Saturday, January 10, 2009


So I have actually been meaning to write this post for weeks. For 2008 the jobs i have worked have allowed me to take the bus to work as opposed to driving. Since I don't like to read the free magazines or newspapers available i have been making use of the library. I have read more books in the past year than in the previous 10. Below is a list of the books i have read, it is in comma separated format. If it is difficult to read copy and past in to a notepad file. Name the file something.csv and open it in MS Excel.

Echo Park,Michael Connelly ,Cop,April,Good
Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks,Mick Foley,Biography,April,Good
The Third Option,Vince Flynn,Spy,April,Good
Hitman : my real life in the cartoon world of wrestling,Brett Hart,Wrestling,August,Good
The Vixen Diaries,Karrine Steffans,Biography,Feb,Bad
"A Time for War, A Time for Peace (Star Trek)",Keith R. A. DeCandido,Sci-Fi,Feb,Average
Superman: The Never-Ending Battle (Justice League of America),Roger Stern ,Comic,Feb,Average
Transfer of Power,Vince Flynn,Spy,Feb,Good
The Broker,John Grisham,Law,July,Average
Crime beat : a decade of covering cops and killers,Michael Connelly ,Cop,July,Bad
The WrestleCrap book of lists!,R. D. Reynolds,Wrestling,July,Bad
Hollywood Tough (Shane Scully Novels),Stephen J. Cannell,Cop,July,Good
Act of treason,Vince Flynn,Spy,July,Good
Protect And Defend,Vince Flynn,Spy,July,Good
*52,Greg Cox,Comic,June,Bad
Separation of Power,Vince Flynn,Spy,June,Good
Executive Power ,Vince Flynn,Spy,June,Good
Memorial Day,Vince Flynn,Spy,June,Good
Consent to kill,Vince Flynn,Spy,June,Good
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Death in Winter,Michael Jan Friedman,Sci-Fi,Mar,Average
The Death of WCW: WrestleCrap and Figure Four Weekly Presents . . .,R. D. Reynolds,Biography,March,Average
"Juiced : wild times, rampant 'roids, smash hits, and how baseball got big ",Jose Canseco,Biography,May,Good
Ric Flair: To Be the Man,Ric Flair,Biography,May,Good
The tin collectors,Stephen J. Cannell,Cop,May,Good
Three shirt deal : a Shane Scully novel ,Stephen J. Cannell,Cop,May,Good
The Stone Cold Truth,Steve Austin,Biography,May,Good
Term limits,Vince Flynn,Spy,May,Good
Blood work ,Michael Connelly ,Cop,September,Good
The poet   ,Michael Connelly ,Cop,September,Good
The appeal,John Grisham,Law,September,Bad
A darkness more than night,Michael Connelly ,Cop,September,Good
"It's no secret : from Nas to Jay-Z, from seduction to scandal, a hip-hop Helen of Troy tells all",Carmen Bryan,Biography,October,Good
"Physics of the impossible : a scientific exploration into the world of phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel",Michio Kaku,Science,October,Good
At first sight : a novel of obsession,Stephen J. Cannell,Mystery,October,Good
Off the books : the underground economy of the urban poor,Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh,Social Science,November,
The Lincoln lawyer,Michael Connelly ,Law,November,Good
Donnie Brasco : unfinished business : shocking declassified details from the FBI's greatest undercover operation and a bloody timeline of the fall of the mafia,Joseph D. Pistone,Biography,November,Good
Resistance (Star Trek),"Dillard, J. M. (Jeanne M.)",Sci-Fi,November,Average
Extreme measures,Vince Flynn,Spy,November,Good
American project : the rise and fall of a modern ghetto,Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh,Social Science,October,Average
"Gangsters and goodfellas : the mob, witness protection, and life on the run ",Henry Hill,Crime,December,Average
Before dishonor (Star Trek),Peter David,Sci-Fi,December,Average
The burglar on the prowl ,Lawrence Block,Mystery,December,Good
The brass verdict,Michael Connelly ,Law,December,Good

That is a total of 45 books. Most of these are novels but I have been trying to add in some more non-fiction over that past few months. My new favorite author is Vince Flynn. I have read all nine of his books this year. His writing is pure adrenaline. Reading the books is like watching an action movie. He puts out a new book every year and I can't wait until the next one.

Another Author i like is Michael Connelly, I have read 7 of his books this year and they were all great. Most of his books are crime related and characters from differnt novels interact. It's really cool when the main character from a previous novel turns up as a supporting or bit character in a new novel.

My goal is to get 50 books read in 2009. It might be tough because that would be damm close to a book a week. But i am going to give it a try.

Next week ... Crazy at work.

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