Sunday, January 27, 2013

Getting rid of sensitive information

After breaking several shredders over the years I decided there must be a better way to 'shred' sensitive information. Today I decided to use my fireplace instead. Warms up the house and also gets rid of stuff I don't want people to see since they can use it to steal my identity

Rereading books in 2013

I like to read and since I will be commuting on the train very soon, it will give me even more time to read. I read 51 book last year, you can find those books here: This year I decided to read a bunch of books that I have read before and that I have loved. Here is the image of the books as I took it this morning, I will go into a little detail after the image.

Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan
Written by Herbert P. Bix. I got this book as a gift from my father in law 8 or 9 years ago and didn't really know that much about Hirohito's life before reading this book. I like history and decided to read this book again.

On Writing
Written by Stephen King. This book is part memoir and part master class in the art of writing. If you are thinking that Stephen King was born to be a terrific writer, you are wrong, he struggled a long time before he got his first book published.

A Short History of Nearly Everything
Written by Bill Bryson. A history of the world written in a funny and informative way...who said history was boring?

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Written by Bill Bryson. This was the first Bill Bryson book I ever read and I immediately loved it.

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
Written by Bill Bryson. There were several times that I laughed out loud reading this book. You will find some of the stereotypes described in this book, contrast how Germans park and drive compared to French and Italians. The book is a little dated because some countries don't exist anymore and things as described in the book might not be completely like that these days

Written by Stephen King. I got this book as a gift from my wife before we were married and loved it. It is about a gypsy curse that makes a man get thinner, this book is also one of the thinnest Stephen King books

The Stand
Written by Stephen King. I am still waiting for a tv show that does the book justice, maybe HBO will pick it up. This is Stephen King's master piece about the battle between good and evil, a true page turner. Can't wait to start on this one again

The Shining
Written by Stephen King. One of the few books were the movie is as good as the book. A fantastic book and probably my favorite one after The Stand and It

The Hobbit
Written by J. R. R. Tolkien. I read this for the first time in 2001 and decided to read it again after having watch the movie 4 weeks ago. I am almost done with the book, have only 14 pages left.

The Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring: First Part of The Lord of the Rings
The Two Towers: Second Part of The Lord of the Rings
The Return of the King: Third Part of the Lord of the Rings
Written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Read these in 2001 after I watched the first LOTR movie in the theater. I have watched the movie many times more but I just want to see again what they left out of the movie and what parts were different.

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Written by Mark Bowden. I had to choose between Killing Pablo and this one, I choose this one. I ahve watched the movie as well so we'll see if that will will make me like the book less or more compared to last time

Into Thin Air
Written by Jon Krakauer. After reading this book I was amazed why people insist on climbing Mount Everest. The book details how dangerous this really is, five people died and others were severely frostbitten. I wonder if my mind will change after reading this book again.

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Written by Sebastian Junger. If you watched the movie, realize that it doesn't do the book any justice. There is so much more detail in the book than in the movie. I remember reading this in Ocean City and loving it

Written by Neal Stephenson. This is my favorite Neal Stephenson book! The boos takes place in WWII and in present day, there is an unbreakable encryption scheme that puzzles the present day characters. Highly recommended.

The Joy Luck Club
Written by Amy Tan. I saw the movie first before I knew it was based on a book. I loved the movie but I think the book is even better. The book is about four Chinese mothers who have to deal with their westernized daughters, the story goes back in time when the mothers were living in China and tells their part of the story.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The book chronicles one day in the live of a character's life in a labor camp in Siberia. This is some messed up stuff, next time when your house is a little chilly or you have to walk a mile longer think of Ivan Denisovich and what he had to endure instead.

A Clockwork Orange
Written by Anthony Burgess. This book might be disturbing for some people because of it extreme violence. Some people might find the book difficult to read because of the use of nadsat, nadsat is an argot used by the teenagers, it's a form of Russian-influenced English, the back of the book has a 2-3 page dictionary so you can look up the words. I will still recommend reading this book.

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
Written by George R.R. Martin. This is book 3 of Game Of Thrones and in my opinion the best one. So much stuff happens in this book and one person at last gets his justice delivered to him. The reason I am reading this book again is because season 3 is starting on HBO on March 31st That is all for this post, are you going to read any books again that you have read in the past and loved?