2015 Reading List

Welp. Look how close I got to reaching my reading goal for the year! Complete sarcasm, guys. Not a great year of reading. But that’s okay. I’m off to a nice start to 2016. Here are the books I read in 2015.

1. Moneyball by Michael Lewis – 01/07 (view post)

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by JK Rowling – 01/12

3. A Catskill Eagle (Spenser #12) by Robert B. Parker – 01/14

4. Hostage by Robert Crais – 01/17

5. 1984 by George Orwell – 06/07 (view post)

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – 06/22 (view post)

7. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell – 07/05 (view post)

8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 08/02

9. Mary Mary by James Patterson – 08/09

10. The Black Box by Michael Connelly – 12/09

15 thoughts on “2015 Reading List

  1. I just finished Boomerang by Michael Lewis. It helped me understand the global financial crisis through narrative, much better for me than cold, hard, economics. Loved the movie Moneyball.

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  2. Thanks for dropping by my blog – glad you like it. That’s a great goal you have there, and there’s so much enjoyable stuff to read. Sometimes it’s hard to choose…

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  3. Wow, you’re a fast reader. I only have time to read in the early mornings when the house is quiet, before it explodes with dogs wanting to go in and out and a husband who chatters away, says things like, “Whatcha doin’?” I envy you!

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  4. Speaking of reading lists, I think this one might need updating 😉

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  5. John, thanks for visiting and liking WowPowBlog! I hope my post on revision was helpful! I love your blog! I, too, am a book person. I don’t have as much time as I like to read. It seems you are having that problem, as well. Once you leave school and start to work, that reading time somehow disappears! May I make a suggestion? I’m old and don’t have as much time left to read as you do. Don’t worry so much about completing series. Instead, think again about what your college professor said about reading really outstanding books. (I was a professor, too) When time is precious, you have to prioritize. I’m glad to see you reading 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird–both will teach you a great deal about writing and about life. Continuing to read more Harry Bosch might be enjoyable (I love him!), but you won’t learn anything new or improve your writing. Here are a couple of authors who will broaden your skills: Richard Selzer (wonderful metaphors), Frank McCourt (tear-at-your-heart memoir), John Updike (details), Norman McLean (narrative). Keep writing!

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    • Hm. I think you make a good point, BUT I’d say 85% of all my reading is within a series. I disagree with your take on reading Bosch. Michael Connelly is one of the best writers going today and he’s writing the stories I want to write. I don’t know the other authors you mentioned.

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  6. I just finished Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, for the second time :).
    I saw you read To Kill A Mockingbird, have you read the sequel yet or is it on your TBR? (Go Tell A Watchman)

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  7. Referring to sgrobins81’s comment: It’s well and good to read in order to help you improve your own writing but I read strictly for enjoyment although that has expanded in the last two or three years to include reading to review and reading to edit others work, both of which I enjoy immensely.
    Now I’m off to see what other gems I can discover :D.

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