Friday, November 2, 2012

General Updates and (drum roll, please!) November Challenges!

... I cannot even begin to describe how happy I am to be sitting at my computer, at 11:30pm tonight. I lost power on Monday afternoon from Hurricane Sandy, and FINALLY got it back about 15 minutes ago. And no, I did not hop online first thing; I took care of the priorities first (fridge and lights). In any case, I spent my extended weekend reading, and writing. I have a new blog post, in addition to the start of my 2 November challenges I am pleased to say I still managed to start on time :)


Because I don't read many nonfiction books, I figured now would be as good a time as any to start. I spent October getting through a few horror/thriller books that have been waiting on my shelf (Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin, and The Likeness by Tana French, along with 7 other non-themed books), and wanted to expand my horizons with a nonfiction list. This month, I'll be working through this list:

The Rise of Rome by Anthony Everitt
No Easy Day by Mark Owen
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Butcher by Philip Carlo
War by Sebastian Junger
To the Last Breath by Francis Slakey
Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
Pacific Crucible by Ian Toll
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Hopefully I'll be able to get through a few of these (at least 4; I'm doing well with reading at least a book a week). Additionally, it's also...

Last October, I gave myself a short story challenge- to read a short story a day for each day in October. Over the summer, I picked up an anthology of steampunk short stories, because it was on sale and I want to get more into the genre. It's got 30 stories, so November makes sense (I didn't think about it in September, so here we are now). I'll read a story a day, and post my thoughts on it. I will also be posting extra reviews this week, since I fell behind, want to catch up, and haven't had a chance to post them in a while. It's called The Mammoth Book of Steampunk edited by Sean Wallace(ISBN #9780762444687 if anyone's interested in reading a story a day with me). I'm really looking forward to this, it's basically my reward for going outside my comfort zone and reading nonfiction :P Not that I'm not looking forward to that too, since I get to learn new things and open my mind up to a whole separate section of books. I just like fictional made up stuff.

So anyway, keep a sharp eye on this blog, because I'll be all over it this month :)
PS, I hope everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy is alright, and that everything will get back to normal soon. I don't know what I'm going to do, with all my shore stops destroyed like they are.. BUT, we're New Jersey. Bars were open last night, and I highly doubt that any shore town will let this storm keep them down.

Looking forward to getting back in blog-mode this month!!
- Justin

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