2017 Reading Plan (September Update)

Hello everyone,

Early in September I passed 40 books, officially it was Christianity, and as of yesterday I have 46 completed and reviewed (I backdated the review for 500 Years of Protest and Liberty).  This past month was my second-best of the year with 8 books read and second most views on this blog, so thank you again for stopping by and reading my reviews.

My plans going forward is to finish the current four book cycle I’m on–if you look back at my first Reading Plan blog in January you’d notice a pattern–which will get me to sometime next week.  Then I’ll begin the first of my two Reformation theme books, which (knock on wood) I’ll finish by the end of the month and I’ll begin the second.

In-between all of those will be several “at home” reads like William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh by Ian Doescher and Linda Sejic’s Blood Stain Volume Three–search my blog for the appropriate reviews–which both come out in the first two weeks of the month.  Then on the weekends I’ll continue my “tame” at home reads, but I haven’t decided on what I read next of the several options I have.

As for what’s up for November and December, as far as my main reading goes it’ll be some from the list below (though not in order) and some recent purchases mixed in with unlisted rereads.

Well that’s all for this month.

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
Tell It to the World by Mervyn Maxwell*
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
Spy Schools by Daniel Golden
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
The 12th Planet (Earth Chronicles #1) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith*
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
500 Years of Protest and Liberty by Nicholas P. Miller*
Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett
The Stairway to Heaven (Earth Chronicles #2) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
The Division of Christendom by Hans J. Hillerbrand
Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 by Carlos M.N. Eire

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

* = home read

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2017 Reading Plan (August Update)

Hello everyone,

This month saw me finish/complete four books to bring my total for the year to 38 books, just two shy of my official goal of 40!  And I’ll reach that goal this weekend when I finish Christianity and the book I’ve been reading on the weekends, Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith.  I have no clue what order they’ll be completed, but I’ll post the reviews in order.

So from my initial list of 40 books at the beginning of the year, I’ve already have read 20 with one more by the end of the weekend for sure.  So 19 books on my list that I haven’t completed though I’ve reached my goal, plus the two Reformation themed books that I’ll start reading in October.  I’m pretty sure I won’t get through all of them this year, but it’ll be interesting to see how many more I’ll get.

One last thing, unbeknownst to me at the time I wrote my July Update my blog had received 96 views which was the most in a month I had ever gotten.  But in August that record got smashed with 140 views! So thanks everyone for looking at my reviews and my one non-review related article.

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
Tell It to the World by Mervyn Maxwell*
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
Spy Schools by Daniel Golden
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

So Why Zecharia Sitchin?

Sitchin
Zecharia Sitchin 1920-2010

I remember the first Zecharia Sitchin book I saw, but when and where exactly are somewhat are an issue.  Given whom I was with besides my parents—my aunt, uncle, and cousin recently moved up from Florida—and the weather, I’m thinking it was fall 1996 or winter 1997.  It was this little new age shop in Chattanooga that we had gone to one Saturday night because of this performance by someone—some Native American performer I believe—but we came in just after the person finished and had nothing to do except look around the little shop.  I was close to a little bookcase and started looking at it when I saw the title The Wars of Gods and Men, which instantly got my attention.

The Wars of Gods and Men

For several years before that night, I had pretended to have adventures in this fantasy story I had created in my head that featured numerous gods from various pantheons inhabiting this grand Paradise on Earth but not on Earth (I didn’t know anything about dimensions or pocket universes at the time) with myself as an immortal going through history awaiting my showdown with the big bad but until then battling his minions in fantastic lightsaber duels that ended with me cutting off their heads.  Back then I had no idea of copyright infringement and plagiarism, but I had a healthy creative bent for fan fiction that included aspects of Star Wars and Highlander.  So the title, The Wars of Gods and Men, was something I was interested in.

I grabbed the book and looked at the front cover, noticing that it said it was “Book III of the Earth Chronicles”.  Further intrigued I looked at the author’s name and noticed three other books with his name—The 12th Planet, The Stairway to Heaven, and The Lost Realms—which together with the book in my hand were the first four books of Sitchin’s work.  After reading the back covers, I really wanted to read them and it was easy to convince my parents—well my mom since my dad didn’t care one way or another—to buy them.

To be honest at the time in the shop I didn’t know if Sitchin’s work was fictional (a cross between fantasy & science fiction) or history, but it really didn’t matter either way since I was interested in both and still am.  However as I began The 12th Planet I realized Sitchin was writing about “hidden” history or as some would call it pseudohistory.  But as a teenager, who was finding stuff to use as rebellion, I didn’t care and I kept on reading.  From approximately spring 1997 to July 2001, I completed the four books I had purchased that night plus the fifth book, When Time Began, which I had purchased at either Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.

When Time Began

Over the years I’ve read—or listen to—various books in which the authors have used the ideas in speculative books as plot points for their books.  The most famous is Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code that takes from Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln.  Others examples are by Clive Cussler, Atlantis Rising is most likely influenced by Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock and Trojan Odyssey uses Iman Wilken’s Where Troy Once Stood as a backdrop.

I bring this up because one day I hope to write my own fantasy epic set on an alternate history version of Earth by humans along with my own versions of elves and dwarves.  One of the things I want to do is make things seem familiar to our own history, but with two other sentient species on the planet things will also be very different.  This is where my rereading of Sitchin’s books comes in.  Although Sitchin’s work is now famously known in popular culture with HISTORY’s Ancient Aliens, I’ll be eschewing those particular aspects and focusing on cosmology, mythology, and other theories Sitchin wrote about.  My major issue is to ensure that people who read my work will not use the following meme for their review:

aliens

So that is how I came across Zecharia Sitchin and why I’m reread him over the coming year.

2017 Reading Plan (July Update)

Hello everyone,

This month started out well with two books finished by the 10th, but then came Edgar Allan Poe.  This book has been the bane of my existence the last 21 days and I can not wait to give my review of this book and move on.

I’m working on a review of Gojira (1954) which will be the first of a series of film reviews of (Japanese) Godzilla films over the coming weeks and months. My article on why I’ll be rereading Zecharia Sitchin as well as I read it in the first place is going to be this month as I’ll be reading The 12th Planet before August is over.

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
Tell It to the World by Mervyn Maxwell*
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
Spy Schools by Daniel Golden
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 (June Update)

Hey Everyone, we’re halfway thru the year and it’s time for readers to look at how good or bad their reading is going.  Right now my total for the year is 32 books completed, which equates to 5 books per month and would be a fantastic monthly average if there wasn’t an asterisk because of all the small books I read in March and April.  Not that I’m really complaining, it’s just I’m realistic.

I’ve been working on my first “What If?” article and right now I’ve written 3-4 pages, but it’s a bit bulky and all over the place.  This is probably because I’ve been writing about the scenario I came up for my alternate history blog, To Wear A Crown, which I’ve thought and planned about for a very long time.  So I’m thinking about doing another scenario, either a “War of the Five Kings” version of the Wars of the Roses or the early death of James Duke of York (aka James II).

I’m now going to start writing my post for why I’m reading Zecharia Sitchin’s books.  Well, actually it’ll be about why I first read Sitchin’s books and why I’m overall reason I’m rereading them.  Hopefully you’ll find it interesting.

One more thing before I leave my list, who has read Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels?  And what were your thoughts on them?  I ask because I’ve listened to some of the audiobook versions but have decided to grab up the books.

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
Tell It to the World by Mervyn Maxwell*
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 (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