We are not the most exciting people, my husband and I. We live in beautiful Colorado in the United States. We don’t travel much, we don’t go to concerts or sports events, we don’t ski. Our ideal day is to go for a hike, then sit on the porch with a good book.

We both work full time, but we both work from home, which is a life-changing improvement. It’s amazing how much time and stress is involved in commuting.

Books 2019

My three major hobbies are sewing, reading and running. This is my list of books I have read so far in 2019. I read mostly science fiction. I love looking at the technology that we are using today and pushing the boundaries of what’s going to be possible in the future.


The Peripheral – William Gibson

Currently reading.  I saw a review that said “give it a hundred pages to get into it”. I’m glad for the advice.  So far it’s good, but a bit tough to get into.  

The Human Division – John Scalzi I read this book after coming from Zoe’s Tale and wanting a better book from Scalzi.  However, this book was another experiment for Scalzi and Tor books.  This was written right when ebooks were gaining momentum and publishers were trying to figure out how to work the trend.  This was an episodic book published monthly, so the structure and timing are different from a normal novel.  Again, it was good, characters and story were great, but I felt like the structure of the book got in the way of the storytelling.  

Zoe’s Tale – John Scalzi A book from The Old Man’s War series.  This is an interesting book, it’s a retelling of another book in the series (The Last Colony), but from another character’s perspective.  I don’t think it stands on it’s own enough, it needs The Last Colony to make sense.  But I can also see that Scalzi couldn’t include everything from this book into The Last Colony, it would have been epic.  Good, but not the best from the series.

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) Rowling writes great characters that pull you into the book.  This is the 2nd in the Comoran Strike series.  One of the few non-science-fiction books that I will read.  It’s a murder mystery, but the characters have a compelling backstory and Rowling gives them room to grow.  

Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi This is a retelling of an older sci-fi book.  A fun book with an environmental message.  No great surprises here, but a fun ride and lovable characters. The main character is a ‘failed’ lawyer, very smart and a complete smart-ass, so the legal challenges in the book made me laugh out loud.  

Seveneves – Neal Stephenson Epic. Epic. A huge novel that spans space and time. I never knew quite where the story was headed, which I enjoy.  This is my favorite genre which takes science facts as we know them today, takes science-based situations that we wonder about, and extrapolates them out to explore the boundaries.  Stephenson always writes great female characters.  Awesome book, but long and very science based.  Not a quick read!