2021 Reading Plan (May Update)

Knowing you can strut around because people don’t want to eat you this time of year.

Hello,

May was a successful reading month with three complete books and another Austen story done.  Two of my three books were on my original list, but my third non-planned home read is keeping me on track for the year overall.  But let’s look at the stats real quick:

Overall Total: 15/35 (43%)
Original List: 12/35 (34%)
Total Pages: 7768 (517.9)

Technically based on stars the decision on the best book of the month would be between Jenny Lawson’s Broken and Liv Albert’s Greek Mythology, however its not that simple because David McCullough’s Truman is just a half-star off of a perfect score and given it’s genre that is a pretty high mark to me.  However, the worst thing I read was Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey which read like a Austen rip-off instead of an actual Austen novel.

Heading into June I’ve started Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and am approximately 28% through it.  I have less than 140 pages left in Leviathan, out of 729, so I might be able to finish it by the end of the month or early in July.  After finishing Hugo will come the next Austen novel, which I hope will be better than the previous Austen read.  I’ll probably start reading the next Dirk Pitt book before the end of the month, but I don’t know if I’ll complete it before the end of the month.  I might do a movie review early in June, but it’ll depend on if I can get it written by a certain date.

That’s all for this month, talk to you in June.

January
:Sense and Sensibility (The Complete Novels) by Jane Austen:
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards #3) by Scott Lynch
A History of My Times by Xenophon*
Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt #16) by Clive Cussler
February
:Pride and Prejudice (The Complete Novels) by Jane Austen:
From Manassas to Appomattox by James Longstreet
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Unique America by John Bahr, Eric Peterson, & Donald Vaughan
March
:Mansfield Park (The Complete Novels) by Jane Austen:
Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt #17) by Clive Cussler
The New Emperors by Harrison Evans Salisbury
April
Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America by Loren Coleman^
:Emma (The Complete Novels) by Jane Austen:
Best Served Cold (The First Law #4) by Joe Abercrombie
Black Wind (Dirk Pitt #18) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster by Lyle Blackburn^
Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson*
:Northanger Abbey (The Complete Novels) by Jane Austen:
Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook by Liv Albert^
Truman by David McCullough
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
:Persuasion (The Complete Novels) by Jane Austen:
Treasure of Khan (Dirk Pitt #19) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
President McKinley by Robert W. Merry
:Lady Susan (The Complete Novels) by Jane Austen:
The Complete Novels by Jane Austen
The Heroes (The First Law #5) by Joe Abercrombie
Artic Drift (Dick Pitt #20) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
A Country of Vast Designs by Robert W. Merry
Watership Down by Richard Adams
:A New Hope (Star Wars Episode IV) by George Lucas:
Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt #21) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
Grant by Ron Chernow
:The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars Episode V) by Donald F. Glut:
Red Country (The First Law #6) by Joe Abercrombie
Poseidon’s Arrow (Dirk Pitt #22) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
:Return of the Jedi (Star Wars Episode VI) by James Khan:
Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars Episodes IV-VI) by George Lucas/Donald F. Glut/James Kham
FDR by Jean Edward Smith
Havana Storm (Dirk Pitt #23) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
Edward IV by Charles Ross
The Phantom Menace (Star Wars Episode I) by Terry Brooks
Odessa Sea (Dirk Pitt #24) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
William Pitt the Younger by William Hague
Attack of the Clones (Star Wars Episode II) by R.A. Salvatore
Celtic Empire (Dirk Pitt #25)
Bobby Kennedy by Larry Tye

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

*=Original Home Read
^= Home Read
+= Random Insertion

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