Books

What I'm Reading and Recommending

I’ve been building so many different kinds of reading lists, it’s becoming hard to keep track.  Hence, I have re-organized all of my lists to this central place.  Hope this is helpful!   Some of these pages you can add to and revise, as well!

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[et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <h2 class="gr_custom_header_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a style="text-decoration: none;" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/8382450-steve-chisnell?shelf=currently-reading&utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">Steve's Bookshelf: Reading Now</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </h2><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2472855439?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="Annihilation" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1410065920m/20410192.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars"><img src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2472855439?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">Annihilation</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33919.Jeff_VanderMeer">Jeff VanderMeer</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> If I hope to enjoy the new streaming series, I better get this trilogy going. The first chapter offers an appropriate narrative distance in exposition, so it has left me intrigued. But, like the ill-authored show Lost, I worry that it ha...<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_tags_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> tagged:<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> currently-reading<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="Blindsight" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2472855424?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="Blindsight" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1511456664m/36648564.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars"><img src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2472855424?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">Blindsight</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/27167.Peter_Watts">Peter Watts</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> Recommended and recommended though the summary concept of the book is off-putting. Still, good sf is rare, and this may scratch an itch while I look for more Pellegrino. . . .<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_tags_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> tagged:<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> currently-reading<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7] (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #13]" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2431654926?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7] (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #13]" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1489831234m/34617452.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars"><img src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2431654926?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7] (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #13]</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/233619.Marcel_Proust">Marcel Proust</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> I've been waiting over a decade to begin this masterwork. Already it has challenged me and it takes me an hour or so to fall back into the prose and follow the subtle cognitive strokes Proust through his narrative. A joy. . . . <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_tags_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> tagged:<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> currently-reading<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="The Prague Cemetery" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1363305685?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="The Prague Cemetery" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327902035m/10314376.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars"><img src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1363305685?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">The Prague Cemetery</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1730.Umberto_Eco">Umberto Eco</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> Funny and sinister simultaneously, Eco understands how to craft a conspiracy through history like Dan Brown can't fathom. Enjoying this so far! <!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_tags_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> tagged:<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> currently-reading<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/805065396?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1344263875m/6516450.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars"><img src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/805065396?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1439.Malcolm_Gladwell">Malcolm Gladwell</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533941546"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> Picked this up recently because Gladwell, of course. Early forays in look like more of his easy prose capturing complex issues through storytelling. Ketchup is ketchup? 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class="gr_custom_rating_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars" title="really liked it"><img alt="really liked it" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2489423638?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">Gwendy's Button Box</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3389.Stephen_King">Stephen King</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> A promising novella that offers some classic "Monkey's Paw" challenges to a young girl who is gifted a too-powerful temptation. Is there any value in bad fortune or loss? Who should arbitrate death? What have we accepted about our leader...<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="The Bazaar of Bad Dreams" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2489438647?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="The Bazaar of Bad Dreams" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1468705688m/23512999.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars" title="liked it"><img alt="liked it" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2489438647?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">The Bazaar of Bad Dreams</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3389.Stephen_King">Stephen King</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> Are you a King completist? If so, this is probably for you. An odd collection of odds and ends across his career, of the 19 off works, perhaps two will stay with me. The highlights are, as ever, the characters King creates, many of them ...<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="Dark Screams: Volume One" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2489429728?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="Dark Screams: Volume One" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1493762330m/23165163.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars" title="it was ok"><img alt="it was ok" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2489429728?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">Dark Screams: Volume One</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3415820.Brian_James_Freeman">Brian James Freeman</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> Seeking some original writers of the genre, I was disappointed to find that the old "Weeds" story by King was the highlight of the pile, here. Why must unexplained torturous circumstances be considered clever horror? Why must a simple re...<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_each_container_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_book_container_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a title="Dark Screams: Volume Two" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2489434687?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget"><img alt="Dark Screams: Volume Two" border="0" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1436428927m/24488626.jpg" /></a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_rating_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <span class=" staticStars" title="really liked it"><img alt="really liked it" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_active.png" /><img alt="" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/gr_red_star_inactive.png" /></span><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_title_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2489434687?utm_medium=api&utm_source=custom_widget">Dark Screams: Volume Two</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_author_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3415820.Brian_James_Freeman">Brian James Freeman</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <div class="gr_custom_review_1533940498"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> This second outing in the series scored many more hits, with nearly each story offering something curious enough to hold interest: a unique idea for a demon, a play on the furniture of C.S. 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