April Roundup & Ramblings



Raw Data:

12 Books

4046 Pages

2.88 Average Star Rating (Ouch!)


The Bad:

The Last Town  1/2 Star book that I DNF’ddishonor1


Gods of the Mountain 1 1/2 Star novel where the author asked for a bad review .  He got it.  dishonor




The Good:

Assail  4 Stars and the longest book at just under 800 pages this month

Thank You, Jeeves  4 Stars and the humor is what upped this.


Graphic Novels & Manga

Finished up the Robinverse series of graphic novels I was reading with Under the Red Hood. This burned me out on graphic novels for a bit, so I don’t know when I’ll read another.

Oh My Goddess! plateaued as I was only able to read one volume this month. I just couldn’t bring myself to try a second. This does not bode well for the series as a whole. If I didn’t already own the whole dang thing, I’d definitely be tossing this for something more interesting.


Miscellaneous And Personal:

Survival Saturday was more comfort than survival this month. Breakfast Burritos bigger than my fist, yes please!

Surviving a Bad Book allowed the readers a quick glimpse into what helped turn Bookstooge into the battered and psychologically scarred creature of vengeance that he is today. Luckily for the world at large, he’s not a billionaire, so you should be safe.

The month started well with Resurrection Day, then quickly devolved with some twit being an Idiot on Twitter and ended up just being Plain Silly.

Most of the reason for the smaller numbers this month was that I was heavily invested, timewise that is, in the newest Magic the Gathering release entitled Dominaria. It sucked me in and I ended up creating a personalized Commander / EDH deck that is white and black and based on the Knight type. Just creating the Deck List and then Trimming it Down was quite the chore! I found out that I had some rewards from Amazon through our credit card, so I was able to get most of the more expensive cards all in one fell swoop instead of having to scrimp all year long.  I’m hoping this will allow me to play it by June, July at the latest.

On the blogside of personal things, I ended up doing some culling of people I used to follow but for one reason or another have fallen by the wayside.  I have tried to follow a couple of new people by using the WordPress Search for some of my favorite authors. I did follow 2 new people, but neither has updated in over 2 weeks. That doesn’t bode well. If any of you are just itching to suggest anyone, feel free. My main caveats are that they must post at least once a week, have very few YA reviews and finally, they must actually do reviews. When I was looking for book bloggers, I was amazed at how many bloggers participate more in some “Meme Theme” than in actually reviewing.  If someone doesn’t have a minimum 1 to 1 ratio for Reviews and Non-Review posts, I probably won’t follow them long term.  Ok, enough Grumpy Old Man’ing from me.


Cover Love:

Jackaby takes it this month. A YA book that didn’t make me throw up and I’ll be continuing the series. I’m as surprised as anyone about that!

In the words of the immortal alien, Dick Solomon: “I’m Gorgeous!!!”




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22 thoughts on “April Roundup & Ramblings

  1. Wait…. an author ASKED for a bad review?? I’m going to have to read that review when I have a second 😂 Also, the Jackaby series is surprisingly good!! I’ve read the first two and liked them pretty well.

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  2. You can add to that “convinced Zezee to get a PG Wodehouse book.” I picked up “Very Good, Jeeves.” It was the only Wodehouse at the Barnes & Noble store I visited. The bookseller was very excited that I bought it. She loves Wodehouse too. The plan is to read it sometime this year to see if I’ll like his stories too.

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    1. I hope you like Wodehouse. He’s a very distinct voice and type of humor. It fits me well 🙂
      Of course, some people (not naming any names, Irresponsible Reader!!!) don’t care for it. But we forgive them 😉

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  3. Aw, I actually feel bad, that I don’t review more 😦 Please don’t unfollow^^
    My problem is, that I don’t read enough books at the moment.. I finished just one in April, that’s really sad… I started translating some of my old German reviews that I still have on my computer, but it’s not going too well. I need more time!

    ..I am glad you link to your previous posts in your wrap-up. I haven’t been online much last week and will go back to read your survival post 😀

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    1. No worries, I don’t “unfollow” for that reason 😀
      It is just a criteria for anyone I do try out though. And thanks for bringing the whole reading amount to my attention. I hadn’t even considered that as a prime cause of why some people do lots of other non-review posts.

      Translating reviews sounds like a LOT of work. Best of luck with that!

      The links and Roundup were one of the best things I discovered while on Booklikes. I don’t even remember who I got the idea from, but someone on there was obviously a blogger before 🙂 Thank goodness for a wide learning experience…

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    1. And I have to admit, I have to be careful to not go overboard and just write and write. I do keep an eye on how much I post in regards to reviews vs non-reviews.

      It’s tough, especially when non-review posts get a lot of interaction going 🙂

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