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Imagination Conjuring Reality

D.K. Wall

Imagination Conjuring Reality

Books Read

As I studied successful authors, I spotted a trend—they read a lot of books. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series, says he reads 300 books a year. Stephen King, who says he reads about 80 books a year because he is a slow reader, states, "If you want to write, you must do two things above all others—read a  lot and write a lot."

I have taken that challenge to heart and set a goal of reading 100 books a year—mostly fiction and different genres. I watch for recommended books from authors I have never read, but also read everything a handful of authors write (two of those mentioned in the first paragraph).

Many of my readers asked that I share that list and a lot of the newsletter subscribers email me regularly to recommend I try a book (something I love). Thus, this section of the website has evolved to list all of the books I finish reading.

To be clear, these are not reviews. You will find I never rate a book as "bad" because, frankly, I never finish a poorly written book. Too many good books exist out there to waste a minute of time reading a bad one. Since the books reported here are only the ones I finish, they are all good.

When I read reviews from on-line bookstores or review sites, I find most of them are based on whether the reader "liked" or "didn't like" the book. The problem with that approach is whether the reader "likes" a book has as much to do with the topic as the writing skills of the author. For example, I am not a fan of sci-fi romance books with werewolves (which is probably a genre, but who knows?). So if I said I didn't like such a book, and you enjoy time-traveling, shape-shifting lovers, then my review is useless to you. It might even prevent you from discovering a book you like.

So instead of like or not (since every book listed I liked enough to finish), my reviews take a few paragraphs to explain what the story is about. Hopefully, that will help you decide whether to read or not.

And, yes, if I really, really, really loved a book and think it's awesome, I will say that. Count on that once every month or two.

Hope you enjoy my list and find something new to read.

P.S.—Please, share what you are reading. I try very hard to read authors I have not tried before.

C.J. Box: Open Season

C.J. Box: Open Season

October 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 51 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—C.J. Box: Open Season—Murder, politics, and big business threatens young Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett’s world.

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Louise Penny: A Great Reckoning

Louise Penny: A Great Reckoning

September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 50 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Louise Penny: A Great Reckoning—Police corruption, a mysterious map, a small village, and a murdered teacher.

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Dawn Lee McKenna: Squall Line

Dawn Lee McKenna: Squall Line

September 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 49 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Dawn Lee McKenna: Squall Line—Social media, bullying, and guns in school collide in a manhunt.

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Gregg Olsen: A Cold Dark Place

Gregg Olsen: A Cold Dark Place

September 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 48 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Gregg Olsen: A Cold Dark Place—An entire family is slaughtered and the prime suspect is their missing teen son.

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Lisa Jackson: You Will Pay

Lisa Jackson: You Will Pay

September 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 47 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Lisa Jackson: You Will Pay—Twenty years after 4 people disappear from a summer camp, a body is discovered.

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L.F. Robertson Two Lost Boys

L.F. Robertson: Two Lost Boys

August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 46 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—L.F. Robertson: Two Lost Boys—A legal procedural following the appeals process for a death row inmate.

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Harlan Coben: Don't Let Go

Harlan Coben: Don’t Let Go

July 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 45 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Harlan Coben: Don’t Let Go—A detective wonders if a murder is connected his twin brother’s suicide 15 years earlier.

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Lisa Gardner: The Guy Who Died Twice

Lisa Gardner: The Guy Who Died Twice

July 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 44 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Lisa Gardner: The Guy Who Died Twice—Boston detective confronted with a locked-room murder mystery.

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Dan Brown: Digital Fortress

Dan Brown: Digital Fortress

July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 43 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Dan Brown: Digital Fortress—Deep inside the NSA, cryptographers race to decode a nation-threatening secret.

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Paula Hawkins: Into The Water

Paula Hawkins: Into The Water

July 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 42 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Paula Hawkins: Into The Water—Are the drownings of several women accidents, suicides, or murder?

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Michael Koryta: How It Happened

Michael Koryta: How It Happened

July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 41 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Michael Koryta: How It Happened—A drug addicts confession to a crime isn’t supported by the evidence.

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Amy Gentry: Good As Gone

Amy Gentry: Good As Gone

July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 40 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Amy Gentry: Good As Gone—A woman claiming to be a the long missing daughter reenters a family’s life.

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