Reading Challenge 2018


Since previous years' book challenges have provided me with lots of motivation to make progress in the ever-growing stack of unread books, I'm making plans for this new year. The new year's reading plan is a mostly like previous years.

For regular books, I have some new focuses (i.e. not all movie-centric like last year):

Fiction
  • The Christus Experiment by Rod Bennett--a time travel novel where the travelers plan to visit and possibly kidnap Jesus Christ!
  • The Bradbury Chronicles edited by William F. Nolan and Martin H. Greenberg--an anthology of stories written by sci fi and fantasy writers inspired by and in honor of Ray Bradbury. 
  • After the King edited by Martin H. Greenberg--an anthology of stories written by sci fi and fantasy writers inspired by and in honor of J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset--I found this classic at the church rummage sale for a dollar. I've been meaning to read it for a while, and at 1100+ pages I will be reading it for a while.
Science
  • Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe by Nathan Spielberg and Bryon D. Anderson--this has been sitting on the shelf for a while.
  • Christianity and Extraterrestrials? by Marie I. George--another long resident of the bookshelf that bridges nicely into the next category.
Faith
  • Spiritual Excellence: How to Make Progress in Prayer and Love by Alban Goodier, S.J.--it's got to be helpful, right?
  • Essays of a Catholic by Hilaire Belloc--Belloc was back in the day with Chesterton, so this should be really good.
  • A History of the Church in 100 Objects by Mike Aquilina and Grace Aquilina--highly recommended by Happy Catholic
  • Crossing the Goal: A Saint Goes Marching On by Danny Amramowicz--football and faith?
  • Saint Joseph: Shadow of the Father by Andrew Doze--my patron saint, so this is obvious.
  • The Life and Times of Fray Junipero Serra by Msgr. Francis J. Weber--Reviewed here and tied to the next book...
  • Saint Junipero Serra's Camino by Stephen J. Binz--also recommended by Happy Catholic! Reviewed here.
Board Games
  • Dice Games Properly Explained by Reiner Knizia--Knizia has a doctorate in mathematics and has published over thirty board games. 
  • GameTek by Geoff Englestein--From the Dice Tower podcast, a bunch of essays on gaming with a scientific bent.
 Other Stuff
  • Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age by Pam Allyn--my kids are getting interested in writing, so this should be good.
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • News from Tartary by Peter Fleming--brother of Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond) who had a life just like his brother's superspy hero.
  • Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions by Guillermo del Toro and Marc Scott Zicree--a lot of the chapters are based on movies, so I will probably read a chapter and watch a movie.
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence--might as well get credit for it! Reviewed here.
I'm sure I'll read other stuff, including the occasional A Good Story is Hard to Find book!

I am going to do another graphic novels challenge. The graphic novels challenge is moving to Facebook so it will be a little easier to for me to post my accomplishments. I'm thinking of switching from Fairy Tail to another manga, maybe Attack on Titan. Anyway, I plan for the 52 in a year plan, though for 2017 I exceeded that number.
  1. Fairy Tail Volume 17--reviewed here.
  2. Superman: Brainiac--reviewed here.
  3. Run for It--reviewed here.
  4. Fairy Tail Volume 18--reviewed here.
  5. Asterix and the Golden Sickle--reviewed here.
  6. The Walking Dead Vol. 28--reviewed here.
  7. Asterix at the Olympic Games--reviewed here.
  8. Fairy Tail Volume 19--reviewed here.
  9. Black Panther Prelude--reviewed here.
  10. Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea--reviewed here.
  11. ???

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