Friday, December 28, 2012

Books I've Read - 2012

I'm certainly not done reading for the year, its just the 28th of December. I'm just don't think I'll finish another book so here is the my completed list. 
I decided to keep track just for the fun of it. I learned a few things that are probably pretty obvious to those who read a lot.  Some books are better than others; I'd rather read than watch TV and  some books are more fun and easier to read than others.  
My favorite author this year was Stuart Woods. Lee Child was a close second. 
I shall continue in 2013. If you have a suggestion I'd love to hear it. I will probably read it too.
  
  1. Micro - Michael Crichton
  2. Zero Day - David Baldacci
  3. Red Mist - Patricia Cornwell
  4. American Assassin - Vince Flynn
  5. The Hunter -John Lescroart
  6. Deeper Than Dead - Tami Hoag
  7. Secrets to the Grave - Tami Hoag
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  9. Rough Country - John Sandford
  10. Bad Blood - John Sandford
  11. Shock Wave - John Sandford
  12. Down the Darkest Road - Tami Hoag
  13. Kill Shot - Vince Flynn
  14. Private Games - James Patterson
  15. Unorthodox - Deborah Feldman
  16. Devil's Gate - Clive Cussler
  17. Judas Gate - Jack Higgins
  18. Night Probe - Clive Cussler
  19. The Snowman - Joe Nesbo
  20. Night Probe - Clive Cussler
  21. Stay Close - Harlan Coban
  22. A Heartbeat Away - Michael Palmer
  23. Home Front - Kristin Hannah
  24. The Innocent - David Baldacci
  25. City of Thieves - David Benioff
  26. Shadow Pass - Sam Eastland
  27. The Eye of the Red Tsar - Sam Eastland
  28. The Storm - Clive Cussler
  29. Force of Nature - C.J.Box
  30. Stolen Prey - John Sandford
  31. The Columbus Affair - Steve Berry
  32. Canada - Richard Ford
  33. Bloodline - James Rollins
  34. The Third Gate - Lincoln Child
  35. The Fallen Angel - Daniel Silva
  36. Mission to Paris - Alan Furst
  37. I, Michael Bennett - James Patterson
  38. Phantom Prey - John Sandford
  39. Archive 17 - Sam Eastland
  40. Invisible Prey - John Sandford
  41. Mind Prey - John Sandford
  42. New York Dead - Stuart Woods
  43. Dirt - Stuart Woods
  44. Dead in the Water - Stuart Woods
  45. Swimming To Catalina - Stuart Woods
  46. Worst Fears Realized - Stuart Woods
  47. L.A. Dead - Stuart Woods
  48. Cold Paradise - Stuart Woods
  49. The Short Forever - Stuart Woods
  50. Dirty Work - Stuart Woods
  51. Reckless Abandon - Stuart Woods
  52. Two Dollar Bill - Stuart Woods
  53. Dark Harbor - Stuart Woods
  54. Fresh Disasters - Stuart Woods
  55. Shoot Him If He Runs - Stuart Woods
  56. Hot Mahogany - Stuart Woods
  57. Loitering With Intent - Stuart Woods
  58. Kisser - Stuart Woods
  59. Lucid Intervals - Stuart Woods
  60. Strategic Moves - Stuart Woods
  61. Bel Air Dead - Stuart Woods
  62. Son of Stone - Stuart Woods
  63. D. C. Dead - Stuart Woods
  64. Unnatural Acts - Stuart Woods
  65. Severe Clear - Stuart Woods
  66. Trip Wire - Lee Child
  67. Running Blind - Lee Child
  68. Echo Burning - Lee Child
  69. Without Fail - Lee Child
  70. Persuader - Lee Child
  71. The Enemy - Lee Child
  72. The Hard Way - Lee Child
  73. One Shot - Lee Child
  74. The Lawgiver - Herman Wouk
  75. Bad Luck and Trouble - Lee Child
  76. Nothing To Lose - Lee Child
  77. Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child
  78. 61 Hours - Lee Child
  79. Worth Dying For - Lee Child
  80. The Affair - Lee Child
  81. A Wanted Man - Lee Child
  82. The Panther - Nelson Demille
  83. Mad River - John Sandford
 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wow, do I love to read...

When I retired a few years ago my daughter suggested a couple of books to me, thinking that I would have more time to read without the bother of working. (Its not that I have anything against working, I think its good for many people to have activities that keep them busy and avoiding poverty.)

She got me started and this year I decided to keep track of what books I've read. There is a list on the left, sidebar, of my blog. Anyone looking at it might wonder why I've settled on Stuart Woods for the last couple of months. I simply like his characters and "Stone Barrington" is main character in this series in particular. He reminds me of those old New York detective movies from the thirties and forties where the main character wears a dinner jacket each night and finds beautiful women in a posh New York night spot.

So if you follow my reading list, you will be happy to know that the Stone Barrington series will soon end, at about 25 novels. It appears that Stuart Woods is prolific and Stone seems to be aging nicely so we will see what other books he writes with him as the main character.

BTW: I think Lee Child might be next. Any suggestions?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Help Us With This Project...

I'm never sure how many people read my blog. That's what you get for blogging infrequently.
My grandson, Sam, is in the fight against AML (leukemia). He is at Children's in Milwaukee. My daughter, the blogger rabbi, started a blog so that family and friends could keep tabs on Sam's progress.
 
He needs to know how many friends he has. My daughter started a photo project just to show him. Already his room is papered with pictures from around the country. 
 
His blog is: http://supermansamuel.blogspot.com. Below I have a repost of her call and challenge to friends around the world for support. It started when he questioned just how many people were in his corner and wanted to support him. 
 
Would you like to help show Sam how many Super People are supporting him? Join his team! And keep Sam in your prayers*
A family portrait I never would have imagined...

Take a photograph of yourself wearing your favorite superhero shirt 
(or holding up their logo...or just smiling!)
Print out the picture.
Put it in an envelope and mail it to:
Sam Sommer, E571
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997
We will hang all the pictures on Sam's wall...Team Superman Sam! 

*(And I know that many of you are not Jewish, and your prayers are just as important and precious to me - God hears us, however we pray. And let me tell you - we will take all the praying we can get!)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Don't Blink Port Washington

A few years I wrote an article called Don't Blink. I've updated it dozens of times since then. Here's the latest version.

Before you look, here are a couple of observations:

  1. I don't think Microsoft gets it. Its about sharing, collaborating and working together, not about platforms, software and market share.
  2. Blogging is an exciting and easy way to communicate but keep in mind that it was invented in the early age of computing. Easy is not always most effective. A blog is about a message. If the message is good, the blog will be a winner
  3. Blogs like mine, in which the blogger posts irregularly, will not generate readers. People will notice that the content is stagnant and start to skip looking. If you want a blog that is read, post every day. Perfect for teachers who teach every day.

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