For years, I averaged reading a book a week – about fifty a year. Two years ago, when I first listed what I’d read, there were only 31 books. Last year’s list improved minimally, to 33.
When we moved into this house 15 years ago, we placed the TV and all attendant electronics in the finished Rec Room in the basement. The wife’s deteriorating mobility and bladder problems have meant that we haven’t watched more than 10 hours of TV together since last April/May. That has led to an increase in my reading. Below are what I read last year. The year’s total ran to 46.
Eric Flint – Grantville Gazette VI
David Weber/Linda Evans – Hells Gate
Lee Child – Nothing To Lose – Gone Tomorrow – 61 Hours – Worth Dying For – The Affair
Clive Cussler – Golden Buddha – Trojan Odyssey – Sacred Stone – Lost City
James Rollins – Sandstorm – Map Of Bones – Black Order
Greg Loomis – The Coptic Secret – Gates Of Hades
Steve Berry – The Romanov Prophecy – The Alexandria Link – The Venetian Betrayal – The Paris Vendetta
Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites – Magic Burns – Magic Strikes – Magic Bleeds – Magic Rises – Magic Slays – Gunmetal Magic
John Ringo – Strands Of Sorrow
F. Paul Wilson – The Tomb – Legacies – Conspiracies
This is a series introduced to me by Ted, at SightsNBytes. Thanx Ted! There will be more in next year’s list.
Sharon Lee/Steve Miller – Saltation
Larry Correia – Monster Hunter Nemesis
I read the paperback version of this, but the best photo I could download was the audiobook.
William C. Dietz – At Empire’s Edge
Tom Clancy – Against All Enemies – Dead Or Alive
Like Monster Hunter, above, I read the softback version of Dead Or Alive, but picked up the photo of the CD version.
David Feldman – Why Cats Don’t Like To Swim (Imponderables)
Jonathon Sarfati – Refuting Evolution – Refuting Evolution II
Tony Daniel – Guardian Of Night
William Manchester – A World Lit Only By Fire
This was a book suggested by Jim Wheeler, as a research tool for the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It clearly lists the excesses and sins of the European Royalty and the Catholic Church hierarchy (They were often the same thing.), and justifies claims I made in my The Torture Of Faith post.
Bonaventure Des Perier – Cymbalum Mundi (The Noise of the World)
I found this book mentioned in Manchester’s treatise, above. Written about 1542, it sneaks around mentioning the same things as ‘World‘ does, because, at the time of writing, accusations of heresy or sedition could get you tortured and burned at the stake.
Robert A. Heinlein – The Door Into Summer
Still in my book collection, I hadn’t read this one for 30 or 40 years. It’s always possible to get a new insight from Heinlein, so I re-read it.
Gordon R. Dickson – The Man From Earth
Another book from the ’60s. A collection of 10 of Dickson’s short stories, written from ’52 to ’65. This anthology was published in ’66. I never read it then, but pulled it from a pile the son was getting rid of.
In past years I have proof-read about half of two novels, for two different authors. This past year, I had the privilege of beta-reading (proof-reading, character and plot development suggestions) for two new authors. There are no cover pictures because they have not been published yet, hopefully soon.
Tom Elias – Degree Of Separation
Will Greaney – The Last Ride
Aside from my posts (Thank you! Thank you!), what have you guys been reading?