August ’19 Roundup & Ramblings



Raw Data:

Books: 13

Pages: 3578

Average Rating: 2.92


The Bad:

Torchship Captain – 1/2 star

Empire of Silence – 1 Star


The Good:

The Mating Season – 4 1/2 Stars

Galactic North – 4 1/2 Stars



My pagenumbers and average really sucked this month. Having several dnf’s and quite a few low rating books just dragged everything down. It did lead to a lot of clearing on my kindle and tbr though, so that is good I guess.  I’ve also decided to get rid of the Ravenloft series, even though I stated in Dance of the Dead that I was going to give it one more chance. With the changes I’ll be talking about later in the post I literally don’t have time to give chances to series that already have a proven bad track record.

I did another “Quote” post and I have to say, I rather like doing that. Kind of an update about what I’m currently reading. Does double duty. Always glad to let posts do more of the work around here. It’s about time they started carrying their weight!

I Won some writing gloves that keep your hands warm in the winter. Of course, with it being high summer now I’ll have to wait a couple of days months before winter actually arrives. I have high hopes for them though. Even if they were made by wu jiao at midnight, at Chairman Mao’s grave.

Got back on the #6Degrees bandwagon. I’m hoping to do this more often, at least every other month, instead of the completely random inclusions that I’ve been doing. It’s fun, it allows me to go through my backlog of old reviews and it helps motivate me to add links to old reviews here on WordPress. Win, win, win for everyone. The problem with bandwagons is that it is pretty easy to fall off of them. If it gets too bad, I might have to join #6degreesAnonymous and get myself on a 6step program.

Wrote up the last #worldbookczar post and interviewed HAL1000. Seemed like a pretty trust’able accounting program. I mean, any program created by Keffin Flyyv and who worked with Trin, well, if you can’t trust THAT program, who can you trust?

Had another Book Catch post. Thanks again to all of you who suggested the term Book Catch. I’m really liking it and it works perfectly. Of course, THIS book catch wasn’t one that had me all excited or anything. Quite the opposite. However, it is the perfect lead in to the changes I’ve been not so subtly hinting at all month.



This will probably be a tad long, so bear with me.

I’ve been working at my current employer since 2000. Went part time from ’08-15 when the economy tanked (land surveying is the first hit when things go bad, especially when what is going bad is mortgages). I was certified as a Field Tech, level II back in ’06 (there are approximately 5 levels) and had some hazy notion of eventually getting my State Surveyor’s License and moving into more of an office position. That all kind of just fell aside and nothing has ever come of it. When I came back full time to surveying in ’15 I started working with older guys (50’s+) and realized that I didn’t want to be a 60 year old out in the field. Mentioned to my boss about maybe moving up to a Level IV and got response something like “That is a great idea. Go for it”. Not being a self-starter or one who easily figures things out on my own, that kind of died. I need some guidance and direction.

Then last year our second full time field guy left for another company (where he was promptly let go after a couple of weeks) and I was stuck with doing the work with either the robotic instrument or having a couple of the office people fill in a day here, a day there on jobs where 2 people were absolutely necessary. I kept waiting for another field crew guy to be hired but when it hadn’t happened by March of this year I realized it wasn’t going to.  I updated my resume but still didn’t do anything. I’m a creature of habit and getting out of a rut 19 years old was beyond me. In May or June I stopped working on Fridays because I was just worn out.

In June one of the main people in the office gave his notice (he’d been with the company over 25 years) and I was kind of expecting to be drawn in and trained to take over some of his responsibilities. Well, when nothing happened, once again, I realized I had to make some changes. So I sent out my resume to 3 other survey companies. Had several interviews and accepted an offer from one of them. Not a pay increase, but working with another full time field crew and the promise to start me as an Office Tech AND the promise to guide me through the process of getting my license (if that is what I really want) really made me happy. Company New has a guy transitioning out and I’ll be slowly transitioning in from 1 day a week until full time probably by the end of the year. That’ll give my old company plenty of time figure out what to do.

What this means is that I’ll be working more (45 hour weeks is the standard at the new company, where I’ve been doing 35’ish at the old) and once home working on my very rusty math skills. Algebra, geometry and trigonometry, here I come. I figure an hour each evening for math lessons.  So a lot less time for reading and blogging. Once I start full time in ’20, I figure I’ll be lucky to do 2 books a week and it’s probably going to be more realistic to plan on 60-75 books a year. I also suspect that the number of people I follow in wordpress is going to drop as I have less time for blog reading. I have no idea how that is going to go, but just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I’ll probably not be as active.

It is going to be a lifestyle change that will affect my online time. Exactly how everything is going to change is really unknown (even with me boldly stating what I did in the last paragraph) and until the changes happen, it is all conjecture. But change is in the air and it WILL affect my reading and blogging. Just wanted to give you all fair warning. I certainly don’t plan on disappearing though (which seems to happen to many bloggers when things change) so no fears on that end of the scale.

Thank you for reading.


Cover Love:

This month’s cover love is for one of the books that I dnf’d. Figures. Great looking cover though!




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41 thoughts on “August ’19 Roundup & Ramblings

    1. Thankfully, I’ve been so busy that the bad books didn’t affect me. First time that has happened in years. Usually a string of bad books leaves me feeling down in the dumps.

      Not sure if being that busy is a good thing over all though 😀

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  1. Congrats on the job offer at “Company New”! It sounds like it will be a much better situation and with more opportunities for advancement. “Company Old” doesn’t sound like it’s ever heard of the concept of growing their own people. I hope everything works out great at Company New. Have you started the transition there yet, or is that still to come? I’ve been with my company for almost 25 years, so I can imagine how difficult it would be to leave a company after 19 years.

    Maybe by next year when you’re working longer hours and spending some of your free time on math, I’ll have some hope of keeping up with your monthly numbers. Welcome in advance to the ranks of people with insufficient spare time! 😉 (Although I suppose few people ever really feel like they have enough spare time, no matter how much they actually have.)

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    1. Thank you. I hope Company New works out as well. I suspect a lot is going to depend on me not just sitting on my backside. I am currently working at Company New on Fridays. I think sometime in September or October I’ll be moving up to Thursday and Friday.

      I can tell my monthly numbers are really going to drop. I expect that drop off to actually start in September. So I don’t think you’ll have to wait all the way until 2020 😀

      Thankfully, since I’ve been keeping track since 2000, I can look at older years and realize I am probably returning to my 2000-2005 level of reading.

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      1. Yeah, I’m a firm believer that you have to put effort into something to get anything out of it, but it helps when you’re working at a place that will reward that effort and give you opportunities. One of the reasons I’ve been at my company so long is that the effort I’ve put into my job is usually rewarded, and they’ve given me opportunities for advancement and even complete career changes when I’ve proven that I had taken the necessary steps and had developed the necessary skills.

        Is there any danger that Company Old might dismiss you before you’re fully transitioned to Company New, if they manage to get somebody else hired and trained before then?

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        1. If Company Old could actually get someone else, I probably wouldn’t be at this point. I’d be still in the rut. Even now Company Old isn’t doing what they need to compensate for me eventually leaving.

          But if Company Old did release me early, I’d be able to go full time at Company New. They’re wicked busy and could use me…

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  2. The one good thing about a DNF of a poor book is quickly getting on to something else, hopefully something better! I certainly hope that this change of job will work out better for you, as it’s so important to be at least be content in your working life, if not happy. This new place sounds like it will be better all round for you. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you! DNF’ing books, series and authors is really good for me. Scrape off all the crap from my kindle 😀

      It’s as much about looking toward the future as anything. I’m afraid of becoming what I’ve seen other old field crew turn into 😦


  3. Congratulations on this fantastic new change. I believe it was the right move and that I’ve read a lot about all the challenges you’ve had to face over the past years to know that the old company didn’t look at the future as brightly as it should’ve and didn’t invest a penny or a thought in what they wanted for themselves. And I think that’s not something you should work with in your own life. I do hope the new job will be rewarding, at least for yourself. I too work with an organization that doesn’t seem to understand how understaffed we are and that it would ONLY benefit them if they thought of hiring more people to our little team.

    I do hope that you’ll still be reading some stuff even if you have to cut the number of books you pick up and read. I can’t tell you how it’ll affect your blogging routine but whatever you do decide to do here, I’ll probably support it, as long as you think about your own life first! Best of luck with everything, good sir.

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    1. Thank you. I think the way Company Old is run is one of the dangers of a small company.

      I am definitely NOT stopping reading, Just slowing down to a more normal, American sized slice of reading. Well, ok, maybe not that small! These couple of months leading up to the new years will be a good test run for how things will go in 2020. It will also give me time to figure out how to adjust it all; for me and the people who follow me 😀

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    1. 😀 Yep, I’m going to be joining the ranks of everyone else who works completely full time AND has other commitments outside of work.

      I’m kind of curious how this is going to affect my numbers 🙂

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  4. Well, congratulations, you got to make some changes in you working life every once in a while, it’s way too easy to just get used to things as they are. If you’re lucky enough to have a chance, make the best use of it!

    I felt similarly three years ago, and made a major change, now I start thinking I got sort of stuck again, I need to get more active again. Life…

    Great cover of the month, pity the book sucked…

    I’m away from home with no access to my personal library, so I bought a few volumes of second-hand Recluce books, it’s starting nicely 🙂 They had some great Dickens editions, 50-100 years old hardbacks, but too pricey…

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    1. Thank you. My one fear is that I’ll get stuck at Company New too, so that’s why I’m honing my math skills. I’ll make “something” happen in the next couple of years 🙂

      It WAS a fantastic cover, wasn’t it? Wish more books had covers just as cool.

      See, that reason is exactly why I have an ereader. My library is always with me, no matter where I don’t travel to 😉
      Good condition Dickens are expensive, that is for sure. I think my hardcovers are worth like $5. The print is small enough that I’m not even sure I could read it now myself 😀 😀 😀

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      1. I even brought my old Nook e-reader with me, packed with Gemmells, but I really prefer paper, so I wandered around (in a car, American cities seem to be build with cars rather than people in mind…) and found a great second-hand bookshop 🙂

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        1. Yep, a car is a necessity except for in the biggest cities. And those are run by democrats, so crime and slums abound.

          Any particular “thing” that stands out for you for paper being favored?

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          1. Well, it’s probably not fully rational, but the feel, weight, smell if the book is part of the experience of reading for me. I read ebooks occasionally, but it’s just not the same. And, I love having books around, I love them as objects 🙂

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  5. Grats on your new job! It sounds like you’ll be a lot busier at the new company, but if you felt things were getting stagnant at the old place you likely made the right decision. Glad the new position is offering more challenge and room to grow!

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    1. Thanks.
      I will be busier, which is good. Much like a pond, some movement is necessary to keep it from turning into something gross 😀

      Of course, we’ll really see what I think in about a year. After I’ve had time to adjust to everything.


  6. First things first, congratulations for the new job! Yes, it will rob you of some reading time and it seems to promise (threaten?) it will also rob you of some energies, but being happier with your work situation will more than compensate for that. And you can’t rule out that once you become more accustomed to the new place and new responsibilities, you will be able to get back to your old reading and blogging habits. 🙂

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  7. Congrats on the new job! Hope it’ll turn out great, what with you flexing some math muscles 😉 I do hope, however, that you’ll still find some time for your blog and ours 😉 And, who knows, maybe less outdoor-y environment will give you more energy for blogging 😉

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  8. I know everytime I’ve thought I’d lose reading/blogging time lately, I’ve managed not to. Hopefully you have the same thing 🙂 But if not, I hope you find a way to stay somewhat engaged. If only so you can have a better month than this one!

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  9. Best of luck with your new job adventures! That’s always a scary-exciting time. We’ll be here for whatever reading and blogging you have time for.

    And I completely sympathize with having the book whose cover you like best being one you DNF. I’ve done that before, and it’s always a bit disappointing. (But it means fewer books I want to hoard — um, I mean keep physical copies of — so that’s a bonus.)

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    1. Thank you. It’s going to be a juggling game for a bit until I get things all settled down. I suspect ’20 will be a bit unsettled with making everything work. At least now I’m just transitioning over.

      I just hate when the best cover for the month belongs to a book I dnf’d or hated. It happens more than I’d like 🙂


    1. I think 2020 is going to be a bit of a changing year. The United States has its presidential elections coming up, tradewar with china, and now all this personal stuff. I am really hoping it all turns out ok.

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  10. Congrats on the new job offer and good luck! It sounds like it’s a really good opportunity 🙂 And I things are always in flux on the blogosphere, so I think (and have found) people are very understanding when life things happen 🙂

    It’s a shame that book didn’t live upto the cover!

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