What’s Jack Reading?

I don’t read fast, but I read a lot. Here’s a list of books I’m reading and books I’ve recently read.


The Martian by Andy Weir

I first learned about The Martian when I watched the trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott movie starring Matt Damon. Then a few friends of mine told me how good the book was. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far it is riveting.


Blood’s A Rover by James Ellroy

The third book in Ellroy’s epic America Underground Trilogy. This one takes us from 1968 to 1972. As with the other two books, Ellroy weaves a secret history through real events.


Net Smart: How To Thrive Online by Howard Rheingold

A book by the guy who coined the term ‘virtual communities’ about how best to use the Internet. It’s a user’s manual for what you’re doing right now.

Books I’ve Read


The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy

This is book two of his Undercover USA trilogy. The first one, American Tabloid told the fictional secret history behind the election of JFK and the Bay of Pigs. It ended seconds before the JFK assassination. Book two picks up seconds later and follows the fall out of JFK’s killing along with the assassinations of RFK and Martin Luther King. His trademark staccato sentences take some getting used to, but it’s a great ride.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
war of art

Is there something you want to do but you need a kick in the ass to get going? This book is that kick in the ass. Pressfield systematically goes through every objection in your head that stops you from accomplishing your goals and destroys them. It’s a quick life-changing read.


Why Hire Jennifer? by Richard W. Lewis

If personal branding and skill based resumes are unfamiliar things to you, then Why Hire Jennifer? will get your thinking into the 21st century. For those who are familiar with these things, there isn’t much new but every bit of advice in Why Hire Jennifer? is worthwhile and true.

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