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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.

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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Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

January 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go—Children at an exclusive boarding school know they are special but don’t fully understand their haunting purpose.

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Donna Tartt The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch

December 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 66 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch–A stolen painting is the title character in a story of drugs, alcohol, and shady characters.

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Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley

December 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 65 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley—A sociopath justifies his murderous behavior.

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Harlan Coben: Run Away

Harlan Coben: Run Away

December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 64 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Harlan Coben: Run Away—A father’s search for his college-aged, drug addicted, run-away daughter leads to murder.

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Nickolas Butler: Little Faith

Nickolas Butler: Little Faith

December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 63 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Nickolas Butler: Little Faith—Three generations of a family struggles with the ramifications of their faith.

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Stephen King: 1922

Stephen King: 1922

December 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 62 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Stephen King: 1922—A father and son deal with the aftermath of a murderous decision in 1922.

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Lisa Jewell: Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell: Then She Was Gone

December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 61 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Lisa Jewell: Then She Was Gone—A woman’s life a decade after her 15-year-old daughter disappears.

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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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