December ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

I trust you notice the clever use of snowtopped letters and the candycane color motif. I feel that I really let loose my inner artist with this collage.


This month is dedicated to Mrs. B’s dead grandmother. Her passing away allowed me to take some vacation time and while Mrs B went to a funeral, I read books. Lots and lots and LOTS of books. 20 of them to be exact and 7665 pages.  * stifles really inappropriate comments* ….hahahahaaa…ahem…. I also got sick with bronchitis and had to take off from work on the doctor’s orders, so that helped my reading time as well.

My average for the month was 3.28. That was DOWN quite a bit from last month. Not that I had a bunch of bad reads, more of just a lot of middle of the roaders.


The Bad:

Light by M. John Harrison. 1star. This book stank worse than all of the vomit scenes that were in it.

Crossover by Joel Shepher.  1/2star, never good.


The Good:

Skinner by Neal Asher, which was 5stars.

The Sea Watch by Adrian Tchaikovksy. Also 5stars. Two 5stars in one month, whoo!

Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian Esslemont came in at 4.5stars.




Put away 2 more Oh My Goddess! volumes. Only 44 more to go *wink*


Survival Saturday:

The Breakfast Edition was a good chance for me to try out granola and whey milk.  I didn’t do a separate post for when I used the whey milk later that week for some cooking but I ended up tossing the Hamburger Helper mix I made with it.  So while ok for cereal, I’ll never use it in cooking again. Too strong an odor.


Surviving a Bad Book:

An Enemy Reborn was more an introspective look at an author making a bad choice than a really bad book.


Non-review Posts:

The Invisible Reader was definitely my most commented and viewed post this month.

Subverting the Sunshine Blogger Award was the most fun to write.

Merry Shelfmas was a close runner up for comments and also allowed me to show off in true Bookworm style.


Cover Love:

A Fortress in Shadow: With Mercy Towards None won the cover love mainly because of its atrocious older cover. Compare for yourselves.


Not sure what this exactly screams, but it sure isn’t “Read Me!”


Now that tells you to Read It, Or Else!



Going to be spending most of today finishing up my Year in Review post and getting that ready to drop at 0001hrs on Janurary 1st.

HAPPY NEW YEARS! (in case I don’t see you until after then)




20 thoughts on “December ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

    1. Hail, Strangers from the Future. Tell me, does war, hunger and self-checkout still exist in The Future?

      I’m sorry, I know it’s childish, but I love the whole time thing right here on Earth. I can’t imagine what we’d all do if we ever actually got into space.

      2 a week will put you over the 100 mark and for me, that’s when the title of Power Reader starts. I like Power Readers! 😀

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    1. Well, if Self Checkout is still a thing, I guess we’re doomed!

      I actually heard the term from Mogsy at the Bibliosanctum when I did my 2016 in review last year. I heard it, I loved it, I used it, I try to spread it 🙂

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      1. Sadly I imagine things like self checkout will only become more widespread 😦

        I am looking forward to reading more of your blog in 2018 though. Already discovering some great books because of you. Your rants as well – they are very entertaining!

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        1. I know right? 😦

          Thanks for the encouragement on ranting 😀 I find that a good rant once or twice a month really helps me to release any stress about anything else that I don’t feel like talking about…

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  1. I’m sorry for your wife’s loss.

    Eww why do books have vomit scenes? Just… WHY?!?

    Yeah whey milk sounds bad- I really don’t want to imagine what that smells like :/

    hahhaha oh my goodness that old cover!! Definitely an improvement!

    HAPPY NEW YEARS!! I’m really looking forward to your wrap up post!

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    1. Thank you. I wrote up most of this post yesterday because I knew I’d need most of today to deal with the year in review post.

      And that should drop in about 6.5hrs.

      So Happy New Years to you too!


    1. Yeah, between sickness and death/vaca and weekends all mixed together, I had two 5day chunks of time where all I did was read. It was great! I don’t expect to be reading so many in ’18 though, as blogging is taking up a lot more time, since I now follow people who are a lot more active than anyone on Booklikes used to be!


  2. My deepest condolences for Mrs. Bookstooge’s loss.

    20 books in a month. You’re a machine! 😮

    Wow. That cover sure did evolve. The older one however has that classic fantasy genre vibe to it though. The newer one is definitely much more convincing in terms of ability to grab someone’s attention and make them read it. 😀

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