Third Quarter 2022 Quarter-in-Review

The summer’s swelter retreats as cool fog and brisk mornings creep in.  Soon the leaves will begin to change and yards fill with skeletons.  Weekends have come to be dominated by football.  It is fall, the very best season of the year.

Life is good, if extremely, extremely busy.  I feel like this meme says it all.

We did get a tiny bit of travel in for Q3, with a July trip to the beach.  I also took a long work trip to Kentucky (where much bourbon was to be had), used a work trip downstate as an excuse to see extended family, and took a quick work trip to Texas.  I still have a couple work trips left this semester, so it is shaping up to be a very hectic fall, what with trips, football weekends, and work.  Oh, and the kids, who remain a handful!

All of that has made for an awfully slow reading year.  I hope to do a bit of catch up in Q4, although some rereads will probably stymie progress on Mount TBR (which I continue to fight to a draw!).  My reading plans for the next three months are just about set.  With the fourth book in Era Two for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn books coming out in November, I am going to reread the first of those two books (I put the series aside years ago deciding I needed to read the first Mistborn series before continuing, which I have now long since done) then do a first read of the next two books.  I haven’t been keeping up with Amazon’s LotR show and haven’t felt bad about it, although I will catch up eventually, but it has inspired me to reread Lord of the Rings and finally—finally—finish the Silmarillion.  I have two books left in my Wheel of Time reread, and I look forward to the Michael Livingston book on the series coming out in November.  I bought a copy of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses in a somewhat belated response to his stabbing.  I screwed up and missed a year in my quest to read a presidential biography per year in order.  I will knock out Zachary Taylor this year, but Millard Fillmore is still going to have to wait for next year, I think.

I am somewhat back on track with my Foundations project.  I started Foundations of Western Civilization II after finishing Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation from Great Courses.  I love Thomas F. X. Noble as a lecturer, which led me to the Late Antiquity course after finishing his Western Civ I course.  But Western Civ II is more what I was looking for when I picked up Western Civ I (although I am very glad that I did).  I finally started reading The Odyssey.  I finally started back reading The Federalist Papers.  I’ve decided that I really need to read some Aristotle soon, but I’m not sure where I am headed next other than that.  I have too much in progress that I need to finish to worry much about that.

Blogging, on the other hand, remains extremely slow.  I don’t see that changing.  I have too little time and have been doing too little reading.  I don’t want to let things drop entirely, though, so expect the intermittent blog posts to continue.

July, August, and September Reviews

Books acquired

  • Can Legal Weed Win?: The Blunt Realities of Cannabis Economics by Robin Goldstein
  • Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation by Thomas F. X. Noble (audiobook)
  • It Dies With You by Scott Blackburn
  • The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch
  • Against All Gods by Miles Cameron
  • The Rainmaker by John Grisham, narrated by Frank Muller (audiobook)
  • Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead, narrated by Dion Graham (audiobook)
  • 1876: Year of the Gun by Steve Wiegand
  • Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It by Richard V. Reeves

Books started

  • Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated by Keith Ferrazzi
  • Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation by Thomas F. X. Noble (audiobook)
  • The Judiciary’s Class War by Glenn Harlan Reynolds (reread)
  • It Dies With You by Scott Blackburn
  • The Odyssey by Homer, translated by S.H. Butcher and A. Lang
  • The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch
  • The Rainmaker by John Grisham, narrated by Frank Muller (audiobook)
  • Against All Gods by Miles Cameron
  • Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead, narrated by Dion Graham (audiobook)
  • 1876: Year of the Gun by Steve Wiegand
  • War of the Copper Kings by Carl B. Glasscock

Books finished

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Judiciary’s Class War by Glenn Harlan Reynolds (reread)
  • It Dies With You by Scott Blackburn
  • The Rainmaker by John Grisham, narrated by Frank Muller (audiobook)
  • Against All Gods by Miles Cameron
  • Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi
  • How to Heal Our Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, and the First Christians Knew, about Racial Reconciliation by Derwin L. Gray
  • 1876: Year of the Gun by Steve Wiegand
  • Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation by Thomas F. X. Noble (audiobook)

Mount TBR Counter

  • Third Quarter: +1
  • 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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3 Responses to Third Quarter 2022 Quarter-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Busy. That’s life in a nutshell for sure. Hope you survive it ok

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bookstooge says:

    I am glad to hear that.

    Liked by 1 person

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