Posts Tagged ‘reading’

2010…………………………………………………………………………………………………………66

2010 was another great year in my reading life. I would have to say that my top favorite books this year were:

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

This book was integral to our getting a real handle on our finances, getting on a budget, becoming debt free, amassing six months worth of expenses in an emergency fund, and starting to build wealth.

The “In Death” police procedural mysteries by J. D. Robb.


These near-future, gritty, sexy mysteries really grabbed me this year and I have now read more than half of her 30+ books. The characters are great and the interplay between all their relationships kept me intrigued enough to keep picking up the next one in the series. I especially like the audio books because Susan Erickson does such a great job acting all the different characters with distinct and entertaining voices.

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett.


I don’t normally read a lot of pure fantasy with magic and things, but this was some awesome, hardcore demon slaying goodness. I also really like how we followed three characters from very early ages up through adulthood. This is a great book. A mysterious world with captivating characters pull the reader along on an incredible journey through years of their lives. It was hard to put this one down until I was done. I could see this being a great video game or movie in a few years.

After that, there were so many others and I enjoyed almost all of them. The books on Afghanistan were very interesting and also a few of the survival type books, both fiction and non-fiction. (more…)

Literary Coincidences

Posted: April 13, 2009 in Books, writing
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Have you ever been reading something only to have a particular word, phrase, or topic jump out at you because you have just seen or heard it elsewhere? I had two recently.

Yesterday I was blown away by a literary coincidence. I’m reading “Infoquake” by David Louis Edelman, and on page 181 is the scene where Natch meets Surina in the infinite library and she says, “You haven’t read your Borges, have you?” Guess what other book I am reading right now? Ficciones by Borges!!! Crazy! Granted I finished that particular short story last week but still. Pretty cool.


And another one:

I put down “MultiReal,” (also by David Louis Edelman) last night so my wife and I could watch a movie. We picked Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein since she teaches it in her English class and has never seen it. (plus since it’s about rising from the dead, I thought it would fit nicely with Easter) I stopped reading in the middle of the page.
After the movie, I picked up the book again. The last line of the first paragraph ended with “…cobbled together like some sort of virtual Frankenstein.” Dun Dun Duhhhhhh!

I know I’ve had others too, I just can’t remember specifically. Like I’m reading and someone says, “grilled cheese.” the same time that I read the words “grilled cheese.” What about you?

2004………………………………………………………19

Freedom’s Ransom Anne McCafferey

Acorna’s Rebels Anne McCafferey

Dragon’s Kin Anne & Todd McCafferey

The Dragon Bone Chair Tad Williams

The Stone of Farewell Tad Williams

To Green Angel Tower: Part 1 Tad Williams

To Green Angel Tower: Part 2 Tad Williams

Antigone Sophocles

The 3 Dimensions of Leadership Olan Hendrix

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

Master & Commander Patrick O’Brian

Post Captain Patrick O’Brian

H.M.S. Surprise Patrick O’Brian

The Mauritius Command Patrick O’Brian

Desolation Island Patrick O’Brian

Sweet Prince Doug Brode

An Enemy of the People Henrik Ibsen

The Fortune of War Patrick O’Brian

The Surgeon’s Mate Patrick O’Brian

2003 reading list

Posted: November 19, 2008 in Books, Richard K. Morgan, sci-fi, writing
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Well, it’s getting close to the end of the year and that means I will have to bring my reading year to a close. Thinking about that, I thought I should put my list of books read up here. So here it is, beginning with 2003.

2003………………………………………………………………..22

Fresh Wind Fresh Fire Jim Cymbala

Eat That Frog Brian Tracy

If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. John Ortberg

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team Pat Lencioni

Triss Brian Jaques

Taggerung Brian Jaques

The Saga of Asgard Roger Lanclyn Green

The Mammy Brendan O’Carroll

Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan

The Stone Canal Ken MacLeod

Cosmonaut Keep Ken MacLeod

Dark Light Ken MacLeod

Engine City Ken MacLeod

The White Spider Hienrich Harrer

Ice World Jeff Lowe

The Get Fuzzy Experience Darby Conley

The Last River Todd Rulf

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone J K Rowling

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets J K Rowling Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban J K Rowling

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire J K Rowling Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix J K Rowling