The Journey of a Thousand Miles… (April)

…begins with a single step. This pedometer geek was not slacking towards the thousand mile goal although slacking is definitely seen in regards to this post about April’s steps and reads. It is now June and other things have gotten in the way of writing, but hopefully this is the end of it.

Toward the goal of a thousand miles, 120 miles were logged on the pedometer. Because of this, approximately 512 miles are left to go. In 2017, it took until the middle of December before the threshold of 1000 miles was met; this year the goal is to complete it earlier.

In regards to the number of steps that were logged on the pedometer throughout the month, there were 282,202 steps, averaging over 9000 steps a day, with 56,262 of them considered aerobic steps. There were 12 days in which the goal of at least 10,000 steps was obtained.

As for reading, results were mixed for both of the bookcrossing.com challenges in which this pedometer geek reader participates. In the yearlong pages-read challenge, 3,766 pages were read bringing the total for the year to 10,894 of the 40,000 pages challenged.

Despite the failure of the previous quarter, the quarterly Set-it-yourself (SIY) challenge for the months April through June began with a less aggressive goal of reading 13 books. Many of the books were uncompleted from the first quarter’s SIY and make up many from the list. Only 2 books were completed during the month leaving another 11 to finish in the following months.

Still, 14 books and 2 novellas were read during the month. Of these 10 were written by authors who were new to this reader. The genres varied and included mainstream, romance, suspense, fantasy, and literary novels as well as a book of poetry. Eight of the books were read in an e-book format. It was diverse reading although the romance genre, both contemporary and historical, dominated.

In April, the following books were read:
Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
End Game by Lisa Renee Jones
Card of Fate: Poems of a Gambling Addiction by Duke of Quails
The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll
Halloween Frost by Jennifer Estep
A Karma Girl Christmas by Jennifer Estep
Just Toying Around… by Rhonda Nelson
Playing with Temptation by Ericka Wilde
Amethyst by Lauren Royal
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman *
The Keys to My Diary~Fern by Ann Omasta
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser *
In All My Wishes by Ciara Knight
True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Friends with Partial Benefits by Luke Young
The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Without going into too much detail, here is a very brief rundown of the books.

Two of the books, Dunbar and Almost Missed You, were extensively reviewed on http://www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com.

End Game is the fourth and final book in a romance series featuring the same couple.

The Duke of Quails poetry book, as the name suggests, is all about the addictive power of gambling and how it negatively affects the person and their friends and family.

Carroll’s novel is a surrealistic literary novel about a man and his three-legged dog.

Both of the novellas by Jennifer Estep are companion pieces to two of her series, the Mythos Academy (YA) series and the Bigtime series respectively.

Authors Nelson, Wilde, Omasta, Knight, and Young have all written contemporary romances while Lauren Royal’s is a historical romance. Unique among them is Luke Young’s romance as it has a decidedly male spin on the genre.

Fredrik Backman’s novel is a mainstream novel about a bullied, young girl who discovers friends as she goes about on a quest for her dying grandmother.

Hannah’s novel is also a mainstream novel of three sisters splintered over an event and their path to forgiveness and redemption.

McKenzie’s novel is a suspense novel about three women whose lives are drastically changed when a building is blown apart. All three are living with lies, but who is the good liar?

That’s it in a nutshell. The asterisked books are from the SIY challenge.

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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4 Responses to The Journey of a Thousand Miles… (April)

  1. Jules says:

    You’ve been quite busy – even if you’ve had some interruptions 😉
    A good chunk of our afternoon yesterday was ‘cleaning out the garage’ and putting our raised garden on hold for next year. With all the rain and other delays we just didn’t get around to it.
    So the cedar planks are back in the box. I still have a few herbs that the butterflies might eat –
    especially the dill and parsley. I did see one yellow swallowtail butterfly last week.

    I’ve been watching a family of Chickadee’s who have taken up residence in a small ceramic bird house. I can’t tell if the chicks have hatched or not. But I do see the birds going in and out. The door hole is about the size of a quarter or half dollar. Their eggs are supposed to be smaller than a dime.

    Summer is both calmer but with just different things to do. Like helping Son of Son celebrate with a party this afternoon. I could do without Kiddy parties… but it’s something I can do 😉 Hopefully it won’t be too hot. I actually mowed at 9:30am yesterday because most of the back was in the shade at that point. And it was still hot!

    Keep up the good works. 😉
    Hugs, Jules

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    • You are always busy, JP. Lots of activities from gardening to writing. We have to clean out our garage, too. That is a goal we plan on undertaking. He wants to get a dumpster; I want to be a bit more particular in what is tossed. Yes, some of the boxes haven’t been opened for some time, but I suspect there are items inside that need to stay around.

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      • Jules says:

        I like some of the tips about taking photos of things… like a piece of furniture that might have meant something to another family member that you get saddled with… And now that they are also gone… you can take that photo, write up a history and then give it away or sell it without regret. Same for jewelry. Though I don’t have anything that valuable…
        I do have a couple of old chairs and a table that really have to go. But at least we got rid of a few things from cleaning out the garage. Odd electronics and things with missing pieces that have sat around for ten years… So just one step at a time 🙂

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  2. What a great idea! Taking photos of items with sentimental value and writing up a story about it. May have to do that with some of the stuff in the garage.
    Happy Father’s Day to your hubby and other males in your family.

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