just a place to keep track of my current and recently read books

And give you a chance to Amazon them up if you like

I try, and often miserably fail, to keep booklists of what I've been reading. Making another stab at it in 2019. A couple of these are actually favorites from late 2018. Not sure if I'll rebuild 2018, or not. If I do, I'll move them.


The main thing I read is my Bible. I try to spend time in it every day. For the last several years I've been using the ESV (English Standard Version). Strongly recommend the UVersion Bible App! Check it out!

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SciFi, Action and Thrillers, Politics, Poetry, Assorted Non-Fiction, Computers, Business, Religion / Philosophy

Science Fiction Books / SciFi Books

Rule 34 (Halting State, Book 2) (A Halting State Novel) by Charles Stross My Amazon review: This book SHOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT for me. I'm a spam and phishing researcher who works in a criminal justice program at a university where we study cybercrime, the social media of criminals and terrorists, and more recently bot-driven weaponized speech that influence elections and other topics. The idea of a high-tech police novel where a serial killer seems to be killing spammers made me gleeful! And seeing the potential future of technology-driven policing through the brilliant mind of Charles Stross should have been perfect.

But, as I said about the original Halting State book, the execution of this novel seems to be an experiment in point-of-view where Stross seems intent on making the novels impossible to read. I forced myself to finish this over the holiday break, and was glad from a story point of view, to see how everything turned out. The narrative point of view shifts between a handful of primary characters, each told in the second point perspective. "You get out of bed. You check your specs for new messages." "You walk into the pub." Perhaps this narrative perspective is under-utilized because READERS HATE IT! Stross is one of my favorite authors, but this book took me months to read because after every few pages I threw it down asking WHY WOULD AN AUTHOR DO THIS TO THEIR READERS?

Wool by Hugh Howey

Thrillers / Action Books / Spy Books

Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child The latest Jack Reacher novel has Jack looking into his family tree. As usual, he runs into a spot of trouble on the old family homestead.

Political Books / World Politics

Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns that Killed bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda by Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder My Amazon review: No book I have read can give a better understanding of the depths of corruption that are Built in to the Russian oligarch system. After the author stumbles across a seeming loophole in the way communist Russia is privatizing its state-held companies - especially in the energy and minerals mining sectors, he opens a very successful investment firm based on his new knowledge. Then the Oligarchs and their political system step in to destroy him. This book tells th true story of how Bill Browder fought back. At first to save his company, but then to save the life of his courageous Russian lawyer, and later to shine a public light on the system that killed that lawyer in cold blood as a demonstration of the power the Russians have over the life and death of the people who dare to speak against them.
Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities by Daniel Golden I love this book not so much for its content, which was captivating, but for what it shows is possible by a journalist/author who knows how to work Freedom of Information requests! Wow!

Haiku Books / Poetry Books

Assorted Non-Fiction Books

Computer Books / Computer Security Books / Network Security Books / Hacking Books

Facebook Search: Posts, Photos & Videos: A Guide for Investigators, Journalists, Researchers & Recruiters (Volume 2) ThreatIntel reference book on tips and tricks for searching Facebook.
Facebook Search: Profiles, Places & Pages: A Guide for Investigators, Journalists, Researchers & Recruiters (Volume 1) ThreatIntel reference book on tips and tricks for searching Facebook.

Management Books / Leadership Books / Business Books

Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy by George Gilder

Religion / Philosophy / Spiritual