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.

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2019 Reading Plan

Hello,

I originally had a really long post detailing a breakdown of what I plan on reading this year, however WordPress ate it even though I had saved it so here’s a short and simple one.

Last year I planned to at least get through 45 books, of that original list I got through 42. However I did complete 83 books last year which is a personal record (shattering my previous total of 62 in 2017), but being realistic I do not think I’ll approach that total this year for various reasons.

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.

Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe by Chris DeRose
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
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

2018 Reading Plan (End of Year Update)

Hello,

December saw the completion of seven books to finish off my most successful reading year in both books (83!) and pages (30000+).  Unfortunately the seven books I completed this month did not cover my original list, for various reasons to be discussed below.  But first the let’s look at the official 2018 numbers.

Overall Total: 83 (184.4%)
Original List: 42 (93.3%)
Total Pages: 30269 (364.7 per book)

The seven books I completed this month varied in genre I read speculative history, fantasy, religious biography, classical history, philosophy, and historiography.  Save for a short story or two in Tales from the Eternal Archives #2 everything I read this month was very good.

Besides the seven books I read this month, I was able to watch and review a film Godzilla Raids Again. That review as well as the multitude of posts for the stories in Tales from the Eternal Archives #2 (mostly the latter to be honest) resulted in this being my most viewed month ever on this blog.

Looking back at the year, I’m a tad disappointed that I didn’t get through my original list of 45 books I made last January. But given that I sold two books from that list after the first book of the trilogy was so bad that I wasn’t going to enduring reading them I’m okay with not getting through the list since I completed a total of 83 books.

In regards to my blog here, this will be my 133rd post of the year which equals my total from last year so that a good sign. I didn’t review as many films as I had been hoping to this year, so that was disappointing. I got more comments and gained more followers this year (thanks to everyone who began following me this year), so that makes me feel good as well.

That’s all I got to say for the end of 2018. I’ve got my first post for 2019 cued up from tomorrow, but until then here’s my list of completed books.

Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past by Ray Raphael
How’s Inky? (Living Forest #1) by Sam Campbell*
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Too Much Salt and Pepper (Living Forest #2) by Sam Campbell*
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
Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo–and Still-Mo (Living Forest #3) by Sam Campbell*
Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37) by Terry Pratchett
The Wars of Gods and Men (Earth Chronicles #3) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
A Tippy Canoe and Canada Too (Living Forest #4) by Sam Campbell*
Politics by Aristotle
Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2) by Isaac Asimov
On Wings of Cheer (Living Forest #5) by Sam Campbell*
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Moose Country (Living Forest #6) by Sam Campbell*
The Rise of the West by W.H. McNeill*
The Wonder That Was India by Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Second Foundation (Foundation #3) by Isaac Asimov
The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake (Living Forest #7) by Sam Campbell*
Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Realms (Earth Chronicles #4) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Loony Coon (Living Forest #8) by Sam Campbell*
William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight
The Martian by Andy Weir
Fiddlesticks and Freckles (Living Forest #9) by Sam Campbell*
Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight*
City of God by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited (Earth Chronicles #4.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas*
Myths in Adventism by George R. Knight*
The Stuart Age by Barry Coward
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson*
Ulysses by James Joyce
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Balance of Power (Op-Center #5) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Abraham’s Other Son by Philip Samaan*
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-Day Adventism by George R. Knight
The Histories by Tacitus*
The Book of Acts by Wilson Paroschi
Jedi the Last (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Part the Eighth) by Ian Doescher
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Tournament Upstart by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Game Plan by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton*
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury
Lamarck’s Revenge by Peter Ward
Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt #1) by Clive Cussler
When Time Began (Earth Chronicles #5) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #1) by Neil Wayne Northey*
The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt
The Mallards and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #2) by Neil Wayne Northey*
The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #2) by Clive Cussler
Leaves of Grass: First and “Death-Bed” Editions by Walt Whitman*
Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Richard W. Schwartz
State of Siege (Op-Center #6) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Paddletail the Beaver and His Neighbors by Neil Wayne Northey*
Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives #1 edited by Margaret Weis*
Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) Brandon Sanderson
The Reign of the Kingfisher by T.J. Martinson
Wild Creatures in Winter (Old Homestead #4) by Neil Wayne Northey*
Iceberg (Dirk Pitt #3) by Clive Cussler
Divine Encounters (Earth Chronicles #5.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Tales from the Eternal Archives #2 edited by Margaret Weis
James White: Innovator and Overcomer by Gerald Wheeler*
The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus
The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides*
Fire & Blood (ASOIAF) by George R.R. Martin
Teaching History: A Seventh-day Adventist Approach by Gary Land

Moved to 2019
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James

Abandoned
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

* = home read

James White: Innovator and Overcomer

2cdb53c0442e9ea596d67307267444341587343James White: Innovator and Overcomer by Gerald Wheeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The primary force behind the organizational formation of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination himself came from a denomination that resisted organization, but today’s Seventh-day Adventist church has his fingerprints even today. James White: Innovator and Overcomer by Gerald Wheeler, examines the life and times of one of the three main founders of the church whose drive was both a blessing and a curse.

Beginning and ending this biography at the funeral of James White, Wheeler highlights an important theme throughout White’s life, his seemingly paradoxical personality that drove him to everything he could for the church he helped to found but that could also cause friction with others from coworkers, friends, and family. Wheeler then shifts to White’s early life in Maine, a tough place that made tough people who endured the harsh climate of the area. Though encouraged to just become a farmer though he yearned for education, White became convinced the message of William Miller and soon felt the call to preacher the 1844 message while becoming accredited with the Christian Connection, whose views would influence him for years and decades to come. After the Great Disappointment, White was among those who believed something occurred on October 22 but shied away from the fanaticism of others through he was drawn to the encouraging visions of Ellen Harmon and began escorting her to various groups of Millerites before social conventions led the two to wed. The couple along with others, most notably Joseph Bates and Hiram Edson, began development the theological underpinnings of the future Seventh-day Adventist church and Ellen’s encouragement lead to White beginning ‘Review and Herald’ which would eventually place White at the forefront of the movement and eventually the main proponent of organization for almost a decade before it became a reality. Once organized, White wanted others to lead the church with him—famously refusing to become the denomination’s first president—but given his drive for its creation and want of its success he wasn’t the easiest to work with and would butt heads with many in the final 20 years of his life that grew worse as his many strokes would magnify his personality’s positive and negative traits. Throughout his endeavors with the church, Wheeler described White’s personally frugal nature that would make him squeeze out all he could with his money for himself and his family while at the same time being generous to less fortunate believes and church institutions. Though busy running two to three periodicals and a newly formed church, White was a business man and real estate investor so as to provide himself and family economic security but this led to accusations that he enriched himself with church funds that dogged him even after his passing.

In almost 250 pages of text and references, Wheeler provided an eye-opening look into the life of James White through the use of White’s own autobiography but also letters written by himself and others as well as other sources from individuals who knew him throughout his life. Wheeler fleshes out James White into a real person that like us today had strengths and flaws that he used and dealt with his entire life while getting closer and closer to Christ, something every Adventist—or any Christian—should identify with today. Though information and use of primary sources is excellent, the structure Wheeler used in the book was sometimes questionable. While the not so strictly chronological layout of the chapters was fine, some of the content of the chapters resulted in several short chapters that could have been merged into other chapters to make the book flow better to the reader.

James White: Innovator and Overcomer is a very good book for those Adventists looking to learn about one of the three founders of the church. Gerald Wheeler helps take White from being a picture on the wall, or book cover, and make him flesh-and-bone man who struggled just like us today with strengths and flaws. I highly recommend this for those interested in SDA church history.

2018 Reading Plan (December Update)

Hello,

November has come and gone seeing the completion of 6 books and raising my total for the year to 76 in the process. The total number of pages I read this month was large enough that it boosted my average per book to probably the highest for the year and put me with spitting distance (75 pages!) of my personal record (2016). Before I continue let’s look at the numbers.

Overall Total: 76 (168.9%)
Original List: 40 (88.9%)
Total Pages: 27531 (362.25 per book)

Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer really boosted by page total this past month and my other completed books, even with two short books (Old Homestead #3-4),  essentially kept up the average.  I was able to knuckle down to finish Legends and have learned that reading a fiction anthology might not be a good idea for a home read, so that won’t happen next year. And I decided to begin my end of the year free-for-all by sidestepping Maimonides as my primary read (though it’s my home read) and knocking out Iceberg from my original list.

Enough about last month let’s talk about this upcoming month. Like I said above, December is basically a free-for-all. If I can check off books from my original list then I will but if not I’ll just push them to January and replace them with short books of either first time reads or rereading to properly review. As a result I’ve started reading Zecharia Sitchin’s Divine Encounters, and with Maimonides these will be my last books from my original list this year. I’m going to move Lawrence James’ The Rise and Fall of the British Empire to my first book of 2019 (unless one of my family gifts me a book for Christmas). After I finished Sitchin, I have no clue where I’ll go afterwards but before the year is out I’m going to (re)read the second Tales from the Eternal Archives anthology.

I would like to think I’ll get some movies reviewed this month, especially Christmas-theme films like Hogfather and Die Hard. Getting a Godzilla film and the last official Sean Connery entry in the James Bond franchise would also be nice, but that might be hoping too much. Anyways that’s it for this update, one more update left in 2018 and it’s 30 days away!

Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past by Ray Raphael
How’s Inky? (Living Forest #1) by Sam Campbell*
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Too Much Salt and Pepper (Living Forest #2) by Sam Campbell*
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
Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo–and Still-Mo (Living Forest #3) by Sam Campbell*
Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37) by Terry Pratchett
The Wars of Gods and Men (Earth Chronicles #3) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
A Tippy Canoe and Canada Too (Living Forest #4) by Sam Campbell*
Politics by Aristotle
Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2) by Isaac Asimov
On Wings of Cheer (Living Forest #5) by Sam Campbell*
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Moose Country (Living Forest #6) by Sam Campbell*
The Rise of the West by W.H. McNeill*
The Wonder That Was India by Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Second Foundation (Foundation #3) by Isaac Asimov
The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake (Living Forest #7) by Sam Campbell*
Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Realms (Earth Chronicles #4) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Loony Coon (Living Forest #8) by Sam Campbell*
William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight
The Martian by Andy Weir
Fiddlesticks and Freckles (Living Forest #9) by Sam Campbell*
Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight*
City of God by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited (Earth Chronicles #4.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas*
Myths in Adventism by George R. Knight*
The Stuart Age by Barry Coward
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson*
Ulysses by James Joyce
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Balance of Power (Op-Center #5) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Abraham’s Other Son by Philip Samaan*
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-Day Adventism by George R. Knight
The Histories by Tacitus*
The Book of Acts by Wilson Paroschi
Jedi the Last (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Part the Eighth) by Ian Doescher
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Tournament Upstart by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Game Plan by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton*
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury
Lamarck’s Revenge by Peter Ward
Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt #1) by Clive Cussler
When Time Began (Earth Chronicles #5) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #1) by Neil Wayne Northey*
The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt
The Mallards and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #2) by Neil Wayne Northey*
The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #2) by Clive Cussler
Leaves of Grass: First and “Death-Bed” Editions by Walt Whitman*
Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Richard W. Schwartz
State of Siege (Op-Center #6) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Paddletail the Beaver and His Neighbors by Neil Wayne Northey*
Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives #1 edited by Margaret Weis*
Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) Brandon Sanderson
The Reign of the Kingfisher by T.J. Martinson
Wild Creatures in Winter (Old Homestead #4) by Neil Wayne Northey*
Iceberg (Dirk Pitt #3) by Clive Cussler
The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
Divine Encounters by Zecharia Sitchin
Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

* = home read

2018 Reading Plan (November Update)

Hello,

October turned out to be very productive when it came to reading as I completed six books to raise my total to 70(!) for the year.  Among them were some rather long books that more than made up for several of the short books I’ve read recently and will in the future.  But before I go on let’s look at the numbers.

Overall Total: 70 (155.6%)
Original List: 39 (86.7%)
Total Pages: 24841 (354.9 per book)

I took almost the first half of the month to complete Michael F. Holt’s The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, which I had been reading the last half of September. This has been my longest book of the year (so far), but along with FINALLY completing Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: First and “Death-Bed” Editions as well as Light Bearers I added over 2500 pages from then alone.

With two months left in the year, I’m probably not going to be able to get through my original list namely because I picked up and started reading Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer which came out on paperback on Tuesday. Once I finish Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archive #1 as my home read, I’ll start reading The Guide for the Perplexed at home then finish it off at work after completing Oathbringer. After that I’m going to try to get the last three books listed below completed in some order if possible by the end of the year, but we’ll see.

Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past by Ray Raphael
How’s Inky? (Living Forest #1) by Sam Campbell*
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Too Much Salt and Pepper (Living Forest #2) by Sam Campbell*
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
Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo–and Still-Mo (Living Forest #3) by Sam Campbell*
Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37) by Terry Pratchett
The Wars of Gods and Men (Earth Chronicles #3) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
A Tippy Canoe and Canada Too (Living Forest #4) by Sam Campbell*
Politics by Aristotle
Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2) by Isaac Asimov
On Wings of Cheer (Living Forest #5) by Sam Campbell*
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Moose Country (Living Forest #6) by Sam Campbell*
The Rise of the West by W.H. McNeill*
The Wonder That Was India by Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Second Foundation (Foundation #3) by Isaac Asimov
The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake (Living Forest #7) by Sam Campbell*
Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Realms (Earth Chronicles #4) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Loony Coon (Living Forest #8) by Sam Campbell*
William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight
The Martian by Andy Weir
Fiddlesticks and Freckles (Living Forest #9) by Sam Campbell*
Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight*
City of God by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited (Earth Chronicles #4.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas*
Myths in Adventism by George R. Knight*
The Stuart Age by Barry Coward
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson*
Ulysses by James Joyce
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Balance of Power (Op-Center #5) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Abraham’s Other Son by Philip Samaan*
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-Day Adventism by George R. Knight
The Histories by Tacitus*
The Book of Acts by Wilson Paroschi
Jedi the Last (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Part the Eighth) by Ian Doescher
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Tournament Upstart by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Game Plan by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton*
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury
Lamarck’s Revenge by Peter Ward
Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt #1) by Clive Cussler
When Time Began (Earth Chronicles #5) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #1) by Neil Wayne Northey*
The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt
The Mallards and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #2) by Neil Wayne Northey*
The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #2) by Clive Cussler
Leaves of Grass: First and “Death-Bed” Editions by Walt Whitman*
Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Richard W. Schwartz
State of Siege (Op-Center #6) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
Iceberg (Dirk Pitt #3) by Clive Cussler
Divine Encounters by Zecharia Sitchin
Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

* = home read

2018 Reading Plan (October Update)

Hello,

September saw a lot of ups and downs in my reading as I complete 5 books, which is my lowest monthly total of the year.  However I officially read my personal record breaking 63rd book on 16th with Red Rising which unfortunately was a disappointment (see review via the link below).  So the numbers for the year are as follows:

Overall Total: 64 (142.2%)
Original List: 35 (77.8%)
Total Pages: 21084 (329.4 per book)

Before I continue with my activities in September I need to go back to August. I forgot to thank everyone who gave me recommendations for Women Authors.  So thank you ErikSavageStooge, and YouKneeK for all your help.  And Stooge, you should know that I purchased an omnibus of all of Jane Austin’s novels for less than $8 from my very well visited used bookstore.  As for how I’m going to read them, I’m thinking of having them be “home reads” as part of a cycle and getting them through my local library but more on all that later.

The reasons that September was my “least successful” month are several, but the biggest has been that my “at home” reading has been none existent save for The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors.  The other is that within the first two weeks of the month, I completed four books but since then I’ve been working on The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party which while listed at 1296 pages but only 985 is actual text of which I’m only 489 of the way through (basically halfway).

Overall I think this means I won’t make it through my “original list” of 45, but that was probably going to happen anyways because after my dislike of Red Rising I decided to sell it and the other two books in the trilogy to a coworker so I only have 43 books from my “original list”.  I had been thinking about replacing them, but given that I might not even get through everything I might it probably won’t matter.

As for my plans for October, foremost is getting The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party completed. The second is getting back into my “home reads” which means completing the half finished Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives then going to another history book, probably Tacitus. I’m going to continue reading the Old Homestead series on the weekends, save for when I’m reading Light Bearers. Finally I’m going to start skimming through Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: First and “Death-Bed” Editions, I won’t finish it this month but I’ll get a lot of it done. This is my reading plan for the month, as for my movie watching don’t know what’ll happen but I will be on vacation at the end of the month so maybe I’ll get that back started.

Well that’s a lot for this Update, so talk to you in a month.

Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past by Ray Raphael
How’s Inky? (Living Forest #1) by Sam Campbell*
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Beowulf
Making Money (Discworld #36) by Terry Pratchett
Too Much Salt and Pepper (Living Forest #2) by Sam Campbell*
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
Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo–and Still-Mo (Living Forest #3) by Sam Campbell*
Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37) by Terry Pratchett
The Wars of Gods and Men (Earth Chronicles #3) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
A Tippy Canoe and Canada Too (Living Forest #4) by Sam Campbell*
Politics by Aristotle
Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2) by Isaac Asimov
On Wings of Cheer (Living Forest #5) by Sam Campbell*
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38) by Terry Pratchett
Games of State (Op-Center #3) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Moose Country (Living Forest #6) by Sam Campbell*
The Rise of the West by W.H. McNeill*
The Wonder That Was India by Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Second Foundation (Foundation #3) by Isaac Asimov
The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake (Living Forest #7) by Sam Campbell*
Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Realms (Earth Chronicles #4) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Loony Coon (Living Forest #8) by Sam Campbell*
William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight
The Martian by Andy Weir
Fiddlesticks and Freckles (Living Forest #9) by Sam Campbell*
Raising Steam (Discworld #40) by Terry Pratchett
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson*
Acts of War (Op-Center #4) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Beloved Rascals (Living Forest #10) by Sam Campbell*
Sweet Sue’s Adventures (Living Forest #11) by Sam Campbell*
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12) by Sam Campbell*
Agricola and Germany by Tacitus*
Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight*
City of God by St. Augustine
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett
Genesis Revisited (Earth Chronicles #4.5) by Zecharia Sitchin
Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas*
Myths in Adventism by George R. Knight*
The Stuart Age by Barry Coward
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson*
Ulysses by James Joyce
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Balance of Power (Op-Center #5) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
Abraham’s Other Son by Philip Samaan*
Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-Day Adventism by George R. Knight
The Histories by Tacitus*
The Book of Acts by Wilson Paroschi
Jedi the Last (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Part the Eighth) by Ian Doescher
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Tournament Upstart by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Game Plan by Thomas J. Dygard- REREAD
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton*
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury
Lamarck’s Revenge by Peter Ward
Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt #1) by Clive Cussler
When Time Began (Earth Chronicles #5) by Zecharia Sitchin- REREAD
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #1) by Neil Wayne Northey*
The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt
The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #2) by Clive Cussler
Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Richard W. Schwartz
State of Siege (Op-Center #6) by Jeff Rovin- REREAD
The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
Iceberg (Dirk Pitt #3) by Clive Cussler
Divine Encounters by Zecharia Sitchin
Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

* = home read