EXPERIMENT: HELP ME FIND A BOOK TO READ

A @listbot social experiment: crowdsourcing the next (one or more) book(s) I read.
  1. I need book recommendations, so I'm asking you all for help.
  2. If you're willing, do a bit of homework to get an idea of what I read, make a suggestion of what you think I should read, and then I'll give you feedback here if I think I might read that book.
    Which feedback can then shape future suggestions. We are like a meatspace AI recommendation machine! We CAN beat the robots!
  3. Then, as we go through the suggestion/feedback loop, we should find me something to read by the weekend, yeah?
  4. Homework: Here's what I've read so far this year: BOOKS I'VE READ in 2017
  5. I read pretty much everything and anything that interests me. My fiction reading tends towards contemporary, literature, and science fiction, and I tend to steer away from genres like mysteries and horror.
    I'll read everything non-fiction... if it interests me. Everything interests me.
  6. Ready? Recommend:
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  8. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
    One of he absolute greatest American novels. A retelling of the Cain/Abel story set in early 20th century Central California. The James Dean movie is incredible too
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  9. I love East of Eden. And all of Steinbeck. He's one of my top 5 favorite authors and have read (nearly) all of his books! Cannery Row, Of Mice And Men and The Grapes of Wrath are other favorites. @dreadpiratemama
    Likelihood that I'll re-read it now: 30%
  10. The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie
    I saw on your old list that you read Alexie's Ya novel (excellent!). This is one of his first publications, a collection of short works. Easy to put down and pick up later as need be. Moving, poetic, honest
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  11. I loved the movie "Smoke Signals" that came out of one of the stories in this book, @dreadpiratemama I don't think I've read this one (but I have read a few of his novels [and he's a good Twitter follow too!])
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 80% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  12. The Commitments - Roddy Doyle
    Doyle's first novel, and beloved early 90s Irish film with kick ass soundtrack. Quick & easy tale of working class Dubliners who start a soul cover band. Hilarious, makes you want to hit a record store
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  13. @dreadpiratemama Loved the movie version, didn't know it was a book! (Have you watched Sing Street yet, which shares DNA with The Commitments?)
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 65%
  14. Shakespeare on Toast - Ben Crystal
    You knew I'd make my non-fiction suggestion a Bard book, right? 😉 Crystal's father is a linguist, he is an actor. In recent years they fronted the movement to perform Shakespeare in the original pronunciation. This book is a fun & educational look at the 400 year old language that we still grapple with. Even learned scholars learn cool tidbits from this one. If I taught, I would require this book before tackling any Bard play
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  15. @dreadpiratemama Shakespeare on Toast. Interesting. Glad you suggested it. Never heard of it or the author. Seems up my alley.
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 58%
  16. The Stand by Stephen King
    May be my favorite book EVER (I mean, do you see how worn out my copy is?). On Writing by Stephen King is also quite superb (I'm currently rereading it and had forgotten how good it truly is). Recommendations based on 11/22/63 making a list of yours.
    Suggested by   @_leia_
  17. @_leia_ The Stand? We have two copies in our house. I loved his On Writing and I enjoyed 11/23/63. I enjoyed the old TV miniseries of The Stand, also. I started The Stand once, as I recall, but did not finish. My wife has a hard time driving through the Eisenhower Tunnels because of this book. Good recommendation.
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 57%
  18. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    There's a good chance you've probably already read this, but just in case you haven't, I liked this even more than Dead Wake, and I liked that one quite a bit.
    Suggested by   @_leia_
  19. Read it, loved it @_leia_ Agree it was better than Dead Wake.
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 1%
  20. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
    Well, I'd recommend any Gaiman your way, to be honest. This is his most epic work, the story of a man recently released from prison who starts to work as a sort of bodyguard/servant for a mysterious older gent. This leads him into the hidden world of gods from various old traditions that all came to settle in America with waves of immigrants. They grapple with being disregarded & engage in battle with the "new gods" (media, technology, etc)
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  21. @dreadpiratemama Read it, liked it a lot. Looking to find the new TV series, too. Also, I am currently reading his new book, "Norse Mythology," which is a fine retelling of the Viking myths or Thor, Loki, Freya, Odin and the gang.
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 2%
  22. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula Le Guin
    Excellent & famous sci-fi. Inhabitants of a planet of perpetual winter can change gender in cycles. A male visitor tries to serve as a diplomat while learning their ways. Seriously ahead of its time
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  23. I'm sensing a theme @dreadpiratemama Read it, liked it. My wife did her senior thesis as a college English major on LeGuin so I've been through a lot of her work. She is a visionary for sure, but I'll admit I'm not a huge fan. (Did you know she and Phillip K Dick were high school classmates at Berkeley High?)
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 5%
  24. Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gilliam McCain
    I read this for a History of Rock 'n Roll class in college and loved it.
    Suggested by   @_leia_
  25. @_leia_ OK! Love punk, love books about subcultures and history, less of a fan of "oral histories" as they can me rambling and only as good as the interviewees. But I am intrigued.
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 76% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  26. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
    If you like classic Brit Lit (or are at least familiar with some references), you'll enjoy it even more. Kinda sci-fi, funny, kick-ass heroine. And if you enjoy it, there's a whole series to continue reading.
    Suggested by   @KikiHines
  27. @KikiHines Good suggestion! My wife loves the Thursday Next novels, and I think I maybe read this one (I believe I read the first one but none of the sequels.) I recall liking it? But I'm not sure?
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 27.8%
  28. China Mieville "Perdido Street Station"
    Fantastic fantasy novel as far from Hobits and Goblins as you can get in the genre. (Nb though I do love Tolikin)
    Suggested by   @Waddy
  29. @Waddy Interesting. Reading about it online. Will definitely recommend it to K, as she will probably love it. I may or may not as I tend to struggle with fantasy worlds.... but it does look interesting. I may have her test it for me 🙄😬😃
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 61%. Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 92%
  30. Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
    Science fiction, parallel universe, interesting concept. Lots of challenges to our societal constructs, family groups, work environment, etc. It's an easy read, but an interesting conceptual exploration about the rise of Neanderthals over humans in a parallel universe. There are two more books to the trilogy, but the first was definitely my favorite.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  31. @jennifergster Hmmm. This looks promising. A friend of mine was forever collecting research on this topic with the idea of writing a novel set today when whatever evolves from h sapien rises up and puts us in our place: extinction. I will likely read this someday. Thanks: potentially right up my alley!
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 81% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  32. The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll by HG Wells
    No explanation needed, the title says it all.
    Suggested by   @moonjockey
  33. @moonjockey Who knew he wrote a cycling book? Intrigued!
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 81.5% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  34. Things The Grandchildren Should Know, by Mark Oliver Everett
    This remains one of the most fascinating books I've read in the last ten years. The author is the leader of indie rock group The Eels, and these are his memoirs. It's about using any creative output you might have to overcome any dark period you might have. Believe you me, this is no "I fought drugs and music saved me" type of story. Just google the synopsis. Hay Adobe should sell you on it. (And no, you don't need to know their music. Might help the second time, though.)
    Suggested by   @Jaycer17
  35. @Jaycer17 we are getting close! I love autobiographies by musicians, writers and creative people, particularly when they write about process and sources of their art. Will look for it! Thanks Juan Carlo!
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 84% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  36. A Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs. This is non-fiction and a great read! A man tries to live the Bible literally for a full year. Funny and insightful.
    Suggested by   @MaddyandOwensMom
  37. @MaddyandOwensMom I read and liked his earlier book, The Know It All, in which he tries to become the smartest man alive. I do like participatory journalism (George Plimpton! Tim Cahill!), but I'm also not a reader or a fan of the Bible (as fact — as myth and literature it has some good parts).
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 13%
  38. Empire of the Summer Moon - SC Gwynne
    My father and uncle are both big history readers and recommend this to everyone - it is at the top of my to read list.
    Suggested by   @ellenh
  39. @ellenh Oooh, thanks! I'm very familiar with many of these stories, particularly of the Northern Plains tribes (Sioux, Arapaho, Ute, Cheyenne) who once roamed widely where I live, but I haven't yet read this history of the Comanche.
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 82.652% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  40. On Immunity by Eula Biss
    This book stuck with me long after I read it. Even though I generally get vaccinated when my doctor suggests it I had always thought that it didn't really matter if you did. This book totally changed my worldview on vaccines. Also, it's a fairly quick read at only 205 pages.
    Suggested by   @shash
  41. @shash Thanks for the suggestion! This looks like an important book. As I am already in the pro-science camp, and about 25 years past child-rearing age, I probably won't read it at this point. But I will remember and recommend it if I hear any anti-vaxxers in my world.
    Likelihood I read it next: 14%
  42. Smoke Gets in your Eyes, NF/memoir
    Man, I loved this book. Part memoir about working in a crematory, part exploration about the culture of death and dying in the US but also a history of death. Really changed how I think about death and it made me talk to my parents and family about what they want and what I want as far as my body and my death. 💀
    Suggested by   @eijafayaya
  43. @eijafayaya What a great recommendation! You clearly love it, and it's a fascinating topic. This is right up my alley! Thanks!
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 87% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  44. I feel obliged to help as I have a rec from you in my to read next pile (Seveneves) so A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
    Covers the Apollo program mission by mission in fascinating detail. Also became a great TV series From the Earth to the Moon
    Suggested by   @marceline
  45. @marceline Thanks! I haven't read this yet, but it's a great suggestion for me. Space, Apollo, my childhood.
    Likelihood I read this next: 71% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  46. Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait
    Really great science explanations plus hilariously awesome takedowns of stuff like astrology.
    Suggested by   @marceline
  47. @marceline Also a good recommendation for me. I read Phil's blog regularly, and follow him on Twitter, but didn't realize he had a book. Are they reprints of his Slate column/essays?
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 63% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 93%
  48. Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus
    History of Riot Grrrl, the 90s US feminist punk rock movement that was hugely influential for a whole new generation of feminists and DIY bands/labels/zinesters (including a teenage me)
    Suggested by   @marceline
  49. @marceline Winner! I've read Carrie Brownstein's book about her life, so this is a great recommendation for me too! Well done! Thanks!
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 82% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  50. I would suggest Steinbeck's unfinished book about Camelot, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights. It's somewhat separate from the rest of his canon. It's more in the style of Tortilla Flat, which makes sense because TF is about Camelot too.
    JS loved Camelot his whole life, and I like that his first commercial success in TF and his last book are connected by that magical world. For what it's worth, I think Neil Gaiman would also really like this book because it has the haunting quality of his own work. So happy to find fellow Steinbeck/Gaiman lovers in you and @dreadpiratemama and I wish we could all read together!
    Suggested by   @cinderstina
  51. @cinderstina Hey, wow! I've never heard of an unfinished Steinbeck and it's very exciting news! Plus: King Arthur! This is going into my library search as soon as I post. Thank you!
    Likelihood I'll read it next: 89% Likelihood I'll read it eventually: 100%
  52. Other suggestions are Ceremony by Leslie Mormon Silko (the book that got me interested in narrative medicine) and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (the book that got me interested in poetry and literary analysis)!
    Suggested by   @cinderstina
  53. @cinderstina I've never heard of Ceremony but it looks interesting. I'm not a Faulkner fan, and I read enough of him in college (including Sound/Fury) to have my fill.
    Likelihood I read Ceremony: 49% Likelihood I read Faulkner again: 10%
  54. I have to second East of Eden by Steinbeck. One of my favorite books of all time. Alternatively, Lord of the Flies by William Golding if you haven't read that yet or Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
    Suggested by   @nerd
  55. @nerd Hi! East of Eden is great (see also @dreadpiratemama @cinderstina) I read Lord of the Flies in high school 40 years ago... should I read it again? Also: Dharma Bums is by far my favorite Kerouac and one I've probably read 8 times.... it's on my all-time top 5 favorite books list I once wrote.
    Likelihood I read Flies again: 34% Likelihood I read Bums again: 90%
  56. Ray Bradbury Short Story Collections (1)
    The October Country and The Toynbee Convector
    Suggested by   @BrentMWiggins
  57. @BrentMWiggins Thanks for these. I have a couple of Bradbury novels on my shelves, but don't think I've ever read any of his short stories. I read a bunch of Philip K Dick short stories last year, and was struck by how dated they felt (even though most were set in the future). How does Bradbury hold up?
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 43.84%
  58. Ray Bradbury Short Story Collections (2)
    The Illustrated Man and one other I forgot to mention, The Machineries of Joy. Enjoy! 🚀
    Suggested by   @BrentMWiggins
  59. @BrentMWiggins Also, "short stories" tend to be down my list of preferred reads, below novels and non-fiction and poetry collections but that's simply my personal quirk.
    Likelihood I'll read these next: 42.15%
  60. Ray Bradbury holds up very well. The stories are conditional but relatable. I wouldn't say there was any short story of his I haven't enjoyed or disliked. Bradbury said he didn't predict the future, although in some cases he has, but he rather prevents the future that is dystopian. I like his science fiction which is more social and psychological.
    Suggested by   @BrentMWiggins
  61. I've not read this, but it's new and I found it perusing new non-fiction, seems up your alley..?
    Suggested by   @cvlop61
  62. @cvlop61 Very true. I read and very much enjoyed The Monuments Men (later a Geo Clooney Film) about chasing/rescuing art stolen by the Nazis, so great recommendation!
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 66.12%
  63. Same as previous comment/suggestion😉
    Suggested by   @cvlop61
  64. @cvlop61 Judging solely from its cover (appropriate for this book, yeah?) I totally agree. Right up my alley!
    Likelihood of reading it next: 79.99%
  65. Viktor Frankls Mans Search for Meaning & The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous life -Tom Reiss
    Both are amazing in different ways. Both are non-fiction, one based on the horrors of man, the other about a life of a man shrouded in mystery. Hope you read them both-also, I would enjoy two recommendations back at you.
    Suggested by   @GavMaLav
  66. @GavMaLav Thanks for the suggestions! I read Man's Search For Meaning in high school in the '70s and considered re-reading it a couple years back. Thanks for reminding me! I've never heard of The Orientalist, but reading about it has piqued my curiosity!
    Likelihood of reading Frankl: 70% Likelihood of reading Reiss: 61.6%
  67. Disrupted My Misaventures in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
    Very interesting and very funny book. Definitely changed my mind about wanting to work somewhere like google. Makes me wonder what it's like working at list too, hopefully much better than this!
    Suggested by   @shadowman
  68. @shadowman This feels like a book I would like. Thanks! (I do enjoy Silicon Valley!) Have you ever read "Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland? It's a novel about first-wave internet types (written and set set in early '90s in a proto-blog format) that I recall liking quite a bit. Or his JPod, written 10 years later? Or Eggars' The Circle? You may like!
    Likelihood of reading it next: 77.77%
  69. John le carrè Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or Tailor of Panama.
    My favorite of all time fiction writers. Real name is David and he writes in an amazing style. Hold on, keep reading, it will all make sense in the long run. No book of Le Carrés will ever do you wrong. Enjoy!!!
    Suggested by   @GavMaLav
  70. @GavMaLav I've read a couple of le Carré's books, but they didn't quite do it for me. (My dad-in-law passes along quite a few spy genre books as well, most of which I don't read 😬) I did enjoy all the Bond books by Ian Fleming when I read them.
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 00.7%
  71. The Wonder Trail by @helytimes
    I really enjoy this book: Steve's conversational tone helps you feel like you're a companion on his adventure. It's an enjoyable read, chock full of history, chuckles and the odd laugh out loud moment #kellyslaterlove
    Suggested by   @jesszaffino
  72. @jesszaffino I've seen this around on several lister's book lists. I like humor; I like travel books, I'd probably like this. Good pick.
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 78.78%
  73. The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
    You wanted psychology, how about neuropsych?! Plasticity fucking fascinates me and a friend suggested I might like this, which I do! We can literally rewire our entire thought system with plasticity, isn't that dope?! Anyhoo! Listen to it on 1.5 speed and you'll whizz through it! Some of the stroke victim stories are off the charts and there's a section on sexual plasticity... neurologists are rad!
    Suggested by   @jesszaffino
  74. @jesszaffino interesting! As a person of age who feels sometimes that his brain is ossifying, this looks intriguing. Another good tip.
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 74.1%
  75. It's a gracious read excellent writing,dry wit poetic, profound -exciting. Regrettably the authors only novel. I reread almost immediately after finishing.
    Suggested by   @1derpuppy
  76. @1derpuppy I've been to Little Bighorn and even outlined a novel based on what I learned and felt that day. This looks very interesting. Thanks!
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 83%
  77. It's a war story in the nuts and bolts of the futility and horror, and still has space to speak to the value of humanity and art, friendship and love. Deeply satisfying.
    Suggested by   @1derpuppy
  78. @1derpuppy Also thank you for this! With Russia being in the news for hacking our election, I have been thinking I should read more about Russia and the Russian mind. This might not fill that need, but you've offered a strong recommendation.
    Likelihood I'll read this next: 71.8%
  79. Anyone else? Suggest a book and win an emoji comment!
    I've read 8 of the books suggested above. Will yours be next?