March 2015’s reads of a somewhat slacking pedometer geek

The first quarter has ended; the second has begun, and New Year’s resolutions are still intact for this pedometer geek. Of course, it is important to choose resolutions that one is motivated to do, and this pedometer geek has two main ones.

The first resolution is to put more steps on the pedometer every day. Preferably, 10,000 steps a day, but realistically, this pedometer geek hasn’t done so well recently. March, with its improvement in the weather, made getting out and walking a bit easier and the number of steps improved over both January’s and February’s results. Totaling 169,621 steps with 21,000 aerobic steps (achieved over the course of ten days), I averaged 5,472 steps per day with only one day over 10,000 steps. However, April with my participation in the Million Mile Month, I have even more incentive to put steps on my pedometer.

The other resolution is to read more books. That resolution includes participation in several http://www.bookcrossing.com challenges as well. The two challenges included the SIY (set-it-yourself) quarterly challenge and the pages-read yearly challenge.

In March, eleven books were completed and one book was left off the February reading list, bringing the total of twelve books during the month. One book was nonfiction (a memoir); the rest were fiction, which were divided into various genres. From YA to science fiction to romance to suspense-thriller to chick-lit to general fiction, these books were varied. Several of them were part of a series. Seven of the authors were new to me.

In the SIY challenge, I had challenged myself to read fifteen particular books in the first quarter of the year. As the quarter came to an end, I found myself short of completing the last of the fifteen books by about two hundred pages. Thus, this pedometer geek failed in this challenge, but decided to re-up for the second quarter with another fourteen books that includes the novel left uncompleted by the 31st of March.

In the pages-read challenge, though, I fared a little better. Throughout the month, I read a total of 3,955 pages bringing the total to 9,984 pages of the 35,000 pages I challenged myself to read during the year. If the rest of the year goes as well, I should be able to meet this challenge.

In March, I read and/or completed the following books:
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis Graves *
The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
Wild by Cheryl Strayed *
The List by Siobhan Vivian * (actually read in February)
A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine *
Dead Game by James Neal Harvey *
His Kind of Perfect by Kinsley Gibb *
Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks *
Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal *
The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

Overall, it was a diverse combination of books. Several of the books blurred lines between the genres. Five of the books (Every Time I Think of You, A Promise by Daylight, His Kind of Perfect, Keep Me Safe, and Independently Wealthy) were Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs); thus they were extensively reviewed on my review site: http://www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com and can be found there. For those not reviewed, here is a quick review of each.

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking is a YA fantasy novel. It is the first in the Kanin trilogy (is there something magical about trilogies?) that has several clans of human-like trolls as its central characters battling for survival. It is apparently related to another series by this author, but did not affect the reading of it. Overall, a fun, light read.

Holmberg’s The Glass Magician is the second book in a YA fantasy novel series. The series continues with the same characters, Ceony Twill and Emery Thane, but adds in new characters who utilize a new type of magic (glass). This series is one of the most innovative and fun fantasy series that I have encountered recently. The writing is fresh, and I am looking forward to the next one, too. It may be a planned trilogy, too, but I digress.

The co-authored Earth Awakens is the third and final novel in the First Formic Wars trilogy (of course) that is the prequel series to Ender’s Game. Mazer Rackham, who appears in Ender’s Game, plays a major role in this prequel series. Further, the background of what has become an iconic science fiction novel is explained. Although not as good as some of the other novels in these sci-fi series (there are about ten other novels that are connected to the first novel), it is a worthy addition and one that all Card fans will want to read. My only concern is the time angle with Mazer in this series and Ender’s Game; explanations always accepted to explain what seems to me to be a discrepancy.

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is her memoir of her trip on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) a few years after her mother’s death from cancer. Throughout the book, her experiences, both good and bad, are recounted as she becomes the person she once was and wants to be again. Written quite a few years after the trip, she uses her journals she kept during her trip as well as re-connecting with some of the people she met while on this treacherous trail.

Vivian’s The List is a YA novel about the effects and perceptions of an arbitrary, anonymous posted list in an elite high school. Eight girls (one from each year, freshman through senior) are singled out as either the most beautiful or the ugliest girl for her year in the week prior to homecoming. While the rest of the students fade into the woodwork, the eight girls affected become the focus of scrutiny, both from within and without. Some rise to the occasion; others melt down, but none of them are left unchanged by this list as school officials try to determine who posted the List.

Harvey’s Dead Game is a suspense-thriller which features a serial killer, who is bent on revenge against the detective who put him in an insane asylum. Now out, he returns to his manner of killing, but he’s targeting women who are, in some way, connected to the detective. Twisted and intense, the killer is a master gamer, who plays everyone in order to exact his revenge.

The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh is a coming-of-age novel about two very different sisters. With the possible suicide of their mother, the young women react in their own special way. Jazz, the older sister, is tightly controlled; her younger sister Olivia is ethereal and flighty. With a sudden desire to visit the bogs of her mother’s book, Olivia takes off with her ashes. Jazz follows, and their impromptu trip becomes an adventure in which they discover more about their mother, and more important, the discover more about themselves and each other.

To repeat, a diverse set of reading material that included fantasy, reality, murder, romance, and a little bit of everything in-between. Now, to get back to reading and putting steps on the pedometer as this pedometer geek has some miles to go before she sleeps to borrow a bit from Robert Frost. It is, after all, now National Poetry Month.

* 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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