The Journey of a Thousand Miles… (and November reads)

…begins with a single step. A friend in Great Britain mentioned a challenge to walk a thousand miles in 2017. I believe it was to raise funds for a charity, and she encouraged others to participate. In solidarity with her, this pedometer geek decided to do the same. At the end of November, this pedometer geek had added another seventy-one miles, leaving thirty-seven miles to go. As of the 16th, the goal was met, and each day’s steps just add to the total.

On the other hand, November’s step totals were not impressive. Only 187,79 steps were logged on the pedometer throughout the month, and there was only one day when the goal of 10,000 steps was met. There were twenty days when aerobic steps were obtained (a total of 58,654 steps).

Fortunately, reading went a bit better than walking. Ten books of various genres were read. Mainstream, mystery, romance, fantasy, and suspense novels were in the mix. Five of the authors were new to this reader, and four of the books were read in an e-book format.

This reader participates in two challenges. The first is a quarterly challenge, the Set-it-yourself (SIY) challenge. The other challenge is the yearly pages-read challenge. In the former challenge, there needs to be a correction to the number of books. Only twelve books were actually chosen for this challenge instead of fifteen reported in October’s post. Four of the twelve were completed in November leaving seven books to be completed by December 31st. It may be difficult, but not impossible to complete this challenge with twelve days to go.

The pages-read challenge is nearly complete. In November another 2,932 pages were added, bringing the total to 39,131 of the 40,000 pages challenged. As of this date, the challenge has been met. If the books chosen for the SIY challenge are completed, there will be an additional 1500 to 2000 pages.

In November, the following books were read:

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd   *

How the Finch Stole Christmas by Donna Andrews

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan  *

Big Girls Do It by Jasinda Wilder

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom   *

Snared by Jennifer Estep  *

Death Comes eCalling by Leslie O’Kane

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

When looking back over the books read during the month, this reader can see that there was some diversity among them. Except for the two books (The Sunlight Pilgrims and Snared)  reviewed on (my review site), all will be briefly discussed.

Sue Monk Kidd’s third novel rivals her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, for having a powerful, compelling story. It is a novel of two girls who grow up together during the time of slavery. Both are trapped by the institution, and both hate it. One becomes an abolitionist; the other is her slave. It is thoroughly engaging and well worth reading.

Donna Andrews continues her bird-themed mystery series. Always humorous, Meg Langslow solves another murder during the Christmas season. For a lighthearted mystery series, check out the adventures of Meg and her crazy family. Each builds on the former books, but each could be read as a standalone.

A Dog’s Journey is the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, and it continues the story of the dog who keeps being reborn as different dogs. With each new identity, the dog, known mostly as Bailey in the first book, remembers the lessons of past lives. This novel, like its predecessor, is a bit of tearjerker. While the second could be read without having read the first, too much would be lost in this reader’s opinion.

Jasinda Wilder’s contemporary romance is really four short stories/novellas that are combined into one book. Read as an e-book, the stories merge seamlessly into a unified whole, but the fourth story ends with a cliffhanger. There are more stories in the series, and the fifth one definitely answers the cliffhanger, but so far, this reader hasn’t had the opportunity to know what happens next.

Mitch Albom’s novel has, like his previous ones, a spiritual component. This one features a group of people who are receiving phone calls from loved ones who have died, but one person has his doubts and considers it his responsibility to figure out the hoax. The effect upon the people, near and far, is the gist of the story.

Leslie O’Kane’s novel is a cozy mystery story featuring Molly Masters, an amateur sleuth and entrepreneur of a small business. Having recently moved back to her home town, she is then accused of killing one of her former teachers and must prove her innocence.

The Blackbird Season is a suspense-thriller about a dying town and angsty teens, a teacher-coach, lies, infidelity, and a troubled marriage. Blending that all together is one girl’s assertion of an affair and her subsequent disappearance.

J.D. Robb, a pseudonym for Nora Roberts, is the author of another suspense-thriller, Naked in Death. It is the first in a futuristic series that features Eve Dallas as a high-ranking detective. She is investigating  a series of murders of officially sanctioned prostitutes.

That’s it in a nutshell. Now, to get back to the books this reader hopes to finish before the end of the year.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and may all your reads in 2018 be enjoyable and your steps be counted.


* 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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3 Responses to The Journey of a Thousand Miles… (and November reads)

  1. Excellent list, good progress. Enjoy stepping and reading through the holidays. Cheers, M

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks, Michael. Have a wonderful holiday! ~nan


  3. julespaige says:

    I’ve been reading fun romances and not so thriller murder mysteries. The last six paper back books were only about 300 pages each, two trilogies by Nora Roberts.

    I’ve made it across India… 1,997 miles a few days ago (total for the year).
    Some of that was doing aerobic exercise. If you are moving one way or another, it’s all good isn’t it.

    Keep reading what you enjoy and stay healthy!
    Hugs, Jules


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