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American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms by Chris Kyle. Loved it.

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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Similar to Blink, it has some great observations on human trends.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell. Now I can keep up with Bruce and Marco!

The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz. The reading of the audiobook was fantastic, but the story was pretty dark. I guess the Hound of the Baskervilles was too innocent for this author?

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. I have no idea how this got on my reading list, but it was available as an audio book so I gave it a shot. It's like a book I would have read in high school English, not my favorite. Written in 3rd person omniscient perspective, and being classified as a "modern short story cycle," definitely not my favorite. In fact it felt very similar to a book I did read in high school, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Bleh.
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The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman. Loved the first half of this book, very eye opening. The second half, he gets a little longwinded and pontificates some.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes I by Arthur Conan Doyle. Loved it.

Started The Last Oracle (Sigma Force) by James Rollins which is a novel similar to The Sixth Extinction that I read a while back, but then I decided I shouldn't waste my time. Too many books to read and between Overdrive and Hoopla they are all mostly available so I need to get crackin'.

I then got hold of a suggested reading list from a school we are considering sending my daughter to. I figured I would read some of the books on the list to try to get a head start. Looking back, I wish my parents had read some of the books I read going through middle and high school, so as to better relate, but at this point all I can offer is to do that for my little girl(s).

The first one I found on Hoopla is:
Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave by Olive Gilbert. Eye opening first hand account of slavery life.

Books I can remember reading in middle/high school: I wouldn't say these are all classics, but they were obviously the more memorable of the books that I read:
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Odyssey by Homer
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
La Casa de los Espiritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
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Old 06-21-2016, 02:24 PM
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After slogging through The World is Flat I toned it back a bit this month:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. This is from the school reading list. This was a pretty fun and humorous novel about a 19th century inventor/engineer "time traveling" back to ancient England and hanging out with King Arthur.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes: Three Tales of Avarice by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin. I really liked this one, though it is somewhat of a chastisement for me. Lots of good things to think about, how we are in a connection society and moving out of an industrial society, and how our art is the meaningful contribution we can make to strengthen our position in that society. A different way of thinking for me.

The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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A whole different tack... I love service manuals because as we all know, the earn as you learn plan can get expensive and the parts you just broke may be made of unobtainium.

Here are some EXCELLENT, OUTSTANDING user/service manuals I've come across lately in my education!!!

-For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women . http://www.amazon.com/Men-Only-Strai...1862287&sr=1-1 Written by a man, to men, in collaboration with his wife. Fiancee concurs he gets it. He has a way of unraveling the spaghetti GPS tracks in a woman's inner life that makes a whole lot of sense to men. And how we get ourselves in a world of hurt trying to do what we think is the common sense right thing. Demystifying and very helpful...
For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti Feldhan and Jeff Feldhan. Great book if you men want to get to know the woman in your life a little bit better. There is a companion book written for women to get to know the men in their life better, so the two books make a great couples read.

The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell. This is #2 of the Saxon Chronicles Series. Novels about ancient England.

July 2016:

I think somewhere in here I read Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl. I can't believe I forgot to add it to this list. This is a true story about a group of folks led by a Norwegian who crossed the Pacific on a balsa raft. It's an incredible story and I had a hard time putting it down. Definitely one of my favorites.

The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity by Lee Strobel. Still have to finish this one.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Couldn't keep this one up in book form, had to finish it in audiobook form. Really enjoyable though, once the whaling part of the story was underway. Too bad the TV miniseries with Patrick Stewart kind of botched up the ending (in my opinion).

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. This book was incredibly eye-opening about the current state of living species on earth, and was very sad to see the rate of extinction that is currently taking place that I had no idea about. It also touched on anthropogenic climate change and presented some new information on that topic that I had not heard before.

The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell. I have been enjoying the Saxon Chronicles series, so decided to start this Warlord series of historical novels as well. This one is about Arthur and narrates the struggles of the Britons against the Saxons. It's easy to listen to when I'm working on projects around the house and can't pay attention to book with heavier topics.

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...Currently, i'm reading "Undaunted Courage" by Stephene E. Ambrose. A tale of Lewis and Clark and the opening of the west.
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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose. A good recounting of the Lewis and Clark expedition, though surprisingly light on some details like Sacajawea's impact on the party.

August 2016:
The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Towards God by Lee Strobel. Very well authored and narrated; I'm looking forward to it.

Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell. #2 in the Warlord Series about Arthur.

Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell. #3 in the Warlord Series about Arthur.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. A classic, obviously, but I've never read it yet. Enjoyable.

Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. I think I need to stop reading, or at least listening, to Michael Crichton novels. A little too much suspense for me, especially when listening on audio book and there is no natural break in the action as chapter books have.

For Married Men Only: Three Principles for Loving Your Wife by Tony Evans. This one was a little hard to take, and I'm not sure I agree with all of his views on things, but definitely some good stuff to think about.

September 2016:

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. Never knew much about this icon of modern physics, so this was very enjoyable. Interesting colored personal life and really interesting to me that we worked out some of his best theories while working in the patent office, and not in some academic research setting.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first of the Sherlock Holmes novels, I really wish I had landed upon this one first as it would have explained so much that I had to infer from later books. However, S.A.C.D. does a good job of repeating necessary details in his books so the reader never misses out on anything important. Definitely recommend it - all Sherlock Holmes by S.A.C.D. are good.

White Fang by Jack London. Again a classic, though again not sure I ever before read it. I think we read Call of the Wild in school. I'm not sure if the wolf attack depicted at the beginning of the book is historically factual - I looked into wolf attacks and they appear to be quite rare in actual history, at least in North America.

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. I don't think I've ever read this classic before either.

Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire by Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa. An evolutionary psychologists' perspective on the nature of people. This book challenges my worldview a bit but it's good for awareness and reflection. Something that helps is that at the beginning they state that they will not make the mistakes of making naturalistic or moralistic fallacies, which is definitely good in a lot of ways. It seems this field of study is somewhat young, so there is quite a bit of development going on. Very interesting reading though.

October 2016:

An Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Gandhi

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff

Our Oriental Heritage (Book 1 of 11 in the Story of Civilization Series) by Will Durant

November 2016:

Continued Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant

How To Write a Great Business Plan by William A. Sahlman

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

December 2016:
Continued Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant - it's almost 50 hours of audiobook. Probably going to do it in chunks.

It's Your Turn to Thrive: Your Money, Your Life, Your Choice-Essential Steps to Financial Success by Sharon Lechter

Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence

January 2017:

Finished Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence - almost 40 hours of audiobook.

February 2017:

The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck-Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

March 2017:

High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service: Inspire Timeless Loyalty in the Demanding New World of Social Commerce by Micah Solomon

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Civilization and its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

April 2017:
Marco Polo: The Journey that Changed the World by John Man

A Class with Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher by William A. Cohen

U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency by Mike Earp and David Fisher

They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators by Harold Evans

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

May 2017
The Last Oracle by James Rollins

The Edge of Evolution by Michael Behe

1984 by George Orwell

June 2017
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich William L. Shirer

July 2017
Finished The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Read The State of the Union by Brad Thor

Read What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Started The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

August 2017

Finished The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Read Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Started The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker

In Fifty Years We'll All be Chicks by Adam Carolla

Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Started Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss

September 2017

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

Finished Salt Sugar Fat

Finished The Essential Drucker

Started Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Started Chesapeake by James Michener

October 2017

Continued Chesapeake

November 2017

Finished Cheseapeake

Continued Atlas Shrugged

December 2017

Finished Atlas Shrugged

Read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Read The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

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Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit: The Secrets of Building a Five-Star Customer Service Organization by Leonardo Inghilleri and Micah Solomon
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:45 PM
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I've gotta bump for this one.

Just started The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - it was on Bill Gates' reading list a couple years ago. I'm finding it pretty funny, has anyone else read it?
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https://www.amazon.com/Plot-Against-.../dp/1400079497

By Philip Roth.

A great story by one of this generations best authors. Very compelling book published in 2005 about an alternate path to Roosevelt winning in 1940.
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By Philip Roth.

A great story by one of this generations best authors. Very compelling book published in 2005 about an alternate path to Roosevelt winning in 1940.
Philip Roth is awesome.

Currently reading Homo Deus, the follow-up to Sapiens. Highly recommend both. Such an intriguing look on the history and future of mankind.

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The Outpost
Hotel Honolulu
The Quiet American
1Q84

Been on a big kick lately of older, classic works. Worked my way through a bunch of Faulkner's books. Amazing. Also going through William Burroughs and Paul Bowles. Burroughs is in an entirely different drug induced ball field from Hunter Thompson. Just wow. Bowles is a fantastic story teller as well. Tangier had quite the effect on both of them.
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I recently read Good News by Edward Abbey. Very happy with that book.
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Recently read The Art of Possibility again by Ben Zander. One of my favorites, I have it on audio book as well.
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Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. Never knew much about this icon of modern physics, so this was very enjoyable. Interesting colored personal life and really interesting to me that we worked out some of his best theories while working in the patent office, and not in some academic research setting.
I would highly recommend the NatGeo mini series on Einstein. Incredibly well done and based on Isaacson's research.
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I just finished up The Outpost. Super intense on a lot of levels. Not just the life of a soldier in Afghanistan but also the impact on the lives of those back home. Heavy reading and it took me awhile to get through it. Definitely recommend.

Switching gears and started this the yesterday while in the hotel gym, Burke & Hare. True story about a couple of Irish guys in Edinburgh in the early 1820s who became serial murderers/resurrectionists that sold the bodies to an anatomist. My oldest brought the book back for me from Edinburgh when she was there over the summer. Looks like it'll be a pretty wild and crazy ride.
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