011: books. Books. BOOKS!

I’ve decided to take on Strybe’s challenge of reading more books. I started this last year thanks to my good friend and regular commenter Samwise Gidding’s post, challenging himself to read a book a month. I actually managed it. I read a book in a month. But then I didn’t read anymore.

I counteracted this by dropping book related hints to everyone over the festive period and managed to gather a good haul of books. I thought I would read at least one of them in the week before New Year but instead I just loafed around and watched old movies on telly. What a massive waste of time. January is shooting by and I’ve yet to even turn a single page.

No more, I cry. I will read and I will enjoy it, god damnit! I even have a page at the top for completed books, which may be a small entry at this rate. Here is my list of books that I have to read:

Geroge R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones
George Pelecanos – The Turnaround
Hunter S. Thompson – Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Cormac McCarthy – No Country For Old Men
Cormac McCarthy – Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy – Suttree
Simon Pegg – Nerd Do Well

And the missus got “Kraken” by China Mieville that I really want to read; as well as his entire back catalogue. “A Game Of Thrones” was recommended by the fore mentioned Sam and I really want it to get it read before the TV show comes out on Sky Atlantic (How great does that look?) as I hate reading a book after watching the adaptation. Doing this is going to be more tricky than it sounds as I’m really, really tempted by “Blood Meridian”. The first paragraph was as much as I read and it was fantastic. Cormac manages to fit so much emotion and character into such a compact space.

I leave this blog post undecided. I have cleared space on my desk to attract my attention away from the likes of reddit but here’s hoping it works.


Eats Reads and Lives

I’m slowly coming round to fulfilling a promise I made back in… January, I think; that promise was to read more often. The book I’ve been reading is a sort-of-educational yet still fun read called ‘Eats Shoots and Leaves – The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” and I have to say that so far it’s been very good.

It should help me brush up on the English languauage, as well as getting my back into reading in general, as I have a mighty pile of books to wade through.

I also picked up the most recent GamesTM, something I have not done for about  four years now, and have been slowly working my way through that. Some of the articles are really interesting, covering the design of Fable 2, how sound is recorded in games and a discussion on ultra violence, among a few others. I’m now tempted to pick up the subscription as it’s pretty cheap and even gets delivered to my door, pleasing the lazy bugger within me.