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Nick Sotos 2020 Book List

As most of you know, the President of Carver Plastic Products is an active reader and is constantly starting a new book. By the end of 2020, Nick will have read 32 books in 2020. Here is a list and his comments on the book:

The Outsider by Stephen King (Read before watching show on HBO. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and I have read a lot of his material but still have a ton to go.)

Thirteen by Steve Cavanaugh (Read for LG Library Book Club. This was a fun read. I like legal thrillers and this one had a couple of good twists. I have already downloaded the next book in the series.)

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbottom (Read before watching show on HBO. Fascinating story about the meltdown and how the Russian government handled the situation. Very scary.)

How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid (Part of the Carol Jordan and Tony Hill series. One of my favorites. I look forward to the next book in this series.)

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow (Wanted to understand the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, etc. accusations. I found this book shocking. I still can’t believe that this behavior went on as long as it did.)

Murder’s Shield by Warren Murphy (Part of the Remo Williams series)

Summit Chase by Warren Murphy (Part of the Remo Williams series)

The Science of Star Wars by Mark Brake (Found premise of using science to explain the technology of the Star Wars series very interesting. They put an actual cost to a Death Star which was crazy.)

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Sequel to the DaVinci Code. I have read all the books in this series. The great thing about these books is the art, buildings, locations are all real and you can look them up on the internet and see some pretty amazing things.)

Phantom by Jo Nesbo (Part of the Harry Hole series set in Oslo, Norway. Great series set in Norway. I started reading these after I read all the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I think Scandinavian fiction is pretty good.)

Terror Squad by Warren Murphy (Part of the Remo Williams series)

The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva (Book One of the Gabriel Allon Series. Great series and I have already downloaded the next 6 books on a Kindle Daily Deal. Eventually, I will get caught up.)

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry (Book about the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Obviously, wanted to read this due to the current pandemic to see how we handled this in the past. It turns out masks were a big issue back then as well, but the government enforced mandatory mask wearing. If you don’t learn from it, history will repeat itself again and again.)

The First Major by John Feinstein (With golf starting back up, I wanted to read about some golf, and this was a fun read about the 2016 Ryder Cup)

Masked Prey by John Sandford (Part of the Lucas Davenport series that I started reading the day that my daughter Carolyn was born. Actually, bought the first book at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. John Sandford signed that book for me years later at a book signing. One of my favorites.)

A Man & His Watch by Matt Hranek (Iconic Watches and Stories from the people who wore them. I am a watch fan and this was a great book. Beautiful watches and great stories. Highly recommended.)

Kill or Cure by Warren Murphy (Part of the Remo Williams series)

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich (Part of the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. Very fun read.)

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Great book about a kid who can crack any safe and the trouble that brings him. Steve Hamilton is a very good author.)

Slave Safari by Warren Murphy (Part of the Remo Williams series)

I’ll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamara (Story about the Golden State Killer who was finally captured this year. Unfortunately, Michelle McNamara passed away before he was caught. This was an HBO Documentary.)

The Gray Man by Mark Greaney (First of the Gray Man series. Action packed and soon to be a Netflix series with Ryan Gosling as The Gray Man)

Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller (The Inside Story of ESPN as told by the people who lived it warts and all. I very fun read with plenty of dirt and backstabbing included.)

Fair Warning by Michael Connelly (Michael Connelly is one of my favorites with Det. Harry Bosch. This is a different series that started with the book, The Poet, which is one of the only books that I have read more than once. The Stand by Stephen King is the other one.)

Circe by Madeline Miller (Read this for the Hellenic Museum book club. I am a fan of Greek mythology and really enjoyed this story.)

Paul Newman: A Life (Paul Newman was a great actor but he was also a world class race car driver, philanthropist and businessman. It was very interesting to read his life story. I have always been a fan of biographies.)

Carrie by Stephen King (Every year I try to read a Stephen King novel around Halloween. This was Stephen King’s first novel and I have had it in my To Read list for quite a while. This was a good book and the start of a great career.)

The Boys Books 1 and 2 / Graphic Novels (These are the graphic novels (comics) that the show the The Boys is based on. I always like to read the source material to get an idea of what the original story was and changes they make for the show. This one is pretty true to the story with some changes. I will warn you that the books are very raunchy.)

The Odyssey by Homer & Translated by Emily Wilson (Again this was for the Hellenic Museum book club but as a proud Greek, I felt a little embarrassed to say that I had never read this story. The translation was very readable and these were some great stories. I really enjoyed it.)

Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis (This is currently a show on Netflix but I was surprised to find that the story was written by the same guy who wrote the books The Hustler and The Color of Money, the basis for the movies starring Paul Newman. Tom Cruise was also in The Color of Money. This was one of my favorite books of the year. I went back and downloaded all his other books.)

To end my year, I am currently reading the following books:

Calypso by David Sedaris (Another book that I am reading for the Hellenic Museum. This is a book of short stories that had me laughing throughout the whole book. The Sedaris family are Greeks from North Carolina and their family is very funny. Amy Sedaris is also a very funny person.)

Promised Land by Barack Obama (Memoir by our 44th president. I am about a quarter of the way through this book and have found it to be a very honest and straight forward book. Obama talks about his wins and losses throughout his political career including the toll it has taken on his family life.)

I have highlighted my top 5 in no particular order. I have always been a firm believer in reading for learning as well as for relaxation and enjoyment. Anyone who is interested in any of the books listed above, please let me know.



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