It is with a heavy heart, that I have to inform you that I’ve stepped away from Inveterate Media Junkies. This that frequent the site most likely noticed I subtly said goodbye on my last Capsule Review a few weeks ago. In fact, the reasons that I’ve stepped down are the same that have kept me from posting this sooner.
Last semester, when I was doing my work for MFA program, weekly Fall TV premiere reviews, and weekly comic reviews, I realized that amount time needed and the amount of time in a day never evened out. Somehow, I pulled through. It also helped that the television networks seemed to all shorten there premiere schedules so it really only ended up being a hectic two weeks that wasn’t near a school deadline. But it was enough that I realized that I needed to get a handle on my if I was going to do this again.
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While this is a post about a reading challenge, it is also the start of a challenge to write one blog post–besides Capsule Review and Screen Burn announcement–a week. I got side tracked with all my work for both InveterateMediaJunkies.com and for school. Time to get back on track.
I am not a fast reader. I tend to analyze every element of a story as I read, which makes a book most people can read in hours or days take me at least a week. That coupled with a horrible book addiction and I don’t have a “To Be Read” pile, I have a “To Be Read” mountain. And my bookshelves haven’t seen empty spaces in a while. To combat this, I’m going to try to read a book a week. Below is the preliminary list for 2013.
- Hell House – Richard Matheson*
- The Shining – Stephen King*
- Ghost Story – Peter Straub*
- The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson*
- The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold*
- A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens*
- Grave’s End – Elaine Mercado*
- The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson*
- Bad Monkeys – Matt Ruff
- Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States – Pete Jordan
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
- Damned – Chuck Palahniuk
- Rant – same
- Haunted – same
- Lullaby – same
- Choke – same
- Invisible Monsters – same
- Dairy – same
- Downtown Owl – Chuck Klosterman
- The Resurrectionists – Jack O’Connelly
- Feed – Mira Grant
- John Dies At The End – David Wong
- Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
- Grailblazers – Tom Holt
- Strange Flesh – Michael Olson
- Leviathan Wakes – James S. A. Corey
- City of Bone – Cassandra Clarke
- Vox – Nicholson Baker
- American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
- The Garden of Beasts – Eric Larson
- A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
- Shotgun Sorceress – Lucy Snyder
- Switchblade Goddess - same
- Tempest Rising – Nicole Peeler
- Tracking the Tempest - same
- Sacré Bleu – Christopher Moore
- Lamb – same
- Practical Demon-Keeping – same
- Gil’s All Fright Diner – A. Lee Martinez
- Monster - same
- The Nymphos of Rocky Flats – Mario Acevedo
- The Atrocity Archives – Charles Stross
- Secret Talents – Olga Tegora
- The Rum Diaries – Hunter S. Thompson
- Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy – John le Carré
- Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
- The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
- The Menstruating Mall – Carlton Mellick III
- Deity – Vic Mudd
- The Psycho Ex Game – Merrill Maroke and Andy Prieboy
- Fat White Vampire Blues – Andrew Fox
Some of this will change since I will have three classes in the fall and I don’t know what I’ll be reading. The ones for my upcoming Reading in Genres class–marked (*)–are the only permanent ones. I had planned to use this year to go through Chuck Palahniuk’s books, so those will be the last to get axed. But A Memory of Light is coming out on the 8th, so I may get the urge to try to re-read the whole Wheel of Time series. I’ve also been thinking about going through all my Ramsey Campbell books too. So, we will see how this list evolves over the years.
So what about you all? Do you have any reading challenges or certain books that you getting ready for in 2013?
Update: This isn’t the only thing I’m doing this year. Check out the other plans I have for 2013 on my Facebook Page.
IMJ Capsule Reviews™ – All New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 10.17.12!.
- I review It and the Atomics #3 and Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Hard Targets #1
- Jose reviews Marvel Point One #1 and Justice League #13
- Tom reviews Marvel Zombies Halloween and Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness #1
- Ian reviews Catwoman #13, Venom #26, Ex Sanguine #1, and Legion of Super-Heroes #13
IMJ Capsule Reviews™ – All New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 10.10.12!.
If anyone thinks I have been too easy on comics since the start of IMJ Capsule Reviews, you will enjoy this weeks batch.
- I rip into Batgirl #13, Uncanny Avenger #1, and the kick off issues of the Rotworld event: Animal Man #13, Swamp Thing #13, and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #13.
- Tom Devine takes on MacGuyver #1 and Team 7 #1.
- Ian MacMillan reviews Marvel Universe vs. The Avengers #1, Scarlet Spider #10, Wolverine #314, and Deathstroke #13.
- Jose Melendez dives in Red She-Hulk #58 and Halloween Eve.
Come on by, check out the reviews, join the discussion, tells what you did or didn’t like this week that we didn’t cover.
IMJ Capsule Reviews™ – All New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 9.19.12!.
A little late, I know. But still come down and check out our reviews for the comics of September 19th
- I take on Ghost #0, Sword of Sorcery #0, and Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #5.
- Tom Devine takes on Peter Panzerfaust #6 and Fables #121
- Jose Melendez takes on Wonder Woman #0, and Batwoman #0
- Ian MacMillan takes on Supergirl #0, Justice League #0, and Spike #1 & 2