I helped run a bookstore in my downtown for six years. I loved every minute of it. I miss getting to know the customers and surprising them with that hard to find cherished story from their childhood. But most of all, I miss knowing all the good reads. I'm way out of the game now. Here are a few faves I picked up along the way.
- •The Brothers K by David James DuncanEpic. So epic. You need time to read this, but you also need time to ingest it. This one is a commitment.
- •Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerFascinating science fiction hidden in a blah romance. I'm not a huge romance fan. But I agree that it was necessary to this story. Still worth the read. Stayed with me long after I finished.
- •Ready Player One by Ernest ClineJust a fun obsession with 80s pop-culture references.
- •Life of Pi by Yann MartelI'm not usually a fan of allegories, but this book hooked me right away. I loved every page.
- •The Martian by Andy WeirI was originally told that this book might be too difficult for me to read. What??!! So I jumped right in. I was delighted to learn that not only was I enjoying it to spite others, the book is educational, fun, and suspenseful. Once I learned how the author uses crowd-sourcing from his blogging internet buddies to help him get the details and facts accurate, I was a fan for life.
- •I forgot one: Stranger in a Strangeland by Robert HeinleinFantasy/Sci-if it made me stretch my boundaries and comfort levels.
- •Never Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroOne of those books that you find yourself thinking about for some time after you've finished it.Suggested by @LeahHaydock
- •Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreBasically a nerd version of Indiana Jones. Loved it before I met Robin Sloan (author) at a book festival; he is delightful.Suggested by @kcupcaker
- •Push by SapphireThis is a heart wrenching story of a teenage girl living in poverty and abuse beyond imagine. But through the dedication of caring people around her and her own newly-discovered strength and determination she is able to find hope. This book has never left me. It changed the way I see the world.Suggested by @eamato
- •Come to the Edge, by Christina HaagThe author’s tender memoir of her time with John Kennedy Jr, growing up in one another’s orbit in NYC, sharing a house at Brown, and then finally being a couple and losing each other. This book is romantic and heartbreaking and so evocative, with a wonderful sense of place and beautifully crafted writing. It’s perfect for reading by the fire or listening to while dozingSuggested by @bookishclaire
- •American Gods by Neil GaimanSuggested by @bweirich
- •All of them 😉Suggested by @eetak