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The most recent reads for this year are found at the top. This page is more for me to keep track of things than it is for anyone else. Hopefully I won't be accused of navel-gazing. Here are the lists for 2004 and 2003.

Post Captain

Patrick O'Brian
New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1990

Book number 2 in the Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series.

Here's a quote that I liked:

. . . there was a comfort in subordination, in small responsibility, no decisions . . .

Tom Swift and his jetmarine

Victor Appleton II

Master and commander

Patrick O'Brian
New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1990

Book number 1 in the Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series.

I am hoping that it can by read and comprehended by the nine-year old.

Alas, it is not. Post Captain is even less so. Comprehended, yes, but too much intrigue, etc. for the nine-year old.

Good Manners for all occasions : including etiquette of cards, wedding announcements and invitations

Margaret E. Sangster
New York, NY: Cupples & Leon Company, 1921


Rocket Boys

Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 2000

The book (as usual), is tons better than the movie. The characters are so much more believable. Homer, Sr. actually does love his child, Sonny's mother's spine is much stronger, etc.

The movie will be part two of our Celluloid Leadership series at work next year (2006). I'm hoping to be able to publish the text of what I write here.

Frazz : Live from Bryson Elementary

Jef Mallett
city, ST: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005

You've already heard me gush about Frazz. Yes, I think there's some Watterson inspiration. Just like Krazy Kat was part of Watterson's inspiration.

At times the erasers look almost brick-like!

Now I'm able to go back and read the early years.

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

C. S. Lewis
New York, NY: Collier Books, 1970

One of my favorite books; I'd be reading it even if there wasn't a movie coming out soon.

It seems I end up reading through the series once or twice a year anyway...

Christian Science (Gutenberg)   [10/09/2005 - ]
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)  (City, ST: Publisher, Year)
Any book that starts out as follows just must be a good read:
This last summer, when I was on my way back to Vienna from the Appetite-Cure in the mountains, I fell over a cliff in the twilight, and broke some arms and legs and one thing or another, and by good luck . . . .
Bolívar, the liberator (Worldcat)   [10/09/2005 - 10/12/2005]
Ronald Syme ; illustrated by William Stobbs  (New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1968)
Crucial conversations : tools for talking when stakes are high (Amazon)   [10/06/2005 - 01/05/2006]
Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler  (Hightstown, NJ: McGraw-Hill, 2002)
Sarah's boat : a young girl learns the art of sailing (Amazon)   [09/02/2005]
Douglas Alvord  (Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 1994)
I enjoy the story almost as much as I do the pictures and the diagrams.
There is a heppy land furfur a-waay (Amazon)   [08/25/2005 - 09/02/2005]
George Herriman ; edited by Bill Blackbeard  (Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 2002)
I just love Krazy Kat. There's something Watterson-esqe about the scenery. More than that, I think I enjoy having to stop and actually understand what they're saying rather than just absorbing it like so much other drivel.
Naming the elephant : worldview as concept (IVP)   [08/12/2005 - 11/16/2006]
James Sire  (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004)
Seventeen seventy-six (Amazon)   [07/21/2005 - 07/30/2005]
David McCullough  (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2005)
A gift from my father and a great book.
The young man and the sea (Amazon)   [07/19/2005 - 07/20/2005]
Rodman Philbrick  (New York, NY: Scholastic Inc., March 2005)
This was a really good book. My parents gave it to my 9 year-old son who is helping me construct (in our garage) a Tiny Cat from a Philip Bolger design. Perhaps I could convince my boy to write a review for the younger readers of my favorite periodical Messing About In Boats?
[6/27/2006] Look for a review of this in the 8/15/2006 edition of Messing About In Boats.
Ready for anything : 52 productivity principles for work and life (Amazon)   [07/01/2005 - ]
David Allen  (New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2003)
Stopping at every lemonade stand : how to create a culture that cares for kids (Amazon)   [06/27/2005 - 06/30/2005]
James R. Vollbracht  (New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2001)
This book feels too sentimental. There are lots of good ideas and some of them strike close to the roots of the issues but the true roots of the community issue have so far been ignored or lightly passed over.
Don Segundo Sombra : shadows on the pampas (WorldCat) (Proyecto Biblioteca Digital Argentina)   [06/16/2005]
Ricardo Güiraldes ; translated by Harriet de Onís ; illustrated by Alberto Güiraldes  
(New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 1966)

I stumbled upon this book early in life because my father was doing his dissertation (Phd?) on it (or was it Roa Bastos's "Hijo de hombre"?). Imagine what reading this kind of richness would do to a nine or ten year-old. Later on in college I found that it could be classified in the picaresque genre. It has some very meaty passages.
About the will, or la voluntad:
"The carcass," as he called his body, "has no right to say no, when you give it a job."
and in a similar thought,
I knew that if you can stand a lot because your body has grown hardened, you stand a lot more because you've taught your will not to give in. The body suffers only at first; then it grows numb and goes without resisting wherever you take it.
Two quotes about what I call "itchy feet":
[B]ehind this lay all my days as a wandering herder, and deeper still, that vague need to be forever on the move, which is like a thirst for the road and a longing, which grew each day, to posess the round earth.
To gallop is to abolish distance, and to arrive, for the gaucho, is but a pretext for leaving.
And two about character:
"Look," said my godfather [Sombra], and laying a hand on my shoulder and smiling, "if you're a true gaucho, you won't change, for wherever you go your soul will go before you, leading you like a bell mare."
". . . you've seen the world, now, my lad, and you've become a man—better than a man, a gaucho. The one who knows the world's evils because he has lived through them is tempered to overcome them."
The cube and the cathedral: Europe, America, and politics without God (Amazon)   [05/27/2005 - 06/01/2005]
George Weigel  (City, ST: Basic Books, 2005)
Execution : the discipline of getting things done (Amazon)   [05/18/2005 - 06/07/2005]
Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan; with Charles Burck  (New York, NY: Crown Business, 2002)
Maybelle the cablecar (Amazon)   [05/16/2005]
Virginia Lee Burton (Virginia Lee Demetrios)  (New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1997)
I just came back from San Francisco...
The art of the commonplace : the agrarian essays of Wendell Berry (Amazon)   [05/05/2005 - ]
Wendell Berry ; edited by Norman Wirzba   (Washington, DC: Showmaker & Hoard, 2002)
I may never/not finish this book.
How we got here : a Silicon Valley and Wall Street primer (Andy Kessler)   [05/04/2005 - 05/11/2005]
Andy Kessler  (NA, NA: Pragmatic Programmers, 2004)
This was fascinating and should be read along with de Soto's The mystery of capital and Locke's second treatise and Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.
Now, discover your strengths (Amazon)   [05/03/2005 - 05/16/2005]
Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton  (New York, NY: The Free Press, 2001)
The team managers in our division at work are reading this one. It has already prompted many new thoughts for me and have gotten me to make some changes in how I think about getting my job done.
The more than complete hitchiker's guide: 5 stories (Amazon)   [05/02/2005 - 05/24/2005]
Douglas Adams  (Avenel, NJ: Wings Books, 1986)
Don Quixote (Amazon)   [05/02/2005 - 09/29/2005]
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra ; translated by Edith Grossman ; introduction by Harold Bloom 
(New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2003)

I had read this once before ("borrowed" my Dad's copy for over a year) and this was a delight.
In fact, the only complaint I might level against this edition is my feeling that it should have more footnotes. The ones that are presented left me wishing for more.
Reforming Marriage (Draught Horse Press)   [04/15/2005 - 04/29/2005]
Douglas Wilson  (Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2004)
A boy scout with the Sea Devil (abebooks)   [04/02/2005 - 04/15/2005]
David Martin, Jr.  (New York, NY: G.P. Putnum's Sons, 1930)
Dennis the Menace, here comes trouble   [04/01/2005]
Hank Ketcham  (Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, Inc., 1971)
If you give a pig a pancake (Amazon)   [04/01/2005]
Laura Joffe Numeroff ; illustrations by Felicia Bond  (New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998)
If you take a mouse to school (Amazon)   [03/31/2005]
Laura Joffe Numeroff ; illustrations by Felicia Bond  (New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2002)
A Jacobite Exile, being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII of Sweden (Amazon)   [03/28/2005 - 03/31/2005]
G.A. Henty  (Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2003)
The Bobbsey Twins and the mystery at Snow Lodge (SeriesBooks)   [03/27/2005]
Laura Lee Hope  (New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap, Inc. 1960)
Bobbsey Twins book number 5
With the Allies to Pekin: A Tale of the Relief of the Legations (Amazon)   [03/20/2005 - 03/25/2005]
G.A. Henty  (Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2003)
For Name and Fame: With Roberts to Cabul or Through Afghan Passes (Amazon)   [03/17/2005 - 03/20/2005]
G.A. Henty  (Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2002)
To Herat and Cabul: A Story of the First Afghan War (Amazon)   [03/10/2005 - 03/17/2005]
G.A. Henty  (Mill Hall, PA: PrestonSpeed Publications, 2002)
The married guy's guide to great sex : building a passionate, intimate, and fun love-life (   [02/11/2005 - 02/28/2005]
Clifford L Penner and Joyce J Penner  (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2004)
The witchmaster's key (SeriesBooks)   [01/10/2005 - 01/12/2005]
Franklin W. Dixon  (New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap, Inc. 1976)
Hardy Boys book number 55
The original books were better, more challenging and a little more care-free. Will Oxford has some details on what was revised. I preview any of the Hardy Boys books with publication dates after 1959. This one deals with the occult and is not appropriate for my son. In hindsight, it shouldn't have taken me three days to determine that. More on the "literary vandalism" done to the original series can be found on The Hardy Boys Original Series page.
The princess of Valentine Valley (Amazon) (Illustrator)   [01/03/2005]
Rita Balducci ; illustrated by Rebecca Thornburgh  (Maywah, NJ: Troll Communications L.L.C., 1999)

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