I added four more books to my list in June. First up was Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I saw him in a Q&A session on youtube with Brian Sanderson and became interested in his books. Promise of Blood was really good – it started slow for me but picked up toward the end. In my many road trips to northern Virginia, I listed to A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones) audio book. I read the book several years ago but it was still good listening the second time. I’m a big fan of Michael Sullivan’s Riyria series so when I learned he had a new book out (Hollow World) I jumped for it. The book was good but he set the bar so high with Riyria that I don’t know it is possible to surpass. Finally, I read Storm Front (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, who’s a really popular author. The story was entertaining and I’ll probably continue reading more books in his series.
Altogether, I have completed 27 books for the first half of the year. With a annual goal of 30, I owned this resolution.
- Promise of Blood (Brian McClellan)
- A Storm of Swords (Re-read) (George R. R. Martin)
- Hollow World (Michael Sullivan)
- Storm Front (Jim Butcher)
2. 365 Opportunities
I think I added a few ideas to the list (maybe 3) but still a very disappointing number.
3. Exercise More Consistently
I have continued my routine of exercising every morning at 6:30am. Most of the time I’m running on various routes around Williamsburg. I typically run 5km (3.1 miles) although I’ll occasionally through a 10km (6.2mi) run. The average pace for my runs in May and June have been added to my interactive running plot.
The combination of exercise and better diet have had a positive effect on my weight. From my high of 183 in May, I’ve dropped down to 168 at the end of June for a total of 15 lbs loss. Running is growing on me. I was and still continue to be miserable while running but I feel good and proud after completing a run each day. I’ve uploaded a chart of my weight over the past two months in my weight plot.
A screenshot of my workout calendar is shown below. Blue areas are runs, red is bicycling, and gray are light days.
4. Online Classes
No classes in the month of June.
5. Build Something