Category Archives: Husband’s Selection

husband 2Q books 2018

I’ve been severely behind in getting posts out, so just in time to start putting together my husband’s reads for the third quarter of 2018, here are his books from the second quarter.  At this point, the only book that stands out to me as the one he repeatedly told me I need to read is Fantasyland.

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus by Matt Taibbi
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges
The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith by Matthew Bowman
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (reread)
The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

Husband’s Books: 2018 1st Quarter

My husband seems to be in a nonfiction kick with a political/sociological bent. Both the Grant memoir and Radical Inclusion were favorites of his, as were extensive dinner table conversations comparing both books to the current state of politics. And even though he read Tribe last year, he still won’t shut up about it.


*White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
*Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz
*Hero Tales: How Common Lives Reveal the Uncommon Genius of America by Theodore *Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge
*The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran by Robert Spencer
*Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World by Kirsten Gillibrand
*Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
*The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
*Radical Inclusion: What the Post 9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership by Martin E. Dempsey and Ori Brafman
*Two Treatises on Government by John Locke
*The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson
*The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson
*The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (play version by Frank Galati)
*Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America by Kurt Andersen
*The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared War Against America’s Presidents by Mark Perry
*Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding

Husband’s Books: 2017 4th Quarter

My husband’s reading selection continues to be both eclectic and broad. The books that stood out to him (as per how much he talked about them to me) were 12 Years a Slave, The Road Ahead, and Tribe. The last book, he read twice – once as audio, once as ebook – because he wanted to make sure it stuck in his head. There is one book not included, and that is a history about Cuba. I wasn’t able to find the specific book/author he read on either Goodreads or Amazon.

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter


12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
Letter 44 Volume 4: Saviors by Charles Soule and Alberto Alburquerque
Letter 44 Volume 5: Blueshift by Charles Soule and Alberto Alburquerque
The Constitution of the United States of America
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War edited by Adrian Bonenberger and Brian Castner
Secret Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy by Sanjiv Bhattacharya
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
We by Yevgeny  Zamyatin
Letters by Kurt Vonnegut
How Everything became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks

Husband’s Books: 2017 3rd Quarter

I am running late on my husband’s third quarter post – this is turning into a theme. As with the last quarter, I really want to get his thoughts on the books, but haven’t because my computer room is a disaster area. My husband refuses to step foot in it, and tries to ignore that a doorway exists there at all. So tonight I finally broke down and asked him, and his response was to squinch his eyes at me and ask if it’s for my blog. When I answered yes, he squinched them further and went back to whatever he was doing on the iPad. I should possibly give up on trying to get any words of wisdom out of him that doesn’t involve politics, fireworks, or beer.

2017 1st Quarter
2017 2nd Quarter

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Island of the Lost by Joan Druett
Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created by Patrick E. McGovern
Anthem by Ayn Rand
The Globe: The Science of Discworld II: A Novel by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Book of Mormon by Avi Steinberg
Mars Rover Curiosity by Rob Manning
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
The Third Chipmanzee by Jared Diamond
The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

Husband’s Books: 2017 2nd Quarter

I was hoping to get my husband’s thoughts about some of these books, but given that it’s almost time for the 3rd quarter post, I need to give up and just get this thing out there.  The two books I would list as his favorites are Eisenhower in War and Peace, and Lincoln on Leadership Today. With regard to the former, my husband had me hunt down a book Eisenhower wrote in 1927 – A Guide to the American Battle Fields in Europe. I did manage to find a copy, and while it’s not in the best condition, it has all of the maps and is an interesting peek in to WWI. With regard to the latter, my husband wouldn’t shut up about it, ended up buying a copy for his father, and has recommended it to multiple people. He has a thing about leadership versus management and how his leadership acts like managers and is doing a fairly good job at failing at both. Another book that is worth mentioning is The Sheperd’s Crown. Not so much because of the book, but because my husband has taken a shine to Terry Pratchett (an author I inadvertently introduced him to while forcing my step-mother to watch the tv adaptation of The Color of Magic).

2017 1st Quarter



The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Lincoln on Leadership Today by Donald T. Phillips
The Philippines by Wendy McElroy
Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class by Thom Hartmann
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Armada by Ernest Cline
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Mission to Mars by Buzz Aldrin
Nigeria & West Africa by Wendy McElroy
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett





Husband’s Books: 2017 1st Quarter

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update for my husband. There was no 4th quarter last year because he didn’t really read any books. He started some audiobooks, but never finished them. Instead, he spent most of his time watching way too many YouTube videos (think Movie Sins and other channels of that ilk). With the new year, it seems he has left his funk behind. Eleven books for the first quarter is not shabby at all.

1st Quarter 2016
2nd Quarter 2016
3rd Quarter 2016


The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
The Mediterranean Basin by Ralph Raico
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The 9/11 Commission Report
Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac
Prez, Vol 1: Corndog-in-Chief by Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harrari
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
Breach of Trust: How Americans Fail Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks




Husband’s Books: 2016 3rd Quarter

Gardening and YouTube videos on science and movie sins have replaced my husband’s Roller Coaster Tycoon phase, and the number of books he’s read seems to be holding steady. What is shocking is the fact that I managed to get some thoughts out of him on three of books – The Doomed City, Terminal Lance: The White Donkey, and Heaven’s Ditch (mostly paraphrased).

*The Doomed City – This is a dystopian novel written during the Soviet-era, only recently translated into English. My husband said it’s definitely different from the American perspective based on how some situations were written, and how they played out. He liked it, but felt like he was missing things because he doesn’t have the context for what living in the USSR was like. There were many references and nuances that went over his head. He also said the book kind of ended abruptly without a real resolution or answer.

*Terminal Lance: The White Donkey – When he finished it, his first comment was, “Yep, that’s about what happens when you deploy.” He agrees with its portrayal of war – a whole lot of boredom interspersed with craziness. How when you get back home, it can be hard to adjust because people back home don’t get it; don’t get how cushy their lives are, don’t get the snarled mix of emotions that go with deployment/reentry.

*Heaven’s Ditch – Given that my husband grew up in the greater Buffalo area, I figured this would be a good book choice for him. The Erie Canal has huge historical significance here. Plus, as my husband says, NYC exists as it does today because of the Erie Canal. NYC was still considered a turncoat because of it’s support of the British during the Revolutionary War. That being said, even though my husband liked the book, it was less about the building of the Erie Canal, and more about Mormonism – it’s roots, influence, and growth.

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white-donkey heavens-ditch clash-of-eagles essential-lewis-and-clark

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The Doomed City by Arkadii Strugaetiskii
Terminal Lance: The White Donkey by Maximilian Uriarte
Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly
Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale
The Essential Lewis and Clark by Landon Y. Jones