The Journey of a Thousand Miles (October)

…begins with a single step. As the year continues to march to its conclusion, this pedometer geek is hopeful that the challenge (of 1000 miles) will be met. During the month, another 80 miles was logged bringing the remainder down to 106 miles.

On the other hand, in the Million Mile Marathon in a Month challenge, this pedometer geek was overly optimistic and chose the goal of the ultra-ultra marathon, which was 100 miles, and came up about 19 miles short.

Even the number of steps (206,461) was a bit lackluster, averaging 6,660 a day. While it wasn’t the worst of the year’s monthly totals, it was close. The number of aerobic steps came to a total of 63,117 steps over the course of 23 days. Only four days of 10,000 steps were managed.

On the reading front, however, results were a little better. Ten books and one novella were read. Of them, two books were nonfiction. The rest were divided among various genres: mainstream, mystery, young adult (YA), and romance. Eight authors were new to this reader, and seven of the books were read in an e-book format.

The two challenges that this reader participates in continued. The quarterly set-it-yourself challenge (SIY), which began in October, has not gone too well. At this point, only one of the fifteen books chosen for this challenge has been completed.

The other challenge, the yearly pages-read challenge, however, is going much better. The goal of 40,000 pages is more than ninety percent complete with 36,199 pages read of which 2,464 pages were read in the month. With two months remaining, the goal should be achieved.

In October, the following books were read (completed):

  A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron *

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything  by Anne Bogel

Elegy for a Disease by Anne Finger

Over You by Christine Kersey

All Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

Mischief by Tiffany Reisz

The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

No Time Like Forever by Zoe York

Her Loyal SEAL by Caitlyn O’Leary

Sealed With a Kiss by Leeanna Morgan

The reading material was less diverse than usual. Many of the novels and the novella were contemporary romances. There was one mainstream novel as well as one mystery in the mix. Two very different nonfiction books were read. One was a memoir; the other could be described as a self-help book.

Briefly, the books will be discussed. A Dog’s Purpose is the story of a dog who keeps dying before being reborn. With each life, the dog remembers the lessons of the precious lives as he tries to discover his purpose in life. One particular reincarnation is that of Bailey, who is a dog to a young boy, Ethan. Bailey believes that being Ethan’s dog is his purpose in life, but there is more to his lives than that.

Anne Bogel’s book is a unique self-help book about learning how to understand yourself and others through various personality types such as the Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram, StrengthsFinder, and more. By understanding yourself and others, relationships may be strengthened and deepened.

Anne Finger’s memoir deals with her lifetime struggles with polio and its aftermath of post-polio syndrome during the changing culture of the Sixties. Interspersed with her life story is the history of the disease as well as various treatments inflicted upon the victims. It was an informative read and well researched.

Sue Grafton’s  Y is for Yesterday continued her Kinsey Milhone mystery series. In this one, a cold case is revived from twenty years earlier, and a current one returns to cause the private detective problems.

The rest of the novels were various contemporary romances, one of which was also considered YA. It was a second chance romance in Over You; All Fired Up was a romance with a former Army Ranger/budding entrepreneur who falls for a client. Reisz’s novella was a Halloween-themed erotic story, which is a spin-off from her Original Sinners series. Natalie Blitt’s YA romance followed two teens with a relationship built on the French language. Zoe York’s romance involves a fake relationship that turns real. The last two romances, Her Loyal SEAL and Sealed with a Kiss, have Navy SEALs as romantic leads. The former romance focused the SEAL in his role as protector whereas the latter focused on the man after his retirement from the service.

Based on these romances, there may be a new What-the-Tuck trends. Between the two romances with Navy SEALs and the Army Ranger, it appears that military special operations forces may be the new trend. This reader will be watching for more.

The asterisked title is from the SIY challenge.


Now, back to putting steps on the pedometer and finishing up the challenges set.










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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