Ah, I love to read. I don't spend nearly enough time doing so, but I do so love a good book.  I will occassionally refresh this page with great books I've read or books I'm currently reading.  I've begun a fun list of the many books I've read over on (thank you, Yuriko), which makes it pretty easy to compile the list.    Feel free to send me your suggestions!

Here's a montage of some of my favorite reads, as listed on Goodreads:

Dave's book montage

The Martian Chronicles
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
The Screwtape Letters
The Power of One
Of Mice and Men
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Lord of the Rings
The Screwtape Letters
The Great Divorce
Mere Christianity
The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord of the Flies
Out of the Silent Planet
Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction
Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda
The Sleeper Awakes
Das Boot: The Boat
Undaunted Courage
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The Turn of the Screw
The Bourne Identity
The Crystal Cave
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
White Fang
The Time Machine

Dave Atkins's favorite books »
  • The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

    A fascinating, although very disturbing, examination of Africa's post-colonialism history.  If you want to understand why The Congo is the most dangerous place on the planet, or why Somalia has no functioning government, or why Botswana is a relatively stable country, read this book.  

  • The River Why, Twentieth-Anniversary Edition

    I absolutely love this book, a ludicrous tale of a fisherman named Gus and his journey towards understanding life through fishing.  Is it a bit over the top?  Yes.  Is it silly?  Yes.  But it's also a wild ride, with moments touching, absurd, eye-rolling and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes on the same page.  I read this book almost 15 years ago, but have never forgotten the characters or the story.  The images in my mind of Gus, his oddball parents, his brother Bill Bob, Abe the drowned fisherman, and the love of his life, whom he eventually chases down with a personal ad in the paper, are as fresh today as they were 15 years ago.

  • The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

    This is not an easy book to read, at least it wasn't for me.  A rambling, seemingly inchoate narrative of Greek mythology, immense in scope, this book reveals its genius slowly, page by page.  Having never studied Greek mythology, I eventually bought a "primer" book, Edith Hamilton's "Mythology," to help me fill in the many blanks.  Armed with my trusty reference, I began to see the threads Calasso was pulling together.  Greek mythology is so layered, complex and tangential it seems impossible to conquer.  By the end of the book, though, I hated to exit the world I'd entered so, of course, I read it again. 

  • Mythology