2017 Reading Plan (May Update)

The end of May marks my One-Year Anniversary on WordPress!

I completed only 4 books this past month to bring my total to 27, however given that to reach my goal of 40 total books this year I needed to reach at least 4 books in a month four times I happy with the number.  Only one of the books, Sabbath Roots, was a reread which brings my total to 3 so the others are all “first-time” reads.

May is also the month in which I published the most posts ever in any forum I’ve written on, which I believe is 27.  It helped that The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Rogues were omnibus/anthology collections that allowed me to review each story, but still that is a lot of posts and I must say a little impressive for me.

Besides continuing with Rogues to finish it off and then continue with my list below, I need to make a dent in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (First Edition & Death-Bed Edition) which sadly I hardly read this month.  Given the book is around 930 pages that is bad, I can’t let his work by like my multi-year reading of Robert Frost.  And I need to write my “What If?” entry that I’ve been planning to do since I started this blog because soon I’m going to need to write a little essay on why I’m (re)reading Zecharia Sitchin before I start.

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

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White*
Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
Dangerous Women 1 edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White*
In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead*
Lighter of Gospel Fires by Ella M. Robinson*
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
A Bold One for God by Charles G. Edwards*
Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock
Blood Stain (Volume Two) by Linda Sejic*
Herald of the Midnight Cry by Paul A. Gordon*
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28) by Terry Pratchett
Home to Our Valleys! by Walter Utt*
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea (Hinges #4) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Prairie Boy by Harry Baerg*
Blood Brothers by Philip Samaan*
The Millennium Bug by Jon Paulien*- REREAD
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson*
National Sunday Law by A. Jan Marcussen*
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 by Edward Gibbon
The New World Order by Russell Burrill*
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Sabbath Roots by Charles E. Bradford*-REREAD
Night Watch (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett
The Antichrist and the New World Order by Marvin Moore*
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin (The Rogue Prince)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (Hinges #5) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Heretics and Heroes (Hinges #6) by Thomas Cahill
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
The 12th Planet (Earth Chronicles #1) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Christianity by Roland H. Bainton
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32) by Terry Pratchett
Op-Center (Op-Center #1) by Jeff Roven- REREAD
The Republic by Plato
Gilgamesh
Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett
The Stairway to Heaven (Earth Chronicles #2) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Thud! (Discworld #34) by Terry Pratchett
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
Wintersmith (Discowrld #35) 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
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD

The Division of Christendom by Hans J. Hillerbrand (October 2017)
Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 by Carlos M.N. Eire (October 2017)

* = home read

2017 Reading Plan (April Update)

Sadly April was a disappoint, I only completed 7 books.  So instead of matching the 10 books in March, I read more books than all of January and February combine (6).

The big news from my books is that I finished the last volume of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, my biggest primary and home reads.  Gibbon was everything I could have hoped for, I can see why it is a classic and changed historiography forever.  The collection of Dickinson poems was only a sampler when compared to her overall production, but I now have to read everything of her’s in the future.

Finally, I found two books that will be my special Reformation reading come October-November 2017.  I purchased The Division of Christendom by Hans J. Hillerbrand and Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 by Carlos M.N. Eire.  Hillerbrand’s book will focus more on the religious aspects of the Reformation while Eire’s will be a combination of religious, cultural, societal, and political.  So I’m pretty happy about getting these two books and am really looking forward to reading them in five months.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White*
Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
Dangerous Women 1 edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White*
In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead*
Lighter of Gospel Fires by Ella M. Robinson*
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
A Bold One for God by Charles G. Edwards*
Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock
Blood Stain (Volume Two) by Linda Sejic*
Herald of the Midnight Cry by Paul A. Gordon*
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28) by Terry Pratchett
Home to Our Valleys! by Walter Utt*
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea (Hinges #4) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Prairie Boy by Harry Baerg*
Blood Brothers by Philip Samaan*
The Millennium Bug by Jon Paulien*- REREAD
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson*
National Sunday Law by A. Jan Marcussen*
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 by Edward Gibbon
The New World Order by Russell Burrill*
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Night Watch (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin (The Rogue Prince)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (Hinges #5) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Heretics and Heroes (Hinges #6) by Thomas Cahill
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
The 12th Planet (Earth Chronicles #1) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Christianity by Roland H. Bainton
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32) by Terry Pratchett
Op-Center (Op-Center #1) by Jeff Roven- REREAD
The Republic by Plato
Gilgamesh
Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett
The Stairway to Heaven (Earth Chronicles #2) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Thud! (Discworld #34) by Terry Pratchett
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
Wintersmith (Discowrld #35) 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
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD

The Division of Christendom by Hans J. Hillerbrand (October 2017)
Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 by Carlos M.N. Eire (October 2017)

* = home read

2017 Reading Plan (March Update)

So I had my own type of March Madness, I finished 10 books during the last 31 days which is a personal record.  Although half of them were under 200 pages, I don’t particularly care because they are no longer on my TBR pile.  My last book of the month, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, was my first REREAD of the year and I finally got back to reading Discworld for the first time since Christmas.

I’ve been thinking long and hard about my reading around October 31st for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  At the bottom of my list I have Will Durant’s The Reformation, which is the sixth volume of his  The Story of Civilization series, which I had purchased last year with the intention of reading solely for the Reformation anniversary.  But then earlier this year I found the other 10 volumes at my local used book store, which about half the books I’ve reviewed have come from, and snatched them up.  So now that I have the entire series, both he and his wife died after publishing Volume XI which goes to the end of the Napoleonic era, I don’t want to read Volume VI and later start at Volume I.  So I’m actively looking for another book to read for the Reformation, any suggestions will be welcomed.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White*
Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
Dangerous Women 1 edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White*
In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead*
Lighter of Gospel Fires by Ella M. Robinson*
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
A Bold One for God by Charles G. Edwards*
Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock
Blood Stain (Volume Two) by Linda Sejic*
Herald of the Midnight Cry by Paul A. Gordon*
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28) by Terry Pratchett
Home to Our Valleys! by Walter Utt*
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea (Hinges #4) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 by Edward Gibbon
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Night Watch (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin (The Rogue Prince)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (Hinges #5) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Heretics and Heroes (Hinges #6) by Thomas Cahill
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
The 12th Planet (Earth Chronicles #1) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Christianity by Roland H. Bainton
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32) by Terry Pratchett
Op-Center (Op-Center #1) by Jeff Roven- REREAD
The Republic by Plato
Gilgamesh
Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett
The Stairway to Heaven (Earth Chronicles #2) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Thud! (Discworld #34) by Terry Pratchett
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
Wintersmith (Discowrld #35) 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
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD

The Reformation by Will Durant (October 31, 2017)

* = home read

2017 Reading Plan (February Update)

The shortest month of the year has past and I was able to complete as many books as in January.  However, the book I read most of the month I haven’t completed for reasons unknown as I am enjoying The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2.  My page average is nothing like it was for Volume I, so as February went along I got a little depressed.

With about 150 pages left, I should complete Volume II early next week. Then I’ll be starting two books: Scars of Independence as my primary book that I received through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program and The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson as my home read.  Also on Fridays and Saturdays I’m going to read short religiously leaning books, In Search of the Golden Rainbow was the first of several books like this.

I have roughly the next 120 books on my primary list (included first time and re-reads) planned out, but my home reads isn’t as long and not as arranged.  Basically the list below won’t look the same by the end of the year.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White*
Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
Dangerous Women 1 edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White*
In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead*
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth by Holger Hoock
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28) by Terry Pratchett
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea (Hinges #4) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 by Edward Gibbon
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Night Watch (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin (The Rogue Prince)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (Hinges #5) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Heretics and Heroes (Hinges #6) by Thomas Cahill
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
The 12th Planet (Earth Chronicles #1) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Christianity by Roland H. Bainton
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32) by Terry Pratchett
Op-Center (Op-Center #1) by Jeff Roven- REREAD
The Republic by Plato
Gilgamesh
Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett
The Stairway to Heaven (Earth Chronicles #2) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Thud! (Discworld #34) by Terry Pratchett
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
Wintersmith (Discowrld #35) 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
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD

The Reformation by Will Durant (October 31, 2017)

* = home read

2017 Reading Plan (January Update)

Well it came down to the wire last night, but I was able to get in three books in the month of January. I’ve got nothing more to say for the month of January except that I didn’t comment as much as I wanted to on my fellow WP’s blog posts, I’m hoping to do a better job in February.

As for Mount TBR, today I came across the rest of Will Durant’s series The Story of Civilization in which The Reformation is Volume VI. The other 10 books were $2 a piece and frankly I couldn’t pass up the deal. I have no idea how I’ll start reading the rest of Durant’s series, but I’ll figure something out.

I’ve completed 2 of the 40 books I wanted to finish this year and have completed 1 “home read”. The list for the year so far is link highlighted for your convince.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White*
Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28) by Terry Pratchett
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea (Hinges #4) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 by Edward Gibbon
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Night Watch (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin (The Rogue Prince)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (Hinges #5) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Heretics and Heroes (Hinges #6) by Thomas Cahill
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
The 12th Planet (Earth Chronicles #1) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Christianity by Roland H. Bainton
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32) by Terry Pratchett
Op-Center (Op-Center #1) by Jeff Roven- REREAD
The Republic by Plato
Gilgamesh
Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett
The Stairway to Heaven (Earth Chronicles #2) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Thud! (Discworld #34) by Terry Pratchett
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
Wintersmith (Discowrld #35) 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
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD

The Reformation by Will Durant (October 31, 2017)

* = home read

2017 Reading Plan

Hello everyone,

With the start of a new year, it’s time to make some resolutions. My first resolution for the past several years is to whittle away at my personal TBR mountain without adding to said mountain, unfortunately the last several years that has been a failure. However this year I know that is not going to be a problem for a variety of reasons, but mainly I’ve put myself on a very tight budget for everything. My second resolution is to examined my presence on various forums like here on WordPress and on LibraryThing. The third is to write more, both on my practice novel and on various blog entries here.

As for the titular reading plan, below is the list of the 40 books I that want to finish this year in the order I plan on reading them with ONE caveat, The Reformation by Will Durant. With the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation this October 31st, I’ve selected Durant’s work as a specific read for that particular moment in time. I did something similar in July 2014 with the start of World War I by reading Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August and Peter Hart’s The Great War.

Each month I’ll update the list below in regards to how I’m doing and add anything that I’ve read in my spare time at home (when I probably should be writing). Also expect some blog posts about certain things I’ll be reading, *cough*Zecharia Sitchin*cough*, as to why I’m reading them. So without further adou, my list…

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28) by Terry Pratchett
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea (Hinges #4) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 by Edward Gibbon
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Night Watch (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin (The Rogue Prince)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (Hinges #5) by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
Heretics and Heroes (Hinges #6) by Thomas Cahill
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
The 12th Planet (Earth Chronicles #1) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Christianity by Roland H. Bainton
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32) by Terry Pratchett
Op-Center (Op-Center #1) by Jeff Roven- REREAD
The Republic by Plato
Gilgamesh
Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett
The Stairway to Heaven (Earth Chronicles #2) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Thud! (Discworld #34) by Terry Pratchett
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
Wintersmith (Discowrld #35) 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
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD

The Reformation by Will Durant (October 31, 2017)

Waiting to Die Longing to Love

Waiting to Die Longing to LoveWaiting to Die Longing to Love by Russell K. Lanier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rusty Lanier’s book about his struggle with addiction and how he was able to overcome it is an encouraging read for anyone dealing with the same disease. Even though the book is 342 pages long, don’t let the length fool you as to the quickness about which you can get through it especially as Lanier’s writing style adds to the easy of the reading.

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