Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.

- William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Sc. 2

This is a list of the books I'm reading, recent books I've read and books I plan to read. Where possible, I've attempted to include some information about the book, perhaps a brief review and, most important, links to other books by the same author, read-alikes (books by other authors that may appeal) and similar recommendation tools.

The books listed as favorites are significant to me in some way or another. Mostly, they are books that I particularly enjoyed or that struck a chord in me. In most cases, I also feel that they are excellent books from a literary standpoint, as well. My hope is that if you enjoy some of the authors and books on this page, you may find something else here you haven't read that may be of interest. Regrettably, some of them are a trifle obscure and may be out of print. Where that's the case, I encourage you to try and track them down. As a note, either I have good taste in books or, far more likely, the same kind of quirky taste as some editors since a number of these books reappear as reprints at regular intervals.

Currently reading

Enough Already!: Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You

From the publisher:
Does your life feel out of balance? Peter Walsh can help you tackle everything in your busy life.

Most of us are so overwhelmed by work, bills, and school and family commitments that we rush from person to person and place to place without ever feeling satisfied—sometimes giving one area of our lives too much attention and other areas not enough. It’s always too little or too much! This crazy imbalance and the resulting stress and unhappiness you feel are the clutter that Peter Walsh helps you tackle in Enough Already!

Peter starts by explaining how the six key areas of your life—Family, Relationships, Work, Health, Money, and Spirituality are interrelated. He then shows you how, if one area of your life is cluttered, that clutter will creep into the other areas creating turmoil and imbalance in your life, family, work, and personal life. Peter offers a step-by-step plan to help you acknowledge and address the emotional and mental clutter that continually holds you back from living the more fulfilling life you deserve.

With his wry humor, constant encouragement, and the specific tips and practical advice he offers, Peter shows how to prioritize what matters in your life; let go of the stress and clutter; and regain your balance, focus, energy, and purpose. By following his simple plan you will begin to view your life and how you spend your time and energy in a completely new way. By embracing Peter’s approach you will finally be able to live a stress-free life of balance and fulfillment—the life that’s been buried under all your emotional clutter for years and the one you’ve always imagined.

Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design

In the same vein as What Color is Your Parachute, this book takes a broad view of careers and the world of work. Viewed through the lens of Zen Buddhism, the reader is invited to think about what work means to them, what satisfies them, and to develop a career that fits them spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design

Drawing from real-life experience with a broad and varied portfolio, the authors cover all the aspects of writing for video games. They address narrative games specifically (which means a focus on first person shooters, roleplaying games, and adventure games) starting with an analysis of those types of games and proceeding to the role of the writer, asset management, project management, and more. Many of the chapters are applicable not just to other disciplines in game development and design, but also in other areas like web development that involves content.

Twilight Province

From Kirkus Reviews (as “Watchfires to the North”):
Arthur minus the mumbo-jumbo, the round table and Excalibur–here Artyr, an indifferent warrior but a great general. This is the memoir of a king, Lucius Bedwyr Marcianus of Turris Alba, from the time he was sent out on his first mission at thirteen and returned with the badly wounded Artyr, to Artyr’s death ‘many years later while the chief of Bedwyr’s army. Bedwyr writes formally, almost regally, of their many battles, of their trip to New Rome (Constantinople) to learn the art of cavalry warfare, of his marriage (“”my dear Sybilla””), of many well-known characters–Gladhad (“”a mystic””), Gwenyfer (“”a good and loyal wife””), Mylan–their names spelled in the old way. Constant action is complemented by Bedwyr’s reflections on character and history; as human as any diary keeper, he subtly records his own maturing and that of his elusive cousin Gwenyfer, but Artyr, he comments, was never youthful. An anthropological record of the period, a realistic look at a legendary figure–Artyr or Arthur he’s especially convincing here.

The Waking Land

From the publisher:
Lady Elanna is fiercely devoted to the king who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder—and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition—powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.

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