Books I've Read

Peter Hamilton
The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn #1)
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Brent Weeks
The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2)
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Brent Weeks
The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1)
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Guy Gavriel Kay
The Last Light of the Sun
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Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
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Scott Lynch
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards #3)
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Daniel O'Malley
The Rook (The Checquy Files #1)
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Guy Gavriel Kay
River of Stars
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Robert V.S. Redick
The Red Wolf Conspiracy
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N.T. Wright
Simply Christian
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Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards #2)
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Scott Lynch
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1)
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Justin Cronin
The Passage
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Various
Shades of Noir
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Victor Hugo
Les Miserables
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Stanley Marianski
Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages
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Sepp Holzer
Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
Added on This book is so chock full of great ideas, more in one chapter than in some whole books.
Thomas Howard
Evangelical Is Not Enough
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Michael Ruhlman
Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing
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Gene Wolfe
The Shadow of the Torturer, Volume One of the Book of the New Sun
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Philippa Gregory
The Queen's Fool
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Cormac McCarthy
All The Pretty Horses
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Alan Pistorius
Cutting Hill: A Chronicle of a Family Farm
Added on Many people (including me) think of Vermont as a bunch of organic, diversified homestead farms. But there are still some old dairy farms that have been in families for generations, although they seem to keep dwindling. This is the story of one of those farms.
James Herriot
All Things Wise And Wonderful
Added on James goes off to join the RAF and his experiences there bring back memories of more of his adventures as a country vet
James Herriot
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Added on The further adventures of James Herriott, post marriage and now a partner in the vet practice.
Penny Simpkin
The Birth Partner
Added on Helpful book for learning about birth and how I can help Kristin during the process.
James Herriot
All Creatures Great and Small
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Robert Martin
Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#
Added on Great book for any serious C# software developer. Covered some familiar ground, but great way to tie together a lot of different things I've learned and some things I didn't know.
William Gibson
Zero History
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Tim Keller
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
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Bruce Lawson, Remy Sharp
Introducing HTML5 (Voices That Matter)
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Various
The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God
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Brad Kessler
Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese
Added on This writing has just rekindled my desire to have dairy goats one day. I love how the author ties in his early experiences having goats with the historic pastoral experience that shaped much of the world. The way that herding, milking and making cheese also plays into a contemplative life is also interesting.
Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Added on An amazing cat and mouse whodunit, where we learn even more about the unique back story of the heroine in this trilogy.
Stieg Larsson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Added on I'm not one to follow the best seller lists too closely, so I actually saw the Swedish film version of this book before reading it. It's one of those rare reads that lives up to the hype, a compelling page-turner with a completely original set of characters.
Daniel Okrent
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
Added on Looking back, it's hard to imagine how Prohibition ever came about. This book provides a fascinating look at the culture and the players that both brought Prohibition into existence and then defeated it 13 years later.
Eliot Coleman
Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long
Added on More wisdom from Eliot Coleman, one of the most innovative organic gardeners currently sharing knowledge. This book has practical ideas about how to reclaim the lost art of utilizing winter/cold-hardy vegetables and season extension devices to harvest fresh produce year round, even in Maine where Mr. Coleman lives.
Leandre Poisson & Gretchen Vogel Poisson
Solar Gardening
Added on This couple has developed the American Intensive Gardening system. Somewhat based on French Intensive Gardening, but they use what they call solar appliances to garden almost year round in New England. Basically cold frames on steroids.
Ron Macher
Making Your Small Farm Profitable
Added on Very practical book that gets more into the nuts and bolts about how to actually make money as a farmer. Business plans and planning in general, marketing and growing your business. Also good focus on understanding what work is actually making you money and what work is not.
Gene Logsdon
You Can Go Home Again: Adventures of a Contrary Life
Added on I really like Gene's writing style after reading Contrary Farmer. This is a set of essays that gives a little more insight into his life, as well as various musings on farming and rural life in general.
Dorothy Dunnett
The Ringed Castle (Lymond Chronicles, 5)
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Dorothy Dunnett
Pawn in Frankincense (Lymond Chronicles, 4)
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Dorothy Dunnett
The Disorderly Knights (Lymond Chronicles, 3)
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Dorothy Dunnett
Queens' Play (Lymond Chronicles, 2)
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Dorothy Dunnett
The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles, 1)
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Andy Lee & Patricia Foreman
Chicken Tractor
Added on Good companion book to Salatin's. Focused more on using chickens to prepare garden beds. Lots of variety in different ways to do things. Includes straw bale house ideas for a good year round model. Very easy, practical read with good nutrition information.
Joel Salatin
Pastured Poultry Profits
Added on The bible of pasturing poultry for meat and eggs. Focuses on small scale production models as a business. Lots of "I tried this so you don't have to", which is very helpful.
Andy Lee & Patricia Foreman
Backyard Market Gardening
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Jeffrey Overstreet
Aurelia's Colors
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Gene Logsdon
The Contrary Farmer
Added on Great book and a great read, full of interesting and often funny writing interspersed with all kinds of practical advice and ideas.
Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Added on Okay, so I liked this, but not sure enough to slog through 700+ pages. There were really cool parts, but also a lot of filler. It does invoke the time period in an interesting way.
Karl F. Lutzen, Mark Stevens
Brew Ware: How to Find, Adapt & Build Homebrewing Equipment
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John Piper
What Jesus Demands from the World
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Michael Pollan
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Added on Those who know me would think this book is right in my bread basket (pun intended), but I'm just now getting around to reading it. Great so far.
Dorothy Dunnett
Gemini (The House of Niccolo, 8)
Added on Finished this series. Highly recommended. Twists and turns right up to the end.
Dorothy Dunnett
Caprice and Rondo (The House of Niccolo, 7)
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Dorothy Dunnett
To Lie With Lions: The Sixth Book of the House of Niccolo
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Dorothy Dunnett
The Unicorn Hunt: The Fifth Book of The House of Niccolo
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Toby Hemenway
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
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Gail Damerow
Barnyard In Your Backyard
Added on Good basic overview of a lot of different types of domestic animals. You probably need more specific books once you decide what you want, but this is a good way to figure out what's involved with particularly animals.
Karl Schwenke
Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach
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Eliot Coleman
The New Organic Grower
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Jerry Belanger
Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats: Breeds, Care, Dairying
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Margaret Hathaway, Karl Schatz
The Year of the Goat
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Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash
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Joel Salatin
You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
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Alan Moore
Watchmen
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Dorothy Dunnett
The Spring of the Ram: The Second Book of The House of Niccolo
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God
Bible
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Jay Weinstein
The Ethical Gourmet
Added on So many things to think about in this book. It's pretty balanced though, most of the recommendations are very achievable with a little work.
Jim Wallis
God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It
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Elizabeth Kostova
The Historian
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Donald Miller
Blue Like Jazz
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Anne Lamott
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
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Anne Lamott
Traveling Mercies
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David McCullough
1776
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Lee Strobel
The Case for a Creator
Added on If you ever wanted some solid scientific evidence that points to intelligent design, this book has it.
Gareth Higgins
How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films
Added on A wonderful introduction to finding the sacred and the fallen world in film
Rick Warren
The Purpose-Driven Life
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Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
The Sacred Romance
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Guy Gavriel Kay
The Lions of Al-Rassan
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Harold McGee
On Food and Cooking
Added on This is the book all the CIA grads swear by, so thought I'd give it a look.
Ronald J. Sider
Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger
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David Dark
Everyday Apocalypse
Added on One of my favorite "thinker" friends wrote this. Very interesting take on finding the divine and sacred in pop culture.
Charles J. Sykes
A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character
Added on Wow, very compelling. If you are tired of the victim mentality that is destroying America as we know it, this book will ring true with you.
Jeni Wright, Eric Treuille
Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques
Added on Not so much reading as using. Tons of photos and great instruction on useful culinary techniques. Especially helpful is how to prepare (carving, filleting, stuffing) various seafood, fish, poultry, etc. Lots of basic recipes as well.
William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive
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Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential
Added on I cooked my way through the end of high school and most of college. Lately I've been considering getting back into the biz. After seeing Bourdain on the Food Network "Cook's Tour" show, I really wanted to read some of his stuff. This book tells it like it is and if you've ever cooked (or worked in food service), it will be even more enjoyable.
Peter Conrad
The Hitchcock Murders
Added on Picked this up in London. The paperback won't be out in the US until Sept. 2002. I've read a lot about Hitchcock (he's my favorite director) and this is one of the better critical books on him. I like the fact that it touches on movies from his entire career, not just the critics faves and shows how Hitchcock had a few major themes he kept repeating.
Lawrence Sutin (Editor)
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
Added on After reading a book of short stories, I thought it would be interesting to see what Philip K. Dick was all about.
William Gibson
Burning Chrome
Added on short stories, including Johnny Mneumonic
Neil Gaiman
American Gods
Added on Nice to read my first Gaiman novel while in Ireland, where he finished the book.
Dave Tomlinson
The Post Evangelical
Added on This book seems to do a good job describing some of my struggles with my evangelical background and where to go from here...
Dan Auiler
Hitchcock's Notebooks
Added on Hitchcock himself didn't keep a lot of notes, but luckily his assistants kept notes on all kinds of things. He did write letters and some of those are included. Fascinating look inside the legend's mind and how he approached directing.
David Liss
A Conspiracy of Paper
Added on Interesting historical novel and mystery set in the rise of the financial markets in early 1700s London.
Steve Stockman
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2
Added on Fascinating, I had a hard time putting it down.
Mary Twelveponies
There are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders
Added on I've just started to learn to ride in the past year and this book has lots of great insight.
Thomas Merton
A Thomas Merton Reader
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Father Thomas Dubay
The Evidential Power of Beauty: Science and Theology Meet
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Dallas Willard
The Divine Conspiracy
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