What I Want To Read In 2015

I didn’t read any where near enough last year. I can think of a half a dozen books that I really wanted to read but just didn’t get around to (Wool, Pandemic, Feed, The Man in the High Castle, Soul Asylum and The Earthsea Quartet). Those are just the ones off the top of my head. Lets add in some shorter pieces by Dan Abnett (set in his Gaunt’s Ghosts series) and J.C. Hutchins novella series, The 33.
Then I’ve got novels by Justin R. Macumber, Terry Mixon, Paul E. Cooley, Armand Rosamillia, Mimi Black and Christopher Stocking. (Dan Abnett also has a full length Gaunt’s Ghosts novel out this year too, yes I’m excited!).
I’d also like to read the second Lincoln Rhyme book, The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver and the first Harry Potter book read early on this year as well.
I’d really like to get start on the fourth Dark Tower book as I finished the third recently, but as it’s taking me a while to get through this series by Stephen King I’m a little reluctant to make a start on Wizard and Glass while I’ve got so many other books that I’m itching to read. That said, if I get through enough by the mid-point of the year then I may dive into it. I was thinking about giving it a go as an audiobook but these Dark Tower books seem so complex I’m not sure I’ll absorb them as much as I would do if I read them. I am a big fan of audiobooks, but I do miss the odd thing while listening (interruptions while at work) and also, I’ve read the previous three books and I think it’ll feel weird not reading the other four.

These are all books I’ve already got, either on my bookshelf or on my Kindle app or my iBooks app.

I will be listening to a lot of audiobooks this year as well. I’ve got eight or nine in my Audible library already.

I’ve set a Goodreads target of 60 books this year. With the audiobooks, comic books and the shorter pieces I’m planning on reading I think I’ll manage that. If I’m well ahead of target early on I may increase it but I’ll see how I’m doing.

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Changing My Approach To The Epic Of Gilgamesh

A couple of weeks ago Owen gave me a couple of books as an early birthday present and one of these was The Epic Of Gilgamesh. It’s one of those books where it has a 50 odd page introduction to it and explains a lot of the background details and so forth. Now me being me I thought, well it’s a 120 odd pages, I’ll knock that out in a week……. Err no. Two weeks in and I’ve still not got to the end of the introduction and it’s struck me that I’ve approached it the wrong way. So far I’ve been treating it like I’m reading for fun when I should be treating as more of an exercise.
I am not one for historic reading, it’s just not me. Especially when it’s this type of book. My mind isn’t wired like that and it’s not something which fascinates me enough to read through it quickly. I’m enjoying learning about that era and the efforts to find out more but it’s a slog of read and that’s why I’m going to treat it as an exercise. This afternoon I’m going to sit down and try and read through it as if it is an assigned task, which it kind of is. Owen would not have given me it if he didn’t think I’d learn something of great use from it. Even the other book he got me, The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin which I’m very confident I’ll really enjoy reading will have something within it he knows i will learn from. He’s sneaky like that 🙂

So that is my plan…..let’s see if it works 🙂

***flash post, so please excuse any typos etc.***