2019 Reading Plan (November Update)

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What? I’m not doing anything…yet.

Hello,

October was a successful month of reading as I finished five books, three of which were from my original list thus knocking that down as well.  Unfortunately, they were either very good or bad but I’ll discuss that after the stats:

Overall Total: 52/45 (115.6%)
Original List: 35/45 (77.8%)
Total Pages: 23812 (457.9)

The biography of George H.W. Bush by Jon Meacham was my completed book of the month and was excellent, a must read for anyone interested in Presidential biography.  The next book was Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien, which unfortunately is only worth the read for the last third when it covers events and persons related to the Third Age.  The next completed book was St. Thomas Aquinas On Law, Morality, and Politics which was home read that took forever because the first four-fifths of the book was excruciating and the last fifth covered really important things short and sweet.  My next completed book was a biography of J. N. Loughborough which was a weekend read and an excellent major biography of the Adventist pioneer.  My last book of the month was Shocking Secrets of American History that was shockingly awful.

Besides the five book reviews, I also made another Book Haul post about what I bought myself for my birthday via Amazon. My plan was to have read one of the books while on my vacation, but my aunt gave me a birthday present that unfortunately was awful. For those interested in my Seventh-day Adventist books, I made a page for them and put a link on the Top Level next to “Series”.

As for this month, I’m going to finish The Curse of Oak Island today so expect a review this weekend.  I’m already reading Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, don’t know if I’ll finish this month but it’s a whole lot easier to read than Aquinas.  This weekend I start a new weekend read which will be short so look for a review this month as well.  I believe I’ll get to Bio-StrikeTo A God Unknown, and Treasure from my list below this month but beyond that will just depend on how fast I read those three books.  And that’s all I got for this Update…

Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe by Chris DeRose
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
W.W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism’s Second Generation by Gilbert M. Valentine^
Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton#
Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt #4) by Clive Cussler
The Cosmic Code (Earth Chronicles #6) by Zecharia Sitchin
Divide and Conquer (Op-Center #7) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
John Harvey Kellogg: Pioneering Health Reformer by Richard W. Schwarz^
The Histories by Herodotus*
Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen
Shadow & Claw (New Sun #1-2) by Gene Wolfe
The End of Days (Earth Chronicles #7) by Zecharia Sitchin
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Political Writings of St. Augustine*
E.J. Waggoner: From the Physician of Good News to the Agent of Division by Woodrow W. Whidden^
Women Warriors: An Expected History by Pamela D. Toler#
Vixen 03 (Dick Pitt #5) by Clive Cussler
Line of Control (Op-Center #8) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Peace and Turmoil (The Dark Shores #1) by Elliot Brooks+
World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg
The National Team by Caitlin Murray#
Sword & Citadel (New Sun #3-4) by Gene Wolfe
Politika (Power Plays #1) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Night Probe! (Dirk Pitt #6) by Clive Cussler
Mission of Honor (Op-Center #9) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Lewis C. Sheafe: Apostle to Black America by Douglas Morgan^
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century: 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
Rebellion and Redemption by David Tasker^
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The British Are Coming (The Revolution #1) by Rick Atkinson+
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides*
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
A.T. Jones: Point Man on Adventism’s Charismatic Frontier by George R. Knight^
The History of England (abridged) by Lord Macaulay
The Ghost, The Owl by Franco & Sara Richard+
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland#
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Redemption in Genesis by John S. Nixon^
Nostradamus Predicts The End of the World by Rene Noorbergen+
Three Kingdoms: Classic Novel in Four Volumes by Luo Guanzhong
Cyclops (Dirk Pitt #8) by Clive Cussler
Call to Treason (Op-Center #11) by Jeff Rovin
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush by Jon Meacham
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas*
J.N. Loughborough: The Last of the Adventist Pioneers by Brian E. Strayer^
Shocking Secrets of American History by Bill Coate+
The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan+
Bio-Strike (Power Plays #4) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
Treasure (Dirk Pitt #9) by Clive Cussler
War of Eagles (Op-Center #12) by Jeff Rovin
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Cold War (Power Plays #5) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Dragon (Dirk Pitt #10) by Clive Cussler

The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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

2019 Book Haul #4 “Birthday Edition”

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Retailer Amazon

So unless I go completely crazy in the last few months of the month, this will be my last haul of the year and basically it was a birthday present to myself because why not.

So let’s begin at the top. Both books are by Dr. Steven Collins that I decided to purchase after seeing YouTube videos about the topics these books are about.  The first is Let My People Go!: Using Historical Synchronisms to Identity the Pharaoh of the Exodus, which is pretty straightforward as Collins makes the case for a Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty (not the 19th Dynasty’s Ramesses II) being that of The Exodus.  The second is Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Infamous City that Collins recounts his digs in Jordan and evidence he believes that he’s identified where Sodom was located.  These two book will be read in-between the Adventist Pioneer biographies I read on weekends.

The middle book is The War of Wars by Robert Harvey, subtitled The Epic Struggle Between Britain and France: 1789-1815, thus obviously covers the wars of Revolutionary/Napoleonic France against all those coalitions that Britain-led through it’s purse and later militarily.

The bottom are a part of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, his graphic novel series White Sand Volumes 1 & 2.  These two book will be the first read, given their short length, so you might see them appear sometime this week or next.

2019 Reading Plan (October Update)

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Hello,

September was a surprising reading month as I completed four books for the month, which pushed me past my overall goal for the year.  But before we go into specifics, let’s look at my stats.

Overall Total: 47/45 (104.4%)
Original List: 32/45 (71.1%)
Total Pages: 21427 (455.9)

Once again I’ve achieved my overall goal for the year with plenty of time to spare, now I’m going to attempt to get my “original” list done or as much of it has possible. But on to that later.

So while reading my longest book ever and really making progress in Aquinas, I decided to read Nostradamus Predicts by Rene Noorbergen at home. Let’s just say, I’ve renewed reading Aquinas with a better appreciation in comparison but I’m also a bit worried for the future because I have two other books by Noorbergen (not about Nostradamus) on my shelf. I completed my longest book ever, Three Kingdoms a classic Chinese historical novel that covers the period before and during the titular time in Chinese history and frankly I enjoyed it even though it was 2339 pages over four volumes. I changed things up with the next Dirk Pitt book, Cyclops, which was a nice installment. The last book I completed was Call to Treason, or Jeff Rovin was told the series is ending after the next book so he doesn’t care and it showed.

This coming month I’ll first being reading Destiny and Power, the 2015 biography of George H. W. Bush by Jon Meacham, which I started at the end of last week. I’m actually progressing in Aquinas and so I’m optimist that I get it done in October. I believe I’ll time to read Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales before I go on vacation on the 19th.  And stated previously I will be reading The Curse of Oak Island before November 5, so I expect to start reading that sometime this month.

Well that pretty much covers it.

Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe by Chris DeRose
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
W.W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism’s Second Generation by Gilbert M. Valentine^
Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton#
Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt #4) by Clive Cussler
The Cosmic Code (Earth Chronicles #6) by Zecharia Sitchin
Divide and Conquer (Op-Center #7) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
John Harvey Kellogg: Pioneering Health Reformer by Richard W. Schwarz^
The Histories by Herodotus*
Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen
Shadow & Claw (New Sun #1-2) by Gene Wolfe
The End of Days (Earth Chronicles #7) by Zecharia Sitchin
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Political Writings of St. Augustine*
E.J. Waggoner: From the Physician of Good News to the Agent of Division by Woodrow W. Whidden^
Women Warriors: An Expected History by Pamela D. Toler#
Vixen 03 (Dick Pitt #5) by Clive Cussler
Line of Control (Op-Center #8) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Peace and Turmoil (The Dark Shores #1) by Elliot Brooks+
World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg
The National Team by Caitlin Murray#
Sword & Citadel (New Sun #3-4) by Gene Wolfe
Politika (Power Plays #1) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Night Probe! (Dirk Pitt #6) by Clive Cussler
Mission of Honor (Op-Center #9) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Lewis C. Sheafe: Apostle to Black America by Douglas Morgan^
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century: 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
Rebellion and Redemption by David Tasker^
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The British Are Coming (The Revolution #1) by Rick Atkinson+
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides*
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
A.T. Jones: Point Man on Adventism’s Charismatic Frontier by George R. Knight^
The History of England (abridged) by Lord Macaulay
The Ghost, The Owl by Franco & Sara Richard+
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland#
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Redemption in Genesis by John S. Nixon^
Nostradamus Predicts The End of the World by Rene Noorbergen+
Three Kingdoms: Classic Novel in Four Volumes by Luo Guanzhong
Cyclops (Dirk Pitt #8) by Clive Cussler
Call to Treason (Op-Center #11) by Jeff Rovin
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush by Jon Meacham
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bio-Strike (Power Plays #4) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
Treasure (Dirk Pitt #9) by Clive Cussler
War of Eagles (Op-Center #12) by Jeff Rovin
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Cold War (Power Plays #5) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Dragon (Dirk Pitt #10) by Clive Cussler

On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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

2019 Book Haul #3

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McKay Used Books Haul

One of the good things about having a used book store is that you can find out-of-print book series from the history genre. However, it might take years for the entire series to appear on the shelf at the same time so you can buy it. At the beginning of August I got the chance to get Allan Nevins’ Ordeal of the Union series, which chronicles U.S. history from 1847 to 1865 through eight volumes:

Ordeal of the Union: Fruits of Manifest Destiny 1847-1852
Ordeal of the Union: A House Dividing 1852-1857
The Emergence of Lincoln: Douglas, Buchanan, and Party Chaos 1857-1859
The Emergence of Lincoln: Prologue to Civil War 1859-1861
The War for the Union: The Improvised War 1861-1862
The War for the Union: War Becomes Revolution 1862-1863
The War for the Union: The Organized War 1863-1864
The War for the Union: The Organized War to Victory 1864-1865

I really wanted to get this series after reading The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party last year.

2019 Book Haul #2

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Barnes & Noble haul

Right after buying those two books on Amazon, I went to Barnes & Noble because I had got extra discount coupons (as long as they weren’t on sale or bestselling hardcover).  As seen above I purchased five books.

I picked up The Curse of Oak Island by Randy Sullivan first.  I fully admit that I’m addicted to the History Channel show of the same title that Sullivan used for his book about the treasure hunt on Nova Scotia island.  Although the show isn’t perfect–the narrator’s script is awful–I love the mystery and the guys that are the center of the show.  With the show’s season premiere on November 5, I’m going to be reading this in October.

Since the fire of Notre Dame, I’ve looked to get the most famous book about the historic cathedral.  It also so happens that Victor Hugo is one of those authors one might want to read if you’re interested in the classics and the Barnes & Noble edition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was on sale.  So easy buy, but it’ll be a while until I read it.

The last three books I decided to continue to collect Brandon Sanderson Cosmere books, though now I’m only lacking his graphic novels.  The Alloy of LawShadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning make up Mistborn: Era II.  While I plan to read a lot of Sanderson Cosmere books soon, these will go behind some other fantasy books I’ve gotten.  So like the book above, these won’t be read for a while.

2019 Book Haul #1

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Amazon Haul

So at the end of July, I decided to go online and grab some books I’ve been considering buying for some time.  Honestly I was spurred on by a Facebook post by artist Sara Richard that there were only a handful of The Ghost, The Owl available on the site.  So I snatched one of those copies up before they sold out.

To get free shipping I decided to get another book and decided to the history route, though something of the more recent variety.  I grabbed Too Big to Fail about the 2008 financial crisis.  Though the book originally came out in 2009 or 2010, can’t remember off the top of my head, this edition has a Afterward for the 10th Anniversary of the crisis.  This book falls just outside my 10 year rule when it comes to book concerning history.

So this is “haul” number 1, in a few days will come number 2.

2019 Reading Plan (September Update)

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Hello,

August saw the completion of seven books and the beginning of this year’s mammoth read that took up the last third of the month.  Let’s take a look at the overall stats before getting in-depth for this month.

Overall Total: 43/45 (95.6%)
Original List: 29/45 (64.4%)
Total Pages: 17965 (417.8)

The month started with two books begun in June & July, the former was a biography of A.T. Jones and the latter an abridgment of Lord Macaulay’s The History of England. Next was a one day read of The Ghost, The Owl by Franco & Sara Richard, I’ve been a fan of Sara’s art for years and finally got my hands on one of her published works. Then came J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland. And finally came the reread of Shadow Watch by Jerome Preisler as my last “primary” read completed of the month while Redemption in Genesis was my last book of the month

On August 20th I began reading Luo Guanzhong’s Three Kingdoms which is 2339 pages long. Through Friday, I’m 791 pages into this classic historical novel which comes out to approximately 34%.  I’m averaging 88 pages a day, however the last week I averaged 92 pages but either one would mean I won’t be finished until around the 22 or 24th of the month.  So with this mammoth book taking up most of my “primary” reading time, I’ve come up with some plans to keep this blog active for the next month.

Either Monday or Tuesday I’ll post a review of Redemption in Genesis and later this week I’ll post a review of Mothra vs. Godzilla. Next week I’ll have a post or two of books hauls from over the summer and hopefully another movie review. The week after will probably include another movie review, but beyond that I don’t know. I’m still making my way through Aquinas and I’ll be reading another biography on the weekends which is nearly 500 pages so I don’t expect to finish that this month.

That’s all I’ve got for you in this post.

Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe by Chris DeRose
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
W.W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism’s Second Generation by Gilbert M. Valentine^
Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton#
Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt #4) by Clive Cussler
The Cosmic Code (Earth Chronicles #6) by Zecharia Sitchin
Divide and Conquer (Op-Center #7) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
John Harvey Kellogg: Pioneering Health Reformer by Richard W. Schwarz^
The Histories by Herodotus*
Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen
Shadow & Claw (New Sun #1-2) by Gene Wolfe
The End of Days (Earth Chronicles #7) by Zecharia Sitchin
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Political Writings of St. Augustine*
E.J. Waggoner: From the Physician of Good News to the Agent of Division by Woodrow W. Whidden^
Women Warriors: An Expected History by Pamela D. Toler#
Vixen 03 (Dick Pitt #5) by Clive Cussler
Line of Control (Op-Center #8) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Peace and Turmoil (The Dark Shores #1) by Elliot Brooks+
World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg
The National Team by Caitlin Murray#
Sword & Citadel (New Sun #3-4) by Gene Wolfe
Politika (Power Plays #1) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Night Probe! (Dirk Pitt #6) by Clive Cussler
Mission of Honor (Op-Center #9) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Lewis C. Sheafe: Apostle to Black America by Douglas Morgan^
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century: 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
Rebellion and Redemption by David Tasker^
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The British Are Coming (The Revolution #1) by Rick Atkinson+
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides*
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
A.T. Jones: Point Man on Adventism’s Charismatic Frontier by George R. Knight^
The History of England (abridged) by Lord Macaulay
The Ghost, The Owl by Franco & Sara Richard+
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland#
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Redemption in Genesis by John S. Nixon^
Three Kingdoms: Classic Novel in Four Volumes by Luo Guanzhong
Cyclops (Dirk Pitt #8) by Clive Cussler
Call to Treason (Op-Center #11) by Jeff Rovin
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush by Jon Meacham
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bio-Strike (Power Plays #4) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
Treasure (Dirk Pitt #9) by Clive Cussler
War of Eagles (Op-Center #12) by Jeff Rovin
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Cold War (Power Plays #5) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Dragon (Dirk Pitt #10) by Clive Cussler

On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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