First Quarter 2022 Quarter-in-Review

It has been some quarter.  If it seems like posting has been slow across both blogs, I have a good excuse!  Our son was born in early February.  Which has kept me real busy, but I managed to still do some reading and writing (and a lot more TV watching than normal).

Mount TBR inched up a bit, but that was driven by hitting three new-to-me local bookstores early in the quarter and an unexpected spate of ARCs toward the end of the quarter.  I did okay in my reading, even with it being heavy on doorstoppers.  I read the first third of Shogun in the hospital and another 200 pages during jury duty but still have hundreds of pages to go.  I only have two The Wheel of Time books left.  Those are all rereads.  For a first read doorstopper, I finally got around to reading Watchmen.  I should get a post up on the graphic novel, the movie, and the TV show in the next few weeks.  One reading goal for next quarter (in addition to making progress on a 126-hour audiobook courtesy of Gibbon): get back to reading on my Kindle.  The convenience is key with a newborn.

I didn’t do all that bad blogging, either, especially early in the quarter.  I got three Vintage SF Month posts up, another Throwback SF Thursday post, and three reviews at Hillbilly Highways.

My Foundations reading stalled.  I need to power through the Federalist Papers and Gibbon.  The Odyssey might be the next fiction I start.

Newborn Watch Party

  • Reacher (Amazon Prime)
  • Cobra Kai (Netflix) (all seasons)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO Max) (last season)
  • Bosch (Amazon Prime) (last season)
  • Watchmen (HBO Max)
  • The Wire (HBO Max) (rewatch, all seasons)
  • Shadow and Bone (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO Max)

January, February, and March Reviews

Books acquired

  • The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It by Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague
  • The Hag: The Life, Times, and Music of Merle Haggard by Marc Eliot
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore (illustrated by Dave Gibbons)
  • Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty, ed. by Gary Chartier & Charles W. Johnson
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Joe by Larry Brown
  • Doctor No by Ian Fleming
  • And Your Enemies Closer by Rob Parker, narrated by Warren Brown (audiobook)
  • The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
  • The Black Company by Glen Cook (review copy, second copy)
  • Gardening Basics for Dummies by Steven A. Frowine and the editors at the National Gardening Association
  • In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan (review copy)
  • The Darkest Game by Joseph Schneider (review copy)
  • The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett (review copy)

Books started

  • The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (reread)
  • Fire Time by Poul Anderson
  • The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It by Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague
  • The Hag: The Life, Times, and Music of Merle Haggard by Marc Eliot
  • Doctor No by Ian Fleming
  • Shogun by James Clavell (reread)
  • And Your Enemies Closer by Rob Parker, narrated by Warren Brown (audiobook)
  • The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
  • The Black Company by Glen Cook (review copy, second copy)
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore (illustrated by Dave Gibbons)
  • The Darkest Game by Joseph Schneider (review copy)
  • The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett (review copy)

Books finished

  • A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Fire Time by Poul Anderson
  • The Hag: The Life, Times, and Music of Merle Haggard by Marc Eliot
  • Doctor No by Ian Fleming
  • The Black Company by Glen Cook (review copy)
  • The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
  • The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (reread)
  • 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law by Jeffrey S. Sutton
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore (illustrated by Dave Gibbons)
  • And Your Enemies Closer by Rob Parker, narrated by Warren Brown (audiobook)
  • The Darkest Game by Joseph Schneider (review copy)

Mount TBR Counter

  • First Quarter: +3
  • Year-to-date: +3

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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12 Responses to First Quarter 2022 Quarter-in-Review

  1. bormgans says:

    A boy and a girl, we call that a “koningswens” in Dutch, a King’s wish. My daughter is 5, my son is 3 – so much happiness. I wish you and yours all the best – before I became a parent myself I didn’t realize how much of a blessing it is. It´s so great to see my kids playing and doing stuff together.

    I see you’ve rewatched The Wire: did it hold up? I thought it was among the greatest ever, but somehow I got bogged down when I tried to rewatch s1. Succession is so great too. Did you see Better Call Saul? The final season starts in a few weeks, looking forward to that a lot.

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    • H.P. says:

      Thank you!

      I have rewatched The Wire in its entirety several times. It absolutely holds up. I actually rewatched it the last time late night feeding my daughter when she was a newborn. It maybe surprised me on the last rewatch, probably because my memory was sullied by Simon’s deeply mediocre Treme and The Deuce. After my last rewatch of each in their entirety, I have The Wire slotted in as my second all-time favorite show, just behind The Shield. The deciding factor there is the highly flawed fifth season of The Wire. I am hoping to get a post up soon at Hillbilly Highways ranking all five seasons.

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    Big sis looks pretty happy!

    and I fully endorse your kindle endeavor. It is wicked convenient!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jeboyle2 says:

    Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

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