…begins with a single step. In July, this pedometer geek logged 328,088 steps on the Fitbit. This may be the highest single month total since I first began keeping track on spreadsheets (although I will admit that I didn’t check). This equated to 139 miles toward the 1000 mile goal. Aerobic steps totaled 64,754 steps, and the goal of 10,000 steps was achieved on all but three days.
Reading, however, took a backseat to walking during the month because of the goal chosen for Triathlon in a Month. Added to that, a manuscript was undergoing proofing and final edits, and this pedometer geek spent a fair amount of time working on it. The novel, Colt Maverick by debut author, Cary Ashby, will have its official book launch on September 10, 2018 although it is available at online booksellers.
Only six books, all fiction, were read during the month. Half of the books were written by authors previously unknown to this reader. Two of the books were read in an e-book format. There were various genres, and they included mainstream, historical, fantasy, and romance.
In the http://www.bookcrossing.com yearlong Pages-read challenge, 1,753 pages were added bringing the total for the year to 17,815 pages. With the goal of 40,000 pages chosen, there needs to be some improvement in the last few months of the year if the goal is to be met.
The other challenge is the Set-it-yourself (SIY) quarterly challenge. The third quarter began as of the first of July, and thirteen books were chosen. As of the end of the first month, three of the books from the list have been completed.
In July, the following books were read:
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah *
The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg *
Wedding Bands by Ev Bishop
Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep *
Auld Acquaintance by Ruth Hay
Julia Whelan’s My Oxford Year is a mainstream novel of a young woman’s dream year studying in England before resuming her career in Washington politics; however, who and what she encounters will change her life. Upbeat, poignant, and heartbreaking, the story was based on a screenplay.
Kristin Hannah usually tends to write contemporary novels, but The Nightingale is an historical novel set in France during World War II. Occupation by the Nazis has two sisters reacting in very different ways, yet both added to the resistance movement. Like the other Hannah novels I have read, she has managed to write a thoughtful, compelling novel that keeps the reader turning pages to find out what next.
Charlie N. Holmberg focuses her writing on fantasy, and in The Plastic Magician, she returns to her roots. Her first novel was The Paper Magician, and it turned into a trilogy. This is a companion novel to the trilogy. While there are a few characters who make cameo appearances in this story, the main characters (and the magic they produce) are new. It is a worthy successor to the others and could be read without having read the other three. On the other hand, I recommend them all.
Ev Bishop’s Wedding Bands is a second chance contemporary romance. A young woman returns home to encounter a long-lost love. Having had her heart broken before, she is reluctant to become involved with him again.
Venom in the Veins is the seventeenth novel in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep (and yes, I am hooked on the series…within her novels can be found humor, twists, hot guys, fantasy, Easter eggs, and they are just plain fun). Like the previous sixteen novels, the assassin Gin Blanco battles other Elementals. In this one, it is a tale of revenge as many previous encounters always seem to boomerang on Gin. Each novel advances the series. Unlike the others, the author decided to self-publish the latest, and there are plans for several more. To find out more about the series, read my post on http://www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com where I reviewed the series.
Ruth Hay’s Auld Acquaintance is a mainstream (women’s fiction) novel about a woman in her sixties who inherits a house in Scotland from a previously unknown relative. Trying to jump start her life after a divorce, she reluctantly travels there with the idea of discovering who her mysterious relative was before selling the house. What she learns along the way may help her, her friends, and even give her a life worth living. Will she stay or will she sell? This is the first in a series of linked novels, which features Anna Mason, the protagonist, and her Samba friends, so named for the first names of Anna and her friends.
With summer winding down, perhaps there will be more opportunity to move and read. Suggestions always appreciated.
* SIY books