I read a lot. Way too much, probably. Books, comics, television, movies, music – it doesn’t really matter, I love a good story, but books trump all.
Well, maybe not comics. I read too many comics to list them all here, but I actually track books on Goodreads. I finish every book for one reason and one reason only – sometimes, the revelation at the end makes the whole rest of it worthwhile. My ranking systems works as follows:
Books I actively disliked or hated: literature for which I found no redeeming value. Poorly executed, boring, with generic plots and bland characters, or ideas that are terminally stale and poorly communicated.
Books that underwhelmed me: They weren’t great, but maybe there was an idea that struck me, or it made laugh or feel in a particular spot, despite the rest being claptrap. “Clever” art goes here, for the pretention of posing as substance.
Decent books: They didn’t blow me away, but they held my attention. I don’t feel I lost anything reading them, but neither would I give them more than a three word recommendation.
Books I liked: These are the ones I really enjoyed, but found something just a bit off. Maybe a character did something that didn’t make sense or the plot got a little lazy or dull at one point. Maybe the ideas are good and well-presented, but it lacks that extra bit of ingenious escalation to take it to that next level.
Books I loved: This is the stuff that blew me away, sucked me in, that connected with me on a very personal basis. I learned life lessons from it, or grew so attached to the story that I lost myself completely in it. Truly the stuff of greatness, as far as personal preference. This is the stuff I’ll go back to from time to time, to remind myself why it’s so good.
From March 17th, 2019 to September 5th, 2019, I worked on Requiem For A Dream. This is what I read during that time.
Books I actively disliked or hated:
None this round, luckily. Everything I read had at least one redeeming value.
Books that underwhelmed me:
Choose Yourself, James Altucher
Unlimited Power, Tony Robbins
Aesop’s Fables, Aesop
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, Tucker Max
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Complete Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen
Assholes Finish First, Tucker Max
The Power Of Less, Leo Babauta
Start With Why, Simon Sinek
The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith
Dancing Barefoot, Wil Wheaton
Get It Done When You’re Depressed, Julie A. Fast
Gregor The Overlander, Suzanne Collins
Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
High Hunt, David Eddings
The Sword Of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Awaken The Giant Within, Tony Robbins
Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
Living Dead In Dallas, Charlaine Harris
Silverthorn, Raymond E. Feist
Brothers Of Earth, C.J. Cherryh
Unholy Night, Seth Grahame-Smith
Books I liked:
The Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman
Getting Things Done, David Allen
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, Robert Maurer
Is Your Genius At Work?, Dick Richards
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, Michelle McNamara
The Firestarter Sessions, Danielle Laporte
The Art Of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Five Weeks In A Balloon, Jules Verne
Gate Of Ivrel, C.J. Cherryh
Fully Engaged, Thomas M. Sterner
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith
The Desire Map, Danielle Laporte
Just A Geek, Wil Wheaton
The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau
Gregor And The Prophecy Of Bane, Suzanne Collins
Pawn Of Prophecy, David Eddings
The Elfstones Of Shannara, Terry Brooks
The Adventures Of Captain Hatteras, Jules Verne
Books I loved:
The Practicing Mind, Thomas M. Sterner
Magician, Raymond E. Feist
Carrie, Stephen King
Dragonquest, Anne McCaffrey
‘Salem’s Lot, Stephen King