Book Recommendations

I always download a bunch of books before traveling, and I keep my iPad or Kindle with me for any down time I might have during the day.  I’m not much on audiobooks as I prefer podcasts if I’m driving or running, but the convenience of an e-book has grown on me tremendously after having purchased a Kindle Paperwhite.

I’ll update as I read!  Check out my Goodreads profile (which I should update more too…).

Favorites and Recommended:

  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – I love this book.  I’d say it is in my top 3 of all time.  It is a beautiful and incredibly tragic story, set against the political changes in the mid 70s – 80s in India.
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall – This is a fantastic book about an ultra marathon set against the dangerous Cooper Canyons in Mexico and the secretive Tarahumara tribe.  It’s fascinating and who knew a book about running would be so interesting?
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole – I often think of Ignatius J. Reilly, especially if I eat a Lucky Dog in New Orleans.  Funny, sad, and moving, this novel is a must read.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – I adore Gabriel García Márquez.  This is his best-known work, a dense story of a family spanning generations.  The names might confuse you, but it is beautiful and also a must read!
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – Huge fan of Murakami here.  He’s delightful.  His stories are always a little mystical, and I enjoy the settings in Japan as Tokyo is one of my favorite cities.


Currently Reading/Recently Read:

  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – Intense and scary story of an old man who kidnaps children.  Love the flawed heroine, Vic.  Would recommend if you like scary stuff.  Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, and he has learned from the master.
  • The Passage, The Twelve, and The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin – Post-apocalyptic trilogy about vampire things and the children becoming adults who fight them.  Loved it.
  • Dear Leader by Jang Jin-Sung – Interesting story about an upper-level cadre who escapes from North Korea.  I wished it had more about living in North Korea, but it offers an insider’s perspective on the regime.  I also wonder what happened to his parents?