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Please Suggest a Book You Think I Should Read

When I first started this 50 book challenge my only motivation was to "get credit" for the books I read. Since I do read a lot. I'm not going to make a list of books I intend to read, that is too much like work. But I have a lot of intelligent, well read, friends. So I thought I would ask around for recommendations. I don't promise I will read all the books that are recommended. But I want to hear your suggestions. Don't worry if I've already read it. If you had to guess if I had already read it no one would suggest anything.

So, just tell me what you recommend.


Here are some books I've enjoyed.


The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly
The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold (I started with The Vor Game, but the books in the series have been repackaged several times. I think the current starting place may be Young Miles.)
I've also enjoyed some of the anthologies of reimagined fairy tailes by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.


The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain by Alice Weaver Flaherty
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

Thank You

I had not heard of "The Book of Lost Things" by John Connelly. It sounds perfect for me.
"The Time Traveler's Wife" I had heard of, but have not had a chance to read yet.
I have read "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and liked it so much I bought "Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bimmel" by Jerome K. Jerome.
I have not read any Miles Vorkosigan, yet, But I own almost eveything with Terri Windling's name on it. (Well I only have half the "Years Best Fantasy and Horor" books but I'm working on it.)

Your two nonfiction choices also sound good. I'm sure I have looked into getting a copy of "The Botony of Desire" But I was not familiar with "The Midnight Disease"

Re: Thank You

You might want to pick up The Midnight Disease at the library. It's speculation on the neurological underpinnings of creative drive and block. If you like Oliver Sacks, you might enjoy it. The writing is a big loose, though.

Miles Vorkosigan

What have you done to me!
There are 14 books in that series!

I managed to pick up the first two: "Falling Free" and "Shards of Honor" just by chance.
I also picked up "The Vor Game" and "Brother's in Arms"
I already own "Ethan of Athos"

Now I have to get: Barrayar, The Warrior's Apprentice, Cetaganda, Borders of Infinity, Mirror Dance, Memory, Komarr, A Civil Campaign, & Diplomatic Immunity

Re: Miles Vorkosigan

Bwahahaha! And I have them all! It's one series I still follow. Hope you enjoy them.
the loving dominant
That's one I don't actually have.
I started reading it about a week ago- it's very good. I think you will like it

Thank You

I had not heard of "The Fox Woman" by Kij Johnson.
It looks good.
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

If you don't mind "fluffy": The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Alphabet Juice by Roy Blunt, Jr.
Never heard of any of those. With the possible exception of Alphabet Juice.
I've heard Roy Blunt, Jr. on Prairie Home Companion but I have not read any of his books.
I think he did a great job of summing up many of the problems I have with organized religion and their arguments into one book.
I am reading The God Delusion at the moment and am finding it really interesting.
I dont read alot of fiction.
That sounds like one that will make me angry.
I'd love to hear what you think about it?
Is it for school? Do you have to write a paper about it? I would love to see that too.
I liked the Tamir trilogy by Lynn Flewelling. The three books are The Bone Doll’s Twin, Hidden Warrior and The Oracle's Queen
Cool I had not heard of those
American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips. Quite a slog in some parts, but important and well-researched info.

The Wrong Way Home by Arthur Deikman. You've probably heard me talk about this one before. It's on the dangers of groupthink and includes tips for encouraging dissent in group situations.

The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Of course! But I wouldn't be surprised at all if you've already read this one.
It is so hard to get things done in groups few people look for ways to encouraging dissent.

I have The Golden Ass, and I started reading it, but I got distracted.
It is so hard to get things done in groups few people look for ways to encouraging dissent.

Indeed, but when it's squelched then sometimes that can have very serious consequences, especially where stakes are high. Hence this book.

to read ...

In the genre of mind candy -

I just started "Empress" by Karen Miller and am quite enjoying it.
It's the first in a trilogy .. book 3 may already be out which means no waiting should you care to read it all.

Hope you are well!

Re: to read ...


Cool Thanks for the recomendation.