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May 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

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May has been a tremendously busy month for this book blogger, now finishing 9-months as the owner and creator of the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” WordPress blog and website.

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Key Metrics in May 2017

  • 232 Posts (average of 7.25 per day)

Note: This is 300% increase since last month, given all the previously read book reviews.

 

  • Site Metrics – NEW for this MONTH
    • 11,108 – Views
    • 2430 – Visitors
    • 276 – Followers (Thank You!!!)
    • 5709 – Likes
    • 1311 – Comments

Note: This has gained 5 times as much interaction as last month due to more people reading the blog, responding to book reviews and participating in the 365 Challenges.

 

*** May 2017 has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month! ***

Books Read in May 2017

In the month of May, I only read 8 books. My focus was on re-designing the blog and figuring out how to best organize the content for different viewer types or readers.

I now have 14 books out of 20 awarded books on NetGalley with 2 badges: professional reader and 10 reviews.

Books included

You

really liked it
tagged:
3-fic-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, currently-reading, and 7-read-2…
***WILL FINISH READING THIS TONIGHT
Cream Puff Murder
liked it

3 out of 5 stars to the eleventh book, Cream Puff Murder, in the “Hannah Swensen” cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. And yes, it was hard to read without wanting a cream puff the entire time!Why This Book

I’ve been readin…

tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
Beartown
really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars to Beartown, a 2016 contemporary novel by Fredrik Backman. Although the book had a bit of a difficult start for me, it developed into an emotionally-charged hot bed, triggering anger and frustration over so many things…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
It's Always the Husband
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3 out of 5 stars to It’s Always the Husband, a new thriller and suspense novel set to release to the public on May 16, 2017, by Michele Campbell. It’s a quick-read with a few slow spot, but keeps you guessing all throughout the chapters,…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
I Found You
liked it

3+ out of 5 stars to I Found You, a 2016 thriller and suspense novel, by Lisa Jewell. Many thanks to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Why This…

tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Be My Killer
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3 out of 5 stars to Be My Killer, a mystery and thriller novel set to release on May 26th, 2017, by Richard Parker. It appears this is Parker’s first novel, and for a debut, he shows a lot of potential. I’m curious to see what else he pu…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
liked it

3 out of 5 stars to Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, a new mystery and thriller novel set to release on June 13, 2017, by author Matthew J. Sullivan.Why This Book

For all us readers, who wouldn’t love a book with suc…

tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Dead with the Wind
liked it
3 out of 5 stars to Dead with the Wind, the 2nd book in the “Southern Ladies” cozy mystery series, written in 2015 by Miranda James. I enjoyed reading about the two sisters and their rather rude family, feeling almost glad to see the cha…
tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…

 

Books Reviews Written in May 2017

In addition to the 8 books I read above, I also wrote reviews for books I’d read in the past, but hadn’t taken the time to write any content besides a numerical rating. In the month of May 2017, I completed the following book reviews by genre (excluding the 8 that I actually read during the month):

  • 13 – Children’s Literature
  • 41 – Classics (Pre 19th-Century)
  • 54 – Cozy Mystery Fiction
  •  4 – Fantasy & Science Fiction
  •  6 – General Fiction
  •  1 – Historical Fiction
  •  0 – Non-Fiction
  •  2 – Other / About TV Shows
  • 27 – Thriller & Suspense Fiction
  •  8 – Young Adult (YA) Fiction
  •  0 – Alternative Fiction

365 Daily Challenge

Characteristics – Click Here

  • Self-Conscious (50)
  • Retentive (51)
  • Wasteful (52)
  • Writer (53)
  • Nervous (54)
  • Fastidious (55)
  • A to Z Fears (56)
  • Calm (57)
  • Mean (58)
  • Shoe-less! (59)
  • Charming (60)
  • Blind (61)
  • Soporific (62)
  • A to Z Foods (63)
  • Camera-Ready (64)
  • Eager (65)
  • Card-Shark (66)
  • Pet-Dad (67)
  • Unique (68)
  • Mover (69)
  • A to Z Happy Places (70)
  • Dark (71)
  • American (72)
  • Gardener (73)
  • Mechanical (74)
  • Patient (75)
  • Courageous (76)
  • Grey – Color (77)
  • Lazy (78)
  • Authentic (79)
  • Flashback (80)

365 Challenge Surprise

  • How much everyone is revealing their own 365 characteristics and comparing us to one another — it’s awesome! Thank you.

Site Re-Structure & Feedback

Site Re-Structure

I re-organized the site to have a primary menu item for all the major content in the site. Feedback has been very positive. Please continue to provide feedback. And remember, I can’t tell who provided which ratings or poll responses: it’s all anonymous. Feel free to share any other feedback about what you’d like to see or not see.

  • 87 polls participated
  • 120 ratings (you gave me an average of  4.5 out of 5 stars for all my posts)

Tags & Awards

Tags

  • Participated in 12 tags (click here)
    • 8 Book Tags
      • Blogger Stats
      • Goodreads Books 2
      • Listicle – Top 5 Non-Human Creatures
      • Listicle – Top 5 Objects Making Characters Stronger
      • My Life in Books
      • This is My Genre Tell Me Yours
      • This or That
      • Would You Rather
    • 4 Non-Book Tags
      • Celebrating the Little Things & 300 Followers
      • Get to Know Me
      • Where in the World Are You
      • Why am I a Reader

Awards

Film / TV Show Reviews

Wrote 3 reviews for Films & TV Shows:

Genre / Author / Series

Created a new menu where you can look up by genre, each author I’ve read and see if there are any book series or which reviews I’ve completed. You’ll also access content about the author and the book series to see if they may be something you’d like to read.

As part of the month, I completed two (2) “Spotlight on the Author” posts, where I included a link to the author and book reviews I’ve completed so far: Authors included:

Book Bucket List

I created a new book bucket list where I will keep a running list of 12 books that I must read before I die. Each of the 12 books is assigned a month when I will read it and post a review. Once completed, I’ll cross it off the list and add a new book for the next month:

What Age Do I Read This Book?

I created a new series to recommend by genre, what are the best books to read by age, covering a range of 12 years for each post. In May 2017, I had two posts, which were:

Final Thoughts

  • I set my May goals during the April month-end update. Let’s see how I did:
Goal Plan Actual Comment
New books read 10 8 Focused on older reviews
Reviews (prior books) 40 157 I am on a mission to finish by 6/15
Tags 4 12 I was tagged a lot!
Film & TV reviews 4 3 I got busy with older book reviews
Visits & Trips 4 0 Not doing older trips, only new ones
General Blogs 4 13 I had a lot to say this month
365 Daily Challenges 31 31 On target!
  • Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying interacting with everyone. Please feel free to suggest any changes you’d like to see or for me to consider.

June 2017 Goals

  • 10 – New books read
  • 100 – Reviews (prior books) — Then I’m done catching up!!!
  • 4 – Tags / Awards
  • 4  – Film & TV reviews
  • 4 – Author Spotlights
  • 4 – What do I read by genre and age?
  • 4 – General Blogs
  • 30 – 365 Daily Challenges

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

April 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

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April has been quite a busy month for this blogger, who’s been posting on the Interwebs for 8 months so far. While a bit nervous to put so much of myself out there for all to see, it’s been refreshing and powerful in many ways. Big changes since last month, which have surprised and delighted me.

Key Metrics in April

  • 83 Posts (average of 2.5 per day)
    • 30 – 365 Challenge
    • 43 – Book Reviews
    • 4 – TV & Film Reviews
    • 5 – General Blog
    • 1 – Trips & Visits

Note: This is 30% increase since last month, given a full month of the 365 Challenge has now occurred, plus the new topics for TV/Film Reviews and Trips/Visits.

  • Book Reviews
    • 8 – Books read in April
    • 35 – Reviews written from prior years

Note: This went down by about 25 % due to other commitments getting in the way.  I’ll get back on track for May.

  • Site Metrics (NEW)
    • 2375 – Views
    • 655 – Visitors
    • 76 – Followers
    • 1009 – Likes
    • 321 – Comments

Note: This has tripled since last month due to more people reading the blog, responding to book reviews and participating in the 365 Challenges.

*** April has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month! ***

What did I read in April 2017?  Let’s dive into the reading specifics…

In the month of April, I only read 8 books. Unfortunately, I was partially in a reading slump during the last week, and I had family visiting for 5 days in the early part of the month; as a result, I only had about two and a half weeks to read.

I began participating in the NetGalley ARC program and was awarded 13 books, of which 6 of these were! I’m half way to my first NetGalley badge!

Books included:

 The White Feather Murders
liked it
3- stars to Rachel McMillan’s The White Feather Murders, her third historical cozy in the “Herringford and Watts” mystery series. This book was a tough one for me to review as I had a hard time staying focused, but I did like the story-l…
Abigale Hall
liked it
3 stars to Lauren A. Forry’s Abigale Hall, a mystery and suspense novel I received via NetGalley and Skyhorse Publishing as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you to both for this opportunity, a…
The Distant Hours
really liked it

4 out of 5 stars to Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours, a beautifully written and compelling story of sisters, mothers and daughters across two different time periods set in London and rural England.Why This Book?

 

Jeopardy in July
really liked it

4 out of 5 stars to Barbara Venkataraman’s Jeopardy in July, the fifth book in her Jamie Quinn mystery series. I’m starting to love this series! It’s simple, direct and easy-to-read, but it makes for such a fun experience.Why T…

After She's Gone
liked it
3+ out of 5 stars to Maggie James’s novel, After She’s Gone, a new thriller and suspense novel released on March 16, 2017. I was tempted to give it a 4, but since it’s the first read by this author and left a few open concerns, I’m settl…
Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel
liked it
3 out of 5 stars to Jonathan Richards’s book, Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel, published in 2012. I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I had to look up the word “epistolary,” as I had no clue what it meant. Usually I’m good at determining…
Edited Out
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3 out of 5 stars to E.J. Copperman’s novel Edited Out: A Mysterious Detective Mystery, the second in Jeff Cohen’s (author’s real name) “Mysterious Detective Mystery” series of books. It was really a 3.4999999 and I had to unfortunately r…


Favorite Book

  • The Distant Hours

Least Favorite Book

  • The White Feather Murders

365 Challenge – Daily Characteristics

  • Curious (20)
  • English (21)
  • Lister (22)
  • Short (23)
  • Wistful (24)
  • Obsessed (25)
  • Poetic (26)
  • Warm-blooded (27)
  • Scottish (28)
  • Pensive (29)
  • Sensitive (30)
  • Impartial (31)
  • Defensive (32)
  • Strong (33)
  • Judgmental (34)
  • Genealogist (35)
  • Thankful (36)
  • Goofy (37)
  • Passive (38)
  • Frustrated (39)
  • Spiritual (40)
  • Rich (41)
  • A to Z Favorites (42)
  • Mentor (43)
  • Ornery (44)
  • Neighborly (45)
  • Simple (46)
  • Healthy (47)
  • Generous (48)
  • A to Z LEAST Favorites (49)

365 Challenge Surprise

  • Thinking of the A to Z List… I needed something to take the place of my ethnic characteristics, and this took the place. I’ve got 3 great ones (very interactive) for May planned.

Overall Thoughts

  1. April was incredible. I never expected to have so much fun with the 365 Challenge.
  2. I need to focus on trips and vacations. Hope my memory is good for everything I’ve done in the past.
  3. I enjoy doing the TV/Film Reviews, but those take the longest to research the awards, star biographies, etc.
  4. I may limit myself to 3 GIFs per post, simply so the substance is not diminished in favor of humor. Plus, I need to keep each one to under 30 minutes for now, and eventually down to 20 minutes per post.
  5. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying this.

Your Feedback

  1. I’ve added polls and ratings.  So far, here’s what you’ve said:
    1. Ratings
      1. 13 posts or pages received 5 of 5 stars
      2. 3 posts or pages received 4 of 5 start
      3. 5 comments got a thumbs up
    2. Polls
      1. Book Review Feedback
        1. 7 – Stellar and top of their game
        2. 2 – Very good but always room for improvement
      2. 365 Challenge Comparison
        1. 4 – Similar to Me
        2. 3 – In the middle
      3. Book Reviews Inclusions
        1. 9 – Comments on writing & style
        2. 8 – Comments on plot & character
        3. 6 – Comments on setting & descriptions
        4. 5 – Ratings
        5. 3 – Similar book recommendations
        6. 2 – Other
        7. 1 – Graphics & humor
  2. Please continue to provide feedback. And remember, I can’t tell who provided which ratings or poll responses: it’s all anonymous.
  3. Feel free to share any other feedback about what you’d like to see or not see.

May 2017 – Heads Up

  • Goals
    • 10 new books read
    • 40 reviews written for previously read books
    • 4 tags for reading
    • 4 Film & TV reviews
    • 4 Visits & Trips
    • 4 General Blogs
    • 31 “365+ Challenges
  • Completion of Genre / Author / Books / Series menu items and links

March 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

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March has been quite a busy month for this blogger who’s been posting on the Interwebs for about 7 months so far. While a bit nervous to put so much of myself out there for all to see, it’s been refreshing and powerful in many ways.

Key Metrics in March

  • 62 Posts (average of 2 per day)
    • 20 – 365 Challenge
    • 38 – Book Reviews
    • 2 – TV & Film Reviews
    • 2 – General Blog
  • 38 Book Reviews
    • 14 – Books read in March
    • 24 – Reviews written from prior years
  • Site Metrics (NEW)
    • 964 – Views
    • 313 – Visitors
    • 42 – Followers
    • 308 – Likes
    • 96 – Comments

*** March has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month!

What did I read in March 2017?  Let’s dive into the reading specifics…

 

 

 

Gone with the Twins

liked it
3+ stars to Kylie Logan’s Gone with the Twins, the fifth book in the “League of Literary Ladies” mystery series about a woman who owns a B&B on an island between Ohio and Canada and helps the local police solve crimes using her skills as…
tagged: 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
Sprinkle with Murder
liked it
3+ stars to Jenn McKinlay’s Sprinkle with Murder, the first book in the “Cupcake Bakery” cozy mystery series. I’m a fan of Ms. McKinlay, as I enjoy both her “Hat Shop” and “Library Lovers” mystery series, which pushed me to try this one….
tagged: 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
The Mother's Promise
really liked it
4+ of 5 stars to Sally Hepworth’s The Mother’s Promise, a touching story that will give you a tremendous amount to consider. I received this ARC from St. Martin’s Press as a giveaway through Goodreads, choosing it because it had a grippi…
tagged: 1-fiction and 7-read-2017-march
Victoria
really liked it
4+ stars to Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria, a historical fiction novel released with a PBS TV series bringing the book to life on Sunday evenings. I was very sad when Downton Abbey was ending, but looked forward to the release of “The Gilded A…
tagged: 4-fic-historical-fiction, 1-fiction, and 7-read-2017-march
The Idea of You
really liked it
4 stars to Amanda Prowse’s book The Idea of You, a fictional story about a women craving motherhood but facing many barriers to success. I was offered this book through NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for a fair an honest…
tagged: 1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-march
Kale to the Queen
really liked it
4 stars to Nell Hampton’s Kale to the Queen, the first book in the new “Kensington Palace Chef” mystery series. I thoroughly adored this book and am very excited to see how this new series does in the coming years. A definite read for co…
tagged: 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
Murder at the Courthouse
liked it
3 of 5 stars to A.H. Gabhart’s Murder at the Courthouse, the first in the “Hidden Springs” cozy mystery series. I downloaded this free e-book for Kindle and read it on my iPad. While the story was clever and interesting, it wasn’t as app…
tagged: 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
Murder on the Oceania
it was ok
I found a plethora of free cozy mysteries on Amazon — all first in the series — and downloaded them without really looking into any details other than a brief plot overview. Murder on a cruise ship seemed like a different angle. I down…
tagged: 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
Maids of Misfortune
really liked it
4 stars to M. Louisa Locke’s Maids of Misfortune, the first book in the “Victorian San Francisco” mystery series and a great blend of murder mystery charm and historical shenanigans. I found the book on Amazon as a free Kindle e-read and…
tagged: 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 4-fic-historical-fiction, 3-fic-mult…
The Girl in the Spider's Web
liked it
3 stars to David Lagercrantz’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth book in the “Millenium” thriller series, written by a new author given the original, Steig Larsson, passed away several years ago. While the book carries on with gre…
tagged: 3-fic-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, and 7-read-2017-march
Sunset in Old Savannah
liked it
3 stars to Mary Ellis’s Sunset in Old Savannah, the fourth in her “Secrets of the South” mystery series. In this book, the Price Investigation team heads to Savannah to investigate a new case and enjoy this lovely view:This was my in…
tagged: 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, 5-netgalley, 2-fic-cozy-mystery…
Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery
really liked it
4 stars to Melinda Mullet’s Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery, the first book in the new “Whisky Business” cozy mystery series. I stumbled across this book on NetGalley as a pre-release opportunity to read and review. I’m so …
tagged: 1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-fic-multi-book-series, 5-netgalley…
Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery
liked it
3 stars to Caroline Fardig’s Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery, the fourth book in her “Java Jive” mystery series. When I first began reading this book, it reminded me of either Sue Grafton’s “Kinsey Millhone Alphabet” series or Janet Eva…
tagged: 1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-fic-multi-book-series, 5-netgalley…
House Of Shadows
liked it
3 stars to Nicola Cornick’s House of Shadows, an ARC I received through NetGalley last week in exchange for an honest review. I realized it takes time to build up a good rating before publishers choose you to read new releases by famous …
tagged: 1-fiction, 4-fic-historical-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-m…

Favorite Book

  • The Mother’s Promise

Least Favorite Book

  • Murder on the Oceania

365 Challenge – Daily Characteristics

  • Dedication (1)
  • Honesty (2)
  • Consistency (3)
  • Creativity (4)
  • Shy (5)
  • Old Soul (6)
  • Irish (7)
  • Considerate (8)
  • Envious (9)
  • Pragmatic (10)
  • Dreamer (11)
  • Reader (12)
  • Culinary (13)
  • German (14)
  • Sarcastic (15)
  • Punctual (16)
  • Quiet (17)
  • Pale (18)
  • Competitive (19)

365 Challenge Surprise

  • Considering myself an “Old Soul” was a impactful one. It made me proud of who I am.

Final Thoughts

  1. March was awesome.
  2. April will be even cooler.
  3. I’m gonna run out of characteristics
  4. I need to focus on trips and vacations
  5. Should I list expected books to read for April and do a compare?
  6. Thank you for reading and commenting!!!