September ’20 Roundup & Ramblings

Raw Data:

Books – 17

Pages – 5087

Words – 1708K

Average Rating – 3.82!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Bad:

Awakenings – 1 Star DNF

Breakout – 2.5 Stars of Utter Mediocrity

The Good:

Howl’s Moving Castle – 5 Stars of Awesomesauce

Little Dorrit – 5 Stars of Dickens’ Awesomesauce


Voices of a Distant Star was a great anime, for a teenager and angsty 20something. Not for me anymore :-/

Miscellaneous Posts:


Wow! What a great month of reading! I had FIVE 5star reads and FIVE 4star reads. I think this is my highest average monthly rating, ever? I would kill for more months of reading like this.

It was also a high point for all my blog stats. Best views ever since I started in ’13. I guess posting every day pays dividends.

Of course, the stress of using the new editor while blogger was also introducing a new editor got to me and just created some constant, low level stress for the whole month. Playing around with various photo storage/hosting options didn’t help either. I did decide to go back to using wordpress to host my pix until I get close to that 3bg limit. I have options with Dropbox, so I feel ok.

Also had stress due to seeing a couple of people leave either wordpress or blogger due to editor issues. Throw in some sleep and caffeine issues and spam comments and low level stress was the name of the game for the whole month. It really began to affect me mid-month and honestly, I’m not convinced I’m out of the bushes yet. And that infernal Akismet telling me my comments going into the spam folder is my fault, not theirs, didn’t help my blood pressure any either. Thankfully, it was resolved, but still, stress.

So, hobby stress. It’s a thing, as odd as it sounds. Other than that though, the month was good.

Plans for Next Month:

Manga Monday’s are coming back, so be warned. I’m also warning myself, as the numbers show.

Going to do my usual Movie and a #6degree post, which leaves me with 2 Sundays open. At the moment, I have no idea what I’ll fill them with.

I won’t be reading as much so I don’t think I’ll be posting as much. This month was just chockful and I can’t keep that kind of posting pace up. Of course, I’ve said that in years/months past and then wrote so much that I was appalled at myself. So while plans are nice, they’re more like “guidelines” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Going to do my best to kick the stress to the curb though and not let it affect me in October. New month, new Bookstooge, new Ideas and whole new levels of silliness. I’ve already had 2 ideas while typing this post up. That’s usually a bad sign ๐Ÿ˜€

59 thoughts on “September ’20 Roundup & Ramblings

                    1. And if I ever get into a reading slump, that will probably be my second or third choice to jumpstart my interest again.

                      But right now? I’m roaring along, riding the successes of September ๐Ÿ˜€

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                    2. technical difficulties. I suspect I won’t be online for much of hte day now.

                      Anyway, I was looking and Clifford books can run up to 20 pages and some of those words are 2, sometimes 3, syllables. If I get bogged down, I’ll definitely be taking you up on that offer of help.

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  1. Woohoo, great month! Some perfect reads, too! Keep the good work up, Bookstooge, or die trying! ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Seriously though, I hope you’ll succeed in kicking that stress to the curb. It’s never good when even a hobby becomes stressful.

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    1. I knew this was a great reading month, but when I ran the numbers and saw that average, I must admit that I did a couple of fist pumps in the air. There may or may not have been a little dance too ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think if I can kick caffeine, a lot of other issues will sort themselves out. I am finding that it really plays havoc with my emotions (ie, makes me feel damned good in the morning when I have an energy drink but then I feel like crap after coming down in 6hrs). I am finding out the reason why SDA’s eschew stimulants.

      Sadly, the fantastic book streak isn’t going to last, but I knew that, so I’ve made my peace with that already ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Yvonne, thanks for commenting.

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could shake a magic eight ball and have it tell us which books we picked that we should avoid? While I’ve minimized my bad reads, you are right in that sometimes you just can’t win. Thankfully, I know I’ve got some winners with the Yotsuba manga I’ll be reading ๐Ÿ˜€


      1. 7 books (one with 1300pages, oh my ๐Ÿ˜), 5 of them with 4 stars and none with less than 3 stars. So, Iโ€˜d say pretty good. The books were all arcs. Additionally, nearly every day a short story.
        I held up my pledge to post a review each day.
        Feedback from readers wrt likes, comments, and page views were better than ever, and Iโ€™m happy.

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          1. Oh, I did. that since March, and I developed quite the routine. Itโ€™s time consuming, yes, but I also like the variety. Previously, I aggregated story reviews to weekends, and itโ€™s exhausting to write more than two reviews on one day. So, this frequency is better for me, in fact.

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              1. I read a story and write the review for it the same or next day. Postponing reviews far later doesnโ€™t work out – I like to have everything fresh in mind. Writing things later takes double time and is far less satisfying, feels more like a duty for me.

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                  1. Itโ€™s all a matter of distributing the available time and concentration. I found out that itโ€™s no problem for me to write a review in the evening before starting reading. But that may be different for you.

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  2. I can definitely understand your hobby stress. Itโ€™s sad to see bloggers have really left because of the new editor. I have to admit that Iโ€™m still not a fan, but working with the classic block definitely helps, and well I must say that I have gotten the hang of it for the most part๐Ÿ˜Š
    Looking forward to the Manga mondays, and of course all your upcoming posts. Hopefully it will be a better, and stressfree month for you๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thanks Raist.

      I’ve got 14 volumes of Yotsuba, so I’m hoping to read 2 a month and let manga monday ride on the shoulders of that manga for quite some time. That will also give me more than enough time to figure out the next series of manga that I want to review ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Hope October will see you less stressed man, nothing like a shitty blog edditor screwing you around. I have stated on my recap earlier today that October wil lbe a quiet month for me as I am learning for an exam. I have a lot of material to do reviews with tho so will try do them soon as I can.

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  4. That’s a crazy high monthly rating for you! Can you please send some of that good stuff my way? I had a summer full of mostly duds, and only this month did I give my first 5 stars to a book in who knows how long. Though it was immediately followed up by a 4.5 so maybe my luck is turning for the better ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. If I could, I would. Heck, I’d probably bottle it myself and use it myself ๐Ÿ˜€

      I do feel like I used up my years worth of “Good Book” rationing though ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Ah, you got to talk to the manager? How was it resolved?

    Care to share your views? I’ve also posted more during lockdown, and a few days ago I passed the number of views from 2019 already.

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    1. I’m guessing you’re referring to the Akismet issue.
      I simply wrote back asking for another rep. It all goes to the general “” so it wasn’t like I could even ask for a manager. But another rep did respond and did whatever they were supposed to do the first time. So I’m back in Commenting Heaven ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I had 2.3k views this month. I have never had that many before and I have no idea why this month. I haven’t checked to see how this year compares to last. Probably save that for the end of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Those are good stats. Did you check it was because of a or a few specific posts? It seems I’m at about 2000 views a month atm, but one post gets consistent views of about 5 to 10 per day, and I think some of these visitors linger, and improve other posts stats as well.

        You can simply check via the app & select on year, if you’re curious.

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        1. No, it’s pretty evenly spread. I wish I had a post like that though ๐Ÿ˜€

          I just checked and I’m going to pass last year’s total this month. But I’m not doing as well as I was in ’18. But if I can keep up like this month, I should have the best year yet ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Getting stressed while practicing one’s hobby redoubles the stress, in my opinion, and reading that Blogger is doing the same thing, editor-wise, seems to point out to some kind of Alien Conspiracy ๐Ÿ˜€
    Hopefully, time and patience will help us all master the new editor and face our hobby time with much less stress. Keeping my fingers crossed…

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    1. Yeah, when the thing that is supposed to bring joy and happiness into one’s life doesn’t, ugh.

      I am now thinking that maybe I’ll be “used” to both editors by 2021. I sure hope so anyway!

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  7. I just got switched to the new editor. I was caught off guard. Took a peek and ran away. (Good thing I’d already written and scheduled this week’s posts. Will have to brave it for next week.) I thought I’d be forewarned by email before the switch happened (like “The dreaded block editor is coming to you blog veeerrryyy soon.”), but I didn’t get anything.

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    1. Wow, it took this long for them to catch you? Consider yourself lucky ๐Ÿ˜€

      Give them an ear full over at the forums! While it won’t change anything, it will show them that people just aren’t happy with the editor.


  8. I’m having total hobby stress right now. I’d lost the urge to blog these last two weeks and I’m sticking to simple posts with minimum graphics. #6Degrees went ok, maybe as I wasn’t trying to line up the covers on the same line. I don’t know but it was a relief to get that done.

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    1. I figured you’d be having some major hobby stress. Thankfully, I don’t do a lot of posts filled with pix. I think the #6degrees one is the most picture filled one…


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