Reading List for July 2021

Now that the last full month of summer is upon us, it is time for me to post the list of titles that I read during July of 2021. Unlike my guess when I posted the Reading List for May 2021, I actually listened to more items than I expected.. Here is what I did manage to listen to. I listened to 13 titles. Of these, ten were new. The reason for this is that most of them, seven of the ten, were Great Courses. Great Courses are broken into 30 or 45 minute chapters, so they can be easily listened to in small chunks. Additionally, I can not listen to one for a few days and it will not be a problem to pick it up again.

Out of all of the items I listened to, I would recommend New Arcadia: Stage One by Eric Jason Martin, particularly if you like ’90s video games.

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Title Author First Listen
The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest (Great Courses) Jennifer Paxton No
New Arcadia: Stage One Eric Jason Martin Yes
Powerful Women on the Middle Ages (Audible Original/Great Courses) Dorsey Armstrong Yes
American Monsters (Great Courses) Adam Jortner Yes
The Life and Times of Prince Albert (Great Courses) Patrick Allitt Yes
Firebreak Nicole Kornher-Stace Yes
Medical Mysteries Across History (Great Courses) Roy Benaroch, MD Yes
10 Big Questions of the American Civil War (Great Courses) Caroline Janney Yes
America’s Founding Women (Great Courses) Cassandra Good Yes
Notorious London (Great Courses) Paul Deslandes Yes
The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs Steve Brusatte No
The Home Front: Life in America During World War II Paul Deslandes No
Exo-Hunter Jeremy Robinson Yes
Total   13

Reading List for June 2021

The first half of 2021 has now concluded, which means it is time for me to post the list of titles that I read during June of 2021. As mentioned in the Reading List of May 2021 post, I did end up listening to fewer items over the course of June than in previous months. Here is what I did manage to listen to. Out of the nine titles that I listened to, there was only one new title, the others I have previously listened to them. The reason for not listening to as many books is due to working on my books about Apple’s new operating systems.

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Title Author First Listen
No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the life of Juvenile Court Ed Humes No
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney No
Caves of Steel Isaac Asimov No
Agent to the Stars John Scalzi No
Kill Decision Daniel Suarez No
The American West: History, Myth, and Legend (Great Courses) Patrick Allitt No
The President’s Daughter Bill Clinton and James Patterson Yes
London: A short History of the Greatest City in the Western World (Great Courses) Robert Bucholz No
Turning Points in Medieval History (Great Courses) Dorsey Armstrong No
Total   9

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