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Mid-May 2017 Reading Challenges Update

Mid-May Reading Challenge Update…

Ok so I really must apologize for not posting here for a fairly long time. But just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading or listening. So in the next few posts I will try to catch up and then maybe get back on a more regular schedule for posting.

My April – May Reads

in my last post about reading I presented the four books that I planned to read in the remaining days of April and on into May. The four books were: Exit West by Moshin Hamid, The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, The Nowhere Man from Gregg Hurwitz and The Fifth Element by Jorgon Brekke

I read three out of the four planned reads. The only book that I didn’t read among those books was The Fifth Element.which will go on my list of books that I want to read.

So here are the books I read in April…..

The books shown above are books number 18 through 21, on my list of books read in 2017.

Early May Reads

In May so far I have read two more books.The first one was Ast Rope’s End by Edward Kay, which is a murder mystery. It is the first books in a series that features forensic psychologist James Verraday. The second one was The Collapsing Empire by one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors John Scalzi. It is also the first book in a series title The Interdependency.

My 2017 Reading Challenges Totals to Date….


The total number of books I have read in 2017 now stands at 23. The following table breaks down the books according to my various 2017 Reading Challenges.

2017 Reading Challenge Kindle Bookshelves Library Total Goal % of Goal
2017 Literature Reading Challenge
General Fiction 0 1 2 3 2 150%
Classics (Books I should have read but didn’t) 0 0 0 0 2 0%
Award-Winners 0 0 1 1 2 50%
Sub-total 6
2017 Mystery/Thriller Reading Challenge
Mystery – New Series 1 0 8 9 6 150%
Series that I am behind on (i.e. Gabriel Allon) 1 1 0 2 6 33%
Current Mystery Authors (series or non-series) 1 1 1 3 12 25%
New Mystery Authors 0 0 1 1 12 8%
2017 Science Fiction /Fantasy Challenge 0 1 1 3 6 50%
2017 Nonfiction Reading Challenge 0 1 0 1 12
Totals 3 5 14 23 60 38%
2016 Kindle/Bookshelf Challenge 20 20 20 60


Proposed Reads for the Remainder of May


Here are four of the books that I have out of the library. They are my proposed reads for the rest of the month.

Fiction Reads

Marked for Life - Emelie ScheppMarked for Life – Emelie Schepp – I currently have Emelie Schepp’s Marked for Revenge checked out of the library. I checked it out mainly because on the cover it says that she is the 2016 Swedish Crime Novelist of the Year. That is good enough for me! Anyway when I picked it up today while writing this post I discovered that it is the second book in a trilogy. As a result I went to my library’s card catalog found Marked for Life and it will soon be winging its way to me!

Vicious Circle - C J BoxVicious Circle – C.J. Box – Vicious Circle is book 17 in the Joe Pickett series from C.J.Box. This is one of my favorite series going today. On its cover Lee Child writes “One of today’s solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers“. And I certainly agree with that statement. I love each story but most of all I love the characters. Joe and his family along with Nate Romanowski make for a good time!

The other two books are both non- fiction. I am way behind in my non-fiction reading. So I hope that I can at least finish one or both of them this month.

Non-Fiction Reads


The Telomere EffectThe first is The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Long by Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD  Dr. Blackwell discovered telomerase and telomere’s role in the aging process. Dr Epel is a health psychologist. She has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres. This in turn slows disease and improves life! I started this book a while back and it is very interesting. Maybe it will help me in my quest to slow down my biologic clock!

Aging Backwards - Miranda Esmonde-WhiteThe second book is Aging Backwards: Reverse the Aging Process and Look 10 Years Younger in 30 minutes a day! It looks like this book will be a pretty quick read. Mainly, because a lot of the book is composed of photos illustrating the exercises that make up the eight Age-Reversing Workouts presented in the book. The author of the book is Miranda Esmonde-White. Esmonde-White is best known for her PBS fitness show Classic Stretch which has been on the air since 1999.Ms. Esmonde-White created the Essentrics technique. Essentrics uses low-intensity strength and stretch exercises to relieve pain, prevent pain and slenderize the body. Sound like a winning combination to me. I can’t wait to get started!!