I’m contemplating starting a new series of recommendation posts in which we talk about what we’re watching, eating, listening to, etc. We’ll see how this goes. Since I’m going to be spending 24 hours in the air and another 15+ hours in airports in a couple weeks, I’m very interested in getting some book recommendations right now.
So tell us: What are you reading? Or what have you read this year that you think everyone should check out? And what genres do you tend to enjoy most?
I personally tend to read detective fiction, I like following investigators as they track down clues and solve crimes. Last year I read Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series. I also love the Jane Whitefield series – she is a Native American guide who helps people in trouble disappear and start new lives. On the more sci-fi side, I just finished Andy Weir’s sophomore novel, Artemis. If you liked The Martian, give this a shot – don’t read anything about it, just start reading. It’s kind of a mystery/corporate espionage thriller set on a moon colony in the future (obviously).
I’ve also been reading several Japanese authors, and strongly recommend Keigo Higashino. Some of his works are totally nuts, but I still enjoy them. Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami was a meandering slice-of-life novel that totally destroyed me in the end.
Another genre I enjoy is travel memoirs. Torre DeRoche’s Love with a Chance of Drowning and The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World are great, and I’m currently #2 on the hold list for To Shake the Sleeping Self.
Which brings me to my final point: if you’re not using the library app to get free ebooks then you gotta get on this STAT! I’m still using Overdrive even though the new version is Libby, so you should probably use that one. I’m signed up with three libraries so I have a constant stream of books coming in for free.