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2017 Reading Stats in Review

I read a few books in 2017. Here's a breakdown of stats, followed by some lists of my favorite books this year: 72 total books/graphic novels/audiobooks. 64 different authors. 30 books in 22 different series, 13 … [Read More...]

Review | The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi

Meh. A big fat 'meh' is all I can muster for Scalzi's latest, The Collapsing Empire. There's potential here, interesting concepts and creative ideas, and even some clever plot twists. And yet, it feels like Scalzi is … [Read More...]

Review | Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

A few years ago, I read a book called Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Written by David Graeber, an anthropologist, and anarchist (I'm not sure how one teaches at the London School of Economics and calls themselves an anarchist, … [Read More...]

Short Review | A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

As titles go, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is about as much of an understatement as it gets. And yet, it is one of the most surprisingly fulfilling reads of my year. During the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander … [Read More...]

DNF | Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

As part of this year's UK Reading Challenge, I tried to read Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. It's a satire about 19-year old orphan Flora Poste who decides to go live with her distant relatives (or something) instead of … [Read More...]

Short Review | Grit by Angela Duckworth

I think one of the best measures of a book is how long after you read it you find yourself talking about it, thinking about it, and recommending it to others. One that recently intrigued me was Grit by Angela Duckworth. It … [Read More...]

Dunkirk? Speaking of WW II history, here are a few recommendations…

(Recommendations at the bottom. If you have a favorite you don't see listed, post it in the comments.) Known as "Operation Dynamo," the evacuation at Dunkirk began on May 26, 1940, saving 338,000 Allied troops from the … [Read More...]

Seeking Fortune in the Pacific Ocean: A Review of Three Great Books

I didn't set out to read three books in a row about three completely different casts of characters as they seek their own kind of fortune in the expanses of the Pacific Ocean, but two Audible daily deals about this topic … [Read More...]

Harry Potter’s 20th Birthday: On magic, youth, and reading the series to my kids

There's nothing quite like rediscovering Harry Potter through the eyes of children. Like most readers of my generation, I enjoyed the books of the Harry Potter series as they were released (mostly, at least...I missed the … [Read More...]

Book Review | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I think I must be the last person I know to read All the Light We Cannot See, and I admit I'm kicking myself that I took so long. It's easily one of the most moving books I've read in recent memory. That said, I feel like … [Read More...]

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Adult Fiction

Review | Rejiggering the Thingamajig by Eric James Stone
Book Review | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Young Adult Fiction

Review | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Review | Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Review | The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Review | The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan
Review | This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Review | The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

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Utah (local) Authors

Book Review | The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Review | Rejiggering the Thingamajig by Eric James Stone
Review | Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
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Review | Variant by Robison Wells
Review | Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

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Non-Fiction Books

Review | Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Review | Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
Review | Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind
Book Review | The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks
Review | Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray
Review | A Free-Market Monetary System and A Pretense of Knowledge by Friedrich A. Hayak

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Picture Books

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