My Reading List

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A gift box of books! There is no better gift and just in time for Memorial Day.


January 1, 2017

The Bible-God – I will read this all year.

The Book Of Five Rings-Miyamoto Musashi- I have read this many times since the 1980’s Everytime I read this book I take something more away with me.  What a great study not just in combat, but in life. Finished 1-12-17

Extreme Ownership- Lief Babin and Jocko Willink -Finished this book on 1-8-17 it was a great read. I wonder why I resisted getting into Jocko’s podcast and this book.  It is not only a great leadership tool it applies to life.  Much like A book of Five Rings or The Art of War. A must read.

The Atlantis Gene- A.G. Riddle  This was a fun read. It was good with all the lore, Nazi Bell, Atlantis etc.  1-27-17

A Million Miles in A Thousand Years- Donald Miller- My second time. Finished it 1-20-17 it is just a great story about telling your story.  I love how Donald Miller writes about all the doubt and worry that goes into telling your story. He writes what a lot of us are thinking, but never admit it.  A great read.


Live Your Dreams-Les Brown I recommend this book for anyone who wants to work through their life’s issues.  Great stories and examples. Finished 1-31-17


Tao of Jeet Kune Do- Another great book on the philosophy of combat and life in general. I read this first in the 1980’s when I was in JKD with Ted Lucaylucay. Finished this book on 2-19-17

1-31-17Alone in the Apocalypse written by AJ Newman another just for fun read. Finished this book on 1-27-17.  Okay.


Theodore Roosevelt: Life Lesson from the 26th President of the United States. Finished on 2-13-17 I had heard a podcast on Teddy and he is a part of the Blue Bloods TV show so I read this book.  I am glad I did.  I learned a lot about him.  Some of these people today should read this book.


Matagorda  by louis l’amour.  Great Western that follows the formula.   Finished on 2-7-17  Once again a great quick read.


The First Fast Draw by Louis L’amour The story of Cullen Baker a Texas Gunfighter.  Good post-Civil War book. Finished 2-12-17 Nobody can tell a story like Louis.  He will bring you right into the time and place.  Great story.


The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson.   This guy can write.  I started watching the show Longmire which is based off these books.   I looked up Craig on Youtube and he spoke well so I ordered the first book. I have been so busy working that I did not post this. I finished this book on 3-1-17 It was great, so much better than the TV series.  I love the way he writes, he can tell a story!  I ordered more of his books.


The Race by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.  I am a big Clive Cussler fan.  Great adventure stories. I really like these Issac Bell adventures, great fun.  A good escape. 3-28-17



The Daybreakers by Louis L’amour. The story of the Sackett brothers.  They left the hills of Tennessee for the west. They come of age and find fortune in the land.  A read. Finished this on 3-14-17


Sackett by Louis L’amour.  The story of William Tell Sackett.  He found some gold in a high up hidden valley and hopes to keep it. Louis is the ultimate storyteller a good way to pass the downtime.  3-20-17.


Death Without Company by Craig Johnson.  Another great Longmire novel.  He can suck you right into the story!  I really like this guys style. A modern western. It was a complex mystery and it held my attention to the end. 4-5-17


Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.  I found this book when my father passed away. It was the first edition, so I just put it away.  I picked it up and man John Steinbeck can put words together!  I like it. Finished this on 5-9-17 and this was a great book.  I never thought a story that takes place in one small area about the local people would appeal to me.  It did and now I will read more of his books.


Squall by Sean Costello.  It looked like a fun book to burn what extra time I have. I am not a fan of this book.  It turned out to be the kind of crime book I dislike. A women killer, cardboard bad guys.  finished it on 4-20-17 I always finish a book once I start it.


Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson.  This is number three in his series. This was another great book.  It helped pass the time in the gym when I had some downtime. Great story and this time it takes place in Philly.  Longmire is a complex character with great internal dialogue. Finished on 5-20-17


The Devine Mentor by Wayne Cordeiro. This was a great read.  Very informative and recommend it.  It explains a lot and shows you where to go to find a mentor that will never let you down.  I am following some of his journaling tips.  Finished on 5-7-17


Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck.  This about a trip John Steinbeck took with his dog Charley across America.


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown I thought I would read what it has to say about the American Indian history.