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  i hope to read every day.

believing that 'hoping' for something is not enough to get it done, i, like all parts of my life that matter to me, regiment this behavior. i do this by drawing lines in the sand at the start of every week for every place i 'hope' to arrive at and working towards reaching each of those marks.

because i have a number of different reading goals, it takes multiple lines in the sand to guide this part of my life. since i have multiple interests and aspirations that i'm interested in reading, i approach this is by drawing four lines in the sand. one for each of the following types of books:
  1. professional
  2. life improvement
  3. recreational
  4. review
for each of these, i have a book of the week. i then set a goal for each, like 50 pages, and then chip away at each moving in and out of them from day to day, but with the goal of reading 50 pages in each by week's end.

the fourth category, the review, refers to a book that i have read in the past that i will pluck from the shelf and revisit, rereading flagged passages and perusing the notes i made in the margins. while this obviously lends itself to professional books i've read (which are predominately not listed on this page *) and self-help sorts of literature, it is sometimes enjoyable to review faulkner or lewis just to re-experience their jaw-dropping, neuron-popping use of language.

* for a few reasons, in 2014 i have done a lot of reading for work which accounts for the paucity of entries here.

The Clan of the Cave Bear
Jean M. Auel

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The Watchmen
Alan Moore / Dave Gibbbons

granted, my exposure to comics is not what it could be but this tight effort redefined what the comic genre is certainly capable of. it was much more concise, involved and intricate than any other i've come across. given its development, watchmen reads more like a novel than a funny picture book, rife with meaningful characters. moore and gibbons crafted a world that was both fantastic but possible in that good sci-fi conjecture based way. and, it's no secret that this is a major objective of the genre, both comic and sciene-fantasy.
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The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand

she doesn't appear in the mla's top 100. she appears twice in radcliffe's, more pedestrian, top 100. and lastly, she not only appears four times in mla's reader's poll, she occupies the top two spots. what more could one ask for in a recommendation.

while it took a little bit for me to embrace the work, after a few hundred pages the story took over and consumed me. don't let the fact that it took me four months to finish it because i took three months off to build a corporate website and have a child. actual invested reading time was just a few weeks for this 800 page monstrosity. i don't know if it would fall in my top five, but it would fall in my top 50, without doubt.

and, it's kind of lucky i stumbled upon her because i've been shopping around for a religion and how can one as self-serving as me turn away from a philosophy which centers on the individual, especially when that individual is me.
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Chuck Palahniuk

"i learned long ago to not go to movies with 'sex' in the title, i'm always disappointed." i should have respected this advice from marty before delving into this book. i was told i'd love it, it's about a sex addict, they said. it's like the book was written for you. this is the beauty of our individuality. when one person hears something, they think one thing, when i hear the very same thing i think something entirely different. this was obviously the case here. don't get me wrong, the book is very good. the subject matter was handled expertly, but you don't call me to the table for a meal like that and dish up a simple porterhouse. i'm expecting a roman like feast of carnality and 2,000 plus pages of it.

again, i enjoyed it, it just fell about 500 adjectives short of what my mind had readied itself for.
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