Category Archives: Book Reviews

My Review | Van Gogh: The Life

I wrote a review of “Van Gogh: The Life” several years back, after attending a presentation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith at the Denver Art Museum. Well, people on Goodreads started ‘liking’ my review. It started with someone from Slovakia, and then a Van Gogh scholar and art historian from the Netherlands liked it. Today, 84 people from 24 countries have liked my Van Gogh book review on Goodreads. Continue reading

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Top 50 Books to Read Next List

This is my reading list. What I’ve read, what I’m reading, what I’m going to read next. As an English major, I feel that it my sworn duty to at least attempt to be well read. My goal is to read interesting, entertaining, meaningful books by gifted authors and expand my mind. Continue reading

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My Favorite Books of 2020

Here are my favorite books from the past few years, including fiction and non-fiction. Continue reading

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My Review | On Writing

I’ve read a few Bukowski books, starting with “Notes of a Dirty Old Man,” which was probably my favorite. I’ve learned a bit about his storied life. I thought this book was going to be like the two books on writing I’ve read from Ernest Hemingway and Stephen King. It’s not. It is a series of repetitious letters to his magazine editors, dated from 1945 to 1993. Continue reading

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My Review | The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The book earned the 2014 Man Booker Prize, given to the best novel written in English, published in the UK. I’ve read plenty of the previous winners including “The God of Small Things,” “Amsterdam,” “Life of Pi,” “The Sense of an Ending,” and “Lincoln of the Bardo.” Continue reading

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My Review | On Trails: An Exploration

This book feels like it falls right in line with “The Dharma Bums” and “The Art of Travel.” It’s about trails, written by a guy who has done some epic hikes, but he starts the book by talking about the concept of trails, a meditation on trials, how and why they are formed and by whom. Continue reading

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My Review | Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

The group of mostly non-sailors experienced things very few humans have had or will ever have, crossing the ocean with no motor, just the wind and the currents. Thor Heyerdahl wanted to prove the so-called primitive people from South America settled Polynesia in pre-Columbia times. He was right. They created a raft using only the materials, like balsa logs, and technologies available in the pre-Columbia times. In three months at sea in 1947, the men float along the ocean encountering all manner of sea life. The story is really unbelievable. Continue reading

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