August 2016 Wrap-Up

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August Wrap-Up



Summer is finally over, which means that as of this week work is finally slowing down enough I can start reading there again. So hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on my reading and get ahead with scheduled posts.

This month I managed to do something painful and annoying as well as something hopefully good! 2-ish weeks ago I was coming in from the rain, and went to try to shuffle my feet on the rug just outside the door to keep from tracking water into the house. The way the house is set up, you go inside but it’s really a cement-floored hallway room that leads to the rest of the house. So to get into the actual house, you go down the hallway to another door. The rug is in front of that 2nd door. So I’m shuffling on the rug, slip and stub my toe into the threshold. And manage to break my big toenail.

That hurt like crazy for the first 30min or so, and hasn’t hurt at all since. So that’s good, since I broke it back into the quick…

I’ve also given up on my stationary bike this month. I’ve been using it for months (a year? Not sure…) and have lost exactly 0lbs and no inches either. Not a clue why it’s not working for me. So instead I bought a Fitbit Flex. Got it for 60% off! And in the last 9 days I’ve lost 1lb. So yay for something working! *laughs*


Books Received/Purchased:

The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday (ebook, from the author)
Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey (eARC)
Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton (eARC)
Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier (eARC)
Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao (finished copy, Berkley)
Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel (finished copy, Berkley)
Murder, She Wrote The Ghost And Mrs. Fletcher by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain & Renee Paley-Bain (finished
copy, Berkley)
Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle (finished copy, Berkley)
No Farm, No Foul by Peg Cochran (finished copy, Berkley)
Paint the Town Dead by Nancy Haddock (finished copy, Berkley)
Murder of a Cranky Catnapper by Denise Swanson (finished copy, Berkley)
Digging Up the Dirt by Miranda James (finished copy, Berkley)
Cancelled By Murder by Jean Flowers (finished copy, Berkley)
Cheddar Off Dead by Julia Buckley (finished copy, Berkley)
By Familiar Means by Delia James (finished copy, Berkley)

So thrilled to get Crimson Death, Den of Wolves, and By Familiar Means! Already read and scheduled Crimson Death, and By Familiar Means arrived yesterday.


Most Popular Post:

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney (319 views)

Closely followed by:

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (179 views)


There were 267 unique visitors this month, and 32 comments made!


August Reviews:

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (eARC) (4 Stars)
Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams (finished copy for review) (3.5 Stars)
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (4 Stars)
The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman (eARC) (4 Stars)
The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney (finished copy for review) (4 Stars)
Demon Hunts (Walker Papers #5) by C.E. Murphy (3.5 Stars)
Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere (finished copy for review) (3.5 Stars)
Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (5 Stars)
Cat With a Clue (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #5) by Laurie Cass (finished copy for review) (3.5 Stars)


I was on a bit of an Urban Fantasy binge this month. My favorite read was Pale Demon. But I also really enjoyed Tuesday’s At The Castle, Blood of the Earth, and The Masked City. Some months it’s entirely too hard to choose just one book!


August Discussion Posts And Other Babblings:

Time Sense – Do You Have It?

Too busy this month to remember I didn’t schedule a discussion until I was at work. And then of course I’d forget once I was home. Hopefully I’ll get more discussions up next month!


So that was my August, how was yours?


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6 Responses to “August 2016 Wrap-Up”

  1. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Ouch! Hope your toe is feeling completely better soon! Sorry the stationary bike wasn’t working for you, but I’m glad you found something that’s helping. I’ve lost over ten pounds on the elliptical, but now I’ve kind of hit a plateau that I can’t seem to get past. I’m okay if I stay at this weight, but I’d be happier if I could drop another five or even ten pounds. I probably need to add a little variety to my workout routine, but it’s so hard to find exercise that doesn’t feel like torture to me. I’ve done a bit of running, but I’m NOT a runner, and it hasn’t seemed to help me shed pounds anyway, so I think I’m just going to stick with the elliptical, even if that means staying at my current weight.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      It still has a lot of growing back to do before I can keep the band-aids off it. It somehow managed to break off deeper in the middle, so I keep worrying I’ll catch the nail on stuff if it’s not wrapped up. But it hasn’t hurt at all since the day I did it, so there’s that? *lol*

      I hate running too. Most exercise feels a lot like work, and so of course I don’t want to stick with it. I miss having a roller rink near enough to go to. I remember the one near me in middle school and high school I went to every weekend and spent the entire day there. I’m sure I could drop all the weight I need to if I had access to one now! *lol* But at least with my Fitbit, it seems to be working at the moment. I’ve lost 2lbs now and an inch off my waist. Now I just have to hope it keeps working!

  2. Wendy


    Sounds like you got a lot of mysteries this month as well as reading lots of urban fantasy. I still haven’t worked out how to find out my unique visitors count on Blogger. Actually, I didn’t even know that was a thing until recently.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I haven’t used blogger in years, so can’t help with your counts. I started including the unique visitors to my wrap-ups because someone asked me about it at some point. They thought their stats were poor, so I figured it was an easy thing to add to my wrap-up. And it kind of puts things in perspective when you can go “My monthly visitors are this many, but the uniques are this many, so that means I have a lot of repeat visitors. Yay!” *lol*

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I’m not sure how I always manage to find authors you haven’t heard of before! But yay for introducing you to new authors! Hope your September has been good so far!

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