One of the great things about being an avid reader at Christmas is – your friends and family love to give you books as gifts. One of the bad things about being an avid reader at Christmas is – your friends and family love to give you books as gifts. My “to read pile” has not gotten any smaller over the last few years. It’s grown at a pace only slightly less than that of my two children. It’s a great problem to have, but I’m beginning to think that I will never again see the top of the dresser beside my bed.
I’m going to do my best to make a dent in the pile this year. Still – I have no doubt that for every book I manage to remove from the pile; two more will take its place. Some books have been in the pile for far too long; shuffled to the bottom by something a little more interesting or more current. It’s really not fair to them. Each book on the pile was chosen for a reason, and each represents the promise of a few undiscovered moments of escape. It’s seems wrong to just leave them all languishing there, unheralded and unread, so I have decided to share a good portion of my “to read” pile with you.
There’s a little bit of everything there. Some are new gifts this year, some came last year; some have been with me since the last time the Republicans had a majority in the House. I fully intend to get to them all eventually – and I fully expect that I will fall short of that goal. Still – I would love to know what you think of the list. Anything you would love to see me read and review? Anything you think I should just give up on and donate to the library? Speak up folks; I value your opinion – at least as far as you know…
Impact – Douglas Preston
Some of Preston’s books with Lincoln Child have been hit or miss with me. I’ve enjoyed Preston’s solo efforts more consistently. I just picked this one up in hardback from the bargain bin. Looking forward to diving in.
Saving Freedom – Jim DeMint
One of the Christmas gifts I got this year. I missed this one the first time around, but have a signed copy now from Premiere Collectables. I like DeMint and what he is trying to accomplish in the Senate.
The Ark – Boyd Morrison
This looks to be one of those fun books to read – a search for Noah’s Ark and the threat of an ancient disease unleashed on mankind. Perfect for a long plane trip or a weekend day cut short by rain and cold weather.
Black Sun – Graham Brown
I’m saving this book for the summer reading season. It’s exactly the kind of paperback I like to take on vacation. I need to get through as many of these 2012 disaster novels I can in the next year and a half.
The Repairman Jack Series – F. Paul Wilson
I can’t believe that it took me this long to discover F. Paul Wilson and his Repairman Jack novels. They are the perfect books for me – lots of action, a dash of the supernatural, and a continuing story that weaves through the entire series. I’m through the first four books – only eleven more to go. I’m torn between reading them quickly and taking time to savor them.
The Twelfth Imam – Joel C. Rosenberg
I loved Rosenberg’s “The Last Jihad” series. I’m anxious to dive into his latest book dealing with geopolitical issues with a healthy dose of Christian themes. He hasn’t disappointed me yet.
Death Troopers – Joe Schreiber
How could I not love this book? It combines two of my favorite things in the world – zombies and Star Wars. I gradually stopped reading Star Wars fiction a few years ago, but I need to jump back in with this book.
Liberal Fascism – Jonah Goldberg
Even though I am over 2 years late to the party, this is a book I still need to read. Fascism under the guise of liberalism or progressivism is one of the biggest dangers we face in the country today. Plus – Goldberg is a funny guy. I like laughing at liberals when I can.
Under Heaven – Guy Gavriel Kay
After rediscovering Gavriel Kay again last year with “Ysabel”, I am looking forward to reading his most recent offering. I’ve never read a sprawling epic set in land modeled after ancient China. I’m sure that Gavriel Kay will pull it off with style and grace.
Fool – Christopher Moore
I’m a big fan of Christopher Moore, but I was left very flat by his last book – “Bite Me”. I think that’s the reason I’ve let “Fool” lay unread on the shelf for so long. It’s not fair to “Fool” – I should dust it off this year.
Salt – Mark Kurlansky
I’ve had this book on my shelf for years. It follows the history of salt throughout world history. I have never been able to sink my teeth into it – but I still think it is a story that I would enjoy.
Watch You Bleed – Stephen Davis
I’ve read Slash’s autobiography, and enjoyed it. Davis’ history of Gun’s N Roses has gotten good reviews. I am always interested in a good walk back down memory lane and the fun that was rock music in the late ‘80s.
Transfer of Power – Vince Flynn
I’ve always heard good things about Flynn, but never got around to reading any of his books. This is the book that introduces his signature character, Mitch Rapp. I figure if I’m going to jump in somewhere, it might as well be back at the beginning.
A Patriot’s History of the United States – Larry Schweikert and Michael Allen
This is one of those books that I know I should read, but haven’t been able to get started. It reads somewhat like a textbook – I haven’t been able to find the right time for it. Much like “Atlas Shrugged”, I think the right time will come for me and this book, I’m just not sure when that is.
So there you have just a sample of the “to read” pile. There’s quite a bit more, but I think theses are the ones I have the best chance of getting to this year. Maybe you’ll see some of them pop up on these pages as a new review this year. Maybe you won’t see them until the recap of my “to read” pile next year. Only time will tell…
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