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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.

Chloe Benjamin: The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin: The Immortalists

January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 6 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Chloe Benjamin: The Immortalists—Would you live your life differently if you knew when you would die?

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Harlan Coben: The Innocent

Harlan Coben: The Innocent

January 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 5 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Harlan Coben: The Innocent—An ex-con rebuilding his life is dragged into a mystery threatening everything dear.

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Joe Hill: Heart-Shaped Box

January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 4 of my March to 100 for 2019 – Joe Hill: Heart-Shaped Box – The dead pull the living down in a vivid horror story of the past catching up.

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Michelle Obama: Becoming

January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 3 on my March to 100 for 2019 – Michelle Obama: Becoming – The memoirs of a former First Lady – with the usual pros and cons of memoirs.

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Bryan Reardon: Finding Jake

January 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 2 on my march to 100 for 2019 – Bryan Reardon: Finding Jake – Read the book in one sitting because it was so compelling, emotional, and intense.

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John Grisham: The Reckoning

January 5, 2019 | 2 Comments

The first book of the year on my 2019 march to 100 – John Grisham: The Reckoning – a story of murder, world wars, and racism in Jim Crow Mississippi.

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David Baldacci: The Sixth Man

David Baldacci: The Sixth Man

December 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

New Year’s Eve morning and I just finished my 100th book for the year and met my goal – David Baldacci: The Sixth Man – See what I think about it.

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J.T. Ellison: Edge of Black

J.T. Ellison: Edge of Black

December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Book 99 versus my goal of 100 – J.T. Ellison: Edge of Black. Fast-paced read with a compelling mystery and a strong cast of supporting characters.

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Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins: The Girl On The Train

December 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Book 98 of 100 for the year – Paula Hawkins: The Girl On The Train – A tightly woven mystery told from multiple points of view.

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Stephen King: Elevation

Stephen King: Elevation

December 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Book 97 of 100 for the year. Stephen King: Elevation – A man discovers he is getting lighter despite not showing any outward signs of weight loss.

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Coddling Of The American Mind

December 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Book 96 – almost my goal of 100! Coddling Of The American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

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Susan May Warren: Story Equation

Susan May Warren: The Story Equation

December 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Susan May Warren: The Story Equation – The 95th book read for the year is about the craft of writing—building compelling characters.

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