Reading the Book

2019 Reading Summary

Wow! This year was a great time for reading. I really found my groove with the fantasy genre completing 25 new books with a total of 11,649 pages. It was also a year of book series like the Stormlight Archive, Harry Potter, Cradle, House of Blades and Skyward.

It's hard to believe I had not read any of the Harry Potter books before this year. I had a general awareness of the universe and had watched a couple of the movies before I decided to start reading the books. The desire to start them came after going to Universal Studios with the family. I wanted to know more about Harry Potter and that got me started reading the series.

After I finished reading Harry Potter, a coworker recommended the Cradle series. This was an exciting series and the books are really easy quick reads. I highly recommend the Cradle series. I picked up the Traveler's Gate books when Will Wight, the author of the Cradle series, ran all his books for free on Kindle for July 4th. The books were good but I did not get as into them as I did the Cradle series for some reason.

Another coworker recommended the Stormlight Archive series to me and all I can say is wow! Brandon Sanderson has built an intense expansive universe called the Cosmere and this series is the major epic in the universe. Several of his other books tie into this universe and I am on a mission to read them all. On top of that book 4 of Stormlight Archive is scheduled to be released in November 2020 so I am looking forward to that.

I picked up the Skyward series on my own. It is another series by Brandon Sanderson but this one does not take place in the Cosmere universe. It is more Science Fiction than Epic Fantasy, but a fantastic set of books. I read both books over the course of two weekends. Book 2 of the series just came out in November 2019.

Now here is the full list of books in the order they were completed. I added the series name and book number in parenthesis after the title.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter 1) by J.K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter 2) by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter 3) by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter 4) by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) by J.K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) by J.K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter 7) by J.K. Rowling
  8. Unsouled (Cradle 1) by Will Wight
  9. Soulsmith (Cradle 2) by Will Wight
  10. Blackflame (Cradle 3) by Will Wight
  11. Skysworn (Cradle 4) by Will Wight
  12. Ghostwater (Cradle 5) by Will Wight
  13. Underlord (Cradle 6) by Will Wight
  14. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive 1) by Brandon Sanderson
  15. Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive 2) by Brandon Sanderson
  16. Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive 3) by Brandon Sanderson
  17. Uncrowned (Cradle 7) by Will Wight
  18. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  19. Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
  20. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  21. House of Blades (Traveler's Gate 1) by Will Wight
  22. The Crimson Vault (Traveler's Gate 2) by Will Wight
  23. City of Light (Traveler's Gate 3) by Will Wight
  24. Skyward (Skyward 1) by Brandon Sanderson
  25. Starsight (Skyward 2) by Brandon Sanderson

I am going to have my work cut out for me in 2020 to top this list in number of books or pages read.