September In Review & Last Quarter of the Year

Good Sunday morning!  You can definitely feel that the Fall weather has hit the Washington area earlier than last year!  Must mean one of two things, or perhaps both.  First, we’ve got playoff baseball…  Secondly, hockey season is almost here…..  That aside, and my day of paintballing coming up, I was taking a look back at my September reading and I found myself cheering my progress!

I took a look earlier this week at my Goodreads shelves, and saw that with 3 months to go, I’ve read 22 books, that’s nine more than last year, and around 10,500 pages!  I know most of that page total has come from reading my self-dubbed “Karl Marx Reading Challenge” which I’m so glad to say that I completed in September with my reading of Capital Volume III.

I’ve also this month made considerable progress with my reading of William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.  I want to say I have around 250 pages to complete and then I will have completed all but one of the books I set out to read this year.

That give me the perfect segue to move right into a quick preview of these final months of 2011….  Here in the next couple of weeks, I’m aiming to begin my reading of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.  My brother and sister will be joining me on this journey and I’m hoping that between the three of us, we’ll have a lively discussion.  I’ve heard so many things about Atlas Shrugged and I can’t wait to begin reading it.  The last Ayn Rand book I read was two years ago during my wife’s and I’s vacation to Paris and that was The Fountainhead and I truly enjoyed it!

I’m also looking, if I have the time, to begin reading H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, which I downloaded on my Kindle for free, and to begin George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, which I know is a large time commitment.  We’ll see if I can find the time.  I’m also working on a continuing education class to maintain my PMP credential on Lean Six Sigma, so that’s also on the radar for these last couple of months of 2011.

However, the big thing is next week with me running the Army 10 miler a week from today.  At this time next Sunday, I’ll be running in downtown Washington in what will most likely be my last race period, after running two half-marathons in the last year.  It will be nice to cap this triumvirate off with a wonderful time, and running by all the great memorials we have downtown.

What’s everyone reading this week?  I hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday and a great week!


About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

8 Responses to “September In Review & Last Quarter of the Year”

  1. I’m reading The Scarlet Letter this week — and I too am itching to read The War of the Worlds. It’s waiting on my shelf. 🙂

    • I read The Scarlet Letter in high school, and I’ll have to admit, I didn’t really care for it. As a matter of fact, it turned me off Hawthorne period. Maybe I should try another go at reading it and see if my impression has changed. I’m so definitely looking forward to reading The War of the Worlds

  2. I really need to delve into some of my chunksters. I’ve been avoiding them, but why? I didn’t used to avoid them, but since blogging, I have this strange idea that I need to read a LOT of books. This is not me.

    Next year, I vow to pay more attention to what appeals to me and focus less on numbers; I must accept fewer review books; and I must savor my books.

    As for today, I plan to start reading Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, which is a relatively short book. I’m reading it on my Kindle.


    • After this year, which will most likely be dubbed “Year of the Tomes,” I’m looking forward to getting to much lighter fare.

      I’ve never really seriously counted the number of books until I started getting involved with Goodreads. I just try to enjoy the reading that I do, no matter how many books I get to. 🙂 I hope you enjoy To the Lighthouse Thanks for dropping by!

  3. I’m starting my reading this week with Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs. After that, I have a self-published novel called There Goes The Galaxy by blogger Jenn Thorson, who is a friend of mine.

    I’ll be honest, I had no idea what you were talking about with Lean Six Sigma and had to Google it. I’m still confused on what is PMP. I’ve heard of PMS, of course, but not PMP :P.

    • I’ve still been meaning to get to the books by Kathy Reichs. So much to read, not enough time to do so! Lean Six Sigma deals with quality control. Not a real big fan of it, but it allows me to maintain my PMP which is the project manager professional certificate. Something I need for my job. There were days where when I was preparing for the exam that I would’ve much rather had a case of PMS… 😀

  4. I’m about halfway through Atlas Shrugged myself, and it’s taking forever, so be warned! It’s SO good though. I’d love to hear what you and your siblings discuss!

    P.S. Thanks to Jillian for pointing me here 🙂

    • Thanks for dropping by! I’m hoping that we’re going to begin our discussion this upcoming week. Big thanks to Jillian for pointing you in my direction!

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