Summer Books – 2005

My goal this summer when I was at my place in Alaska was to read a book a day. I didn’t make it, but still covered a lot of ground by reading 28 books in the 60 days we were there.  Following is a short synopsis with ratings from 1 to 5 (1=sucks, 5=awesome) with the books segmented by category.  If I’ve reviewed the book on my site, I’ve linked the rating number to the review.

The best book of the summer – uncontested – was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  I highly recommend all of the books I rated as 5’s.  All the 4’s are also must read if you are into the topic.  The rest are hit or miss.



  • FAB: (5): The “personal fabricator” will be to innovation what the personal computer was in the 1980’s.  Read about the today’s version of the future of custom fabrication.
  • Economics of Innocent Fraud: (4) John Kenneth Galbraith’s short treatise on a very contemporary topic – fraud.
  • Jim Cramer’s Real Money: (1) Don’t waste your time – watch CNBC’s Mad Money instead.


Literary Fiction

Mental Floss

  • Killing Rain: (5): John Rain solves problems and gets laid – with grace.
  • How I Paid for College: (5): Absolutely hysterical.  I picked it up randomly at the Homer Bookstore – a high school senior’s romp through – well – teenage stuff (sex, drugs, rock and roll, parents, college, money, sex).
  • Metro Girl: (3): Janet Evanovich tries a different set of characters – it’s pretty good.
  • Eleven on Top: (1): I think I’m done with Stephanie Plum.



Science Fiction / Fantasy

Happy reading!