I have a tradition of tracking the books I read. I also track the books I’m currently reading and books that I’ve discovered throughout the year that I’d like to read.
This year I read a lot of novels. I also experimented with graphic novels and manga. I found one graphic novel that I absolutely loved but wasn’t successful with manga. Maybe I need to keep looking?
Next year I plan on being more intentional by reading books that will increase my knowledge rather than just entertain me. There are many books on my “interesting” list that could keep me busy reading all 2013 long.
These are the books I finished reading in 2012:
33 I read The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly, having just read a couple of other Michael Connelly books. I think I have another author I like.
Finished December 17.
32 I read The Reversal by Michael Connelly, having just read The Lincoln Lawyer.
Finished December 12.
31 I had to read The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly after watching the movie version — it was that good. I was impressed how closely the movie followed the book, but the book was better (as usual). Now having watched the movie again, I know how much better the book is. Highly recommended.
Finished December 6.
30 I read The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini after checking it out of the local library. Nine is entertaining but formulaic and predictable. It also ends with a cliff-hanger, a big no-no for me. If you can’t make me want to read the next book in the series without leaving an unfinished plot element, it’s not worth my reading another book in the series.
Finished November 29.
29 I reread American Assassin by Vince Flynn. Through his books, Flynn advocates for a small, unaccountable cadre of killers who eliminate America’s foreign problems. When I first read one of Flynn’s books, I was amazed at their absence of regard for civilized behavior. Since then, we’ve learned that this disregard is not limited to mere authors of escapist, best-selling thrillers. I would suggest that Flynn’s limited cadre would be much preferred to what America now does openly.
Finished November 20.
28 I read King City TP by Brandon Graham. As Amazon’s book description says, “Joe is a catmaster, trained to use his cat as any tool or weapon. His best friend, Pete, falls in love with an alien he’s forced to sell into green slavery, while his ex, Anna, watches her Xombie War veteran boyfriend turn into the drug he’s addicted to. King City, an underbelly of a town run by spy gangs and dark dark magic with mystery down every alleyway.” Also, lots of silly puns, but I don’t think I was on enough drugs to fully enjoy this.
Finished November 19.
27 In my search for different types of books, I have been looking for manga worth reading. I found Gunslinger Girl Omnibus Collection 1 (Vols. 1-3) by Yu Aida at the local library and got a couple volumes. To read the reviews, Gunslinger Girl has some dark, deep psychological meaning. All I see is a book where young, injured girls are bought from their parents, given artificial bodies, pumped full of drugs that make them forget their former lives and let them think they love their handlers and then commanded to assassinate people. Twisted? Certainly, but where is any redeeming quality? I won’t be reading the next collection.
Certainly, there must be manga worth reading somewhere. Anyone have a recommendation?
Finished November 16.
26 Flying home from Sacramento, I picked up Zero Day by David Baldacci in the airport and finished it the next day. An enjoyable read, similar to a Lee Child book, but without such a quirky hero.
Finished November 9.
25 When I walked to the library, I also picked up Stitches: A Memoir by David Small. I finally found a graphic novel that I love! Although it is about 300 pages, it is a quick “read.”
Finished November 6.
24 In my continuing quest for a good graphic novel, I walked to the Hillsboro public library during lunch and checked out Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation by Ray Bradbury (author) and Ron Wimberly (illustrator). It was a quick and confusing read. In a couple of critical areas of the plot (including the climax), I thought I might have skipped a page. I even went back and checked to make sure. Nope! A quick perusal of SparkNotes suggests there’s a lot more to the original. Maybe I should read it.
Finished November 6.
23 I have been looking for another graphic novel worth reading. Earlier in the week, I discovered the Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Pia Guerra (Illustrator), and Jose Marzan Jr. (Illustrator). Stephen King’s comment, “The best graphic novel I’ve ever read” on the cover caught my attention. Unfortunately, there are either a bunch of smaller books for maybe $15 each, or some bigger, hardcover books for $30 each. Sorry, but I’m not spending that kind of money. I decided to try the library. Having a chance to go to the library, I discovered the graphic novel section and Y: The Last Man, Book 3, Deluxe Edition. Yeah, book 3. Not book 1. Oh well. I checked it out and finished it (more than 300 pages) the same night. Guess I’m going to place a hold on books 1 and 2. And maybe try to figure out how the smaller books fit in with the series…
Finished October 30.
22 While still on a longish business trip, I read Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. It was interesting, but the main plot vehicle was so unbelievable that it felt like I was watching The Magic School Bus.
Finished October 20.
21 While on a business trip, I read V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (author) and David Lloyd (illustrator). It was okay (and makes me want to see how well the movie adaptation was), but wasn’t something I’d re-read. I’m still looking for a high-quality graphic novel. Do they exist?
19 I re-read Killing Floor by Lee Child. There are “guy novels,” that describe the inner workings of guns and their operations and “gal novels” focused more on the inner soul. This, like all Lee Child books, is more of the former.
Finished August 13.
18Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger. There are “guy novels,” that describe the inner workings of guns and their operations and “gal novels” focused more on the inner soul. This, like all Lisa Unger books, is more of the latter.
This turned out to be a nice introduction to continuous integration, discussing the various aspects of continuous build, test, notifications, etc. We’re already starting to implement some of the practices described in this book.
I really enjoyed this book. It speaks to me about management/leadership in a style that resonates with me. Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof, or summarized, “Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do.”
3The Time Machine by H. G. Wells was a free book I downloaded onto my Nook. I ran out of books to read so I read it. It was okay, but I think Felix J. Palma’s note is spot on:
“I read this wonderful novel when I was a boy and it immediately became one of my favorite books. Yet when I revisited it as an adult, I was surprised to find I didn’t feel that same rush of emotion.
“I realized that part of the reason I was so taken with the book as a boy is that I actually believed a time machine could exist and that one day perhaps I could also travel into the future.”
Finished January 16.
Instead, I got a sample of another of Leonard Susskind’s books that I hope to read in short order.
Started January 6, finished January 15.
1 I downloaded The Evolution of Faith: How God Is Creating a Better Christianity by Philip Gulley after I got a Nook for Christmas. I was interested in reading this because I’ve read three other books by Gulley and James Mulholland over the past couple of years on the topic of Universalism. In Evolution of Faith, Gulley describes a “non-traditional” form of Christianity (would he call it that?) he believes enables religion to remain relevant and viable in the 21st century.
I’m reading Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves, and Patrick M. Lencioni. Let’s see what I can do for me EQ.
Started October 21.
These are books I’ve read about, that I’ve been told about, or that I’ve run across in the bookstore during 2012 and don’t want to forget about. I use this list when perusing book stores and the local public library.
Michael Tardiff of SolutionsIQ gave me his business card with Pair Programming Illuminated by Laurie Williams and Robert Kessler written on the back. Oh, and a comment like, “Very illuminating.” One more book for my to-read list.