Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Books 2009-10...Part One- Traditional

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read. People are also surprised that I can read multiple books at the same time. For instance, I usually have a book in each bathroom (right now I have a Salt Lake magazine in one and a Men's Health in another). I typically am reading one book and one or two comic book graphic novels.

Right now I'm reading:
1. Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power by D. Michael Quinn
2. JLA - Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Grant Morrison
3. Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume.

However, after a recent book reorganization I decided to take the time to establish a book queue and set out my readings for the foreseeable future. If you all have suggestions that I should add to my list please comment and tell me.

Here are the traditional books I've read so far in 2009, followed by the four I plan to finish by the end of 2009.

1. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
2. The Godfather's Revenge - Mark Winegardner
3. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
4. The Wild Within - Paul Rezendes
5. Ethics in America - Lisa Newton
6. Act of Treason - Vince Flynn
7. The Holy Secret - James L. Ferrell
8. The Book of Lies - Brad Meltzer
9. Slavery Attacked: The Abolitionist Crusade - John L. Thomas (Editor)
10. The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
11. Man's Search For Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl
12. A Child Called "IT": One Child's Courage to Survive - Dave Pelzer
13. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family - Dave Pelzer
1. The Measure of a Man - Sidney Poitier
2. Underboss - Peter Haas
3. White Fang - Jack London
4. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Those should take me through the end of the year. Here is my 2010 Book Queue but are in no particular order:

1. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
2. The Three Musketeers - Alexander Dumas
3. Martin Eden - Jack London
4. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
5. The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain
6. A Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne
7. The Time Machine - HG Wells
8. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
9. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy- Terry Brooks
11. Seven Summits - Dick Bass & Frank Wells
12. Live From Death Row - Mumia Abu-Jamal
13. Ben & Jerry's: The Inside Scoop - Fred "Chico" Lager
14. Born to Believe: God, Science and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs - Andrew Newberg & Mark Robert Waldman
15. By the Light of the Moon - Dean Koontz
16. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
17. The Tales of Beetle the Bard - JK Rowling
18. The Stand - Stephen King
19. A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir - Donald Worster
20. Columbine - Dave Cullen

Stay tuned for Part 2 when I go over my comic book reading...


slipperyjim said...

Hey bro,

Much as I disagree with you politically, I think one of the reasons I still, at some level, respect your opinions is because you do read a lot – can’t say as much for the public in general.

Just had to say, I love Charles Dickens…a personal favorite. I try to re-read A Christmas Carol every year as well. You’ll have to let me know what you think about A Tale of Two Cities. I’ve read most of Dickens… 10 of his 14 novels….we’ll have to chat about it sometime. I guess I should get on my horse and finish up the rest as well. And Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning was one of the most meaningful books I read in high school…still love it. Also love Vince Flynn’s books for the pure entertainment. Good to see you have Twain on your list…he’ll reinforce your current religious feelings…although, I have to admit I love his stuff…try reading through his short little piece…The Diaries of Adam and Eve. Something tells me you might get a kick out of it. Actually just read the Alice books for the first time a couple of months ago….found them more entertaining than I imagined… I think Johnny Depp and Lewis Carroll would have been friends.

Nicole Shelby said...

The few books that I've recommended to you are on the list!

Several of those are ones that are on my re-read list. Ones I've read who-knows-how-many-times...and I still love them.

I love your plan - and now I have to make my own.

Gina said...

I think you would enjoy "Freakonomics" by Levitt/Dubner. It's super fast read and presents an interesting way to look at some of the quirks of society...

T.J. Shelby said...

Thanks Paul and Gina for the suggestions. I'll add them to my list.