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I finished The Time Traveler's Wife. I liked it overall. I thought the start was particularly good, as you got used to the idea of how it moved mostly linearly through one timeline, but jumped around in another, so some stories are pieced together bit by bit. And my favorite part was just the humorousness of a first meeting with someone you've know for 15 years. The book didn't quite sustain the whole way, but again got better nearing the end. And even though I should have realized it, it was striking when you realized, even after he'd time traveled for decades, that just one unfortunate trip could pretty much seal his fate.

I've just started Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking On Water, and Loving The Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans.
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I've taken a break this month, but I'm reading through the entire Drizzt series (including finally reading the Cleric's Quintet this past December). 21 down, 21 to go. I'm just about caught up to when I stopped reading them (Servant of the Shard and The Thousand Orcs).
I doubt I'd read 21 books of any series. I'll probably just do the first 3, maybe 6, if they hold my interest. I may have read like 15 of the Xanth books as a teenager, though. They were easy reading.

I jump around too much in my subjects to get through more than 5 or 6 books of a series. And rarely, do I read more than 2 in a row before I move onto something else.

I bounce through nonfiction: biographies, history, science, space, essays on writing, business. Fiction: 20th century "classics", fantasy, 19th century classics, sci-fi, short stories.
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I doubt I'd read 21 books of any series. I'll probably just do the first 3, maybe 6, if they hold my interest. I may have read like 15 of the Xanth books as a teenager, though. They were easy reading.

I jump around too much in my subjects to get through more than 5 or 6 books of a series. And rarely, do I read more than 2 in a row before I move onto something else.

I bounce through nonfiction: biographies, history, science, space, essays on writing, business. Fiction: 20th century "classics", fantasy, 19th century classics, sci-fi, short stories.
I do them in batches of 3-6, then I take a break for a few months. I try to alternate series, trilogy, and one-off reads. I'm roughly 2/3 fantasy and 1/3 literary classics lately.

I don't purposefully read much nonfiction (I tend to read it periodically in bite-size online. It's not unheard of or me to have a 100 wiki links open that I've surfed through). I did just read Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, and now I'm reading some James Baldwin.
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I doubt I'd read 21 books of any series.
hmmm,,,


14- Jack Ryan (Clancy)
8 - Anne Rice Vampire
8 - Kindle County (Turow) (more of a universe than a series, common characters)
7 - Rabbi Small (Kemelman)
7 - Harry Potter (Rowling)
6 - John Cory (DeMille)
5 - Game Of Thrones (Martin)
5 - Lord Of The Rings (Tolkien)
4 - Lecter (Harris)

Oh, well, not that interesting, I guess I don't read many series, even though I will read a lot from specific authors
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Finished Opera 101 -- solid intro for folks. I knew much of the stuff already, but the value is in the final bits where he goes over 11 major operas, and talks about the aspects of the operas.

I may -just- be ready to try Wagner again. I'm more of an Italian opera person, so it gets tough to get into the German or even the French (and I know more French than German or Italian).
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hmmm,,,


14- Jack Ryan (Clancy)
8 - Anne Rice Vampire
8 - Kindle County (Turow) (more of a universe than a series, common characters)
7 - Rabbi Small (Kemelman)
7 - Harry Potter (Rowling)
6 - John Cory (DeMille)
5 - Game Of Thrones (Martin)
5 - Lord Of The Rings (Tolkien)
4 - Lecter (Harris)

Oh, well, not that interesting, I guess I don't read many series, even though I will read a lot from specific authors
70+- DragonLance (shared universe; I've read every Weis and Hickman book though). Apparently 152 have been published.
21- Drizzt+Cleric Quintet (Salvatore). 42 total so far.
~20-Discworld (Pratchett) - he's on my list for a full reread. 41 total.

That's it for me >10 I believe. I have the full Robin Hobb Realm of the Elderlings (16 books) and Raymond Feist's Magician books (30) on my long-term list.
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I'm at 23 books read so far this year, and I should finish James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time today.

I went ahead and mapped out my next two months of planned reading.
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The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin
The Obelisk Gate - N. K. Jemisin
The Stone Sky - N. K. Jemisin
How Long 'til Black Future Month - N. K. Jemisin
Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin
Riddle-Master - Patricia A. McKillip
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin
Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir
Persuasion - Jane Austen
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Villere - Charlotte Bronte
Servant of the Shard - R.A. Salvatore
Promise of the Witch-King - R.A. Salvatore
Road of the Patriarch - R.A. Salvatore
The Thousand Orcs - R.A. Salvatore
The Lone Drow - R.A. Salvatore
The Two Swords - R.A. Salvatore
Ulysses - James Joyce
Don Quixote - Cervantes
Metamorphoses - Ovid
The Aeneid - Virgil
The Fairie Queene - Edmund Spenser
Paradise Lost - John Milton


Then I think I finally want to do my Gothic reread:
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The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
The Old English Baron - Clara Reeve
Vathek - William Beckford
The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne - Ann Radcliffe
A Sicilian Romance - Ann Radcliffe
The Romance of the Forest - Ann Radcliffe
The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
Caleb Williams - William Godwin
Götz von Berlichingen - Goethe
Die Räuber - Friedrich Schiller
Der Geisterseher - Friedrich Schiller
Das Petermännchen - Christian Heinrich Spiess
The Monk - Matthew Lewis
The Italian - Ann Radcliffe
Wieland: or, the Transformation, an American Tale - Charles Brown
Castle of Wolfebach - Eliza Parsons
Clermont - Regina Maria Roche
The Mysterious Warning, a German Tale - Eliza Parsons
The Necromancer; or, The Tale of the Black Forest - Carl Friedrich Kahlert
The Midnight Bell - Francis Lathom
The Orphan of the Rhine - Eleanor Sleath
Horrid Mysteries - Peter Will
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Thalaba the Destroyer - Robert Southey
The Giaour - Lord Byron
Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier - E.T.A. Hoffmann
Die Elixiere des Teufels - E.T.A. Hoffmann
Manfred - Lord Byron
Lalla-Rookh - Thomas Moore
Nachtstücke (‘Night Pieces’ or ‘Nocturnes’) - E.T.A. Hoffmann
Endymion - John Keats
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Nightmare Abbey - Thomas Peacock
The Vampyre - John Polidori
Die Serapionsbrüder - E.T.A. Hoffmann
Gaston de Blondeville - Ann Radcliffe
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater - Thomas De Quincey
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr - E.T.A. Hoffmann
Master Flea: A Fairy-Tale in Seven Adventures of Two Friends - E.T.A. Hoffmann
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - James Hogg
Mosses from an Old Manse and other stories - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Lock and Key Library - edited by Julian Hawthorne
Complete Works - Edgar Allen Poe
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Le Horla and Others - Guy de Maupassant
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Gilman
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Lair of the White Worm - Bram Stoker
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
The Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs
The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
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70+- DragonLance (shared universe; I've read every Weis and Hickman book though). Apparently 152 have been published.
21- Drizzt+Cleric Quintet (Salvatore). 42 total so far.
~20-Discworld (Pratchett) - he's on my list for a full reread. 41 total.

That's it for me >10 I believe. I have the full Robin Hobb Realm of the Elderlings (16 books) and Raymond Feist's Magician books (30) on my long-term list.
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seriously though - are those Books or Graphic Novels?
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Books. DragonLance (~300-400 pages each) was all read from 13-15 (except for the handful of Weis-Hickman books published when I was an adult). I earned $10 a week doing yard work for a friend of my mother's, turned around and bought two books, and usually had them both read within 36 hours.

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