February 2017 Reading and Blogging Wrap-up

The old saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” that historically applied to items to be carried by a bride on her wedding day seemingly applied themselves to my reading and related adventures in February. My collection included a 1980 publication date (considered old, depending upon who you asked), two new releases either read and/or reviews written, the balance borrowed, plus one book with a minuscule amount of blue on its cover.

There was something else new that, while central to a new release, existed as a “first” for me: I went to an author event and met one of my favorite authors, Stephen Kinzer, who just released his newest book: “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.” I wrote two “Groupie Moment” posts about the lead up to his book discussion, with one more, “The Grand Finale” anticipated this upcoming month. In the meantime, in case you missed it/them (ICYMI), here are links to the posts about that special occasion (followed by February’s reads and blogging stats):

Groupie Moment: Countdown to Kinzer
Groupie Moment: Countdown to Kinzer (Part Two)

MARCH BOOK STATS
Books: 5
Pages: 1,405
Avg Pgs/Bk: 281

YEAR-TO-DATE BOOK STATS
Books: 9
Pages: 2,781
Avg Pgs/Bk: 309
2017 Releases: 2

Lenin on the Train (2017 Release) by Catherine Merridale
Shah of Shahs (1992 Release, A Re-read) by Ryszard Kapuściński
The Fall Of The Shah (1980 Release) by Fereydoun Hoveyda, Roger Liddell (Translator)
United States of Jihad (2016 Release) by Peter Bergen (NOTE: The book’s official title is “United States of Jihad,” but it has a few different secondary titles; I tried including them in my original post’s name (making it quite long)
Who Lost Russia? (2017 Release) by Peter Conradi

TOP 3 NATIONS READ
Iran
Russa
USA

TOP 3 POPULAR POSTS
1.  Infidel (2007 Release) by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
2.  The Fall of the Shah (1980 Release) by Fereydoun Hoveyda
3.  United States of Jihad (2016 Release) by Peter Bergen

1st-EVER RE-BLOGGED POST
Infidel (2007 Release) by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

1st-EVER LINK-BACKED POST
Jihad Academy (2016 Release) by Nicolas Henin

BLOG STATS
Views: 249
Visitors:  107
Posts Published:  24

TOP 3 VISITING NATIONS
United States
United Kingdom
Cyrus

January 2017 Month-End Reading and Blogging Wrap-up

Mid-January, I initiated a “Blog Re-launch.” It was a hopeful time with no expectations of gaining any type of blog/social media/statistical traction. I was surprised when supporters before my hiatus were still with me; and, I was delighted as I gained more followers. Thank you to everyone for the interest in my variety of posts, the dialogue, and sharing of yourselves. Below were the month-end results:

Books Completed
Count: 4
Pages: 1,678
Avg Pgs/Bk: 419.5

Reconciliation (2008 Release) by Benazir Bhutto
Imperium (2007 Release) by Ryszard Kapuściński, Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Klara Glowczewska (Translator)
The Shah (2012 Release) by Abbas Milani
Jihad Academy (2016 Release) by Nicolas Hénin, Martin Makinson (Translation)

Predominant Countries in my Reads
Pakistan
Russia
Iran
Syria

Most Popular Post
All American (2014 Release) by Steve Eubanks

Blog Stats
Views: 115
Visitors 68
Posts Published: 13

Top Three Countries Visiting
United States
United Kingdom
Cyprus