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.
  1. The Brothers K by David James Duncan
    Epic. So epic. You need time to read this, but you also need time to ingest it. This one is a commitment.
  2. Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Fascinating 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.
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    Just a fun obsession with 80s pop-culture references.
  4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    I'm not usually a fan of allegories, but this book hooked me right away. I loved every page.
  5. The Martian by Andy Weir
    I 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.
  6. I forgot one: Stranger in a Strangeland by Robert Heinlein
    Fantasy/Sci-if it made me stretch my boundaries and comfort levels.
  7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    One of those books that you find yourself thinking about for some time after you've finished it.
    Suggested by @LeahHaydock
  8. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
    Basically a nerd version of Indiana Jones. Loved it before I met Robin Sloan (author) at a book festival; he is delightful.
    Suggested by @kcupcaker
  9. Push by Sapphire
    This 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
  10. Come to the Edge, by Christina Haag
    The 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 dozing
    Suggested by @bookishclaire
  11. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    Suggested by @bweirich
  12. All of them 😉
    Suggested by @eetak