Saturday, January 7, 2017

Month in Review For December 2016: Thank God It's Over

I haven't been around the blogosphere much (at least for me) in the latter part of 2016. I was a bit afraid of what might happen if I flung around too many positive aspirations, as last year seemed centrally interested in my downfall. However, I think I can start again this year with a degree of optimism that I didn't feel confident in last year. It's a new year, I have a new doggie, and my appointment to the University of Utah neurology department is less than 30 days away.

 Total Posts: 5
  Total Critiques: 0

Most Popular Posts of December:
SFF: The 5 Books You're Excited to Read in 2017
Fortnightly Update #25: The Odd Case of the Cat Condo

Flashback Post (From December of a Previous Year):
An Ugly (Dog) Sweater Holiday Card, and Where to Find My Guest Post

Pageviews for the Month: 1491
Comments: 8

Reading Challenges Updates:

Travel the World in Books Challenge

Applicable Books:
Total for 2016: 17 of 15 Books, 11 of 5 Countries (Completed/Overachiever Status)

Reading Stats:

Books read this Month: 6

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 1
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 5
Female Main Character: 5
Male Main Character: 1
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 0
 Sci-fi: 1
 Historical Romance: 3
 Memoir: 1
 Graphic Novel: 1
Published in 2016: 3
Published in 2000-2015: 3
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 1
Traditionally Published: 5
Series Books: 3
Standalones: 3
Ebook Version: 6
Paper Version: 0
Favorite of the Month: One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews
Least Favorite of the Month: Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt (I felt the ending was fumbled)
Most Interesting of the Month (or Book I Learned the Most From): Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming (I'm not a fan of celebrity memoirs, but this celebrity memoir was well worth the read)
From the-pile: 0
From the-invisible-pile: 0
Recently acquired: 6
Added to the-invisible-pile: 3
Books bought: 0
Pages Read in 2016 (according to Goodreads): 31,899 pages

5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 2
3-3.5 Stars: 2
2-2.5 Stars: 2

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 2
Female: 3
Male/Female Team: 1
Diverse: 1
Not-so-Diverse: 5
Living: 6
Deceased: 0

Planning to Read in 2017:

I'm hoping to finish Lotus by Lijia Zhang before January is out, along with some other books, hopefully. I've been attempting to stop a hyper, allergy-ridden terrier mix from scratching her spay incision for the past four days, which has been an adventure in the use of "NO! STOP!". Being on a hair trigger for that phrase is really not conducive to reading.

Upcoming Posts:

I'm hoping to do a Best of 2016 booklist, along with an introduction post for Princess Leia. One must have a careful balance of book and dog posts on their book blog.

Happy Reading!


  1. I will have a watchful eye out for Princess Leia's introduction! I have abandoned the GR book challenge in favor of a pages count. I set my challenge at one book and I am going to use it only as a counter. When I come here and see your pages count it has more meaning. I am sending good energies for your university appointment. It is so close! Here's to a brighter 2017. :)

    1. I actually got around to it this week! I've been dragging my feet as far as blogging and reading go, so I consider it quite the accomplishment. ;)
      I love your idea of a page count challenge- I plan on setting my challenges after I do my Year in Review post, which sums up my totals for the previous year. I should get around to that soon.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle


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