Reading legal opinions, memoranda, statutes, treatises, trade publications and the like is a big part of being a lawyer. Despite the
sometimes frequently large amounts of reading that my profession requires of me, I still try to make time to read for pleasure. The list below will include (eventually) books that I am currently reading and books that I have read in the past and want to recommend. The most recent update to this list was on September 5, 2014.
- History: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson. Author’s bio page from Princeton University. Amazon page. I’ve read a fair amount of Civil War history, but McPherson puts a lot of emphasis on the political landscape in the years leading up to the war. It’s been a very enjoyable read so far.
Fiction: by Victor Hugo. I wanted to read this classic before going to see the big-screen musical. That didn’t happen and I’m still slowly working my way through.
- History: Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan. Author’s website. Amazon page for the book.
- Fiction: A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George R.R. Martin. I realize this might be an obvious recommendation given the popularity of the HBO series based on the books, but if you like the show and haven’t read the books you’re really missing out on a lot of great writing.
- Christianity: Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul. The book is here. A teaching series (videos and other materials) is here.
- History: A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin. Author’s bio page from Boston University. Amazon page for the book (20th anniversary edition). New York Times book review of the 1989 edition. This is a fascinating read on a period of history that I didn’t know all that much about before (certainly not to this level of detail). Given the importance of events going on in the Middle East even today, it’s probably even more relevant today than it was at its original publication 25 years ago.
Fiction: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Available from Amazon here. I read this in between updates and so didn’t have a chance to add it to this list (although it should have shown up in the Goodreads widget on the side of the page). In any event, I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover. It pretty much perfectly melded the realm of fantasy with the world of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. I can safely say that I’ve never read another book that is quite like it and I recommend it highly.