2018: the year in books – a new record!

Back in 2009 I started posting a summary at the end of the year of what I read during the year (see my posts from 2009201020112012201320142015, 2016, 2017) and people have been enjoying it, so here I present the 2018 end-of-year post. I set a moderate goal of 50 books this year but obliterated that and broke my 2009 record of 100 books by reading 101. It was a really enjoyable reading year as I finally read a large number of classic fiction books that have been on my list for many years. Next year I’m setting myself a goal of reading 50 books again as I have a lot of lengthy biographies and other history books I want to tackle.

For the record, I mostly read ‘real’ books – i.e. not in electronic form – I really don’t like reading off a screen. Yes, I’ve seen electronic readers – we both have iPads – but I don’t like reading electronically. Having said that, I did read about 40 books electronically this year out of necessity (insurmountable luggage weight and volume restrictions on two of our trips). I also don’t ‘speed read’ – I read quickly and make lots of time for reading.

Why do I track metrics? Because I like doing it, and being able to compare against previous years. Some people don’t understand the logic in that – each to their own :-)

Last night I looked through the list of books I’d read to pick my top ones, and although I couldn’t pick a single title as the top one, there was really no contest for my favorite two books of the year: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I’ve read LOTR 4 times now and I don’t know how many times I’ve read the Hitch-Hikers series. If you’ve never read them, I strongly recommend you give them a try. You can read my review of them in the top-10 list below.

Now the details. I enjoy putting this together as it will also serve as a record for me many years from now. I hope you get inspired to try some of these books – push yourself with new authors and very often you’ll be surprisingly pleased. Don’t forget to check out the previous year’s blog posts for more inspiration too.

As usual I leave you with a quote that describes a big part of my psychological make-up:

In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro!

Analysis of What I Read

I read 27,480 pages, which is an average of 75.29 pages a day. The chart below shows the number of pages (y-axis) in each book I read (x-axis).

The average book length was 272 pages, which is a lot shorter than previous years and that’s because I read a lot of classics on my iPad while on trips. The obvious outlier in the chart is The Lord of the Rings.

I read a lot more fiction than in previous years.

The Top 10

I read a lot of excellent books this year and once again I couldn’t whittle it down to a top-10, so here is my top 12. If you don’t read much, at least consider looking at some of these in 2019. It’s impossible to put them into a priority order so I’ve listed them in the order I read them, along with the short Facebook review I wrote at the time.

 #4; The Remains of the Day; Kazuo Ishiguro; 256pp; Fiction; January 15; (Wow – what a wonderful book! I picked this up as Ishiguro won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, and this particular book of his won the Booker Prize in 1989. The book is a series of reminiscences by Mr Stevens, the perfect butler, of his time working for Lord Darlington between the two World Wars as he takes a week-long trip into the English countryside in the late 1950s. There are really three stories – Stevens himself and his misguided, blinkered trust in his master, Lord Darlington’s involvement in machinations with Germany, and Stevens’ relationship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. It’s beautifully written, and Ishiguro captures the essence of the anachronistic, stiff-upper lip butler to perfection. *Highly* recommended. I have no doubt this will be in my top-10 for 2018.)

 #11; The Old Man And the Sea; Ernest Hemingway; 128pp; Fiction; February 4; (This is the first Hemingway book I’ve ever read, and I really enjoyed it. It’s about the truly epic struggle between a currently unlucky, 80+ year old Cuban fisherman and an enormous marlin he hooks way out in the sea. Hemingway’s writing is excellent and I found it compelling and evocative. Highly recommended!)

 #31; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams; 160pp; Science Fiction; February 26; (I haven’t read the Hitch Hiker series since 1999, so thought it about time for a reread. The Earth is blown up to make way for a hyperspace bypass, but 5 minutes before the culmination of the computer program it was running, for the mice who owned the planet… Everyone should read these – wonderful stuff! 42!)

 #33; Foundation; Isaac Asimov; 320pp; Science Fiction; February 28; (Can’t believe I haven’t read the Foundation series until now! This is Asimov’s classic story of the Foundation; ostensibly created to preserve mankind’s knowledge once the Empire collapses, but actually the seed of the next Galactic Empire and the brainchild of Hari Seldon who can see the future through mathematically extrapolating from the present. Well written and gripping – highly recommended for sci-fi fans!)

 #34; Dune; Frank Herbert; 544pp; Science Fiction; March 1; (I also can’t believe I haven’t read the Dune series until now, as I love the movie. The first book sees House Atreides take over the desert planet Arrakis from House Harkonnen and then lose it amidst treachery and murder. Paul Atreides then becomes the leader of the native Fremen people and becomes the legend they’ve been waiting for, plus all the drama with the giant sand worms and the spice. Well written and gripping – highly recommended for sci-fi fans!)

 #45; The Handmaid’s Tale; Margaret Atwood; 325pp; Fiction; April 2; (Quite a disturbing book about the Republic of Gilead (in what was the USA) where most women are subjugated, men and women are strenuously segregated, and women are not permitted to read. The focus of the book is the Handmaid Offred (Belonging to Fred), whose job is to have monthly, clinical sex with the man whose house she belongs to so that him and his (barren) wife can have a child, although she can remember how society was before. It is a time of dangerously low birth rates due to widespread anti-fertility disease and pollution, and the Gileadean society was the result of a revolution in US. Very well written and interesting to read. Highly recommended.)

 #50; Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence; James R. Clapper; 432pp; Nonfiction; July 7; (Clapper was the Director of National Intelligence from 2010 to 2017, and is a retired Air Force lieutenant-general who spent his entire career in intelligence. The book is excellent. The first 100 or so pages details Clapper’s military career and then it gets into his experiences with and views on a variety of well-known episodes such as Benghazi, Snowden, and the Abbottabad raid that took out Osama bin Laden. The final 100 pages are about the 2016 election, and specifically the Russian interference in the election. Clapper’s views are balanced, professional, and very insightful, as one would expect from someone who was an integral part of (and eventual leader of) the U.S. intelligence community for 55 years, and he writes with a sense of humor too. He holds some of the media, some of Congress, and the current president in disdain for their willful disregard of facts, promulgation of falsehoods, and unwillingness to understand the capabilities and limitations of intelligence gathering and analysis, and considers a variety of moral and ethical questions on facets of intelligence. I found the book hugely interesting and it was obvious that Clapper wanted to write the straight up, unpartisan, and unembellished truth of what the intelligence services did and knew about all these topics, including mistakes that he and they made. Highly recommended! PS In the past when I’ve read and reviewed a book that some people disagree with, I’ve been accused of pushing a political agenda. I find that accusation highly distasteful. I read what I read because I’m interested in a wide variety of subjects and viewpoints, and I present reviews here of everything I read.)

 #65; Things Fall Apart; Chinua Achebe; 209pp; Fiction; July 26; (Excellent book! It follows the life of a clansman from the lower Niger river area in the early to mid-1800s. The first part of the book illustrates how the clan hangs together, its customers and rituals and deities. Then in the second part white men come as missionaries and then as oppressors, which gradually breaks the clan system apart and destroys the old way of life. Which is exactly what happened for much of Africa under colonial rule. Highly recommended!)

 #75; Dracula; Bram Stoker; 336pp; Fiction; August 8; (Excellent book! I love the Francis Ford Coppola movie (and I know many don’t) so I know the story well, but I’ve never read the original book until now. The classic vampire story is quite a page-turner, and written from the perspective of several of the protagonists through the medium of their diaries. Having the movie in my head helped me visualize a lot of the scenes from the book and I’m happy to say that although Coppola and the screenwriter(s) used a lot of artistic license, they did a good job of staying faithful to the story. Highly recommended for any fans of Gothic horror, and anyone who hasn’t read it.)

 #83; The Secret History; Donna Tartt; 576pp; Fiction; September 7; (What an excellent book! It’s about a small group of students at an elite New England college who learn ancient Greek under the tutelage of an eccentric professor. They’re very close-knit and descend into moral bankruptcy when they commit a ritual murder. From that point on the group gradually fractures and they all become psychologically disturbed, with shocking results (without giving away too much). It’s extremely well-written and very engaging – I literally couldn’t put it down during the second half. Highly recommended!)

 #90; The Lord of the Rings; J.R.R. Tolkien; 1184pp; Fantasy Fiction; November 13 (The link is the paperback edition, but I have a magnificent leather-bound edition that cost quite lot as this is one of my favorite books. Unless you were living in a cave in 2001-2003, you can’t have missed at least hearing about the three Lord of the Rings movies that dominated the cinema in each of those years, with the final one (The Return of the King) being one of only three movies ever to win 11 Academy Awards (alongside Titanic, and the 1959 Ben-Hur). I first read TLOTR when I was 11, read it again in college, and then again in 2000 while on parental leave from Microsoft after my first daughter was born, making this my fourth reading. After 18 years, I’d forgotten how rich the storytelling is, and how many things were left out of the movies. The story is very complicated, but can be boiled down to: an evil ring must be taken into the heart of the most dangerous place (Mordor) in the land (Middle Earth) so it can be destroyed, and the task falls to a hobbit, about the most unlikely of all the good races in Middle Earth (men, dwarves, elves, hobbits, and so on). All kinds of side stories happen, leading up to the final battles. You don’t *have* to read The Hobbit first, but it certainly helps. This is an absolutely wonderful book, and I can’t recommend it enough! And the movies are just stunning, especially in their longest Director’s Cut editions – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched them.)

 #96; The Restless Wave: Good Times; Just Causes; Great Fights; and Other Appreciations; John McCain; 416pp; Nonfiction; December 16; (As I mentioned in my post here after he passed away, McCain was a true American patriot, a many-times decorated war hero, served our country for 60 years, and was also the son and grandson of 4-star U.S. Navy admirals. I bought this book the day before his death, as I wanted to read what he had to say about his political life in what was probably his final opportunity. It’s a very well-written (in part no doubt due to his partnership with his long-time friend, speech writer, and ghost writer Mark Salter) and frank memoir. Given his vociferous opposition to Trump, I was expecting an excoriating attack but when he did criticize, it was subtle and classy. He actually had about as much criticism for Obama (around foreign policy weakness and mistakes) and Bush (on the war in Iraq). McCain’s outright vitriol was all directed at Vladimir Putin, who he calls an “evil man”. No matter whether you agreed with McCain’s politics or not, I think his book is worth reading, especially as a plea for America to champion human rights and democracy across the world, and for an end to the gridlocked U.S. political system. I *highly* recommend it. The Amazon precis says everything I would, so here it is: “Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Always the fighter, McCain attacks the “spurious nationalism” and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump’s statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency.”)

The Complete List

And the complete list, with links to Amazon so you can explore further. One thing to bear in mind, the dates I finished reading the book don’t mean that I started, for instance, book #2 after finishing book #1. I usually have anywhere from 10-15 books on the go at any one time so I can dip into whatever my mood is for that day. Some books I read start to finish without picking up another one and some books take me over a year. Lots of long airplane flights and boat trips help too!

  1. Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself; Garrett M. Graff; 560pp; Nonfiction; January 1
  2. Prince of Fire; Daniel Silva; 432pp; Fiction; January 12
  3. Haynes: Nuclear Weapons: 1945 Onwards (Strategic and Tactical Delivery Systems); David Baker; 192pp; Nonfiction; January 14
  4. The Remains of the Day; Kazuo Ishiguro; 256pp; Fiction; January 15
  5. Safe from the Sea; Peter Geye; 256pp; Fiction; January 19
  6. Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans; Admiral James Stavridis; 384pp; Nonfiction; January 23
  7. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI; David Grann; 338pp; History; January 26
  8. The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius; a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers; and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History; David Enrich; 528pp; Nonfiction; January 31
  9. Galapagos; Kurt Vonnegut; 336pp; Fiction; February 3
  10. Anthem; Ayn Rand; 112pp; Fiction; February 4
  11. The Old Man And the Sea; Ernest Hemingway; 128pp; Fiction; February 4
  12. The Alchemist; Paulo Coelho; 208pp; Historical Fiction; February 6
  13. Of Mice and Men; John Steinbeck; 112pp; Fiction; February 7
  14. The Pearl; John Steinbeck; 90pp; Fiction; February 8
  15. All Quiet on the Western Front; Erich Maria Remarque; 304pp; Fiction; February 9
  16. Pattern Recognition; William Gibson; 368pp; Fiction; February 12
  17. Less Than Zero; Bret Easton Ellis; 208pp; Fiction; February 13
  18. Anansi Boys; Neil Gaiman; 400pp; Fiction; February 13
  19. The Dubliners; James Joyce; 170pp; Fiction; February 15
  20. Haunted; Chuck Palahniuk; 432pp; Fiction; February 16
  21. Heart of Darkness; Joseph Conrad; 78pp; Fiction; February 17
  22. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Robert Louis Stevenson; 54pp; Fiction; February 18
  23. A Christmas Carol; Charles Dickens; 88pp; Fiction; February 18
  24. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Alexander Solzhenisyn ; 208pp; Fiction; February 19
  25. Childhood’s End; Arthur C. Clarke; 218pp; Science Fiction; February 19
  26. Neverwhere; Neil Gaiman; 400pp; Fiction; February 20
  27. Crash; J.G. Ballard; 224pp; Fiction; February 21
  28. Cannery Row; John Steinbeck; 192pp; Fiction; February 22
  29. Candide; Voltaire; 84pp; Fiction; February 23
  30. The Fall of the House of Usher; Edgar Allen Poe; 52pp; Fiction; February 24
  31. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams; 160pp; Science Fiction; February 26
  32. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Douglas Adams; 199pp; Science Fiction; February 27
  33. Foundation; Isaac Asimov; 320pp; Science Fiction; February 28
  34. Dune; Frank Herbert; 544pp; Science Fiction; March 1
  35. Life; the Universe; and Everything; Douglas Adams; 160pp; Science Fiction; March 3
  36. Spook Country; William Gibson; 496pp; Fiction; March 4
  37. Treasure Island; Robert Louis Stevenson; 122pp; Fiction; March 5
  38. Dune Messiah; Frank Herbert; 329pp; Science Fiction; March 7
  39. So Long; and Thanks for All the Fish; Douglas Adams; 192pp; Science Fiction; March 8
  40. To The Lighthouse; Virginia Woolf; 310pp; Fiction; March 9
  41. Zero History; William Gibson; 544pp; Fiction; March 11
  42. The Man From St. Petersburg; Ken Follett; 320pp; Fiction; March 12
  43. The Difference Engine; William Gibson and Bruce Sterling; 448pp; Fiction; March 18
  44. Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes; Victoria Clark; 336pp; Nonfiction; March 30
  45. The Handmaid’s Tale; Margaret Atwood; 325pp; Fiction; April 2
  46. War Factory: Transformation Book Two; Neal Asher; 476pp; Science Fiction; May 22
  47. King Stephen; Donald Matthew; 302pp; History; May 27
  48. The Blackwater Lightship; Colm Toibin; 288pp; Fiction; June 6
  49. As Kingfishers Catch Fire; Gerard Manley Hopkins; 53pp; Fiction; July 4
  50. Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence; James R. Clapper; 432pp; Nonfiction; July 7
  51. The West Highland Lines: Post Beeching; Gordon D. Webster; 176pp; Nonfiction; July 8
  52. The Maltese Falcon; Dashiell Hammett; 224pp; Fiction; July 10
  53. The Crying of Lot 49; Thomas Pynchon; 192pp; Fiction; July 11
  54. The Metamorphosis; Franz Kafka; 60pp; Fiction; July 11
  55. The Prince; Niccolo Machiavelli; 80pp; Nonfiction; July 13
  56. Siddhartha; Herman Hesse; 160pp; Historical Fiction; July 14
  57. The Dharma Bums; Jack Kerouac; 244pp; Fiction; July 16
  58. Me Talk Pretty One Day; David Sedaris; 288pp; Nonfiction; July 17
  59. Imperial Bedrooms; Bret Easton Ellis; 178pp; Fiction; July 19
  60. A Journey to the Center of the Earth; Jules Verne; 160pp; Fiction; July 21
  61. The Pit and the Pendulum; Edgar Allen Poe; 32pp; Fiction; July 22
  62. Foundation and Empire; Isaac Asimov; 320pp; Science Fiction; July 23
  63. Northanger Abbey; Jane Austen; 192pp; Fiction; July 24
  64. The Sun Also Rises; Ernest Hemingway; 256pp; Fiction; July 25
  65. Things Fall Apart; Chinua Achebe; 209pp; Fiction; July 26
  66. The Bell Jar; Sylvia Plath; 244pp; Fiction; July 27
  67. The Great Gatsby; F. Scott Fitzgerald; 180pp; Fiction; July 28
  68. Second Foundation; Isaac Asimov; 279pp; Science Fiction; July 30
  69. The Trial; Franz Kafka; 256pp; Fiction; August 2
  70. The Big Sleep; Raymond Chandler; 231pp; Fiction; August 3
  71. The Age of Innocence; Edith Wharton; 240pp; Fiction; August 4
  72. Choke; Chuck Palahniuk; 304pp; Fiction; August 5
  73. Snuff; Chuck Palahniuk; 208pp; Fiction; August 6
  74. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Lewis Carroll; 108pp; Fiction; August 7
  75. Dracula; Bram Stoker; 336pp; Fiction; August 8
  76. On The Road; Jack Kerouac; 304pp; Fiction; August 10
  77. Naked Lunch; William S. Burroughs; 304pp; Fiction; August 11
  78. Rabbit; Run; John Updike; 336pp; Fiction; August 12
  79. Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey; Chuck Palahniuk; 336pp; Fiction; August 13
  80. Pygmy; Chuck Palahniuk; 256pp; Fiction; August 14
  81. Fight Club; Chuck Palahniuk; 224pp; Fiction; August 15
  82. Survivor; Chuck Palahniuk; 304pp; Fiction; August 16
  83. The Secret History; Donna Tartt; 576pp; Fiction; September 7
  84. Warriors of the Storm; Bernard Cornwell; 297pp; Historical Fiction; September 11
  85. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness; Sy Montgomery; 262pp; Nonfiction; October 8
  86. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue; Anonymous; 56pp; Fiction; October 19
  87. Cardinal Wolsey: A Life in Renaissance Europe; Stella Fletcher; 240pp; History; October 21
  88. Other Minds: The Octopus; the Sea; and the Deep Origins of Consciousness; Peter Godfrey-Smith; 255pp; Nonfiction; November 2
  89. Infinity Engine: Transformation Book Three; Neal Asher; 488pp; Science Fiction; November 6
  90. The Lord of the Rings; J.R.R. Tolkien; 1184pp; Fantasy Fiction; November 13
  91. Wintering; Peter Geye; 320pp; Fiction; November 17
  92. On Murder Considered As One of the Fine Arts; Thomas de Quincey; 57pp; Fiction; November 22
  93. The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty; Sebastian Barry; 336pp; Fiction; November 25
  94. The Diary of a Bookseller; Shaun Bythell; 310pp; Nonfiction; December 1
  95. The Flame Bearer; Bernard Cornwell; 304pp; Historical Fiction; December 9
  96. The Restless Wave: Good Times; Just Causes; Great Fights; and Other Appreciations; John McCain; 416pp; Nonfiction; December 16
  97. Persopolis Rising; James S.A. Corey; 560pp; Science Fiction; December 23
  98. Haynes: NASA Hubble Space Telescope – 1990 onwards (including all upgrades); David Baker; 181pp; Nonfiction; December 25
  99. Aphorisms on Love and Hate; Friedrich Nietzsche; 57pp; Nonfiction; December 26
  100. A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos; Dava Sobel; 288pp; History; December 27
  101. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet; Hafner & Lyon; 304pp; History; December 30

24 thoughts on “2018: the year in books – a new record!

  1. These are my favorite posts on your blog! After last years’, I decided to start tracking my own reading. I managed 64 books this year and around 14,000 pages. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Dune is my all-time favorite book! But I’ve never finished the series, so I think some of those will go on my list for this year. Happy reading!

  2. Love seeing your lists every year. Your posts inspired me to start tracking my reading several years ago. Finally in my first full calendar year of retirement I exceeded the book a week average- 54 this year. But, I need to add the page counts to my tracker! I was thinking of increasing the number of “classics” read in 2019; think I’ll pull a few from your list!

  3. Have you read ‘Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers’? It’s definitely one of the funniest books I’ve ever read and as you’re a fan of Hitchhikers I’m sure you’ll love it.

  4. I look forward to the annual top up of my “Paul Randal” Amazon List :), always helpful to get a nudge towards a book I would not otherwise have found, or reinforcement for one I have actually heard of. Many thanks.

    One to suggest to you in return this year (although I’m doubtful I’ve read anything that you haven’t …)

    “The Shortest History of Germany” by James Hawes [160 pages]. I found fascinating how the borders have ebbed and flowed, but are basically unchanged since Roman times, and James Hawes hat-tip that the unification of East Germany will bring back the same voter-allegiance risks of old, which geography and migration don’t seem to have changed

  5. If you like the Foundation Series through the first six, then you should really pick up the I-Robot series starting with “Caves of Steel”. If you persevere through 5 or 6 books you will find that Asimov does a masterful job of connecting the two series.

  6. I literally fell asleep reading The Old Man and the Sea. All the baby boomer Russians used to push their kids to read Hemingway, but I hated him. So many better authors out there.

  7. I have a love/hate relationship with old Scifi like Foundation. I loved the books when i read them decades ago along with Childhood’s End and other classic sci-fi, but I think newer books have higher literary quality. The first foundation book seems like 4 somewhat connected short stories rather than a single book.

    The Secret History was awesome. Read it in 1994 and forgot the name of the book for many years until you posted it on facebook earlier this year.

    Dune was genius if you consider it within the geo-political time it was written. It was basically a sci-fi version of lawrence of arabia and the middle eastern fight for independence from The British Empire.

    I thought the LOTR movies were a lot better than the books. I swear half of ROTK was Frodo walking in Mordor and nothing else.

  8. Thanks, Paul. I really enjoy seeing this list every year. Regarding fantasy fiction, I’d really recommend the works of Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie; they are really enjoyable reads.

    I understand why a lot of people don’t like reading off a screen. But the experience is very different between a computer or tablet vs. an ereader. Reading off a computer is a terrible, eye-straining experience, but reading off a non-backlit ereader is just as pleasant as a book itself IMO. There’s also the advantage of not having 500 pounds of books in your basement to schlep around if you move. :)

  9. Hi Paul,

    Thank you for reminding me about “The old Man and the Sea.” I haven’t read it in a few years.

    I’ve read several books on your list and some of the because you recommended them.

    I hit 123 books this years but with a bigger school load I expect that to drop this year. I’ll definitely be re-reading a few though, including LOTR.

    Thank you for the reminder.


  10. Paul – I enjoy reading your synopsis of current reads in the newsletters and now am looking over your yearly post. I was wondering – do you naturally remember most of the stuff from the books you read? Or do you actively take notes or write down thoughts as you progress through? I have a problem retaining information unless I do something extra to help activate / store it – and was just wondering what a prolific reader – such as yourself does!


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