Desperately Seeking Recommendations

Greeting fellow Cannonballers!

As the Summer of 2011 starts to show itself, I am retreating to the comforting cool dark of my basement to begin the second leg of my Cannonball, the Crusades.  Like their namesake, these wars are poorly planned, incredibly ambitious and ultimately doomed to failure.  I’m hoping to get enough reading done in the next 2-3 months to justify attempting a Double Cannonball (104 books in 52 weeks) Given that I’m only about 3 books ahead of the regular Cannonball, this is probably a pipe dream.

What I need is a map.  Or in normal terms, book recommendations.  I have a brand-new Kindle with a lot of free space that needs filling.  I’ll be pulling novels off the main CBRIII blog, a number of book podcasts I’ve picked up in the past 5 months and the recommendations of friends, but I’m not confidant that I’ll have enough great options to pick from so I’m opening it up to everyone’s entire library.  I’m particularly interested in things that aren’t already on this blog, but if you feel the need to plug something that’s down near the bottom, that’s cool too.

IF ANYONE TELLS ME TO READ THE HUNGER GAMES I WILL STAB THEM!  If I wanted to read Battle Royale again, I’d read Battle Royale again.  Leave me alone.

Everything else is on the table so let me have it!  We Ride for Xanadu!


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8 responses to “Desperately Seeking Recommendations

  1. Even Stevens

    Well I always plug In the Woods and Before I Fall (both of which have reviews here already) because I absolutely love those books. If you’re at all into the vampire stuff the Sookie Stackhouse books are fun and light and the 11th one was just published. The Vampire Academy series (despite their terrible names and dramatic soap opera-y covers) are really good and The Strain (first in a trilogy) was also good (the former uses the Eastern European vampire lore and the latter treats vampirism as a disease). The Maze Runner (also first in a trilogy) was a really unique story that I enjoyed too. Hopefully that helps!

    Oh, and One Day! So good.

  2. Thanks for the Recs. I’ll add em to the list!

  3. In order to avoid things from this list, I’ve pulled out some of my favourite books I read last year (not published last year, just ones I read last year):
    – Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (best book I read last year)
    – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (about Thomas Cromwell, superb historical novel)
    – After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell (way above par romantic novel)
    – Then We Came to the End by Joshua Harris (fictional satire of workplaces)
    – Lights Out in Wonderland by D. B. C. Pierre (profane, bizarre)
    – The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (creepy, proper vampires, run through with love of books and archives)
    – The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (excellent prequel to The Shadow of the Wind, tense and exciting)
    – Herb ‘n’ Lorna by Eric Kraft (lovely quirky story)
    I have no idea what you like, whether you’re male or female or how old you are (not that any of that necessarily matters when it comes to books) so there’s a real mix in there.

  4. Wolf Hall sounds wonderful and I’ve had The Historian recommended to me several times. Shades of Grey definitely made the list. Thanks!

  5. SaBrina

    Fantasy/satire: Small Gods, Terry Pratchett. Good Omens (have to mention it)
    Weird awesomeness: Still Life with Woodpecker, Tom Robbins. PS Your Cat is Dead, James Kirkwood. Duluth, Gore Vidal. Prisoner of Trebekistan, Bob Harris.
    Science: On Human Nature, EO Wilson.
    Finance: Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis.
    Philosophy?: The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb.
    Travel book to make you never want to travel again: Water Music, TC Boyle.
    Self-help? But not sucky: The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin.

  6. I read Wolf Hall last summer, it’s a brilliant book and perfect for long stretches of lazy reading time in the sun. Maybe not so much if you have kids/dogs/demanding relatives to run after though. It’s a big’un.

    Also, Light in August is a good hot summer read.

    I have Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America and Les Miserables lined up for this year.

  7. I second the recommendation of Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End. Fascinating book written in a very interesting style. Also, if you like essays, I’d recommend David Foster Wallace’s “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” — the title essay is a hilarious description of Wallace’s first cruise experience.

  8. Thanks again everyone!

    I’ll be posting a semi-finalized version of the list to my personal blog in the next few days.

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