Jul 1, 2015

Plea for Book Recommendations

I have just finished my 20th book on this trip and my kindle is getting dangerously low!
Some of these were re-reads for me, but still.

Reading to enjoy the sun in Australia

Reading while waiting for the ferry in Indonesia

Reading out loud to Nick

Visiting traditional, local villages in Indonesia, I do sometimes do something other than read!

I'm really happy to have gotten back to reading as my primary form of fictional entertainment since Nick and I have been eschewing TV and movies. I love voraciously tearing through a book, but there's always such a sad moment when the kindle displays "100%" and I move the book out of my "now reading" collection. It's a happy moment because it opens up a spot to make a new book friend, but it's bittersweet.

I do love re-reading really good books: this trip it's been Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire). But since them I've been making a conscious effort to read new things.

I would love recommendations from anyone, even if you feel my tastes may be different from yours. I love fantasy and sci-fi, but I'm trying to get into non-fiction as well (A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is genious!) and I'm willing to give any genre a test drive.

Things I love include (but are not limited to):

Vampires (fav: Dracula, Bram Stoker)
Zombies (Feed, Mira Grant)
Dragons (Dragon Riders of Pern, Anne McCaffery)
Robots (Isaac Asimov's writing is a bit outside my ideal, but his stories are exemplary)
Classics (Too spread out a "genre" to pick a favorite, but I've read Pride and Prejudice about 5 times)
Non-fiction favorites:
     A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
     Freakonomics, Stephen D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Comedy (Douglass Adams is my hero)
Thriller (anything Stephen King!!)

Books I've read so far on this trip in approximate order:
J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings 1, 2, and 3 (re-read)
G.R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones 1 - 5 (re-read)
Isaac Asimov
     Second Foundation
     Caves of Steel
     The Naked Sun
     Robots of Dawn
     Foundation's Edge
     Foundation and Earth
     Prelude to Foundation
     Forward the Foundation
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Max Brooks, World War Z
Elizabeth Pisani, Indonesia, Etc.


  1. The Anthologist
    The Goldfinch
    Tale of Two Cities
    Anne of Green Gables
    Big Little Lies
    Culture Shock: Thailand
    Poems of Robert Frost
    Wine & Philosophy
    All the Light We Cannot See
    Learning to Walk in the Dark

    'nuf? :)

  2. Thank you! I've read Tale of Two Cities and Anne of Green Gables before, but none of the rest, so I should have some good newbies here!


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