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About meI am an avid reader, but I am also a slow reader. I have been told by others that I have a high recall rate on the books I read, but it comes at a cost. I can bring myself to skim and I will often go back and reread a tricky section if it was confusing. The advent of fatherhood has had the expected effect of reducing this personal vice. I simply don't have time to read uninterrupted. What books I do manage to digest have just as much chance of being a children's book as they do being an adult book.

Another year has passed, and as such, it is time to start a new list to keep track of the books i will be reading in 2017. 2016 was less than average with only 30 titles. A few years ago that would have been disappointing to me, but parenthood has lowered expectations for all matters relating to free time. On the plus side, I spend a lot of reading time plowing through children's board books with the kiddos. Anything I can do that even has a chance of increasing their chances of loving books is a worthy sacrifice in my mind. As always, I hope to get a few more actual books under my belt this year, but who knows what will happen. Below is my reading log for 2017:

1. Braving It by James Campbell
2. The Three Elders of Aran by Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosinski
3. Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
4. Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
5. Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz
6. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
7. Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler
8. The City of a Thousand Planets by Christin and Mezierez
9. Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
10. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
11. The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian - by Robert E. Howard
12. The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson

About my libraryI built some more shelves for our reading nook this past summer. I plan on building more as the year progresses. Each of the kids have a selection of age appropriate titles in their respective rooms. The living room shelves are full of classic and modern literature. There are a couple shelves for the art books and I need to figure out a solution for the ever expanding graphic novel section. The master bedroom reading nook is dedicated mainly to history and other related non fiction like travel writing. One wall is solely dedicated to genre fiction though and it is the one I turn to most frequently in times of need. Philosophy has migrated to the office shelf, where they are often loaned out to curious college students.

Below is the Rating System that I have adopted:
★★★★★ PERFECT - All-time favorite
★★★★.5 EXCELLENT - Very enjoyable/Highly recommended.
★★★★ VERY GOOD - An author to watch
★★★.5 GOOD - Will look for more by same author
★★★ ENJOYABLE - But nothing special
★★.5 OKAY - Mildly enjoyable but forgettable
★★ POOR - Dull plot or interesting idea wasted
★.5 VERY POOR - Difficult to finish
★ TERRIBLE - Could not finish
0.5 TRASH - Should never have been published

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 50 Book Challenge, Dishonorable Society Of Lazy Scholars And Leisurely Gentlemen, Edition Erudition, Folio Society devotees, New Lifetime Reading Plan

Favorite authorsSimon Armitage, Michael Chabon, Bernard Cornwell, Jared Diamond, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Ernest Hemingway, Hesiod, Homer, Lucretius, Magnus Magnusson, George R. R. Martin, Cormac McCarthy, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Mervyn Peake, Neal Stephenson, S. M. Stirling, J. R. R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresDark Horse Books, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Left Bank Books, Magus Books (Seattle), Michael's Books, Old Inlet Bookshop, Port Book & News, Powell's City of Books (Portland), The Homer Bookstore, Title Wave Books - Midtown Store, Twice Sold Tales (University District), Village Books

Favorite librariesAnchorage Public Library - Z. J. Loussac Public Library, University of Washington - Suzzallo Library, Western Washington University Libraries


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Real nameBenjamin Hahn

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