Third Quarter 2021 Quarter-in-Review

As you can probably guess from the title of this post and the lack of month-in-review posts from the last two months, I decided to switch from a month-in-review to a quarter-in-review.  I am posting so seldom across both blogs these days that doing these posts every month hardly seemed worth it (although now I wind up with a very long list of books acquired and read).

The resumption of the academic year has introduced the usual chaos, although I am starting to get into a new rhythm at my new university.  We are pretty well settled in our new house at this point and doing better at keeping a certain amount of forward momentum. We are working on getting an entire wing of the house redone before the end of the year (paying for someone else to do everything this time), and I have been doing almost as much work over at my mom’s house as here.  I don’t want to let my health fall by the wayside as life grows hectic again, but at least the work around the houses involves a certain amount of physical exertion.  And I did make it out on the water a total of seven times this summer, including five times in my new kayak.

I am settling into a one-post-a-week schedule at either blog (not both).  It is working out well, especially without month-in-review posts eating up a quarter of the posting.  If I am going to post so seldom, I would rather focus on substance.  This past quarter leaned heavily that way, with two long posts previewing the impending Wheel of Time show and nine review posts (even if some were old Amazon reviews).  With Amazon’s Wheel of Time adaptation dropping in November, expect plenty of Wheel of Time content in Q4.  I will finish my The Great Hunt reread posts and write weekly recap/reaction posts when the show episodes start dropping.

I guess we can count Mike Duncan’s book on the Lafayette toward my Foundations reading project, but the progress there was finishing Duncan’s The History of Rome podcast.  I am continuing to make slow progress on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and the Federalist Papers, but finishing The History of Rome opens up my commute time for an even bigger commitment—the audiobook of Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  I have just scratched the surface of its 126 hours, but thus far it appears that eighteenth-century writing is much better consumed in spoken rather than written form.

My Foundations project is otherwise slowed by commitments elsewhere.  I went a little crazy buying new nonfiction over the past few months, hence the giant stack of unread hardcovers sitting piled in my bedroom (pictured above).  Notwithstanding the buying sprees, I did manage to fight Mount TBR to a draw for the quarter.

Wheel of Time

July, August, and September Reviews

Books acquired

  • Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
  • The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis
  • From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party by Tony Saich
  • The Cosmic Courtship by Julian Hawthorne
  • Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard, narrated by Richard Poe (audiobook)
  • Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic that Changed History by Yasmeen Abutaleb & Damian Paletta
  • Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore (review copy)
  • Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard, narrated by George Guidall (audiobook)
  • The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero by Peter S. Canellos
  • The Force by Don Winslow, narrated by Dion Graham (audiobook)
  • Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafeyette in the Age of Revolution by Mike Duncan
  • Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
  • Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam by Vivek Ramaswamy
  • Why Religion is Good for American Democracy by Robert Wuthnow
  • Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa
  • Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic by Scott Gottlieb

Books started

  • Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman et al.
  • How to Read The Federalist Papers by Anthony A. Peacock
  • The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, et al.
  • The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina by Rob Christensen (reread)
  • Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
  • The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis
  • Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard, narrated by Richard Poe (audiobook)
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard, narrated by George Guidall (audiobook)
  • Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore (review copy)
  • The Verdant Passage by Troy Denning
  • The Force by Don Winslow, narrated by Dion Graham (audiobook)
  • Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafeyette in the Age of Revolution by Mike Duncan
  • New Spring by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero by Peter S. Canellos

Books finished

  • The Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell
  • Scott Oden Presents The Lost Empire of Sol: A Shared World Anthology of Sword & Planet Tales
  • The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina by Rob Christensen (reread)
  • Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
  • The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis
  • Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard, narrated by Richard Poe (audiobook)
  • Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard, narrated by George Guidall (audiobook)
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore (review copy)
  • The Verdant Passage by Troy Denning
  • Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic that Changed History by Yasmeen Abutaleb & Damian Paletta
  • The Force by Don Winslow, narrated by Dion Graham (audiobook)
  • Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafeyette in the Age of Revolution by Mike Duncan

Mount TBR Counter

  • Third Quarter: +4
  • Year-to-date: +0

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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5 Responses to Third Quarter 2021 Quarter-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Glad you are finding a system of posting that seems to be working for your new schedule.
    Looking forward to your posts on WoT as it gets released.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. bormgans says:

    I’m really intrigued by The Force by Winslow. Might end up reading that or The Power of the Dog.

    Liked by 1 person

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