So, I've been reading...

Well dudes, I have made it to 30.Thirty books. I have read a total of thirty books in my lifetime.

I am proud to say it, although a little shamed that Ben Mezrich is the one who helped me cross the finish line. As I said in my last review of his book Bringing Down the House, he has become known as a bullshit artist. Passing off complete fabrications as non-fiction, thus whoring the entire genre. I feel like I've been cheated on.

Nevertheless, the books are good. They keep you reading. Actually, The Accidental Billionaires was really just okay. Long story short: An awkward Harvard drop-out started Facebook and made billions. Who cares. Everybody already knows that. The tagline reads "A tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal." There is no sex in the book (not that I was really hoping for it), no incredible genius, and no real betrayal. Sure, there is money, but that is to be expected, and it comes rather anti-climactically. It is really just a dumb story about an odd kid. Not that great.

Busting Vegas was a great read, and definitely interesting, but Mezrich really overhypes the teams "genius" plan. They basically just do everything they can to try to see a card in the deck and wait for it to come out. Lame. Every moron in the world thinks of that the second they walk into a casino. To their credit, though, they did it pretty well - but anything can be perfected with hours and hours of practice. Plus - who really knows? Mezrich has lost all credibility with me.

Am I lowering my standards here? I feel dirty.


here is my newly updated list. All 30 books, in order.

  1. Superman: Doomsday & Beyond – Louise Simonson
  2. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
  3. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  4. Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
  5. Waking the Dead – John Eldredge
  6. Dangerous Wonder – Michael Yacconelli
  7. Messy Spirituality – Michael Yacconelli
  8. Run Like an Antelope: On The Road With Phish – Sean Gibbon
  9. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  10. Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
  11. Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
  12. Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller
  13. Searching For God Knows What – Donald Miller
  14. Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
  15. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kyosaki
  16. What Jesus Meant – Gary Wills
  17. No Shortcuts to the Top – Ed Viesturs
  18. Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer
  19. To Own a Dragon – Donald Miller
  20. No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green – Melody Green
  21. Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men & Mountains – Jon Krakauer
  22. Under The Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer
  23. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
  24. Born on a Blue Day – Daniel Tammet
  25. The Survivors Club – Ben Sherwood
  26. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  27. Bringing Down The House - Ben Mezrich
  28. Rigged - Ben Mezrich
  29. Busting Vegas - Ben Mezrich
  30. The Accidental Billionaires - Ben Mezrich
*By the way - to those of you who think I have cheated on my week off from Facebook because you saw this on there - my blog automatically posts to Facebook when I write something new. So suck it.