I read a whole bunch of books. You won’t believe which are my favorites. Number 3 made me laugh

I’ve been doing a lot of reading this year, thanks in no small part to Audible and Overdrive, which let me read while I am commuting, cooking, and working out at the gym.  So far, I have 46 titles accounted in my Goodreads account, and I am 171 days ahead of my annual reading goal. Granted, at least 10 of those are graphic novels (I had a mild Flash obsession going there for a bit.).

Here are some of my favorites so far this year, in no particular order.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store  by Robin Sloan – If you love quirky mysteries, Google, Helvetica, awkward protagonists, or glow-in-the-dark dust covers, this is the book for you.

The Stand by Stephen King – The forces of good and evil gather in a post-apocalyptic show down. This was the second of three books in a row that I read that start with a virulent pandemic.  That was not on purpose, and it stressed me out. I could not be an epidemiologist.

The Martian by Andy Weir – Fantastic science fiction.  There’s a movie coming out later this year.  I bought a second copy for my Mars themed bathroom.  XKCD described it thusly :

American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman – This was the story of the first few years of my career at Ford Motor Company.  It was interesting getting the behind the scenes look at some of the things that happened.  It is also a fantastically well written book if you are interested in the auto industry in general.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I don’t rightly know how to describe this book.  Gaiman writes books that demand to be read but elude description of why you should read them. I put this one off for a long while, but I picked it up and couldn’t put it down.

What have you read and loved so far this year?

2 thoughts on “I read a whole bunch of books. You won’t believe which are my favorites. Number 3 made me laugh”

  1. I’m well behind you, but still on track for my personal reading goal of 50. For a sample, I’ve enjoyed Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie), the first three Expanse books (by James S.A. Corey, who is actually two people), and I finished the Partials sequence by Dan Wells (everything Battlestar Galactica should have been…but without the space travel, I guess; though maybe “20x better than Divergent” would be a better comparison), all of which I would recommend to you. I think I’m reading my first 5-star book of the year, though: Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven #2 by Brandon Mull); it is amazing how many important life skills he can teach in a middle-grade fantasy book.

    PS Loved the clickbait post title.

    1. Peter! I have been meaning to get to Ancillary Justice. I have heard wonderful things. I will have to give it a go.

      (A while back I figured out that clickbait titles all follow the same formulas, especially the ones where people either aren’t trying or are trying too hard. Figured I’d give it a go and see if I could get some clicks. 🙂 )

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