New Year's resolutions continue for this pedometer geek. As reported previously, I have two (main) resolutions. One is to increase my daily step count; the other is to read more books than last year.
April was a decent month for both of my resolutions. With the weather being unseasonably warm, I managed to log over 198,000 steps on my pedometer, and more than 46,000 of them were considered aerobic steps, and I had several days of hitting 10,000 steps or more. Perhaps May will be the month that I consistently manage that feat.
April was also a good month for reading. I managed to read (read: complete) fourteen books of various genres. It was a mixed bag of books. Some were YA, some were nonfiction, some were suspense/thrillers, some were romance novels, and others were what I classify as general fiction. April was also the beginning of the second quarter's SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge at BookCrossing.com, and I challenged myself to read twenty-one books, only a few of which were predetermined titles. Having failed at the last few SIY challenges, I decided to open up my challenge a bit. Eight of the books I read I counted in my challenge, and at present, I am reading five other books that will count as part of the twenty-one books.
In my pages-read challenge at BookCrossing.com, I managed to read 3384 pages bringing my year-to-date total to 11,801 pages read. I had challenged myself to read at least 30,000 pages this year.
The books I read were a diverse bunch. I read many of them on my Nook Simple Touch. Because most of the e-books were library books, and since I am not always sure of what I am getting with an e-book from the library, I find that I am reading books I probably wouldn't have chosen otherwise. However, because of this, I am being exposed to different authors, which is always a good thing. At least eight of the authors were new to me.
The books that I completed in April are as follows:
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen *
Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult *
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Russian Affair by Michael Wallner *
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert *
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen *
Gettysburg by Newt Gingrich/William R. Fortschen *
Dating Can Be Deadly by Wendy Roberts
A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
The Diving-bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby *
The Expats by Chris Pavone *
The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
More about some of the books themselves later in another blog, but for now this pedometer geek is going for a walk. I need to start off with at least 10,000 or more if I'm to make 330,000 steps in May.
* books chosen for my SIY challenge
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association