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Reading List

One of my favorite things to do is to sit down in a comfy chair with a good book. I have a tendency to buy books faster than I read them, and they pile up all over our house on various bookshelves and night stands. I will add more books to this list as I buy them and if anyone has a suggestions for a book I should read, feel free to leave a comment!

Below are the books on my reading list:

  1. Mostly True by Molly O’Neill
  2. The James Boys by Richard Libermann-Smith
  3. Peace by Richard Bausch
  4. The Other by David Guterson
  5. The Montefeltro Conspiracy by Marcello Simonetta
  6. Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
  7. Walden – Henry David Thoreau


  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving – 02/03/08
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling – 05/12/08
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling – 05/28/08
  4. Belly Laughs – Jenny McCarthy – 06/28/08
  5. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova – 07/10/08
  6. Theodore Rex – Edmund Morris – 10/20/08
  7. Howards End – E.M. Forster – 11/23/08
  8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald – 12/28/08


  1. The Brethren – John Grisham – 01/20/09
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling – 08/02/09
  3. The Associate – John Grisham – 08/28/09
  4. About a Boy – Nick Hornby – 09/04/09
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling – 09/17/09
  6. Bowden – Mike Freeman – 11/20/09


  1. Last Flag Down – John Baldwin & Ron Powers – 01/12/10
  2. The Film Club – David Gilmour – 11/29/10
  3. The Eaves of Heaven – Andrew X. Pham – 12/17/10
  4. Edward Trencom’s Nose – Giles Milton – 12/29/10


  1. Homecoming – Bernard Schlink – 01/06/11
  2. Mostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food and Baseball – Molly O’Neill – 02/05/11
  3. The Help – Kathryn Stockett – 03/20/11
  4. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen – 04/02/11
  5. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen – 05/17/11
  6. Mr. Chartwell – Rebecca Hunt – 06/11/11
  7. The Montefeltro Conspiracy – Marcello Simonetta – 07/25/11
  8. Peace – Richard Bausch – 08/13/11
  9. The James Boys – Richard Liebmann-Smith – 09/30/11
  10. My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier – 10/25/11
  11. No Wonder My Parents Drank – Jay Mohr – 11/06/11
8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2008 8:23 pm

    I love that you have a reading list. I think I have to add one of thse to my blog! I really enjoy John Irving books. The others you have listed are a bit heavy for me, I’m afraid.

    You are an impressive guy with such well-rounded interests, not exactly what’s expected of a young male attorney. I’m curious what type of law you practice. I worked for several attorneys and my favorite was in San Francisco, a guy who did death penalty appellate work. He was from Alabama and a Democrat, unlike yourself.

    I am happy to see that you are going to be a McCain supporter. I am disappointed that so many people have decided to completely ignore his background and service to the country.

  2. March 11, 2008 9:18 am

    Thanks for the comment and the compliment! The one John Irving book I have read I really liked. I think I will probably read another one after I knock a couple of others off of my list.

    I practice in the area of workers’ compensation defense and represent the employers and insurance companies. The claims are pretty interesting and I enjoy what I do.

    Even though I do not see eye to eye with McCain on some issues, I think he is an impressive man who is dedicated to his country and will make a good President!

  3. June 25, 2008 7:54 am

    I’m also a fan of John Irving. My two recommendations are The Cider House Rules, and A Widow For One Year. Both very good. If I may humbly suggest my book, An Island Away, too. You might find it interesting. An excerpt and more info is available through my blog at Thanks.

  4. July 3, 2008 8:37 pm

    Still reading Walden?
    I’ve been meaning to read that.
    I’ve read Richard Proenneke’s One Man’s Wilderness and The follow up to it. Some people have compared him to Thoreau, Except he lived in the wilderness for 30 years nearly continuously.

    Walden is quietly sitting on my nightstand. I kept falling asleep as I read it but am still determined to plug my way through it. I have never heard of Proenneke’s book, did you enjoy it?

  5. scienkoptic permalink
    July 8, 2008 7:18 am

    It’s a journal of his time in Alaska. It’s the contrast of something like “Into the Wild”. Richard Proenneke went to alaska with little more than some practical tools and a lifeline. He built a Log Cabin by himself. He did have a way out and did see people on a semi regular basis. Both books are basically Journals of his daily activities and observations. He was a consummate photographer and cinematographer. Periodically you will see PBS running a documentary of him during fund raising efforts.

  6. well-chilled in ak permalink
    July 10, 2009 10:03 pm

    One Man’s Wilderness. I haven’t read the books yet, but John’s grandpa has us watch the documentary a few times a year, not that any one minds.
    He(proenneke) built a little log cabin out in the middle of nowhere entirely with hand tools and video taped bits and pieces of his daily life from felling trees to hand hewing the logs to build the cabin, doors and shelves. It’s very impressive, really. Definitely watch it next time PBS airs, it’s worth it. (and read the books of course). Proenneke willed the cabin to the Dept of Fish and Game and it’s still there, you can go visit it even after all these years. Pretty cool.

  7. Stephen Brayshaw permalink
    August 6, 2009 9:41 am

    Hi there.

    I am Steve Brayshaw, I just wanted to say hi.

    I have read your blog many times. I was a close friend of Charles DeVaney. He was a great guy and I miss him every day.

    We met Charles first in Gran Canaria and then we would meet up in London. I think the flat you speak of was in the white house apartments, a really nice place. We would go away with Charles and a group of friends at least once a year and have a cracking time. Charles was always the life and soul of the party.

    He taught us how to drink rounds of Champagne!!!

    I am sure Charles is up there having a little drink (providing it is after midday)

    Steve Brayshaw

    • April 8, 2011 11:44 am

      Every time the Master’s rolls around I think of Charles! And yes, assuming it is after midday I am sure Charles is having a little drink. 🙂

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