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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.

Gregg Olsen: The Last Thing She Ever Did

Gregg Olsen: The Last Thing She Ever Did

March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gregg Olsen: The Last Thing She Ever Did—A careless accident and cover-up result in a tangled web of lies over a missing 3-year-old child.

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Ann Napolitano: Dear Edward

Ann Napolitano: Dear Edward

March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ann Napolitano: Dear Edward—How a 12-year-old boy copes with being the lone survivor of an airplane crash that killed 191—including his parents and brother

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J.T. Ellison: Good Girls Lie

J.T. Ellison: Good Girls Lie

February 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

J.T. Ellison: Good Girls Lie—A new student to an exclusive all-girls boarding school faces cliques, secret societies, and murder.

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Gregg Olsen: Victim Six

Gregg Olsen: Victim Six

February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gregg Olsen: Victim Six—A serial killer convinced of his superiority toys with a journalist as police track his heinous crimes. The first victim of a Puget Sound serial killer is a poor migrant worker, a person neither the police nor the media are particularly interested in when she disappears. Subsequent victims over a period of … Read more Gregg Olsen: Victim Six

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Stephen Pastis: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Stephen Pastis: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

February 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Stephen Pastis: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made—The best detective in the world and his polar bear partner solve crimes…more or less.

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John Hart: Redemption Road

John Hart: Redemption Road

February 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

John Hart: Redemption Road—A convicted felon, a young boy seeking revenge, a female detective fighting for her career, and a rape victim center this story.

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David Baldacci: Long Road to Mercy

David Baldacci: Long Road To Mercy

February 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

David Baldacci: Long Road To Mercy—Haunted by the loss of her sister when they were children, Agent Atlee Pine fights crime from a remote FBI office.

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Minka Kent: When I Was You

Minka Kent: When I Was You

February 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Minka Kent: When I Was You–A victim of a violent assault recovers in her home, but discovers someone has stolen her identity, her friends, and her life.

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Brian Freeman: Thief River Falls

Brian Freeman: Thief River Falls

January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Brian Freeman: Thief River Falls–A nameless boy approaches a rural Minnesota woman who suspects he is a the target of corrupt law enforcement.

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Dean Koontz: In the Heart of the Fire

Dean Koontz: In the Heart of the Fire

January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dean Koontz: In the Heart of the Fire—A vigilante without a name appears in a small Texas town targeting a corrupt sheriff.

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C.J. Box: Back of Beyond

C.J. Box: Back of Beyond

January 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

C.J. Box: Back of Beyond—An alcoholic detective chaseses the murderer of his AA sponsor into the wilderness of the Yellowstone National Park.

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J.T. Ellison: Tear Me Apart

J.T. Ellison: Tear Me Apart

January 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

J.T. Ellison: Tear Me Apart—An idyllic family’s life is shattered when revelations from a DNA test question their foundations.

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