1 Month: 33 Books Accomplished

So by about the 15th of January, I put myself to the task of reading a book for every day of the month.  Interestingly enough, I achieved reading 33 books for the month of January.  I wouldn't say that I was inspired, but I was certainly curious after reading different posts about people who managed to read 365 books in a year.  I don't know that I'll be able to keep this up for the rest of the year (especially as classes have now started), but it was a fun and enjoyable experience to devour so many books.

Of course, many will challenge my concept of "reading" given what follows, especially when they realize that of the 33 titles, only 4 are traditionally books that were traditionally "read".    13 "books" were graphic novels which my friend reassures me do not count.  Coming in at about 1-2 hours to read, I may be inclined to agree.  Of course, if I switched these out for some young adult fiction, would that count?  Mayhaps.  But even if I made a 4 to 1 ratio of graphic novels to books.  That still might only account for 7 books physically read this month.  The rest were audiobooks.  Unabridged books listened to while driving, doing chores around the house, having breakfast or other meals, while on walks and other such times when my eyes cannot afford to read from a book.  My friend assures me that these do count (for now).  So here is the breakdown (listed in reverse order of being read--just cause).

BOOKS

  1. Teaching Online: A Practical Guide - Ko, Susan
  2. Kindred - Butler, Octavia E.
  3. Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel - O'Keefe, Susan Heyboer
  4. Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide - Merriam, Sharan B.

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  1. Fables, Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland
  2. Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology
  3. Birds of Prey, Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind
  4. Kirby: Genesis! - Captain Victory, Volume 1
  5. Stormwatch, Vol. 1: The Dark Side
  6. Animal Man, Vol. 2: Animal vs. Man
  7. Nightwing, Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes
  8. Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench
  9. Justice League International, Vol. 1: The Signal Masters
  10. Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Fearsome
  11. The Boys Volume 12: The Bloody Doors Off (The Boys, #12)
  12. The Unwritten, Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words
  13. Fairest, Vol. 1: Wide Awake

AUDIOBOOKS

  1. How to Thrive in the Digital Age - Chatfield, Tom 
  2. Prince of Chaos (Amber Chronicles, #10) - Zelazny, Roger
  3. Knight of Shadows (Amber Chronicles, #9) - Zelazny, Roger
  4. Sign of Chaos (Amber Chronicles, #8) - Zelazny, Roger
  5. Blood of Amber (Amber Chronicles, #7) - Zelazny, Roger
  6. Trumps of Doom (Amber Chronicles, #6) - Zelazny, Roger
  7. The Courts of Chaos (Amber Chronicles, #5) - Zelazny, Roger
  8. What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World - Mali, Taylor
  9. The Hand of Oberon (Amber Chronicles, #4) - Zelazny, Roger
  10. The Cocktail Waitress - Cain, James M.
  11. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology - Postman, Neil
  12. Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time - Ortiz, Claire Diaz
  13. God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage - Robinson, Gene
  14. Sign of the Unicorn (Amber Chronicles, #3) - Zelazny, Roger
  15. In the Tall Grass - King, Stephen
  16. I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted - Bilton, Nick

So what were my favorites?  You can check out my Goodreads listing for some indications of what I really liked or didn't, but here are a few high water marks of appreciation.

Amber Chronicles series  

I remember encountering the abridged versions of these audiobooks in the 1990s and being interested but highly confused by them.  Now available as unabridged, it was much more enjoyable and made much more sense.  I enjoyed the first five books (surrounding Corwin) much better than the second five books (surrounding Merlin), but they were highly enjoyable.  The first five were narrated by Alessandro Juliani who I enjoyed a lot while the second five were narrated by Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek: TNG fame).  He was equally enjoyable though because I wasn't as enthralled with the books, I didn't enjoy his narrating as much.  It was a series that's been hovering in my periphery for a while and I'm glad I got back to it and finished it.

Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel

 I've read several other Frankenstein adaptations with mixed experience.  I'll say that I really did enjoy this one.  Her juxtaposing of characters and following the life after Victor Frankenstein was well thought out.

The Cocktail Waitress 

by James Cain (of Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Mildred Pierce fame) was quite an interesting listen.  Largely, it feels like a Mildred Pierce meets Double Indemnity.  The noir story told from the (innocent?) femme fatale point of view.

God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage.  

Overall, Robinson systematically shatters the assumptions about religion and homosexuality, creating a substantive and safe place for homosexuals and other nonheteronormative people to find God.  In the end, he does much more to improve respect and interest in religion than a great deal of others writing about religion.

How to Thrive in the Digital Age

This is a great book that provides a range of perspectives on living in the digital age without losing it in the digital age.  He performs a good balance of viewpoints about the benefits and the perils along with great additional resources to follow up with (my nerd moment of the book was listening to the different recommended reading and realizing that I read at least half of the books).

The Boys: Volume 12

 The end of a series that I've been following for years.  Violent and raunchy to no end, it went out like it came in--as bloody and offensive as possible.  I look forward to what new series Garth Ennis will be working on.  It always seems like he and Warren Ellis are in a race to the bottom in terms of how low their standards are and yet, in the end, their storytelling is still highly enjoyable.

That's this month's reads.  I don't think I'll have the same numbers for February, but I'll certainly try!



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