Literary Adventures in 2018

As a child I loved to read.  I wasn’t the fastest, but I always enjoyed every story I ever read.  I read pretty well into my lat 20’s, but when I moved to San Francisco and travelled more I found myself reading less.

This year, 2017, I started going more to my local thrift stores and Goodwills and before I knew it I’d had a bit of a book collection going, but a book stuck on a shelf is no good, with a story to tell it’s only really living when it can tell you that story.  So in the last quarter of this year I set a challenge for myself to read 4 books.  No page requirements.  Just enjoyment.

This year I wanted to keep the reading momentum going with 12 new books.  One a month.  I went through my books and selected the lucky 12.

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2018’s Reading Challenge

Here’s the list:

  1. Streets of Laredo” by Larry McMurtry
  2. Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
  3. The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann Wyss
  4. 1984”  by George Orwell
  5. Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America” by Linda Lawrence Hunt (more about Helga here)
  6. The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog” by James W Sire
  7. The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien
  8. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” by JRR Tolkien
  9. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” by JRR Tolkien
  10. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” by JRR Tolkien
  11. The Yosemite” by John Muir
  12. Hollywood” by Charles Bukowski

Now this list may not be mind blowing or maybe even scholarly reads, to make sure I stuck with this little personal challenge I wanted to try and find a bit of variety, and maybe something I’ve always wanted to read.

Once I complete each book I’ll do a little blog post about it, giving my thoughts and a bit about the books without giving any plot away.  I’d hate for someone to think of reading this then change their minds because of a goof ball thing I said here, or maybe you’re psyched on the book and want to read it yourself so I won’t blow the plot.

Life is often a mystery.

Now, of course if I finish these books before the end of the year, by some miracle, I’ll add more books to the reading pile, but until then.

I look forward these books and sharing my thoughts with all of you.

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