Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, pages 47 – 98.  
Dead Men’s Boots, by Mike Carey, page 1 –  67.
Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice, COMPLETED.                     

COMICS:
Action Comics 715, 717, 852 – 854
Devil Kids 35
Green Arrow 15
Enemy Ace Special (1990)
Hot Stuff Sizzlers 26
King Conan 2, 5, 6 & 7
Peanuts 2
Trinity 5

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, pages 1 – 47.
Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice, pages 272 – 397.
Alienation, by Jon S. Lewis, COMPLETED.

COMICS:
Archie’s Pal Jughead 71
Blackhawk 1 – 5
DC Bombshells 21
Doom Patrol 122
Green Arrow 14
Incredible Hulk 144
Spotlight 1
Superman 1 – 6 & Rebirth
Xenozoic!, pages 176 – 196 (*)

(*) covering the first story that was discussed by Ruth & Darrin Sutherland in episode7 of their excellent Xenozoic Xenophiles podcast.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:

Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and the author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday!

From Page 16 of Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman.

"Change is scary. You're not alone in feeling anxious about jeopardizing what you already have. But despite the worrites, it's time for a shift in thinking."

Saturday, January 7, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice, pages 107 – 272. 
Alienation, by Jon S. Lewis, pages 1 – 112.

COMICS:
Archie’s Funhouse Christmas Annual
Doom 2099 11 – 13
Dreadstar 53
Green Lanterns 10 – 12
Hawkworld 1
Jerry Iger’s Famous Features 1
Morbius the Living Vampire 5
Scooby Doo Team-up 1 – 6
Wonder Woman 13

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Reading Analysis

I have been keeping track of my annual reading for about 10 years now. In 2016, I read 49 books. This compares to 50 book read last year, 55 in 2014, 66 in 2013, 75 in 2012, 84 in 2011, 73 in 2010, 80 in 2009, 110 in 2008, and around 140-150 in the few years before that.

This decrease from the mid 2000s is because I listen to an absolute ton of podcasts, which cut into my reading time. I have also stopped counting graphic novels and comic book collections, after I started listed them weekly on this site, and preparing the monthly Comic Reading Journal episodes. I hope that I can again read 50 books in 2017. That seems a reasonable goal.

I have always been a fan of audio, and 32 of the 49 books I consumed this year were via unabridged audio. 16 were traditional dead-tree books, and 1 was on my Nook.

The 39 novels I read break down as follows: (note that the total exceeds 39, as many books fit into more than one category)
Mystery/Thriller -- 15
Fantasy/SF -- 17
Comics / YA -- 11
Religious/Christian -- 6
Historical -- 2


The 10 non-fiction works I read break down as follows: (note that the total exceeds 10, as many books fit into more than one category)
Christian/Theology -- 6
Memoir/Biography -- 2
Business -- 1
Parenting -- 1
Entertainment -- 1

Saturday, December 31, 2016

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, COMPLETED. Review here.
Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice, pages 1 – 107.
Boo Hiss, by Rene Gutteridge, COMPLETED. Review here.
Project Management for Dummies, by Stanley E. Portny, COMPLETED. Review here.

COMICS:
Archie Christmas Classics
Doc Savage 3 – 6
King Conan 8, 15
The Wicked + The Divine 1 – 11
Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 years, COMPLETED.
World of Archie Double Digest 64

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Book 48. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum. Unabridged audio.
This is a wonderful imagining of the life of Santa Claus, telling the secret story of how he came to be the loving gift-giver we know him to be.
Published just a few years after the first Oz book, this book is written in Baum’s trademark style. Recasting the story with elements from fairy tales adds an eerie, odd sense to the story. There are forests, woodsmen, and evil beings who can turn invisible, just to name a few of these aspects.
In this telling, Santa is found as a baby by the immortal Master Woodsman of the World. As he grows, he becomes concerned about the poor state of many children, and begins to aid them by carving pieces of wood into things that he calls “toys.” With the help of other immortals, he delivers these toys to an ever-expanding group of children, eventually becoming an immortal himself.
All of the elements that are needed in a story about Santa are here. The traditional roles of chimneys, stockings, reindeer, helper elves and the impossible bag are all worked into the story. The presence of toy stores in the modern world is also explained.
This was a thoroughly delightful story.

Source: The Classic Tales Podcast. As always, BJ Harrison does a wonderful job narrating this story.