Books I’ve Read

I’ve decided to keep track of the books I read. This helps me keep motivated to keep reading, helps me recommend books to others, and keeps me from accidentally re-reading a book unintentionally.

Books read in 2014

  1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (January 1, 2014) – Really enjoyed this book, although it was a bit difficult to read due to the writing style. I enjoyed the twists at the end, although I would have preferred if the ending were longer than the beginning. It seems most of the interesting stuff didn’t really occur until 2/3 of the way into the book.
  2. Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson (January 3, 2014) – Last book in the Jedi Academy Trilogy. It was a bit weird. Half the chapters felt like the end of the book because there were so many open storylines that were being wrapped up. Not the best Star Wars novel I ever read.
  3. The Expanse by Ryk Brown (January 4, 2014) – Book 7 in a series. Excellent! Best in the series so far I think. Lots of fun what-ifs of a potential future, opened some new potential storylines, wrapped a few up, had some fun space battle stuff… I liked it.
  4. I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole (January 16, 2014) – A bit disappointed that most of the book was a rehash of the Jedi Academy Trilogy that I just read. And it was in the first person, which I personally think is the most awful writing style for 99.99% of novels. Wouldn’t recommend it.
  5. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (January 28, 2014) – Eh, it was alright. Wasn’t expecting much. I’ll probably finish off the series so I’ll have something to talk about with my scouts.
  6. Celestia: CV-02 by Ryk Brown (February 2, 2014) – Book 8 in a series. Not terribly exciting. A bit of a bridge between the previous storyline and the future storyline.
  7. Resistance by Ryk Brown (February 3, 2014) – Book 9 in a series. Fun book. Lots of action, some comedy, etc.
  8. Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly (February 9, 2014) – Oh my gosh this author is horrendous. Aside from the awful writing, it was obvious that the author only had a vague understanding of the Star Wars universe.
  9. The Sea of Monsters by Ryk Brown (February 11, 2014) – Pretty good, much better than the first in the series.

Books read in 2013

  1. OUTSIDE by Shalini Boland (January 5, 2013) - Pretty good post-apocalyptic book. Set in England, which I think is a bit unusual for this genre, but I think it made it a more interesting read. First in a series, with the second book scheduled for release in January 2013.
  2. Last of the chosen by Lawrence P. White (January 10, 2013) – First in a series of space operas. A present-day human gets caught up in a conflict within a galactic empire. Gets a bit cheesy at parts, and the author doesn’t always do a good job of using realistic dialogue, but I enjoyed the story anyway.
  3. CLOCKWISER by Elle Strauss (January 11, 2013) – Second in a series about a time traveling high school girl.
  4. Aurora: CV-01 by Ryk Brown (January 12, 2013) – First in a series about an Earth ship lost in space. Well, not lost really, just far from home.
  5. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoof (January 12, 2013) – An introduction to Daoism using examples from Winnie the Pooh. I loved it! Can’t wait to read the sequel!
  6. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 4: Frontline by Randolph Lalonde (January 27, 2013) – Part of a series of scifi adventure novels, primarily focusing around a handful of main characters as they work to save (or destroy) the galaxy. This particular book in the series was horribly edited with frequent spelling and grammar issues. It was bad enough that I probably wouldn’t have read it all the way through if I hadn’t already read so many other books in the series.
  7. Second Shift – Order by Hugh Howey (January 30, 2013) – A companion novel to the Wool series. Not as good as the original, but I still enjoyed it.
  8. Third Shift – Pact by Hugh Howey (February, 4, 2013) – Part of the Wool series. Answers a bunch of questions from the earlier books. I really enjoyed it.
  9. The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly (February 4, 2013) – This book was recommended by my friend Joey. To be honest, I generally loathe any book that even hints of self-help, but this book was great. I’m self-employed and can’t really implement a lot of what the book advocates, but I’m excited to apply some of the books principles to my family life. We’ll see how it goes.
  10. The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda) by Richard Phillips (February 11, 2013) – Alien technologies from crashed ships are being used for good and evil on Earth. A few high school kids stumble on a ship from benevolent aliens, and try to use the technology to stop the destruction of Earth.
  11. The Runner (A Silo Story) by WJ Davies (February 12, 2013) – A short fan fiction based in the Wool universe. Would have been better if the author didn’t feel the need to base it around his pro-gay political views.
  12. Knights of the Chosen by Lawrence P. White (February 18, 2013) – Second in a series of space operas.
  13. The Discovery of Socket Greeny (The Socket Series) by Tony Bertauski (March 1, 2013) – This author has a knack for scifi involving virtual worlds. As a perk, the first book in this series is free.
  14. The Training of Socket Greeny (The Socket Series) by Tony Bertauski (March 2, 2013) – This one got a little too existential for my taste, but it was still a fun read.
  15. The Zeezrom Syndrome: Let Your Spiritual Awakening Begin by Rodney Jay Vessels (March 2, 2013) – A great book (especially the last few chapters) about overcoming any similarities we may have to Zeezrom.
  16. The Legend of Socket Greeny (The Socket Series) by Tony Bertauski (March 3, 2013) – A disappointing ending to the series. I suppose it wasn’t an awful ending, just not what I was hoping for.
  17. The Wand-Maker’s Debate: Osric’s Wand by Jack D. Albrecht Jr., Ashley Delay (March 31, 2013) - Read this as a bedtime book for Anna. The book was okay, but the ending was a bit abrupt and the characters did things that were dangerous but unnecessary. It was also strange that all animals could talk and were treated as people except for horses, which were used for transportation and hauling heavy loads (like in real life).
  18. The High-Wizard’s Hunt: Osric’s Wand by Ashley Delay, Jack D. Albrecht Jr. (April 7, 2013) - Book two in a fantasy series. At least the unicorns finally went away.
  19. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 5: Fracture by Randolph Lalonde (April 15, 2013) – I enjoyed the story but, again, the author really needs to get a proofreader.
  20. Immune (The Rho Agenda) by Richard Phillips (April 16, 2013) – Part of a series. Skimmed over some of the violence in this one, but the story was interesting.
  21. Wormhole (The Rho Agenda) by Richard Phillips (May 10, 2013) – Part of a series.
  22. WICK by Michael Bunker, Chris Awalt (May 15, 2013) – An odd end-of-the-world sort of book that involves a man trying to get back to nature, but gets caught up in a weird Russian town in America.
  23. WICK 2: Charm School by Chris Awalt, Michael Bunker (May 19, 2013) – A continuation of an end-of-the-world story.
  24. The Last Pilgrims by Michael Bunker (May 22, 2013) – An end-of-the-world book that takes place about 20 years after WICK. Somewhat unbelievable, but interesting.
  25. WICK 3: Exodus by Michael Bunker, Chris Awalt (May 26, 2013) – The next installment in the WICK series.
  26. Gabriel’s Return (Evan Gabriel Trilogy) by Steve Umstead (May 29, 2013) – Second book of the Evan Gabriel trilogy. It was an okay story, a bit weak as it was mainly setting up for the third book.
  27. Season of the Harvest (Harvest Trilogy) by Michael R. Hicks (May 31, 2013) – First in a trilogy. It was pretty good. Had a good mix of action, crime, and scifi.
  28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (June 6, 2013) – A classic book about war and time travel. I saw the movie a while back and thought I might like the book, too. It was a good read.
  29. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 6: Fragments by Randolph Lalonde (July 14, 2013) – Part of a long series. Starting to lose interest, but I am curious how the author will wrap things up so I’ll probably keep reading.
  30. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Day by Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye (July 16, 2013) – First in a series of fiction books about the Rapture. A bit preachy, but an interesting view into the beliefs of some Christians.
  31. Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover (July 19, 2013) – A bit slow and drawn out. Wasn’t a huge fan, but it won’t stop me from reading other Star Wars novels.
  32. Rogue Squadron: Star Wars (X-wing) by Michael A. Stackpole (July 22, 2013) – Excellent read. Entertaining, fight scenes weren’t over-detailed, and the storyline actually advanced (unlike Shadows of Mindor).
  33. Wedge’s Gamble: Star Wars (X-wing) by Michael A. Stackpole (July 30, 2013) – I liked it. A few ridiculous items that were required to advance the plot but seemed unreasonable, but overall a good read.
  34. The Krytos Trap: Star Wars (X-wing) by Michael A. Stackpole (August 2, 2013) – A lot more politics and maneuvering than the previous books in this series. A bit slower to read but still interesting. The big twists were a bit too obvious though.
  35. A New Hope: Star Wars: Episode IV by George Lucas (August 8, 2013) – To be honest, it was a bit boring. A lot of the dialog is word-for-word the same as the movie. I was really hoping there would be some interesting tidbits that didn’t make it into the movie, but there wasn’t.
  36. The Bacta War: Star Wars (X-wing) by Michael A. Stackpole (August 10, 2013) – At least two disappointing applications of deux ex machina, but all in all a fun read.
  37. Wraith Squadron: Star Wars (X-wing) by Aaron Allston (August 11, 2013) – Really enjoyed it. New characters, new storyline. On the same track as Rogue Squadron but with a few fun twists.
  38. Iron Fist: Star Wars (X-wing) by Aaron Allston (August 12, 2013) – Another great book in the X-wing series.
  39. Solo Command: Star Wars (X-wing) by Aaron Allston (August 14, 2013) – LOVED it. Several laugh out loud hilarious bits, while still maintaining a lot of the normal seriousness of Star Wars books.
  40. The Courtship of Princess Leia: Star Wars by Dave Wolverton (August 15, 2013) – A nice change of pace from the X-wing series. Finally some Jedi action.
  41. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (August 17, 2013) – Wow, so much more in the book than in the movie. Enjoyed reading it.
  42. 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke (August 24, 2013) – A bit disappointing. For the most part, the climax and the rest of the book weren’t dependent on each other. The climax would have happened without the rest of the book, and the rest of the book wasn’t changed (except for the very end) by the climax. Made me feel sort of a “why did he make me read all of that other stuff if it didn’t matter” feeling at the end.
  43. Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning (August 31, 2013) – This book was basically a way to incorporate elements from the prequel into the expanded universe.
  44. 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke (September 1, 2013) – A great recovery from the lackluster Odyssey Two. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if I had to spend a lot of time online because of the numerous historical/political references.
  45. 3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (September 2, 2013) – Interesting method of keeping original characters in future installments of a series that spans a thousand years. Was a bit disappointed to find out that Clarke is one of those silly people that think religion is a mental illness.
  46. The Rings of Haven by Ryk Brown (September 9, 2013) – Book 2 in a series. Unrealistic, but a fun space novel anyways.
  47. The Legend of Corinair by Ryk Brown (September 13, 2013) – Book 3 in a series. Again, unrealistic, but I really enjoyed it. The characters are fun and the tech is interesting without being too ridiculous.
  48. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn (September 28, 2013) – Loved it. Lots of fun action, lots of the original Star Wars characters, and a fun plot.
  49. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (September 30, 2013) – Got a bit too dark in a few spots, but overall it was interesting. I know a bit of Lincoln’s history so it was fun to read the fact mixed with the fiction.
  50. Book of Mormon (October 3, 2013) – Finished reading the Book of Mormon with my family. We were challenged by our new ward to read it before conference, so we’ve been working hard to get through it. It got hard near the end because Anna wanted us to explain what every new word meant (not exactly an awful problem to have).
  51. Death Star by Michael Reaves, Steve Perry (October 5, 2013) – The first Death Star, from construction to destruction, from an Imperial point of view. A bit slow, but I enjoyed the read.
  52. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 7: Framework by Randolph Lalonde (October 9, 2013) – Wow. The author pulled everything together and made everything make sense. I’m impressed. There were so many loose ends that I never thought he’d make it work.
  53. Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn (October 12, 2013) – Not a huge fan of the Thrawn books, but at least they finally weakened the Fey’lya character so he won’t be so annoying in the future.
  54. Freedom’s Dawn by Ryk Brown (October 13, 2013) – Fun series. This one was a bit slower, a bit of a bridge in the story line. I think the next in the series will be better.
  55. Shadow Games by Michael Reeves, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (October 16, 2013) – Great change of pace from the normal type of Star Wars novel.
  56. Allegiance by Timothy Zahn (October 18, 2013) – Yeah so I’m addicted to Star Wars novels at the moment, so sue me.
  57. Choices of One by Timothy Zahn (October 20, 2013) – A great foundational book, covering backstory on a slew of main characters. I enjoyed it.
  58. Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster (October 22, 2013) – Meh. This is an old 70′s Star Wars book, and it showed its age.
  59. The Last Command by Timothy Zahn (November 17, 2013) – Good conclusion to the Thrawn Trilogy.
  60. Rise of the Corinari by Ryk Brown (November 20, 2013) – Part 5 in a series. Way too slow. Explained a bunch of tech development, but very little action. I hope the next picks up the pace a bit.
  61. Isard’s Revenge by Michael A. Stackpole (November 26, 2013) – Had a hard time getting through this one… Way too slow, and I don’t feel the characters lived up to their reputations.
  62. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (December 6, 2013) – Great book! I especially liked the dialog between the Controller and the Savage near the end of the book. It was interesting how both viewpoints could be effectively argued for.
  63. Dust by Hugh Howey (December 10, 2013) – Great ending to a great saga. Questions are answered and potential plot holes are explained.
  64. Han Solo at Stars’ End by Brian Daley (December 13, 2013) – A fun Star Wars novel that had absolutely nothing to do with the rebellion or the empire.
  65. Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (December 14, 2013) – I’m enjoying a few Star Wars novels that aren’t focused on the whole rebel/empire bit. This one was a fun heist book.
  66. Winner Lose All by Timothy Zahn (December 15, 2013) – A novella, chronicling one of Lando’s adventures. Fun. Glad it wasn’t stretched into a whole novel.
  67. Head of the Dragon by Ryk Brown (December 16, 2013) – Part 6 in a series. Lots of action. Lots of close calls. Some fun technology issues. It was a good read.
  68. Han Solo’s Revenge by Brian Daley (December 21, 2013) – The writing was a bit rough. A bunch of weird phrasing and antiquated words. But the story was fun and had a nice twist.
  69. Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley (December 21, 2013) – This guy’s writing gets worse and worse as time goes on. Goes out of his way to make his writing difficult to read. The story itself was fun, but had a few major plot holes that sort of ruined it for me.
  70. Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson (December 23, 2013) – Lots of tie-ins with previous books, wrapping up loose threads from their storylines and briefly bringing back old characters. It was fun.
  71. Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson (December 26, 2013) – Bit of a filler book with the set up needed for the third book in this storyline.