A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
This pedometer geek has started a few blogs with the quote above because this year this pedometer geek has decided to walk a thousand miles (as challenged by one of my British bookcrossing friends, Callyc). Never have I considered my mileage, nor tracked it; it has always been the goal of putting on 10,000 steps or more daily on my pedometer. Sometimes I succeed; most times I fail, however, that doesn’t mean I intend to quit any time soon.
In April, I once again participated in the Million Mile Month for the third time (and have the t-shirts to prove it, but I digress). For those unfamiliar with the Million Mile Month (MMM), all the runners or walkers challenge themselves individually to tackle a movement goal, which adds to the collective total to achieve a million miles during the month of April. This pedometer geek set my goal at MMM at eighty miles, yet planned on walking one hundred miles. Actually, I managed 100.89 miles throughout the month of April, but more important than that, all of those people who signed up for MMM challenge managed to run, walk, swim, etc. 1,315,410 miles. As a community, 88,963,729 calories were burned and there were 17,057,017 minutes of activity. (See millionmilemonth.org for more information)
Despite having managed my goal of one hundred miles, this pedometer geek still fell a bit short of the overall goal of 10,000 steps every day. Twenty days the goal was accomplished. The total number of steps for the month was 290,980 with 131,986 aerobic steps. As far as the goal of 1000 miles, it is now reduced to a little more than 619 miles to go before the end of the year.
On the other hand, this pedometer geek’s reading time was way up. Having taken a part-time job helping with Early Voting during a special primary election, there was plenty of time to read despite my duties (and far too few areas to put steps on my pedometer although not for lack of trying). As such, this pedometer geek reader managed to read sixteen different books throughout the month. While most of them were fairly light reading material (romances, mostly), there were some books of substance (literary novels and nonfiction) in the mix. Twelve of the books were read in an e-book format. Eleven of the authors were new to this reader.
With the beginning of another quarter, a set of books were chosen for the Bookcrossing SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge. Twelve books were chosen, but only one was completed during the month, leaving a huge deficit for the remaining two months of the challenge. The Bookcrossing yearly pages-read challenge is coming along nicely with a total of 16,231 pages read of the 40,000 page goal.
In April the following books were read:
Return to Love by Christine Kingsley
Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither by Sara Baume
Love’s Funny That Way by Pamela Burford
Blindsided by Jami Davenport
Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport
Last First Kiss by Lia Riley
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold *
Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep
Banished Love by Ramona Flightner
Craving for Love by Violet Vaughn
Lease on Love by Violet Vaughn
I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
Rush for Love by Violet Vaughn
Love Life by Lexy Timms
From Glowing Embers by Emilie Richards
Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
The only book that will be discussed is Sue Klebold’s book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy. Written by the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two boys involved in the Columbine shooting, it is an eye-opening account of what the Klebold family went through before, during, and after the shootings at the school. This reader found it both sad and chilling reading. Sad for the fact that the family received so much hate mail, sad for the fact that it was suicidal depression that drove Dylan to commit these atrocities, sad for the fact that the mother couldn’t feel like she could grieve for her own child’s death while also grieving and guilt-ridden for those who lives who had either been lost or affected, and sad that ultimately, despite his role in the shootings, that she still loved him. Chilling for the fact that she didn’t recognize how deep his depression went, chilling for the fact that she was as shocked by his actions as everyone else, chilling for the 20/20 hindsight of the facts, chilling for reliving the event through her words, and chilling because these events keep happening. This wasn’t an easy read by any stretch of the imagination, yet it is a book that should be read. It is a look into the heart and mind of a mother who works tirelessly to prevent other suicides and other events of this nature. It was easy enough to imagine any teen, even one of my children, becoming so depressed that the only way out might be suicide, or so involved with another youth that he/she might be willing to go along without considering the consequences to themselves, their friends, and their families.
Lia Riley’s First Last Kiss has been reviewed on my review site: http://www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com. If interested in knowing about any of the other books, please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Now, back to putting some steps on my pedometer.