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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A Reading of George R.R. Martin’s FeastDance

As some of you may or may not know, after A Storm of Swords George R.R. Martin planned on a five-year gap between where the story left off and where it would be picked up again.  However after a year or so of writing he came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to work and scrapped what he had written and started over again.  Yet this to had complications as well resulting in Martin dividing his next installment into two books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, with the former set south of the Neck exclusively and the latter set in the North and in Essos.  As it took 5 years for AFFC to be written and 5 years for ADWD to be written this meant that the storylines of Dany, Jon, and Tyrion were on hold for a decade.

After the publication of A Dance with Dragons, readers realized two things.  First, many events in one book were hinted at in the other or the effects were felt showing the shared time frame the two books shared up to a certain point.  And second, that AFFC and ADWD shared the same time only through 2/3 of ADWD and the last third saw POVs from AFFC appearing along with those that had been only in ADWD up to that point.

Soon after this, long time fans started re-reading the series and once they had finished A Storm of Swords many debates started to spring up about how to deal with existence of both AFFC and ADWD especially knowing that both books overlap in chronology a lot.  Some were of the opinion to read each separately as published, but others started contemplating and creating a reading order combining both books.

Among the latter group was Sean T. Collins, of the All Leather Must Be Boiled Podcast, who has created the most well-known (among fandom) merged reading order as well as a new reader variant.  It is Sean’s reading order that I’ll be going by during my simultaneous re-reading of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons over the next few weeks.

While waiting for my next review, check out my reviews and chapter-by-chapter ratings for previous A Song of Ice and Fire books:

A Game of Thrones (chapter-by-chapter)
A Clash of Kings (chapter-by-chapter)
A Storm of Swords (chapter-by-chapter)

Mid-June Update

Cleaning Blog

Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you all a heads up about the future of this blog.

Why no update?

I’ve been busy for the last few weeks since creating this blog both with real life stuff, attempting my own writing, and reading Marlborough: His Life and Times which was 1000+ pages thus meant I focused a little more of my time to finishing it.  But now I’ve got some more free time coming up and so I’m going to get to working on cleaning up the blog.

What do you mean “Cleaning in Progress”?

My friend Bookstooge gave me a heads up about how to import my posts from my Blogger site, but as a result my categories and tags are really messed up.  So over the coming months I’ll be going through the 300 posts I imported and begin straightening them up.  As you can tell most of those posts are from Goodreads  but because of the star rating system on GR having no half stars I’ll be changing some of the posts to be reflect my true rating.  I just have to find some good star icons that include half stars.

Anything else?

I’ll be continuing to post new book reviews–one will be up tomorrow–and I still have to review the two Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films as my reread & rewatch of Harry Potter that I started back in December 2013.  As things progress, I’ll do as I promise in my Welcome post plus many other things I didn’t mention.  However, it’ll all take time.

Thanks for those that have already started following me and hopefully you’ll won’t regret it in the future.