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What’s coming up in my Reading List – Edition #2

Since I finished my previous list, I had to make a new one.

I have made very good progress with my last reading list and the books from my last post are all done already (all? Well, the comic still isn’t. I guess I’m not much of comic-guy) and in between I also finished, in fact just now, John Scalzi’s “The Ghost Brigades”, the second book in the “Old Man’s War” series.

Since I read and enjoyed now two books in the “Old Man’s War” series it is a given that I will continue with the next book, but over the last few weeks I already started to collect a few books, or took advantage of a few sales to get something new to read.

Long story short, here’s what I plan to read next in no particular order:

Austin Kleon once wrote in his post How To Read More that one should “have another book ready before you finish the one that you’re reading“. I guess things are fine then.

What’s next in my Reading List

The other day I finally (I’m sorry to put it this way) finished “The Night Ocean” and am now thinking what to read next and this is what I came up with.

Even though the I have managed to read more or less regularly during this year I did not read as much as I hoped to. I finished the Expanse series (okay the novellas are still waiting for me) but aside the aforementioned “The Night Ocean” by Paul La Farge not much else. Something had to happen.

The obvious solution is: a clear goal. Hence I needed a list.

Over the last few months I have every now and then downloaded a few samples or simply bookmarked some books that seemed to be interesting and now I have been running through them and looked for a possibly rather diverse list of books.

  • John Scalzi: An Old Man’s War
    I have read one of his short-stories and enjoy reading his blog, so it was an obvious choice to start with this one. Also if I like it, it is a whole series of books with which I can continue1.
  • Mark Benecke/Florian Hilleberg: Brandmal (John Sinclair series)
    Something in German for a change, pulp-horror fiction. I like this series and read some of the booklets as a kid. No literature for sure, but fun entertainment.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 – Cosmic Avengers
    Even though I am not really a comic-reader I find myself buying a few every now and then. I know, weird. Recently I bought a whole bunch of comics during an Amazon sale yet haven’t come around at all to even look at them. I guess it’s better to start catching up with them.
  • Chet Baker: The Missing Years – A memoir by Artt Frank
    I used read a lot Jazz Biographies but haven’t done so in a long time. This one seems like a good one to check out.

Probably my actual reading list will look different after I finished Old Men’s War, but let’s see.

  1. I already started to read it and am already half-way in, suffice to say I like it. 

I just read the article Thelonious Monk: Movie Music and liked it.

I just read the article Art Pepper Quartet: Nov. 1956 and liked it.

I just read the article Fuck Facebook and liked it.

‘A Plethora of Space Operas’

In A Plethora of Space Operas: Where to Start With the Work of John Scalzi

I have tons of favorite authors, but there’s something special about finding that first author in whatever your favorite genre is that can tell a story that makes you go, “I want more of this immediately.” After reading Old Man’s War, I devoured all the work by Scalzi that I could afford to buy and then started waiting for him to publish more

Even though I am still not finished with the Expanse series, I am already looking forward to read something new. I have read one novella by Scalzi which was very nice and am interested in more. In this article are some good suggestions.

The Books I Read in 2015

I remember how I realised at the end of last year how few books I have managed to read during that year. In fact I was even a little bit shocked about it. So something had to be done and I challenged myself to read at leas one book more during this year.

TL;DR I managed, even though I still don’t read as much as I would like to. I planned to read a bit every day, and mostly I succeeded with that. Even though I can read everywhere with the Kindle App getting a Kindle Paperwhite was a huge help for achieving my goal. It makes for a very nice reading experience.

Additionally I gave audiobooks a more serious try and realised that I like it a lot, as it gives me the chance to read a book while going to work or walking the dog and such. I have linked to quite a few already and most of them are available both on Spotify and Google Music.

But here now the list of books and audiobooks that I finished during this year:


  • Mary Roach: Packing for Mars
  • Aaron Mahnke: Consumed
  • Aaron Mahnke: Grave Suspicion
  • Stephen King: 11.22.69
  • Jack Finney: Time And Again
  • James Harriot: All Creatures Great And Small


  • Bram Stoker: Dracula
  • Charles Bukowski: Der Mann mit der Ledertasche
  • H.P. Lovecraft: The Shadow over Innsmouth
  • H.P.Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror & The Thing on the Doorstep
  • H.P.Lovecraft: Imprisoned with the Pharaoahs & other stories
  • H.P.Lovecraft: The Whisperer in Darkness Spotify
  • J.R.R.Tolkien: The Hobbit
  • Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
  • Dan Brown: Sakrileg (The DaVinci Code)
  • Stephen King: Nachtschicht
  • Stephen King: Nachtschicht II
  • Stephen King: Das Mädchen
  • Stephen King: The Shining

The Challenge

Naturally I will have to challenge myself again and try to, again, finish at least one more book than this year. Compared to last year I have doubled it during this year, but I don’t expect that to happen again. But hey, seven books seems manageable.

I guess I will figure out in December 2016.


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