Reading List for May 2021

This post is my fifth in my “Reading List” series. You can review all of my previous items for January, February, March, and April.

I ended up listening to fewer books in May than I did in every month except March. I managed to get through 26 books this last month, including two complete series. These are the Magic 2.0 series as well as the Harry Potter Series. Out of the 26 titles that I listened to, five of them, or 19.2%, were first time listens.

Typically, I provide these lists just for mere information. However, I am going to make a recommendation for a title, and that is “A Shorty History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson. The reason I recommend this title is that it is a very readable, or even listenable, title that provides a great overview of history, including how the universe was formed, notable people throughout history, as well as notable points throughout history. All of this is appropriate for all audiences and you do not need to be a scientist to read the material. The book really is for the general audiences and well worth the listen. I am sure that I have listened to the book at least 10 times now and I will probably listen to it again at some point in the future.

I can almost guarantee that I will not get nearly as many titles listened to in June, July, and August, as in other months. The summer is typically when I work on my books covering Apple’s new operating systems.

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Title Author First Listen
Sooley John Grisham Yes
Off to be a Wizard (Magic 2.0 Book #1) Scott Meyer No
Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0 Book #2) Scott Meyer No
An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 Book #3) Scott Meyer No
Fight and Flight (Magic 2.0 Book #4) Scott Meyer No
Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 Book #5) Scott Meyer No
The Vexed Generation (Magic 2.0 Book #6) Scott Meyer No
Project Hail Mary Andy Weir Yes
Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury No
Delta-V Daniel Suarez No
Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America Jeff Ryan Yes
Sphere Michael Crichton No
Architects of Memory (The Memory War Book 1) Karen Osborne Yes
After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley Rob Reid No
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter Book 1) J.K. Rowling No
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter Book 2) J.K. Rowling No
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter Book 3) J.K. Rowling No
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter Book 4) J.K. Rowling No
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter Book 5) J.K. Rowling No
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter Book 6) J.K. Rowling No
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Book 7) J.K. Rowling No
Into the Stars (Rise of the Republic #1) James Rosone Yes
Thirteen: the Apollo Flight That Failed Henry Cooper No
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson No
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris David McCullough No
I’d like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High Tony Danza No
Total   26

Reading List for April 2021

As I have done the last three months, it is that time again for me to provide a monthly recap of what I have read. You can review the lists from January, February, or March. As is the case for most of my books and podcasts, I listened to most of these at 2x or possibly even slightly faster. This month I have listened to more audiobooks than in March, but still fewer than in January and February.

I managed to listen to 31 books total, more than one a day on average. Of these 7 were ones that I listened to for the first time. I am not sure how many audiobooks that I will end up listening to in May, but time will tell.

Title Author First Listen
Bourne Supremacy (Bourne Book 2) Robert Ludlum No
Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne Series 3) Robert Ludlum No
Lock In (Lock In Book 1) John Scalzi No
Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock In Book 2) John Scalzi No
Tunnel in the Sky Robert A. Heinlein No
Snow Crash: A Novel Neal Stephenson No
You’re Going to Mars Rob Dircks No
Calico Joe: A Novel John Grisham No
Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War Book 1) John Scalzi No
The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War Book 2) John Scalzi No
The Sagan Diary (Old Man’s War Book 2.5) John Scalzi No
The Last Colony (Old Man’s War Book 3) John Scalzi No
Zoe’s Tale (Old Man’s War Book 4) John Scalzi No
The Human Division (Old Man’s War Book 5) John Scalzi No
The End of All Things (Old Man’s War Book 6) John Scalzi No
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe No
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Randall Munroe No
Vicarious Rhett C. Bruno Yes
Collapsing Empire (Interdependency Book 1) John Scalzi No
Consuming Fire (Interdependency Book 2) John Scalzi No
Last Emperox (Interdependency Book 3) John Scalzi No
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas John Scalzi No
The Rolling Stones Robert A. Heinlein No
Gateway Frederick Pohl No
Orphans of the Sky Robert A. Heinlein No
Robots and Roommates (Star Kingdom Book 0) Lindsay Buroker Yes
Rumors of War (Green Zone War Book 1) Jake Elwood Yes
Star Peregrine (Green Zone War Book 2) Jake Elwood Yes
Prison Planet (Green Zone War Book 3) Jake Elwood Yes
Rogue Navy (Green Zone War Book 4) Jake Elwood Yes
Rogue Battleship (Green Zone War Book 5) Jake Elwood Yes
Total   31

Reading List for March 2021

In a continuation of my monthly recap of what I have read, or more practically, listened to; at least in terms of books. You can review the lists from January or February. With it being the very beginning of April, it is time to provide last month’s list with the items that I have listened to. As is the case for most of my books and podcasts, I listened to most of these at 2x or possibly even slightly faster.

Unlike January and February, I did not listen to nearly as many books in March. Over the course of the month of March, I managed to listen to 12 different titles. Of these 3 were titles that I listened to for the first time. Not listening to as many books makes a lot of sense given that the first three titles total over 110 hours of listening. I am guessing that I might listen to about the same number of items in April as much, or something similar. It all depends on how the month goes.

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Title Author First Listen
Evening and the Morning (Kingsbridge Book 4) Ken Follett No
Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge Book 1) Ken Follett No
World without End (Kingsbridge Book 2) Ken Follett No
Origins: Fourteen Billion years of Cosmic Evolution Nathan Hystad No
Mars Rover Curiosity: an inside account from Curiosity’s Chief Engineer Bob Manning Yes
First Encounter Jasper T. Scott Yes
The Salvage Crew Yudhanjaya Wijeratne Yes
The Jester James Patterson and Andrew Gross No
Valhalla Rising Clive Cussler No
Trojan Odyssey Clive Cussler No
Black Wind Clive Cussler No
Bourne Identity (Bourne Book 1) Robert Ludlum No
Total   12

Reading List for February 2021

Last month I created a post about the items that I managed to read/listen to during the month of January. You can see that list here. With February just finished, I have another list with the items that I have listened to. As is the case for most of my books and podcasts, I listened to most of these at 2x.

Over the course of the month of February, I listened to 29 different titles, 12 of them being ones that I listened to for the first time. This is actually more than 1 book per day, which in some cases makes sense given how short some of the audiobooks are. I did not think I would be able to listen to more books in February than I did in January, but I did manage to. We will see if this pace keeps up, but I do not think it will, but we shall see.

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Title Author First Listen
Man in the High Castle Phillip K. Dick No
The Messengers Lindsay Joelle Yes
The Event (The Survivors Book 1) Nathan Hystad No
New Threat (The Survivors Book 2) Nathan Hystad No
New World (The Survivors Book 3) Nathan Hystad No
Fringe Runner Rachel Aukes No
The Salvage Crew Yudhanjaya Wijeratne Yes
Ashen Stars (Exile, Book 0) Glynn Stewart Yes
Exile (Exile, Book 1) Glynn Stewart Yes
36 Hours (The Blackout Series Book 1) Bobby Akart No
Zero Hour (The Black Out Series, Book 2) Bobby Akart No
Turning Point (The Black Out Series, Book 3) Bobby Akart No
Shiloh Ranch (The Black Out Series, Book 4) Bobby Akart No
Daemon Daniel Suarez No
Freedom(TM) Daniel Suarez No
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein No
Farmer in the Sky Robert Heinlein No
Starship Grifters (Rex Nihilo, Book 1) Robert Kroese No
How the internet happened: From Netscape to the iPhone Brian McCullough Yes
Warship (Blackfleet Book 1) Joshua Dalzelle Yes
Call to Arms (Blackfleet Book 2) Joshua Dalzelle Yes
The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy (The Great Courses) Patrick N. Allitt No
Medieval Myths & Mysteries (The Great Courses) Dorsey Armstrong Yes
The History of Rum (The Great Courses) John Donoghue Yes
The Science of Sci-Fi: From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel (The Great Courses) Erin MacDonald Yes
A History of Video Games (The Great Courses) Jeremy Parish Yes
Witches in Western Tradition (The Great Courses) Jennifer McNabb Yes
Turning Points in Medieval History (The Great Courses) Dorsey Armstrong No
The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague (The Great Courses) Dorsey Armstrong No
Total   29

There are two months down with another 10 to go. I can already tell I do not think I will be able to keep up this pace, but we shall see.

Reading List for January 2021

One of the things that I tend to do often is to listen to audio. This could be podcasts, music, or even audiobooks. Listening to Audiobooks allows me to do multiple things at once, like grocery shopping, playing video games, cleaning, and another tasks.

I generally listen to music when I am not listening to audiobooks or podcasts, and most often while I am working, although I can listen to audiobooks or podcasts as well, depending on what I am working on. If I am doing something that does not necessarily need me to concentrate on programming.

I cannot say why, but I thought I would keep track of the books that I have listened to over the course of the year. With today being February 1st, I figured now is a good time to recap those items that I listened to during January. It should be noted that I listen to audiobooks using the Audible app and generally listen between 1.5x and 2x. Therefore, I get through audiobooks a bit faster than normal. Typically, if it is a title that I have not listened to before, I listen at 1.5x or 1.6x. Whereas, if the title is something that I have listened to before, I will listen to it at 2x.

Over the course of the month of January, I listened to 27 different titles, 12 of them being ones that I listened to for the first time. I do not think I will be able to listen to as many books in February, but only time will tell.

With that, here is everything that I listened to throughout January, in the order that I listened to them.

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Title Author First Listen
The End of Everything Dr. Katie Mack Yes
Pilot X Tom Merritt No
Trigor Tom Merritt No
Band of Brothers Steven E. Ambrose No
Beyond Band of Brothers Major Dick Winters No
Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain 1942 American War Department No
Conversations with Major Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers Col. Cole C. Kingseed No
Ordinary Heroes Scott Turow No
Star Runner B.V. Larson Yes
Revolt in 2100 Robert Heinlein No
Methuselah’s Children Robert Heinlein No
The Real History of Secret Societies Great Courses Yes
Street Freaks Terry Brooks Yes
New York 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson No
Childhood’s End Arthur C. Clarke No
Fuzzy Nation John Scalzi No
The Enigma Cube Douglas E. Richards Yes
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke No
Time’s Eye Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter Yes
We are Legion (We are Bob) (Bobiverse 1) Dennis E. Taylor Yes
For We Are Many (Bobiverse 2) Dennis E. Taylor Yes
All These Worlds (Bobiverse 3) Dennis E. Taylor Yes
Heaven’s River (Bobiverse 4) Dennis E. Taylor Yes
Quantum: A Thriller (Captain Chase Book 1) Patricia Cornwall No
Spin (Captain Chase Book 2) Patricia Cornwall Yes
1984 George Orwell No
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams Yes
Total   27

I hope to be able to keep up the record of what I have listened to over the course of the year. I am sure that the number of books that I listen to during the summer will decrease, since I work on my books during the summer.