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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.

Lee Child: Past Tense

Lee Child: Past Tense

April 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 22 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Lee Child: Past Tense—Jack Reacher travels to his father’s hometown and finds trouble.

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J.T. Ellison: No One Knows

April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 21 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—J.T. Ellison: No One Knows—On the fifth anniversary of her husband’s murder, Aubrey Hamilton suspects he’s not dead.

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Jane Harper: The Dry

Jane Harper: The Dry

March 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 20 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Jane Harper: The Dry—A man returns to the town he escaped years earlier and tries to solve a heinous crime.

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Alice Feeney: Sometimes I Lie

Alice Feeney: Sometimes I Lie

March 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 19 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Alice Feeney: Sometimes I Lie—Through conversations around her, a coma patient tries to remember why she is injured.

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Alex Michaelides: The Silent Patient

March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 18 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Alex Michaelides: The Silent Patient—A criminal psychotherapist attempts to extract a story from a mute murderer.

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John Hart: The Hush

March 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 17 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—John Hart: The Hush—Six thousand acres of swamp hold centuries-old secrets that haunt a young man.

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Karen Thompson Walker: The Dreamers

Karen Thompson Walker: The Dreamers

March 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 16 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Karen Thompson Walker: The Dreamers—A small college town battles a viral epidemic that triggers perpetual sleep.

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Brian Meeks: Mastering Amazon Ads

Brian Meeks: Mastering Amazon Ads

March 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 15 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Brian Meeks: Mastering Amazon Ads—Helping to unravel one of the most mysterious social media ad platforms.

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John Hart: The Last Child

John Hart: The Last Child

February 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 14 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—John Hart: The Last Child—My favorite read of the month with beautiful prose and a compelling story.

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Taylor Adams: No Exit

Taylor Adams: No Exit

February 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 13 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Taylor Adams: No Exit—Who among a among a group of strangers trapped in a snowstorm is a dangerous criminal?

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Sally Green: Half Bad

February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 12 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Sally Green: Half Bad—A half-Black half-White witch in modern England fights for his place in the world.

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Charles Krauthammer: Point Of it All

Charles Krauthammer: The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors

February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Book 11 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Charles Krauthammer: The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors—Essays by a master wordsmith.

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