LONG POST AHEAD – NOT KIDDING – NO REALLY – VERY LONG!!!
2017 was quite a different year from 2016 for me, not bad, just very different. Before I run down the differences, I’ll do some quick stats, as I LOVE stats. These stats are only for 2017 unless otherwise stated.
Total Posts: 321
Total Views: 15.8K +/-
Followers: 166 (subject to culling)
Books Read: 194
Pages Read: 67,400 +/-
Average Rating – 3.47
Here’s my 2016 In Review from last year. My overall Book and Pages numbers are down but my average rating went up almost 1/4 of a star from 3.25 to 3.47. Probably because I did a lot of re-reading of excellent books.
Stopped being active on Booklikes in April. Wrote my Final Booklikes Post then and haven’t looked back since.
Made the move to WordPress fulltime. That led to me perusing WP a lot more and hence cut into my reading time. I follow about 60 people and most of them are pretty constant posters. So I’ve spent a lot more time reading blogs than in previous years and that’s ok. People are worth investing in. Plus, now I don’t have to read all those books because I’ve already read the reviews 😉
Using Librarything as my catalogue site and while I post reviews and try to be somewhat active on the forums, I find that the forum format is limiting to how I like to communicate. I can be found at Bookstooge on LT.
I’ve also fully moved over to Calibre for keeping track of my reviews offline. While it is actually an ebook manager, it works just as well for managing my reviews. Just like a spreadsheet in terms of data but with pretty covers so I can make it a visual experience! That and I can copy it, back it up and not have to worry about losing 17-18 years worth of data.
I’ve started doing some varied series of posts. Some of My Favorite Things came to an end. It was a good time of listing off all of my favorite books and authors. Of course, I then went in the other direction and started the Surviving a Bad Book series which allows me to vent about some of the really bad stuff I’ve read. I’ll continue that this year for sure. Survival Saturday took me into the dangerous world of food. It also led to a lot of followers who are willing to follow me for just one post a month. Kudos to you, kind folk!
I’ve also created the Movie Category as I’ve found that reviewing a movie here and there allows me cleanse my mind since most movies now are almost all brainless fluff. Action’y, explosion’y fluff mind you, but fluff nonetheless.
My manga reading went well and I loved my time with Eyeshield 21. That was a great sports manga. Now I’m diving into the RomCom Oh My Goddess! and that is a big series that I actually own. Time to make a large dent in it this year!
Best book of the Year:
This actually is going to get split into 2 categories, as I did a lot of re-reading this year and most of those re-reads were really good books to begin with.
Deadhouse Landing & Dancer’s Lament tied for Best New Book. Nothing deep, nothing of real substance but so much fun and worth buying in hardcover.
Gardens of the Moon definitely took the spot for Best Re-read. However, that wasn’t an easy choice for me to make, as I had some seriously other enjoyable books that I Re-Read.
But the world of Malaz took my reading by storm this year.
Worst Book of the Year:
I didn’t start using this tag until October, so I just perused my 1/2 star and 1 star books in Calibre. Most of my half-star books this year were because of (im)Moral Content and not necessarily because I hated the book.
The Midden gets this dubious honor. It just left me in a bad mood for 24hrs after I was done. Books have to be extremely bad to do that to me.
A VERY close contender was Light. That piece of excrescence was a boil on my literary butt. Disgusting.
Night Parade is the runner up because it was just so trashy. Poorly written book that gives the Forgotten Realms series the bad rap that it has.
Plans for 2018
Not a lot actually. I’ll keep on with the couple of series of posts that I mentioned above.
I want to do a Robin Read in January. Basically, I have 4 Graphic Novels dealing with various Robins [Batman’s sidekick] that I want to read. Lashaan spurred me on in this endeavor when he reviewed Under the Red Hood. I plan on reading A Death in the Family, A Hero Reborn, Tragedy & Triumph and finally Under the Red Hood.
I also plan on reading, and watching Murder on the Orient Express and doing some sort of Buddy Read/Watch with Read, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. A month or so after the dvd for the latest movie comes out. If any of you want to do a Buddy Read at some point, shoot me an email and we can work out details.
Also, since I’m pretty much making WP my home on the web now, I’ll be creating individual posts for all of my old reviews, since I only have them in monthly clumps. So if you follow by email, I apologize ahead of time. Just going to try to work on entries that I’m re-reading though. Not like I’m going to go through and do all 3000+.
I have to admit, my main “selfish” goal is to have that first post that breaks the 100 view mark. I’ve got a couple that are pretty close, but I’m hoping that something I post in 2018 will be the first. That is about the limit of my personal ambition 😀
Other than that, I’ll continue on with my regular reading schedule. Here’s what that looks like as of now:
Books by Patricia McKillip
Shadows of the Apt
High Priority (currently 5 books in this collection)
Books by Charles Dickens
Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper
Dread Empire’s Fall (not related to the above series AT ALL)
The Complete Shakespeare
Misc (currently 6 books in this collection)
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein
Malazan Book of the Fallen
Forgotten Realms: Year of Rogue Dragons
As I finish one series, I’ll roll another one in from my Calibre Library.
Life continues. We got a new pastor in March. His focus appears to be on the churches that he’s in charge of (all 4 of them) and not on climbing up the corporate ladder of the SDA business side of things. That has meant that both me and Mrs B. have spent more time at church doing stuff as we feel that our contributions are actually wanted.
I don’t have any grand plans to expand my blog or to try to grow it any more. I feel comfortable with the number of people I follow and while I’m always glad to welcome new followers (and hopefully new commentors!) I have no desire to become the next rival to Emily May on Goodreads (may she rot for betraying Leafmarks!). I actually stopped posting on Tumblr so I’m back to crossposting just on WordPress, Blogspot and Librarything. I’m finding that is just about the right size of community for me.
I’d really like to thank all of you who follow me and who do like and comment. For all my protestations of blogging for myself and not caring what others think, that’s only somewhat true. Being an inveterate introvert, I still find myself beset by that weakness of humanity, the need for others. So thank you all for putting up with my rants, my silliness, my stomping around like a 2 year old. I know none of you has to stick around but you still are here, so thanks for that. At the same time I hope no one ever sticks around if they don’t feel comfortable with any of my content. Don’t be a guilt-ridden follower, please!
I have updated my About Me post and I recommend any relatively new people check it out. Always good to know who you are following.
– Book Review Posts –
Night of Knives
Moon Over Soho
Way of Shadows
The Kantovan Vault
These reviews really surprised me. I know part of it is that by the end of the year those reviews got more views because of a bigger audience, but still, Night of Knives? That went up in March and stayed on top all year. Weird…
– Non-Review Posts –
Mr Mercedes – I’ve Read 3%
Survival Saturday – The Intro Post
I Will Make Them Cry
Bookstooge & the Invisible Reader
Mr Mercedes post got top billing because of the smiley face picture I used, I think. Turns up in a lot of google searches. If it isn’t that, then I’m super confused. The Invisible Reader post rocketed up the rankings making it into the top 5 in less than a week. Either my whining was super
annoying effective or it resonated with a lot of readers.
– Commentors – + Bonus Commentors
Space and Sorcery
Mogsy @ The Bibliosanctum
Mr and Mrs NW
While I do bite peoples’ heads off when the occasion calls for it, I do try to be nice to first time commentors; unless you are a troll/sjw, an author peddling your book or some random blogger trying to guilt me into following you. Other than that, you’re more than welcome to comment away. And as the above people prove, you can comment on multiple posts and live to tell your grandchildren about it! Well, except that one guy. But I buried him pretty deep and am sure no one will ever find the body. See, you’re totally safe here!
– Movies –
Since I reviewed less than 10 movies this year, and the Death Note franchise took up 4 of those places, I’m going to wait until next year to list a Top 5 for these. That being said, I will list my top 2. Cause you have to have more than one to truly have “A List”, right?
John Wick 2
I think that wraps up the year. Whether it actually does or not, I’m plumb out of words, so there’s the end.
Hope you all as good a 2017 as I’ve had and I hope that 2018 will be even better!