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Recent Reads

Updated: May 2

Dear readers: I am passionate about reading and am always interested in hearing recommendations. Below is a list of the books that I have read fairly recently (rather than drop titles off the list, I will just add new titles to the beginning of the list. The list is in chronological order. I will not provide a review of books in this blog.

Currently reading


Perfectly Normal - Zachary Steele



Recent reads

Percy Jackson and The Chalice of the Gods - Rick Riordan

 The Dragon Reborn – Robert L. Jordan

Iron Flame: Empyrean, Book 2 – Rebecca Yarros

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu

The Atlas Six – Olivie Blake

Fourth Wing – Rebecca Yarros

Make Up Test – John Adcox

The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

The Song of Achillies – Madeline Miller

Ready Player One – Earnest Cline

The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin

The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss

The Great Hunt – Robert L. Jordan

Alpha and Omega – Harry Turtledove

A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine

Future’s Dark Past – JL Yarrow

All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders

Beowulf’s Children – Niven, Pournelle and Barnes

Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945 – Marin Blumenson

The Pursuit of the Pankera – Robert A. Heinlein

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

The Eye of the World – Robert L. Jordan

Earth – David Brin

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Quantum Space – Douglas Phillips

The Berlin Project – Greg Benford

Caesar – Colleen McCullough

The Weight of Ashes – Zachary Steele

The Star in the East – John Adcox

The Doomsday Key – James Rollins

Blue – Lou Aronica

Order to Kill – Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series by Kyle Mills

Rising Tiger – Brad Thor



Recently Listened to on Audible

(I read many of these years ago and decided to listen on Audible while on long drives)


The Case of the Velvet Claws (the first Perry Mason book) - Erle Stanley Gardner

The 6th Target – James Patterson

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (currently listening)

The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

Ready Player Two – Earnest Cline

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein

Dune – Frank Herbert

The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Origin – Dan Brown

Colder than the Grave – A Scottish Murder Mystery – JD Kirk

The Doomsday Key – James Rollins

Enemy at the Gate – Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

Death of the Black Widow – James Patterson

Slan – A. E. Van Vogt

The Berlin Project – Gregory Benford



On my bookshelf




The Scarlett Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy

The End of the World: Classic Tales of Apocalyptic Science Fiction - compiled by Michael Kelahan

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Zenith Man – McCracken Poston, Jr.

 Leviathan Wakes – James S. A. Corey

Wool – Hugh Howey

Elantris – Brandon Sanderson




The Greek Myths – Robert Graves

The Singularity is Near: When Humans transcend Biology – Ray Kurzweil

From Atlantis to the Sphinx – Colin Wilson

Fingerprints of the Gods – Graham Hancock

Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race – Michael A. Cremo, Richard L. Thompson, et. al

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt – Shaw

Fall of the Roman Republic - Plutarch



Books on writing


Stein on Writing – Sol Stein

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers – Christopher Vogler

Getting the Words Right: How to Revise, Edit and Rewrite – Theodore Cheney

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting – Syd Field

The Elements of Style – William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White



If you have any books, you’d recommend, feel free to e-mail me at I’m always looking for recommendations for good books.


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