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.
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