2019 List Of Books Read

Take Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,, stir well, blame it on Shakespeare, and claim you read it all, last year.

In no particular order:

Abaddon's Gate

One of the big books that ‘The Expanse’ TV series is based on. They broadcast one book per year, so I have to read two, to get ahead of the story arc, and stay ahead.

 

A Brief History of Time

It’s been available for several years, so I thought that I would educate myself. It’s not Dr. Seuss level, but Hawking does a good job of making a complex theory comprehensible to non-mathematicians.

 

alien-earth

Possibly only ever published as a pulp fiction, not paperback, I didn’t have a copy of this, along with my other Hamilton books. I found this, perhaps inadvertently attached to another article that I was researching..

 

Ballistic

A men’s’ action/adventure book, good for passing time in retirement. This is the third in a series. The first was terrible. The second was so-so. The story arc is improving. If I hadn’t already bought this one, I might never have.

Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven

Mark Twain, making fun of Christians’ beliefs about heaven. I’ll post a book-review later.

 

Chromosome 6

Like John Grisham’s work, Robin Cook’s is also dense. I read Coma, and liked it, but this one took me a while to struggle through.

 

Cibola Burn

This is the second of the Expanse books that I read last year. The next TV series became available on December 18/19, but I’m saving it till summer.

 

Duty And Honor

Tom Clancy’s ghost keeps pumping these out, and I keep reading them.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness of Crowds

Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds

I’ve already done a book-review on this one. Interesting enough, but too old to be relevant.

 

Fledgling

Fun but formulaic Science Fiction. The daughter of a University professor grows up with enhanced cognitive powers.

Galileo Goes to Jail, And Other Myths

Gilileo Goes To Jail

Research into Christianity vs. Secularism.

 

Jesus Interrupted

more research into Christianity vs. Secularism. The author has more than 20 books about the New Testament. I just can’t believe that he points out all the mistakes and contradictions…. yet says that he still believes.

 

Magic Stars

One of two I that I read, that are the last in this series. Magic in Atlanta. I’ve already started on another series by the same authors, Magic in Red Deer, Texas.

 

Monster Hunter Memoirs Saints

One well-known author butted into another’s series, and wrote two books. It took the first as much time and effort to edit them, and assure that they fit in the canon, as if he’d written them himself. The other title is Sinners, which I’ll read this year.

No Middle Name

A collection of Jack Reacher short stories.

 

Origin

Dan Brown’s latest – unless he’s released another one while I was publishing this list.

 

Paradox Bound

This author likes to play with alternate timelines & realities.

 

People Named Smith

It wasn’t as interesting as I’d hoped – but then, perhaps people named Smith just aren’t interesting.

 

Recruit

A story about space marines. The blurb sounded good, but the book was Young Adult – nothing wrong, just nothing right.

Redshirts

A book about how the original Star Trek was real…. or was it??!

 

Small Magics

The last in this sword and werewolves series – unless the rabid fans convince the author couple to write another. They are quite prolific, with four concurrent series, and a couple of stand-alones.

 

The Bone Labyrinth

Not “Great Literature,” but a great time passer.

The Midnight Line

I’m reading these faster than Lee Child can write them. I will regret when the series ends. There are still two more ahead of me.

 

The Psychology Of Time Travel

Science Fiction and time travel from a woman’s point of view. More suspense than action, but interesting.

 

True Faith And Allegiance

I started this in Dec. but the need to read and return that next big Expanse book to the library in Jan. means that I’m just finishing it now.

Why Are You Atheists So Angry

Yet more Christians vs. Atheists research. Christian Apologists can be so irritating – unintentionally amusing and interesting – but irritating.

Even if you don’t have the time/energy to list all the books you read last year, do you have any specials that you’d like to mention?

13 thoughts on “2019 List Of Books Read

  1. Well, now. I just got a load of new intel for my files, should you ever choose to have a psychological consultation with Dr. Brian. (Wait, did I just make this about myself? I suppose I did…)

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Lemme check my Smart Phone, and we’ll settle on a mutually agreeable time-slot for therapy.
      Is tequila served at blood temperature, like sake??! Warm up the couch – and Truculenta. When I refer to ‘The Big Bang,’ I’m not talking astrophysics. 😉

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    Star Trek was real? May have to try that one!
    I’ve read all the Reacher novels but to be honest haven’t been thrilled with the last few. And if you like those, you should definitely try Gregg Hurwitz’s new Orphan X series. Be sure to do them in order… I’m flying through the latest, Into The Fire.

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  3. Jim Wheeler says:

    I don’t read nearly as much fiction these days as I used to. Maybe it’s because most of my favorite authors are, well, dead. John
    D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series comes to mind, and also the great Donald E. Westlake, probably my all-time favorite mystery writer. If you haven’t read him, don’t miss the wonderful series written under the pseudonym, Richard Stark! What I am enjoying regularly is the New Yorker’s weekly wide-ranging offerings that cover just about the full spectrum.

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  4. I saw what looks like some urban fantasy in there.
    I’ve been reading all the Dresden Files books, lately. Highly recommended if you haven’t, though this series was the authors first works, and as such the first few books are far inferior to the rest of the series. They were at least compelling enough to get me through them, but the latter books are really good.

    Mistborn is great, Stormlight Archives are great so far, Gentleman Bastard series is awesome, and my personal favorite of all time, The Kingkiller Chronicles, finally has whispers that the 3rd book of the trilogy might be arriving before too long.

    The Expanse book series is high on my to-read list. One of my favorite shows currently on air.

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  5. makagutu says:

    I don’t read fiction a lot.
    Have you read any works by Okot P’Bitek, Odera Oruka?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Sorry. 😦 On this side of the little blue marble, those authors do not resonate. I had never heard of them, and had to research. Fortunately, the Internet is omni-national. 🙂

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  6. Rivergirl says:

    I’m almost through with the first Peter Ash book….loving it. Especially Mingus!

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