Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quarterly Reading Update - 2nd Quarter, 2010

I totally forgot that, with the arrival of July, a new quarter has begun! I can't believe 2010 is half over already. Thanks to Tabitha, over at Writer Musings for keeping me on task. She's set a goal of 100 books in 2010, and has a great blog, too.



Well, I called it last quarter, I read less books this time around. I think part of it was work. I was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager at work, which came with a salaried position and longer hours, as well as a longer commute, into Portland every day. I've also been working on my book a bit more.


The List -

HEAT WAVE
by Richard Castle

TOURIST SEASON
by Carl Hiaasen

BLACK LIGHT
by Stephen Hunter

AFRAID
by Jack Kilborn

CUT, PASTE, KILL
by Marshall Karp

TANNER'S TWELVE SWINGERS
by Lawrence Block

TROUBLE IN PARADISE
by Robert B. Parker

NOW & THEN
by Robert B. Parker

BLACKMAILER
by George Axelrod

VOID MOON
by Michael Connelly

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS – THE LIGHTNING THIEF
by Rick Riordan

DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON
by J.L. Bourne

THE POSTMAN
by David Brin 


BLACK CHERRY BLUES
by James Lee Burke

MONSTER PLANET
by David Wellington

UNDER THE DOME
by Stephen King

61 HOURS
by Lee Child

THE KILLING FLOOR
by Lee Child

THE FIRST RULE
by Robert Crais

THE SPLIT
by Richard Stark

DEAD IN THE WATER
by Stuart Woods


That's 21 books, 7,895 pages, or an average of  87 pages per day.


Some interesting stuff this quarter. First of all, my reading has decreased pretty dramatically from last quarter, ten less books and over 3,600 less pages. It's one of my lowest reading amounts since I started keeping track. I'm not 100% sure why it's so much lower, but I think it's a combination of being busy and spending a lot more time at work. It also hurts my numbers when you look at the fact that I'm currently reading 6 other books, all in various places throughout my life. (One in the car, one at work, the bathroom, my ipod, my nook, a physical book)



I loved a few books this time around and hated a few, too. The worst? Monster Planet, bar none. A crappy, self-important, boring book. The best? People are gonna call me a shill, but Cut, Paste, Kill. Hilarious and thrilling. I think it's possible that Marshall Karp can do no wrong. That said, he did have some competition this time around from a new book by Robert Crais and the dependably good James Lee Burke.



A lot less Middle Grade books in this round, likely due to me working on my adult novels and the scarcity of them in digital form.


Coming up? Hopefully Victor Gischler's THE DEPUTY, if I can find a copy! I have Westlake's MEMORY waiting in the wings too. Other than that, it's all up in the air. Does anyone have any suggestions?

3 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

W O W .

What a list!!

Medeia Sharif said...

An average of 87 pages a day is pretty good. On work days I aim for 50, and on days off 100.

Kristopher and Crew said...

Thanks, Jonathon!

As much as I've been working lately, Medeia, you're right, 87 pages isn't too bad!