Friday, January 20, 2012

1,000,000 pages in a lifetime (2012)

Lifetime total: 15,892 out of 1,000,000
Total for year:7,851

1. Operation Overlord by Jack Patterson (82 pages)
2. Forget the Past: Book One of Fear of the Past Trilogy by Claude Nougat (200 pages)
3. The Sea is Not Black and Other Stories by J. V. Love (81 pages)
4. Shortcake by Christopher Gorham Calvin (401 pages)
5. Soul Seeker - A Novel of Lasniniar by Jacquelyn Smith (435 pages)
6. They Call Me Sister by Deborah Plummer Bussey (298 pages)
7. Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 1 (Gunslinger Girl Vol. 1-3) by Yu Aide (576 pages)
8. Ill Wind (Weather Wardens 1) by Rachel Caine (210 pages)
9. The Story of Grace by Jessica Brooke (6 pages)
10. In the Mirror: A Short Story by Robin Lythgoe (22 pages)
11. Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake by Laurell K. Hamilton (33 pages)
12. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James (382 pages)
13. Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by E. L. James (357 pages)
14. Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E. L. James (423 pages)
15. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass (336 pages)
16. Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton (367 pages)
17. A Brewing Storm (Derrick Storm #1) by Richard Castle (84 pages)
18. National Geographic - July 2012 Issue (215 pages)
19. Chop Suey - A Darby Stansfield Thriller by Ty Hutchinson (370 pages)
20. Dark War (Matt Richter #3) by Tim Waggoner (394 pages)
21. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness (594 pages)
22. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness (591 pages)
23. Animal Farm by George Orwell (67 pages)
24. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins (213 pages)
25. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins (219 pages)
26. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins (228 pages)
27. The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O'Brien (346 pages)
28. Discretion by Allison Leotta (321 pages)

Operation Overlord by Jack Patterson



The story follows Pat, an 18 year-old high school dropout, as he volunteers for the draft during World War II. As a member of the 1st howitzer gun crew of A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division follow Pat as he goes from Normandy just six days after D-day through France, into Germany, and eventually Czechoslovakia. As the story unfolds Pat faces the difficulties of war including but not limited to: the fear of battle, going days without sleep, constant relocation and emplacement, and watching as friends become casualties of war. Shortly after the end of the war Pat finds himself discharged from the military, however those experiences stay with him throughout his life. In fact, forty-nine years later he finds himself back in Europe retracing his journey and recounting those events.

I found it easy to visualize the events taking place, thanks to the author’s excellent use of description. The characters were well written, and I found myself invested in their well-being. Dialogue between characters offered some much needed comic relief in the midst of some tense, dramatic scenes.

Although the story moved forward at a decent pace there were just a few places where it seemed a bit slower than necessary.

Overall, a compelling read that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest or curiosity in the events of war.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

35 books in 2012

Books read: 27 out of 35

1. Operation Overlord by Jack Patterson
2. Forget the Past: Book One of Fear of the Past Trilogy by Claude Nougat
3. The Sea is Not Black and Other Stories by J. V. Love
4. Shortcake by Christopher Gorham Calvin
5. Soul Seeker - A Novel of Lasniniar by Jacquelyn Smith
6. They Call Me Sister by Deborah Plummer Bussey
7. Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 1 (Gunslinger Girl Vol. 1-3) by Yu Aide
8. Ill Wind (Weather Wardens 1) by Rachel Caine
9. The Story of Grace by Jessica Brooke
10. In the Mirror: A Short Story by Robin Lythgoe
11. Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake by Laurell K. Hamilton
12. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James
13. Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by E. L. James
14. Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E. L. James
15. The Selection (Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
16. Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton
17. A Brewing Storm (Derrick Storm #1) Richard Castle
18. National Geographic - July 2012 Issue
19. Chop Suey - A Darby Stansfield Thriller by Ty Hutchinson
20. Dark War (Matt Richter #3) by Tim Waggoner
21. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
22. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness
23. Animal Farm by George Orwell
24. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
25. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
26. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
27. The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O'Brien