December ’20 Roundup & Ramblings

Raw Data:

Books – 15

Pages – 4380

Words – 1473.5K

Average Rating – 3.77

The Bad:

Light – 2.5 Stars

Darkwalker on Moonshae – 1star DNF

The Good:

A Tale of Two Cities – 5 stars for the penultimate book in my Dicken’s journey

Message for the Dead – 4.5 stars for the Star Wars that should have been


The Muppets Christmas Carol was great! I am really glad I ended up buying it.

Miscellaneous Posts:


Work for me and Mrs B went as well as could be expected. I’m really ready for her to stop working the night shift though. Thankfully, that’ll happen next week. I can handle one more week. My work show NO inclination to slow down even though we now have a foot of snow on the ground. It’s going to be a slog of a winter, sigh.

The words absolutely spewed out of my fingers this month as I had a post almost every day. I keep saying I don’t know how I’ll keep up that kind of output and then I keep on keeping up. It definitely helped my stats for the month! I plan on talking about the blog stats a bit more in my Year in Review post tomorrow, but this December is the Best Month I’ve ever had here at WordPress. I guess I have you all to thank for that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just want to put in a plug for AAA if you’re in the United States. Had to have the subaru towed once and then I locked my keys in it and they had to come unlock it. Between those 2 things, my annual membership was more than paid for. Totally worth it if you regularly buy used cars like we do.

Cover Love:

Blood Relation by Dan Willis. If my chin looked like that, I’d be breaking concrete blocks with it just because I could. I do see a lack of suspenders though. Vests might look good, but when they cover up your awesome suspenders, well, your priorities are obviously all wrong.

Plans for Next Month:

I think I need to get through the Year in Review before I even think of plans for January. โ™ชTomorrow is โ™ชonly a sleep awayโ™ช

57 thoughts on “December ’20 Roundup & Ramblings

  1. I am very much looking forward to seeing your yearly-round-up post.
    I am relatively passionate about the blogging side of things and am always curious to see how peoples stats look – rather sad, I know.

    I’ve always kept posts like this and round-ups off the reviewing blog as I’d like it to remain all about the reviews. It means I get to post less as I don’t have a back-log going… yet.
    Overall, that means my stats suffer, but I get good comments and interaction so it’s not all bad news.

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    1. It is scheduled already ๐Ÿ˜€ I just can’t remember if I did it for midnight or the usual 5am like all my other posts (eastern standard time).

      I don’t think it is sad. I love stats myself and really enjoy reading about other people’s highs and lows. The whole “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ve always viewed my blog (wherever I was) as book centric but not book exclusive. I’ve simply got too much blabber in me to only write about books. But even then, I like the reviews to be the backbone of the blog. They are the skeleton upon which the whole thing hangs ๐Ÿ™‚ While I wouldn’t want to pressure you to change the way you blog, I can say it is always nice to get more from a blogger. I know some people have 2 different blogs just to address this issue. You just have to stick with what is going to work for you. If you don’t have words pouring out of your fingers, then don’t force yourself to write non-review stuff ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I am guilty of having two blogs. One for the book reviews and another one mainly for hobby/miniature/art related stuff that I’ll have had for ten years next year. I do most of my blabbering on that one. I think it helps me to have a ‘clear conscience’ when it comes to keeping the book one for reviews only too.

        I like the quote you posted. It’s great to see people success and a little healthy competition never hurt anyone either!

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            1. I just got up and so I’m petty bleary eyed. I mis-read that as “Dragoons” and I thought “cool, soldiers!”.
              I guess my incorrect thought was more correct than I thought ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I don’t know about cover love, I’d go for Yotsuba ๐Ÿ˜‰ Incidentally, my 7yo got Yotsubas 7 & 8 for Christmas, from her favourite uncle, read both within days! Do try to keep up ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. Yeah, some of those Yotsuba covers are really adorable.
      And no way I’m going to try to keep up. I’m savoring these. With only 14 available, I have to make them last as long as possible. Then it’s back into the wild to find another manga series, sigh…

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      1. Wanted to sugget Azumanga, but of course you read it ๐Ÿ˜‰ My niece will have to wait for that one, though, some topics are not entirely suitable if I remember correctly..

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  3. Congrats on your December WordPress stats!

    My car insurance includes roadside assistance and I went years without ever using it, but I had to use them recently to jumpstart my car. Itโ€™s definitely nice to have something like that available when you need it! Apparently car batteries die if you donโ€™t drive your car often enough โ€“ who knew. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Really I did know that, but I hadnโ€™t given proper thought to how little I was driving my car lately. So Iโ€™ll have to remember to give my car regular exercise, like a horse. I have one of those portable jump starters on order now in case it happens again, though.

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          1. Driving to the grocery store is pretty much the only thing I’ve been doing lately, and it’s a short drive, less than 2 miles. I do the pickup method where they bring the groceries out and put them in my trunk, and I leave the car idling while I wait, but with the app to let them know I’m on my way, they usually have things ready by the time I get there so it’s a short wait.

            I normally go once a week on the weekend, but this past weekend I was feeling lazy and I wasn’t out of food yet, so I put it off a few days and went longer without driving it.

            For something cold, I walk down to my fridge. ๐Ÿ™‚

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            1. Ahhh, yeah, I can see that happening then. I’m too much of a control freak to ever let someone else pick my groceries for me. Even if it is between the store brand can of stewed tomatoes or the name brand. That is MY choice and I want to pick that can MYSELF. ๐Ÿ˜€

              Fridge schmidge! That’s just a ploy by the Illuminati to subliminally control you through the light turning on and off when you open the door.

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              1. LOL, and I on the other hand am so lazy that I would eat rotten tomatoes (and I donโ€™t even LIKE tomatoes!) if it meant I could avoid tromping through the grocery store, trying to get around the people who congregate in the aisles and treat it like a social event or dither for 20 minutes about which box of cereal to buy, or hold up the grocery line forever with huge wads of coupons half of which aren’t valid for their purchases… I don’t have time for that nonsense! ๐Ÿ˜‰

                And who actually looks in their fridge to see the light when they open it? One can find the food and drinks without looking in a well-organized fridge!

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        1. ::raises hand:: My garage is a strange anomaly. Itโ€™s a two-car garage that contains one car, two trash cans, one recycling can, a few empty plastic storage totes, and practically nothing else.

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    1. If we were a single car family I’d definitely invest in one, but as we have two cars, jumper cables it is!

      Does using the roadside assistance affect your insurance rates any? That is what I’d be afraid of.

      And thanks. I just checked this afternoon when I got home and this IS the best month I’ve ever had here. I’m pretty happy ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Yeah, that makes sense, jumper cables are surely the cheaper option when you have a second car at your beck and call! My insurance carrier is Geico, and with them the Roadside Assistance carries an additional fee thatโ€™s paid as part of the insurance premium whether you use it or not. Iโ€™m paying an extra $1.28 per month for it.

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        1. Once we’re forced to get car insurance (our state doesn’t currently have that law on the books, thankfully), we’ll probably go with AAA insurance. Mrs B’s stepdad works for them and knows the ins and out really well.
          Dealing with insurance is practically like being in a war, so having an inside man is what you want and need.

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  4. Man, I remember laughing so hard at “Joly Jalapenos, Tabasco Man!”, Misty thought I went completely bananas, which wouldn’t be totally untrue. Your attempt at become funny actually worked, for at least one occasion. Cheers. ๐Ÿฅ‚

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    1. Yeah, in terms of numbers, this year has been a home run, knock it out of the park kind of year.
      But even on the month by month basis, it’s been a great year too. It’s all coming up roses ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. It’s wonderful to see another excellent month of reading and even better that you continue to disprove your ability to consistently write up posts! That’s what I call inspiring! ๐Ÿ˜› As for snow… We’re getting a huge chunk of it overnight today and, while it’s usually sad, I’m glad that the city will be covered in snow. Maybe that’ll discourage people from going out there and making those COVID numbers skyrocket! Or… just encourage them to go play outside….

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    1. Thanks Lashaan. I have to admit, I seem to have hit a groove in the last 4 months of just writing, writing, writing. I’m going to ride this wave for as long as I can! ๐Ÿ˜€

      It must be different living in a metropolitan area as opposed to a small town. We have about 15K population spread over 25 square miles (63 square km I think). so we’re not a center for people to get out and party hard at all.


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