Book Experiment

A Reading Experiment

My wife has really gotten into re-reading the books around the house to see whether or not they were worth keeping in the limited space we have set aside in the house for our ‘libraries’.  She started using an app on her phone to keep track of her progress.  I’ve thought and thought and thought about whether I wanted to participate with her, but I kept coming back to my own back log of books I’ve either collected or been given to read and have yet to crack them open.  I liked the idea of some sort of app to track what I have left to read in place of my not so clear arrangement of books on the shelf to tell me what still needs to be read (and let’s not forget about all the boxed books – Clive Cussler in particular).  As you will soon find out, I have a very narrow preference for the books in my library that I have collected to read.  I’m not opposed to branching out or even reading something in opposition to some of my current event authors, but I’m not just going to go out and collect books that I just would normally pass by at the store or library in hopes of finding a new gem or something that makes me see the world just a little bit different.
So here is my experiment (this is not a book club, but more like a forum maybe).  I am going to keep a running list of the books in my library that I have yet to read (at some point a part two of this post will list all the books that I have in my library that are already read that I’m going to leave out of this experiment and not write posts on at this time) or am currently in the progress of reading.  If a book intrigues me enough, then I’ll write a review and opinion post on the book.  If not, it will get relegated to the read book list (maybe under some category of not reviewed separate from the pre-experiment readings).  What I would love to see is maybe some conversations on the books that I post about.  Even more important, will be the recommendation that are passed along via the comments on this post.  I promise to look into every suggestion but not necessarily guarantee that I’ll read every suggestion.  Let’s see what this will become.

The List

Currently Reading

  • The Consitution of the United States of America and Selected Writing of the Foudning Fathers (Founding Fathers, 2012 – Barnes and Noble)
  • Fire and Blood (George R.R. Martin, 2018)

Post Pending (Finished Reading)

  • Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is What You Make It (Adam Savage, 2019)
  • Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink (Sean Hannity, 2020)
  • The Way I Heard It (Mike Rowe, 2019)
  • Ready Player One (Ernest Cline, 2011)
  • Magic Is Dead: My Journey into the World’s Most Secretive Society of Magicians (Ian Frisch, 2019)
  • Ready Player Two (Ernest Cline, 2020)
  • Understanding Arabs: A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society 6th Ed. (Margaret K. Nydell, 2018)
  • The Last Human: A Novel (Zack Jordan, 2020)

Up Next (maybe)

  • Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History (Brian Kilmeade, 2019)

Unread Library (no particular order)

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (George R.R. Martin, 2015)
  • Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots (David Fisher and Bill O’Reilly, 2016)
  • Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate (Gary J. Byrne, 2016)
  • Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World (Richard Snow, 2019)
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery (Scotty Kelly and Margaret Dean, 2017)
  • Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (Gregory Maguire, 2017)
  • John Adams (David McCullough, 2002)
  • Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man (William Shatner and David Fischer, 2016)
  • Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
  • Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds (Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer, 2015)
  • Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship (Robert Kurson, 2015)
  • Reagan: an American Journey (Bob Spitz, 2018)
  • Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me About Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party (Dinesh D’Souza, 2015)
  • Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto (Ted Nugent, 2008)
  • The Art of War (Sun-Tzi, Sunzi, and Mei-chun Sawyer, 1994)
  • The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton 1775-1777 (Rick Atkinson, 2019)
  • The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington (Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, 2019)
  • The Supreme Court Landmark Decisions: 20 Cases That Changed America (Tony Mauro, 2106)
  • The Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Its Complete History and Applications (John D. Feerick, 2018)

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