Mike McArthur

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2019 Reading

Updated: 14 December 2019

Books I have read in 2019

This list is in the order that I finished these books.

  1. River of Blood: Tales of the Waiatoto by John Breen 6/10. A history of cattle farming and other adventures in the Waiatoto river system of south Westland near Haast. A tough country farmed by rugged individuals. My Dad even gets a passing mention!. Finished 5 January 2019 (ISBN 978-1-877460-34-0).
  2. Alamut by Vladimir Bartol (translated by Michael Biggins) 10/10. An amazing novel. Set in eleventh century Iran with excellent historical detail and characterization, what really makes it brilliant is the insight into human nature, ideology and religion. The story itself is enthralling and for a novel of such depth it is easy to read. Started 5 January 2019, finished 19 January 2019, 389 pages (ISBN 978-1-55643-681-9).
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 7/10. Very readable and interesting but felt like an extremely long introduction to a story that never quite got going. Started 23 January 2019, finished 25 January 2019, 676 pages (Kindle edition).
  4. The Art of Attention, A Poet's Eye by Donald Revell 5/10. Hard work to read, waffly and pretentious. I really didn't learn anything from this book. Started 8 January 2018, finished 31 January 2019, 172 pages (ISBN 978-1-55597-474-9).
  5. The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach 10/10. A very interesting book, I learned heaps and no doubt misunderstood a lot also. I need to read this book again some time. Started 31 January 2018, finished 4 February 2019, 128 pages (ISBN 978-1-55597-488-6).
  6. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss 7/10. Similar thoughts to the first book in this series, a good story, well paced, but still no resolution at the end. Started 6 February 2019, finished 15 February 2019, 1000 pages (Kindle edition).
  7. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker 10/10. An excellent journey into the complexities of sleep and how essential it is for functioning well, and even for survival. As a result of reading this I am actively trying to move my sleeping habits so that I can get a full 8 hours of good sleep every night. Started 12 February 2019, finished 24 February 2019, 341 pages (Kindle Edition).
  8. Madman by Tracy Groot 8/10. A well told story which kept me avidly turning pages right to the end. Started 29 February 2019, finished 5 March 2019, 385 pages (Kindle edition).
  9. Wired for Story by Lisa Cron 9/10. I learned a lot from this book, another one to read again. Started 20 January 2019, finished 6 March 2019, 274 pages (Kindle Edition).
  10. Holy Bible (NIV) Started 29 June 2018, finished 5 April 2019 (Allans edition).
  11. Cephrael's Hand by Melissa McPhail. 7/10 A good story, though could do with tightening up the writing and editing. Started 30 March 2019, finished 9 April 2019, 780 pages (Kindle edition).
  12. The Asshole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton. 5/10 Maybe I expected too much but this book only delivered pop psychology and a few anecdotal stories. Started 9 April 2019, finished 11 April 2019, 208 pages (Kindle edition).
  13. Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre. 7/10 Started 1 January 2019, finished 15 April 2019, 98 pages (Kindle edition).
  14. Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright. 8/10 An interesting exploration of the history of fascism and current regimes with fascist attributes. Also a sobering discussion of how Trump is undermining democracy both in America and beyond. Started 12 April 2019, finished 16 April 2019, 304 pages (Kindle edition).
  15. Poverty, Riches and Wealth by Kris Vallotton. 2/10 I read this because some folks in my church hold the author in high regard. I certainly cannot agree with his views on money. Started 6 February 2019, finished 17 April 2019, 208 pages (Kindle edition).
  16. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry 8/10. Started 18 April 2019, finished 28 April 2019, 453 pages (Kindle edition).
  17. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley 10/10. I loved reading this book. The heroine is funny and the story is engaging, I couldn't put it down. Started 29 April 2019, finished 2 May 2019, 496 pages (Kindle edition).
  18. Bait by Helen Mathey-Horn 3/10. A reasonable story let down by a serious lack of editing and a naff ending.  Started 3 May 2019, finished 6 May 2019. 341 pages (Kindle edition).
  19. Chronicles of the Black Company By Glen Cook 6/10. Good story, again let down by poor editing. Started 10 May 2019, finished 18 May 2019, 705 pages (Kindle edition).
  20. Does Prayer Change Things? by R C Sproul 7/10. Started 18 April 2019, finished 22 May 2019, 98 pages (Kindle edition).
  21. The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage, or Fiction by Erik Bork 7/10. Started 7 May 2019, finished 24 May 2019, 228 pages (Kindle edition).
  22. Wake by Sherry Rossman 5/10. An OK story, but a bit disjointed. Started 14 May 2019, finished 25 May 2019, 240 pages (Kindle edition).
  23. The Dragon's Egg by David A. Wells 7/10. Started 26 May 2019, finished 29 May 2019, 265 pages (Kindle edition).
  24. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett 8/10. Started 2 June 2019, finished 4 June 2019, 309 pages (ISBN 978-0-552-54905-9).
  25. Over The Hill But Not The Cliff by Lori B Rassas 7/10. As far as books about job hunting go, this one is quite good – not just a rehash of the same old ideas, it offers some genuinely useful advice. Started 23 April 2019, finished 5 July 2019, 168 pages (Kindle edition).
  26. Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide by John Patton 8/10. A good introduction to a very relevant topic as I begin my chaplaincy course. However, the Kindle edition does have a lot of broken words with spaces in strange places – the text needs to be better edited for Kindle. Started 25 July 2019, finished 24 August 2019, 122 pages (Kindle edition).
  27. Lycopolis by Ali Luke 7/10. Finished 25 August 2019, 304 pages (Kindle edition).
  28. The Diamond Throne by David Eddings 6/10. Finished 29 September 2019, 496 pages (ISBN 0-586-20372-9).
  29. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings 6/10. Finished 6 October 2019, 444 pages (ISBN 0-586-20373-7).
  30. The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings 6/10. Finished 11 October 2019, 652 pages (ISBN 0-586-20374-5).
  31. Breaking Intimidation by John Bevere 5/10. Recommended by Eric Gamperle. Main useful message for me was to remain mindful of living in the fear of God. Finished 6 November 2019, 206 pages (ISBN 0-88419-387-X).
  32. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff. Started 3 June 2019 (Kindle edition).

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