Reading List

Books I’ve Read (2018) 

WOOL by Hugh Howey
Rating: Currently Reading
Currently reading this book... 

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
Rating: 5 stars * * * * *
This is the third book in the awesome broken earch trilogy that my friend
Neal Ford turned me onto. Jemisin’s writing style is fantastic, and the world she creates in this series is extremely well done. While the book started out a little slow and confusing, it picked up quickly, explaining the stone eaters and making for an amazing conclusion to the triogy (in particular, the last chapter and the following acknowledgements). I would highly recommend all three books in this trilogy. Jemisin’s style of writing combined with the characters and the world she has created makes this book (and the whole series) a solid 5 stars. What I first through as a “final great sci-fi/fantasy book in an end-of-the-world trilogy" quickly became more about a book between the strong but difficult relationship between mother and daughter. The final acknowledgements section at the end of the book (as well as the final chapter) almost brought tears to my eyes. Amazing.

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
Rating: 5 stars * * * * *
Book 2 in the broken earth trilogy that my friend 
Neal Ford turned me onto. This book provides most of the answers to lots of question from the first book in this trilogy (The Fifth Season). I really had trouble putting this book down once I started reading it, making for some very late nights. The stone eaters are still a mystery to me, but hopefully that mystery will be solved in book 3 of the trilogy. After reading this book I can’t imagine stopping after the first one in the series. So much more is explained in this book, making it a must to read after book one to really get the whole picture of the end of the world.

Books I’ve Read (2017) 

  • Artemis by Andy Weir (A)
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (A)
  • The Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (B+)
  • The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell (A)
  • The Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell (A)
  • Origins by Dan Brown (A-)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (A)
  • The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell (A)
  • Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell (A) 
  • A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles (A+)
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (B+)
  • Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell (A)
  • The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell (A)
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (A)
  • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell (A)
  • Thinking Machines by Luke Dormehl (B-)
  • The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley (B-)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (B+)
  • Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom (B+)
  • The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston (B+) 
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (B+)
  • The Revenant by Michael Punke (B+)
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (B)
  • Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (B+)

Books I’ve Read (2016) 

  • Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell (A+)
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King (D-)
  • Terminal Velocity by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (B+)
  • The White Queen by Phillippa Gregory (A)
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi (C)
  • A Higher Call by Adam Makos (A)
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (B)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (B-)
  • The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (B+)
  • Proxy by Lauren Richards (my daughter) (A)
  • The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck (A-)
  • Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace (A)
  • The Third Gate by Lincoln Child (B+)
  • The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child (B+)
  • The Rescue by Joseph Conrad (B)
  • Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell (A-)
  • When the Eagle Hunts by Simon Scarrow (B)
  • Diamond Age by Neal Stevenson (B)
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (B)
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (A-)
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (B+)
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (A)
  • Under The Eagle by Simon Scarrow (B+)
  • The Eagle’s Conquest by Simon Scarrow (B+)
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (A)
  • Seveneves by Neal Stevenson (A+)
  • Proxima by Stephen Baxter (B-)
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