Reading Is Fundamental

15Sep11

I read a lot.

I have a goal to read 20 books a year.

Mostly, I read non-fiction but recently I’ve been trying to read more fiction than in the past. I realized not too long ago, while I have learned a lot in my non-fiction reading, these books rarely capture my emotional attention.

I attended a reading of Townie by Andre Dubus III. During his commentary, he mentioned “Men typically read non-fiction for information. Women read fiction for emotional engagement.” That comment stuck with me. I realized that I wasn’t emotionally attached to many of the books I’ve read in recent years. I read but my imagination is rarely fired up. So, I’ve mixed in more fiction than ever this year. Including 2 works of fiction by Andre Dubus III.

I occasionally review books on Amazon. Below are the books I’ve read in the past 2 years and a few comments on some of them. (My comments are in italics.) I’ve provided links to some of my favorites.

How to Make Professional Home Movies with Everyday Equipment
The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs
Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly
Building The Perfect WordPress Blog – Getting Started with WordPress!
Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is WrongThis was a very interesting look at baseball behind the numbers.
Flashforward – The book that TV series came from. Gets a little silly at the end.
The Jaws Log, 30th Anniversary Edition – Behind the scenes of an iconic movie.
Descent into Darkness Pearl Harbor, 1941This book really fired up my imagination. Think about this scene…the writer is underwater in a clunky diving suit, in the dark with only his waterproof flashlight to light the way through an overturned battleship…
iMovie ’09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
The West Wing (The Official Companion)
Google AdWords For Dummies
Battleship Oklahoma BB-37
Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-TrainingInsider’s view of a rapidly changing business.
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and OkinawaOne of the books The Pacific mini series was based on. Simply horrifying.
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
Seized: A Sea Captain’s Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World’s Most Troubled Waters
Simple Truths of Service: Inspired By Johnny the Bagger
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape CodI rarely reread books but this one was worth it. Cape Cod as it once was.
Ancient Egypt
A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering In A New Era of Discovery
Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. KingA very frank telling of his story. He pulls no punches.
Then Belichick Said to Brady: The Best New England Patriots Stories Ever Told (The Best Sports Stories Ever Told) – An awful book.
What Dreams May Come: A Novel
Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams
Selling the Sea: An Inside Look at the Cruise Industry
What Time Is The Midnight Buffet?
eXtreme New England Weather
Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties. One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships
Townie: A MemoirThis is excellent.
Complete Guide To Cruising & Cruise Ships 2011 (Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships)
Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs
The Garden of Last Days: A Novel
Knuckler: My Life with Baseball’s Most Confounding Pitch
Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy – Not funny at all. I slogged thru this and did not enjoy much. It’s more like a text book than anything else.
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel A dog pines for thumbs and a happy life for his master.
Get Rich Click!: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet
iMovie ’11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea RescueStory of an amazing rescue off Chatham.
Late Bloomer
House of Sand and FogA tragic story of lives unraveling. I can’t wait to see the movie.
War of Our Fathers: Relics of the Pacific Battlefields

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