Reading Tally for 2019

Happy New Year!

It is time again to tally up the thousands of pages, and dozens of books, while looking back at what I read over the last year. I find it intriguing to reflect on what I read, especially when I see a title and go, “Oh yeah, I did read that!”.

You will find below the total number of novels, fiction books, nonfiction books, and graphic novels I read in 2019, in addition to the total amount of pages, and what I read each month; the type of book is listed before the title and the authors are in parentheses.

I look forward to what 2020 has to offer and, as always, thank you for reading!

Novels (Nov): 26
Graphic Novels (GN): 4
Fiction (Fic): 8
Non-Fiction (NF): 10

Total Books: 44
Overall Total: 48
Page Total:
14,848
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On the Subject of Adaptations: Part 1 – Separating the Book and the Movie

“The book is better than the movie.”

According to many in the reading community, truer words have never been said. I admit that this phrase has found its way past my lips on more than one occasion, though with building apprehension as I have grown older. The situation of adapting a story from the written word to the silver screen is a precarious one at best and a horrid affair at worst. I have seen comments on Facebook and YouTube expressing the sentiment in the image above and feel obligated to make a case for adaptations.

Are there bad adaptations? Of course; but there are also film adaptations that are successful in their storytelling despite how they wander from the source material. In fact, I would argue that if a film adaptation were as described in the above image, it would not be enjoyable. A successful adaptation takes what is good about the original story and puts its own spin on the material; there should be a reason to watch the movie besides wanting to see rather than read.

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