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Reading Roundup: November 2012

Here’s an assortment of books that I found interesting this month.  As always, the subject matter is all over the place:

  • Cycling Home From Siberia by Rob Lilwall- A fascinating tale.  Lilwall quits his job for an adventure he thinks will take just one year, but ends up taking more.  He and a friend start on the journey of riding their bikes from Siberia to England, somehow thinking it would be best to start in the middle of a Siberian winter.  He and his friend part ways in Japan and he’s left to finish the rest of the trip by himself.
  • Unclean:  Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality by Richard Beck- A challenging and engaging book on Theology from a Psychology professor.  His blog, Experimental Theology, is always full of challenging insights and this book is no different.  He delves into the psychological aspects of Jesus’ interaction in Matthew 9, where Jesus says “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.”  Why is there this tension between mercy and sacrifice, between the clean and the unclean?  An excellent book that presents a different way of looking at things.
  • Anything You Want by Derek Silvers- This short book comes from the founder of cdbaby and tells how he stumbled into building a multi-million dollar business.
  • Danse Macabre by Stephen King- An overarching view of science fiction and horror in the arts from radio to tv to movies to novels.
  • Pulphead:  Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan- One of Amazon’s 2011 best books of the year.  A collection of essays, some more entertaining than others.  The first one, Upon This Rock, is his funny adventure to the Creation Festival.
  • One Way Road:  The Autobiography of Robbie McEwen by Robbie McEwen- A book on one of cycling’s best sprinters.
  • The Long Run by Mishka Shubaly- An Amazon single.  The author writes of his descent into the addiction to alcohol and his new addiction to long distance running.
  • Patriot Reign by Michael Holley- A behind-the-scenes book on the 2002-2004 New England Patriots.
  • War Room:  The Legacy of Bill Belicick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team by Michael Holley
  • Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville- Irish crime fiction.  Excellent.  To say anything would spoil the plot.
  • Charlie M:  A Charlie Muffin Thriller (Book One) by Brian Freemantle- The first book in the Charlie Muffin series from the ’70’s about a English spy.  He’s not exactly James Bond.
  • Walking the Perfect Square by Reed Coleman- New Jersey crime fiction featuring the PI Moe Prager.
  • Innocent Monster by Reed Coleman- More on PI Moe Prager, this time as he delves into the kidnapping of a child prodigy and meets the people who are profiting off the prodigy.  Are they more concerned about the kid or what the kid can do for them?
This month’s re-read
  • Dakota:  A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris- I read this book when it first came out and loved it.  I re-read it this month and the effect was not quite the same.  I’ve purchased this book and given copies to others, but this time, the words fell flat for me.  I still plan on re-reading her other books.
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