What do you read?

I'm nearly finished 'Hail Mary' by Andy Weir, and highly recommend it.
Wondering which books other folk think of as good?
 
I'm nearly finished 'Hail Mary' by Andy Weir, and highly recommend it.
Wondering which books other folk think of as good?
Sounds interesting!

I just finished 'Factfulness' by Hans Rosling (as I needed some cheering up after ' Parable of the Sower' by Octavia E. Butler...amazing writer btw).

Very readable journey through world in numbers (that are actually very positive in terms of women education, vaccination, population growth etc.) plus a lot of entertaining anecdotes.

At the moment half way through another dystopian novel: 'Never let me go' by Kazuo Ishiguro (before I sink my teeth into his 'Klara and the Sun')
Next in line 'The Three-Body Problem' by Liu Cixin and then I will hopefully finally get to Walter Isaacson's 'The Code Breaker'....

EDIT1: I'm always on the lookout for good sci-fi, AI themed stories, so if anyone has recommendations I'm all ears!
EDIT2: My favourite quote from 'Parable of the Talents' ( ' Parable of the Sower' v2)
"Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery."

She wrote it in 1998, some contemporary politicians come to mind when reading this...
 
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I grew up on The Hobbit/LotR, which was my first love when it comes to literature. Still enjoy a re-read, along with the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials. Also enjoyed Hitchhiker's guide, Watership Down and Colony (a relatively obscure Sci-Fi novel by one of the writers of Red Dwarf, which I also have and enjoy the novelisations of)
I liked A Song of Ice and Fire so far, though hoping it doesn't religiously follow the plot of the TV series which overtook it. If it ever gets finished at all. ^^'
I discovered Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman at university and it remains my all time favourite standalone novel. :p
I also enjoyed The Martian, while we're on the topic of Andy Weir. I should try some of his other work.
 
I read mainly non-thrillery murder mysteries (Ruth Rendell, Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, W.J. Burley, Ellis Peters and the like) as well as Regency-ish novels (both contemporary - Jane Austen, Brontes etc; and Georgette Heyer (but not any of the dreadful, poorly researched, sex mad rip-offs of GH) !)
I also enjoy rereading all the classic early teen girls books and school stories - Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, A Little Princess, Chalet School, Malory Towers etc as well as Eva Ibbotson's teen books.
As you can tell, I like my reading to be comforting, not scary or challenging :D
 
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Lots of Sci-fi and Fantasy
Terry Pratchett, Brandon Sanderson, William King, Nathan Long, Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Robert Jordan
 
Just reading "Carrying the Fire An Astronaut's Journey" by Michael Collins. Fascinating recollections of the Apollo 11 Command module pilot.
I've also read "Limitless" by Tim Peake. A couple of F1 designer/engineer/mechanic autobiographies and a few "Proper Science Books" by the likes of Jim Al-khalili and Helen Czertski.
I enjoy Anything by Arthur C Clarke, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Tolkien, C. S. Lewis (inc some of his early SiFi and letters) and Michael Crichton.
Recently got into Ben Aaronovitch. policing the magical/supernatural world of London.
Loved Raynor Winn's "The Salt Path", as I've walked some of the West coast path myself and know costal Cornwall quite well.
 
Lots of stuff - generally sci-fi, fantasy type stuff but not always.

Liking Matt Haig at the moment (if you haven’t read “The Midnight Library” then go and do so!) - next up is “The last family in Britain”. Currently reading “Vurt” by Jeff Noon which is a dystopian sci-fi set in Manchester (written in 1993 so there’s a few places where it shows it’s age). Another good recent read was “The Starless Sea” (which has a great audiobook version too) Also reading a lot of Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) with the kids.
 
I'm sensing a theme here, sci-fi fantasy nerds the lot of us! :p

I don't have the concentration span to read fiction books anymore but non-fiction/reference books with lots of pretty pictures grab me!

In particular I love Irish Railway history and Soviet Bloc aircraft designs. I have so much reference material that if I ever had the chance to own a MiG-21 for example, I could probably referb it and take it on air show tours haha. Perhaps in another life I should have been an engineer!
 
I'll read pretty much anything! Though like a lot of you, I do read mainly sci-fi/fantasy :laughing:

This year I've particularly enjoyed the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown, The Broken Earth series by N.K Jemisin, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini and The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang.

I'm currently reading Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky which has giant spiders in it :eek: I don't know why I'm tormenting myself but it's amazing so far!
 
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Some great book ideas :)

@Emma The Martian is excellent, I devoured Project Hail Mary - which like the Martian, is earmarked for a movie... I think Ryan Gosling is tipped to play Grace.

@Nabi I definitely recommend Andy Weir (who penned both above novels) - I've also read the 'Fear' book series by Stephen Moss.

@JFKtech Mallory Towers... that takes me back a bit. I loved reading those. I think I actually still have some old copies from years ago! I sometimes revisit the classics, a few months ago I read Frenchmans Creek. If you haven't... do :)

@CovTech Terry Pratchett... :heart: Have you tried any by Scott Lynch it's the Gentleman B**tard series.... The Lies of Locke Lamora is brilliant

@Tonytech Michael Crichton, I know everyone mentions Jurassic Park, but one of my favourites was Disclosure. I remember it was made into a movie with Michael Douglas -but it came no where near the 'edge of the seat' feeling as the novel.

@Technician Q I'll have to try the Midnight Library, I've just read the blurb and it sounds good :)

Some of the books I'd recommend are...

The Gentleman B**tard Series - Scott Lynch
The First Law series - Joe Abercrombie
Dark Matter/Thin Air - classics by Michelle Paver
The Martian/Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
Anatomy of a Scandal -Sarah Vaughan
His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet
Sweetpea - C J Skuse
You - Caroline Kepnes
The Meaning of Night - Michael Cox
Company of Liars - Karen Maitland


Anything by TF Muir, James Oswald and Helen Fields :)
 
I am currently working my way through the Philip Pullman trilogy of 'His Dark Materials' Absolutely loving them, so much better than the TV show. I have also read Tiger in the Well by the same author and loved that one too.
Over the summer I read quite a lot....anything I could get my hands on
Another of my fave authors is Khalid Hussainy, He wrote 'The Kite Runner' based in Afghanistan
I like historic novels Philippa Gregory is a brilliant author, specialising in Tudor Royals, She wrote The Other Boleyn Girl.
 
Some great book ideas :)

@Tonytech Michael Crichton, I know everyone mentions Jurassic Park, but one of my favourites was Disclosure. I remember it was made into a movie with Michael Douglas -but it came no where near the 'edge of the seat' feeling as the novel.
A few of my favorites by Michael Crichton.
The Andromeda Strain.
Timeline.
Airframe (based on a real life air crash.)
 
Love a bit of scifi/fantasy, read all of Mr Pratchett's, Ian M Banks, Asimov, Tolkein. I've read most of James Herbert's horror books.

Just finishing the 'Commandant of Auschwitz', which is an interesting if harrowing read, was watching the series on Netflix which trigger me buying this book.

As a result of the above I am in need of some humour, so about to read 'This is going to hurt - the secret diaries of a junior doctor', basically all the daft things humans do and try to pretend they were an accident.
 
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Anything by Stephen King or Jodi Picoult
I would whole heartedly recommend the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. The film was so far from the books it was a different entity in itself, so dont judge the books on that!

These books honestly changed my perspective on life, and were very entertaining too!!
 

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Don't enjoy sci-fi or fantasy fiction, at all.

I love a crime thriller/drama/historical book though. Anything by Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Hilary Mantel etc. Also really like domestic noir (Girl on the Train etc.) and Scandinavian stuff like the Stieg Larsson series. I run a book club and we tend to read what we call "supermarket reads", which we usually enjoy.
 

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Don't enjoy sci-fi or fantasy fiction, at all.

I love a crime thriller/drama/historical book though. Anything by Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Hilary Mantel etc. Also really like domestic noir (Girl on the Train etc.) and Scandinavian stuff like the Stieg Larsson series. I run a book club and we tend to read what we call "supermarket reads", which we usually enjoy.
Same here. It has to have a good bit of reality for me to enjoy it. I mainly listen to books now as I find holding a book or swiping on a kindle too painful. There's a ton of ancient murder mystery on YouTube so I have been listening to that. Written in 1900s onwards.
 
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