January ’21 Roundup & Ramblings

Raw Data:

Books – 10
Pages – 2594
Words – 741K
Average Rating – 3.75

The Bad:

Wicked Bronze Ambition – 2stars that whimpered all the way to the end. Pathetic really.

The Good:

Transfer of Power – 4stars of studly responsible machoman’ness


The Muppet Movie was laughing, grinning, dancing, singing fun! I have a feeling this Year of the Muppets is going to be good for me.

Miscellaneous Posts:

So this month I turned into one of those book reviewers that I’ve come to not particularly care for over the years. The ones that have more non-reviews than reviews on their blog and as you scroll by vapid posts of nothing, desperately looking for a review, your hope dwindles. My minimum preference has always been 50/50. That simply didn’t happen with my read of Gulag II going on. I feel shame. My family feels shame. My cow feels shame!

Ok, with that out of the way, here’s the list, sigh.


What a month this turned out to be. From a national & political level to a personal level, I was glad to see the backside of January. Being bombarded by pure propaganda by the news outlets didn’t help, especially as I was seeing direct parallels to what I was reading in Gulag Vol II. After the second day I just turned the radio off to keep my sanity.

My laptop also just up and died part way through the month. While a smaller thing, it definitely added to the stress of “everything”. Throw in that we found out our car is going to need about $1K of work to pass inspection in a couple of months and well, it all kept adding up. It still amazes me how unsmooth life is. You’d think I’d be used to the bumpy (at best) ride by now. Speaking of rides, better start saving ’cause gas is going up to $5 a gallon way too soon.

And then of course, right at the very end of the month I went dotcom. Definitely a spur of the moment thing but I had been thinking about it for some time. The damnable NSP’s were the last straw.

Cover Love:

Ahhh, one final McKillip cover. While it’s not a Kinuko Craft cover, it definitely is aiming for that same touch. Love it!

Plans for Next Month:

My mind was all over the place this month so I kept making, and breaking, plans for February. I finally decided to stop trying to plan and just let stuff happen. So besides the usual suspects of Movie and Manga Monday, my only planned thing is a book giveaway and starting my Project X in earnest. I’ll make up the rest of February as it happens.

Gulag II slowed me down so much that if not only affected January but has pre-emptively affected February already. I’m usually about 3 weeks ahead in my reviews. Now? I’m a week and struggling. As such, prepare for another onslaught of non-review posts like in January. I’m already sharpening my sepuku knife and sword in preparation.

You Call Yourself a Book Reviewer?!? Hellen Keller was more of a book reviewer than you!” quote attributed to Sergeant Bookstooge during Book War III.

is this format of Monthly Roundups getting stale for you? I realized I’ve been doing this since my Booklikes days, so we’re talking over 5 years now. Just wondering if I need to change things up any.

61 thoughts on “January ’21 Roundup & Ramblings

    1. Glad to hear your shallow, empty life hasn’t left you so jaded and devoid of taste that you can’t appreciate a good Lepreconn movie.

      I appreciate your concern for Cows Rights. Because Cows Have Feelings Too! I shall do my best to infiltrate Wendy’s and get the skinny on their whole burger making process and shock the world with my hard hitting expose.

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      1. I’m not sure I’d be keen to read that, love all animals, cows are generally friendly and docile, will be writing about sheep tomorrow with a bit of luck….

        So, maybe YOU should read more books, then write about them on your bookywooky blogy thing? Sell the car, no need for material things, just exist on the ether….

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                1. Well, if I’m careful, I could ride Bessie to work AND slice off a hamburger once a week. But our condo has a strict no animals rule so keeping her staked out by the street is just asking for the local rustlers to make off with her.

                  I can’t eat a car but it does keep me warm on my drive to work. Which is important on those just above 0 days 😦


                    1. I’d have to look into turning Bessie into a zombie cow first, otherwise it’s a one time thing and since winter is about 6months long here, I need long term solutions.

                      That’s a good idea about the tax write off. I’ll have to see if there is anything else lying around the house I can eviscerate and claim on my taxes.

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                    2. I have no idea. I was hoping Crowley would show up on your blog and I could collar him and have him walk me through the process.
                      I’m guessing it is pretty complicated though, as you don’t see many, if any, zombie cows just roaming around.

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                    3. But I bet the emissions on a zombie cow are way worse than a regular cow. I’d probably have to install some really expensive stuff to comply with local regulations.


  1. January certainly was a month of new madness and added on stress. Hope that February is kinder to us all. Funny thing actually, my monthly wrap up went up yesterday already as I thought Janaury was done only to be reminded that we still have a day in it… that is how out of touch i am these days…

    your monthly wrap up posts is what made me start doing them in my second or third year of blogging. Been using your format sort of so I feel it is fine. Doesnt mean that WP changed your post formats need to change too… its hard to deal with one already🙈

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    1. yeah, February really needs to be calmer, for sure. I wondered why you had put up your monthly post yesterday 🙂 I just figured you didn’t have anything to say for today and so figured “why not”.

      All the changes are just making me antsy. And I need to remember that change for change’s sake is NOT good. This format works for writing, it works for reading, so I need to just chill out and relax! 😀

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  2. Sadly, I’ve had a shameful month for reviews ( although I honestly don’t consider yours that way ). Life has hit me in every direction! I keep hoping it will pipe down and it only increases, so the next thing I will try is a hope for the most excitement in the world and maybe we can catch a fit of winter weather so everyone, including those deemed essential can take an ever lovin’ break from life for about 2 days. /speakingjoyfully

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    1. Sorry to hear that life has given you the workover with a set of brass knuckles 😦

      And hope your experiment works! Of course, can you even get enough winter weather in GA to shut everything down?

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      1. Really, I know that a hope like that often can have dangerous side effects, just like any extremity of weather, but yeah, I think all it would take is about 6in, possibly 4in. They spread sand down here, instead of salt and I guess you could imagine that would only be effective up until a certain amount.

        And, the drivers sadly have little to no concept or forethought, I assume about the things you shouldn’t do while driving in black ice or slush, to boot. So, if I was driving in GA during winter weather, BEWARE!

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        1. My sister and my parents have told me stories about GA drivers and “snow” 😉

          We’re supposed to be getting a storm this week so I am really hoping I get a day off from that. I could use a slowdown to 36hrs a week for a month…

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  3. If you like cows, you’ll love that poster that explains all the different economic systems in terms that start out “you have two cows.” I think it would make a pretty good blog post in itself if it’s not copyrighted.

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  4. I enjoy your wrap-up posts, especially the rambling part 😆
    Shame on your cow, indeed! Get rid of it before it turns into a mad cow… 🤪
    And my experience is that going with the flow is sometimes the best way when life becomes unpredictable – one less thing to stress about!

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  5. I don’t see the need to change things up unless YOU have a sudden urge for creativity. 😉 You know what they say… if iz nat broke, don’t fix it, dawg! 😀 And wow… you sure did stack up on countless money-costing issues. I hope February will be lighter on your wallet/bank account!

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    1. Thanks for the input. As much as I say that I blog for myself, I STILL find myself falling into the trap of trying please others. Oh well, I guess that is inevitable if one wants to connect with fellow bloggers.

      As for the money stuff, I didn’t even mention my new rifle or the ammo.


    1. Yeah, lots of that going around it seems 😉

      Thank you. Once I finish fiddling I’m hoping I won’t even notice that I’ve gone dotcom. It will just be blogging as normal.

      Thank you for the input. All the changes with dotcom and a new theme just threw me out of my groove and if I was going to make any more changes, I wanted it done RIGHT NOW so I didn’t have deal with it later.


      1. Personally, I like the quick text links, giving me another chance to jump to a post I might have missed. The graphical element of the book covers is fun to look at, and I suppose a really eye-catching cover might encourage me to make sure I’d read the related post.

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              1. Yep, I’ve been considering getting back to it soon. I have a lot of short stories, books, and other things I’d love to post about, but work and house issues left me drained of energy last year and into January. Maybe I’ll finally get myself together this month.

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