January ’20 Roundup & Ramblings


Raw Data:

Books – 9

Pages – 4403

Words – 1158.9K

Average Rating – 3.33


The Bad:

The Dusk Watchmen – 2.5 Stars

Flight of the Fox – 2.5 Stars


The Good:

Knight of Stars – 4 Stars

Eye of the World – 4 Stars



Alien vs Predator was 10,000% worse than my memory of it. My very sensibilities felt violated by all the brainless stupidity. Thankfully, I’m going to be watching Pixar’s UP for February so I know I’m getting a good one.


Miscellaneous And Personal:

I’ve realized that 2 books a week is my new baseline. So if I get more than that I’ll take it and be happy about it, but I’m not expecting that. Expectations are the key to staying happy.

Did my Yearly Review right at the beginning of the month and felt pretty good about how ’19 had gone. We’ll see how ’20 goes in comparison.

I also joined up with Devilreads (for about the umpteenth time). Just for the pretty year-end stats though. I’ve only been rating books and putting them on shelves, no reviews. Feel free to friend/follow/whatever but I really have zero plans to interact, too many bad memories for that.

Survival Saturday was Stroganoff. It was a complete tie, as I disliked it and Mrs B liked it enough to save it for work.

Part way through the month our router died and we had issues getting another one to work. With only 1 hardwired connection available for a time, our internet time dropped considerably. I was not a fan of that. It did allow me to write up a bunch of posts for February though so that month is looking like a cake walk already. Thankfully, by donning my super secret hero identity of Dr. Lord Bookstooge, with the help of the Greater Power of IT, I was able to get back online before the end of the month. One week and it was harrowing enough.

I also found out that Christopher Tolkien had passed away. Makes me wonder what is on the horizon now that the strict gate keeper is gone.  I have to admit I have a bad feeling. I’m guessing cash cows and greedy 4th generation Tolkiens. I’d love to be wrong though.


Book Give-Away:

Started up my giveaways again. Put a bunch of small stuff together for the Hodgepodge Edition.  This give-away is running until February 8th, so feel free to enter until then.


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27 thoughts on “January ’20 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. Ola G says:

    Not a bad month, even with the router’s unexpected demise… At least you’re set up for Feb! 😁

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yep, the router’s demise probably helped me in terms of book numbers, which is good. I really like to be 2-3 weeks ahead in terms of scheduling book reviews. And sometimes with big books that gets cut down to 1 week 🙂

      So bring on February, I’m ready! 😀 😀 😀

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      • Ola G says:

        Lucky you, if I have a review ready a week in advance I’m very proud of my preparations 😅 Usually it’s being written on the day of posting 😉

        This month especially, with all the trips and holidays, was quite difficult blogwise. I remain hopeful for February, though!

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I used to write my blog posts that way too. Couldn’t imagine writing in advance. then I started following someone who blogged about their experience of getting a whole month ahead. I was blown away and had some conversations with him about it. I think I skipped a week of blogging and pushed everything off a week. I still wrote stuff but didn’t publish it that day, but for the week ahead. That just got me used to scheduling things ahead. Then began the process of trying to get that schedule further out. For the most part it has worked well. Any time something happens, I have the option of just not blogging and having posts still pop out like little tribbles 😀

          It is a good thing for me, as long as I don’t obsess about it, hahahahahaha!

          Hope your February goes great.

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  2. Welcome back! 9 books is impressive. I think I’ve read 3 and 1 comic.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thank you! I feel like I’ve been reading more “good” books even if the numbers don’t necessarily bear that out 😀

      The numbers game is definitely all about time and priorities. And reading isn’t as high a priority as it has been in years past. I think I’m finally learning to really treat it like a hobby and not some unpaid job, you know?

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  3. H.P. says:

    I finished exactly . . . one book in January, although I might manage to finish another one today.

    Goodreads and I are fighting. It kept automatically updating books as read whenever I would exit out of them on my Kindle (I emphatically have NOT finished Bleak House). Which is a real pain to fix manually. (The bug, on the other hand, was easy: just disconnect my Kindle from my Goodreads account, although I assume this will prevent me from accessing my Kindle highlights through Goodreads.)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      We also don’t have any kids, so I’m sure that should be factored in there some where 😉

      As devilreads, etc, I try to not link anything anymore. I do have google and wordpress linked, but that is it. I want to leave as small a footprint as possible while still being online. I’m not reading for hermitage (at least, not yet!).

      I still haven’t gotten into the swing of using my kindle to take notes. Every once in a while I’ll highlight something, but since my kindle stays in airplane mode and I sideload everything, I’d still have to type it all out on the computer. Not conducive to easy peasy’ness.

      I am looking forward to any WoT posts you put up. It is really nice to see what others think of the same book/s as you when you’re reading them 🙂

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  4. Sounds like a good month! I wasn’t online much at the beginning of the month, so I missed your return to GR. I’ve found that I use it for stats and for making notes to myself about a book (I’ll update my progress when I have a quote I particularly like, for example) but I don’t get into the social aspect much. Best of luck getting only what you need out of it!

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  5. Cleo Ross says:

    When I saw only 9 books, at first I thought you were sick. 😦 But thankfully not, your reading time is just being absorbed by life. Not fun!

    I still have to take my computer in to be fixed. I so despise this PC back-up. MACs all the way!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yep, ever since October’ish, my reading numbers have dramatically dropped. It was a shock at first but now I’m getting used to. This is my new “normal” 🙂

      I never got into macs and considering that most pc laptops are much cheaper (and I don’t do a lot besides writing) I’ve never been tempted. Probably saved me a bunch of money over the years 🙂

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      • Cleo Ross says:

        I don’t know about saving money. My MacBook is 2011 and still going strong. I would have gone through at least 3 PCs in this amount of time. Not to mention having to buy anti-virus software all the time, which I never have to think about.

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  6. Ooh, I love UP! I didn’t when I first watched it, I admit. The beginning really made me sad. Still, it’s a movie that eventually grows on you. Now my kids and I watch it all the time.

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  7. It’s funny how frustrating it is when we lose the internet for a week! I rely so much on Amazon for buying stuff to save me the hassle of shopping in crowded spaces!

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  8. HCNewton says:

    4K pages is good, no matter how many books that’s spread over. I should start tracking words, read. It’s an intriguing stat.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      My unofficial goal is 50K pages a year, so that about puts me on target.

      We’ll have to see how the word thing works out. A lot of the books that I read are old enough that there isn’t an accurate wordcount available and I’m left guestimating by doing the math of X words per Page type thing. I guess I could open up the epub file in an editor and see what happens. Hmmm, you know, that might not be such a bad idea. I’ll have to think that over. Thanks!

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  9. Maaaan, two books a week. The thought of it makes me so happy. I can barely squeeze a book per week, without considering comics/graphic novels/manga in there. Hope this rhythm will keep you happy though. Also glad to hear you’re back on Goodreads. Hope it won’t get any worse than it already was with you in the past!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yep, I’m staying in the 100+ Book Club. For me, that is my commitment. When I fall below that I’ll know Life has gotten really serious.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Oops, dang enter button.
      Goodreads should be just fine as long as I don’t post my reviews but just rate and shelve.
      And if I stay away from any Groups I think I’ll be fine. Groups are my downfall, anywhere, not just GR. Probably why WordPress works so well for me…

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  10. I didn’t even think about what impact the death of Christopher Tolkien will have on the future of LOTR properties- kind of worried now I think about it. hehehe I’m on “devilreads” in the same way- I never interact with anyone, but it’s good for the stats (though I’m thinking of coming off it, cos I’ve set up my own spreadsheet which is turning out to be a bit better for the stats I want)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I tried to use open office one year to create the graphs I wanted but man, it took me so long because I wasn’t used to it. Then I tried a website that ChucklesBookCave showcased and that was better, but it was limited and still took a lot of manual entry. I just want the lazy route 😀

      I think whatever Amazon ends up doing with their time with Middle Earth will be a good barometer for where the franchise is going to go. Personally, I foresee disaster :-/


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