2019 Reading Plan (July Update)

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What up?

Hello,

June turned out to be a very productive month even though I tackled some large books as well as some short ones to counter them.  Overall half a dozen books were completed, of which only two were from my original list, yet resulted in a big increase in my page count.  Let’s look at my updated stats…

Overall Total: 32/45 (71.1%)
Original List: 22/45 (48.9%)
Total Pages: 13889 (434)

The biggest books that I completed this month were Dune and The British Are Coming, which I both highly enjoyed as well as rated highly. The difference between the two is genre and publication date, obviously Dune is a science fiction classic for half a century but The British Are Coming is a military history published this year.

On the short side were two radically different books as well in genre and publication date. Rebellion and Redemption, the shortest this month, was a Bible study, while English Constitutional Conflicts was a political history is almost 90 years old.

Looking forward to July, I’m completely Thucydides’ The History of the Peloponnesian War at work since due to various things I haven’t been able to read it at home. After that I’m not sure what I’ll do the rest of this week since I’m going on vacation next week (but I don’t think it’ll be relaxing as I had hoped). After my vacation I’ll be for sure starting back up on my list again with Go Down, Moses. Then it’ll just be how fast I read.

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+
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The History of England by Lord Macaulay
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
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

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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

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2019 Reading Plan (June Update)

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“Maybe if I stay still, he’ll think I’m dead.”

Hello,

May was a very productive reading month, which was welcomed after a very difficult April.  Overall I completed 5 books, all of which were on my original list, thus improving my stats.  Speaking of which, let’s have a look before I go into this past month.

Overall Total: 26/45 (57.8%)
Original List: 19/45 (42.2%)
Total Pages: 10936 (420.6)

Unfortunately the month began with a dud of a book, the omnibus of the second half of The Book of New Sun tetralogy by Gene Wolfe.  Then I started my reread of Tom Clancy’s Power Plays with Politika by Jerome Preisler, the book was based off a computer game of the same name which limited what Preisler could do however there are things that are intriguing to look forward to as the series goes on.  Next was my first book by William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, I learned that this should not be one’s first book by Faulker.  When I read the next book in my Dirk Pitt read through, Night Probe!, overall a good book just keep in mind that Clive Cussler doesn’t know the Constitution, Canadian history, or what the Commonwealth of Nations is and it’s a very good book.  And finally my last book of the month was probably the best book in the Op-Center series, Mission of Honor, which is saying something given that it’s the ninth in the series and was only 3 1/2*.

Looking forward to what I’ll be up to in June. I’m already 40% of the way through English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century: 1603-89, which are transcribed lectures of J.R. Tanner for a course he taught at Cambridge in the first few decades of the 20th Century. It started rather dryly, however as the book has progresses it’s gotten more lively. Then comes probably one of the books I’ve been waiting to read for years, Frank Herbert’s Dune.  I’ve seen the 80’s film adaption numerous times and I watched the SciFi channel adaption when it aired more than a decade ago, but I finally get to read the real thing.  Given it’s almost 900 pages, it’s going to take up a good chunk of the month starting this coming Tuesday.  Given that I may or may not getting to ruthless.com the second book of the Power Play’s series.

That’s all I’m going to discuss right now, so here’s the list of my books so far. But first here’s a bunny…

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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
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century: 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The History of England by Lord Macaulay
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
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

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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

2019 Reading Plan (May Update)

Hello,

April was a frustrating month for many reasons, which will obviously enumerated further down, not least because I only completed 3 books.  My total for the year is up to 21, which means I’m on course to read 63 for the year, and my total pages are over 9K with a better than last year average.  Let’s look at the stats:

Overall Total: 21/45 (46.7%)
Original List: 14/45 (31.1%)
Total Pages: 9043 (430.6)

Let’s get with the frustrations, work and my allergies. Thanks to a allergy test last summer, I found out that I’m allergic to many things and started shots in September which have helped especially during the winter and felt good for spring pollen season. Unfortunately, the first weekend of the month at work was so mentally and physically draining that my allergies went nuclear. While I was able to work and read during my work breaks, reading at home was too much and so Thucydides and my weekend biography were gathering dust for a week. I’ve been unable to catch up and that’s wanting to do so on my vacation, however work got me so wound up that I spent most of it just relaxing and watching YouTube or movies (one of which was Diamonds Are Forever).

Anyways to the books! Only one of my three books was on my original list and that was Donna Rosenberg’s Mythology, which was a disappointment and was delivered to my local used bookstore for store credit. The other two books were not original list books. The first was Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooke, a BookTuber who is a first time author that I followed and while there were things I liked overall I was disappointed. The second was a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, The National Team by Caitlin Murray that I finished Tuesday with a review to follow either today or tomorrow.

As for May, I’m plan on getting back into Thucydides and my weekend biography so hopefully those two will be finished. From my original list the first in line is Gene Wolfe’s Sword & Citadel, the second omnibus of his New Sun series, and something I’ hesitant to read after the first omnibus. Next will be Politika, the first book of Tom Clancy’s Power Play’s series written by Jerome Preisler that I’ll be rereading now that I’ve finished Zecharia Sitchin. Then I expect to get to William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.  And there might be more, but hopefully not be less.

That’s all for this month.

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
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The History of England by Lord Macaulay
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
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

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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

2019 Reading Plan (April Update)

Hello,

March started off slow when I got an abrasion in my left eye that prevented me from reading on the 1st, but eyes heal up quickly if allowed to and on the 2nd I was back to normal.  Even with losing a day, I was able to complete seven books, five of which were on my original list.  Before I continue let’s look at my stats about the end of the first quarter of the year.

Overall Total: 18/45 (40%)
Original List: 13/45 (28.9%)
Total Pages: 7237 (402.1)

The first book I completed this past month from my original list was the last book by Zecharia Sitchin, The End of Days, which finally saw answers to some of this theories.  I started The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell hoping for the best and worried I wouldn’t “get it”, thankfully worries were unfounded.  Unfortunately The Political Writings of St. Augustine was a waste of time due to how it was structured.  The fifth Dirk Pitt novel was a nice read, still had issues but big improvement over some of it’s predecessors.  And the eighth Op-Center book was alright, but also the book which indicated that the original run was going to be changing direction.

The two books that I didn’t original plan to read were a biography of E.J. Waggoner, which was both a biography and a look at Waggoner’s theological development throughout his ministry.  The other book was Women Warriors by Pamela D. Toler, which I won via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program and was an okay book.

Looking forward to April, I’m calling an audible and inserting a just released book by Elliot Brooks. Elliot is a Booktuber, a book reviewer on YouTube, who just wrote her first book on a print-on-sale basis (basically when someone buys a copy it gets printed that day and sent out), and overall I’ve enjoyed her videos especially her “Tropes I Hate” and “Tropes I Love” ones since I agree on a large number of them. So I decided why not support her. Then there will be World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg, which will just be mythology from around the world (sorta self evident) and then will come last omnibus for the New Sun tetralogy, which after the first omnibus I’m a little hesitant about.

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
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
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The History of England by Lord Macaulay
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
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

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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

2019 Reading Plan (March Update)

Hello,

February was another fine month for reading as I completed six books, which was more than doubled my total for the year so far.  Before I go further into the month here’s the stats.

Overall Total: 11/45 (24.4%)
Original List: 8/45 (17.8%)
Total Pages: 4494 (408.6)

The biggest book I finished this month was The Histories by Herodotus, one of my scheduled home reads.  The first and classic history book was a great read, especially if your a history enthusiast.  Another great history was Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen.  On the fiction side, there was unfortunately a lot to be desired from both Divide and Conquer and Shadow & Claw, even though the latter began well it fell off in quality.

I’ve started the last book in Zecharia Sitchin’s The Earth Chronicles series, approximately halfway through so be on the lookout for the review on the other side of the weekend.  And looking further into March, I’ve got a Dirk Pitt book and another Op-Center reread on tap but before them comes David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks.  I purchased this book at a 3 for 2 sale at Barnes & Noble at the end of July 2015, so I’ve slowly been making my way towards this book and I have no idea what to expect so I’m going in with an open mind and with trepidation.

Before I finish off this post, I’d like everyone to know that I’ll be two more “unscheduled” books to my reading this year.  I don’t know when I’ll be reading them because it’ll depend on when they’re delivered through mail.  I’ll be receiving Women Warriors: An Unexpected History by Pamela D. Toler through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer’s program and The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women who Changed Soccer by Caitlin Murray through Goodread’s First Reads program.

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
Vixen 03 (Dick Pitt #5) by Clive Cussler
Line of Control (Op-Center #8) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg
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
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The History of England by Lord Macaulay
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
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

The Political Writings by St. Augustine
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

*= Original Home Read
^= Home Read

2019 Reading Plan (February Update)

Hello,

Surprisingly the year began strong with a total of five books completed books for the month of January. Of the five books, three were planned while one was a ARC via a giveaway and one “unplanned” home read. Before I get to specifics lets look at the stats.

Overall Total: 5/45 (11.1%)
Original List: 3/45 (6.7%)
Total Pages: 2245 (449)

Of my original list, I began and finished Founding Rivals, The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, and Raise the Titanic!. I won’t rehash my reviews (links below), but of those three The Rise and Fall of the British Empire stood out the most while Founding Rivals was interesting and Raise the Titanic was fine. I received a book via LibraryThing by Giles Milton (I’m not going to write that long title) and find it compelling but keeping the eyewitnesses straight became a problem. The one “unplanned”, as in not on my original list, was a biography of W.W. Prescott by Gilbert M. Valentine which I read on the weekends.

Overall I was surprised how much I was able to get through this past month, what I haven’t figured in was the 61% of The Histories by Herodotus that I’ve read. Given that I’ve just written a very long book review just before writing this post, I’m not going to linger any more. So have a good day and see you around.

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
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
Vixen 03 (Dick Pitt #5) by Clive Cussler
Line of Control (Op-Center #8) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg
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
English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-89 by J.R. Tanner
Dune by Frank Herbert
ruthless.com (Power Plays #2) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Deep Six (Dirk Pitt #7) by Clive Cussler
Sea of Fire (Op-Center #10) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The History of England by Lord Macaulay
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shadow Watch (Power Plays #3) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
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

The Histories by Herodotus
The Political Writings by St. Augustine
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas Aquinas
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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^= Home Read

Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe–The Bill of Rights and The Election that Saved a Nation

159698192X.01._SX450_SY635_SCLZZZZZZZ_Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation by Chris DeRose
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The future of the young United States hangs in the balance as two friends and rising statesmen travel the roads of eight Virginia counties to become a member of the first Congress under the newly adopted Constitution, depending on who is elected the new Constitution will succeed or fail. Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe—The Bill of Rights and The Election That Saved A Nation by Chris DeRose follows the lives of future Presidents James Madison and James Monroe lead up to the election the two men faced off in Virginia’s 5th Congressional district and why the result was important for the future of the nation.

The lives of the young Virginians James Madison and James Monroe were both different; one was sickly and served in legislatures during the Revolution while the other was healthy and a soldier during the war. But there were similarities as well as both were wholeheartedly behind the success of the new nation and deeply troubled about the ineffectiveness of the Articles of Confederation, wanting those similar of mind to come together to bring changes. After the failed Annapolis Convention, Madison coaxed George Washington out of retirement to the Philadelphia Convention and the result was a new Constitution that was sent to the states for ratification. Monroe, though wanting a better government than the Articles, found the new Constitution too much and joined other Anti-Federalists in Virginia hoping to reject the new document in the face of Madison and the Federalists. The heated Virginia Ratification Convention went back and forth before Virginia passed the new Constitution, but the Anti-Federalists stuck back in next session of the House of Delegates putting Madison in a seemingly Anti-Federalist district and convinced Monroe to stand for election against him. If Monroe were to win, the Federalists who would be the majority would be without a leader and not support any amendments (i.e. the Bill of Rights) that Monroe and the Anti-Federalists wanted thus possibly leading to a second Constitutional convention that would undo the new government. However, Madison’s victory came about because of his support for a Bill of Rights especially his long support of religious freedom for dissenters in Virginia.

Coming in around 275 pages, Chris DeRose’s first book was a nice read with good research and nice structure to show the parallel lives of his subjects before their history defining election. Yet the fact that the vast majority of my synopsis focused on the last half of the book shows that while DeRose had a nice structure he didn’t use his space well. Several times throughout the book DeRose would insert his opinion on what he believed Madison or Monroe were thinking at some moment in time which came off looking amateurish that fact that wasn’t helped when DeRose would also insert asides alluding to current (as of 2011) political event several times as well.

Overall Founding Rivals is a nice look into the early lives of James Madison and James Monroe along with a crucial election they stood for with the new Constitution in the balanced. While Chris DeRose did admirable work, it is still his first book and in several places it is never evident. Yet with this caution it is still a good read for history buffs especially interested in this critical period in American history.