New Year’s resolutions—the good news and the bad, or how the pedometer geek fared in May. As for putting on steps on my pedometer, May was on the par with April. This pedometer geek managed to log 198,854 steps averaging 6,318 steps per day (more steps overall, but fewer on average than April). Three days of more than 10,000 steps (the goal) and six days in which aerobic steps of 12,151 were also managed during the month. Already June is shaping up to better based on the first week’s totals, but then June was the high-water mark in 2014, but I digress.
As for those resolutions concerned with reading, again it was a mixed bag of results. The number of books read was consistent with previous months, and the two http://www.bookcrossing.com challenges were positive, but not stellar.
Eleven books were read and/or completed in May. There was a mixture of genres which included YA, suspense-thriller, contemporary romance, fantasy, and mainstream fiction. A few of the books were a combination of genres, blurring lines. (Do I have to give credit to Marvin Gaye, Pharrell Williams, and Robin Thicke for using the terminology of blurring lines?) Seven of the authors were new (to me), and three of the books were read in an e-book format. Several were part of a series. All in all, it was a diverse set of reading material.
In the first of two http://www.bookcrossing.com challenges, the pages-read challenge, this pedometer geek completed 3,343 pages bringing the yearly total to 15,667 pages toward the goal of 35,000 pages for the year. In percentages, the goal is approximately 45% completed.
In the second challenge, the Set-it-yourself (SIY) challenge, four books from the list were completed. With a month left in the quarter, six books remain of the fourteen chosen. Completing the goal was made more difficult by the addition of another required read, but despite this, the challenge should be met.
In May, the following books were read:
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson *
Fresh Temptation by Reeni Austin
A Painted House by John Grisham *
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts *
3:00AM by Nick Pirog
Dangerous Alliance by Kyra Davis *
The Adventures of Jillian Spectre by Nic Tatano
Deceptive Innocence by Kyra Davis
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz
Although there wasn’t any nonfiction, there was variety in the novels read. A few of the books were extensively reviewed on my review site, http://www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com These include the suspense-thriller by Peter Swanson, the YA novel, Zac & Mia, and the contemporary suspense-romance duo-logy by Kyra Davis. Ironically, those two books were read in reverse order so much of the suspense was lost. In other words, read Deceptive Innocence first for more enjoyment.
The rest of the books will be briefly reviewed here. Reeni Austin’s Fresh Temptation is the first in a contemporary romance series that features the Barboza brothers. It is a light, breezy read that features most of the What-the-tuck trends, but is perfect as a summer beach read.
John Grisham is known for his legal thrillers, but A Painted House is mainstream fiction about a family of cotton farmers in Arkansas. The narrator is a seven-year-old, who dreams of becoming a St. Louis Cardinal, but during this summer of picking cotton, he will become privy to secrets that will change his outlook on life.
The Fault in Our Stars is a YA novel about teens with cancer; however, it is more than that as relationships are formed between the characters as they support and protect each other as they experience both remissions and setbacks. As might be expected, not all outcomes are positive, yet it is well worth the read. Zac & Mia coincidentally is also a YA novel about teens with cancer, and while there are similarities between the two, there is a difference, too, that makes it worth reading as well.
Nick Pirog’s 3:00AM is a suspense thriller about a young man who has a rare sleep disorder. For twenty-three hours a day, he is asleep, but from 3:00am to 4:00AM each day he is awake. It is during one of these periods of wakefulness that he observes a murder, and in order to clear his own name, he is forced to solve the crime without revealing his disorder and in the limited time he has each day. This is the first in the series, and a fun read as well.
Nic Tatano’s The Adventures of Jillian Spectre is a genre blurring novel. It is a YA fantasy novel that features teen Jillian Spectre, who has the power to see the romantic futures of those who come to her; however, there is more to her powers than even she realizes, and she must solve that mystery, too. Although the story is complete as it, there are a few others in this series, which will probably answer some of the unresolved questions that Jillian (and the reader) have.
Ice Kissed is the second in the Kanin Chronicle YA trilogy. Like Tatano’s novel, it is also a fantasy. This one continues the series which began with Frostfire, which features Bryn and Ridley, two trolls with human characteristics. As in the previous novel, Bryn is trying to prove her worth even as court intrigues between the various troll factions pull her in different directions. This second novel, while complete, still leaves the reader with many unanswered questions about the fate of Bryn, her family, and her friends.
Tiffany Reisz doesn’t disappoint in her latest spicy contemporary romance novel, The Virgin. This one continues the series that stars Nora, Kingsley, and Soren. Reunited in Scotland for a wedding, Nora and Kingsley provide the back-story that was alluded to in the first novel, The Siren. Like the previous novels in this series, this has graphic sexual encounters so be forewarned.
That’s it for May’s reads; this pedometer geek needs to get back to the books, in particular those SIY books, as well as put on the walking shoes if those New Year’s resolutions are to continue. Suggestions are always welcome.
* SIY books