2018 Reading Plan (May Update)

Hey everyone,

April was an alright month for reading, as I only completed six books, but the last week of the month I was on vacation and focused on writing my own stories than reading others.  But with those six books I crossed a milestone on my journey to 45 books that I’ll explain below after the stats:

Overall Total: 29 (64.4%)
Original List: 19 (42.2%)
Total Pages: 9443 (325.6 per book)

I reached 28 books on April 20 with The Martian, which equals the same number I read for all of 2012 but in only 110 days.  However through 28 books so far this year I have only read 9200 page compared to 15822 in 2012, which is because six years ago is when I read the first 11 books of the Wheel of Time series thus why my page count is so much bigger.  But soon that is about to change, probably around the middle of May I will begin reading St. Augustine’s City of God which is over 1000 pages.

This past week even though I focused on my own writing, I did begin reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess).  I’ve had this book on my shelf for years and decided to begin reading it as my “home” read because frankly I can’t keep myself motivated to read Walt Whitman’s poetry.  I will eventually finish the “Death-Bed” edition of Leaves of Grass, though it might be 2020 or so at this rate if I’m lucky.  But after I complete it, I’m done with poetry except for ancient epics.  Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and now Whitman have just proved to me that I can’t get though it.

Even though I spent my time focused on my own writing, I did do some updating on my previous blog posts from 2012-2013, Discworld, Harry Potter books, and several other series.  Most of the updating was taking out the book cover images that Goodreads uses and upload my own so they show up on previews and taking out the “Read my reviews” link at the bottom the Goodreads copy & paste text of my reviews because all my reviews are on this blog.  Still didn’t find time to write a review of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, because…well no good reason honestly.

Well that’s all for this month.

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
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
Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo–and Still-Mo (Living Forest #3) by Sam Campbell*
Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37) by Terry Pratchett
The Wars of Gods and Men (Earth Chronicles #3) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
A Tippy Canoe and Canada Too (Living Forest #4) by Sam Campbell*
Politics by Aristotle
Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2) by Isaac Asimov
On Wings of Cheer (Living Forest #5) by Sam Campbell*
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Moose Country (Living Forest #6) by Sam Campbell*
The Rise of the West by W.H. McNeill*
The Wonder That Was India by Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Second Foundation (Foundation #3) by Isaac Asimov
The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake (Living Forest #7) by Sam Campbell*
Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Realms (Earth Chronicles #4) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Loony Coon (Living Forest #8) by Sam Campbell*
William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight
The Martian by Andy Weir
Fiddlesticks and Freckles (Living Forest #9) by Sam Campbell*
Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
City of God 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

6 thoughts on “2018 Reading Plan (May Update)

  1. Sorry to hear that poetry isn’t your thing. I commiserate.

    Congrats on the numbers so far this year. And good luck with editing those posts 🙂 I’ve thought about doing just what you’re doing about the GR posts I have, but honestly, it is rather daunting with so many other “project” things I want to do, whether online or in real life. And it takes away from my reading time 😀

    Do you have a good system or is it just pure grunt work, post by post?

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    • The reason I got so much of the posts done was because of two rainy days in a row that simple ruined my creativity.

      But it’s a post-by-post thing, upload a new book cover image via link from LibraryThing, italicize book titles, remember the “Read my reviews” link to GRs, and add any links to other books that I mention either in the review or add them to the end of the post if I believe they’re relevant.

      It might sound daunting, but once I was in a groove it became simple. It almost felt like I did a 100 posts between both days, but I could be overstating it because it was going so fast.

      I’m hoping to at least do a few a day going forward.

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