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2015-06-25 - Reading Accomplishments - 001

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To give a bit of background - I used to read considerable amounts. When I was a student, I read between classes and on public transport - life during that point in time seemed to have a lot of 'wasted' time waiting for trains, buses or trams (and classes too) - so I read and listened to music. Smart Phones weren't around at the time, and laptops had shitty batteries, so books were basically what I had. When I finally ended up with a car, I still read considerable amounts - I still had a lot of between-time (waiting for more classes, between my job and picking up my girlfriend (now my wife), etc.)

Sadly, that all kind of tapered off when I ended up working full time post-university and I notice, coincidentally, with the beginning of my depression cycle & burnout. I still read quite a fair amount of comics (and binged on them considerably), but it's not necessarily the same thing. Comics are very short, 'snacks' compared to books (and both have merits, let's not get into that). After I began recovering from my depression/burn out (and left my previous employer), I finally picked up books once more and began reading again. This has culminated in my current system of tracking my reading - I like stats, so it's a good thing to track. Considering that I was only able to get myself reading again through certain conditions (short books, notably Goosebumps books - and the use of my phone & epub files), this seemed like a good estimator to see if I could get back into longer stuff too. Thusfar, I'm doing quite well - though I didn't begin tracking myself until early this year, I've read 2.74 Million words since I began data.

One of the current policies I've been running is that the genre & quality are unimportant - only that I read. I began with Goosebumps because they are short and simple, and don't mess with my head overly much (during my downswings, Paranoid Fiction is not a good thing for me to consume). Poison Apple books seem to be Goosebumps (but for girls & modernised to include references to facebook, etc) and are pretty easy to read as well. Another reason for reading these, is that most people have fond memories of these books, and it's always a good thing to analyse popular stuff to see if there's any commonality that can be brought into my own works.

The last few days, I've been reading Hell on Earth, which is the second novel in the Doom franchise novelisation. It... wasn't fantastic. There's a significant amount of break in consistency with the setting as several times, the characters get into in-depth discussions of religious merit under dangerous situations. It's really, really odd and I still don't know why the author chose to insert so much Mormonism into the book. They do a lot to debunk some parts of it but it just comes across as really, really... boring and bad. This one's a bit disappointing (the first novel wasn't fantastically great, but had its moments. This one seemed to have... maybe one moment in it that was of interest). Pity.

I'm not sure what will be next, though it'll most likely be something short to consume. That said, if I punch through the other two Doom books (and they're short, about 70k words each), I'll finish the set off - and it's a good idea to finish something as I'm currently reading:

  • Goosebumps
  • Poison Apple
  • Doom
  • Foundation
  • Robots
  • MtG
  • Animorphs
  • Pliocene Exile
  • Discworld