July ’18 Roundup & Ramblings



Raw Data:

12 Books

4008 Pages

3.5 Average Rating


The Bad:

The Return2 Stars


The Good:

Nicholas Nickleby5 Stars

Prador Moon 4 Stars

The Man with One Name4 Stars


Graphic Novels and Manga:

Nada, zilch, zero, none. I’ve got a Superman graphic novel on tap for August though and I’m hoping to get back into a manga series in September. I’m thinking either Kare Kano (His & Her Circumstances) or W Juliet. I own both and have read them both so I’m hoping which ever I read turns out better than that horrible experience with Oh My Goddess! If you have thoughts or opinions on either series, feel free to weigh in. I’m pretty undecided at the moment.


Miscellaneous And Personal:

Started the month off with a mid-year Roundup Report. I like all those numbers and not having to wait until the end of the year to roll around in them, like a pig wallowing in mud, was great. Also, since I’m not part of Goodreads or Booklikes, that have “goals” with banners and everything, this helped keep me on track for my unofficial goals.

Started the Thriving on a Good Book series but we’ll see how long it lasts. It is surprisingly hard to write a lot about the books I like, unlike how the words flow like a veritable river when I have had a bad experience.

VERSUS went right along with the Mano A Mano post I did. Testosterone was flowing like blood in a Tarantino film this month. Of course, neither of them was as ridiculous(ly fun to write) as the Saint Bookstooge Gives Answer post where I answered your questions. My goodness, the questions I got were so much fun that I just HAD to give vent to complete silliness.

Survival Saturday. The foods I’ve got are all boil in water stuff, so obviously they’re hot foods. I refuse to make hot stuff like that when it is 90degrees out. Considering that August is usually the hottest month of the year for us, I suspect next month I’ll let this pass as well. I just can’t muster up the courage to face this stuff when I’m dying from the heat.

In the background, I’ve been continuing to update all my semi-recent (2012 and up) reviews and am currently in late 2014. Also in the background, but much bigger for me, is that I’ve started scheduling things 2-3 weeks out now. After having a talk with Professor Dickieson on his blog and getting some good encouragement, I took the last week of June and the first week of July to really pile on the reading and just bank the reviews. That has allowed me to get about 3 weeks ahead in reviews. I’ve heard of people doing this ever since I’ve been blogging but it just never seemed to work for me. But now was the time and I do plan on trying to keep that up with at least my regular reviews and series posts. The really silly stuff is almost always spontaneous though, so I’m not totally going scheduled.

Church has been going well and Pastor Mike has started a series where he is going to synopsize each book of the Bible for a sermon for the whole Bible. He calculated that will take until the end of 2019. That is the kind of planning I LIKE! And considering he was able to have a sermon on Leviticus and Numbers where I came away feeling better, that says something pretty good too.


Cover Love

In keeping with the testosterone that I flung around, this months cover love winner was pretty easy. Conan: Red Nails nailed it. While the cover was cool, the full picture was just awesome. I’ve included that instead of a high res cover.


Mrs B says “He’s ugly”. I remain unaffected because Conan cut off that man’s head with a DAGGER!




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49 thoughts on “July ’18 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. Manuel Antao says:

    “I just can’t muster up the courage to face this stuff when I’m dying from the heat.”

    Predicted Friday temperature in Lisbon = 38 ºC/100 ºF. I’m going to Algarve to bask in the sun…

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  2. It’s too warm here to eat hot meals but I can make an exception if I just grab it at the chinese or indian takeaway!

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  3. Nicole says:

    I am one of those weird people who is perfectly okay with eating hot soup in the middle of summer. (Actually, soup is better than some dishes because heating the stove-top isn’t as bad as heating the oven.)

    Great progress this month! And congrats on joining the world of scheduled posts. It’s really made my life easier since I started scheduling my reviews and regular post topics.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I’ll give the scheduling thing a couple of months to shake out and see how it works for me. I’m very much a mood writer so we’ll see if I can keep going at it.

      It wouldn’t surprise me if it turns out like a lot of New Years’ resolutions 😀


      • Nicole says:

        I can see that, but I think your plan of scheduling the reviews and mood-writing the regular posts might work well for that. I can say from experience that it certainly makes unexpected blog vacations less of a problem when I already have something scheduled…

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  4. savageddt says:

    Youve had a busy month… good job tho👍🏻. Ive missed a lot of posts it seems. Also havent been able to blog too much.😔

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  5. HCNewton says:

    3 weeks ahead? I’m in awe. I have trouble getting 1 day ahead…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Well, I also don’t read as much as you, don’t participate in “tours” or do release day promos, etc, etc.

      I think taking those 2 weeks helped me get ahead. Now the real test will be if I can STAY ahead 🙂 I do know that for the first week, I ended up writing about 6 reviews and scheduling them all one sunday afternoon. I was pretty worded out after that…

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  6. H.P. says:

    The obvious solution is to dig your own root cellar in the backyard to hang out in.

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  7. Pretty cool that Nicholas Nickleby made up a quarter of your total page count!

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  8. Norrie says:

    I always find it super useful to schedule some posts in advance. So i hope it will work out for you in the long run – it’s nice to have a week when you can just focus on reading, or even not reading, whatever you feel like 🙂

    I can’t be bothered to cook when it’s hot outside. Since i moved to England, this is less of an issue, cuz it rarely happens, but as we had this 2 week heatwave thing, i ate a lot of leaves (a.k.a. salads) and ordered food online, or just got ready made stuff. Of course my stomach hates me right now 😀

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  9. nikihawkes says:

    lol I agree with Mrs B – that Conan is ugly.

    It’s nice that you have mid year stats to wallow in. 🙂 I take for granted sometimes the GRs ones.

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  10. That’s probably Conan’s happy face as he’s doing what he likes most – chopping off heads while a naked lady stands around in the background. You go, Conan!

    (It IS a great picture though!)

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  11. Glad church is going well! I still need to read Nicholas nicolby- glad you liked that too!

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  12. Ouuuh a Superman story. I look forward to seeing which one it is and what you’d think of it. And reviewing weeks ago? I envy you, sir. I wish I could do something similar just to have more time to blog hop and read. Good luck with the new strategy!

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