July 2019 Reading Update

End of July Update

Clearly, its been a rough few months for reading. I have spent more time not blogging about reading than I did about reading. Thanks Game of Thrones! It diverged me and I lost some interest, but that isn’t entirely true. I have continued to read short stories from the Time Travel Almanac. I think another problem is with “To Say Nothing of the Dog,” which is an example of a book I feel I need to finish but am struggling to do so. It leads to me doing other things, so maybe I ought to change books. I am not sure what yet. I am rereading 11/22/63 by Stephen King (yet again). I have succumbed to the temptation of returning to an old favorite. I am listening to a podcast that is recapping it too. Maybe I should consider a podcast for other books. It might work as a good follow along.

I am looking over my list and it just feels too ambitious. My interests have changed. I want to go back to casual reading.

Time for a new to do list (updated as I see fit this time)

This is composed of a bunch of fairly new books that all have compelling premises and are recognized as being well done. Hopefully I enjoy this more than I have Connie Willis. Not including incomplete books or short stories or essays, I have read 4 books. That leaves me with 11 to in less than 6 months :-/ . Assume I finish the Willis book, thats ten. Sadly, likely not going to happen, but I will try to set myself up with a good list to work from.

These are some of the books I hope to read: 

  1. The Cabin at the End of the World
  2. The Calculating Stars
  3. Redshirts
  4. Annihilation
  5. Children of Blood and Bone
  6. The Murderbot Diaries
  7. The Underground Railroad, The City & the City, Dreams Before the Start of Time, Children of Time,  A Head Full of Ghosts, The Three-Body-Problem, Ancillary Justice The Poppy War.

This is how my reading list gets so long. I get the urge to read certain kind of books. Then I pivot, and end up with a bunch of others. I think at least half this list is viable.

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