May 2017’s Reads of a Pedometer Geek

This pedometer geek hasn’t written much in the past month or so. Well, at least, not here on my blog. I have shared a post or two of others’ writings, but that is about it. I’d like to claim that it is due to the fact that I have really lived up to my pedometer geek status, but unfortunately, that isn’t true. On the other hand, May was an excellent writing month as several of my haiku and/or senryu and  my poems (yeah, I still can’t distinguish the nuances between the two forms.) have been accepted into journals and anthologies. To see three of the haiku/senryu, check out Mike Rehling’s Failed Haiku on WordPress for June. He does an excellent job with his monthly online journal, reading thousands of entries each month, and not just because he included some of mine, but I digress.

My step totals were down a bit from the previous month, and in actuality they were the lowest of 2017. In May this pedometer geek only managed 257,389 steps on the pedometer. Of these, 104,770 steps were aerobic steps (obtained on all but three days), but the goal of 10,000 steps was only managed a third of the time. The goal of a thousand miles throughout the year is now reduced to 532 miles with 86 miles logged throughout the month.

On the other hand, this pedometer geek reader made some progress on the two Bookcrossing challenges in which I am participating. As to the pages-read challenge, which is a yearly challenge, 4,588 pages were read throughout the month bringing the yearly total to 20,819 pages toward the goal of 40,000 pages.

The other Bookcrossing challenge is the quarterly SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge and twelve books were chosen for the challenge. At the beginning of the month, only one of these books had been read. At the end of the month three more of these books were completed. With a month to go on this challenge, it will be a stretch to finish the last eight books chosen; however, it is still possible.

Of the sixteen books read, all but one of them were fiction. Six of the books were part of one series, and two of these were actually novellas. Another novel finished up another series. The nonfiction was a memoir. Various genres were read, and some with a blend of genres. From suspense to romance to YA to urban fantasy as well as mainstream novels, it was a diverse month of reading material. Six of the authors were new to this reader, and nine of the books were read in an e-book format.

In May, the following books were read:

Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Forever in Love by Leeanna Morgan

Rescue by Anita Shreve

Wrath of Magic by Simone Pond

By a Thread by Jennifer Estep

Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep

The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate   *

The Confession of Stella Moon by Shelley Day

Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard  *

Neighborhood Watch by Cammie McGovern

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Good Guys Love Dogs by Inglath Cooper

Kiss of Venom by Jennifer Estep

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi  *

Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

Thread of Death  by Jennifer Estep

While each of these could be discussed, they won’t be. Only the memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, is truly notable for the story of the young neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi, who wrote about his diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer just as he was finishing up his training. Switching from his role as physician to one of patient makes for an incredibly poignant read, and is definitely worth being read by all, but especially by anyone in the medical field; it is highly recommended.

Several of the books,  Wrath of Magic and Beyond the Rising Tide, were extensively reviewed on my review site Wondering about any of the other books, just ask.

Now, this pedometer geek has a few books to read to finish up the SIY challenge as well as writing some poems, which may be submitted. And, of course, put more steps on the pedometer. So, later…

* The asterisked titles are SIY 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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6 Responses to May 2017’s Reads of a Pedometer Geek

  1. julespaige says:

    Busy month for the both of us. I’m a bit wound up from my day. So that’s what I’m doing here now.
    The morning had several errands before taking the car in – which also included an oil change.
    I’ve got a a couple of days with the grands, errands for my neighbor and a weekend travel planned with the Hub – though he’ll be working.

    I’ve slowed down my steps pace for the month – I’m only averaging about 7 miles a day instead of 10. Happy to say today the Hub and I reached our highest level for our insurance program. I added the last five points while stomping away while watching Jeopardy (well now it is) yesterday. So I’ve been averaging 15,000 steps minimum.

    I am racking up pages with my quick mysteries – though I haven’t entered any BC challenges much less added to my BC account for awhile. I’ve read about 6-8 of these little gems from my library book store. Just this morning I picked up 5 for $5. I don’t have the lights on – so I can’t read the titles at the moment in my book journal. I have them listed as just Spring ’17.

    Have you read “The Language of Threads” ? – I think that one is about Japan. But I also picked up a free book at the library – a story based in China. When I’m done with that one I can send you both if you’d like.

    Anyway I suppose I should try to get some sleep as hubby’s alarm goes off at 6am.

    Hugs, Jules


    • Wow, Jules. Those are impressive numbers. I wish my insurance would get me the impetus to work harder; I think that is fantastic.I can’t claim those kind of steps or miles. I’d like to claim that some of my lower numbers has to do with the fact that I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot (and I really do), but don’t know if that is all the reason. I should rest it as I have been told per the doctor. And added to that, you are one busy woman with all those errands and your grandkids. I just hope I am half the grandmother you are because you are amazing.

      So much of what I read can be lumped into “May 2017” as there are many books which are ultimately forgettable. Yes, there are one or two that stay with me long after the reading, but if I am honest, not many fit that. The Kalanithi book is one that will stay with me, but even the less than stellar books still have a rationale…escapism for one, and considering the daily bad news from around the world, I need to escape. That’s the value of mysteries and romances, etc.

      Haven’t heard of The Language of Threads? Will have to look it up.

      Hopefully, June and July will bring about some improvement in the foot so that I can put on more steps.



      • julespaige says:

        ‘The Language of Threads’…is really about Hong Kong…and the other book is called ‘Peony is in Love’ – A bit slow to get into being historical fiction. So I just read a bit here and there – between the murder mysteries.

        The grands wore me out today – but then I wasn’t firing on all cylinders. Tomorrow will be slower and then I’ve got ’em again on Thursday.

        I’m still attempting to get rid of stuff. I got a small box out last week.

        Health has to come first. There are other ways to stay healthy even while resting your feet. So just be careful. 🙂

        I think I’ll be retiring early tonight – though I didn’t get a real walk in – I still got my 15,000 in (that’s just shy of 7 miles). I just read that our bonus kick start for next year is 10% of what is earned this year. So I guess that’s the next goal (to get to the highest level quicker). That is if the company keeps the same program. At least I think my hubby is also walking more too. The Fitbit program encourages 5 days of exercise a week. But I figure if I can get the full 15 points every day for the insurance – why not? 🙂

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  2. You do better than me, and you should be proud of your numbers and points. If I manage to get 10,000, I am happy. Especially since it hurts to walk some times with what is going on with my foot. I am beginning to feel like a cyborg with the boot I wear, the brace I wear for carpal tunnel (and yes, I had the surgery, but…), and a mouth guard. Face it, I am getting old.

    I’d love to try out a fitbit, but until my current pedometer dies, I won’t.


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