I have read a lot of books in my short span on this rock, mostly in an effort to educate myself. I have very little tolerance for fiction, I want to fill my mind with facts, not made up stories.

One thing that really increased my reading list was travel. Working in the electronics industry required that I fly anywhere and everywhere in the world. Luckily, in PDX (Portland International Airport) there was a Powell's Books that opened at 6AM, so before a flight I would browse the bookstore and pick a book or two and read them on my trip. Spending 20 hours in an airplane with nothing to do is my definition of hell, so I would read all the way to Asia or Germany, or wherever, then read in my off time in the hotel trying to pass the time until I got back home. Once home I would hardly touch a book, with a family to take care of, and now behind in all the chores that a father has to do to raise a family, I just didn't have time for reading. But once I showed up at PDX again, I would be in the Powell's, buying another book!

In addition I have been volunteering at the Vancouver (WA) Community Library working in the Booknook were we sell donated used books to raise money for the library. It's like a mini bookstore and I get to browse a lot of books that I might never pick up at Powell's or other booksellers. And since each book is only a dollar, it's hard to resist some of these gems. I also write a Booknook Blog about some of the books in the Booknook and the library, so I have to get a good sense of what a book is about before I can write about it. This has really been a lot of fun because I love books!

In the list below, some of these books have links, those links take you to a review that I wrote for Amazon.com. Otherwise I'm pretty sure you can find these books on your own with a Google search. If not, these books won't do you any good!

A Thousand Miles To Freedom: My Escape From North Korea - Eunsun Kim
The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution - Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending
The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology And The Generation Of Culture - Jerome H. Barkow, Leda Cosmides and John Tooby
The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns On Nurture - Matt Ridley
America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible - Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom
Are We Hardwired?: The Role Of Genes In Human Behavior - William R. Clark and Michael Grunstein
Ayn Rand - James Thomas Baker
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life - Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America - Steven Fraser (a compilation of many rebuttals from the left)
The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock - Tanya Selvaratnam
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial Of Human Nature - Steven Pinker
Born Together - Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study - Nancy L. Segal
The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy - Peter Huber and Mark P. Mills
A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change - William H. Calvin
A Brief History Of The Human Race - Michael Cook
A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
The Case For Trump - Victor Davis Hanson
Carl Sagan: A Life in the Cosmos - William Poundstone
China Dream - Ma Jian
China Wakes - Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate - Gary J. Byrne
The Coming Population Crash And Our Planet's Surprising Future - Fred Pearce
Communism: A History - Richard Pipes
The Cost Of My Faith - Jack Philips
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark - Carl Sagan
The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex - Charles Darwin
The Diversity Delusion : How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture - Heather Mac Donald
Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex - Olivia Judson
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle - Daniel L. Everett
Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
Eros and Evolution: A Natural Philosophy of Sex - Richard E. Michod
The Essential Difference: The Truth about the Male and Female Brain - Simon Baron-Cohen
Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History - Stephen Jay Gould
Evolution - Morton Jenkins
The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life - Robert Trivers
The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia - Tim Tzouliadis
Future Human Evolution: Eugenics in the Twenty First Century - John Glad
Game Of Thorns: The inside story behind Hillary Clinton's failed campaign and Donald Trump's winning strategy. - Doug Wead
Genetic Twists Of Fate - Stanley Fields and Mark Johnston
Genetics For Dummies - Tara Rodden Robinson
The Global Bell Curve: Race, IQ, And Inequity Worldwide - Richard Lynn
Grounds for Discussion - Michael G. Makemson
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
The Half Life Of Facts - Samuel Arbesman
Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes - David Horowitz
The Heart of the Antarctic - Sir Ernest Shackleton
Hereditary Genius: An Inquiry Into Its Laws And Consequences - Francis Galton, F.R.S., ETC.
How To Change The World - John-Paul Flintoff
How to Fail at Everything and Still Make it Big - Scott Adams
How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World - Steven Johnson
Huxley: From Devil's Disciple To Evolution's High Priest - Adrian J. Desmond
In Trump We Trust - Ann Coulter
It's So Easy (and other lies) - Duff McKagan
I Want My Epidural Back - Karen Alpert
Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific By Raft - Thor Heyerdahl
Life on a Young Planet: The first three billion years of evolution on Earth - Andrew H. Knoll
Memories of Aristedes - Aristedes Pagan
Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes-The Yamomamo And The Anthropologists - Napoleon Chagnon
Not Out Of Africa - Mary Lefkowitz
On The Origin Of Species - Charles Darwin
Once Upon A Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath - Mimi Alford
A Race Against Time: Racial Heresies for the 21st Century - George McDaniel and Jared Taylor
Race Differences In Intelligence: An Evolutionary Analysis - Richard Lynn
Race, Evolution, and Behavior: A Life History Perspective - J. Philippe Rushton
Race, Intelligence and Bias In Academe - Roger Pearson
Race (The Reality Of Human Differences) - Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele
Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America - Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, Martin Anderson and George P. Shultz
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion - Jonathan Haidt
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do - Judith Rich Harris
The Seashell On The Mountaintop: How Nicholas Steno Solved An Ancient Mystery And Created A Science Of The Earth - Alan Cutler
Shockley On Eugenics And Race: The Application Of Science To The Solution Of Human Problems - Roger Pearson
SpyGate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump - Dan Bongino and D.C. Mcallister
Time On Ice: A Winter Voyage To Antarctica - Deborah Shapiro and Rolf Bjelke
A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History - Nicholas Wade
True Spirit: The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World - Jessica Watson
Understanding Human History: An Analysis Including the Effects of Geography and Differential Evolution by Michael H. Hart
Unweaving The Rainbow: Science, Delusion And The Appetite For Wonder - Richard Dawkins
Voyage Of The Beagle - Charles Darwin
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor - David S. Landes
Who's My Enemy?: Memories of an American Soldier in Vietnam - Ivan Lynn Bowman
We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain - D. F. Swaab
Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters - Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa
Why Race Matters - Michael Levin
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History - Stephen Jay Gould
Written In Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record and Our Place in Nature - Brian Switek
You'd Better Put Some Ice On That: How I Survived Being Raped By Bill Clinton - Juanita Braoddrick