Still Out of Commission

So, the router came yesterday. I couldn’t for the life of me get it to connect. So I’m still connecting with just the old single wire router. Thanks for all the comments on the scheduled posts even though I’m not getting back to you. Doing my best to give a “like” to them all so you know I’m not ignoring you.

I have moved into that stage of life where I want things to “just work”.  I’ll let you all know when things get back to normal.

 

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#6Degrees — Daisy Jones and The Six to…

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This month we are starting with the book  Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve never heard of this book nor this author, but that doesn’t surprise me. A lot of the starting points are at complete odds with what I typically read.

 

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I’m actually writing this little blurb before even looking at the cover or any blurbs so that it won’t influence what I write here. An author that uses their middle name has always struck me as pretentious. Unless your name is John Smith or Jane Jones,  MOST authors don’t need to include their middle name.  *insert time travel* And now I’ve perused the wiki and read some of the associated links.  I’ve got nothing to say, which is more than enough I think.

 

 

 

 

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Another author who I can’t say anything good about is Thoreau and his book Walden & Civil Disobedience.  I would gladly have drowned Thoreau IN Walden pond and I believe it would have been a Crime that nobody would have Punished me for.  I’m guessing you’re smart enough to see where this is going?

 

 

 

 

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Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky!!! Who would have thunk it? A book so good it made it onto Bookstooge’s 100 Book List. C-R-I-M-E is a 5 letter word. Once you subtract time for good behavior though, you might get away with just two.

 

 

 

 

 

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IT is a book with a two letter title. IT did NOT get time taken off for good behavior.  In fact, IT was such a naughty book that Stephen King had to punish it by making it almost 1600 pages (449,000 words). I don’t think IT is getting parole any time soon!

 

 

 

 

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The word “parole” makes me think of Prisons and inside of Prisons are Prisoners. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is what springs to mind with that word association! This was the last good book in the series as far as I was concerned.  It all went downhill after this.

 

 

 

 

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Speaking of going downhill, David Eddings and his formulaic writing REALLY went dowhill. The first time I really realized it was when I read The Redemption of Althalus. I grew up on Eddings in the 90’s so to make this realization hurt even while being part of the inevitable growing up process.

 

 

 

 

 

And that is how you get from a girl named Daisy Jones to a man named Althalus. Goodness, I should give myself an Honorary Degree in Gender Studies for this post! Dr. Bookstooge has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Of course, Dr. Lord Bookstooge is a bit of a mouthful and a little awkward. Hmmm, I’ll have to give this honorary degree thing a bit more thought.

If you’d like to participate in the #6degrees series of posts, head over to #6Degrees Meme to find out the starting point for each month. They’re not always punctual, so sometimes you have to wait until a week into the month.

 

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Technologically Induced Hiatus

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So I got home from work today to find our wireless router, while saying everything was ok, was really toast. I’m currently using our backup non-wireless router to write this. We have dsl, so we can’t just order any router we want from amazon.

I’ve ordered 2 but the soonest either will get here is next Monday.  This router is good for emergencies but not meant for day to day use. So I’ll be checking in but am not going to be around very much.

Have a great one and I’ll see you all next week.

 

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Book Give-Away: Hodgepodge Edition

The Rules:

United States only unless you’re willing to pay shipping for out of country. Should that be the case Paypal will be involved and paypal fees’s will be added. So if you’re not living in the US, think real hard about entering. I’ll be paying for shipping in the US, as the bookrate is still pretty cheap these days.

I’m going to try to vary what I’m offering, but most will be of the SF/F variety, from paperbacks to hardcovers. Some manga might be involved in the future. I’ll be putting up pictures each post so you know what you’ll actually be getting. 

If you win a giveaway, you can’t try again for the next 2. Kind of arbitrary, but I really don’t want one person to sweep in and take everything 😀 But when that 3rd one rolls around, enter away! If I get a lot of spammers and non-followers entering, well, they’ll be “dealt with”.

To enter, just shoot me an email at Bookstooge at Gmail with “Book Giveaway – (Insert Book/Series Name)” in the subject line. I’ll be using a random dice selector to determine the winner. I will announce the winner in the next Give-Away post and email them to work out the details. 

These rules are subject to change without notice. And don’t blame me if the police arrest you for winning that “How to Murder Your Boss and Get Away with It” book. You didn’t have to enter.

 

This Month’s Books:

I am giving away a variety of books, all in SFBC hardcover size.

 

In Legend Born
The White Dragon
The Destroyer Goddess
All by Laura Resnick, fantasy and a trilogy.

The Temeraire book is an omnibus and consists of:
His Majesty’s Dragon
Throne of Jade
Black Powder War

Annals of the Time Patrol is classic SF and consists of:
Guardians of Time
Time Patrolmen

 

This give-away is open until February 8th and I’ll announce the winner and the next give-away on the 9th. Enjoy!

 

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The Road to Hell is Paved with…

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So, when I was doing my Yearly Review and reading everyone else’s, I was constantly bemoaning how good all the charts and graphics and data info were that those who used Devilsreads had access to. I have to admit, I was jealous.  Heck, I AM jealous.

This happens every year or so but this year seems worse than usual. I want to join up again. Just for the data tools. The only words would be the star rating, as I use half stars and the dates.  I wouldn’t interact, as Devilreads is as toxic as any other socialmedia site.  At least, that is what I have told myself time and time again. Then I think about how much I crave word interaction and I wonder if I could actually go on a site and not interact with other people?

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Even thinking about it makes me feel like a word whore, please excuse the language.  I know LOTS of good people use Devilreads, probably without a qualm. I don’t even have to sign up with a new account, I can just link my google account and go from there.

But can I do it without exploding or throwing a tantrum or otherwise causing myself incredible amounts of stress? I don’t know. The optimistic side of me says “Bookstooge, you’re an adult, you can do this!” while the negative side says “Bookstooge, Devilsreads is a hive of scum and villainy like no other” (thank you Obi-Wan). But I want that easy to access data.

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I want it, I want it, I want it!!!!

 

Sigh. Thanks for listening. Just needed to get that off my chest. I’ll be back in my normal frame of mind in a day or three.

 

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Bookstooge Reviews 2019

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THE STATS

 

Annual Blog Stats:

Total Posts: 225

Total Words Written: 125.2K

Total Views: 17.9K

Total Visitors: 7.2K

Followers: 275’ish

 

Book Stats:

Books Read:  135

Pages Read: 45,814

Average Rating:  3.28

 

 

General Thoughts:

 

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I’ve changed my presence here on WP due to the new job change back in October.  Not following nearly so many people and not reading or reviewing as much.  Considering that some of the main people I used to follow have also dropped off the radar or severely curtailed their own online presence, it seems that I am caught up in one of the waves. It has also made me really appreciate those bloggers who have kept on blogging on a regular schedule. While I am affected by those coming and going, I don’t want to take for granted those who just keep on going. More power to you!

 

 

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Blogger is simply a backup in case of some catastrophic event. I don’t really even take it into account any more.

 

 

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Librarything just rattled along this year. I interact with 2-3 people on a regular basis there and that is about it. LT has been touting some changes coming in 2020 but I don’t use the site enough for it to matter to me.

 

THE BOOKS

 

Best Book(s) of the Year:

There was some severely stiff competition for this title this year, so I gave up and I’ll list the top 3.

  1. The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell
  2. Death Wish by Brian Garfield
  3. The Burning White by Brent Weeks

 

Worst Book(s) of the Year:

Once again, I read some stinkers, so I’ll post the top 3.

  1. Torchship Captain by Karl Gallagher
  2. Valor by John Gwynne
  3. The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

 

 

Plans for 2020:

The only “change” is that I am going to start including a word count for the books I read. I’ve been using Page Numbers as an additional metric besides just straight up number of books, but I am finding huge variations even with using the same format (ebook to ebook for example) depending on WHO I get my info from.  I am going to start using Kobo.com (a book seller) which has both page and word count for books. Accurate data just makes my metrics that much more relevant the longer I read.

I do plan on keep doing the Give-Aways, #6 Degree series and Survival Saturday’s when I can and a movie a month. Beyond doing a re-read of the Wheel of Time, I have almost no plans for 2020. I’ll be satisfied if I can do a post every other day on a consistent basis.

 

Personal:

The job change has really buggered my non-work life up. My reading has dropped over 50% and my overall life satisfaction is much lower. This is not what I was expecting. The problem is if I had stayed where I was, I might be happier but I’d be so much poorer that it would bring about its own set of worries and stress. So since I have to stress, I’ll take this.  But I don’t have to like it! And in all fairness, I am getting exactly what I asked for (office experience and full time help in the field). I also talked to a relative who works in HR for another company and she said that 6 months is how long it takes to fully integrate into a new job. So while it annoys me that I’ve still got 3 months to go, it also encourages me that maybe I don’t hate the new job so much as I think, I just hate the change 😀

Thankfully, almost every other part of life IS going well.  I am thankful for that.

 

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Here are the top 5 viewed posts in each of the various categories. It isn’t quite equal, as posts from November and December just don’t have the time to accumulate the views.

 

Book Review Posts

The Hobbit

The Scarlet Letter

The Hatching

Fellowship of the Ring

The Silmarillion

 

 

Non-Review Posts

Book Blogger Insider Tag

PSA: The Etiquette of Commenting on Comments

Ratings as Sandwiches

Rage Against the Whiny Pants Momma’s Babies!

Seven Deadly Sins Tag

 

Commentors + Runner Up

Nicole Bookwyrm

Lashaan

Ola G

Savage Dave

Orangutan Librarian

+Maddalena

 

Movies

Despicable Me

Elektra

John Hobo

RED

Penelope

 

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