The OF Blog: My Half-Year Reading List

Friday, July 01, 2005

My Half-Year Reading List

Hard to believe the first six months of 2005 have come and gone and that we are now beginning the backstretch of the year! I know many of the readers here at OF are competing in the 50 book challenge. While I'm not aiming to read 50+ books this year per se (schoolwork and worky-work are combining with my need to devote hours to exercise each week to keep me from having much free reading time), I thought I'd list the books I've completed so far this year. Of course, I might be forgetting a few by accident, but I know I've read and completed these books in 2005:

Jorge Luis Borges, El Hacedor; Ficciónes (English); Ficciónes (Spanish); El libro de arena

Eduardo Gonzalez Viana, Los sueños de America

Julio Cortázar, El autopista del sur y otros cuentos

Carlos Fuentes, Inquieta Compañia

Harriet Beecher Stowe, La cabaña del tío Tom

Umberto Eco, On Literature

Xavier Velasco, El guardián diablo

Ciro Alegria, El mundo es ancho y ajeno

Caitlin Sweet, A Telling of Stars; The Silences of Home

Calderón de la Barca, La vida es sueño

Jon Stewart, et. al, America (the book)

Angélica Gorodischer, Kalpa Imperial (Spanish)

Alison Croggon, The Naming

Yuri Andrukhovych, Perverzion

So yeah, not that many books so far this year, 18 in total, but considering that 11 are in Spanish and only 7 in English, that's not too bad, is it? And after this week, I should have almost two free months to catch up on my reading and here are the planned reads for the next few weeks/months:

To Finish Reading:

Isabel Allende, Zorro (Spanish)

Umberto Eco, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana


To Start Reading Soon:


Kevin Radthorne, The Road to Kotaishi (Parts I & II)

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Ian Cameron Esslemont, Night of Knives

Isabel Allende, La Casa de los Espiritus


Later, Possibly:

George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

Gene Wolfe, Starship Strains

R. Scott Bakker, The Thousandfold Thought (but that depends on a few things, such as whether or not I get an ARC copy before December 31st)

Dan Simmons, Olympos


Possible Re-reads:


Bakker's first two books

Erikson's Malazan series and the two Korbal Broach novellas

Dan Simmons, Ilium

And possibly a few dozen more books in Spanish, as I plan on focusing more on Spanish than I will on English-language books this year. Hey, gotta learn the language, written and spoken, as well as I can if I want to work the job that I'm aiming for when I finish school in the next year and a half or so, right?

So what books have you completed this past half-year and which do you think you'll finish in this second half of the year?

9 comments:

shaza said...

I really haven't been reading that much of late. Well, within the last 6 months (I've actually read a lot within the last week and a half, but that's because I'm re-reading Harry Potter). But this is what I have read:

Dune--Frank Hebert

The Republic--Plato

The Rape of Nanking--Iris Chang

Pride and Prejudice--Jane Austen

The Collector--John Fowles

Jhereg--Steven Brust

The Warrior Prophet--R Scott Bakker

The Valachi Papers--Peter Mass

Harry Potter books 1,2,4,5--JK Rowling

The Sound and the Fury--William Faulkner

Tigana--Guy Gavriel Kay

Never Again: The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism--Abraham Foxman

Without a Badge--Jerry Speziale

Lord of Light--Roger Zelazny

Not terrible, I suppose. 17 books is alright...

As for the second part of the year? Well, I'm re-reading Ilium now, and will then start on Olympos--which will probably be put down for the new Harry Potter.

After that?...Don't know. I'm startin my freshman year of college in August, so who knows how much time I'll have in the latter half of '05, adjusting and shit? I hope I'll have time for leisure reads, but...

Anonymous said...

hmmmmmmmm
Night of Knives - Esslemont
Gardens of the Moon - Erikson
Dead House Gates - Erikson
All five Harry Potter books
After Long Silence - Tepper
The Scar Meiville
Neuromancer - Gibson
The Chonicles of Amber - Zelazny

That's about 13 books (Amber is 2), most were re-reads.

Since some of yours were not typical OF material, I have also read several books about woodworking. Notably the books by Krenov which are as much a philosophy on craftsmanship as anything. They are described as a 'Why to', not 'how to' books.

bme

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