I Ask: What Should I Read Next?

Snuggling with my Kindle

In the last few weeks, I finished American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman and the Hunger Games Trilogy so my WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT bar is high, which is why I’m coming to you smarty-pants reading readers.

I have 67 books on my “to-read” list on Goodreads, but last night, as I scrolled through them, I mostly said to myself (because cool people talk to themselves): Wow! I thought I’d like that book?

I finally settled on The Ninth Life of Louis Drax: A Novel on the recommendation of my friend, Tara, because she and I have a lot of book-loving overlaps. She recommended World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War to me, which pretty much changed my life.  And she’s actually the only person that I’ve ever known to read more and faster than I do. I seriously think she might not sleep. (Hi Tara!)

But I’ll be done with my new book this weekend because, when I’m intrigued by a book, I pretty much devour it like a yellow batter cake with butter cream frosting and red flowers (dropping the birthday hints early this year).

Here some background: I am an eccentric reader. I like fiction and nonfiction. I can’t honestly say that there’s a genre I dislike although western and romance would have to work REALLY REALLY hard to be on my to-read list. I probably can’t stomach pointless horror, but I read every Stephen King book in middle school so my brain does consider Langoliers to be worrisome.

I want the characters to challenge me and the story lines to draw me in before it spits me out. I like well-paced book. Don’t get all ethereal on me unless it’s done with purpose (like Toni Morrison). And I hated overly detailed books (I’m looking at you and your three page description of bathroom tiles, Dostoevsky).

I like books that don’t pretend to be more than they are because I’m willing to meet any book where it’s at but don’t lie to me and pretend to be insightful when really it’s just trying to make me cry (Hi Jodi Picoult! I did like that one book!)

If a book feeds stereotypes without even realizing it, I won’t waste my time (which is why you should NOT recommend The Help to me).

As a final insight, here some of are my favorite books:

But the next book(s) I read don’t have to be favorites. Those are six-ish books out of thousands that I’ve read. I just need help finding some that are good and interesting. You are good and interesting so you’re the BEST people to ask, right?

So I ask: What should I read next?

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Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

88 thoughts to “I Ask: What Should I Read Next?”

  1. Hmm…I used to read books like crazy, but I don’t find as much time for it these days. I’m getting ready to start The Hunger Games…maybe I’ll finish it before next summer…maybe not.

    Anyway, some of my favorites…

    Native Son by Richard Wright. I read this forever ago, but it stays with me. It was the first book that really challenged the thinking that I had grown up around.

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I was blown away by some of the stories in this memoir. I realized what a sheltered life I live.

    Then I also like thrillers – like anything by Vince Flynn or I just read Detour by James Seigle. Nothing deep or life changing about it, but it was a fun easy read if you like those sorts of books.

    1. I am putting Native Son on the list right now. Thanks!

      I read The Glass Castle. I’m surprised by how many people recommended it though because it didn’t make a huge impression on me.

      Are they thrillers like Mary Jane Clark kinda of stories? I used to be obsessed with them. And by “obsessed,” I mean “can’t put it down but now I can’t sleep”. Maybe that’s how my paranoia got to be so bad?

      1. I think a lot of people, including me, are shocked by the Glass Castle. That’s what I meant by sheltered. You kind of know things go on, but to have the details slap you in the face is eye-opening…at least it was for me.

        As for the thrillers…I don’t know that I’ve read anything by Mary Jane Clark, but Vince Flynn is more political in nature. He writes mainly about a CIA agent who’s a total bad ass. So completely opposite of my norm, but I totally love them! But yes, they are the type that keep you up at night.

  2. Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson. ‘Cause I enjoyed it and I know her and she’s local and our kids have played together.
    And if I acctually comment on one of your posts I won’t feel like a total stalker since I am writing this from the Old Medical School.

  3. I do not deserve to be an authority on this since I didn’t even accomplish my goal of reading 25 books last year (which is only like, one every 2 weeks!). You should check out Megan (Best of Fates)’s recommended reading- she owns and reads more books than anyone I know. It’s sad because I love to read but I never make time for it! 🙁

  4. I’m a librarian, and Glass Castle is the first book I recommend when someone asks for a good book to read. The first time I was introduced to it, I was in an airport book store and a woman approached me and gave me the book. She said she had to give it to the first female she saw looking for a book. Best random encounter ever.

    1. Since you outed yourself as a librarian, I’m going to ask for another rec because I read Glass Castle already. Also, it didn’t make huge impression on me either way. Although I’m clearly in the minority on that one…

      But if you have anymore, I’d LOVE to hear what else you liked.

      PS. Did you read my librarians hate me post? haha.

      1. Yes! It’s true, when a patron is a repeat offender, we tend to talk about her behind the circ desk and give her evil looks. I’m not proud of this fact, but you have to keep in mind that the library is a pretty drama-free place, so we need a little excitement every now and then. 🙂

        Have you read the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

        1. Oh, I just saw that you might be looking for a YA fix.

          Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is the first of her series about fallen angels coming to earth and falling in love with teenagers. It’s hot and very addicting. The second in the series is Crescendo and Silence comes out in October.

  5. Oh my gosh. As I Lay Sleeping by SJ Watson. I thought it was so good. I have it so you don’t have to buy it tangibly or virtually or wait to check it out. SO GOOD. About to read the Hunger Games.

  6. I really enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth, East of Eden and The World According to Garp (which I read about once a year).

    But then, I read a lot of John Irving.

    I just read Before Ever After written by my internet-friend Samantha Sotto. It was light but a story I hadn’t read before. Not super challenging though.

    I’ve got Unbroken on my nightstand – I liked Bossypants a lot but it is, again, not challenging.

    Oh!! I know!! I read The Psychopath Test this summer based on an interview I saw on The Daily Show and I really enjoyed it. That’s my recommendation.

    1. I LOVED pillars of the earth and the sequel world without end. I also like the world according to garp and probably need to put it on my read-again list. I haven’t read east of eden. And I don’t mind lighter stuff as long as it’s not PRETENDING to be heavy. that annoys me.

  7. I finished These Hidden Things recently. I actually won it from Goodreads. It was an easy read, got me emotionally involved with the characters, and had a bit of a surprise ending. I would recommend it :0)

  8. Ever read any China Mieville? Perdido Street Station was a fascinating read (bit cyberpunk, but definitely challenging). I started this book about 5 times before I finally took it with me on an airplane and had no choice but to get past through the first 100-odd pages. I was convinced it would be good because it was given to me as a gift by someone I trust. You have to be patient, I think. But once you sink your teeth in, it’s got you right to the end.

    1. I’ve not heard of the author/book. I tend to struggle with books that take 100 pages to get into. It’s why I’ve never finished Infinite Jest even though it’s my husband’s favorite book. Maybe over a vacation where I can start and stop and start again?

      1. And I totally get where you’re coming from. I’m a 50 pages, or I’m throwing it aside kind of gal myself. Which is why I’d discarded it a number of times. It was not until I forced myself to get through the first 100 pages that I was able to really latch on. The reason I recommended it is because you like Neil Gaiman. I have also enjoyed Gaiman. But Mieville? Whoo-boy. Of course, you might not like Cyberpunk. I’ve read some pretty interesting cyberpunk. I did not recommend Peter Watts’ Blindsight because while it was excellent story telling, and I found it fascinating, I never liked any of the characters. They were all very well-drawn, and maybe that’s why I disliked them…

        Also – aside from being a fantastic writer, Chine Mieville is HOT. Just saying.

        And as hot writers go, there’s also Clive Barker. The Thief of Always was a very enjoyable short fiction for young readers.

  9. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. If you liked American Gods and if you like Neil Gaiman, you’ll likely love this book. But don’t read a synopsis of what it’s about – it’ll spoil it and not really make sense. You need to come at the story organically for it to have the true power it aims for.

    I love the Sandman series.

    I just finished the Unwritten graphic novels by Mike Carey. Another really good series. I trust almost anything Vertigo prints, since they produce many of Neil Gaiman’s works.

    Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan is another very powerful graphic novel. A must read.

    I also love historical fiction and non-fiction. Flyboys written by James Bradley was an incredible read and what hooked me on historical novels. I’m not a history buff but this book was still very moving for me.

    And I just finished reading Jaycee Dugard’s novel. First, I think she deserves the money she gets from me purchasing her book. Second, it’s a very interesting look into the resilience of the human spirit. I cried a lot through it but I felt so much pride for her strength and awe at humanity.

    1. Yes, I am stalking this post for good book recommendations. While here, I had to say I second Ishmael. Great book – and she’s right, don’t read the synopsis.

    2. I love historic fiction!

      I put Ishmael on the list — it’s either #1 or #2 in line depending on what’s available on Kindle.

      I would love to read another graphic novel too. That’s dudette. Email/leave recommendations ANY time!

  10. I also recommend Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” along with her second one “Half Broke Horses.” Both so good.

    I really liked “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. While fiction, it made me like Laura Bush even more.

    1. I guess if my kids can have the laura bush children’s book, I can read a book that could make me like laura bush — haha. It’s going on the list! Thanks!

      The Glass Castle didn’t make a big impression on me making me 1 of 2 people according to my comments.

      1. Oooo! I second American Wife! And I am NOT a Laura Bush fan, but it was very good. I even read the Laura bio she suggested after that (not as good).

  11. Wait, are you saying Jodi Piccault’s books don’t touch you deeply and spiritually and change the way you view the world? Because she totally convinced me that it’s pointless to donate organs because then you’ll die in a fit of irony anyway.

    Oh, and you should read The Power of Half because I just finished it and it made me think of you and I really want to know what you think!

    1. I love you so much. That is EXACTLY what I mean – haha.

      The Power of Half looks REALLY interesting. Thanks. I’ll let you know when I’m done. Or I’ll forget to let you know but I’ll really MEAN to remember to let you know.

  12. I’m toward the end of If I Loved you, I Would Tell You This. It’s short stories. I want each one to go on. (This one is thanks to Jana at An Attitude Adjustment).

    This is kid lit, but it’s good too – The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

    1. Ooh, you and Jana recommending it means it MUST go on the list. I think that I need a short YA break, but I’m going to put the other book on the list for later. Thanks dude!

      1. I liked the Book Thief although I was disappointed that the story was similar concept to The Reader which I had only finished a few months earlier. I did think the author could turn a phrase like nobody’s business.

      1. It’s the one by Carlos Ruiz Zafron.

        And I saw your comment on loving historic fiction, have you read City of Thieves by David Benioff? Fun fact: he is married to Amanda Peet!

  13. I second American Wife. Also, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Also Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Also Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter. And, I would be remiss if I did not say Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. Especially since it is August. And I reread this gem every August. Go thee to the library.

    1. Well, I HAVE to read Crossing to Safety if you reread it every August.

      Is Middlesex overly detailed? I have that in the back of my head… I think of Steinbeck and Dostoyevsky as in the category of MOVE ON DUDE.

      1. A bit late to the part but I wanted to say I just finished Middlesex as well and I didn’t find it detailed to the point of distraction or anything. I actually found it to be very engaging from the beginning. It was one of those that always caught my eye but I passed over it. I’m glad I finally read it.

        Also, have you read any Barbara Kingsolver? I couldn’t hang with Poinsonwood Bible (might try again) but did very much like The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven, and Animal Dreams.

      1. The author has another book out “Fall of the Giants.” I have it, but haven’t read it yet. It is going to be a trilogy.

  14. Hmmm…I don’t think our tastes overlap. Just in case, though…

    I just finished “How to be an American Housewife”. It was surprisingly good. As was “Girl in Translation”.

    Others I enjoyed:

    Pillars of the Earth
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    The Help (Shuddup. It was good!)
    Water for Elephants
    Of Bees and Mist
    Farm City
    Anything by Julia Quinn. Yes, she’s romance. Yes, she writes Regencies. But she’s so freakin’ funny I actually laugh while reading her books. Same with Katie MacAllister.

    Books you’ve probably already read, but just in case you haven’t:

    A Thousand Splendid Suns
    Two Cups of Tea (I don’t care about the controversy. It’s a good book.)
    The Red Tent
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Homegrown Democrat

    1. I think we overlap some… I loved Pillars of the Earth, Water for Elephants and every book that you listed in the “probably already read” except for Cup of Tea (I didn’t like it BEFORE the controversy — too much “white guy saves little other girls”). BUt I haven’t read Homegrown Democrat. It’s going on this list.

      What’s Farm City?

    1. I’ve heard a lot about the psychopath test. It’s now on the list!

      I haven’t read tipping point (only parts that have been quoted in articles) — I did read the parenting section in Freakonomics. I’ll have to check out at least the parenting ideas in tipping point if I can get my hands on a copy.

  15. I always recommend To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (even for a re-read); not only because it’s such a fabulous novel, but also because I grew up in the real-life Maycomb. Aside from that, some that I have found really intriguing are “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane” by Katherine Howe; all of The Reincarnationist series by MJ Rose (“The Reincarnationist”, “The Memorist”, “The Hypnotist”); “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo had me in tears, laughing, angry and in awe, sometimes all at once; one of my all time favorites is “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtnenay. I’ve read quite a lot and these are some really good ones.

    1. I have To Kill a Mockingbird on my to-re-read list on Goodreads!

      I’m really intrigued by Heaven is for Real now. That’s a lot of feelings for one book to evoke!

      Thanks for the great recs!

  16. The Color of Water. Super good. – bout a half black/half white guy growing up in Harlem in 1960’s raised by his white mother. Tells the story of his mother (who grew up in south) and himself.

    In Strength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder (story about guy from Burundi during Rwandwan/burundi genocide) <— one of my fav books ever. Probably most inspiring story you'll ever read.

    Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder ( about Paul Farmer- and Haiti) I'm sure you've already read this.

    1. I’m really looking forward to reading In Strength In What Remains.

      It reminds me of a book I loved (and you may like) “The Teeth May Smile But The Heart Does Not Forget”. (Synopses: From Rwanda to Sierra Leone, African countries recovering from tyranny and war are facing an impossible dilemma: to overlook past atrocities for the sake of peace or to seek catharsis through tribunals and truth commissions. Uganda chose the path of forgetting: after Idi Amin’s reign was overthrown, the new government opted for amnesty for his henchmen rather than prolonged conflict. )

  17. Anna Quindlen’s beset novel was amazing. And I also adore anything by Atwood. Have you read anything by Elizabeth Berg? I really like her older novels. Her new ones are good, but not amazing. I also like Chris Bohjalian. The Law Of Similars and Midwives are wonderful too.

    1. I’ve never read Anna Quindlen — which book do you recommend? Beset? I couldn’t find it.

      Any particular Elizabeth Berg book?

      I love being introduced to new authors! Thanks!

      1. Stupid autocorrect. Beset = newest = Every Last One = awesome! Sooo good.

        For Elizabeth Berg, I’d go with Durable Goods & Joy School. True to Form is also good. And if you like a more historical spin, Dream When You’re Feeling Blue.

        I also really enjoyed A Hope in the Unseen, which is a nonfiction account of a student from SE DC who gets into Brown. Perhaps you’ve read this one, but it’s a very interesting story.

        And I would assume that you’ve read the Secret Life of Bees, but if not, I enjoyed that as well. And Sue Monk Kidd wrote an autobio with her daughter that’s really well-written & quite interesting, hearing a mother’s & daughter’s perspectives as the they each create a new identity for themselves when her daughter leaves college. Kinda makes me feel warm & fuzzy for the future… (Traveling with Pomegranates)

  18. Three books that I read recently and loved:
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (nonfiction but it reads like fiction)
    While Mortals Sleep (previously unpublished nonfiction by Vonnegut)
    A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (definitely different…in a good way)

    A few others on my classics list:
    Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut (I saw Vonnegut on your list. Have you read this one?)
    Watership Down by Richard Adams
    A Wrinkle in Time (One of my favorite kiddie lit books. If you’ve never read it, it’s a MUST. Hubby just bought the trilogy for me at Costco for super cheap!)
    East of Eden by Steinbeck (it’s EPIC in more ways than one)

    1. Love the Wrinkle in Time series — own the first three and have read them so many times! Did you know that there’s a #4 and #5? I have them on my to-read list but I want to reread the first three again again.

      I’ve read almost every Vonnegut book. He’s so fantastic. I love Breakfast of Champions — have you read it? Hilarious! We had to read Galapagos for a Biology class in college — cool, huh?

      I was just reading about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in contrast to The Help. I’m going to check it out.

      PS. Steinbeck is too detailed for me. I’m pretty sure Of Mice and Men could’ve been a short story. haha.

      1. I saw that you loved the Wrinkle in Time series… So you will have to pick up “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Snead. Quick read, but really good and will bring back memories of childhood.

      2. Yes! I have read 4 and 5! And I’ve read almost all Vonnegut so I was so excited to find the previously unpublished books of short fiction.

        I feel the same way about Hemingway that you feel about Steinbeck. I know he is proclaimed as one of the greatest writers of all time but I just don’t get it. Too many words.

        Happy reading.

  19. I have not read them – but I have been recommended to read the hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – let me know if they are any good.

    1. They are very good. I read all three books in five days. Excellent story line. The characters were definitely YA in that they only ran so deep but very creative and intriguing particularly the first book.

  20. FuchsiaWoman.com highly HIGHLY at the top of bar over the moon kind of high recommends:
    A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
    The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall
    Not an ounce of sap in either. Unforgettable characters in both.
    That Louis Drax books looks pretty good!

    1. Louis Drax is a good and quick read. I felt like I kinda knew what was coming about halfway through the book but I still wanted to know exactly how it would play out. And the main characters aren’t left off the hook, which I liked.

      Thanks for the recs!

  21. Because you didn’t get enough recommendations… I started reading The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough last night and I can’t put it down. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who always gets the definition of fiction and non-fiction goofed up and *gasp* I didn’t enjoy The Glass Castle.

  22. So, I’m not even recommending a book because I’m just lazy like that, but we DO seem to have fairly similar tastes, so I ask you this: Hunger Games – worthy? Because I don’t read much fiction, but apocalyptic stuff rings my bell if it’s good. Is it good?

    1. I read all three books in five days. (having sleep issues that week paid off!)

      The first book is VERY well-done. The storyline is creative and the characters, while YA-ish (i.e. not extraordinairly complex) are interesting. The next two you have to read because the first one is so good. They have high points that reach the first book but aren’t as solid throughout.

      For post-apocalyptic fiction that isn’t YA: The Road or World War Z

      Have you read The Plague by Camus?

  23. Thanks for appreciating my book nerdiness! I think you should go steampunk and try Soulless by Gail Carriger.
    It has a strong female protagonist that does not live by society’s norms, witty dialogue, and a little bit of mystery and fantasy. Plus, it is pretty reasonably priced on Amazon.

  24. Since you liked The Hunger Games, I’ll recommend a few young adult books.

    Try Peeps by Scott Westerfield. If you like it, the sequal is The Last Days. They’re sort of dark, but not gory. They’re a bit of a play on vampires, except that it’s a medical condition caused by parasites. And parasites? Very cool and creepy.

    One of my all-time favourite young adult books is House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. It’s a dystopian novel and it’s very, very good.

  25. I loved American Wife. Great female character.

    I’m working through the Song of Fire & Ice series (Game of Thrones is #1). It takes some time to get into, but once it takes off it is really compelling. Plus, the book starts out with a zombie-ish attack.

    I am not a fan of Gladwell, but if you want something like his works but written well, I recommend The Invisible Gorilla. It’s a fascinating look at how our minds work.

    1. I’ve heard great things about the House of Thrones. I’m anxious about getting into a series since I tend to obsess a bit. I put American Wife on the list. I don’t know Gladwell. Should I?

      1. I just finished the second book. I found I wanted to take a few days between 1 and 2, and I’m taking a break right now as well. There are a lot of characters and my mind needs a break in between. Also, I am loving Kindle for this series because I’m like, wait, who is this? And then up pops my search function and I can go back and remind myself of the relevant plot points. If you do get obsessed about it, at least you are in good company as it’s a pretty popular book right now with the HBO series out and all.

        Malcolm Gladwell is a New Yorker columnist who wrote The Tipping Point, Outliers, and a few other pop science books.

  26. I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who feels that way about The Help. I was nervous about it going in, but gave it a chance. Sure, it was a page-turner in the beach-read sense, but you’re right on the money about feeding stereotypes. Skip it.

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is fantastic. Well researched, well written, and such a fascinating look at the history of HeLa cells and the human and ethical issues surrounding them.

    I recently finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog and enjoyed it greatly.

    Do you enjoy Margaret Atwood? I would recommend everything she’s written since The Handmaid’s Tale and nothing she wrote before it.

  27. I’m too lazy to read all the comments (although I am going to go back and read them at some point – would love to see what people are recommending), so it’s possible someone already mentioned Kate Atkinson. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read from her.

  28. I am currently reading MY NAME IS MEMORY ~ ANN BRASHARES.
    I can’t put it down.
    That being said, I just recently started reading again, and would probably love anything that isn’t written for a toddler!
    Thanks for this great post and for all of the comments… I now have a must read list!

  29. Just enjoyed Hitch-22 which was pretty good, though all over the place at times. Made me feel like I should do more with my life.

    Dresden Files are a fun read for Urban Fantasy, Harry Dresden Chicago’s wizard,

    If you have not read any Satires from Terry Pratchett and the Diskworld novels, you are missing out on one of the best satirists since Douglas Adams.

    If you liked Gaiman you may wish to try Christopher Moore. Funny, weird and satirical.

  30. Well, as I mentioned on facebook – The Bronze Horseman series. I have never read anything like it. Yes, there are some pretty long drawn out sex scenes (get on with it!), but it gives such an interesting take on life during the siege of Leningrad. For me it was almost as gripping as Hunger Games.

    My favorite comedy is Pickwick Papers by Dickens.

    If you like Ken Follett, you might also like Fall of the Giants about WW1. Have you read the George RR Martin series, Song of Ice and Fire? It’s a wild ride. I happen to love Russian authors, including Dostoevsky so you may just want to discredit everything I said. At the same time, I would be really pumped if you LOVED one of the books I recommended.

  31. I just finished a book called The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. Very strange ideas…thought provoking. Is the authors first book, so he tries to pack too many ideas into one story…but he forced me to think about things I do not normally thing about in my comfortable suburban home.

  32. Quick recommendation: Anything by Christopher Moore (Fool, You Suck. Bite Me…no, really those are the titles). Amazing, hilarious, high-spirited, and lowbrow master of wordplay. “Fool” took “King Lear” and upended it, and it had me actually laughing out loud in public and not being able to explain why.

  33. OMG this post/comment section are getting bookmarked. You all are making me drool.

    It appears we have similar tastes in reading. I agree with Ishmael and suggestions for Christopher Moore, though I think that Lamb is his best.

    If you like sci-fi at all, I suggest the Hyperion series by Dan Simmons. If you haven’t read any other of Margaret Atwood’s books I loved the Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin (my favorite). (Though Cat’s Eye was how I got hooked).

    And last but not least, I read this book in less than a day- On the Beach by Nevil Shute. One of my favoritest books of all time.

    Have fun! I’m furiously jotting down all the books from these comments!

  34. I am late to the party on this but here are Five Things I’ve read that I love:

    Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
    The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
    Street Gang by Michael Davis
    Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
    Straight Man by Richard Russo (my favorite book of all time)

  35. I would recommend the Native Son by Baldwin- it has tremendous character development and is heart wrenching in the face of limited choices a man of color had in this country- some may argue still has in the country.
    I am thrilled you read Gaiman- the Sandman series is amazing.
    It is sometime hard to explain to my fellow late 40’s peers that a graphic novel is indeed a NOVEL. Not a coloring book.

    1. Can’t type as fast as I think- I meant Native Son or anything by Baldwin.
      Also As I lay dying- Faulkner

      I have recently finished the five foot shelf- (the collection not the book) it is a 26 book collection that provides the best broad liberal arts education to a turn of the century as recommended by the President of Harvard in the early 19 hundreds- some you need to gut out- but can not tell you how much it will change how you see the world.
      Took me a little over a year, but I read really fast.

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