Category Archives: Husband’s Selection

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


Husband’s Books: 2016 2nd Quarter

My husband’s second quarter reads are here! It is down a bit, but that’s because once the weather warmed up, he spent more time outside in the garden/hop yard. He also had a relatively short-lived addiction to playing Roller Coaster Tycoon on the iPad. His reading choices all managed to reflect his trifecta of science nonfiction, Native American history, and (translated) science fiction. As is normal, getting anything out of him regarding his thoughts are near impossible. I know he loved Sapiens because he made me watch the corresponding TED Talk video and then told me to read the book. He intends to finish The Passage trilogy, so I take that as a vote of confidence for the series (and the books fit multiple Read Harder categories, so added bonus!). He also likes Yoss’ books. Where I’m a sucker for a good romance novel, he’s a sucker for translated science fiction.

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passage super extra grande superfreakonomics

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotion of our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morrell
Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder
The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Super Extra Grande by Yoss
Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner


Husband’s Books: 2016 1st Quarter

I’m going to do something different this year with my husband’s books – instead of posting when I remember, I’m going to make a point to post quarterly. Still no commentary, as getting him to share his thoughts on books can be like squeezing blood from a stone. I have been forcing him to give me his thoughts on his Book Riot Read Harder Challenge books, so a few crumbs will be thrown at least (though not in this post).

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drowned city annihilation basic econ stuff matters all the ways we kill die

Igniting the American Revolution by Derek W. Beck
Letter 44 Volume 3: Dark Matter by Charles Soule and Dan Jackson
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
That Used to Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell
Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik and Sarah Hunt Cooke
All the Ways We Kill and Die by Brian Castner

Husband’s Reads 2015

I probably should post more frequently regarding what my husband has read, but well…I just haven’t. One of my many goals for 2016 is to try to stay on top of what he’s reading, maybe quarterly posts.

The books below are the ones I know my husband read in 2015. I’m sure there are between 4-8 audiobooks not shown, but he has no inclination to track them down given as most of them were read months ago.

Without further ado, the mostly complete list of what my husband read during the second half of 2015 (and here’s what he read during the first half):

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then there's this high tech trash forgotten continent central europe racio
anthem ayn rand dark forest aurora