September ’19 Roundup & Ramblings


Using a new template and resolution setting at for my monthly photos. Hoping that gets rid of the cutting off of sides or tops that has been happening for quite some time now. We’ll see though.


Raw Data:

6 Books

2514 Pages

Average Rating of 3.67


The Bad:

The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard – 2 Stars worth of unmitigated dystopian sameness


The Good:

Odd Magic – 5 Stars of Greatness!



Watched the 1978 version of Superman starring Christopher Reeve. Now he showed what Superman should look like. In October I plan on watching Superman II, both the theatrical cut and the director’s cut, based upon Irresponsible Reader’s recommendation.


Miscellaneous And Personal:

So as you can tell, if you’ve been following me for at least a couple of months, is that my book and page numbers were way down. Part of that was deliberate, as I began watching a youtube channel called Game Knights that centers around my other hobby, Magic the Gathering (a collectible card game).  I also began my transition over to the new Land Surveyor company and as they work 9hr days, I didn’t have as much time. I was also starting my Algebra Lessons and thankfully, while it is all the easy stuff that I can almost do in my head, I still have to pay attention to details. So there’s another 1/2-3/4 of an hr gone each day. Mrs B and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this month and have started a reading program to go through the Bible in one year. We chose the New Living translation to help shake things up and so far it has been going really well. Read that day’s selection and then talk about it in the evening.

So I’ve been busy with non-book stuff and while Game Knights won’t last beyond another month (they only produce 1 episode a month and I’ve only got 2 more episodes to catch up), the rest of the stuff I described will be my new normal.  Also turns out that the transitioning time over to Company New is going to be a lot shorter than originally expected. I start there full time October 14th.  That kind of came out of no-where so needless to say,  I’m a little shocked and overwhelmed. No seamless sliding from on company to the other I guess.

I did a Poll for Labor Day and while I won’t be doing that too often, it was fun to do something a little different. Just wish I could figure out how to get the poll INSIDE the post instead of having everyone having to go to the poll website.

Ola and Pio created the 7 Heavenly Virtues Tag and I completed that. A nice rounding out to the 7 Deadly Sins tag that made the rounds the other month.

I remembered 9/11. I think that speaks for itself.

I started the Lord of the Rings and finished up the Fellowship of the Ring. I had some fun making a parody of that with the Lord of the Toothepaste.

Did my (hopefully) monthly rendition of the #6degrees post and went from a gentleman to Saddam Hussein. Ha! I just love where these posts take me 🙂

Opened a Give-Away for the Mars/Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I want to thin my bookshelves so this might be a semi-regular thing.   It is open until October 19th. I’ll be doing another one October 20th, so if old Pulp SF isn’t your thing, stay tuned.


Cover Love:

A Patricia McKillip book with a Kinuko Craft cover? This month’s cover love winner is simply a no brainer.




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41 thoughts on “September ’19 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. salonimore1702 says:

    That cover really is beautiful. I hope you manage to slot in some more time for reading with your new job. It’s super difficult nowadays for me too to find time to sit and just read.

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  2. Mischenko says:

    I’d say you had a great month! Congrats on the anniversary! I had a friend in high school that was so into Magic the Gathering. I remember when she started using the computer for it when the internet first started. 😂 It was like a dream to her. I wish I would’ve gotten involved and learned it because it always interested me.

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  3. YouKneeK says:

    Happy anniversary to you and Mrs. B! I hope things go great being full time at Company New even though it’s happening sooner than expected.

    If it makes you feel any better, your reduced reading quantity is still higher than mine was this month. 😉 My reading time has dropped off a bit also though, so I might have had a chance if your schedule had changed earlier in the year.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thank you 🙂

      Sadly, it doesn’t make me feel better, hahahaa. I’ve learned to not compare myself to others in regards to reading over the years but to use myself as my own benchmark. So I’ll be using these next 3 months to reset my internal number counter 🙂

      Is your next month going to settle down or are you still busy as a bee?

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      • YouKneeK says:

        Self-benchmarks are definitely an easier way to stay sane, especially when you’re willing to reset them if circumstances change. I think it’s good to have some balance and spend time on other activities too, anyway. Self-improvement type activities like your Algebra always seem to me like a pretty worthwhile reason for reading less.

        I think my schedule for the rest of the year will hopefully be a bit calmer work-wise, although I’ve had other distractions that have reduced my reading time. Nothing particularly drastic or exciting, but I’ll probably comment on it a bit when I do my quarter-end post. Tomorrow, most likely.

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I am finding that algebra is easily derailed for me. If I come home late, or if I come home early, or if something comes up unexpectedly for the evening, bam, algebra goes straight out the window. I really need some more internal discipline!

          Looking forward to your post.

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          • YouKneeK says:

            Yeah, I consider myself a pretty self-motivated person, but I’ve still had similar issues. It’s difficult when there are only so many hours in the day and so many ways to spend those hours, especially (at least for me) if the only time I can do the thing is after a work day when I’ve already used up the best of my energy there and I really, really just want to do something fun.

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  4. savageddt says:

    Wow, a pretty big month for you man. Firstly, congrats on the Aniversary, secondly, on the job, your probation is over now? Hope it’ll all work out for you. I have an Afrikaans Bible my parents gave me for my 12th birthday. I have been feeling like going through it again for some reason. Will see. Hope your october will be good man. I will be around for the ocasional late comment here and there.

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  5. That’s a really pretty cover. 🙂 Happy Anniversary! It sounds like you have a lot of good life stuff going on, so being absent here makes perfect sense.

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  6. Manuel Antao says:

    6 books only?? The effects of learning all that Algebra…?

    Why made you embark on that particular road?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      6 books because life has gotten much busier. Algebra so I can begin the process of advancing in my career if I so choose 🙂

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      • Manuel Antao says:

        Algebra (both the linear and non-linear versions) is the gateway class to STEM fields – not just mathematics. Functions are at the heart of astronomy, chemistry, biology and (especially) physics and computer science (my fields). Maths isn’t just related to the real world, it describes the real world. There is only one world and it is – at heart – governed by laws that are founded in mathematics.

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        • Bookstooge says:

          See, that is where I have to diverge from you in opinion. If the math isn’t related to the real world I consider it, hmmm, how to put it non-flamingly, well, useless. Knowledge for Knowledge’s sake is what led Adam and Eve to the fall. So I’m always very leery of theoretical knowledge. Especially when those doing the studying start using their research to state “fact”, which changes every decade 😀

          Also surveying 😉


  7. Please don’t tell me that you’re joining me in your busyness! And I admired you for having such a balanced life!

    9 hours per day seems a long time to work. Well, many people work more than that, at least where I live, but to stay sane and balanced, it seems long.

    Happy anniversary to you and Mrs. Bookstooge!

    Wow, I completely missed that algebra post. I actually am getting rid of Saxon book I. I’ve had a slight desire to go through an algebra text again, but French, Greek, history, art, etc. tend to come before it. I have The Life of Fred and Dolciani’s Modern Algebra just waiting for me!

    In any case, all the best with your new job but especially your reading! And don’t get too busy …..!!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Sadly, I will be joining the rat race. Once I start the new job full time I can begin to establish a new “normal” for me and I’ll definitely be trying to minimize busy’ness where I can. Honestly, 9hrs sounds good after the last couple of years of getting 7’ish a day. It doesn’t sound like much, but over the year those missed hours really add up and the bank account gets rather lean.

      Thanks! 11 years and we’re looking forward to another 11.

      WordPress has been wonky this month and I think several posts “slipped through the cracks” for multiple people. I’m only doing the algebra to (hopefully) jump start me working in the office and not being in the field full time. And with all those things you mention, no wonder it comes last 😀

      Going to do my best to keep things non-busy…

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      • You’re joining the rat race ….. that makes me sad. If I had a billion dollars I’d buy you a house but sadly I’m not (or perhaps that’s a good thing!) and I’ve just had to fork out $12,000 that I don’t really have on a new roof. Such are the challenges of life! Best of luck (which we know is not really “luck” 😇) with your new endeavours! I’ll be waiting for updates!

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Thanks. A house would be the death of me though. All that “house’ness” to take care of. I’ll stick with our little condo. That I can manage 😀

          I’m sure I’ll be wailing and moaning in posts throughout the rest of the year, so if it happens, you all will learn about it 🙂
          (whatever “it” may be)

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  8. Glad you’re taking some time to enjoy your hobbies, watching youtube and checking out MTG and such. I know you started your new job and hope that’s going well!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thank you.

      It is nice to do other things for a bit. I am finding that reading for hours on end is a lot harder than it used to be and I’m not sure if that is because I’m changing or if I’m being changed by my online time. Or my body is getting older and I literally can’t sit in one position that long any more! 😀 😀 😀


  9. piotrek says:

    Poor you, only 2.5K pages 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I know, right? I guess this is how the plebes live, day in and day out. I feel like I’m really slumming it, living like the common man! 😉

      I’m wondering if I should write a book chronicling my descent. Something pretentious sounding with a long title and then a super-long subtitle. Something like:
      Bookstooge’s Journey Through Literature: My Journey and Descent into the Idiocy of Our Day and Age and How You Can Avoid the Pitfalls that Imperil Your Very Soul.

      Phew, THAT is a long subtitle 😀

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  10. Congratulations to you and Mrs B! And good luck with the job change-I’ll sure you’ll do just great!

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  11. I’d say that six books in a month is a respectable record!
    Quality over quantity? 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Well, not with Ballard’s collection of short stories dragging me down like an anchor! 😉

      I do suspect that my normal is going to be in the single digits each month and I just need to accept that.

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  12. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! Are you two the kind to invest in a super expensive date? Or do you both have that secret spot where you first met that you always go to? 😮
    I definitely see the drop in books read but I’m glad to hear about all these projects you got and that you don’t sound so down about any of this as you’re starting to understand that this is indeed your new normal.
    Hope October will be promising and joyful for you and the Mrs.

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  13. Happy Anniversary! 😀

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  14. Happy anniversary to you and your wife!

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