2013 Reading List

  1. The Rise of Nine, by Pitticus Lore – a juvenile fiction that is the third in the ‘I am Number Four’ series. The author is a wonderful story teller and utilizes character development, conflict, suspense, dialogue, and description very well. However, this is the most crass of books in the series utilizing expletives that I don’t recall existing in the other books. Ideas are powerful and Pitticus suggests aliens are behind the many mysteries of our life on Earth, which is a very much an atheistic, evolutionary idea – I don’t enjoy entertaining that idea.
  2. Bleak House, by Charles Dickens – The Brits created a wonderfully crafted video/movies series of this book that is very true to the book. It takes eight hours to watch the series and I confess that our family got hooked one night and watched the whole crazy thing. Great acting! I’m a big Dickens fan so I have dived into this book and am reading it currently on my son’s Kindle and I like how I can increase the font size since my reading eyes are failing.
  3. The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd – crass at times, but a delightful fictitious story of a teenage girl growing up in a troubled home and a trouble 1960’s racist culture. The story has a theme of how the life of bees relates to the journey this teenage girl goes through.
  4. Resonate, by Nancy Duarte – how to create great presentations with a combination of research and storytelling. Seemed a bit redundant after a few chapters and I lost interest and skimmed the rest.
  5. Dodger, by Terry Pratchett – fun read, based on the Dicken’s character Dodger in Oliver Twist. It is Dodger’s life story and how he interacts with ‘Charlie Dickens’ and a few other historical figures and makes his way into being a hero.
  6. Help, Thanks, Wow, by Anne Lamont – a raw perspective on prayer – very invigorating and heartfelt.
  7. Have a Little Faith, by Mitch Albom – Mitch’s best book yet, his story and the story of others faith journey.
  8. Bloody Jack, by L.A. Meyer – the life of a ship’s boy with lots of adventure, only Jack is a girl. A touch of crass at times, but a well written story with character development, conflict, etc.
  9. The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson – a book to invigorate your prayer life.
  10. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Rielly – captivating historical account of the history leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.
  11. Robopocalypes, by Daniel H. Wilson – a bit gritty at times (language, innuendo, violence), but all the makings of a quick sci-fi read. I enjoyed how they started at the end and did flashback chapters.
  12. The Liberty Amendments, by Mark Levin – great ideas to down-size our bloated, out-of-control federal government.
  13. The Fall of Five, by Pittacus Lore – fourth book in the ‘I am Number Four’ series. Juvenile fiction, sci-fi, action, good character development, and exciting plot.
  14. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card – juvenile fiction sci-fi about the world’s need to raise young brilliant strategists who can defeat alien invasions. The kids suffer, especially the main character, but the world is saved. I liked the surprise ending.
  15. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christi – I had not read this mystery author before. A quick read and she gets you thinking along the way – who done it? She is the most widely read author in the world.
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