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All the Light We Cannot See

28 Jan 2016

All the Light We Cannot See has been constantly recommended to me, it was a top book of the year a couple years ago, as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner. What put me over the top to finally add this to my reading list was glancing at a few of the reviews for The Nightingale which said this book was better than that one in the genre of World War II historical fiction. To that point I think I agree.

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The Man in the High Castle

19 Jan 2016

Amazon created a TV series semi-based on this book and it was available as part of the Unlimited Kindle reading program on Amazon, so I decided to check it out. The Man in the High Castle is a mindfuck. Seriously, I might have to read it again or just think about it for a while before I really understand what the hell happened. Nonetheless, it was pretty good.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Moonlit Garden

13 Jan 2016

Amazon started a program called Kindle First where you can pick one of six books each month to get for free. Of the six choices for January, I decided to pick The Moonlit Garden. I probably would not have picked up this book otherwise, and after reading it I would not really jump to read something by this author again. Although the book was ultimately not bad, it was not my style and I think the overall quality of the book was mediocre.

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Fight Club

11 Jan 2016

The movie Fight Club was good, but I always heard that I should read Fight Club as it was much better. Typical. In fact, this is such a universal fact that the only reason I think people say "the book was better" anymore is to prove they read or to establish themselves as somehow above the normal movie going masses. Was the book better than the movie? Yes, no, it was the same basic thing, but when your imagination gets to fill in gaps that come pre-packaged in the visual format of cinema you are left feeling like this is more satisfying because I was part of the creative process.

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The Power of the Dog

07 Jan 2016

I have seen The Power of the Dog on Amazon for quite some time now; the cover kept drawing my eye and the description was enough to have me put it on my wish list more than once forgetting that it was already there. I finally got around to reading it, and man was it good.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Bull Mountain

02 Jan 2016

Another Amazon recommendation that hit the spot, Bull Mountain is a fast paced, well written, crime thriller. The writing style is one that I personally like, where each chapter is from the perspective of a different person at a different point in time, that keeps you guessing as it revels information in little bits until the final convergence of the different threads near the end. I am really happy I started my reading year off right with this one.

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Year In Review

01 Jan 2016

My New Year's resolution for 2015 was to read a book a week. I was successful in doing this in total, even though I did not follow a linear path. As you can see in this chart:

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Forensics

31 Dec 2015

I have always been interested in the criminal justice system both from a fiction and non-fiction perspective. Forensics is a non-fiction book about the various forensic sciences written by an author of fictional crime stories. It is basically a series of anecdotes, interviews, and case studies about a variety of different techniques used to catch and prosecute criminals.

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The Nightingale

28 Dec 2015

Even though this book kept popping up on Amazon recommendations and other lists, for some reason every time I read the description I put off reading it. However, now that I have finished The Nightingale I am sorry that I delayed picking it up for as long as I did. This was really a moving piece of historic fiction.

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Furiously Happy

24 Dec 2015

In my attempt to read a book a week this year, I have gone through a variety of different strategies to find new things to read. Amazon has good recommendations if I want to read similar books to what I have read already. This is not the worst thing if I like the books that I have been reading, but it also reinforces certain genres. When I want to step out and try something new, I have looked at best seller lists as well as any other random lists I can find. A very small number of books come from one off recommendations. Furiously Happy comes from a best seller list. I was specifically looking for something non-fiction, and this came up, I think I picked it because it sounded funny and the cover was amusing.

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