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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
I have mixed feelings about this book. I read Lone Survivor and really liked that one, at least for the survival adventure part. I mostly liked this o ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
The Disciplined Life: The Mark of Christian Maturity
Inspiring book I read when I was in college and trying to get myself organized and to quit wasting so much time. Shows the importance of being discipl ...more
Feb 1980
Jul 13, 2012
Eph Hanks: Fearless Mormon Scout
Fun book. Mixes facts with speculation but worthwhile. I was sidetracked for awhile but finished it at last. Goes well with movie, Ephraim's Rescue.
Jan 02, 2014
Oct 23, 2013
Maude Adams: Idol of American Theater, 1872-1953
Very interesting biography of famous Utah-born actress. The first to play Peter Pan in America. She inspired the movie "Somewhere in Time"!
Sep 2005
Jul 20, 2012
Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-41
Interesting account of an American reporter in Berlin just before and at the start of Hitler's war.
Mar 2000
Jul 18, 2012
Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1)
I read the first seven or so of this series back when I was starting Jr. High. I loved the adventure stories and especially his Golden Lion. I was alw ...more
Jun 1967
Apr 18, 2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Mostly really good memoir about a grief-stricken woman who hiked a lot of the Pacific Coast Trail along mountains from near Mexico to the Oregon borde ...more
Jan 09, 2015
Dec 26, 2014
Holy Bible: King James Version
Great book with many stories. Many people think it's mythic and some parts are allegorical (Job, Eve from Adam's rib), but it's a precious book about ...more
Dec 1970
Mar 02, 2015
Emil and Karl
Poignant YA novel about two boys who are close friends in Vienna after the Nazis take over in about 1939. One is a Jew and they both have lost their p ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
New Testament (King James Version, LDS)
I've probably read this the most, maybe 6 or 7 times. (The Old Testament I've read only once all the way through, but Genesis often.)
Truly inspiring
Jan 1970
Apr 11, 2014
Enigma: The Battle for the Code
Interesting book about how the British were able to figure out the German codes during the War. I skipped the detailed mathematical explanations of ho ...more
Apr 21, 2015
Apr 02, 2015
Excellent survival story about seven kids left behind at a high school during a week-long blizzard. I read it all in a day while I was sick with a col ...more
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
The Summer of Ordinary Ways: A Memoir
Readable but a somewhat dark memoir of growing up rurally in Minnesota. Both the parents are a bit disturbed or have a hard time coping with a hard li ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
The Rape of Nanking
Horrific account of a massacre in Nanking (Nanjing), China, by Japanese soldiers in Dec. 1937, before Pearl Harbor. The author did a real service to b ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Really fascinating novel of the Spartans and other Greeks and the last stand of the 300 at the narrow pass of Thermopylae in the late 400s BC in their ...more
May 13, 2014
May 06, 2014
Heaven Knows Why
Very funny book about a small-town LDS man who finally gets some ambition after being vistited by his deceased grandfather. Originally written in 1948 ...more
Nov 2008
Apr 30, 2012
The Harlem Hellfighters
Good but gritty graphic novel about blacks fighting for France in WW I [1918]. White Americans would not fight alongside them because of the bitter ra ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
The Children's War
Really absorbing account of two young people caught in World War II. A girl was mostly in southern France, trying to avoid being picked up by the Gest ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
The Book of Mormon: A Biography
Really interesting facts on the Book of Mormon, the various editions, etc. I learned things I did not know. For instance, Joseph Smith made some inspi ...more
Sep 28, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Lord Jim
I think I was much too young when I read it. I'd seen the movie with Peter O'Toole and I thought I could tackle it, but I was only about 15. I underst ...more
Jan 1970
Apr 11, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
Smart and witty novel about teens in love dying of cancer. Sad and hopeful at the same time. I liked it very much for a jaded old guy that I sometimes ...more
Mar 27, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z
Really fascinating book on how the individual characters of our current alphabet came to be. Many go clear back before the Phoenicians and then develo ...more
Oct 2009
Apr 11, 2013
War of the Rats
Really good historical novel of snipers during the horrible fighting in Stalingrad at the end of 1942. The Russian victory there against the Germans t ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series, #1)
Good story of teenage campers who find their Australian town has been invaded while they were gone and how they begin rebel operations (think of the m ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Good autobiography of a black girl growing up (Maya). It's amazing it took me so long to read this, since I like this sort of thing. There are some ma ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
The Joys of Yiddish
Enjoyable book about the Yiddish language which is a mixture of German and Hebrew. It was spoken by the Eastern European Jews (like Tevya in the Fiddl ...more
Nov 1983
Jan 25, 2013
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Good story once the action gets going. It could have been cut down by a quarter and could have left out the rants about the liberal media, etc.
I came
Apr 11, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Ashen Sky: The Letters of Pliny The Younger on the Eruption of Vesuvius
Short but interesting account of the Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD when Pompeii and Herculaneum was destroyed. Pliny the Younger's uncle, Pliny the Elder ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
Into the Wild
Interesting account of a wandering educated guy, almost like Everett Ruess, who drops out from life and who ends up in Alaska and eventually starves t ...more
Sep 2008
Jun 28, 2012
Lee's Tarnished Lieutenant
Extremely interesting story of Gen. Longstreet of the Confederacy. He was shunned by promoters of the "lost cause" theory (who are pretty deluded). He ...more
Sep 2003
Jun 29, 2012
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