of what Mrs B has gone through with her crohn’s disease. Watching your wife sit on the couch and bleed out kind of brings home real despair and hopelessness. That was a real low point for us.

      But thankfully things are better. But I don’t forget that time.


      • Manuel Antao says:

        I’m not “liking” your reply. That’s one hell of a situation. And I quite understand what you mean. We don’t take shit from fiction, when in real life we have to deal with stuff like that. When something really nasty happens to my family I just stop reading altogether…I can’t make myself do it… That’s just the way I’m wired.

        I’m glad everything is turning out ok.

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Thanks. Everything is back to normal and the medication she takes now, you’d never know she was ever sick.
          But besides some family stuff, that was probably the worst thing I’ve experienced. Family truly does makes us hostages to fate…

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  3. 19 books ? :O I was on holidays and I only managed to read 4 books haha, oh well, hopefully next month will be better!

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  4. Wow that’s a phenomenal number of pages!! This sounds like an absolutely brilliant reading month!!

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  5. Matt Ries says:

    Congratulations on the great month. While Edgar Allan Poe hasn’t taken 8 months, it feels like it, so I can claim that book as my millstone this year.

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  6. 19 books, go you! And I hope you enjoy the Punch Escrow – I haven’t seen anything like its genre/style reviewed on your blog before, so I have no idea how you’ll do with it, but crossing my fingers!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thank you.

      And don’t worry, if Punch Escrow turns out to be the worst book of the year for me, I shall place all the blame squarely on you! 🙂

      Actually, considering that it’ll be close to 4 months before I get to it, I’ll probably have forgotten who even rec’d it to me…


  7. Wow. What a month it was for you indeed. I wonder if you’ll ever beat this record though. 😀 I can see how the whole existentialism reading experience could grind you down, but I guess taking a break would only be the most natural thing to do considering every book usually comes out after a one year interval or so, reproducing that would probably enhance the experience.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      This month [August] has already slowed WAY down. I figure it will be some time before I get another month with numbers like that.

      As for Malaz, I’m hoping I can actually finish the series. I was pretty sure I would be able to when I started, especially when Gardens of the Moon was so fantastic, but now I’m beginning to doubt. It remains to be seen if I quit or power through them in like a month 😀

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