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Books I read in 2015 (a partial list)

I do a lot of reading – so much in fact that by the end of the year I have trouble remembering everything I read the previous year.  So I’m going to start recording what I read here and add (in general) some brief notes about the book.  Here are a few of the things I read in 2015.  Expect to start seeing more as I keep ‘real time’ track of my reading in 2016.  And please feel free to post recommendations in the comment section so I’ll know what novels, biographies, comic books, histories, graphic novels, and other things I ought to read soon.  Thanks.

Books I can remember reading in the last half of 2015:

Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World by Walter Mosley. Decent sci-fi stories from a guy who usually writes in a very different genre.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself. Mixed quality in these 11 essays (there was a bonus one to start) but several were quite good.

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller. Outstanding book with a few weaknesses that were heavily outweighed by its strengths. I expect to reread this one from time to time.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. Encouraging and inspiring reflections on a set of Psalms by one of my favorite authors.

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre. I find the subject fascinating and this book is well written; also includes an afterward by John Le Carre.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Short and enjoyable novel by a great comics writer.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical… by Randal Munroe. Interesting and often amusing scientific answers to ridiculous questions (like what if the entire population of the earth got on two-foot stools in Rhode Island and jumped off at the same time).

The Planetary Omnibus by Warren Ellis. A great graphic novel.

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King.  As a big fan of Stephen King’s novels and short stories I knew that sooner or later I would start the Dark Tower series; having read the first one I know I will be continuing.

Amazonia by James Rollins. Interesting though somewhat predictable book in the sci-fi or ‘strange events’ genre about a group exploring the Amazon rain forest.  I’d call it a good summer read.

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