2018 Reading Plan (February Update)

Hello everyone,

So January was a very successful start of the year as I completed NINE (9) books, which is the second most I’ve ever read in a calendar month.  Those nine books represent 20% of my reading goal for this year, seven of which were from my original list which is 15.6%.  All together a very successful month, which will allow me to approach some upcoming books that are either lengthy or dense in content without pressure of my yearly goal in mind.  The only downside has been that I haven’t able to write a film review this month, especially since I’ve been attempting to write one for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

I am currently reading Unseen Academicals, which is the 37th (of 41) book of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.  This year I will end my 4 year long read through of Pratchett’s fantasy-humor series, which has been a very good reading experience and I’m sad to see it end.  My friend Bookstooge inquired if I was going to be replacing it with anything and I am.  If you scroll down to the last quarter of my list you’ll books with (Dirk Pitt#) beginning with Pacific Vortex.

The Dirk Pitt series, written by Clive Cussler and since 2004 with his son Dirk, are adventure/techo-thrillers focused on the exploits of it’s titular character around the world in nautical settings of various types.  I first learned of the series in 1994 when I the book cover of the just released Inca Gold and it caught my attention.  Several years later, my parents and I began going to a used book store, McKay’s Used Books and CDs in Chattanooga, in which also resold audiobooks and when I saw Inca Gold I had to have it.  I purchased several more audiobooks of the series over the years until I couldn’t find anymore.  While I still have those audiobooks, I haven’t listened to them for over a decade mainly because of technology changes and the fact that they are abridged which means I’m missing a portion of the story.  Last summer I walked down the aisle containing Cussler’s book in McKay’s and saw all the Dirk Pitt novels available.  After considering how old Mr. Cussler is (86), what occurred at the store when Sir Terry Pratchett passed away (the books were wiped out fast), and that I really wanted to read them, I began grabbing them up as quickly as possible which turned out to be a whole lot easier than it had been for the Discworld series.

Another thing I would like to point out is that my primary reading list is a four book sequence consisting of a nonfiction book, fiction book, Discworld, and a reread book.  After I reread Balance of Power, the fifth Op-Center book, my book sequence will be changing to a five book sequence that will alternate between nonfiction and fiction each book with genres ranging from history, philosophy/political thought, and religion for nonfiction and adventure (Dirk Pitt), fantasy, literature, mythology, science fiction, and thrillers for fiction.  The various series that I am rereading have been fitted into this sequence and early on will go from every fourth book read to every fifth and on occasion every tenth.  This new sequence will allow me to read more of the unread book on my bookshelves while also reread and reviewing previously read series.

Okay, this was a really long update so thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, I’ll be happy to answer.

Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past by Ray Raphael
How’s Inky? (Living Forest #1) by Sam Campbell*
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Too Much Salt and Pepper (Living Forest #2) by Sam Campbell*
Mirror Image (Op-Center #2) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
A Brief History of Seventh-day Adventists by George R. Knight
Foundation (Foundation #1) by Isaac Asimov
Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37) by Terry Pratchett
The Wars of Gods and Men (Earth Chronicles #3) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Politics by Aristotle
Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2) by Isaac Asimov
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The Wonder That Was India by Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Second Foundation (Foundation #3) by Isaac Asimov
Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Realms (Earth Chronicles #4) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight
The Martian by Andy Weir
Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The Political Writings by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Sheperd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited by Zecharia Sitchin
The Stuart Age by Barry Coward
Ulysses by James Joyce
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Balance of Power (Op-Center #5) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-Day Adventism by George R. Knight
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury
Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt #1) by Clive Cussler
When Time Began (Earth Chronicles #5) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt
The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #2) by Clive Cussler
Light Beareres: A History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Richard W. Schwartz
State of Siege (Op-Center #6) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
Iceberg (Dirk Pitt #3) by Clive Cussler
Divine Encounters by Zecharia Sitchin
Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

* = home read

3 thoughts on “2018 Reading Plan (February Update)

    • Since the books were written over a 4 decades, the cultural norms are way different in the 1970s than after 2000…hell, even in the last year.

      Early Dirk Pitt is a man’s man, slapping women when their going hysterical, probably man-explanation as well. Some later–well late 90s and into the 00s–Pitt is different as female PhDs or other highly accomplished women are respected by Pitt and are important in factors in the books. In fact (spoilers), his wife is a powerful Congresswoman and his daughter an important member of NUMA, so there is a distinct changing with the times vibe that Cussler keeps in tone with.

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