I’m keeping track of all the books I read by writing the titles here when I’m finished with them (or in progress.) I mostly read autobiographies, history, philosophy and econ, however I throw a lot of YA lit in there because a) that’s what I write and b) it’s a much faster read than the grad school-level disquisition to which I am most attracted.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy. Wow. Changed the way I think, live, plan for the future. Incredible.
Courage and Consequence, Karl Rove. I like hearing people out and letting them defend themselves. Rove is a master of self-defense. Very good read.
Dracula, Bram Stoker. Hated it. I like the vampire theorum that aligns itself more tightly with reality. Vamps turning into bats, into mist, controlling animals and people via compulsion? Not a huge fan.
The Magician’s Nephew, CS Lewis. You can’t not love Lewis. The depth of even his most simple stories is astounding.
Extraordinary, Ordinary People, Condoleezza Rice. Amazing. Highly recommended, easy read.
The New Concise History of the Crusades, Thomas Madden. I was SO into the Crusades when I started this book. I am SO over them now. I’m currently reading The Art of War – basically the Crusaders did EVERYTHING wrong when it comes to fighting wars.
Blue Bloods, Melissa de la Cruz . This was AWFUL, by the way. Do not recommend it unless you like 300 page books that take 151 pages to get going.
Poison, Sara Poole. Historical fiction, cannot recommend enough. It made me wish poisoner was still an occupation today.
The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins (After Twilight’s world domination, this brilliant series gives me some hope for YA.)
In Process: (Yes, I often read 10 books at a time.)
Created to be His Help Meet, Debi Pearl
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson), Rick Riordan
Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes
SAS Survival Handbook, John “Lofty” Wiseman
Spoken From the Heart, Laura Bush
Bury the Chains, Adam Hochschild
Out of the Silent Planet, CS Lewis
Nefertiti, Michelle Moran
The Housing Boom and Bust, Thomas Sowell
Dismantling America, Thomas Sowell
The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern, Victor Davis Hanson
Decision Points, George Bush
Graceling, Kristin Cashore