2014 Reading List

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo ★★★★★ – I read the abridged illustrated classic version when my kids were young and watched the latest Hollywood movie of the same title. The unabridged is a different story with a different ending. It is a captivating story with lots of character building, struggle, conflict, mystery, etc. It helped to have a rough idea where the story is going since some of the plot is mysterious and you may not understand who the characters are if you didn’t know some background until you neared the end of the story. The book has a great moral regarding the ugliness of revenge tied with justice being served. There exists a bit of redemption in the end.
  2. Wool ★★★★ – A dystopian novel that has a clever story line and great character building once you get over the fact that a few key people die. Beware of some rough language though as the story builds. I would have given it five stars if it weren’t for the unnecessary use of the f-bomb.
  3. Buried in the Sky ★★★★★ – the history of high altitude porters (sherpas) related to the greatest tragedy on K2, the world’s most dangerous high mountain to climb.
  4. Anthem, by Ayn Rand ★★★★ – dystopian that challenges the idea of collectivism and promotes egoism. I certainly appreciate the anti-collectivism, but Ayn goes too far with her ideas regarding individuality and egoism. A very short and fast read.
  5. Ben-Hur, by Lew Wallace ★★★★★ – watched this epic movie as a kid and was familiar with the story line as a result. The book is a delightful story that has everything to do with the power of the Christ to transform lives.
  6. The Pearl Wars, by Nick James ★★★ – dystopian story about global factions fighting over pearls falling from the sky and how these pearls are misunderstood and how the main character discovers that he has a role in saving the pearls to be put to their right use.
  7. Crimson Rising ★★★ – sequel to The Pearl Wars.
  8. The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor ★★★ – interesting twist on the Alice in Wonderland storyline. More magical and violent.
  9. Exiles, by Michael Frost ★★★★ –

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