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My 2021 Reading Journey

Originally, I chose 24 as my reading challenge goal. After making swift progress early in the year, I bumped it up to 28. As 2021 fades into memory, I was able to finish the 28th book, getting in just under… Continue Reading →

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – Anthony Bourdain

I was familiar with Anthony Bourdain, but never knew too much about him. I figured him to be like the “Howard Stern” of the culinary world. After his untimely death a year ago, I decided to read Kitchen Confidential, which… Continue Reading →

David Baldacci – Best-selling Novelist

Every now and again, I tend to veer from my reading repertoire of nonfiction and sink my teeth into a juicy work of fiction. Over the years, David Baldacci has been one of my “go to” authors in such a… Continue Reading →

City of Bones – Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly had been around a while before his The Lincoln Lawyer novel, my first Connelly, with his Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch series. City of Bones is my first and surely not the last of my experience in the series. City… Continue Reading →

The Assassination Bureau, LTD. – Jack London

Looking through the shelves for something entertaining to read following my last biographical endeavor, I noticed a dusty, old edition of Jack London’s, The Assassination Bureau, LTD. I had never heard of it before, but being an avid fan of London’s, I picked it out.

The Innocent by David Baldacci

I like a good, action packed, thriller in between historical biographies and such, and David Baldacci never fails to deliver. Though his novels are considered fiction, you have to wonder how close his story lines are to real life scenarios, he is obviously very knowledgeable of his subject matter. Every Baldacci I’ve read (this is the 3rd), I’ve enjoyed even more than the previous.

The Confession – John Grisham

Having recently read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, this story is oddly similar in that it portrays social injustice in the deep south. The difference being that this story takes place over a half a century later in modern society.

The Racketeer – John Grisham

My first Grisham since “The Innocent Man”, I couldn’t put it down. John Grisham has returned to the style that made him champion of the court room drama.

Shock – Robin Cook

Every now and then, I need to change up my reading habits a little with a book of fiction. Robin Cook is one of the best for medical thrillers.

The Horse and His Boy – The Chronicles of Narnia – Volume 5 – C.S. Lewis

With the complete 7 volume set resting on a bookshelf at Dad’s house, I have been interested in reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis for a several months now, but when a small, 217 page, paperback volume of “The Horse and His Boy” recently found itself in my possession, I decided to go ahead and delve into the chronicles starting with the 5th volume.

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Of course I’ve heard of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and the “beat” movement, but until recently, did not realize how much my life has been influenced through music, movies and literature sparked by the “postmodern” generation.

Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War – Newt Gingrich

… ponder the “what ifs” should Robert E. Lee have listened to the advice of his subordinates and flanked to the Union left instead of proceeding as he did resulting in the charge by General Pickett, which became the apex of the Confederacy.

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