The Journey of a Thousand Miles (August)

…starts with a single step. In solidarity with a friend in Great Britain, this pedometer geek is attempting to walk a thousand miles this year. Unfortunately, August was not the most productive of months in regards to putting on the steps and/or miles. In fact, August’s numbers were the lowest for the year. The total number of steps on the pedometer for the month was 209,904 of which 55,201 steps were aerobic steps. There were only two days in which this pedometer geek managed to put more than 10,000 steps on the pedometer and twenty-four days of aerobic steps (more than ten miles of continual walking).

These steps reduced the number of miles to 267 miles remaining toward the 1000 mile goal with another four months to go. Thus this pedometer geek is feeling more confident that it is obtainable although there is always the possibility that something could derail it.

On the other hand, reading seemed steady and some inroads on the challenges in which this reader participates showed some progress. The two challenges are the SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge and the pages-read challenge.

In the SIY challenge, three more books of the fifteen books to be read throughout the quarter were completed, yet there are still ten more books to complete by the end of September. Normally, four or five of them are completed in a month making the goal reasonable, but this quarter it may be a struggle. Depending on this quarter’s outcome, this reader may have to scale back on the number or abandon the SIY challenge totally.

In the year-long pages-read challenge, the progress is more positive. Of the 40,000 page goal, 31,113 pages have been read so far, and 2689 of them were read during the month. With a third of the year remaining (where did 2017 go?), the last 9,000 pages seems doable.

Nine books and one novella were read during the month. Unlike previous months, there were two books of nonfiction (one a biography, the other a memoir) as well as one book that was a blend of short stories and conversations. The fiction titles were of made up of the genres of romance, urban fantasy, mystery, and suspense. Six of the authors were new to this reader, and four of the books were read in an e-book format.

A slight digression here, but in a recent conversation with a reading friend, I mentioned that I was surprised just how many books I now read in an e-book format (what I once referred to as ‘turning to the dark side’). In response, she said she didn’t like to read this way and basically only read real books…that e-books weren’t really books at all. When I countered that I liked both and had found that some books were only available as e-books, especially a few books obtained through the library, she countered with the same argument; that e-books weren’t real books at all. I ask you who are reading this blog: how do you feel about books and e-books? Please weigh in as this inquiring mind wants to know.

In August, the following books were read/completed:

Love Garage by Liz Crowe

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

Nice Guys Bite (an e-novella) by Jennifer Estep

Gone Gull by Donna Andrews

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough  *

Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith  *

The Girl in the Spider’s Web  by David Lagercrantz  *

  The World According to Bob by James Bowen

There’s Something About Her by Z.L. Arkadie

Unlike most months, this pedometer geek reader read some nonfiction, but there were also various genres in the mix of fiction. Some romances, a mystery, a suspense thriller, and an urban fantasy completed the reading list. Ali Smith’s book, which was reviewed on my review site,, was actually a blend of both fiction and nonfiction.

Without going into too much detail, here is the breakdown of the novels. Three contemporary romances, authored by Liz Crowe, Lisa Renee Jones, and Z.L. Arkadie, were read. Tiffany Reisz’s novel was a time travel romance. Jennifer Estep’s e-novella was a continuation of her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Donna Andrews’ novel was a continuation of her bird-themed mysteries. David Lagercrantz has taken over the writing of the suspense thrillers connected to Stieg Larsson, making this the fourth novel in the Millennium series featuring Lisbeth Salander (the girl with the dragon tattoo).

Two nonfiction books were read. David McCullough’s book was a biography of the Wright Brothers and their invention of the first plane. This reader, although having grown up in Ohio and spending many years in the Dayton area, still was surprised by all the information McCullough laid out about the brothers’ adventures. Consider checking this book out for some fascinating reader about the early days of powered flight. James Bowen continued his story of the street cat named Bob and his relationship with the cat on the streets of London. Overall, there was a bit of diversity in the reading material.

Now, to get back to reading books from the SIY list (like the asterisked titles are above) and putting more steps on the pedometer. Suggestions of books always welcomed.



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 The Journey of a Thousand Miles (August)

  1. I had an August setback, too, but 1,000 miles remain within your reach. Keep going! Cheers, M

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  2. julespaige says:

    I don’t think I’ll post my ped numbers…you might faint. I am once again in a sort of contest…though all the participants are only supposed to do 12,000 per day to gain points. My average is over 20,000.

    As for e-readers being books. Of course they are. They have pages and they have written words.
    They are just handled differently. While I am not a fan, it doesn’t mean one should discount what they have read electronically. What about all the blog posts one reads. Or newspapers and magazines. Just different formats for information or fantasy.

    So continued success with both challenges. Hugs, Jules.

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  3. I love that you are doing so well with your numbers. I can only wish that I would hit 20,000 steps regularly, JP. You give me a goal to shoot for.

    Yes, I agree with you…books are books no matter what the form they take. I really couldn’t believe she said that e-books weren’t real books, but I thought maybe others might feel the same way. Glad you weighed in on the subject.

    Happy Autumn, Jules.
    ~. nan


  4. Your mileage and reading are most impressive!

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