June ’21 Roundup & Ramblings

Raw Data:

Books – 14

Average Rating – 3.14

Pages – 5010

Words – 1616K

The Bad:

Blood & Fire – 1 star

Quarantine – 2 stars

Red Noise – 2.5 stars

The Good:

Azumanga Daioh – 5 stars of manga goodness.

Knife of Dreams – 4 stars

Capital Murder – 4 stars


The Muppet Show continues to entertain me greatly and I am thankful I’ve gotten into it. Season Three was just as fun as the previous 2.

Miscellaneous Posts:

Not much this month. In fact, there were only 3 posts. My writing mojo was filling back up, much like a well that had been over-used.


Oh man, where to start? I started the month being sick as all get out and was put on antibiotics. I was out of work for over a week. Then my coworker was diagnosed with lyme’s disease and some other tick born disease. So I have to be concerned about that as we’ve worked together for the last year and been in the same areas. Work is just sucking up everything I have. Physically, emotionally, psychologically, work is taking it all. Thankfully there is a time table for me leaving, but hanging on til then is going to be rough.

Being sick for that long also meant I missed a couple of weeks of church and did I feel that! Was very glad to get healthy and be back.

Just kind of trundled along trying to survive. My writing mojo has started to come back so we’ll see if July has any more non-reviews than June. I’m not pressuring myself though and I’ll just write stuff when I feel like it and if I don’t feel like it, well, this IS a book review blog after all. I’ve also stopped looking at my stats on a monthly basis. That has helped remove some stress as well. Every little bit counts.

My attitude was pretty bad most of the month and I took it out on the books I read. The low average rating reflects that quite accurately.

Cover Love:

It was either Knife of Dreams or Lockdown Tales and that shadowy figure on this cover was the tipping point for Knife of Dreams..

Plans for Next Month:

Book Reviews, Book reviews, book reviews!

I’m also going to be starting up Manga Monday’s again with the manga One Piece. I think this cover preview should convey just what kind of series it’s going to be.

I’m going to start the Spawn comic series that started back in ’92 so I guess my visual reading queue just filled up!

29 thoughts on “June ’21 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. Interested to hear your take on the Spawn series. I got the first dozen or so comics when they started up but sort of gave up on them after a while. Never saw the movie. Or movies. I think they might have made a couple but they never went anywhere.

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    1. I think I had in the back of my mind that there was a live action movie. No idea how good/bad it was though. We’ll see how the comics go. It’ll at least be a change of pace for a bit 🙂


  2. I hope they managed to diagnose your colleague on time and the Lyme disease gets solved quickly. I know someone who has been suffering with it for years now, and it is so disabbilitating for her. But I’m glad youre feeling better at least!!

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    1. They did catch it in time, thankfully. Now he’s just dealing with the effects of taking antibiotics for 3 weeks and some steroids for the other stuff. Working out in nature has gotten scary in the last 20 years 😦

      Thanks. It is amazing how your outlook goes down the toilet when you’re not feeling good and how much you CAN deal with when you’re feeling good 😀

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    1. Looking back, I think the biggest problem was me being sick and then taking so long to recover (it took me almost 3 weeks to get back to normal) and as such, I just couldn’t handle any stress. Even tiny stress felt and looked like a mountain to me during the whole month.

      Thankfully, the one project manager who gives everyone fits has really stepped back in terms of interacting with people and a lot of his job has been spread out to others. Doesn’t mean suddenly everything is wonderful, but at least it appears to be manageable until the new years.

      Thanks for the continued encouragement. It’s much appreciated 🙂

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  3. Take it easy! I hope you’ve been feeling better, because I know how an illness can really take its toll. When you say there’s a timetable for you leaving work, it does sound like that is helping with the stress a little. Here’s to everything being okay, and hang in there!

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