Thursday, January 04, 2007

2006 Reading List

This year's reading list is much shorter than last year's. I guess I have been distracted just a little bit.

The Old Testament: 2 Chronicles - Jeremiah
Ok, so this project still isn't finished. I have been slowly working my way through the Bible chapter by chapter and haven't covered it all, even over a 3-year span (I read the New Testament first).

Devil in the Details - Jennifer Traig
What's there not to love about poking fun at people with obsessive compulsive personality disorder? This book seemed clever at first, and then just kind of got annoyingly not funny.

The Home Buyer's Question and Answer Book - Bridget McCrea
I picked this one up at Barnes and Noble. I think I probably read the whole thing twice. It's in question and answer format and very helpful for anyone who may be clueless about real estate. Although to be honest, I'm still a little confused about my escrow account.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
I have this thing about forcing myself to start what I finish, and this book damn near killed me. It is perhaps why this reading list is so short this year. Pulitzer or not, this guy writes horribly long and uninteresting sentences. Ask Ru, she tried to read it aloud during our drive across the country and was equally bored.

The Book of Tells - Dan Collett
This was a quick, easy read about body language. Most of it was pretty basic, and a lot of it seemed to be without merit. Read it if you're interested in that sort of thing, but I doubt you'll come away with anything new.

Flesh and Blood - Jonathon Kellerman
A quick read while on vacation. The first book I've ever read by this author. I wasn't very impressed, but my mother said it wasn't one of his better reads.

The Rescue - Nicholas Sparks
Predictable, a half-day's read.

The Intern Blues - Bob Marion, MD
This is a collection of recorded journal entries from three interns during their first year of a pediatric residency program, with commentary and organization by their program director. It took place in the 1980's before a lot of the work-hour restrictions that we currently have. I am very thankful to not be working the schedules that they did. In some ways, I found it reassuring to read about failures and successes of others in a similar predicament.

Galloway's Book on Running - Jeff Galloway
After reading this, I plan on incorporating more walking breaks into my running schedule and am hopeful towards improving my progress.

Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
Short, fun, and entertaining. I am not big on series fiction, but I do like to read about the exploits of a bumbling bounty hunter every now and then.


Czarina said...

Hi Kate, I only recognize 3 or 4 of these titles.

I guess I'm into fiction kind of girl.

I like The Rescue, I don't have to think much but be enterntained.

Sarah said...

I have read like....two books this past year and they were for the kids' school. I think I will read this year. I miss it. Thanks for the modivation. :)

Chris said...

OK, a question. Did the Book of Tells help you improve your poker game with the hospital poker nights?

You've read much more than me this year. I also read a lot more last year.

Have a great weekend!
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ru said...

Ugh... just reading the title Guns, Germs and Steel makes my eyelids squint.

I always feast and famine with books. During summer I'll read 6 books in a week and then no more for months at a time.