Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Recommendations...

The following books and authors have recently been recommended to me.

Unbroken by Linda Hillenbrand
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
James Lee Burke

Do you have others? Comment with your recommended or favorites.


  1. Stephanie SchefferJanuary 15, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    I am so impressed with you Mike. I would have never imagined, looking back at our party days, that you would have turned out as well rounded and mature as you have. Don't take offense, I am not being negative, just didn't see it back then. Looks like you have a great life. Take care and keep up the reading. BTW, do you read the actual books or do you do a Kindle?

  2. Hey Stephanie, first, thanks for the compliments and for reading my blog...secondly, a great life, well it is what we make it. In terms of being well rounded, that I am but I'm trying to lose weight! :) I read mostly hard cover books. I'm too much of a traditionlist to move to the Nook or Kindle. How many books in my library? approaching 3,000!! That's a great poll question that I'll add tonight or tomorrow: eReader, Kindle, Nook or actual book. Thanks for the question, Steph!

  3. I was watching the old series "Cosmos" (Carl Sagan) last night and he mentioned that our DNA stores all the data of our species relative to instinct, survival, reproduction, etc. Our brains developed out of a need to "catalog" information such as the arts, tool making, etc... When we ran out of storage space (if you will) we invented books. All that we know as a species... is stored in our DNA, our brain, or our books. It worries me that all our arts, music, and written word may someday be in electrons and therefore not available except in a medium that can use electrons. No more rummaging around old photos in a box in the attic or finding that special edition of "The Catcher in the Rye"... they'll be gone... in any tangible way.

  4. Tim, thanks for your comment and I agree. Will our libraries become just an electronics store? Makes one wonder how many libraries will be around in 5, 10 years. With Borders and Barnes and Noble struggling or rumored to exploring a merger, where will be buy books, online? Perhaps a revitalization of the independent book store will occur? I'm such a traditionalist and can't find myself to a Kindle, Nook, etc. Although this 'traditional' view is making my home a bit full of books. There's something about holding a book in your hands instead of electronics. There's a great rare book store in just a few cities. It's called check it out. Wish I would've visited while in Vegas. Thanks again for visiting and commenting on my blog!

  5. My mom read Pillars of the Earth over the summer and absolutely loved it. It's on my list to read, if I can ever get around to it! I haven't read anything of great substance recently other than work type books. Have you ever read anything by Charles Dickens? I've only ever read Bleak House--one of my favorite books--and some short stories. Some people hate Dickens, but I love him. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is also really good if you're wanting to catch up on some of the classics.

  6. Mike, Have you ever been to Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon? If not, I believe you would enjoy spending an afternoon there. There is also a very nice independent book store on the Oregon Coast at Rogue River, named Biscuits. It's owned by a retired lawyer who purchased the inventory of small book stores going out of business during the course of his professional career and then opened up his own book store upon retiring. He has a rare book room with some very interesting finds. If you make it out to Oregon I would recommend them both to you. Take care old friend. Brian Copeland

  7. hey Brian, Thanks for your comment. I haven't been to Oregon, sounds like a great book store. If I ever do, I'll be sure to look it up. Ditto, Brian. Mike