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A New Reading Order

With half of my books still on a boat somewhere on the Pacific and a good number of my books sold, I have to redo my reading order. But since I have new books, why not start with those? For these, I’m going to go by feeling (not necessarily in order of how good I think it’ll be) while alternating between fantasy and science fiction. So, here’s my new reading order:

  1. Redemption Ark, by Alastair Reynolds (in progress)
  2. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin
  3. The Martian, by Andy Weir
  4. Theft of Swords, by Michael J. Sullivan
  5. Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks
  6. Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson
  7. The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks
  8. The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
  9. Use of Weapons, by Iain M. Banks
  10. The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

Okay, so the last book in this list is one of the highest rated fantasy books on Goodreads. Maybe I just want to save the best for last? After that book, I’m not sure what I’ll read. I’ll have to see what I have when the rest of my books arrive, and go from there. I have to rebuild my library!

What do you think of the order I chose?

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Reading for the Next Five Months

We have only five months to go in Japan, and I have to figure out what to read. I don’t think I’m going to change much about my reading order, actually. So, here is what I think I’m going to read:

  • The Iliad – Homer (about to finish)
  • The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
  • Mercury – Ben Bova
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
  • Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
  • Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett

This is very optimistic, though Mercury and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are both fairly short, and may not take that long.

The eBooks I may read are:

  • The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo (will finish soon)
  • Keepers of Water – R. G. Porter
  • Young Lord of Khadora – Richard S. Tuttle
  • Blood and Steel – Martin Parece

I can’t tell how long any of these will take. It’s difficult to determine that, as I tend to read eBooks somewhat irregularly.

Any interesting titles?

Reading in 2015

It’s another new year, and another look ahead at what I plan to read.  Last year, I set a target at 30 books and read only 17.  Just over halfway to my goal.  This year, I’m going for 30 again, but I plan to change my reading habits.  More reading in the evening before I go to bed.  So, here’s what I plan to read in 2015.  For actual physical books, here’s my list:

  1. Homeland – R. A. Salvatore (currently reading)
  2. Star Trek: Nemesis – J. M. Dillard
  3. Deadhouse Gates – Steven Erikson
  4. Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
  5. The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton
  6. The Iliad – Homer
  7. The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
  8. Mercury – Ben Bova
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
  10. Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
  11. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  12. Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  13. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  14. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  15. Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card
  16. Exile – R. A. Salvatore
  17. The Naked God – Peter F. Hamilton
  18. Armageddon’s Children – Terry Brooks
  19. Blue Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  20. Memories of Ice – Steven Erikson
  21. The Ringworld Engineers – Larry Niven
  22. Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
  23. Stone of Tears – Terry Goodkind
  24. The Shadow Rising – Robert Jordan
  25. Prince Caspian – C. S. Lewis
  26. Absolution Gap – Alastair Reynolds
  27. A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin
  28. Black Powder War – Naomi Novik
  29. Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett
  30. Sojourn – R. A. Salvatore

Maybe I won’t get them all done.  Lots of long books.  Here are the next 15 eBooks I plan to read in order of download.

  1. First Contact – Michael R. Hicks (currently reading)
  2. Blood Skies – Steven Montano
  3. The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo
  4. Keepers of Water – R. G. Porter
  5. Young Lord of Khadora – Richard S. Tuttle
  6. Blood and Steel – Martin Parece
  7. The Seekers of Fire – Lynna Merrill
  8. The Prophecy – Jeffrey M. Poole
  9. Legon Awakening – Nicholas Taylor
  10. The Shadowbearer – Terry C. Simpson
  11. Supernova – Crystal Ward
  12. Collapse – Richard Stephenson
  13. Book of Remembrance – Tania Johansson
  14. The Weight of Blood – David Dalglish
  15. The Burning Sky – Joseph Robert Lewis

And finally, a couple of art books I didn’t even get to in 2014.  I really should finish them both this year.

  1. The World of Robert Bateman (currently reading)
  2. Robert Bateman: An Artist in Nature

And that is all for 2015.  I’d love to get to all of the books I have above, and maybe I will be lucky and read a lot more than expected.  Or maybe not.  We’ll see.

Anything look interesting to you?

Reading in 2014

On Goodreads, I set a reading goal of 30 books.  Well, I hope to go beyond that.  As always, I have my large pile of books at home to go through, as well as a good number of titles on my iPhone’s Kindle app.  Since I have a target of 30, and I can’t rely on the eBooks, as I don’t read them as often, I’ll list my next 30 paper books to read.  Here they are:

  1. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams (currently reading)
  2. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
  3. 2061: Odyssey Three – Arthur C. Clarke
  4. Angel Fire East – Terry Brooks
  5. Xenocide – Orson Scott Card
  6. The Rise of Endymion – Dan Simmons
  7. Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett
  8. A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
  9. The Seeds of Earth – Michael Cobley
  10. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
  11. 3001: The Final Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  12. Homeland – R. A. Salvatore
  13. Star Trek: Nemesis – J. M. Dillard
  14. Deadhouse Gates – Steven Erikson
  15. Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
  16. The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton
  17. The Iliad – Homer
  18. The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
  19. Mercury – Ben Bova
  20. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
  21. Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
  22. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  23. Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  24. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  25. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  26. Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card
  27. Exile – R. A. Salvatore
  28. The Naked God – Peter F. Hamilton
  29. Armageddon’s Children – Terry Brooks
  30. Blue Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

Also, here’s the list of eBooks I’m working on.  I’ll list the next 15 books to read, and these are in order of download.

  1. The Kingdom and the Crown – S. R. Ford (currently reading)
  2. Scavenger’s War – Jack Sheppard
  3. The Annihilation of Foreverland – Tony Bertauski
  4. The Sword and the Dragon – M. R. Mathias
  5. The Somali Doctrine – James Grenton
  6. The Circle of Sorcerers – Brian Kittrell
  7. First Contact – Michael R. Hicks
  8. Blood Skies – Steven Montano
  9. The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo
  10. Keepers of Water – R. G. Porter
  11. Young Lord of Khadora – Richard S. Tuttle
  12. Blood and Steel – Martin Parece
  13. The Seekers of Fire – Lynna Merrill
  14. The Prophecy – Jeffrey M. Poole
  15. Legon Awakening – Nicholas Taylor

I also have a couple of art books I’m reading at home, both of which are mostly art, but also plenty of text about the art and subjects.  They are:

  1. The World of Robert Bateman (currently reading)
  2. Robert Bateman: An Artist in Nature

I’d love to finish them all this year.  Anything catch your eye?

Reading and Writing Updates

This post has a bit of everything.

Reading seems to have slowed down.  At one point, I was 2 books ahead on my Goodreads reading challenge of 25 books this year.  I’m now 3 books behind.  Why?  I’m reading a couple somewhat longer books than usual.  The eBook is the longest eBook I’ve read so far, while the paper book is a Wheel of Time book.  They’re long.  I’ll be finished that one very soon, though.  Then I get to read some shorter books, and I should catch up fairly quickly.  I’ve revised my reading order by adding a bunch.  This time, I decided to alternate between best and worst overall ratings on Goodreads, though I added a couple others as well.  Here’s the new order:

  1. The Wheel of Time: The Great Hunt – Robert Jordan (currently reading)
  2. 2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke
  3. Eric – Terry Pratchett
  4. The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion – Peter F. Hamilton
  5. A Knight of the Word – Terry Brooks
  6. Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  7. Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik
  8. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
  9. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
  10. 2061: Odyssey Three – Arthur C. Clarke
  11. Angel Fire East – Terry Brooks
  12. Xenocide – Orson Scott Card
  13. The Rise of Endymion – Dan Simmons
  14. Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett
  15. A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
  16. The Seeds of Earth – Michael Cobley
  17. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
  18. 3001: The Final Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  19. Homeland – R. A. Salvatore
  20. Star Trek: Nemesis – J. M. Dillard
  21. Deadhouse Gates – Steven Erikson
  22. Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
  23. The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton
  24. The Iliad – Homer
  25. The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
  26. Mercury – Ben Bova
  27. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
  28. Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
  29. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  30. Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

That’s a long list, and I won’t finish it this year. However, I’m going to try to set aside more time at home for reading.

As for writing, Journey to Ariadne is coming along, though nothing is being published on my website yet.  I have plenty of work to do on it.  But it is coming. I also have another project going, and this time, it’s for an actual magazine.  I’m writing blog posts for the World Spa & Travel Magazine blog.  Check it out!  My posts are under my name. The magazine is an actual print travel magazine from Singapore, though the writers are quite international.

Finally, with the upcoming 12th Doctor in Doctor Who, I’m getting pretty interested in starting to watch the revival series.  I used to watch the old show every weekend on PBS when I was a teenager.

So, what are you up to?

Reading in 2013

Last year, I reached my Goodreads goal of 12 books read, surpassing it with a total of 14.  This year, my goal is 25.  I wonder if I can do it.  So far this year, I have finished 1!  That’s 24 to go.

What’s on my list to read?  In the past, I’ve done polls to ask my readers what I should read next.  I’m adding to the list with my own choices.  So for now, my list is as follows:

  1. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien (reading now)
  2. Dune – Frank Herbert
  3. His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
  4. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
  5. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  6. Ringworld – Larry Niven
  7. A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin
  8. Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
  9. Wheel of Time 2: The Great Hunt – Robert Jordan
  10. 2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke
  11. Eric – Terry Pratchett
  12. The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion – Peter F. Hamilton
  13. A Knight of the Word – Terry Brooks
  14. Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  15. Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik
  16. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
  17. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
  18. 2061: Odyssey Three – Arthur C. Clarke
  19. Angel Fire East – Terry Brooks
  20. Xenocide – Orson Scott Card

That’s not 25 books, but I am also reading some non-fiction books at home.  They are:

  1. Hi! My Name is Loco and I Am a Racist – Baye McNeil (reading now)
  2. The World of Robert Bateman
  3. An Artist in Nature – Robert Bateman

Also, when I have only a short time or I’m standing on the train, I’ll take out my phone, start up Kindle, and read an ebook.  Here’s what I’ll be reading:

  1. MoonRush – Carolyn McCray and Ben Hopkin (reading now)
  2. The Arrival – J. Thorn
  3. Terrene: The Hidden Valley – Eric Liu
  4. The Deliverer – Jason D. Morrow
  5. The Flute Keeper – Ashley Setzer
  6. The Gateway – Glenn G. Thater
  7. The Kingdom and the Crown – S.R. Ford
  8. Scavenger’s War – Jack Sheppard
  9. The Annihilation of Foreverland – Tony Bertauski
  10. The Sword and the Dragon – M.R. Mathias

And there we have it.  Of course, there will be more.  I wonder if I can finish all of the above books this year.  I’ll try to exceed the 25 books I have planned for 2013.

Sequel poll now closed

I have now closed the sequel poll, which I had running for a bit longer than I’d expected.  I did get votes on 4 books, while the others had no votes.  So, here is the updated reading order:

  1. Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson (Currently reading)
  2. Revelation Space – Alastair Reynolds
  3. Guards Guards – Terry Pratchett
  4. The Reality Dysfunction Part 1: Emergence – Peter F. Hamilton
  5. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Dune – Frank Herbert
  7. His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
  8. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
  9. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  10. Ringworld – Larry Niven
  11. A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin
  12. Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
  13. Wheel of Time 2: The Great Hunt – Robert Jordan
  14. 2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke

I’m not likely to do another poll for quite a while.  However, it’s possible I may choose my own book after this.  I’ve enjoyed the polls, and it’s given me a bit of an excitement about the unknown.

In the meantime, I’m also reading two other books, a non-fiction book that I read at night at home, and an eBook that I read on the train when I can’t sit down. I’d like to read at a faster pace.  That is, I need more time to read.  I’ll have to consider cutting down on some games and Youtube.

As always, comments are very welcome!