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” 😉

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 😀

59 thoughts on “September ’20 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. Fill your empty days with IRONING!

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  2. Ola G says:

    Woohoo, great month! Some perfect reads, too! Keep the good work up, Bookstooge, or die trying! 😂
    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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    • Bookstooge says:

      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 🙂

      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 😀

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  3. Yvonne says:

    Such a great month. Pity about the 1 and 2.5 star books but I suppose you can’t win them all 😜

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    • Bookstooge says:

      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 😀


  4. Andreas says:

    I hope the ideas don’t involve killing others in order to get 5 star reads; I recommend waterboarding or medieval techniques if nothing else helps. 🤪

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  5. raistlin0903 says:

    I can definitely understand your hobby stress. It’s sad to see bloggers have really left because of the new editor. I have to admit that I’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 part😊
    Looking forward to the Manga mondays, and of course all your upcoming posts. Hopefully it will be a better, and stressfree month for you😊

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  6. Sounds like a great month! Hope October is just as good, and with less stress!!!

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  7. YouKneeK says:

    I’m glad you had such an awesome reading month!

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  8. piotrek says:

    Nice!! Apart from Akismet, and the terrible new WordPress, of course 😉

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  9. 3.82 is a great average! May all your months have such great books! 😉

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  10. savageddt says:

    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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  11. 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 🙂

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  12. bormgans says:

    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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    • Bookstooge says:

      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 😉

      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 🙂

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      • bormgans says:

        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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        • Bookstooge says:

          No, it’s pretty evenly spread. I wish I had a post like that though 😀

          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 😀

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  13. 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 😀
    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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  14. Sure did sound like an excellent month of reading! Hopefully, some of those mangas will find a way to surprise you with a really good one! 😀

    You definitely need to find ways to avoid getting overstressed by blogging. We don’t want to lose you to it!

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  15. That does look like a great reading month! Here’s hoping your October reads are just as enjoyable.

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  16. Zezee says:

    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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    • Bookstooge says:

      Wow, it took this long for them to catch you? Consider yourself lucky 😀

      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.


  17. 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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