May 2019 Month-in-Review

The end of May marked the four year blogiversary of Every Day Should Be Tuesday, and today marks the one year blogiversary of Hillbilly Highways, both of which deserve posts of their own.  May was my second-best month ever at Every Day Should Be Tuesday for views, buoyed by Game of Thrones recaps.  It was a slow month at Hillbilly Highways (unsurprising since I missed a couple Music Monday posts), but Hillbilly Highways is still running 25% ahead of where Every Day Should Be Tuesday was at this point.

I paced myself in May, only publishing seventeen posts.  I am proud of myself, though, for publishing seven reviews (admittedly, three were old reviews dusted off and polished up).  My Game of Thrones recaps were so successful I had to split them out from the rest of my posts for my “top 5”.  Views grew over the course of the season, but it is interesting to note there was a spike for episode 3 and episode 5.  Over at Hillbilly Highways, SF reviews continue to perform best, which is unsurprising considering my existing SF audience.

I read and watched and posted on a lot of fantasy in May, but I am disappointed in myself for not actively participating in Wyrd & Wonder.  I am still planning to embark on a reread of The Wheel of Time, but I feel like I need a palate cleanser after Game of Thrones.  I am thinking I will finally crack open my copy of Malice by John Gwynne.

It was a hectic month, if one amenable to reading, because I spent the beginning of it traveling (expectedly) and the end of it traveling (unexpectedly).  So instead of a baby pic you get a picture of my early morning and late evening reading view from my second trip.

All of that extra time to read was good, because I am adding a new feature to my month-in-review posts: a Mount TBR Counter.  Books acquired make it go up.  Books read (for the first time) make it go down.  I did a little back-of-the-envelope math a while back and figured that it would take me roughly seven years to read every book I own and haven’t read . . . if I acquire zero new books in the interim.  I am, generally speaking, okay with acquiring more books than I read and with owning plenty of unread books (options!), but it is getting entirely out of hand.

Aaaand I didn’t make a great start of things.  I went a little crazy acquiring books, but for good reason.  I took advantage of my first trip to buy four books by local authors (two signed), I bought two very fancy books as a long since promised reward to myself, and I had planned to read the John Tyler biography in May since I made my New Year’s Bookish Resolutions, in addition to the books I acquired for the more usual reasons.  I actually acquired all ten books in the first half of the month.  Book acquisition abstinence and a strong end to the month while I was at my mom’s house allowed me to narrowly squeak out a -1 for my TBR change counter for the month.  I am still sitting at +4 year-to-date, though, and even after reading 11 books in May I am sitting at a paltry 31 for the year.  Why am I such a failure relative to first grade me?


May Reviews


Game of Thrones Recap and Reaction Posts


Top 5 Posts at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (not including my GoT recaps)


Top 5 Posts at Hillbilly Highways

  • SF: Who Fears the Devil? by Manly Wade Wellman
  • Fiction: Houston Noir, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda
  • Nonfiction: Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz
  • Music Monday: Gone to Carolina by Shooter Jennings
  • Nonfiction: To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice by Jessica Wilkerson by Jessica Wilkerson


Books acquired


Books started


Books finished


Mount TBR Counter

  • May: -1
  • Year-to-day: +4

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).
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5 Responses to May 2019 Month-in-Review

  1. H.P. says:

    Reblogged this on Hillbilly Highways and commented:

    Check out the top posts across both blogs and see what I have been reading. May’s Month-in-Review:

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    Ok, lots to digest here.

    First, congrats on the 4 years! I’d say congrats on the 1 year, but I don’t care about that site, so no congrats. You only get ONE congrats.

    Second. If you want a palate cleanser from GoT but aren’t ready for WoT, Malice is NOT the way to go. Gwynne isn’t as good a storyteller as Jordan nor as good a writer as Martin. I had a really bad reaction to Malice though, so take it all with a grain of salt.

    Finally, are we going to get a review of MHI? If not, could you give me a one paragraph sumup of what you thought of it?

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    • H.P. says:

      I will review MHI, although I’ve built up a pretty good backlog at this point.

      I also read his Grimnoir Chronicles, and he has definitely gotten better as a writer since he penned MHI. Owen can be a little Mary Sue-y, especially at first. And the gun porn is tedious, if understandable given the book started out being serialized on a gun forum. The first part of the book has a show, don’t tell problem I associate with writers not yet confident in their storytelling. But this is mostly a problem with the first part of the book, and he is already great at set pieces and worldbuilding (as with the Grimnoir books, Correia surprises me with killer epic fantasy underpinnings I wasn’t expecting in an urban fantasy).

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      • Bookstooge says:

        Yeah, when I initially read MHI I only gave it 3 stars. thankfully the gun porn has really dropped in later books.
        Grimnioir is probably my favorite series by him. I’ve heard he’s got another trilogy kicking around in the back of his head, but with all the other writing he does, I wonder when that’ll ever see the light of day.

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  3. Well done on the anniversary and all the reviews!

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