Books read in 2015

It looks like I read 171 titles in 2015 with another 7 re-read which were previously read in other years and 2 re-read which were also first read in 2015. There were, of course, titles skimmed, put on pause and given up on.

This year I have been tracking my reading in a Google Sheet and at Goodreads. Still working out workflow for this mess of an activity; i.e., tracking book reading.

The first grouping will be data from my Google Sheet, followed by some from Goodreads, links to previous 2015 reading-related posts, and a list of titles read in 2015 by gross categories.

Google Sheet

This data consists of total entered in Sheet, breakdown of reading status of titles brought forward from 2014, titles entered in 2015 and their breakdown of reading status, reading challenges, books re-read, ebooks, “genre” breakdowns, and sources for the books.

Total

198 [all are in Goodreads]

Brought forward from 2014:

Total 7
Finished 3
On pause 3
Currently Reading 1

Entered  in 2015:

Total 191
Read 171
Gave up 4
Skimmed 3 [skimmed many I did not enter in Sheet; 34 in 2015 according to Goodreads]
On pause 11
Currently reading 8 + 1 started in 2016

Reading Challenges

My own reading goals for 2015: 9 Read [of 12 committed to] + 2 currently reading + 3 on pause. I may post on this separately but calling it met, if barely.

2015 Reading Challenge: 35* of 50 categories. I may’ve accomplished some of the others but I have no good way of knowing re a couple categories. Not concerned. I may post on this separately. Calling it met; had no real criteria in mind so 35 seems fair.

2015 8th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge: 52. Completed on 25 April 2015. In total, I read 99 graphic novels or manga [does not include rereads: 2015 2 + previous years 2 + 1 gave up] but did not post & link reviews for the challenge.

2015 Nonfiction Reading Challenge: 20. Completed 20 April 2015 [includes 1 reread from previous year + 3 in graphic novel challenge also; does not include 3 on pause or 1 I never reviewed]. I finished 68 nonfiction books but clearly did not review or link then to the challenge.

Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge: Goal of 75, reached 29 April 2015. Recorded 166 books for 221% of goal. These totals do not include ~3 books re-read nor those titles read and re-read in 2015.

Books Re-read

Total 11
Read 1st in previous year 8 [Nonfiction/Beer, NF/Literature & Language, 2 Graphic Novels, 4 Lit]
Read 1st & 2nd in 2015 3 [Nonfiction/Beer, 2 Graphic Novels]

Titles Re-read

Saunders – Dinner in the Beer Garden
Doyle – Through the Magic Door
Dingess, et al. – Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1: Flora & Fauna $
Folio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City (Girl Genius 13) $
Vaughan & Staples – Saga, Volume One
Vaughan & Staples – Saga, Volume Two
Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Adams – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Adams – Life, The Universe and Everything
Adams – So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Boak & Bailey – Gambrinus Waltz $

[$ = read & re-read in 2015]

Ebooks

Total 36 + 2 on pause (1 each)
Kindle 3 finished (2 Beer, Erotica)(incl. 1 re/read 2015 Beer) + 1 on pause (Tech)
PDF 34 (2 Assorted, 30 Graphic Novels + 1 on pause (Tech)

I read so many PDF graphic novels as they are all from either the Girl Genius series via a Kickstarter or from a Dungeons & Dragons Humble Bundle I bought earlier in 2015. I have done a couple Humble Bundles and have read few of them; I tend to forget them. So I wanted to get to work on that and chose these first.

Genre

NF [includes 6 graphic novels, 1 of which is of war poetry + memoir]

Total 92
Finished 68
On pause 11
Currently Reading 7
Gave up 3
Skimmed 3

Fiction

Total 104
Graphic Novels 93 + 1 gave up
Erotica 2
Lit 8
Poetry 1 + 1 currently reading

Other Breakdowns

Photo 6
Beer 26 + 2 currently reading
Graphic novel 99 + 1 gave up [includes 11 manga & 6 nonfiction]
Erotica 2
Poetry 3
Memoir 3 + 1 gave up
Central OR 4 + 1 currently reading
History 10 + 1 currently reading
Translations 21

Together

Read 1
On pause 1
Switch to ind. reading 1
Currently reading 1

Sources

Own 92 + 3 more bought after getting from a library
DPL 77 + 1 gave up + 3 on pause + 1 skimmed + 3 then bought (1 of which still reading) + lots more skimmed. 85 total.
COCC 6
ILL 0 [acquired 2 : 1 gave up and 1 on pause]
Summit 6 + 2 currently reading
Friend 1

Goodreads

This data from my Goodreads account includes, 2015 Goodreads Challenge status, reading status breakdown, and some numbers from specific shelves (mostly used to verify same info from elsewhere).

2015 Challenge goal 75
Read 163 [does not include 7 re-reads]
Currently reading 8 + 1 from 2016
Gave up 2
Skimmed 34
On pause 6

Shelves

2015-gnc 61 [does not include rereads: 2015 2 + previous years 2]
2015nfc 21 [includes 1 reread from previous year; 1 review not written]
translation 21
together 1 + 1 currently reading + 1 on pause + 1 switched to individual reading

Other 2015 reading posts [re challenges, etc.]

List of 2015 Books Read by Category

Assorted

  • Quadback-Seeger – World of the Elements: Elements of the World
  • Attlee – Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight [on pause]
  • Backes – Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana [on pause]
  • Kondo – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • Stilgoe – Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places
  • Stivers – Hair of the Dog: Irish Drinking and Its American Stereotype
  • Scerri – The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction
  • Rubel – Bread: A Global History (The Edible Series)
  • Jung – Man and His Symbols [gave up]
  • Bishop – Living with Thunder: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of the Pacific Northwest [currently reading]
  • Rothenberg, ed. – White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism
  • Egan – The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest [on pause]
  • Sahlins – Waiting for Foucault, Still
  • Babauta – Focus: a simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction

Assorted Cookery

  • Robertson – Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker
  • Steen & Noyes – The Great Vegan Protein Book
  • Scicolone – The Italian Slow Cooker

Assorted Memoir

  • Nguyen – Stealing Buddha’s Dinner [gave up]
  • Pollan – A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams

Beer & Brewing

  • Boak & Bailey – Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer
  • Yaeger – Oregon Breweries
  • Allen and Cantwell – Barley Wine: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
  • Mallett – Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse
  • Saunders – Dinner in the Beer Garden [re-read]
  • Dunlop – Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana
  • Amato – Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer … Even More
  • Fix – Principles of Brewing Science: A Study of Serious Brewing Issues
  • Coutts – The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best Ever Pint of Beer
  • Mosher – Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer
  • Barich – A Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change, and the Fate of the Irish Pub
  • Alworth – The Beer Bible
  • Nelson – The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe
  • Beechum and Conn – Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer
  • Acitelli – The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution
  • Hornsey – Alcohol and Its Role in the Evolution of Human Society [currently reading]
  • Boak & Bailey – Gambrinus Waltz: German Lager Beer in Victorian and Edwardian London [read & re-read this year]
  • Palmer – How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time
  • Bostwick and Rymil – Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer
  • Mosher – The Brewer’s Companion: Being a Complete Compendium of Brewing Knowledge … [skimmed]
  • Foster – Pale Ale: History and Brewing Techniques, Recipes: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
  • Papazian – The Complete Joy of Home Brewing 4th ed
  • Hughes – A Treatise on the Brewing of Beer
  • Zainasheff & Palmer – Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
  • Oliver – The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food [currently reading]
  • Shales – Brewing Better Beers

Central Oregon

  • Dunegan – Best Hikes Near Bend (A Falcon Guide) [currently reading]

Central Oregon Memoir

  • Waterston – Where the Crooked River Rises: A High Desert Home

Central Oregon Memoir & History

  • Ramsey – New Era: Reflections on the Human and Natural History of Central Oregon

Erotica, Sex & Gender

  • Williams – Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
  • Christina – Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories about Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More
  • Tyler, ed. – Luscious: Stories of Anal Eroticism

Graphic Novels

  • Foglio, et al. – The Secret Blueprints For Volume One (Girl Genius 0)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne & the Beetleburg clank (Girl Genius 1)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City (Girl Genius 2)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine (Girl Genius 3)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams (Girl Genius 4)
  • Bendis & Maleev – Scarlet
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius 5)
  • B. and MacOrlan – The Littlest Pirate King
  • Pham – Sumo
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite (Girl Genius 6)
  • Abnett and Culbard – The New Deadwardians
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle (Girl Genius 7)
  • Kerascoët and Hubert – Beauty
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones (Girl Genius 8)
  • Vehlmann & Kerascoët – Beautiful Darkness
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm (Girl Genius 9)
  • David and Lopez – Fallen Angel
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse (Girl Genius 10)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Hammerless Bell (Girl Genius 11)
  • Mina, et al. – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1
  • Mina, et al. – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 2
  • TenNapel – Ratfist
  • Moon and Bá – De: Tales: Stories From Urban Brazil
  • Tobin and Dewey – I Was The Cat
  • Merveille and Tati – Hello, Mr. Hulot
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg (Girl Genius 12)
  • Cruse – Stuck Rubber Baby
  • Pedrosa – Three Shadows
  • Perlow, et al. – Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black
  • Dingess, et al. – Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1: Flora & Fauna [read & re-read this year]
  • Collins & Rayner – Road to Perdition
  • Moning, et al. – Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha
  • Lucke – The Lunch Witch (#1)
  • Wilson and Alphona – Ms. Marvel: No Normal
  • Wilson, et al. – Ms. Marvel: Generation Why 2
  • Dingess, et al. – Manifest Destiny, Vol. 2: Amphibia & Insecta
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 1: Cold Dead Fingers
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 2: Crossroads
  • Greenberg – The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 3: Bound
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 4: A Town Called Penance
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City (Girl Genius 13) [read & re-read this year]
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 5: Winter Wolves
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 6: Ghost Dance
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth gun: Book 7: Not the Bullet, But the Fall
  • Nolan – Hunters of the Great Forest
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume One [re-read]
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume Two [re-read]
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume Three
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume Four
  • McCloud – The Sculptor
  • Carey, Willingham, et al. – The Unwritten: The Unwritten Fables, vol. 9
  • Carey & Gross, et al. – The Unwritten: War Stories, vol. 10
  • Miller & Varley – 300
  • Vance & Burr – Kings in Disguise: A Novel
  • Hagio – A Drunken Dream and Other Stories
  • Remender – Strange Girl Omnibus
  • Fawkes – The People Inside [gave up]
  • Moore & O’Neill – Nemo: Heart of Ice
  • Ralph – Daybreak
  • Kelso – The Squirrel Mother
  • Selznick – The Marvels
  • Doctorow and Wang – In Real Life
  • Fleisher, Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 1
  • Grubb, Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 2
  • Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 3
  • Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 4
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Cutter
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 1
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 2
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 3
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 4
  • Greenwood, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms, Volume 1
  • Zub, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt – Neverwinter Tales
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, volume 1: Homeland
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, Exile
  • Rogers, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Shadowplague
  • Rogers, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: First Encounters
  • Rogers, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Down
  • Foglio, et al. – Girl Genius: Second Journey Book One: The Beast of the Rails

Graphic Novels Manga

  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 1
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 2
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 3
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner Chamber, vol. 1
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 4
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 5
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner Chamber, vol. 2
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 6
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner chamber, vol. 3
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner chamber, vol. 4
  • Anno – Sakuran: Blossoms Wild

Graphic Novel Nonfiction

  • Redniss – Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love & Fallout

Graphic Novel Nonfiction History

  • Wilson, Dickson, et al. – Fight the power!: A visual history of protest among the English-speaking peoples
  • Stavans and Alcaraz – A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States
  • Bagge – Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

Graphic Novel Nonfiction Memoir

  • Abirached – I Remember Beirut

Graphic Novel Nonfiction  War Poetry

  • Duffy, ed. -Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics

History

  • Schivelbusch – Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
  • Swaby – Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

History Memoir

  • Coe – Frontier Doctor: Observations on Central Oregon & the Changing West

Literature & Language

  • Ozecki – A Tale for the Time Being
  • Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) [re-read]
  • Adams – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #2) [re-read]
  • Adams – Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #3) [re-read]
  • Adams – So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide #4) [re-read]
  • Johnson – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia
  • Brontë – Wuthering Heights
  • King – Euphoria [2016 DPL A Novel Idea Selection]
  • Harris – Integationist Notes and Papers 2009-2011
  • Harris – Integationist Notes and Papers 2012
  • Harris – Integationist Notes and Papers 2013
  • Doyle – Through the Magic Door [re-read]
  • Ramsey – Thinking Like a Canyon: New and Selected Poems, 1973-2010
  • Gilbert – Collected poems [currently reading]

Literature & Language Graphic Novel War Poetry

  • Duffy, ed. – Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics [also listed above]

Philosophy

  • Wilson – Second-Hand Knowledge: An Inquiry into Cognitive Authority [on pause]
  • Wellmuth – The Nature and Origins of Scientism
  • Berlin – The Power of Ideas [currently reading]

Photography

  • Atkeson – Oregon, My Oregon
  • Atkeson & Miller – Ski & Snow Country: The Golden Years of Skiing in the West, 1930s-1950s
  • Atkeson – Oregon II
  • Atkeson & Ross – Oregon III
  • Marbach and Pokarney – Oregon Harvest
  • Curtis – The North American Indian: The Complete Portfolios

Renewal

  • Huang and Lynch – Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life [on pause]
  • Kabat-Zinn – Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness [currently reading]
  • Johnson – The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason [on pause]
  • Segal – Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse [on pause]
  • Levine – Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences
  • Farhi – The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work [currently reading]
  • Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Smalley & Winston – Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness
  • Krznaric – How To Find Fulfilling Work
  • Black – More Anti-Inflammation Diet Tips and Recipes
  • Wahls – The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine
  • Gunaratana – Mindfulness in Plain English
  • Krucoff – Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain: Easy, Effective Practices for Releasing Tension and Relieving Pain [on pause]
  • Moore & Gillette – Lover Within: Accessing the Lover in the Male Psyche [on pause]
  • Cooksley – Seaweed: Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease, and Revitalizing Body and Soul [skimmed]
  • Brantley & Millstine – Five Good Minutes in Your Body [skimmed]
  • Fallon – Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Tech & Software

  • Kissell – Take Control of Automating Your Mac [on pause]
  • Martinez and Stager – Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom [on pause]
  • Rawlins – Slaves of the Machine: The Quickening of Computer Technology [gave up]

Final Comments

I think this slices and dices this data more than enough for me this year. I would not mind having a breakdown of authors by gender but that is loaded with many problems (multiple authors, determining gender of some, etc.) and I am not that concerned about it. I read fairly widely and try to read from a diversity of diversities, knowing that I can always do better.

I want to keep reading things in translation; I feel I did well this year. I should try to read a bit more poetry and erotica, sex & gender this year. I am satisfied with the amount of re-reading, the number of ebooks, and of nonfiction. I hope to read a few less graphic novels and more varied things in literature & language; e.g., more actual lit, more on language and more poetry as previously mentioned. Maybe some re-reading there. Poetry books are close at hand.

All in all, I’m calling 2015 a good year for me and reading. I met all of my goals, and only one of them I feel could have been more solidly met.

I am very happy to be ending some part of my 2015 with a great score for the year. Particularly happy to have the thought documented.

Here’s to your (and my) reading in 2016.

[Post(s) coming soon]

 

Nolan – Hunters of the Great Forest

Hunters of the Great Forest by Dennis Nolan

Date read: 16 May 2015

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover image of Dennis Nolan's Hunters of the Great Forest

Hardback, 1 volume unpaged [40 pages]

Published 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

Source: Deschutes Public Library [Picture Books NOLAN DENNIS]

I came across this thanks to the 2015 Graphic Novel Challenge (see below) and, in particular, to Tiffany Pennington’s review.

The book is 11.25×8.75”providing a wide canvas for the author/illustrator. On top of that, every image is a two-page spread; a panorama. This leaves a lot of room for detail, for story development, and, simply put, for storytelling.

There are no words in this book. Not as text and not as text on something. No labels. No brands. No words.

I loved that about this book. It made me truly focus on the images if I wanted to know what the story is; much less, what happened. The images are delightful and whimsical. I think this book would be great for most anyone of any age. This would be a particularly amazing book to spend time with a child who had a fair few words and some concepts regarding “adventuring” and the broader world. Maybe a bright 4-year-old? Five- or 6-year-old maybe? [Sorry, has been 30+ years since mine were that age.] It would be great fun to read this book with a kid like that. One could spend hours at it.

Seven intrepid hunters, each with their own personality and way of dealing with the difficulties encountered, set off. Lots of perseverance and knowing when to run. Working as a team. So much more. Very positive book.

Is that the same person hanging out that tower window on their return as it was on their departure? So many things like that, even in these sometimes austere images.

Don’t miss the epilog or “Easter egg” on the last page/colophon, just like in the Marvel movies. You do sit through the credits for those, right? I don’t know, and doubt it is, an actual teaser but it gives more insight into the story.

Photo of a two-page spread from Nolan's Hunters of the Great Forest

The above panel is perhaps my favorite. Although there is little actually going on it is amazing. Peaceful. Informational. Calm despite the hard work to get there and the long road ahead. It also reminds me of Oregon (and other places) so lets me imagine these fine folks in my neck of the woods, in places I love.

Highly recommended. In case there were doubts.

This is the 54th book in my GN2015

2015 Reading Update

I wanted to give an update on this year’s reading so far as it is about to change. Well, my reading may not change, or it will, but my reporting of it will. I am not going to be writing many more reviews for a while.

I am currently facing some issues in life that have seriously beaten me down. We have been attempting to get help now since early Aug 2014 without much luck. Thankfully, the glaringly obvious answer (thyroid) is not, based on several tests. That’s good; perhaps. But it leaves us in the dark.

I have just recently found someone to work with and I am cautiously hopeful.

Mindfulness will be a big part. Two of the key attitudinal factors of mindfulness are non-judging and letting go. Some things have to go and the “need” to participate in these reading challenges is entirely self-imposed. Thus, change.

Challenges and Status

My Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge was set at 75 books and I am past that now. I finished reading my 75th book on 28-29 April 2015. I have completed at least four others since. This will continue as Goodreads is the main (social) place I track my reading.

My 2015 8th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge was completed on 25 April with book 52 for Silver Age: Bunn, et al. – The Sixth Gun, book 2 I have read four since and posted one review. I found lots of things to read from this group. There wasn’t a lot of direct social action, and I am perfectly fine with that—not looking for “community”—but a few of the folks read lots of great sounding books. I have already read a couple I found this way and have quite enjoyed them.

My 2015 Nonfiction Reading Challenge was (fully) completed on 4 April for Full Master with book 20 of 16-20: Dunlop – Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana I had already decided to stop contributing to the Nonfiction challenge because I didn’t find any form of community there and I wasn’t finding book recommendations; not that I need any more. I realize that both of those seem in direct contradiction with things I wrote just above. But they truly aren’t.

As of 1 May (and to the best of my knowledge), I have completed 22 of the 50 challenges in the 2015 Reading Challenge. This one will continue but I am not committed to meeting all 50. If I do, great; but it isn’t likely. I would though like to mark off a couple more.

Other Finished Books

The books I have finished so far that you may well not see reviews for are the following:

Commentary/Wrap-Up

This seems like an easy thing to let go. I am pressuring myself—judging myself—because I am not producing reviews of everything I read so far—like I ever have—and am getting further behind as I read more. I assume you realize that I also have about a half dozen books that I am currently actively reading with many more sitting in the wings. As one does.

So. I will work towards not judging myself on this issue and work at finding more things to let go.

If you are aware that I have read a book (by whatever means), of course, please feel free to ask me about it. Can’t promise I’ll remember much but perhaps I can add more than a simple entry and a couple of stars to the discussion.

And to all those readers who are a part of my book reading “community”—be it Goodreads, author visits at public library, personal recommendations, Manga/Graphic Novel Challenge, weekly recap from Unshelved Book Club, etc.—I want to extend a hearty thank you for all the pleasure you bring me. Cheers!

Greenberg – The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
Date read: 28-29 April 2015
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cover image of Greenberg's The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
Hardback, 1 volume unpaged
Published 2013 by Little, Brown and Company
Source: Deschutes Public Library (GN GREENBERG ISABEL)

Sara picked this up at the public library when browsing the shelves. Turns out I added it back in January to my To Be Read list as the author was under 30 when she wrote it and that counts for my one remaining challenge [see below].

I actually began reading this because I had just come across a World War I war poem adapted by Greenberg in another graphic novel I am currently reading, Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics. The poem she adapted was Osbert Sitwell’s “Therefore Is the Name of It Called Babel.” She also adapted another poem in the same volume.

I enjoyed the Encyclopedia quite a bit. Not sure why it needed to rip off the Bible so much though. Decent early 21st-century remix of stories.

This is the 75th book in my Goodreads 2015 Challenge which “completes” that one for me.

It also qualifies as an Author under 30 for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

This is the 53rd book in my GN2015

Bunn, et al. – The Sixth Gun, book 2

The Sixth Gun. Book 2. Crossroads by Cullen Bunn (writer), Brian Hurtt (illustrations and lettering), Bill Crabtree (colors), etc.
Date read: 23 April 2015
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover image of Bunn, et al's The Sixth Gun, Book 2, Crossroads

Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 2011 (1st ed.) by Oni Press
Source: Deschutes Public Library (TEEN GN BUNN CULLEN)

I liked this. The story moves along a bit faster and we get a little character development in Sinclair and Becky. Gord steps into a prominent role.

I gave this 5 stars compared to the 4 I gave the first. It felt more … I don’t know. Perhaps it was a bit calmer. Plenty of death and destruction but it felt more leisurely of a story. Probably not even close but that’s the best I have at the moment as to the difference in feel.

Went to request Book 3 from the public library but the one copy is “LONG MISSING.” ::sigh:: Copies of 4-7 are conveniently available.  This kind of thing puts a big damper on my serial reading. May learn to stick to single issue/book titles in graphic novels. Series are fraught in so many ways for me.

This is my 52nd graphic novel or manga of the year. This qualifies me for Silver Age, the highest-level—a book a week on average, in the 2015 8th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge.

I already finished my nonfiction challenge having read and posted reviews of 20 nonfiction books.

I am also 2 books away from the first reading challenge I set myself this year, which is 75 books at Goodreads.

Shortly, the only ongoing reading challenge I will have left for 2015 is this oddball one.

This is the 52nd book in my GN2015

Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun, book 1

The Sixth Gun. Book 1, Cold Dead Fingers by Cullen Bunn (writer), Brian Hurtt (illustrator & letterer), etc.

Date read: 19 April 2015

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cover image of Bunn and Hurtt's The Sixth Gun, book 1

Paperback, 170 pages

Published January 2011 by Oni Press [“This volume collects issues #1-6 of the Oni Press series The sixth gun”–T.p. verso.]

Source: Deschutes Public Library (TEEN GN BUNN CULLEN)

Supernatural, Old West, post-Civil War. Undead Confederate General on the rampage. The story of six guns of extraordinary power. Guns that are keys to something even more powerful.

Goodreads recommended this to me and I was able to request a copy fairly quickly from the public library. I have already requested the next volume.

Recommended if you like the Old West, the supernatural, Pinkerton detectives, not-so-good vs. evil, and, well, guns. For mature teens and up.

This is the 51st book in my GN2015

Dingess, et al. – Manifest Destiny. Volume 2, Amphibia & Insecta

Manifest Destiny. Volume 2, Amphibia & Insecta by Chris Dingess (writer), Matthew Roberts (penciler & inker), Owen Gieni (colorist), Pat Brosseau (letterer)

Date read: 17 April 2015

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover image of Dingess, et al's. - Manifest Destiny. Volume 2, Amphibia & Insecta

Paperback, 1 volume unpaged

Published 2015 by Image Comics

Source: Own.

The survivors of La Charrette continue upriver. Beside themselves (“the evil that men do”), the expedition battles giant insects and amphibians while neither the land nor the river is safe. Another arch is encountered; again with dire results. We also learn how Lewis and Clark ended up on this expedition.

Highly recommended. For mature readers due to scenes of rape, gruesome death, bad language, etc.

My review of volume 1, Flora & Fauna, is located here.

[I apologize. I know this review needs more work but Monday defeated me early this week.]

This is the 50th book in my GN2015

Wilson, et al – Ms. Marvel: Generation Why

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why (Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #2) by G. Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist, #8-11), Jacob Wyatt (artist, #6-7), etc.

Date read: 13 April 2015

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cover image of Wilson, et al's Ms. Marvel: Generation Why

Paperback, 1 volume unpaged

Published 2015 by Marvel Worldwide [“Contains material originally published in magazine form as Ms. Marvel #6-11″–Title page verso.]

Source: Deschutes Public Library (TEEN GN MS MARVEL)

Kamala’s life has definitely gotten wacky but she’s dealing with it. She meets more of her heroes; gets (and loses) a companion; battles evil and outright weirdness.

Takes on the issue of the slacker generation and what they’re good for. Easily applied more or less broadly though. [FYI: I am not a fan of generational stereotypes.]

I enjoyed this well enough and will check out the next one. I could see myself losing interest quickly but we’ll see.

Recommended: Those who want to read it and many who don’t. Many should. But we can’t prescribe books for each other. Many who explicitly refuse to read this are the ones who truly should. ::sigh:: Way too fraught. Read it if you like or are interested.

This is the 49th book in my GN2015

Wilson and Alphona – Ms. Marvel: No Normal

Ms. Marvel: No Normal (Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #1) by G. Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist), etc.

Date read: 12-13 April 2015

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cover image of Wilson and Alphona's Ms. Marvel: No Normal

Paperback, 1 volume unpaged

Published 2014 by Marvel Worldwide

Source: Deschutes Public Library (TEEN GN MS MARVEL) [“Contains material originally published in magazine form as Ms. Marvel #1-5 and All-new Marvel Now! Point One #1”–Title page.]

Kamala Khan is a teenage girl from Jersey City just trying to fit in as an ordinary American kid. Being Muslim and Pakistani isn’t helping. But, then, becoming a superhero doesn’t exactly help in that regard either. Did you know superheroes can be grounded by their parents? There truly is little to no normal(ity) in Kamala’s life.

This volume chronicles the origin and backstory of the new Ms. Marvel.

This is the 48th book in my GN2015

Lucke – The Lunch Witch

The Lunch Witch (#1) by Deb Lucke

Date read: 11 April 2015

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover image of Deb Lucke's The Lunch Witch #1

Paperback, 175 pages

Published 2015 by Papercutz

Source: Deschutes Public Library [LUCKE DEB]

I really enjoyed this. It took me about 35 minutes to read it. That includes doing a reasonable job of looking at the images; one must to fully follow the story. Well played in that regard.

I came across this book due to Nicola’s review in the Graphic Novel Challenge [see below].

I agree with her. Gorey is going a bit far. See Nicola’s review for a synopsis.

There will be more of these supposedly and perchance I’ll stumble over them later.

According to its OCLC record it is for ages 7-10. And certainly up; maybe anywhere up. A feel good story about friendship and doing the right thing despite bribery, training, disposition, or threat of punishment.

This is the 47th book in my GN2015

It also qualifies as “A book published this year” in the Another reading challenge for 2015