Summer Vacation and Reading

As I suspected (and feared), summer has arrived and I find there is very little time for reading books, even though I am on vacation. That vacation has been filled with projects and a couple of trips, and it hasn’t helped that I’m really struggling with Steven Erikson’s House of Chains, at least the first part of the story as it pertains to a new character, Karsa Orlong. This side jaunt takes up the first 200 pages of the book, so it is a real grind. I return to work in a week and a half, and perhaps by then I will have moved on to some familiar characters and settings. It’s still going to be awhile before a review of this book is forthcoming, but my reading numbers should pick up when I return to work.

This downtime has also impacted my reading goals for the year. In a previous post I aimed for a target of 12,000 pages read, and currently I’m sitting at 8599 (not counting what I’ve read so far in House of Chains), which is 71.7% complete as I pass the halfway point of the year. If I can finish House of Chains, that would put me at 9452, which bumps me up to 78.8% and means I only need 2548 – about 6 or 7 more books to make my goal. Seems doable…

2 thoughts on “Summer Vacation and Reading

    1. I don’t know if enjoyed is the right word. I waver between confused, captivated, bored, riveted, and exhausted. I think the hardest part for me is that many of the elder races have similar names, and I really don’t get how warrens, ascension, deadhouses, and gods all work. And as if there weren’t enough characters, some having multiple names adds to the confusion. But there’s no denying the ambitious scope and history make it the most epic saga ever written. The soldiers have an authentic feel and the battle descriptions pull no punches. I guess you could say it’s worth reading, and getting through each book gives me a feeling of accomplishment and a well-deserved pat on the back. So far the story in House of Chains feels a bit lighter in tone than its predecessors.

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