June 2018 Month-in-Review and Mid-Year-in-Review

June was another crazy month, even if I have no one but myself to blame.  no-angel continues to expand at a startling pace, we dragged a two-month-old halfway across the nation to visit family, I started back teaching, my wife went back to work, I continued my Tolkien 101 blog series, and I launched a new (intermittent) blog series, The Good, the Pulp, and the Superversive.  Oh, and I launching an entirely separate blog, Hillbilly Highways (check out my announcement post here).

Between all of that I didn’t get a lot of actual, you know, reading done.  I only finished two book.  Against all evidence, I have better hopes for July (although putting away The History of the Hobbit will go a long way toward freeing up valuable reading time).  I also did suffered majorly from the Bloggers’ Lament—my TBR grew in the wrong direction.  I got several books at a conference for cheap or free.  I also brought two boxes full of books home from my mom’s house.  (Hey, I went through five boxes.  Only walking away with two was a win.)  I didn’t even bother to try to list those books, but I plan on doing a #bookhaul post in the nearish future.

If you aren’t following Hillbilly Highways, I encourage you to do so.  I have been reblogging my Hillbilly Highways posts here, but I will stop doing that this month.  (I will use these month-in-review posts to highlight the top posts at Hillbilly Highways as well.)

I only managed to post two non-Tolkien reviews.  But I had a good blog month nonetheless.  After a very slow first half of the month (people traveling after the school year ended?), things really picked up in the second half of the month and I wound up having my second best blog month ever, measuring by views.

The end of June also marks the mid-way point for the year.  I am on pace for roughly a 50% bump in blog viewership over last year.  This is my 72nd post in 2018, and I am on pace to publish more posts than any previous year.  But my words per post are down to just 532, off of my high of 798.5 in 2017 (reversing a trend of my posts getting longer).  I’ve read just 29 books read in 2018 so far, although 11,997 pages read isn’t quite as bad.  But, still, I am looking at my third-worst reading year in the last eight.  I blame no-angel.

no read only play

One thing that I am happy about is that I have been able to restore some balance to my reading habits.


Tolkien 101 (as of 6/28)


Non-Tolkien Reviews

  • Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan (Gods of Blood and Powder #2)
  • Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive #2.5)


Top 5 Blog Posts


Hillbilly Highways aka “that other blog I run”


Books acquired


Books started


Books finished

  • Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan
  • The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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4 Responses to June 2018 Month-in-Review and Mid-Year-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Personally, I like the shorter posts. If I want to read a tome, I’ll go read a book 😉

    Hope you find a good balance between this blog and the hillbilly blog. Best of luck with that one…

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  2. Ah yes, having kids will take away precious reading time. That’s why I plan to never have any 😀 Reading > babies. Sorry kids 😀

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