My Most Recent Reads - November 2014

I got back into some kind of groove with my reading and such in November.  It was a reasonable catch of books this month.  I'm still not up to my previous proficiency but then again, I continued to be extremely busy this month with different projects.  To date, I've read 215 books this year.  Not bad at all and I figure December will definitely put me over 240.  Not the 400 from last year, but pretty admirable when considering all that I've done.  

The best picks of this month are as follows:

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye

I grew up with Bill Nye on, but not really watching him.  After reading his book, I wish i did.  He is a very smart man with some great means of helping everyone better appreciate science and be done with the pseudo-science that is creationism.  He uses great examples and laymen's terminology to make science accessible and fascinating. 

Book cover to: Oatmeal - The Terrible Wonderful Reason Why I Run.  Source:

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman

Some people are already familiar with the witty and amusing website, The Oatmeal.  I regularly read it and had already read much of what is in this book, but it was great to have it all together.  I included it because there's a lot that Inman gets right in terms of how many of us come to running.  I found it a valuable resource and collection of enjoyable adventures in running comic.  

The Troop by Nick Cutter

This has been one of the best (and most disgusting) horror texts that I've read in a while.  Cutter's narrative is a fascinating mixture of the invaded body and serial killer motifs superimposed on children to give it that Battle Royal flavor.  There were parts that made me squeamish but also parts I found compelling in how Cutter captured young adulthood and the challenges of youth.  

For other best picks over the last year, check out previous monthly reviews:


  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye
  • The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
  • Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastai Bonnett
  • Astonishing X-Men: Gifted Prose Novel by Peter David
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
  • The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Beth Kanter
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter

Graphic Novels

  • The Secret Service by Mark Millar
  • Star Wars Volume 4: A Shattered Hope by Brian Wood
  • Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Girl by Brian Wood
  • X-Men Volume 3: Bloodline by Brian Wood
  • Hacktivist by Jackson Lanzing

So what are you reading?  What books do you feel you want to finish by the end of the year?

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