July ’19 Roundup & Ramblings



Raw Data:

17 Books

4703 Pages

Average Rating of 3.29


The Bad:

The last couple of volumes of Shaman King


The Good:

Death Wish – 5 Stars & Best Book of the Year tag

O Jerusalem! – 4.5 Stars and a wonderful way to kick off my foray into Non-fiction

Dark Intelligence – 4.5 Stars and Neal Asher just doesn’t disappoint.



Oh, what do I say about this? I knew I had to binge read Shaman King to get through it but realizing the series had been cancelled and the manga-ka having to wrap things up in 1 volume made for an extremely messy end. It also made for a bleeding month of boringness for those of you who regularly follow me. My numbers did take a big hit because of how I crammed 12 volumes in but I knew that going in. I would like to thank you all who read, liked and/or commented on them all. I know for a fact that it wasn’t easy from your end either and I appreciate the tip of the hat of support.

Now that Shaman King is done, I think I’m done with manga for the foreseeable future. I might read the occasional volume here or there, but nothing like what I attempted with Oh My Goddess or Shaman King.  I’ve changed enough that 90% of manga is no longer targeted towards me and I just need to realize that.



Didn’t do a specific movie only post but did review both of the Death Wish movies in comparison to each other and the book. A Triple Shot of Death Wishes. You didn’t ask for it, but I gave it to you anyway!


Miscellaneous And Personal:

Did a really fun Ratings as Sandwiches post that I had a blast writing. Because of it, I’ve been eating toasted tomato sandwiches every week now, so good!  Wrote my own version of the End of the World As We Know It and realized I’m just not any sort of musician, not even a bad one.  Started the month off right with a Quote from Death Wish and that seemed to set the tone for my reading. If I was a Roman Catholic, I might have taken the Seven Deadly (Book) Sins post more seriously, but alas, as a Protestant, I didn’t.

August is going to be filled with Mrs B traveling to see her Parental Pods and one of my Parental Pods making a swing through the area. Thankfully, I’m staying put so no one has to worry that the planet will go out of orbit due to all this excessive “traveling” business that is going on.

♪Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,♪
♪When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?♪
♪When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,♪
♪Will your anchor drift or firm remain?♪

That’s me,  Bookstooge, your friendly, neighborhood planet anchor. Remember kids, Gravity is a conspiracy by The Man to keep you down!


WBCI: (World Book Czar Initiative)

Quickbeam went off the deep end and made me reaffirm my lofty goal of paving the planet. Next month will be with HAL 1000 and I suspect that will be the final WBCI post. Much like the Surviving a Bad Book series, the WBCI is running out of steam.


Cover Love:

Dark Intelligence wins this one. Asher writes great SF and some of his covers are pure SF’ness itself. I love it!




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29 thoughts on “July ’19 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. Manuel Antao says:

    Bookstooge putting us all to shame as usual…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love that book cover. It’s going to make me go check out the description now….

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mischenko says:

    I do love the cover for Dark Intelligence. Thanks for the recap because I missed some posts! 👍🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Congrat’s on the great reading month! My husband loves tomato sandwiches, however no one else in the household likes tomato’s so he doesn’t get them very often 😉 Have fun on your travels!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thankfully, we just buy little 2 packs of them, so I’m good for a week. Modern grocery stores are absolutely amazing 😀

      And thanks. It’s actually Mrs B who will be traveling, but she’s welcome to it…

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  5. ALL THE MANGA! Wow, looking at your wrap-up image really brings home how many you read this month. I’m glad you had other books in there too!

    I’ve been reading and enjoying the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, but I’m spacing it out quite a bit more than you had been. 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I was spacing out Shaman King, but once I realized my interest was waning, it was do or die time.

      Yeah, the overall pix had me going “Whoa, I did read a LOT of manga this month, it wasn’t just my imagination” 😀


  6. HCNewton says:

    Awesome cover – how did I miss it before? Looks like a good month

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      Well, it seems that there is some issues going on with WP and the feed. Several other people have mentioned posts not showing up. So I’m going to have to check all my settings to make sure I didn’t do anything…


  7. Ola G says:

    For some reason I stopped getting notifications of your posts through WP, I only get the emails – did you just delete me??? 😛

    Asher is great, and the covers are pretty cool, and I am eagerly awaiting another dose of Polity, after the four books I’ve already read 😉

    Glad you’re past the Shaman King series, pity it turned out to be such a bummer!

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    • piotrek says:

      There was apparently a purge 😀

      Liked by 2 people

      • Bookstooge says:

        I regularly purge dead wood, hence my numbers still being at around 300 instead of 1K. But I’ve never deleted active people or people who follow me.

        I’m wondering if I did something in some other setting OR if wordpress feed is just acting up. I know that has happened to other people before 😦

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    • Bookstooge says:

      No, I didn’t delete you. “Something” seems to be going on where I’m not showing up in peoples’ feeds for some reason.

      Now, that being said, I did do a bunch of older posts from ’16 (like the calibre one) and those wouldn’t show up in the feed. But everything posted here in the Roundup Post SHOULD have been in the feed.

      I’m going to be checking all my settings this weekend to make sure I didn’t do something…

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  8. I always hate it when a series gets canceled and an ending has to be rushed or put together on the fly, it never ends up well because it’s no longer the artist’s original vision 😦

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  9. Norrie says:

    That book cover is awesome! I’m kind of in a sci-fi mood, reading the Expanse right now, so i added your book on the list too for good measure 😀

    Hope you have a great August!

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  10. piotrek says:

    We need a page that would list manga that does not get shitty near the end 🙂 It’s often either a quick wrap-up or some craziness that has less and less to do with why I started reading a series…

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  11. An unfortunate end for Shaman King and your romance with manga. So… now that she’s off traveling the world, does that mean the great anchor will be tossing a party for his blogger buddies? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      Hahahahaa. Me, throw a party? Man, I’m going to revel in 2 weeks of solitude. Yes, I’ll miss her, but solitude!

      Of course, without an outlet to vent to (she puts up with a LOT of my bizarre talking ideas), some of that might spill out online…

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  12. savageddt says:

    Ended up missing even this post// there is something wrong with my feed. I am glad you got through the shaman stuff so you can now focus on better books. Hope august will be great for you. Nice poem b the way. Here I thought you weren’t a poem fundi…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Several other people have mentioned not seeing particular posts this past month, so I don’t know if it is just you, or if WordPress is trying to silence the Unstoppable Force known as Bookstooge 😉

      I’m hoping August is more enjoyable overall too. As for poems, I only do them when I’m either super duper depressed OR I want to mock something so bad that I can’t think of any other form that is worse 🙂

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