Despite a tendency to fall asleep and drop the book on my face, I love to read and try to mix it up between genres. I thought it’d be fun to keep a list of the good ones here — the really exceptional ones I’ll cover with a full post, but if it’s on the list then IMNSHO it’s worth your time. Please share your own recommendations too, so that I never run out of good reads!

I grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts in the late 70s and 80s. Our schools did the whole shelter under your desk thing, but consensus amongst my friends was that we were close enough to a bunch of ICBM development facilities that we’d go quickly in the first strike anyways. Kind of creepily fatalistic for a bunch of ten year olds... read more

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Two stories: one about an orphan and her brother growing up in 1900s Montana (and Seattle, and Vancouver, and England, and...); the other about the modern-day, child-star actress cast to play that same orphan in a biopic. Tons of great settings and details, especially the sections about the ATA during World War 2. The kind of book that makes me keep coming back to historical fiction!

This is basically a reprise of his first "walk around Britain" book Notes from a Small Island, written about a decade later to commemorate his new British citizenship. It's not quite as captivating as the first, but it's still a great ground-level peek at the corners of an amazing country. Bryson is so much better at these than his other genres.