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Books That Have Influenced Me

LibraryThing recently asked the question in one of their groups: What Books Have Changed Your Life?

That’s a good thinker. I don’t know about “changed”, but some have certainly influenced. Life changing may be a bit much, but paradigm-shifting or point of view changing? Sure!

The Runaway RobotFirst should be Lester del Rey’s The Runaway Robot. One of the first “real” books I owned, I was nine years old in 1970 and that book turned me on to science fiction and the innumerable possibilities of imagination. Four years later, a teacher suggested I read The Lord of the Rings, and that added high fantasy to the shelf. I spent more time in the 1980s and 1990s reading fantasy than science fiction, but I come back to it as much now as fantasy. del Rey’s Time Tunnel was another that helped start me. Continue reading

Books that stuck with me

 

Eight years ago, there was a Facebook thing going around about 15 Books in 15 Minutes – write down within 15 minutes 15 books that have stuck with you. I saw it pass through my Memories and started thinking (I didn’t look at what I wrote back then…perhaps I’ll visit after I write this and see…) about what books I would choose, 2017 version. But I’m not playing the time limit, nor, apparently, the 15 limit. Here are books that have stuck with me – mostly fiction, and some background as to why. The first five are in preference order, the rest are sort of fungible…and this has been a chore to format…Wordpress seems to have a hard time with a lot of images, links and whatever… Continue reading

My 2014 Reading List – Final Quarter

Goodreads goal for 2014:   100 books

I nailed the goal on November 17th and ended up with a total of 113 on the 31st.

Recap: The way I’ve been recounting my book readings the past couple of years means overly long posts (100+ books with comments?). For 2014, I’ve decided to break up the year into quarters. Here’s my first three month summary of the 23 books I read,  my second quarter list numbering 31books, and my summer reading list (32 books).  Below I list 27 more for the last three months of the year.

For the fourth quarter:

  • 18 nonfiction
  • 9 fiction … 2:1…atypical for a final quarter
  • I’ve rated 6 more as five-star (you-really-should-read-this) on Goodreads.
  • I gave 0 books a one-star rating (not-only-no-but-really-no)…again with the generosity; at least two were close.
  • As before, I’ve linked all of my Goodreads reviews (even if only one line) to each title in case anyone is interested in what I thought beyond the commentary below. The review page links back to the Goodreads main page for the book.

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My 2014 Reading List – Summer

Goodreads goal for 2014:   100 books (again).

So far, I’m WAY ahead of the pace with 86 – Goodreads says that’s 12 ahead of schedule.

Recap: The way I’ve been recounting my book readings the past couple of years means overly long posts (100+ books with comments?). For 2014, I’ve decided to break up the year into quarters. Here’s my first three month summary of the 23 books I read,  and my second quarter list numbering 31books. Below I list 32 more for the third quarter/summer.

For some reason, this year I’m picking books that are quite long – again, what’s up with that?  George Martin’s catastrophe was monstrously long for little value added, and Hostadter’s GEB, while long (and dense), was the opposite.

For the third quarter:

  • 17 nonfiction
  • 15 fiction – more of a balance this quarter
  • I’ve rated 2 more as five-star (you-really-should-read-this) on Goodreads – and another was fiction!
  • I gave 0 books a one-star rating (not-only-no-but-really-no)…but a couple came really close..
  • As before, I’ve linked all of my Goodreads reviews (even if only one line) to each title in case anyone is interested in what I thought beyond the commentary below. The review page links back to the Goodreads main page for the book.

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