Recommended Reading 2016

Every year, I take a moment to post some books I read over the past twelve months that I think you should consider. This was a crazy-busy year for me, so I didn’t get a lot of reading done, but here is this year’s crop of recommended titles:

  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Recommended Reading 2015

As I do every year at this time, I present a curated list of books I read during the year, presenting few that I think truly stand out and are worthy of your time and energy.

This year, I heartily recommend you read:

  • Adrift by Paul Griffin
  • Queen of the Deep by Kay Kenyon
  • Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli
  • The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller
  • I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • A Prayer for the City by Buzz Bissinger

 

 

 

Read The Good Lie

I don’t often recommend books on the BLog, but sometimes something special comes along.

Robin Brande and I have been friends for many, many years. When we first met (way back in 2002!), she showed me a book she was working on. It was, quite frankly, amazing. I was blown away by it and couldn’t wait to see it published.

Well, time went by and Robin published a bunch of books, but never that first one. People thought it was too dark.

And it probably was/is.

But we like dark, don’t we?

And now we can read that book.

Maybe it’s like any story you think you know. You like to go back to the beginning and see if it really happened the way you remember. Back before the death, disaster, betrayal, lies, the lawyers, the perjury, your little brother accusing you of murder—

Lizzie Aimes has been raised to be honest. Pure. Obedient.

But right now she seems to be the only person playing by those rules.

When her family life disintegrates around her, Lizzie must draw on her deepest resources to protect herself and the one she loves.

Even if it means destroying someone else in the process.

Seriously, if you dig my books (especially Boy Toy), you just have to treat yourself to The Good Lie. It’s excellent, disturbing, dark stuff.

You can read the opening chapter for free on Robin’s site.

And you can buy it here:

Also available in paperback.

Recommended Reading from 2013

Each year, I aim to read around 50 books, which is close to a one-per-week pace. This year, I fell far short. That’s what happens when you write three novels and a novella in one year; there’s no time to read!

But among the books I did get the chance to read, there were several gems. And so, as I do every year around this time, I present a list of books I think y’all might enjoy as visitors to the BLog. Here, in no particular order, are this year’s:

  • Jumper by Steven Gould
  • Wildside by Steven Gould
  • Teen Boat! by Dave Roman and John Green
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru
  • The Intercept by Dick Wolf
  • Every Third Thought: A Novel in Five Seasons by John Barth
  • Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
  • Caught by Harlan Coben
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  • Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

If you give any of these a try, I hope you enjoy them! Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Recommended Reading from 2012

Each year, I aim to read around 50 books, which is close to a one-per-week pace. This year, I fell short and only hit 40. Bad Barry!

Also each year, at around this time, I try to separate out about ten or so of the books I read that I think y’all might enjoy as visitors to the BLog. Here, in no particular order, are this year’s: [Read more…]