Reading Rainbow: Part IX

It’s time to dust off the old blog because it’s that time of the year again! There were several page poor periods during the past year, but a last minute sprint while trying to catch up with my Reading Challenge goal resulted in a generally strong finish.

As always, there were some serious stinkers but also some excellent texts. We won’t review them here except to say this: Don’t bother with James Bond. Read Casino Royale if you must, then move on from James Bond. Of course, I’m simply echoing sentiments from last year.

I’m curious. Do you set reading goals and track what you read? If not, why not? It’s extremely interesting to go back and see what you’ve read over the years, to watch the change in the books you consume. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but I recommend you start. I think I’ll pick up this subject in a separate post…

We all know the real reason you’re here (you accidentally clicked on a link to this page) so let’s get to the main attraction.

This year’s list consists of the following:

As always, here are links to reading posts from previous years:

Reading Rainbow: Part VIII (2015-2016)
Reading Rainbow: Part VII (2014-2015)
Reading Rainbow: Part VI
(2013-2014)
Reading Rainbow: Part V
(2012-2013)
Reading Rainbow: Part IV
 (2011-2012)
Reading Rainbow: Part III
 (2010-2011)
Reading Rainbow: Part II (2009-2010)
Reading Rainbow: Part I  (2008-2009)

Reading Rainbow: Part VIII

I’m sorry to disappoint you. I know you were looking forward to an entire year of not hearing from me. As it is, this post is dangerously behind schedule. My reading calendar is August-July. I’m sticking to those dates even though we’re more than two months overdue.

Following the trend of previous years, this list includes some excellent books as well as some serious stinkers. One of my personal challenges involves books that are part of a series. Once I start a series I feel like I have to finish it no matter how bad it is.

This year, I powered through three more books from the Dune series. I have one book left (Chapterhouse: Dune) but have been unable to find a copy. They don’t have it at the library and I refuse to buy this book. If you’re a fan of the original, do yourself a favor and let it stand on its own.

Continuing with my mistake, I thought it would be fun to read the original James Bond books. I was soooo wrong. I enjoyed Casino Royale enough to take me to the next book, but the remaining books have filled me with so much heartache and regret. I’m so close to the end that I can’t stop, but I feel so much shame.

Anyway, enough commentary. Take a look at the list and let me know if there is anything you want to discuss. As always, I would love some recommendations. I’m also happy to make recommendations. You can always see what I’m doing over at Goodreads.com.

Here are links to my read list from previous years:

Reading Rainbow: Part VII (2014-2015)
Reading Rainbow: Part VI
(2013-2014)
Reading Rainbow: Part V
(2012-2013)
Reading Rainbow: Part IV
 (2011-2012)
Reading Rainbow: Part III
 (2010-2011)
Reading Rainbow: Part II (2009-2010)
Reading Rainbow: Part I  (2008-2009)

Reading Rainbow: Part VII

Ha! You thought I forgot! Alas, you are wrong. As has been the tradition for the past several years, this is the list of books I read during the last 12 months. As always, I would love to hear your recommendations for books to read in the coming year. Of course, I may not love to read your recommendations, but I would love for you to make them. Almost half of the books I read this year were some type of recommendation. About eight or nine of them were solid. A couple were okay. Probably four of them were among the worst books I’ve ever read. I’ll let you guess which ones are the stinkers. Seriously, I would love for you to guess.

Soooooooo, here are the reads from the past year.

Here are links to my read list from previous years:

Reading Rainbow: Part VI (2013-2014)
Reading Rainbow: Part V
(2012-2013)
Reading Rainbow: Part IV
 (2011-2012)
Reading Rainbow: Part III
 (2010-2011)
Reading Rainbow: Part II (2009-2010)
Reading Rainbow: Part I  (2008-2009)

Reading Rainbow VI

Well, I did it! I went more than a year without posting anything. The reason for my inexcusable slothfulness can be explored another time. For now, it’s time to post the sixth annual list of books I read during the past year. As usual, I read some very good books and I also read some incredible stinkers. I will leave it up to you to decide which are which.

I welcome feedback about by choice of books, as well as recommendations for books to read. As always, links to previous lists can be found at the bottom of this post. It seems we’re be struck with much ado, so without further ado, here’s the list:

Reading Rainbow: Part V (2012-2013)
Reading Rainbow: Part IV
 (2011-2012)
Reading Rainbow: Part III
 (2010-2011)
Reading Rainbow: Part II (2009-2010)
Reading Rainbow: Part I  (2008-2009)

Reading Rainbow: Part V

Well, it’s August so that means it’s time to blog again! The reading year has ended so that gives me something to blog about. (It’s a personal year, not an actual calendar year – don’t feel like you missed something in school.) The only real notable achievement is that I finally finished the entire Sherlock Holmes series. Woo.

In case you’re looking for a recommendation (which I’m acutely aware that you’re not), I would have to say that Shaken Faith Syndrome is my favorite of the year. Jefferson Lies and Hostile Takeover were also very good.  If you’ve read something good lately please let me know. I think there needs to be a Book Club for Men or something. Anyway, links to previous lists can be found at the bottom.

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
The Great and Terrible, Vol. 2: Where Angels Fall by Chris Stewart
J. Golden Kimball: The story of a unique personality by Claude Richards
The Eye of Moloch by Glenn Beck
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
The Great and Terrible, Vol. 1: Prologue, The Brothers by Chris Stewart
The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath by Joe Lieberman
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns by Glenn Beck
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Clichés: The Worst Thing Since Sliced Bread by Stu Burguiere
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1) by Roald Dahl
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Damascus Countdown by Joel C. Rosenberg
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Coraline: The Graphic Novel by P. Craig Russell
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents by Friedrich A. von Hayek
Black List (Scot Harvath, #11) by Brad Thor
Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp #2) by Vince Flynn
Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly
The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck
The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson by David Barton
Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America by Matt Kibbe
The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg
Miracles by C.S. Lewis
Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans
Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony In The Face Of Criticism And Doubt by Michael R. Ash
Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say by Glenn Beck
Decision Points by George W. Bush

Reading lists from previous years:

Reading Rainbow: Part IV (2011-2012)
Reading Rainbow: Part III
 (2010-2011)
Reading Rainbow: Part II (2009-2010)
Reading Rainbow: Part I  (2008-2009)

Reading Rainbow: Part IV

It’s that time of the year again, although this year promises to be lacking. After achieving a seismic goal of 51 books last year I decided to abstain from setting any type of goal for this year. If you’re feeling particularly masochistic, you can catch up on previous reads here:

Reading Rainbow: Part III
Reading Rainbow: Part II
Reading Rainbow: Part I 

Of the books I read this year, there are several that I am downright ashamed to have read. There are several others that were phenomenal. Since I have recently beefed-up my book collection I should have a much better showing next year. So, here they are in reverse chronological order by date read:

As always, I invite recommendations. And you can always keep up over at Goodreads.

Blogging about Books is Not Gluten-Free

So, if this isn’t worth blogging about then what is? Yesterday I busted out the wheat grinder and made bread for the first time in my life. It became quickly apparent that I have mad lack of skillz when it comes to making bread. Nevertheless, it turned out pretty well.  I’m eating some right now. Yum. Wheaty.

In completely unrelated news, I pretty much gave up on reading. After busting out 51 books last year I made a conscious decision to become voluntarily illiterate. Although I enjoy an immense feeling of freedom, I somehow end up reading anyway. Sadly, I started reading a borrowed book, which had to be returned before I finished it. So I’m left hanging. And the library doesn’t seem to have it. I guess I could buy it, but I’m just thinking out loud here. Why am I trying to read again?

In completely unrelated news, I started a different job at the beginning of this year. Same company, different digs. So why do you care? You don’t! But as of the beginning of this month I get to go in at 8a, which is downright glorious. For more than two years I was starting my work day between 5:45a and 6:30a, which meant that once the kids were in bed I usually crashed. Well, now I can sleep in a bit, but more importantly, I can stay up later. And when I stay up later I have time to blog! Especially since I’m not reading! It turns out that all is not so unrelated after all!

Reading Rainbow: Part III

After an absolutely dismal performance last year, I adjusted my reading goal and renewed my effort. The last two years I set a goal to read 30 books during the year. Although I met my goal the first year I fell short last year. This year my goal was to read 50 books and I met my goal by reading 51. Several of the books were recommendations, a few were gifts and a few more were ones just laying around the house when I was ready to start a new book.

I am always looking for recommendations. If you have one for me I suggest recommending it through Goodreads. Here’s the list – it starts with books most recently read:

Reading Rainbow: Part II

About two years ago I set a goal to read 30 books each year. Last year I posted a list of 30 books that I read. It’s that time of the year again, but woefully I fell short. This year I made it to 25. And that’s if you count the two audio books I listened to and the two times I finished the Book of Mormon. So, it’s time to strengthen my resolve and get started for another year of reading. Here are the books I completed during the last year:

I have a few books in the queue already, but if you have recommendations please send them over! You can send your recommendations to “brad” at this domain.