The Book List

This is a list of books that I have purchased and plan on getting around to reading in the near future.  Near future of course is a very relative term as some of these books have been on my bookshelf for upwards of 2 or 3 years.  A lot of the books that I read tend to skew towards Fantasy and Science Fiction, but I’ll read pretty much anything that sounds interesting to me.

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (Kind of the Story of My Life) by Scott Adams
  • Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson
  • With A Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Existence by David Brin
  • On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not by Robert A. Burton M.D.
  • Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
  • The Ambassador’s Mission; The Rogue; The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan
  • Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
  • Hickory Dickory Dock; Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie
  • Spellbound by Larry Correia
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Deadhouse Gates; Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  • Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
  • Imager by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
  • Ringworld by Larry Niven
  • His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  • Contact by Carl Sagan
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Thousand Orcs by R.A. Salvatore
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.
  • The Golem’s Eye; Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

There are also quite a few books that I’ve heard about and that I want to read eventually, but I haven’t purchased yet.  So while I want to read all of these books as well, the books from the first list are definitely ones that I’m going to read first.

  • The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  • The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Grass by Sheri S. Tepper

So there are some lists of books that I’m interested in checking out sometime in the future.  And of course, I’m always interested in new books to read, especially from books or authors that I haven’t heard of.  If you know of any books that you think might interest me, go ahead and leave a comment here talking about it.

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  1. Hi,

    I enjoyed Furies of Calderon. I also enjoyed “The Painted Man” by Peter V Brett and “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss.

    Waiting for the 3rd and final books to come out for both authors.

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    • I’m looking forward to Rothfuss’s third book more than Brett’s. I enjoyed the Warded Man a lot, but the second book seemed to backtrack far too much for my liking. I’ll still read it, but there are definitely books I’m looking forward to more.

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      • hannahrose42

         /  April 30, 2013

        I just finished The Daylight War (third book of Brett’s) and was pleasantly surprised. He brings in Inevera’s POV and does it brilliantly. He spans it throughout the book, and it didn’t weigh it down anything like it did in Desert Spear. I am also eagerly awaiting Rothfuss’s third book.

  2. I’ve been reading mostly sci-fi lately. Everything I can get my hands on by Orson Scott Card, Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear, Alastair Reynolds, Jack McDevitt and Kurt Vonnegut. Aside from those authors: Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood was pretty awesome, and The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi was mind blowing. Also, if you’re a fan of Orson Scott Card’s, check out his online magazine: http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/.

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  3. I recently read Dune and I loved it. I hope you like it!

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  4. Have you read any other Chuck Palahniuk before? Haunted is really interesting, as is Choke, but I think the most impressive one I’ve read is Rant. Never read anything quite like it.

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    • I’ve read 6 of his books, the titles and links to the reviews are listed on the Total Score page. I don’t have Rant yet, I just haven’t picked it up at this point but I probably will. I enjoy his books and I’ve read quite a few, but after reading Pygmy I had to take a break from some of his books. The next book I read after Goliath is going to be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, after that I’ll probably start on Palahniuk’s books again.

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  5. Wow, I like your list! I’m planning to read Dune myself. Great blog btw =D

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  6. If you haven’r read yet Hyperion or The Fall of Hyperion put them up in your list they are really great. I also higly recomend Neuromancer and of course Dune

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  7. Adam Stone

     /  January 4, 2012

    I am going to reread the other Hitch Hiker books before I start And Another Thing.

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    • I just reread the Hitchhiker’s books over the summer, I’ll probably read And Another Thing eventually, but I’ve still got a bunch of other books to get through as well, so it might be a while before I get to it.

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      • Adam Stone

         /  January 5, 2012

        I will read the others at some point too but like you have plenty of other books to read before I get around to them.

  8. The Maze Runner books by James Dashner.
    19 Minutes by Jodie Picoult
    I have a ton of other books in my head but don’t know which ones to list!

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    • I’ve already read The Maze Runner series by Dashner, I have reviews up for the second and third books but I read the first before I started my blog. I thought it did some interesting things but it really didn’t work out that well for me overall. The ending of The Death Cure really irritated me.

      I’ve never read any Jodie Picoult, but the name sounds familiar, I’ll have to look into it.

      I’m all for any books you want to suggest. I’m a voracious reader and tend to go through an awful lot of books in a year.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. hannahrose42

     /  April 30, 2013

    And Another Thing… was pretty good, but quite a bit darker than Adams’s imagining of the Guide.
    I’ve been meaning to also check out the Uglies/Pretties/whatnot series, as I’ve only heard good things.
    I don’t know if you’ve read them, but I highly recommend the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix. They are incredibly fast reads with fantastic bits of necromancy and magical bells and everything. Cool back story and fun world building. The three books are Sabriel, Abhorsen, and Lirael.

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    • I’ll have to look into that series by Nix. I’ve also got to get back into the swing of reading more often. As much as I’ve been bowling recently, especially with being out of town for the past two weekends, I’ve gotten away from it a little bit.

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      • hannahrose42

         /  April 30, 2013

        I’ve had a hiatus from reading too, but it’s mostly because I’ve been reading textbook stuff for class. I miss bowling, so I’m joining a summer league. It’s 10 weeks, $15 a week and at the end you get a free ball. Since I work there, I get the ball at the start of the league. I’m excited to get back into reading AND bowling.

      • Always a good thing to get back into bowling. Because I’m curious, what ball are you getting?

      • hannahrose42

         /  April 30, 2013

        I’m actually not sure yet! I figured I would work with my boss to see what would fit my style best. I can let you know when I choose, though.

      • Sounds good. Since I’ve started working in the industry I’ve become a bit of a ball junkie. Not quite as bad as some of the other people I work with, but I have gotten about 10 new balls this year.

  10. @hannahrose42
    I read The Daylight War (third book of Brett’s) recently and I just feel like this whole story is being dragged out to fill 5 books 🙂

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    • I think that the individual books are being dragged out because Brett backtracks in every book to explain more of the backstory of the world, but I don’t think that the story as a whole is being dragged out. Book 1 did an excellent job introducing the world and the characters. Book 2 did a good job of expanding the world by showing the increasing Krasian influence on the world, but was stretched out too far too long because Brett went back and showed us Jardir’s entire childhood when we didn’t need to see any of it. The primary story of the third book was preparing for the battle against the Mind Demons, and I thought that the book did an excellent job of showing that story. But again Brett went back and showed us the entire past of another character, Inevera this time. It was interesting, but by about the halfway point of the novel I was upset because I realized that I didn’t need to know any of the stuff he was talking about with Inevera’s childhood, it was just there to pad the book.

      I actually think that the final encounter of the book (after the battles with the mind demons, sorry if it’s vague, I’m trying to avoid major spoilers) is something that should have been given a lot more time to grow and possibly could have been a book unto itself. Which apparently would have brought the series up to 6 books.

      I think that the biggest problem with Brett’s writing is that his work has been categorized as “Epic Fantasy.” And for most people, Epic Fantasy means that the books should be 600+ pages. I think that the first book was quite good, but the second and third are a lot weaker because he added more backstory to round out the extra characters and make the world feel deeper. Both the second and third books would have been a lot stronger (IMO) had the backstory for the characters been cut to move the main story along at a faster pace. (I think another author who has this same problem is Stephen Lynch, the author of The Lies of Locke Lamora, which is a good book but suffers from being too long.)

      I’ve never finished a great book and said: “Man, I wish that book had another 200 pages to it.” But I have finished books that I thought were ok and said: “This book could have been much better had it been shorter and more focused.” Obviously that’s just my opinion, but I think it’s a problem that quite a few books have.

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