I like to read (and so does Heather and both of my daughters :)
I used to read ~100 books a year (with a mix of 35% non-fiction and 65% fiction). [This was true until my daughter was born :) ]
The following table lists the category quantities of books read over the last few years. (This page updated - Sep 3, 2014) - The home page has links to my goodreads yearly links
Actually - Heather likes to read a lot too. We have a collection of over 30,000 books in the house (that is why we had to buy a five-bedroom house! One room for us and all the others for the books...)
Book Related Links
ex libris reviews - A guy I know's monthly column of book reviews.
I have some favorite authors (hey - doesn't everybody?) Everything here is fiction related. The only non-fiction author who I would consider a favorite is John McPhee. Most of the rest of my NF reading occurs when I see a book on a topic that interests me. (and lots of topics interest me)
The Roman Republic series. There have been 5 so far - "First Man in Rome", "The Grass Crown", "Fortune's Favorites", "Caesar's Women", and "Caesar".
Mystery Authors - "Thinking" Mysteries
These are mysteries that are more involved with character interactions then with the mystery itself.
Elizabeth Daly wrote a series of mysteries featuring Henry Gamadge that are set in the upper society of New York and were written in the 30's, 40's and 50's.
The Kate Fansler mysteries which are usually set on college campuses and have a literary connection.
The Johnson Johnson mysteries which are set on the sailboat Dolly.
Mystery Authors - Historical Mysteries
These are mysteries set in historical settings (mostly medieval and Roman).
Roman mysteries with Marcus Didius Falco (an informer) and Helena (his girlfriend - a Senator's daughter who is often sharper than he is). Lots of travel around the Roman empire of the time.
Another Roman mystery author featuring Gordianus the Finder. Set during the end of the Republic.
Mysteries set in Renaissance Italy featuring the enigmatic Sigismondo and his flunky Benno.
Mystery Authors - Suburban Mysteries
These are the mysteries set in the suburbs, often featuring female protagonists.
This is a series featuring Susan Henshaw and set in Hancock, Connecticut.
Mystery Authors - Lawyer Mysteries
These are the mysteries featuring lawyers as the main character.
Judith Van Gieson
The Neil Hamel mysteries. Set in Albuquerque dealing with western and environmental topics.
The Laura DiPalma and Willa Jansson series.
Mystery Authors - County Sheriff Mysteries
These are the mysteries featuring county law enforcement.
Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas.
Undersheriff Bill Gastner of Posadas County, New Mexico.
Susan Rogers Cooper
Sheriff Milt Kovak of Prophesy County, Oklahoma.
Science Fiction Authors
I tend to prefer fairly "hard" style science fiction.
Neal Stephenson (aka Stephen Bury)
Fairly cutting edge science fiction. Best so far has been "Snow Crash", but "The Diamond Age" runs a close second.
The original Cyberpunk author. "Neuromancer" still bears the occasional reread.
She writes some excellent space travel science fiction. Lots of intrigue and double-dealing and hidden agendas.
A set of books dealing with medicine involving various galactic species.
The "Black Company" series (which is finally producing new titles again) and the "Empire in the East" series have some of the best magic descriptions (and nastiest magic-users).
I haven't read many - but I really like the following.
Very amusing romance novels (so far they have been Harlequin Temptation titles). We tend to read them out loud on road trips. If you read just one - start with "Manhunting".
The McKenzie brothers series. These are from the Intimate Moment line.
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