Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author.

I have read a bunch of his stuff.  However, the Stormlight Archive has been out of reach for me.

Three or four times I have started reading the first book, The Way of Kings.  Each time I puttered out, overwhelmed, frankly, with the huge number of people, places, and pages.

It’s just a very intimidating book.  It’s 1000 pages or so, the first of 10 novels.  10!  This is his magna opus, a task requiring 20 years, and I want in.

So my first New Year’s resolution (I love New Year’s resolutions!!) is to read this first book.  And I started early.  As of this writing, I’m 19% through.

I’m doing a few things differently this time.

First, I am reading the summary of each chapter after I finish them.  I do this each morning.  This is really helping me!  All the important names are in this summary, and finally, after a couple hundred pages, the names are starting to repeat.

Second, I have a three copies of the map, above, printed out and set where I do most of my reading.  When a location is announced, such as the Shattered Plains, I find it on the map.  This is also really helping me!  I ordered a poster sized map, and will be hanging it up on the wall.

Third, I am determined to break the habit of only reading right before bed.  I need to read throughout the day.  The chapter lengths are very good for me; each one is 20ish minutes or so, that’s about my current attention span.

Fourth, I have the Graphic Audio version of the first part of the first book.  It was expensive.  I love these guys and try to get them money so that they do not go away.  But they make it hard.  5 parts for the first book!  So expensive.  $149 for the first two books.  On the other hand, that’s 74 hours of content!  WOW!  I might do it.  I have listened to the Mistborn books this way a few times, I just really enjoy them.  If they put them on sale, I will probably do it.

So far, I am really enjoying the book, and when a name comes up that I don’t remember, I stop reading and go look it up.  I’m not going to get lost in this book this time.  Fortunately, the fan base for this series is massive, and the content about it is astonishing.  There is no issue finding out anything about the book that I am confused about.  Sometimes this can lead to a spoiler, but for me it’s a necessary evil as the alternative is I will get lost and then put the book down.  Not this time!

I’m pretty excited about this first New Year’s resolution.

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