Sunday, January 12, 2014

Books Read in 2014

The last couple of years I've kept a near complete list of the books I read.  Half way through the first month and I've already flown 10,000 miles and read three books.  The list is sure to grow as the year progresses.

by Rick Riordon
You probably saw that there was a new Percy Jackson movie last summer, but it's doubtful that you actually saw it.  House of Hades is the fourth book in the second series about Percy Jackson, and I'm about 25 years older than its average reader, which is somewhat embarassing.  Even so, I've enjoyed the second series more than the first and I'm looking forward to reading the last book where I'm sure nobody will die and the world will be saved.

by Orson Scott Card
Another movie book.  How about that?  When I saw the commercials for Ender's Game there was no doubt I was going to see it.  Then I heard all this talk that the author was a raging bigot and all liberals were supposed to boycott it.  That didn't happen.  A few weeks ago I saw one of my coworkers reading the book and asked if I could borrow it when she was done.  So in not paying for the book, I have stolen the words from the bigot author, thus negating the $30 Edz and I paid to see the movie in IMAX.  I am really disappointed that I did not learn about this book until I was 35.  It should be required reading for every single smart kid.  Ender's lessons on leadership and dealing with those ranked above him and below are fascinating (it's a military science fiction story).  There are two surprises towards the end of the book that are also in the movie, so I wasn't, er, surprised when I was reading the book, but I prefer that I saw the movie first.  

by Francis X Hezel
This book was only published a few months ago, but it should be required reading for anyone planning on doing work or living in Palau, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and possibly a few other places.  No other book has ever picked apart and explained the cultures and people of Micronesia in such easily understood themes and anecdotes.  I learned a lot about myself from this book.

1 comment:

Deece said...

I'll probably get to all the Percy Jackson books eventually. My niece loves them and my daughter enjoys the audio versions.

Francis Hezel is a nice man, but I felt a bit insulted when I attended his presentation on good governance some years ago. Still, you have me interested in his book.

I haven't seen Ender's Game, I'm not sure that I've even seen previews for it. But I'll definitely read it now. Thanks. Are you a member of your library? Our library has a huge collection of ebooks so I read most of my library books through my kindle app. That might be a nice option for you since you travel a lot.