2020 Reading Plan (January Update)

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From August 7, 2015.

Hello,

January was a surprising successful beginning of the year with a total of five books, all from my original list. Let’s see the stats for the month/year so far…

Overall Total: 5/45 (11.1%)
Original List: 5/45 (11.1%)
Total Pages: 2118 (423.6)

I’ll not be doing mini-reviews anymore–check out my reviews in the links below–and simply do best/worst with assorted thoughts.

The best book this month was easily Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, this standalone had a lot of hype and I was worried it would live up to it…I was quickly dispelled of this concern. A close second was The Thirty Years War by C.V. Wedgwood, a great narrative history of a very complicated conflict. The was no contest for worst book was the Giovanni Pico della Mirandola treatise collection, On the Dignity of Man.

Since the start of the year I’ve reading A.G. Daniells by Ben McArthur as my weekend exclusive. I’ve been taking my time on this book since Dr. McArthur was the chair of the Southern Adventist University History Department before, during, and after my time as a History major there and unfortunately lost his battle with cancer several years ago and I want to be diligent. I’ve begun reading Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in mid-January however it’s going slowly and I need to get going on in it since it’s 1309 pages and I’m through less than a 50.

That’s January’s update, see in you February.

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner
Out of the Ashes (Op-Center #13) by Dick Couch & George Galdorisi
On the Dignity of Man by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola*
The Thirty Years War by C.V. Wedgwood
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
The Story of Wales by Jon Gower
Cutting Edge (Power Plays #6) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium #5) by David Lagercrantz
Sahara (Dirk Pitt #11) by Clive Cussler
Into the Fire (Op-Center #14) by Dick Couch & George Galdorisi
Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Zero Hour (Power Plays #7) by Jerome Preisler
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Inca Gold (Dirk Pitt #12) by Clive Cussler
Scorched Earth (Op-Center #15) by George Galdorisi
Behemoth, or The Long Parliament by Thomas Hobbes
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
Wild Card (Power Plays #8) by Jerome Preisler
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt #13) by Clive Cussler
Dark Zone (Op-Center #16) by Jeff Rovin & George Galdorisi
Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 (The Last Lion #1) by William Manchester
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards #2) by Scott Lynch
Flood Tide (Dirk Pitt #14) by Clive Cussler
For Honor (Op-Center #17) by Jeff Rovin
Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940 (The Last Lion #2) by William Manchester
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt #15) by Clive Cussler
Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (The Last Lion #3) by William Manchester & Paul Reid
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards #3) by Scott Lynch
Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt #16) by Clive Cussler
From Manassas to Appomattox by James Longstreet
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt #17) by Clive Cussler
The New Emperors by Harrison Evans Salisbury
Best Served Cold (The First Law #4) by Joe Abercrombie
Black Wind (Dirk Pitt #18) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
Truman by David McCullough
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Treasure of Khan (Dirk Pitt #19) by Clive & Dirk Cussler

Parallel Lives by Plutarch
Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes
A History of My Times by Xenophon
The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

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

2020 Reading Plan

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Another decade over and a new one just begun…

Hello,

Last year I was able to get through my original 45 books–plus 22 more–for the first time.  As result 2019 became my second best reading year, after 2018, in both number of books and total pages.  Given how successful last year’s reading was I’m going to go with the same set up for this year.

The 45 books on my list are divided in two. The first part contains 40 books that will be my “primary” reads that I’ll take to work to read on my breaks. The second part contains 5 books that will be my “home” reads that I’ll read in 10-20 page increments. I do plan on reading books not on this list on the weekends for religious reasons.  Plus throughout the year there will be random insertions either via giveaways, newly released books, or short books I want to get off my “To Be Read” pile.

Some highlights I want to point out in the list below.  As is tradition I begin my year with a Christmas gift from my aunt, K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, and a second gift, The Story of Wales, will also be read early in the year.  My continued reading of the relaunched Op-Center series will depend on Out of the Ashes, if I don’t feel it the other four books will be abandoned and replaced on this list.  There is only ONE Reread this year, which means a lot more “new” books in particular fantasy and a lot of biographies.  And some literary heavyweights are on the list in Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, and Victor Hugo.

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner
Out of the Ashes (Op-Center #13) by Dick Couch
The Thirty Years War by C.V. Wedgwood
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
The Story of Wales by Jon Gower
Cutting Edge (Power Plays #6) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium #5) by David Lagercrantz
Sahara (Dirk Pitt #11) by Clive Cussler
Into the Fire (Op-Center #14) by Dick Couch
Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Zero Hour (Power Plays #7) by Jerome Preisler
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Inca Gold (Dirk Pitt #12) by Clive Cussler
Scorched Earth (Op-Center #15) by George Galdorisi
Behemoth, or The Long Parliament by Thomas Hobbes
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
Wild Card (Power Plays #8) by Jerome Preisler
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt #13) by Clive Cussler
Dark Zone (Op-Center #16) by Jeff Rovin & George Galdorisi
Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 (The Last Lion #1) by William Manchester
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards #2) by Scott Lynch
Flood Tide (Dirk Pitt #14) by Clive Cussler
For Honor (Op-Center #17) by Jeff Rovin
Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940 (The Last Lion #2) by William Manchester
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt #15) by Clive Cussler
Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (The Last Lion #3) by William Manchester & Paul Reid
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards #3) by Scott Lynch
Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt #16) by Clive Cussler
From Manassas to Appomattox by James Longstreet
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt #17) by Clive Cussler
The New Emperors by Harrison Evans Salisbury
Best Served Cold (The First Law #4) by Joe Abercrombie
Black Wind (Dirk Pitt #18) by Clive & Dirk Cussler
Truman by David McCullough
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Treasure of Khan (Dirk Pitt #19) by Clive & Dirk Cussler

On the Dignity of Man by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
Parallel Lives by Plutarch
Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes
A History of My Times by Xenophon
The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

2019 Reading Plan (End of Year Update)

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Born in captivity, but living free with my wild cousins

Hello,

December was a monster month as I completed nine books, six of which were entirely read in the last 31 days of the decade.  For the year I achieved impressive numbers, which I’ll put in context later. But let’s look at the official 2019 stats.

Overall Total: 67 (148.9%) 2nd Most (2018)
Original List: 45 (100%)
Total Pages: 29965 (447.2) 2nd Most (2018)

The month began with my finishing off Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, it was an interesting look at the men who ruled Rome from Julius Caesar to Domitian but unlike Tacitus was a little more gossipy.  H.W. Brands’ biography of Andrew Jackson that did a good job giving a full view of his life and what was happening that influenced his life, but wasn’t much into what happened with his Presidency.  A biography of Uriah Smith, an Adventist pioneer, was informative but one could tell that historian Gary Land was rushing to get the biography finished before his death.  Brandon Sanderson’s first novel, Elantris, came next and while it did have first book problems it was a good read and showcased the elements that Sanderson is known for.  Cold War by Jerome Preisler, the fifth book of the Power Plays series had the potential to be good but the ending fell apart.  Rene Noorbergen’s Treasures of the Lost Races was simply a mess that diluted anything interesting in the book.  David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the Millennium series in The Girl in the Spider’s Web was good and enough for me to read the next book.  Dragon the tenth Dirk Pitt book was fine and engaging, but not the best in the series so far.  And the last book, Western Civilization since 1500, was a nice study aid/quick survey but being almost 50 years old shows its age.

My goals this year were to read 45 books and to get through my original list of 45 that I listed in January. For the first time I accomplished both goals(!) when I completed Dragon a few days ago. My grand total of 67 books is the second most I’ve read in a year, but last year’s 83 was never a consideration in achieving from the beginning. My page total of 29965 was 304 pages short from tying last year’s record total, which was a surprise that I got so close.

I won’t wax on about what happened in 2019 and instead focus on finishing up my first post of the decade. So to end the year, here’s a list of my completed books.

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
Secrets of the Lost Races by Rene Noorbergen^
Treasure (Dirk Pitt #9) by Clive Cussler
War of Eagles (Op-Center #12) by Jeff Rovin
The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius*
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands
Uriah Smith: Apologist and Biblical Commentator by Gary Land
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Cold War (Power Plays #5) by Jerome Preisler- REREAD
Treasures of the Lost Races by Rene Noorbergen^
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium #4) by David Lagercrantz
Dragon (Dirk Pitt #10) by Clive Cussler
Western Civilization Since 1500 by Walther Kirchner^

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

2019 Reading Plan (December Update)

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Admittedly not the best picture.

Hello,

November was a successful month with five completed books, four of which were on my original list.  I’ve tied for my third most yearly total of books read and tying my second most or surpassing it is possible in December (I won’t beat last year’s 83 books).  Let’s go to the stats:

Overall Total: 58/45 (128.8%)
Original List: 39/45 (86.7%)
Total Pages: 26091 (449.8)

The month started by continuing my reread of Tom Clancy’s Power Plays series with the fourth book, Bio-Strike.  It was an improvement in quality over it’s predecessor, but sudden ramping up of antagonist hate of the protagonist was stunning.  Next was To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck which was my first (not counting The Pearl in high school) fiction of his–Travels with Charley–and I thought it was a good read and I’ve decided to pick up more Steinbeck in the future.  Secrets of the Lost Races by Rene Noorbergen was an interesting book, way better than his Nostradamus though not necessary good.  I then returned to the Dirk Pitt series with Treasure and found it the best book of the series so far, it’s wasn’t great but it was good.  And I finished off the month with War of Eagles, the last book of the original run Tom Clancy’s Op-Center, which was a vast improvement over the previous book in the series but was alright overall.

The last month of the year will start off with a lot of activity, I’m currently reading about Domitian in Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars so expect that post in the next few days.  Then sometime within the next week will be a post about H.W. Brands’ biography of Andrew Jackson.  Before the end of the month I’ll finish a biography of Uriah Smith, an Adventist pioneer, which I’m reading on the weekends but once Suetonius is finish I’ll read everyday at home.  After that I’ll have four book from my original list to read, whether I get to all of them will be questionable but I didn’t expect to get through as many books from my list in November so who knows?

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
Secrets of the Lost Races by Rene Noorbergen^
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 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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What are you looking at?

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