Reading Tally for 2018

Happy New Year!

Another year of wonderful books, active discussion, and new aspects to the blog! My audience grew, I expanded and then retracted different types of content, renamed and rejuvenated the blog, and continued to enjoy this crazy ride. It is time again to tally up the thousands of pages, and dozens of books, while looking back at what I read. I find it intriguing to reflect on what I read this past year and remember what was going on while I hid my face in those pages.

You will find below the total number of novels, fiction books, nonfiction books, and graphic novels I read in 2018, in addition to the total amount of pages, and what I read each month; the type of book is listed before the title and the authors are in parentheses.

I look forward to what 2019 has to offer and, as always, thank you for reading!

Novels (Nov): 29
Graphic Novels (GN): 4
Fiction (F):
8
Non-Fiction (NF): 8

Total Books: 45
Overall Total: 49
Page Total: 15,000 Continue reading “Reading Tally for 2018”

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On the Subject of the Unforeseen Consequences of Book Blogging

Seeing as it has been over two years since I began The Past Due Review, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on some of the unforeseen consequences of running a book blog. I realize that I have expanded my content to include movie reviews and Music Monday posts, but this site began with the wish to share what I have been reading and my thoughts on those stories. Though some of these revelations probably seem rather mundane or obvious to others, I was taken by surprise in both positive and negative ways. Let’s start with the bad; it can only get better from there, right? Continue reading “On the Subject of the Unforeseen Consequences of Book Blogging”

On The Subject of The Folio Society

Disclaimer: I have not been contacted or paid to write this editorial about The Folio Society. I am endorsing this company through my own volition and belief in the high quality of its products.

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time will have noticed a trend of lovely books popping up every now and then, all of which were made by a company called The Folio Society. I love paperbacks as much as the next reader, but sometimes there are editions created not only to celebrate the work of art that is the story; these copies seek to elevate the book into a work of art itself through the craftsmanship and design put into them. The Folio Society creates just such books, but what is The Folio Society, and why do I feel so passionate about what it is they do?

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On the Subject of Reading with Music

It has been my observation that people fall into two camps when it comes to reading with music: those who do and those who don’t. I admit that I fall into the former group, and I thought it might be an interesting subject to cover. The reasons for not listening to music while reading seem pretty obvious; distraction that leads to lessened comprehension and attention to what is happening in the story is most likely the biggest drawback, but what about the positive experience of listening to music for those who choose to do so?

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I wonder if anyone there is reading; hopefully not since that’s rude to do at a performance.

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On the Subject of Revisiting Books

There are those who believe that a book should be read once and then passed on to its next reader; I am not one of them. Granted, many of the books I read end up becoming favorites of mine (19 of the books reviewed on my blog have been re-reads), but most end up being sold to a used bookstore (see On the Subject of Giving, Keeping, Selling, and Buying Books). I understand why people believe that once a book is read, all of its secrets and beneficial qualities have been leeched out through the act and that it has nothing left to give; I don’t agree with it, but I understand. So, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the reasons for re-reading a book.

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As an aside, I feel like I would hit my head on one of those light bulbs.

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