On My Reading List

"Thanks for the library of 10,000,000 books, Beast. But I already had a Kindle."

“Thanks for the library of 10,000,000 books, Beast. But I already had a Kindle.”

My reading list is long. I’ve collected many books as gifts, picked up random tomes at garage sales, binged on literature in Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregeon, stole from my father’s neglected library, and recently injected many new reads from after perusing Amazon on a payday. I’ve read about thirty books in nine months, so I have at least eighteen months of reading on hand. The problem is that I am always picking up new books, making the back log even longer. Other books, like War and Peace are difficult to read unless you can devote significant time and uninterrupted concentration to, so the easier reads tend to rise to the top when I select the next book to start on.

I’m a proponent of owning books. Nothing beats having a book you can read over and over or lend to a friend.

The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism – Max Weber

The Last Season – Eric Blehm

The Double – Fyoder Dostoyvesky

The Tiger – John Valliant

Poor Folk – Fyoder Dostoyvesky

Year of the Fires – Stephen J. Pynes

Globalization: A Very Short Inroduction – Manfred B. Steger

Better Living Through Plastic Explosives – Zsuzsi Gartner

The Sagas of the Icelanders

Notes from the Underground – Fyoder Dostoyevsky

Discovery at Prudhoe Bay – John M. Sweet

Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise Of Plenty Imperils Our Future – Richard Heinberg

Power Hungry – Robert Bryce

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Aviation Mysteries of the North – Gregory P. Liefer

Mein Kamf – Adolf Hitler

Reforming Christianity – Don Cupitt

The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

The Hidden Reality – Brian Greene

After Tamerlane – John Darwin

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Tain, from the Irish Epic Tain Bo Cuailnge

Dune – Frank Herbert

Invisble Man – Ralph Ellison

Selected Stories – Anton Chekov

Cancer Ward – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson

Travels in Alaska – John Muir

The Gun – C.J. Chivers

The Day of the Star Cities – John Brunner

Asimov’s Guide to the Bible – Isaac Asimov

Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol

The Quest for the Historical Jesus – Albert Schweitzer

The Collected Dialogues of Plato

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

Battlestar Galactica – Glen A. Larson

The Artist’s Journey Into the Interior – Erich Heller

The Pacificist Conscience – Peter Meyer

Thus Spake Zaruthustra – Friedrich Nietzsche

Escape From Freedom – Erich Fromm

The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction – Paul Foster

The Captain’s Daughter – Alexander Pushkin

The Gilded Age – Mark Twain

The Idiot – Fyoder Dostoyevsky

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dilard

Surviving Terror: Hope and Justice in a World of Violence

The Sorrows of Young Werther – Goethe

Beowulf Robert K. Gordon translation

Myths of the Norsemen – Robert Lancelyn Green

The Craftsman – Richard Sennett

Lucifer’s Hammer – Jerry Pournelle

Hamburger Hill – William Pelfrey

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2 Responses to On My Reading List

  1. Jim says:

    I finished reading “The Gun – C.J. Chivers” not too long ago, it’s an amazing history on what I believe to be the best combat rifle ever produced, the AK-47.

    • thesvenster says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting Jim. I’ve read about 1/4 of it. It’s an interesting book because besides just learning about a legendary weapon you learn about history, politics, warfare, etc.

      If you are in to survival/wilderness topics, I’m planning on starting a new blog soon called Sven’s Wilderness Blog.

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