2018 Reading Plan (September Update)

Hello everyone,

August began with a blur with a quick succession of book reviews that filled up almost every day of my vacation, which resulted in this being my best month of the year with 10 books completed.  As a result, 2018 is now my second best reading year ever with 59 books and I’m only four books away from tying my total from last year.  So let’s go to the stats:

Overall Total: 59 (131.1%)
Original List: 32 (71.1%)
Total Pages: 19538 (331.2 per book)

Many of the books I read during my vacation were short and thus once again brought down my pages per book average from 350 last month to 331 this month. However, getting books off my TBR pile by either reading them for the first time or rereading to write a review was worth it. Unfortunately some of my other reading this month was more a chore than anything else, namely Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works which began well and quickly spiraled down into boredom and annoyance (though with the author or myself for selecting the book or both I can’t tell). I’m ending the month reading a book I received though LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program that I sorta wish I hadn’t won because the author is a jerk.

On a more happy note, I finally wrote my review for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service that I’ve been meaning to write all year. So now I can continue my watching of Bond films and posting reviews “soon” afterwards. I’ve recently watch Godzilla: King of Monsters!, the Americanized version of original Godzilla (aka Gojira), and am hoping to write a review up this weekend so I can post it sometime next week.

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
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
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
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight*
City of God by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited (Earth Chronicles #4.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas*
Myths in Adventism by George R. Knight*
The Stuart Age by Barry Coward
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson*
Ulysses by James Joyce
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Balance of Power (Op-Center #5) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Abraham’s Other Son by Philip Samaan*
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-Day Adventism by George R. Knight
The Histories by Tacitus*
The Book of Acts by Wilson Paroschi
Jedi the Last (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Part the Eighth) by Ian Doescher
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Tournament Upstart by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Game Plan by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton*
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury
Lamarck’s Revenge by Peter Ward
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 Bearers: 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

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Need More Books from Women Authors

I’ve been meaning to send out this appeal to my 100+ followers primarily because I want to be well read and one of the ways to do that is to have more books written by women on my bookshelf. According to my stats on LibraryThing, I’ve read 212 male authors compared to just 31 women which if those numbers look bad just think it’s 87%-13%. These are not good numbers and I need to improve them in some form or fashion. So I’m asking for your help.

Before you give me your suggestions, I’d like to list the women authors (of all genres) that I’ve read or will:

Isabel Allende, Catherine Drinker Bowen, Lois McMaster Bujold, Marjorie Chibnall, Cinda Williams Chima, Cassandra Clare, Susanna Clarke, Suzanne Collins, A.C. Crispin, Emily Dickinson, Julie Ecklar, Diane Eickhoff, J.M. Fenster, C.S. Friedman, Amy Goldstein, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Edith Hamilton, Jeanne T. Heidler, Robin Hobb, Barbara Kellerman, Mercedes Lackey, Jenny Lawson, Gillian I. Leitch, Lois Lowry, J.V. Jones, Erin Morgenstern, Diane Munson, Ella M.W. Robinson, Lisa Rogak, Donna Rosenberg, J.K. Rowling, Linda Sejic, Mary Shelley, Josephine Tey, Barbara W. Tuchman, Alison Weir, Ellen G. White

I’ve already started a list of authors (and books) to get my hands on, but it needs to be longer or filled out.  So any suggestions you might have will be added to this list with acknowledgement and thanks.

Katherine Addison– The Goblin Emperor
Maya Angelou– I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings **thanks Erik**
Katherine Arden– The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight #1)
Margaret Atwood– WHICH ONE?
Jane Austen– Pride & Prejudice/Sense & Sensibility **thanks Stooge**
Carol Berg– Lighthouse Duet or Sanctuary Duet or Bridge of D’Arnath **thanks YouKneeK**
Octavia Butler– Xenogenesis trilogy (aka Lilith’s Brood) **thanks YouKneeK**
Emma Bull– War of the Oaks
Sarah Cawkell– Valkya the Bloody (Warhammer) **thanks Savage***
C.J. Cherryh– The Dreaming Tree (Ealdwood 1-2)
Agatha Christie– And Then There Were None/Endless Night **thanks Stooge**
Kate Elliot– Cold Magic (Spiritwalker #1) **thanks YouKneeK**
Margaret Frazer– The Novice’s Tale (Frevisse #1) **thanks Mrs. Lee**
Nalo Hopkinson– Brown Girl in the Ring
N.K. Jemisin– Dreamblood Duology **thanks YouKneeK**
Laurie R. King– The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell #1) **thanks Mrs. Lee**
Nicole Krauss– The History of Love **thanks Erik**
Ursula K. Le Guin– Earthsea Trilogy **thanks Stooge**
Jane M. Lindskold– Through Wolf’s Eyes **thanks Stooge**
Robin McKinley– The Blue Sword (Damar #1)
Elizabeth Moon– The Deed of Paksenarrion
Claire North– Touch **thanks YouKneeK**
Naomi Novik– His Majesty’s Dragon (Tremaine #1) **thanks YouKneeK**
Nnedi Okorafer– Akata Witch
Ellis Peters– Cadfael **thanks Mrs. Lee**
Mary Doria Russell– The Sparrow **thanks YouKneeK**
Dorothy L. Sayers– Whose Body? **thanks Mrs. Lee**
Amy Stewart– Girl Waits With Gun (Kopp Sisters #1) **thanks Mrs. Lee**
Catherynne Valente– The Orphan’s Tales **thanks YouKneeK**
Jo Walton– The King’s Peace **thanks YouKneeK**
Helene Wecker– The Golem and the Jinni
Martha Wells– The Cloud Roads (Raksura #1)
Michelle West– The Broken Crown (The Sun Sword #1)
Mary Wollstonecraft– A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Any suggestions you have for an author and/or work, please comment. It’ll be much appreciated.

2018 Reading Plan (August Update)

Hello everyone,

July was one of the those months that I know what happened (completed six books)and what was accomplished (year goal achieve!) but really feel blah when it comes to reading.  Let’s cover the positive first as this month’s biggest accompishment was achieving my reading goal for the year of 45 books (Edgedancer) and then surpass my 2013 reading total of 46 (Ulysses) and am fairly on my way to get to my 2014 total.  Here’s a quick look at my stats for far this year:

Overall Total: 49 (108.9%)
Original List: 29 (64.4%)
Total Pages: 17095 (348.9 per book)

My most important read of the month was James Joyce’s Ulysses, which ended up being alright until I simply lost track with what was going on. My most frustrating read was Philip Samaan’s Abraham’s Other Son, which I though would take two weekends but stretch out over the entire month and brought to work on the 30th to finish up before the end of the month. In-between were some fairly good reads, but the best this month was Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer mainly because it had the best characters and narrative compared to anything else I read.

With the completion of Balance of Power, I’m switching from a four book “cycle” (nonfiction, fiction, Discworld, Reread) to a five book “cycle” (A: nonfiction, fiction, nonfiction, fiction, nonfiction; fiction, nonfiction, fiction, nonfiction, fiction; repeat) that will last through the end of the year and into the beginning of next year.  However because of the amount of fantasy books (majority Brandon Sanderson) I’ve been getting my hands on recently, I realized I’m going to have to redo my reading schedule near the end of the year so I can more fantasy in sooner and as early in 2019.

Like this blog, I’ve been feeling disjointed and mainly that’s because of my allergies going haywire since the beginning of June, resulting in three visits to a doctor which lead to an appointment with an allergist on August 1.  However, I’ve had to stay indoors until the appointment which meant no walks outside for fresh air and sun.  In addition in the lead up to the appointment I’ve had to get off all medication that could influence the testing and among the medication has been stuff to help me sleep.  I haven’t that much the last three nights (as of July 31) and am looking forward to the appointment not only to find out what’s wrong but to enjoy walks again as well as sleep (precious sleep).

Well I’m going to end my (potentially disjointed) rambling and let you look at the year-to-date book list:

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
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
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight*
City of God by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited (Earth Chronicles #4.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas*
Myths in Adventism by George R. Knight*
The Stuart Age by Barry Coward
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson*
Ulysses by James Joyce
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Balance of Power (Op-Center #5) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Abraham’s Other Son by Philip Samaan*
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

2018 Reading Plan (July Update)

Hello,

In June I completed another seven books which equaled my total for May thus getting me closer to my goal for the year of 45 books.  Before I really go on, let’s go to the stats.

Overall Total: 43 (95.6%)
Original List: 25 (55.6%)
Total Pages: 14400 (334.9 per book)

Honestly when I began the year, I did not believe that my mid-year total would be so close to my goal for the entire year.  However when you read 18 books exclusively at home that’s what happens.  With four books from my original list completed, I’m up to 25 from my list in January which means that I have half a year to get through the last 20 just as I’m getting to some of the longer or really in-depth books on the list. But I have completed one goal already for the year as I’ve finished 38 new (as in I’ve never read before) books which is past the 35 books that I made as my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge.  I’m happy that my page total really jumped up, mainly thanks to City of God, as well as of my pages per book.

Besides completing my goal for “new” books, June also saw some other important events.  The most important to me was the completing my first read through of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.  Another important moment was a book haul I had last Wednesday that added 16 books to my TBR pile and that I have to figure out how to put into my reading schedule in the coming years.  But the most surprising is that this month I had a record 227 views (as of 6:30 pm Saturday) for the month, mostly thanks to a Belgian who viewed my site 48 times on Wednesday (and maybe even 16 on the 22nd and 23rd) though a nice Canadian visited my site 13 times on 19th.  Yet I’ll take the record.

A look ahead for July I have 124 pages left in The Stuart Age then it’ll be James Joyce’s Ulysses (complete and unabridged) and following that maybe Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  For my home reads, with Brandon Sanderson‘s Oathbringer apparently coming out in October in paperback I’m going to read Edgedancer which my friend Sarah really enjoyed and I hope to enjoy just as much.  Another home read, though of a more religious nature (thus for the weekends) will be a book by a professor I had in college about Islam entitled Abraham’s Other Son.  And expect a post about me looking for women fantasy and sci-fi authors primarily, though women authors in general as well, and soliciting suggestions from everyone.

Well that is everything for this month, thanks for reading.

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
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
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight*
City of God by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited (Earth Chronicles #4.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas*
Myths in Adventism by George R. Knight*
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

Book Haul, or Why Do I Do This To Myself?

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16 new additions for my TBR pile

Yesterday, I went to McKay Used Books and sent over two hours there looking over all the floor at all the books on display and came out with 16 new additions to my To Be Read (TBR) pile putting my total up to 269… *sigh* when will I get to all of them?  So let me give you a preview of the books I’ll be reading in…2022?

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Philosophy

I began in the Philosophy section where I immediately came across Classics of Western Thought I: The Ancient World and Classics of Western Thought II: Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation each only $0.75.  As I have the two other volumes from college way back in the early 00s, I decided to complete my collection.  These books will be “home” reads sometime in the coming years along with the two I had already.

Next is The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant, I purchased Durant’s The Story of Civilization a year ago and this book kept on popping up in my recommendation on Goodreads and Amazon.  This book won’t be read until I’ve read all the philosophy books I have on my reading list for the coming years, including Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard.  This book will cause me to reorder my reading list, but I’ve had in mind getting Kierkegaard and so it would be worth it.

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Biography and History

I hit the biography section next starting at the end of the alphabet and immediately came upon Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul by John M. Barry.  This was a very welcome find because it was recommended on the Current Reading: May 2018 in the LibraryThing forum History Fans by rocketjk and suddenly there it was in front of me.  Expect to see this book read sooner than all the others.

Then a few aisles down was the history section, which I looked at intensely through all categories–World, African, Asian, British, French, German, U.S., etc.  It was in the British section that I found the complete trilogy of James Morris’ (though Goodreads and LibraryThing has the name as Jan Morris…interesting) Pax Britannica trilogy (Heaven’s CommandPax Britannica, and Farewell the Trumpets).  For the last three or four months, I have been teased with only the last two volumes on the shelves but yesterday the first finally showed up on the shelves and I couldn’t help myself.  This series will probably be a “home” read in the coming years.

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Fantasy

I spent an equal amount of time in the fantasy aisle as I focused on finding books by women authors–look for a post tomorrow or next week related to this topic–that I feel that my former reading is seriously lacking.  After some near misses, I finally found J.V. Jones’ Book of Words trilogy (The Baker’s BoysA Man Betrayed, and Master and Fool).  If not for the missing of book 4, I would have purchased her Sword of Shadows series of six books.

After some more searching I came across C.S. Friedman’s The Coldfire Trilogy (Black Sun RisingWhen True Night Falls, and Crown of Shadows).  Honestly I had to be reminded by another book of Friedman that she was an actual woman author when I read the “about the author” because I knew the name but couldn’t remember her gender.  So I was glad I took the time to investigate.

My final book from the section was The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, at this point I was feeling lucky and began looking for well thought of books regardless of the writer.  Kay has always been a author I’ve seen well thought of as is Al-Rassan, so finding this book made it a must buy (at this point it was why not I’ve already had 14 books what is one more?).  When will I get to these books?  Good question, I’ve got to redo my schedule to add in numerous fantasy books I’ve purchased the last six months.

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Modern Literature

While Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison should not follow the phrase, “I’ve gotten 15 books, what’s a few more?” there is no other way to put it.  I’ve been thinking about grabbing this book for months as I’ve seen it on the shelves–the last few months up to almost two dozen stuffed on a shelf–so I figured I need to get it now no matter what.  Like some of the other books listed above, no idea when this will be read but it will be.

So there you have it, 16 more books that you’ll be seeing me review in the next four to six years.  Let me know what you think.

A (First) Read Through of Discworld

For a little over four years I’ve been reading one of the longest series in fantasy humor we might ever see, Discworld. Beginning with The Color of Magic on May 23, 2014 and finishing The Shepherd’s Crown on June 12, 2018 I read 41 books (plus a short story in an anthology) with a lot of laughs and a lot of interesting takes on the cliches of fantasy and real life issues.  But now it’s over and I’ll just be retreading old territory now when I read them again, and there will be an again.

So now that I don’t have any more Discworld books to look forward to, only look back on, I’ve decided to type out some of my thoughts.

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Image Courtesy of Epic Reads

I read the series in order, the outer in the image above, though from the beginning I was looking forward to the Death installments (blue) because it was the TV adaptation of Hogfather that interested me in the series in first place and wasn’t disappointed.  Yet the biggest surprise enjoyment was Sam Vimes when I read Guards! Guards! and I looked forward to every Watch (green) book that followed.  The biggest disappointments was the slow decline of Rincewind throughout his series, Wizards on the above image, and that the Witches (pink) series really didn’t feel quality until after Magrat became Queen and was no longer an official witch only to become a better character.

Well that’s what I think after my first read through those 41 books and frankly now that I’ve done that, I know I have to go back and read them again now that I know what happens “in the future” to these characters.  Maybe my opinion for the first three Witch books will improve, maybe my opinion of The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic will go down, and maybe I might hate Eric even more.

Those are all possibilities for whenever I begin my reread of Sir Terry’s fantastic series.  But maybe this time I might do add the various visual adaptations to review along side the books, something I failed to do with Hogfather and still fail to with Deathly Hallows.  Maybe I can get my act together?

However before any reread of Discworld begins, I’ve got a few more series to cover again including a reread of The Wheel of Time as well as reading the around 250 books I still have on my book shelf and any new ones that get published in the upcoming years.  In the mean time if you want to look at all my reviews of Discworld to go my series page that has links to each book’s review, which can be accessed at the SERIES tab above or at this link here.

Feel free to make any comments you want about Discworld in the comments below.

2018 Reading Plan (June Update)

Hello everyone,

May was the month of the “home” reads as of the seven books I read, five were ones that I only read at home.  While as the stats below will show that my journey to 45 books is very close to completion, other things aren’t so rosy.

Overall Total: 36 (80%)
Original List: 21 (46.7%)
Total Pages: 11419 (317.2 per book)

While my overall 15 “home” reads so far has–barring accidents–insured that I will successfully complete my book challenge this year, however my original list might be a tad close.  Right now I am on schedule to complete my original list (and surpass it), however given the time I’m taking on St. Augustine’s City of God and how many other long or thought-provoking books I have on the list it’ll be a close run thing.

Another thing about my stats is that my average number of pages per book went down 8 because of the short length of the majority of my books this month. If I add where I’m at in City of God to my stats–12316 pages from 36.82 books–it would be a 334.5 average which would be 8 pages more than last month’s stats, in other words a 17 page swing.

Anyways, I’ll be finished with City of God either Sunday or Monday. In the meantime, I’m reading two books at home.  This weekend I’ll finish and review the third (and last) book of the Adventist Heritage Series by George R. Knight.  My everyday home read is Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas, about his second mission into space on the shuttle Discovery (STS-70).

So I’ve got nothing else to write about, so see you next 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
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
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
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
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