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  1. It depends on why you would want to read it. Personally I have a history degree and am very interested in history including reading the classics even though the information in them are now outdated. So naturally I read the unabridged version. If you're just reading Gibbon as a general reader then I say abridged. If you're a history nut like I might be called then I recommend the unabridged. I actually read this book a few years before I finally got Gibbon, so I could see the definite bias of Gibbon and centuries of further research as shown by Norwich when comparing the two.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Alright, I started the second half of the year by finishing The Stuart Age by Barry Coward. This was an overview of England from 1603-1714 and I thought it was really good. I personally wished it would have had more military happens for the English Civil War and maybe the continental wars but given it was an overview I realize there are more specialized books that can offer that. I'll be starting James Joyce's Ulysses tomorrow, so both excited and dreading it as I have no idea what I'm in for. On Sunday I began reading Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson as my next "home" read, since this focuses on Lift who will probably show up in Oathbringer (that I'll be reading this fall once it comes out in mass market paperback) I wanted to get this read well before then. I'm roughly 70% of the way through already. Before I posted here I posted on the June thread because I couldn't make it over there this past Saturday to finish off the month. Since the book I finished on Saturday still happened in June, I feel no guilty in making a post in July on a June thread about a book I finished at the end of June. But to each their own. I quoted you in my above referenced post on the June thread. After Ulysses, I'll be reading Good Omens. This'll be my 42nd Pratchett book (all of Discworld) and my second Gaiman book (American Gods), so I'm interested to see how the two work together. Thanks for the snippet review.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    This will be a short recap about how I ended June before going to the July. I finished Myths of Adventim on the 30th, this was a weekend home read that took most of the month. It was alright, but it was focused on education which the front cover and back cover only implied was among the topics to be discussed not "the" topic. And that was June. I'm going to be reading that sometime in July myself.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    Last Tuesday I finished Zecharia Sitchin's Genesis Revisited, he was very precise about explaining how "recent" (1990) scientific discoveries supported his ancient astronaut theory. A nice companion piece to his series and a nice little diversion read. Last Wednesday I finished Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas, a former NASA astronaut who wrote about his second space shuttle flight as well an autobiography. I bought the book after hearing him speak at a local college on "Pi Day" (March 14) before he headed to where I went to high school, glad I bought book. On Thursday I started reading The Stuart Age: England 1603-1714 by Barry Coward, been interested in this period of history for a while and finally getting to know it better.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    On Friday I finished Typee by Herman Melville and thought it was alright. It's not something I would reread, but it was a better reading experience than Moby Dick. Then I read The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett to complete my read through of Discworld. Though it was emotional to say goodbye, I enjoyed the story and thought it was the perfect wrap up of the series even though Terry wanted to continue writing it. I've started Genesis Revisited by Zecharia Sitchin, this is a companion volume written 14 years after the first book of his ancient astronaut theory series began and he's denoting how recent (1976-90 time frame) scientific discoveries show that his interpretation of Sumerian accounts of the beginning of the Solar System are correct. Luckily Sitchin does not repeat what he wrote in The 12th Planet, which was my biggest fear when I began reading this.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    I started off June by finishing two books that I started in May, but at different times. The first was Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight, which was the third and last book of mini-histories about the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. That was Saturday, on Sunday I finished Augustine of Hippo's City of God which is one of the foundation texts of medieval Christianity and Western European medieval philosophy. Part I (Books 1-10) is the better section of the overall work as I was forced to skim the majority of Part II (Books 11-22) because I kept arguing with Augustine's theological points which slowed down my reading and frankly once I hit the point I was going to finish the book ASAP. Anyways, my current primary read is Herman Melville's Typee, a friend of mine recommended this book after learning that I didn't like Moby Dick and wasn't interesting in other Melville title. To be fair I didn't dislike it, but the infodumps of 19th-century whaling at numerous places throughout the book which have nothing to do with the plot is just plain annoying. However, I'm digressing as Typee is semi-autobiographical of Melville's time on Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. I'm roughly 70 pages from the end and while I'm not "OMG this is 5 stars" impressed, I'm not feeling frustrated like I did with MB though to be fair it's two different genres but then again MB was a story interrupted by material not connected to the story...okay I'm going to stop before I continue my ranting.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I'm still making my way through City of God by St. Augustine, currently 77% through the whole book. However that has been my primary read, but I've been reading several books at home. Foremost has been the rest of Sam Campbell's Living Forest series as I read Beloved Rascals, Sweet Sue's Adventures, and Calamity Jane over two weekends in the middle of the month. The latter two books were a completely different format than the other 10 books Campbell wrote, but no complaints about them. The only other book I finished over the course of the rest of this month as by Tacitus, Agricola and Germany, a book that contains his first two written works that happens to be the only works of his that survived completely. Overall 7 books completed over the course of the month, see earlier posts in this thread to know the other three.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I finished Raising Steam on Friday and it was alright mainly because the humor was lacking. My next read was Acts of War by Jeff Rovin, which is the fourth book in Tom Clancy's Op-Center series from the 90s through the early 00s. Once again a pretty good idea the book is based on, but badly executed. The stuff you don't notice when your in high school when you first read the book. I completed Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson yesterday, I was basically a chapter a day for almost a month at home. Just like another book by Lawson, it was a hilarious read. I'll be starting City of God by St. Augustine tomorrow.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I started Raising Steam on Sunday as part of my read through of Discworld, so far it's alright, and I'll have it finished by Friday.
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    April 2018 Reads

    I forgot to update my reading for April, so here's a quick recap of how I ended the month. Finished The Martian by Andy Weir on the 20th, I really loved the book. On the 28th I finished Fiddlesticks and Freckles by Sam Campbell, which is the ninth book of his Living Forest series.
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    April 2018 Reads

    I finished William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight on Monday, it was really thorough and very enlightening. Also on Monday I started The Martian by Andy Weir, I'm really into the book and even though I know how it ends (I didn't see the movie but it's really easy to guess how it will) that doesn't diminish how much I'm enjoying the read so far. This past Saturday I finished Loony Coon by Sam Campbell, which is the eighth book of his Living Forest series. I'll be starting the ninth, Fiddlesticks and Freckles this coming Friday as my weekend read for the next two weeks. And today I started Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) as my home read, which is I'll read at least 10 pages a day but at home only. I read Lawson's second book Furiously Happy several years ago and enjoyed it so much I had to get her first. My current home read of Walt Whitman is non-existent and I need to have a home read that I'm actually progression on, so I decided to just start the next book on my home list. Whitman is my last book of poetry, which isn't mythological in nature, and whenever I do finish it (probably 2020 at the rate I'm going) it'll be my last.
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    April 2018 Reads

    I finished The Lost Realms by Zecharia Sitchin yesterday, this was a reread and once again my memories of what I read 18 years ago were badly incorrect. That doesn't mean I didn't like the book, it's just okay and that was it. I've started reading William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight. This is a religious read about Christian theology and evangelism in the U.S. in the early 1840s.
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    April 2018 Reads

    I finished Snuff yesterday and I thought it was good, especially with the point-of-view virtually all from Vimes. It was better than Thud! and thus a good book to end the Watch series of Discworld books. I started rereading The Lost Realms by Zecharia Sitchin, the fourth book of his Earth Chronicles series on his ancient astronaut theory. Today I started my next weekend read of Sam Campbell's Living Forest series, Loony Coon, the eighth book of the series.
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    March 2018 reads: share your latest books read

    *Attempted to post yesterday, but didn't go through* Finished Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov on Thursday and it was a good as the first book of the original trilogy, especially as the "meh" of Foundation and Empire. I finished The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake by Sam Campbell, the seventh book of his Living Forest series, and found it as enjoyable as the first six. I started Snuff by Terry Pratchett as part of my read through of Discworld, somewhat sad that this is the last Vimes book and I have only two more in the series after this book.
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    March 2018 reads: share your latest books read

    I finished The Wonder That Was India by A.L. Basham, while it was very informative (though some of it outdated) there was some sections that were somewhat of a slog to read which accounts for the two weeks it took me to get through the 518 pages of text. Last weekend I finished Sam Campbell's Moose Country, the sixth book of his Living Forest nature series. This past weekend I started the seventh book, The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake. On Friday I finished Rise of the West by W.H. McNeill which I started on January 1. This was a nearly 900 page book I read at home, at least 10 pages a day. This book was published almost a decade after Basham's book above, but it was never a slog to read. Tomorrow I'm starting Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov. I have to agree with you that it was the weakest, but after enjoying the first two book so much this was just "okay" to me personally.
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