This pedometer geek generally reports on the steps taken and the books read every month. (Well, there were a few months when this didn’t happen as someone indicated it was silly and useless, but I digress.)
Reading more and putting more steps on the pedometer have been continuing resolutions for several years now. It is much easier to keep a resolution if it is something that a person wants to do, in this pedometer geek’s never-to-be-humble opinion.
As a result of this pedometer geek’s commitment to both continuing resolutions, which are quite different than the stop-gap measures the members of Congress do to prove how powerful they are, statistics of step counts and listing of books have been kept on Excel spreadsheets for several years.
Thus, looking back over the statistics for 2017, here’s an end-of-year rundown of both step totals and books.
First off, the pedometer geek’s number of steps. The first quarter of the year had the highest totals with March having the most steps as well as aerobic steps; however February’s average number of steps per day (and aerobic steps) was higher. As the year wore on, the totals, both total and aerobic steps, weren’t as impressive with the lowest number of steps in November. The lowest number of aerobic steps, however, wasn’t in November, but in July.
From the high of 319,319 steps in March to the low of 187,798 steps in November, the total number of steps for the year totaled 2,957,209 steps, which averaged out to 8,101 steps per day.
Aerobic steps had similar results with February’s high of 185,372 aerobic steps and the low of 52,486 aerobic steps in July. The total number of aerobic steps was 1,210,314 for the year. They averaged out to 3,3l5 aerobic steps per day.
While the goal of 10,000 steps was not achieved every day, there were plenty of days when the goal was reached including the one-day high of 17,173 steps, which occurred in July. Coincidentally, despite the lack of aerobic steps in July, many of the higher steps totals were in July.
Enough about steps (in case anyone is still reading this), now onto books.
During 2017, this pedometer geek reader read 140 books, 5 novellas, 10 short stories, and listened to 4 audio-books (okay, admittedly, slept through some parts; no matter how compelling the tale, how great the narrator, it is hard to keep totally engaged, to not drift off for a minute or two, but I digress once again).
Breaking down the books into various categories and genres, there were 9 nonfiction titles, which can be further broken down into 6 memoirs and 3 others. Obviously, the majority of books and stories were fiction although there was one book, Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith, which was a blend of fiction and nonfiction.
In the fiction category, various genres were read. Breaking it out into the different genres, there were 15 thriller/suspense novels, 10 mystery novels, 46 romance novels (contemporary romance and historical romance), 7 literary novels read, 30 mainstream novels, 5 historical novels, 26 fantasy novels (different kinds of fantasy including urban fantasy), 4 YA/tween novels, and 4 miscellaneous books, which includes an anthology.
For perhaps the first time ever, more e-books were read than print books. Eighty-three books were read in an e-book format although there were several that were read from both formats, switching back and forth between the two kinds.
Twenty-five books were giveaways from either the author or publisher. Each of these was reviewed on my review site, www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com. Some of these were reviewed as a series, though.
Ninety-three of the books were written by authors previously unknown to this reader. Discovering new (to me, at least) authors is always a thrill as this often opens up new opportunities to read. Quite a few of these books were the debut novels of the authors although this reader didn’t keep that statistic—I have to find time to read after all.
There were some treasures in the mix, and a few of my favorite reads of 2017 include When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Family Tree by Susan Wiggs, Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, Shadows and Ghosts by Barbara Froman, and the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep (I had read a couple the previous year, but in 2017, I avidly read the rest of them, up to and including Snared, the 16th book in the urban fantasy series.).
Lest it seem as if all this pedometer geek reader does read and walk, despite what some people have indicated, there really is more to me than that.
I volunteer for two different organizations: the local library and an estuary research center. Another volunteer and I facilitate one of the library’s (sanctioned) book groups; we have been running the group for ten years. I also sanitize the public computers weekly; I’ve been doing this for almost eight years. Yeah, my husband calls me a cleaning lady.
At the research center, I man the desk in the visitor center, which basically means answering the telephone, answering visitors’ questions (or finding staff members who can answer those more difficult questions), deal with the gift shop sales, and duties as assigned.
As my blog ‘tagline’ says, I write haiku…some sweet and some not-so-sweet, and 2017 was a year in which I was fortunate enough to have had quite a few haiku and poems accepted into both print anthologies and online journals.
One haiku was accepted into Presence in the spring issue, another two haiku were accepted into Zee Zahava’s Brass Bell online journal, six haiku were accepted into Valentina Ranaldi-Adams’ Stardust Haiku monthly journal, and two dozen haiku/senryu were accepted into Mike Rehling’s Failed Haiku online journal (here on WordPress). Another two haiku were accepted into the anthology They Gave Us Life, which was edited by Robert Epstein. One poem, “One Hand,” was accepted to be included in the 2017 Hessler Street Poetry Anthology, published by Writing Knights Press, and four poems were selected to be included in the anthology: 44839: Poems from a Zip Code, published by Drinian Press.
I must admit for every acceptance, there were plenty of rejections, too. Many more rejections, but there were also a couple times when I was fortunate enough to receive some honorable mentions on a couple of my haiku.
Enough rambling (and bragging), I am off to read and put some steps on my pedometer.
Some bragging (promotion) for my friend, JulesPaige: she and others are part of a new anthology of flash fiction: The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1.
Check it out.