Book 16 (99): Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink - Randy Mosher


Should I read it? Yes, if you’re a homebrewer or just a lover of beer.  Mosher dives into some of the history of beer as well as a description of the various styles.  He dedicates a good portion of the book to the various taste profiles and how to “judge” beer, which I found interesting.  You can pick this up and read sections at a time, so it’s a good one to have around to pick up now and then.

Book 14 (97): Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War - Karl Marlantes


AUDIOBOOK read by Bronson Pinchot

Should I read it? Yes.  Vietnam is not a genre that I ever read, but I’d heard great things about this book and am glad I picked it up.  A well written novel that puts you in the trenches with Bravo Company, I was fully engaged the whole time.  If you like war novels, I very much recommend this one.

Book 10 (93): In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick


AUDIOBOOK read by Scott Brick

Should I read it? Yes.  A harrowing true tale of the whaleship that was sunk by a sperm whale, Philbrick does a great job of balancing the story with history of the characters, the culture, and the era.  In addition, Brick does a fantastic job, as usual, narrating the book.

Book 7 (90): The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald


AUDIOBOOK read by Tim Robbins

Should I read it? Yes.  Although this isn’t a happy story, I enjoyed it.  Another classic that I failed to read in High School, I’m glad I picked it up and can see why it’s considered one of the greats.  The ausiobook version I listened to was read by Tim Robbins, who did a nice job, although got too quiet at times.