September’s reads by a pedometer geek

For most people, New Year’s Day and the resolutions made then are long gone. Some people are already thinking about the upcoming holidays. This pedometer geek, however, is still working on most of those resolutions made way-back-when.

As a pedometer geek, steps on the pedometer are recorded daily, and the goal of 10,000 steps daily remains elusive. Despite this, September’s total number of steps was the highest of all the previous months in 2014. This pedometer geek managed a total of 223,918 steps, which averages out to be 7,464 steps per day. Aerobic steps occurred on eight days totaling 25,184 steps, and there were seven days when the goal of 10,000 steps or more was met. As might be expected, the day of the 5K Color Run was one of these (see previous post for details). While this month had better results, it still leaves room for improvement, and the resolution to put more steps on the pedometer continues.

The other resolution to read more books continues, too. Part of this resolution includes the participation of several challenges by this reader. They are two of them. The first is the SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge; the other is the pages-read challenge.

Nine books and one short story were completed during the month. Three of the books were nonfiction and the rest were various types of fiction. Five of the books were written by authors I had never read. Several were part of a series. The short story, read on my Kindle, is part of a larger work, which I intend to read in the near future. Overall, the reading material was highly diverse.

This quarter’s bookcrossing SIY challenge ended at the end of the month. As the month began, I needed to complete seven books, but only managed to read five of them. Thus, I failed this quarter’s challenge. Those two books have now been added to the next quarter’s SIY challenge which already totaled thirteen (particular) books. Most of the books chosen for this challenge are Advanced Reader Copies (received as giveaways through either Shelf Awareness or Goodreads).

In the other bookcrossing challenge, the number of pages read tallied 3144 pages bringing the year’s total to 27,489 of the 40,000 pages that I challenged myself to read throughout the year. With three months to go, it may difficult to complete this challenge as well.

In September, the following books were completed:
The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen
The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
The Big Herbs: Use, Abuse, Natural History and Identification by Paul Strauss
The Son by Jo Nesbo *
The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa *
Two Years Before the Mast: A Sailor’s Story by Henry Dana, Jr. *
Theodore Boone by John Grisham
Waking Kate (a short story) by Sarah Addison Allen
Sins of the Flesh by Colleen McCullough *
Far Outside the Ordinary by Prissy Elrod *

This was a diverse set of reads. Various genres are included in this mix. Some of the books (The Son by Jo Nesbo, The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa, and Sins of the Flesh by Coleen McCullough) were extensively reviewed, and those reviews can be found at The others will be briefly mentioned here. The nonfiction books were varied, too.

Paul Stauss penned a book that discusses his life as a minimalist. In his book, The Big Herbs, he talks about all the different trees on his land in the southern part of Ohio. It was a fascinating look at what these trees are useful for including their medicinal qualities. Moreover, it was published by XOXOX, an independent press located in Gambier, Ohio.

Two Years Before the Mast: A Sailor’s Story was Dana’s day-to-day account of his time on a ship in the 1830s traveling from Boston to California and then back again. He left Harvard just to go on this adventure. Over time, he becomes a real sailor. He chronicles the lives of sailors and the sailing experience. In the end, his life is forever changed by his experience at sea. He does eventually return to Harvard and finishes his education.

The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen is the third (and last) novel in the alternative history series that posed the question: What might have happened had Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had a son who lived and became king? This one begins as Henry IX (Will as he is known) has finally learned to exercise his power. As such, he is angry and out to destroy any and all traitors to the crown. Like the other in the trilogy, fictional characters coexist alongside historical figures in a delicate dance of diplomacy and court machinations. Having read and enjoyed the previous two novels, my recommendation is to read them in order; otherwise, a reader may be thoroughly confused.

Tiffany Reisz is known as a contemporary, erotic romance writer. Her past novels feature a cast of characters who are not known for vanilla sex, and her new novel is no different. The Saint is the first in a new series that fills in the back-story of the characters, Nora and Soren, but it also still introduces a few new characters. Like her other novels, this one contains sexually graphic material.

John Grisham’s Theodore Boone is a YA novel about thirteen-year-old Theo who considers himself a lawyer. Spending time at court, knowing all the judges and attorneys, and following in his parents’ footsteps, he helps his friends with legal issues. When the biggest murder trial of his hometown occurs, Theo becomes caught up in the fervor of the trial, and he may even know things that could affect the outcome.

Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen is a short story that contains characters from one of her novels, Lost Lake. The short story is complete as is, but still whets the appetite for the longer work.

With the beginning of a new quarter, another SIY challenge will be started. The pages-read challenge will continue, as will my other resolutions.

* SIY challenge books

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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2 Responses to September’s reads by a pedometer geek

  1. rebbthoughts says:

    I don’t think I made any resolutions at the top of year, Nan. Most likely because I got tired of not completing them, or as you mention, forgetting them completely. It’s always great to see you plugging away, clocking in your steps and aiming toward your reading goals. Two Years Before the Mast may have to go on my TBR list–thanks!


  2. Rebb,
    Well, it is easier to continue resolutions that you want to complete. I ditched one of them earlier in the year when I realized that I wasn’t going to get it done. I have a needlepoint canvas that I wanted to complete in 2014. I purchased it in 1981, but have worked on it here and there, hit and miss over the years (always an excuse…moving, having two children, etc.). Maybe next year? But even now I am failing at those listed above. Alas…
    Two Years Before the Mast has its moments; let me know what you think if it ever comes to the top of your TBR. My TBR is now an avalanche-to-be.


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