May 10th, 2020


I've got a little list

Reading in fundamental. (It's fun and it's mental. Duh.)

...sometimes I'm not sure why sentences like this come out of me.

Anyway. I spent time this afternoon looking back through the lists I've saved to my blog of what books I've read. I've done this each year since 2004. I read a lot, and I don't want to lose track, especially when I'm reading a series. For the most part, I try to read series in order (though some I don't really need to, like Lee Child's Jack Reacher books), so: how far had I gotten into [this series] and [that series]? Now I have a cheat sheet: okay, I've read the first three Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars novels, for instance, and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone books up to U is for Undertow, and the first two Easy Rawlins novels by Walter Mosley, and every Cherie Priest Clockwork Century book except the stand-alone Jacaranda, and four of six volumes of the comic book Axe Cop.

Also discovered, accidentally: I managed to read the same novel, The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany, twice eight years apart without realizing it. I read it in 2011 then again in 2019.

This list will help me plan some of my upcoming reading, so I don't inadvertently skip anything. (I thought I'd read the second Clive Barker Abarat book, part of a Young Adult novel series, but I'd just read the first.)

There. Here's one way I've been productive.