The More You Read . . .


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“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss –  “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”

Books Read 2013


1. 1-1-13 Camping and Woodcraft ~ Horace Kephart

2. 1-4-13 The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom (A) ~ Carrie Wilkerson

3. 1-5-13 Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business (Did not finish – it was OK) ~ Thor Muller and Lane Becker

4. 1-10-13 Defending Jacob: A Novel (A) ~ William Landay

5. 1-17-13 Alex Cross’s Trial (A) ~ James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

6. 1-19-13 Les Miserables ~ Victor Hugo

7. 1-21-13 The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (A) ~ Timothy Ferriss

8. 1-23-13 The Most Successful Small Business in the World: The Ten Principles (C) ~ Michael Gerber

9. 1-30-13 The Boy in the Suitcase (B) ~ Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

10. 2-5-13 In the Night Room (A) ~ Peter Straub

11. 2-11-13 Folly (A) ~ Laurie R. King

12. 2-15-13 Sharp Objects: A Novel (A) ~ Gillian Flynn

13. 2-19-13 Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (A) ~ Janet Evanovich

14. 2-20-13 Dark Places: A Novel (A) ~ Gillian Flynn

15. 2-23-13 Down the Darkest Road (A) ~ Tami Hoag

16. 2-24-13 Greedy Bones (A) ~ Carolyn Haines

17. 2-25-13 Phantoms (A) ~ Dean Koontz

18. 2-26-13 The Glass Rainbow (A) ~ James Lee Burke

19. 2-27-13 The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line (A) ~ Kari Chapin

20. 3-6-13 After Dark (A) ~ Phillip Margolin

21. 3-8-13 Icebound (B) ~ Dean Koontz

22. 3-10-13 Shattered (A) ~ Dean Koontz

23. 3-13-13 And the Soft Wind Blows (B) ~ Lance Umenhofer

24. 3-14-13 Hero at Large (A) ~ Janet Evanovich

25. 3-16-13 June Bug (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 2) (A) ~ Jess Lourey

26. 3-19-13 May Day (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 1) (A) ~ Jess Lourey

27. 3-22-13 Knee High by the Fourth of July (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 3) (A) ~ Jess Lourey

28. 3-25-13 August Moon (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 4) (A) ~ Jess Lourey

29. 3-31-13 The Knightmare (A) ~ Deborah Valentine

30. 4-4-13 The Passage: A Novel (A) ~ Justin Cronin

31. 4-10-13 The Disillusioned (A) ~ D.J. Williams

32. 4-14-13 The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel (A) ~ Justin Cronin

33. 4-18-13 September Morn (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 5) (A) ~ Jess Lourey

34. 4-23-13 The Cuckoos of Batch Magna (A) ~ Peter Maughan

35. 4-30-13 The Storm Protocol (B) ~ Iain Cosgrove

36. 5-18-13 Flush (A) ~ Carl Hiaasen

37. 5-22-13 October Fest (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 6) ~ Jess Lourey

38. 5-25-13 November Hunt (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 7) (A) ~ Jess Lourey

39. 5-29-13 Star Island (A) ~ Carl Hiassen

40. 6-4-13 The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense (A) ~ Dean Koontz

41. 6-8-13 Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel (A) ~ Jonathan Kellerman

42. 6-13-13 Inferno: A Novel (A) ~ Dan Brown

43. 6-18-13 Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages (B) ~ Dean Koontz

44. 6-22-13 Odd Interlude #1 (An Odd Thomas Story) (A) ~ Dean Koontz

45. Odd Interlude #2 (An Odd Thomas Story) (A) ~ Dean Koontz

46. Odd Interlude #3 (An Odd Thomas Story) (A) ~ Dean Koontz

47. Odd Apocalypse (A) ~ Dean Koontz

48. Murder for the Bride: A Novel (A) ~ John D. Macdonald

49. Murder Passes the Buck: A Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery ~ Deb Baker

50. Breathless: A Novel (A) (re-read) ~ Dean Koontz

51. Murder Grins and Bears It (A) ~ Deb Baker

52. Murder Talks Turkey (A) ~ Deb Baker

53. Murder Bites the Bullet (A) ~ Deb Baker

54. Revenge (A) ~ Christine Carminati

55. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (A) ~ Michael Scott

56. The Magician (A) ~ Michael Scott

57. The Sorceress (A) ~ Michael Scott

58. The Enchantress (A) ~ Michael Scott

59. The Necromancer (A) ~ Michael Scott

60. The Warlock (A) ~ Michael Scott

61. Walking Across Egypt (A) ~ Clyde Edgerton

62. Dance Hall of the Dead (B) ~ Tony Hillerman

63. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (B) ~ Muriel Spark

64. The Appeal (A) ~ John Grisham

65. The Floatplane Notebooks: A Novel (B) ~ Clyde Edgerton

66. Joyland (A) ~ Stephen King

67. Sunset Limited (A) ~ James Lee Burke

68. Dr. Sleep (A+++) ~ Stephen King

69. Fatal Burn (A) ~ Lisa Jackson

70. U is for Undertow (A) ~ Sue Grafton

71. The Bad Place (A) ~ Dean Koontz

72. Hide (A) ~ Lisa Gardner

73. Time Bomb (B) ~ Jonathan Kellerman

74. Servants of Twilight (A) ~ Dean Koontz

75. The Face of Fear (A) ~ Dean Koontz

76. Skinny Dip (A) ~ Carl Hiassen

77. Secrets to the Grave (A) ~ Tami Hoag

78. Wicked Game (A) ~ Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

79. Heart and Soul ~ Maeve Binchy

 

Books Read in 2012


12-29-12

The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller (A) ~ James Patterson and Martin Dugard

12-25-12

The Art of Non-Conformity (A++) ~ Chris Guillebeau

12-17-12

Gone Girl: A Novel (A++) ~ Gillian Flynn

12-6-12

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home (A) ~ Lucy Worsley

12-3-12

Water’s Edge (A) ~ Robert Whitlow

11-29-12

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (A+++) ~ Chris Guillebeau

11-26-12

Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery (B) ~ P. L. Gaus

11-22-12

The Breach (A) ~ Patrick Lee

11-21-12

E-learning 101 (A) ~ Dr. Liz Hardy

11-16-12

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (A) ~ Anna Quindlen

11-12-12

13 Steps Down (C) ~ Ruth Rendell

11-5-12

Paris in Love: A Memoir (A) ~ Eloisa James

10-30-12

Black Friday (B) ~ James Patterson (Note: The Kindle version has an extreme number of typos and a severe lack of punctuation)

10-29-12

Calico Joe (A) ~ John Grisham

10-25-12

Private (A) ~ James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

10-22-12

Haunting Rachel (A) ~ Kay Hooper

10-18-12

I Still Dream About You: A Novel (A) ~ Fannie Flagg

10-15-12

Miracle on the 17th Green (B) ~ James Patterson & Peter de Jonge

10-13-12

The Fire – Witch and Wizard Book 3 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-11-12

The Gift – Witch and Wizard Book 2 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-9-12

Witch and Wizard Book 1 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-5-12

Sarah Smiles (B) ~ Seanpaul Thomas

9-25-12

The Broke Ass Brigade (B+) ~ Don Romonov

9-21-12

Powder Burn ~ Carl Hiassen and Bill Montalbano

9-18-12

Dead Ringer ~ Allen Wyler

9-12-12

Cloak ~ James Gough

9-8-12

77 Shadow Street ~ Dean Koontz

9-6-12

The Accident: A Thriller ~ Linwood Barclay

9-2-12

The Coppersmith ~ Michael J. Scott

8-28-12

Dark of the Eye ~ Douglas Clegg

8-23-12

Chomp ~ Carl Hiassen

8-20-12

Contrails ~ Robert Anderson

8-13-12

The True Detective ~ Theodore Weesner

8-9-12

The Power of Happiness ~ Timothy McKinney

8-7-12

My Name is Joe ~ Stefan Bourque

8-4-12

The Hour of Predators ~ Lane Stark

8-1-12

The Blooding ~ Joseph Wambaugh

7-18-12

Handling Sin ~ Michael Malone

7-16-12

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid ~ Bill Bryson

7-10-12

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

7-4-12

The Litigators ~ John Grisham

7-2-12

Bittersweet ~ Nevada Barr

6-27-12

If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name ~ Heather Lende

6-20-12

The Shop ~J. Carson Black

6-18-12

Sandman ~ Morgan Hannah MacDonald

6-14-12

The Sex Lives of Cannibals ~ J. Maarten Troost

6-12-12

Scat ~ Carl Hiassen

6-10-12

Love Works ~ Joel Manby

6-2-12

Under the Tuscan Sun ~ Frances Mayes

5-30-12

13 1/2 ~ Nevada Barr

5-25-12

Basket Case ~ Carl Hiassen

5-18-12

The Puppet Master ~ Jan Coffey

5-15-12

In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving ~ Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

5-8-12

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back ~ Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo

5-7-12

Riversong ~ Tess Hardwick

4-30-12

Betrayals ~ Carla Neggers

4-21-12

The Constant Gardener ~ John Le Carre

4-12-12

Skin Tight ~ Carl Hiassen

4-8-12

Cold Fire ~ Dean Koontz

4-2-12

While I’m Still Myself ~ Jeremy Mark Lane

3-28-12

Roadwork ~ Stephen King

3-23-12

The Wicked Wives ~ Gus Pelagatti

3-18-12

The Night Circus ~ Erin Morgenstern

3-14-12

The Earthquake Machine ~ Mary Pauline Lowry

2-29-12

At Home – A Short History of Private Life ~ Bill Bryson

2-25-12

Drift ~ Andrew Hudson

2-21-12

Reel Life Crime ~ Cary Pepper

2-20-12

re-reading Thinner ~ Stephen King

2-7-12

In a Sunburned Country ~ Bill Bryson

2-2-12

Five Weeks in a Balloon ~ Jules Verne

1-30-12

StreetCreds ~ Zach Fortier

1-27-12

The Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold

1-27-12

Roderick Blackwood and the Demon Stone ~ Ralph Rathbone

1-23-12

Hostile Witness ~ Rebecca Forster

1-17-12

Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley

1-16-12

Explosive Eighteen ~ Janet Evanovich

1-11-12

The One You Love ~ Paul Pilkington

1-9-12

CurbChek ~ Zach Fortier

1-8-12

Smokin’ Seventeen ~ Janet Evanovich

1-4-12

Dracula ~ Bram Stoker

1-3-12

The Truth About Us ~ Dalene Flannigan

Book Review – Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo


Yes, I know it’s been quite awhile since I posted a review. Sorry.  I have been concentrating heavily on Smoky Mountain Leaf Works, my new craft business (see http://smleafworks.wordpress.com for more info).  This doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. I just have focused my life in other areas and haven’t had time for reviewing.

I have been on the waiting list for the Kindle version of Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd, Sonja & Colton Burpo for several weeks at my local library and it finally arrived. It took me less than three hours to read, both because it was not a long book and because I couldn’t stop reading it until I finished it.

Almost four-year-old Colton Burpo has a life-threatening illness. His pastor dad, Todd, and teacher mom, Sonja, are understandably distraught. Through what they believe is a miracle, Colton is healed. Life can get back to normal.

But, all is not really normal. Colton begins mentioning strange things that he has seen and experienced – in Heaven.  These things are not typical Bible stories and lessons that Colton has learned from his parents and from Sunday School. He describes places and people in Heaven from the Bible in ways he couldn’t possibly know unless he had actually been there.

Todd questions him gently but pointedly. Colton is adamant. Todd and Sonja believe their son visited Heaven when he was so near death. It has changed the way they interact with people and strengthened their faith.

I loved this book and it made a big impression on me. As so many people do, I have doubts and questions about God, Jesus and the Bible. Heaven is for Real has really made me think about my own faith.

All you doubting Thomas’s out there – read it. You’ll be glad you did.