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


really liked it
3-fic-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, currently-reading, and 7-read-2…
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…

2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
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…
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
It's Always the Husband
liked it
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,…
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…

1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Be My Killer
liked it
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…
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…

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…
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


  • 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


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, 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.


Blog: 350 Book Reviews on ThisIsMyTruthNow

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After I finished looking at all the updates on Goodreads, WordPress and my other social media accounts this morning, and posting today’s 365 Daily Challenge blog, I began writing up a few reviews for books I’d read in the past. When I finished, I realized I’d written 350 book reviews in the last 9 months. I was shocked I’d gotten that far already. Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for reading and providing feedback on all the reviews. I’m about 75% complete with finishing prior reads and hope to finish by the end of June. Below are some statistics as well as a link to the Book Review section here. This will help give you some insight into the different authors, books and genres I’ve read in case you want to go poking around in previous posts.  Thank You!


Welcome to my collection of book reviews. My favorite genres are thrillers and historical fiction. I’ve broken the categories into the following 11 genres: (1) children’s literature, (2) classics [pre-19th century], (3) cozy mystery, (4) fantasy & science fiction, (5) general fiction, (6) historical fiction, (7) non-fiction, (8) other & about TV shows, (9) thriller & suspense fiction, (10) young adult fiction and (11) alternative fiction.

As May 2017, there are over 350 book reviews on my blog and website, ThisIsMyTruthNow. Within each menu, you will find all the books I’ve written a review for organized by genre. I first post the book review on Goodreads and then send it over to this site, where I explore more about the genre, book series and authors. Since I only started publishing book reviews in October of 2016, I have been trying to catch up on everything I’ve read to date. As a result, there are two types of book reviews being posted.

Book Review Type 1 – Full & Detailed

  • For any book I’ve read since I started this website and blog in mid-2016, there is a full and detailed book review containing the following items: author, title, genre, rating, year published, overview of the story, initial thoughts, characters, strengths, areas for improvement, similar books by this author or another author, why I chose the book and some final thoughts. There are also pictures and graphics to help provide a fun and informative review.

Book Review Type 2 – Short Summary

  • Although I have a good memory when it comes to books and authors, I can’t possible remember everything about all 500+ books I’ve read in the last few decades. For anything before 2016, if I don’t have a vivid recollection, I have a shorter version of the review with some general thoughts, the good and the bad of what I remember, ratings, and some recommendations on similar items. These are generally only 1 paragraph long and do not have pictures or graphics.



Thanks for stopping by and perusing the site. If you aren’t sure which genre the book falls into, you can also search by author in the next menu category called “Genre/Author/Series” or you can enter the book into the “Search” box on the main home screen. If you have any feedback, please share… I love to hear from everyone, as well as get book recommendations. To see my profile on Goodreads, click here.

About Me

For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. <i>Note</i>: All written 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.