Kkunker reads 75+ Books in 2015
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Glad to be back for my fifth year of the 75er challenge. I can't wait to get started. in 2014 I hit the 100 mark, it would be fun to get that many again. I tend use this challenge as a general summary list of all the books for the year. Sometimes I do reviews/reactions sometimes I don't, depends on how busy I get.
I have a C. S. Lewis themed category challenge located here:
I'm also doing a ROOT challenge found here, for 40 books:
These other challenges have specifications on what books count towards the totals. The 75er includes anything and everything.
Happy New Year to everyone, and happy reading in 2015.
I decided to keep track of my total pages read for 2015, with a goal of 30,000 for the year.
1. Riese Kingdom Falling by Ryan Copple
Riese Kingdom Falling is a short steampunk book. It provides the background story for a SyFy miniseries of the same name which I watched online a few years ago. When I saw the book a few weeks ago at my library I had to read it.
The book's heroine is Riese, the heir to the throne of Eleysia, who is forced into hiding when her aunt pulls off a coup which results in the death of the rest of Riese's family. I enjoyed the plot of the book, but found the split time frames a bit rough. The book jumps back and forth between Riese on the run and the fatal events which led to her parents death ten years ago. The steam punk elements were rather minor in the book, the religious Sect is composed of humans who weld themselves to clockwork mechanisms but other than their one group technology was quite minimal. A fun read, it was cool to see the background for the miniseries. I'd probably give it 3.5 stars.
The junior novel about the television shows pilot episode.
3. Celebrating the Jewish Year: the Winter Holidays
A nice overview of the three winter festivals: Hanukkah, Tu b'shevat, and Purim. This series provides a lot of traditions and historical development of certain aspects of the holidays which added to my understanding of the importance of these days.
5. The Hobbit Chronicles: The Battle of the Five Armies: Art & Design
9. The Crown Tower
10. Hebrew Yeshua vs Greek Jesus
11. Anglo-Saxon Community in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
12. The Odyssey
16. Forever Wild: Environmental Aesthetics and the Adirondack Forest Preserve
18. History in the Mapping: Four Centuries of Adirondack Cartography
23. Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
A fun little novella about how the SG-1 team spent one Christmas in Iceland dealing with an unusual archaeological dig.
43. Tears of the Sun
My latest read in the S. M. Stirling post-apocalyptic/sci-fi/fantasy series "Novels of the Change." In this volume the heroes return from their cross country quest and begin to prepare the various realms for all out war against the expansionist Church Universal and Triumphant.
44. The Broken Blade
The conclusion of a new fantasy trilogy. I won the first book in the series in an Early Reviewer giveaway and enjoyed it so much I bought the next two books when they came out. It had some pretty standard motifs but had an interesting magic system which I hadn't seen before.
45. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Re-read for my Tolkien poetry class. This time I read the newest edition which has commentary by Hammond and Scull which provided some nice insights into Tolkien's writing process.
46. Tolkien in the Land of Heroes
47. Trinity Rising
48. Star Wars Rebels: Ezra’s Brush with Danger
49. Where Wilderness Preservation Began
50. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Phantom of Menace
51. The Rose and the Thorn
52. Pathways to the King
66. The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth
67. Star Wars The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission
68. Star Wars The Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning
69. Lord of Mountains
71. Blood of Tyrants
72. Star Wars Last of the Jedi: Underworld
73. Brotherband Chronicles: Scorpion Mountain
74. Star Wars Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo
75. Star Wars Journey to the Force Awakens: Aftermath
76. Star Wars The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
77. Star Wars Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
78. Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon
79. Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens: Smuggler’s Run
80. The Shock of Night
81. Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens: Moving Target
82. How Firm a Foundation
83. Star Wars: Last of the Jedi: Tangled Web
84. Star Wars Last of the Jedi: Return of the Dark Side
85. The Fall of Arthur
86. Star Wars Journey to the Force Awakens: Lost Stars
87. Star Wars The Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon
88. Ultimate Star Wars
89. Track of the Cat
90. Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
97. Back to the Melchizedek Future
98. The Well of Ascension
99. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars The Clone Army Attacketh
100. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge
For fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare I highly recommend Ian Doescher's series. I've read all 6 and really enjoyed them. The way he manages to work in the famous lines into couplets and rhyme is just a blast to read. And the scattering of pictures throughout the books are just fun, seeing the mashup of Star Wars and stage costumes.
103. Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
104. Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes
105. The Hero of Ages
106. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back: So You want to be a Jedi?
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!
122. Living the Beatitudes
And that will round out my year of reading. Quite happy with how many books I finished this year. I even managed to complete both my Category Challenge and my ROOT challenge this year. A very satisfying feeling. Looking forward to seeing folks on the 2016 threads. Good luck next year.