Okay, after having pretty decent step counts on my pedometer the past several months (with June being the high watermark at 253,647 steps), I slacked off to a little more than 158,000 steps in August. Moreover, I only had one day in which I hit at least 10,000 steps and ten days with aerobic steps. September, however, is looking much better already in both achieving the goal of 10K and aerobic steps so this pedometer geek is getting back to following her New Year's resolutions once again, at least in regards to walking.
However, my needlepoint canvas is getting short shrift, and I will be hard-pressed to finish it this year despite my resolution to do so. Perhaps, with the cooling temperatures of September and October, I can turn this around. As I write this, however, our state is breaking high temperature records as the thermometer climbs to ninety-plus degrees.
My reading resolutions remain intact, and I am making satisfactory progress with the resolution to read more books as well as my bookcrossing.com reading challenges. I completed fourteen reads in August. A few of the reads were actually short stories. Six of them were in e-book format. Six of the authors were new to me. Several of the reads were books from three different series that I have been reading. There were mysteries, romances, young adult, general fiction, and short stories in the mix. There were a few debut novels as well.
In my bookcrossing.com SIY (set-it-yourself) reading challenge, I managed to finish three more books from my (self) chosen list bringing my total to nine books out of fourteen completed. That leaves another five books to complete by the end of September. Although it appears a daunting task, I have already finished two others as well as having started reading all but one of the other three.
In my pages-read challenge, I read 3635 pages for the month. It brings my year-to-date total to 26,086 pages. My goal, which has been revised upward once already, is 30,000 pages. I hope to raise it once again, but am waiting to see what September's numbers look like before I do.
In August, I completed the following books:
The Bird of the Golden Feather and Other Arabian Folktales by Gertrude Mittelmann
The Gift (Seven-Day Loan) by Tiffany Reisz
Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman *
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
First Frost by Jennifer Estep
The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere *
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
The Mistress Files: A Novella) by Tiffany Reisz
The Hen of the Baskervilles by Donna Andrews
The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone
Caramel Sunshine by Alessandra Melchionda
Death Ain't But a Word by Zander Marks
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling)
Shrader Marks: Keelhouse by Rob Smith *
All in all, it was a fairly diverse group of novels, novellas, and short stories. One set of novels figured predominately in my reading. From the similarly named titles of Kiss of Frost, First Frost, and Dark Frost, it might be surmised that these novels by Jennifer Estep are connected. Having read Touch of Frost the previous month, I am continuing to read the Mythos Academy series of books. First Frost is actually a short story prequel to the series, but by reading it, it fleshes out the back-story presented in Touch of Frost. This is a YA paranormal series which features heroine Gwen Frost, a Gypsy who has magical psychometric power. Psychometry is the ability to get feelings and vibrations from objects and people through touching. But more than that, she has been chosen as Nike's Champion, which means she is the one person who must defeat Loki, the Norse god of chaos, or die trying. She and other students are preparing for battle against Loki and his agents of chaos called Reapers. The novels have similarities to the Harry Potter series of novels by J.K. Rowling. For those readers who enjoyed Rowling's series, this might be a good fit.
Another novel of note was Rob Smith's Shrader Marks: Keelhouse, a book I have read before. This time, my local library book group chose to read it. It is actually a two-volume book comprised of an updated Night Voices and its sequel Keelhouse. It is the story of the shaman visions of anthropologist Shrader Marks, who leads a flotilla of sailors away from a planetary disaster of a large asteroid hitting Antarctica. From Marks' visions and his knowledge base, he realizes that this will send the world into a nuclear winter (or ice age). In the first novel, the sailors sail from Lake Ontario toward the Atlantic Ocean and Labrador, a place where neolithic peoples lived during a past ice age. In the second novel, it is five years later and the flotilla is now a community. However, the members of Keelhouse are not the only ones who survived, and it is this clash of cultures which is at the heart of the novel. One of my favorite parts of the novels is the stories of the Stone Age culture which features Muoshti, Vuhar, and the Whaleman. This novel has a bit of everything: sailing, anthropology, culture, shamanism, and more, and thus, worth reading.
Now, it is back to reading of the rest of this quarter's SIY books. By the way, what are you reading, or what do you recommend?
* SIY challenge books
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association