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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."

When I working in the corporate world, my time was too limited to read much, but dropping out of the rat race to focus on an author career changed that. I now read 1-2 books per week, exceeding 100 books read the last few years—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.

Lisa Gardner: Never Tell

December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 60 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Lisa Gardner: Never Tell—The prime suspect is the murder victim’s pregnant wife who shot her father 16 years earlier.

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James Patterson: Middle School

James Patterson: Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life

November 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 59 on my “Books Read for 2019″—James Patterson: Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life—The travails of an imaginative Middle Schooler.

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Stephen King: On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

Stephen King: On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

November 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 58 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Stephen King: On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft—The master horror writer’s autobiographical wisdom for authors.

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J.T. Ellison: When Shadows Fall

J.T. Ellison: When Shadows Fall

November 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 57 on my “Books Read for 2019″—J.T. Ellison: When Shadows Fall—Third book in the Dr. Sam Owens as the pathologist unravels a murder mystery.

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Stephen King: The Institute

Stephen King: The Institute

November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 56 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Stephen King: The Institute—A boy with mild telekineses is kidnapped into a horrifying world of research and politics.

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J.T. Ellison: The Endarkening

J.T. Ellison: The Endarkening

November 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 55 on my “Books Read for 2019″—J.T. Ellison: The Endarkening—A young woman becomes entranced by a dark painting and its handsome creator.

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Taylor Adams: Eyeshot

Taylor Adams: Eyeshot

October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 54 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Taylor Adams: Eyeshot—A young couple pinned down by a sniper must fight back against the unseen enemy.

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Louise Penny: Still Life

Louise Penny: Still Life

October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 53 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Louise Penny: Still Life—A Sûreté du Quebec homicide investigator searches for a murdered in an idyllic town.

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Michael Koryta: So Cold the River

Michael Koryta: So Cold The River

October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 52 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Michael Koryta: So Cold The River—A down-on-his-luck documentary filmmaker is entangled in a small town’s mysteries.

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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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