Taking a look at my “to read” pile…

Taking a look at my “to read” pile…

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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