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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.

Books Read January 2018

Books Read January 2018 (Plus Pestilence!)

February 6, 2018 | 3 Comments

A post with books and pestilence – what a mix! We will get to the pestilence last, but let’s start with a summary of my Books Read January 2018.

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Q4 2017 Books Read

Q4 2017 – Books Read

January 2, 2018 | 4 Comments

A summary of books read in Q4 2017 – part of the 102 books I read in the year.

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Q3 2017 – Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic

September 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

For nearly 30 years, I toiled away in Corporate America. In finance. So, forgive me, but I tend to think in calendar quarters. I set goals quarterly. I review progress quarterly. I measure results quarterly. Yes, I really do this every 90 days. Now that I work for myself and, frankly, no one would notice … Read moreQ3 2017 – Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic

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300 Books Per Year

Reading 300 Books A Year?

August 2, 2017 | 7 Comments

Three months ago, I wrote a post called Journeys, Detours, and Destinations highlighting how I came to this place in my life as an author and photographer and where I want to go. Since that time, I established a routine of sharing new short stories every Monday and photography at the end of each week … Read moreReading 300 Books A Year?

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