I'm an adventuresome soul. I love to try out new things. I've kayaked, hiked, flown a fancy kite, skydived, mountain biked, engaged in beekeeping, photography. I dearly love to lose myself in a good book. My favorite subjects are surely scifi/fantasy, but I do enjoy non-fiction.
I love to read. Here is a short list of books that I have especially enjoyed.
Science Fiction / Fantasy
5 Stars | The authors of these books have done suprebly well in capturing my imagination! These books have had a profound impact on my life.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull | Richard Bach
Dune, Dune Messuah & Children of Dune | Frank Herbert
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy | J. R. R. Tolkien
Terraforming Earth | Jack Williamson
Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson
The Debt to Pleasure | John Lanchester
4 Stars | Great books! Worth the read. High compliments to the skills and talents of the authors!
The Martian | Andy Wier
The Name of the Wind | Patrick Rothfuss
The Edge of Tomorrow | Isaac Asimov
Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Robert M. Pirsig
Foundation Series | Isaac Asimov
Achilles' Choice | Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
Harry Potter Series | J. K. Rowling
Hyperion | Dan Simmons
The Dragonriders of Pern | Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsdawn | Anne McCaffrey
The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide | Douglas Adams
Life of Pi | Yann Martel
Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
Ender's Game | Orson Scott Card
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) | James S. A. Corey
Caliban's War | James S. A. Corey
Abaddon's Gate | James S. A. Corey
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
The Sparrow | Mary Doria Russell
The Call of the Wild | Jack London
White Fang | Jack London
The Sea-Wolf | Jack London
My Side of the Mountain Trilogy | Jean Craighead George
Hornblower Saga | C. S. Forester
The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
Redwall Series | Brian Jacques
A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
A Door in the Wind | Madeleine L'Engle
A Swiftly Tilting Planet | Madeleine L'Engle
An Acceptable Time | Madeleine L'Engle
Many Waters | Madeleine L'Engle
The Bourne Identity | Robert Ludlum
The Bourne Supremacy | Robert Ludlum
The Bourne Ultimatum | Robert Ludlum
The Perfect Storm | Sebastian Junger
The Flight of the Phoenix | Elleston Trevor
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days | Jules Verne
Treasure Island | Robert Lopuis Stevenson
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe
Swiss Family Robinson | Johann David Wyss
Lord of the Flies | William Golding
Watership Down | Richard Adams
The Chronicles of Narnia | C. S. Lewis
One | Richard Bach
Running from Safety | Richard Bach
Biplane | Richard Bach
Nothing By Chance | Richard Bach
Stranger to the Ground | Richard Bach
Illusions-The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah | Richard Bach
The Bridge Across Forever | Richard Bach
Hypnotizing Maria | Richard Bach
A Gift of Wings | Richard Bach
The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
R is for Rocket | Ray Bradbury
Ringworld | Larry Niven
The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
3 Stars | Good or "Average." Definitely worth the time to read.
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
The Deep Range | Arthur C. Clarke
Einstein's Bridge | John Cramer
2312 | Kim Stanley Robinson
The Princess Bride | William Goldman
A Princess of Mars | Edgar Rice Burroughs
Rendezvous with Rama | Arthur C. Clarke
The Hammer of God | Arthur C. Clarke
3001 The Final Odyssey | Arthur C. Clarke
Correllian Trilogy | Roger Macbride Allen
Contact | Carl Sagan
The Phantom of the Opera | Gaston Leroux
Minority Report | Philip K. Dick
The Flag Captain | Alexander Kent
The BFG | Roald Dahl
Island of the Blue Dolphins | Scott O'Dell
Animorphs Series | Katherine Applegate
A Journey to the Center of the Earth | Jules Verne
Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
Utopia | Sir Thomas More
The Iliad of Homer | Translated by Andrew Lang, Walter Leaf and Ernest Meyers
The Odyssey | Translated by W. H. D. Rouse
The Screwtape Letters | C. S. Lewis
Tuck Everlasting | Natalie Babbitt
Moby Dick | Herman Melville
The Last Unicorn | Peter S. Beagle
Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell
Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
1984 | George Orwell
The Ringworld Engineers | Larry Niven
The Hunt for Red October | Tom Clancy
2 Stars | Noteworthy, but not ranking as high as others.
Spin State | Chris Moriarty
Meg | Steve Aiten
Planet of the Apes | Pierre Boulle
Renegades of Time | Raymond F. Jones
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
The Jungle Books | Rudyard Kipling
The Great Gatsby | F. SCott Fitzgerald
Animal Farm | George Orwell
The Giver | Lois Lowry
A Natural History of Dragons | Marie Brennan
Voyage of the Basilisk | Marie Brennan
The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | Philip K. Dick
The Bourne Legacy | Eric Van Lustbader
The Time Machine | H. G. Wells
Beowolf | Translated by Burton Raffel
Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse
Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury
Moonrise | Ben Bova
Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
1 Star | Bottom of the barrel in my list of favorites.
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days | Alastair Reynolds
The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
Catch-22 | Joseph Heller
5 Stars | These are great!
First Lessons in Beekeeping | C. P. Dadant
The Oilfield Survival Guide Vol.1 | Matther J. Hatami, P.E.
The Toyota Way | Jeffery K. Liker
Extreme Ownership | Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth | Col. Chris Hadfield
Please Understand Me II | David Keirsey
The Student Pilot's Flight Manual | William Kershner
Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook | Rod Machado
Weather Flying | Robert N. Buck and Robert O. Buck
Say Again, Please Guide to Radio Communications | Bob Gardner
View from a Height | Isaac Asimov
Adding a Dimension | Isaac Asimov
Atom | Isaac Asimov
304 skydives. Two demonstration jumps. USPA C-license. About 18 hours of tunnel time at iFLY Seattle. Primary focus on 4-way RW. More than a decade in the sport. Also, FAA Senior Parachute Rigger (Back and Seat Rated). Home Drop Zone: Skydive Snohomish. Gear: Infinity, PD Spectre 150 main, PD 143 Reserve, Vigil AAD.
Cascade Mountain Range!
I grew up in the foothills of the Cascades. I love the forest. I've been called a mountain goat.
I've put many miles on this bicycle.
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!
I kept bees for over a decade. There aren't many things as tasty as honey from your own apiary (bee farm) on home baked bread or as satisfying as watching a dozen worker bees crawling over your hand lapping up drops of honey! Great memories!
Drysuits are awesome!
I have a total of 5 dives under my belt. NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver certification. Drysuits are great for PNW diving. Many thanks for the lessons, Jason!
I've floated the Snohomish River, gone on a sea kayaking tour in the San Juan Islands and skimmed across a small lake.
Being on two wheels is fun!
I put 38k+ miles on this 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 motorcycle.