Health and Wellness

2019 Book Log

Reading, I suppose, is a hobby. I don’t think to add it as an interest on social profiles or applications, but reading for pleasure is something I do daily. Since a large amount of my workday is reading and editing non-fiction my pleasure reading is mostly non-fiction. Here’s a partial list of the books I have read in 2019.

  1. The City of Mirrors – book three of the Passage Trilogy. Might have a few pages left to read in early 2020
  2. The Twelve – book two of the Passage Trilogy. Shorter, but just as gripping as book one.
  3. The Passage – book one of the Passage Trilogy. A lethal virus unleashes an apocalypse
  4. The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel – the second in the Orphan X series.
  5. In the Dark – a murder mystery set at a remote lodge in British Columbia
  6. Jesus Cow – a novel by Michael Perry. Life in small-town Wisconsin goes sideways when a cow is born with the fur markings of our lord and savior.
  7. The First Stone – the horrors of war for a group of Danish Soldiers in Afghanistan.
  8. The Three Body Problem – Chinese novelist describes the potential danger of first contact. 
  9. The River: A novel – tragedy, fire and terror on an arctic canoe trip. 
  10. Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars Book 1) – war, family and mystery in distant space.
  11. What You Did – college friend reunion goes terribly wrong.
  12. Orphan X – trained killer becomes Robin Hood.
  13. Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World – two groups shipwrecked on the same island. There different approaches to survival made this one of my favorite books of the year. 
  14. Trance – a hypnotic psycho murderer thriller. 
  15. Good Sam (A Kate Bradley mystery) – also a Netflix movie. A firefighter is a hero and a journalist chases fires and the story of annonymous cash gifts. 
  16. Montaigne in Barn Boots – Michael Perry, one of my favorite authors, gets philosophical and I got bogged down with his self-critique. I am about 50% done with the book and hope to finish when it renews from my library. 
  17. Off the Grid: My Ride from Louisiana to the Panama Canal in an Electric Car – a hard to like Tesla owner chronicles driving a Tesla Model S from Houston to Panama City.
  18. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander novel – just as gripping and page turning as Steig Larsson’s original books.
  19. The Rescue (Ryan Decker Book 1) – former special ops soldier takes apart human trafficking ring.
  20. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence – young adult D&D that doesn’t live up to Ready Player One or Stranger Things comparisons.
  21. Calypso by David Sedaris – short essays by the famous humorist.
  22. Artemis by Andy Weir – a crime caper on the moon by the author of the Martian (a much better book).
  23. Educated: A memoir by Tara Westover – a terrific biography of personal achievement and family.
  24. Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson – a moon-based drama about politics in China.
  25. The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler – a crime thriller of a rogue cop and friends breaking up an international crime syndicate.
  26. Version Control by Dexter Palmer – I am not sure if I finished this book I began in January.

Most of my reading is on a Kindle Fire 10.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.