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.

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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Michael Connelly: Dark Sacred Night

December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Book 94 on my journey to 100 for the year—Michael Connelly: Dark Sacred Night—Harry Bosch teams up with Renee Ballard—a great crime fighting team.

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Jane Friedman: The Business of Being a Writer

Jane Friedman: The Business of Being a Writer

December 19, 2018 | 1 Comment

Jane Friedman: The Business of Being a Writer – Book 93 on my march to 100 – One of the most thorough books about the business side of writing for a living.

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Michael Harvey: The Innocence Game

December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michael Harvey: The Innocence Game – A group of college students trigger danger by investigating whether a decade old conviction targeted an innocent man.

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Kimberly Belle: The Marriage Lie

December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Book 91 of my march to 100 for the year – What would you do if you discovered the man you had been married to for 7 years was not who he said he was?

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Gillian Flynn: Dark Places

December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Book 90 of my march to 100 for the year- Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places is certainly dark, the tale of the murder of a family.

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December 2018 Update & Books Read

December 6, 2018 | 2 Comments

The latest updates on my new novel and how you can get an advanced copy. Plus the books read last month and much, much more.

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November 2018 Update & Books Read

November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Important information this month about how to get an advanced copy of the new novel … plus books read on my way to 100 for the year!

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2018-10 Monthly Update

October 2018 Update & Books Read

October 3, 2018 | 10 Comments

October 2018 Update – The latest on The Lottery manuscript as well as a list of books read last month and geeky weather statistics.

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