The Other Side Of The World

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JANUARY 2018 – Highlight of the month was the world travels of… no, not me, haha… but ‘The Tao of Tula and Oslo’! One of my friends, you know who you are (haha), brought it with them to Indonesia(!!!). So in-between her travels, volunteering, and walks around the island she and her fellow travelers read it. When I sit down and write these stories, it is hard to imagine the places that they’ll go or when and where they’ll be read. Had no idea that it would travel around the globe, and I’m always thrilled to hear that people are enjoying something I dreamed up and put down on paper. Thank you very much, this was such a boost, really has me fired up to start writing again! My third book is going to be very surprising I think, will leave it there for now! But this absolutely wonderful, looks like it was an incredible trip, and thank you for the photo, I dig it!

'Tula And Oslo' in Indonesia!

Decided to switch things up for my reading goals this year. Versus trying to hit some illusory target number of books as I did last year, I’d like to read a handful of massive, door-stopper fiction, tomes! Before I started that, I finished reading ‘Star Wars: Heir to the Empire’, which I had started around Christmas Time. It is the first in the Thrawn Trilogy of books that take place right after the original Trilogy and the events of ‘The Return of the Jedi’ and are written by Timothy Zahn. I wanted to go back to these stories after seeing the baffling poor and incredibly disappointing recent Star Wars film in the theatre. These books are the true successor to George Lucas’ Star Wars universe in my opinion and fantastic reads, highly recommended!

But returning to the 2018 goal at hand! The first massive work of fiction I’m going to read is ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand, I’ve read the rest of her books, but haven’t tackled the 1100+ pages of what many consider her masterpiece. These are books that give your mind so much to contemplate and consider and are as relevant today as ever. Have a couple other books in mind to continue this ‘epic’ year of reading ahead. What are some of the longest (and best) books that you’ve ever read? Getting lost in the rich descriptive language, strong character development, and syllabus busting word counts. And yes, there is a very good chance that one of Charles Dickens’ books makes it on to this reading list, a very good chance.

Been puttering with the layout of the website and making tweaks here and there to fine-tune it. Mainly trying to improve the presentation and mobile friendliness of the site. More expansive changes will be coming next month, so check back for that!

Thanks for stopping by, happy reading and adventuring all!

– CS

 

2 Responses

  1. With my schedule I find it hard to tackle some of the massive tomes, but Infinite Jest has been on my reading list for years! Hope you find time to tackle it this year (and then tell me the best way to approach it!). The longest novels I have managed to fit in my schedule the past few years have been Anna Karenina and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, although I did read some massive biographies many moons ago.

    • Hi Alicia!

      Was just reading about ‘Infinite Jest’, that absolutely qualifies as a massive tome, at over 1,000 pages! Ahhh, ‘Anna Karenina’, I’ve made multiple attempts at that one and it is currently wounded halfway through on my bookshelf. For my current read, I’m about a 1/3 of the way through ‘Atlas Shrugged’, really love it thus far, should be able to finish it in a month or so probably. Depends on how many more snow days are ahead, haha.

      Thanks for the comment, happy reading!!
      – CS

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