Last year (2015) was my best year of reading thus far. I always start the year with a goal of reading a book per week. In 2014, I finally beat my goal, finishing fifty-two books but last year I knocked it out of the park, completing seventy books.
This year is off to a great start and I’ve read some tremendous books already:
- Starting out in the Evening by Brian Morton
- The Ghost of Democracy by Dustin Lawson (Indie Novel)
- A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
- The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
- The Black Chronicle by Oldrich Stibor (Indie Novel)
- Hostages by Terrance Crimmins (Indie Novel)
- The Iliad by Homer
- Courage Resurrected by R. Scott Mackey (Indie Novel)
- Kyrie Irving by Clayton Geoffreys (Indie Sports)
- The Orlov Diamond by Benjamin Kuttner (Indie Novel)
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- A Long Walk with Sally by David Clark Jr. (Indie Sports)
- Pimp your Profile by Patrick Gallagher (Indie)
- Waterkill by Mark Donovan (Indie Novel)
Alright, let’s start with the indie authors. If you like hoops, check out the work Clayton Geoffreys is putting out. He’s written a number of well researched books about the best players in the game. A Long Walk with Sally is a memoir about a grieving father (David Clark Jr.) who found solace on the golf course. As the book progresses he plays some of the best courses in the United Kingdom while he works through the loss of his daughter Sally.
As for the indie novels there are several of these that are worth a read. I highly recommend Waterkill by Mark Donovan for those that are fans of techno-thrillers. I hope Mark is able to find a publisher because while his book needs a little polish, the plot and the science behind it are outstanding.
The Orlov Diamond by Benjamin Kuttner is also a good read if you like thrillers. His book is in the mold of Clive Cussler and is also a very good indie novel.
I doubt there’s anything I can say that hasn’t already been said about The Iliad and A Tale of Two Cities. This was the first time I have read Dickens and I was so enamored with his work I’m halfway David Copperfield. Strangely I had never read the Iliad but have read the Odyssey twice so I wanted to finally read Homer’s first masterpiece.
A Week in December is a British techno-thriller that I LOVED! I am a bit of an Anglophile truth be told but Sebastian Faulks has written an excellent novel that centers around seven protagonists as their lives intersect during the course of a week in London and a terrorist plot.
Finally Starting out in the Evening by Brian Morton is a tremendous literary novel. I’ve actually had the privilege of trading a few emails with this brilliant author and can’t say enough about his book. The book follows a young college student who is writing her thesis about her favorite author who has agreed to an interview. If you enjoy books about books and writers you’ll enjoy Morton’s book (the movie is pretty good too).
Stay tuned for an update on my current reading list…