Saturday, November 10, 2012

Roadrunner Reads

I read from time to time and this is one of those times.  Seems as if I have about 5 or 6 books going at once.  How about you?  Do you read a lot?  What are you reading now?

Here are 5 that I have read recently or are reading now:

Centennial, by James Michener:
Every time I read one of his books, I feel like I am taking a semester long course.  I started this (again) about a year ago.  I get going, read 100 or 200 pages and put it down.  I love his works and am determined to finish this one too.  Reminds me somewhat of Lonesome Dove.

The Excitement is Building, by Millard and Linda Fuller
Interesting account of how Habitat for Humanity started and progressed in the early days.  Millard and his wife left their business and life in Alabama and went to Georgia where they participated in Koininia  Farm in 1969.  They launched Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.  Inspiring read.

The Divine Mentor, by Wayne Corderio
My brother recommended this book and as usual he was on the money.  This book is primarily about being a self-starter when it comes to spiritual growth.  When we left our 'old life' and familiar surroundings of family, friends, church and work -- one of the things I was concerned about was our spiritual well being.  This book tells one how to take responsibility for one's own growth and to have a daily devotional life that is fulfilling.  Great read.

Life in Hawaii, by Titus Coan
Pam and I had the good fortune of living in Hawaii 1983-1986.  We loved the islands and its history.  Missionaries to the island began in the early 1800's.  I recall reading Michener's Hawaii when we lived there and learning more about the missionaries who became land barons.  I was motivated to read this book (available for free online) because it was mentioned by Cordiero in his book, the Divine Mentor.

Killing Lincoln, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Reading historical accounts from different perspectives helps me understand some of what was going on.  Any book I read, I do so with a tinge of skepticism.  I wonder if the author is playing straight with the facts or is trying to build an argument.  Do you do that?  I found this book interesting and worth the time.

One last note --
Have you joined Goodreads?

If you haven't I recommend it.  If you have, let me know so we can see what each other is reading.

Thats it for this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Drop me a comment, let me hear what you are reading!

Until next time...


  1. Reading novels is a favorite pastime that I do not do enough. I have kept track of what I have read over the five years of full timing and sadly it is not that long a list. I have read 105 books in that time in many styles. I mostly like adventure books and biographies.

    The last few read were The Passage by Justin Cronin, Ill Wind by Nevada Barr, Gap Creek by Robert Morgan and A reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.

    1. Great! I will have to put those on my list! Thanks for the note!

  2. Thank you for the book suggestions! I am an avid reader and am always interested in hearing about what other people are reading.

  3. I picked up "Bury My heart at Wounded Knee" while in the Black Hills, and am about halfway through. Amazon hours don't leave a lot of time for reading, but it is very good.

  4. That sounds like another good one. Hope your Amazon work goes well.