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All time favorite is Hunter S. Thompson - I fancied myself a gonzo journalist for a time. Cussler is the go-to when I’m traveling. For anybody interested in survey style history, Tony Horwitz is very entertaining - start with “A Voyage Long & Strange”.

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Haven't read in years, but when I did, I'm echoing many here...

  • Robert Ludlum-All of the Bourne series of course, but he wrote so much more that were riveting and always seemed to have some sort of "gotcha". The Bourne movies never got close to the books in any way and were to me very disappointing and hard to even watch with the jerky camera and weird coloring. I still own many of them in hard back
  • Clive Cussler-Just damn fun! Always got the imaginative and adventurous juices flowing. Like Indiana Jones on steroids. I still have most in paperback somewhere.
  • Tom Clancy-"The Hunt for Red October" was a book gifted to my Dad when it first came out for Christmas in 1985. I wound up reading it on my will😉 in High School and it was the book that started me reading on a regular basis. When "Red Storm Rising" came out, I was at 29 Palms and read that one at least 10-times. Clancy was always good for a thrilling flick. Movie was pretty well done I thought.
  • Tom Wolfe-"The Right Stuff"...The book..? AMAZING! Movie..? AWESOME...'nuf said.
  • Ian Fleming-Naturally...
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Lee Child, I love the Jack Reacher character. John Grisham is a good read. My daughter and I both enjoy J. K. Rowling. It started as a challenge to get her to read more, that we’d read the books together. Now reading is her favorite thing.


So I find myself reading what she reads, to give us something to talk about.

Trying to introduce her to To Kill A Mockingbird, she’s 12.


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Lee Child, I love the Jack Reacher character. John Grisham is a good read. My daughter and I both enjoy J. K. Rowling. It started as a challenge to get her to read more, that we’d read the books together. Now reading is her favorite thing.


So I find myself reading what she reads, to give us something to talk about.

Trying to introduce her to To Kill A Mockingbird, she’s 12.


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My daughter is a voracious reader anything from Melville to Rawling, she’s currently reading the newest Potter book.

@G Swag I think this book got some lower ratings because it is very different from many of Grisham’s other offerings. It’s set in the past, 1946, and contains an element of historical fiction. I just completed that part of the book and found it compelling. But if you tuned in expecting typical Grisham court room drama stuff this one would not be for you.


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Just Bloom. Still my favorite books!!!


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Through high school and college, Bernard Malamud was among my favorites. Later on, I became a big fan of Grisham, Clancy, Ludlum, and Patterson.

I do not read nearly as much any more, mainly because I used to read myself to sleep every night. When I got married, my wife did not like that I kept falling asleep with the lamp on.

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Overall, I enjoy social psychology and it began with Malcolm Gladwell.

 

I am currently reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

 

It’s by Jonathan Haidt; he has a nice way with words.

 

 

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Overall, I enjoy social psychology and it began with Malcolm Gladwell.

 

I am currently reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

 

It’s by Jonathan Haidt; he has a nice way with words.

 

 

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Gladwell has a really good podcast if you like to listen to those.

I liked his books as well and he's an excellent speaker.

Another 'social psych' type is freakonomics.... that is interesting.

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Gladwell has a really good podcast if you like to listen to those.
I liked his books as well and he's an excellent speaker.
Another 'social psych' type is freakonomics.... that is interesting.


He really does. I like how he thinks.

My wife loves the freakanomics series. She also digs Simon Sinek and has evolved into books like Trauma Stewardship. She’s a senior caseworker for special victims and I’m a firefighter so we both need our healthy outlets.


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As for Fiction: John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lee Child, James Patterson, Scott Turow, Vince Flynn and Micheal Connelly are all among my favorites.

Reading Grisham's newest right now, The Reckoning and it grabs you from the start.

Sports Authors: These two are probably my two favorite of any type book. 

John Feinstein--Lucky enough to get to see and visit with him once or twice a week during basketball season and he couldn't be nicer!!--I just finished Quarterback and have read every one of his golf and basketball books.  Still need to read Living on the Black his book about Mike Mussina and tom Glavine and Where Nobody Knows Your Name about the minor leagues of baseball. 

James Dodson--Have recommended him a few times here...I dare anyone to read Final Rounds and tell me the room didn't get dusty, and Son of the Game is a must read for any Pinehurst fan or father trying to get his son involved in the game.   But maybe two of my favorite were two autobiography's, one An American Triumvirate  on Hogan, Snead and Nelson, what a great account of each of them, since I didn't get to see any of them play.   And A Golfers Life  on Arnold Palmer is a must read for any Arnie fan. 

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As for Non Fiction: John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lee Child, James Patterson, Scott Turow, Vince Flynn and Micheal Connelly are all among my favorites.
Reading Grisham's newest right now, The Reckoning and it grabs you from the start.
Sports Authors: These two are probably my two favorite of any type book. 
John Feinstein--Lucky enough to get to see and visit with him once or twice a week during basketball season and he couldn't be nicer!!--I just finished Quarterback.  
James Dodson--Have recommended him a few times here...I dare anyone to read Final Rounds and tell me the room didn't get dusty, and Son of the Game is a must read for any Pinehurst fan or father trying to get his son involved in the game.   But maybe two of my favorite were two autobiography's, one An American Triumvirate  on Hogan, Snead and Nelson, what a great account of each of them, since I didn't get to see any of them play.   And A Golfers Life  on Arnold Palmer is a must read for any Arnie fan. 

I’m with you on most of your choices but one. Lee Child, in my not so literary mind has gotten a bit “sloppy” in a few of the latest Reacher books, just my opinion. The Reacher series has been truly great reads but lately.....
Baldacci & Connelly also are favorites of mine.


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Way to many to I love to pick one, but it push comes to shove my favorite would have to be Patrick Rothfuss.  He's only got 2 books out and they are both part of a trilogy.  It's also been over 10 years since the first one came out and I'm still patiently waiting for the 3rd.
I read a ton of fantasy and military fiction/thriller stuff.  
I'm currently working my way through Brad Thor, Brad Taylor and Daniel Silva.
Rothfuss is phenomenal, his storytelling is second to none. Although I believe he subscribes to the George R.R. Martin theory of writing, one book every 5 to 10 years, but it's definitely worth the wait.

I'm also a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, who finished the Wheel of Time when Robert Jordan passed. His ability to create magic systems is incredible.

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good thread!  reminds me of a story my wife told me about one of her job interviews; one of the final questions was "what was the best book you've read recently and why?".... she had to scramble to answer that one. 😃  If you're ever interviewing someone and looking for a non-work type of question...

I read a lot of different types of books and try not to attach myself to one author.  Sometimes it can tend to get repetitive and you can almost predict the storyline.  There are some series that are fantastic though - the girl with the dragon tattoo series by Larsson is incredible; Lisbeth Salander is unforgettable.  I even listened to the audiobook and it was even better because they added the accents of the characters.

Too many to name here but the best I've recently read is "Educated" by Tara Westover; a pretty wild true story about her life...hard to put down.

If you're looking for that 'next read' and goodreads doesn't give you what you want try Bill Gates site - gatesnotes - he's got some really good recommendations.

Looking forward to seeing what others have to say here!

This had me laugh out loud.  My wife listens to audio books a fair bit.  A friend gave her access to her audible account so she would listen to whatever was in there.  I walked into the bedroom one day and "slooty Bethany" came across the airwaves.  "What the heck are you listening to?"  I can't get that out of me head every time I hear a British accent now.

Another decent read is The Detroit Electric Scheme: A Mystery.  My brother-in-law got this for Christmas last year and I read it quick before we all headed home.  It had a neat blend of fiction and history.  Fascinating how far along electric cars were more than 100 years ago!

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I’m with you on most of your choices but one. Lee Child, in my not so literary mind has gotten a bit “sloppy” in a few of the latest Reacher books, just my opinion. The Reacher series has been truly great reads but lately.....
Baldacci & Connelly also are favorites of mine.


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To be honest, I haven't read his most recent ones.  Something called MGS has taken over a lot of my old book reading time...LOL

But my Fiance is reading his current one, so I'm sure it'll be on my side of the bookcase in a week or two.  In the meantime, I've got plenty of the others to keep me occupied.  We just picked up five new books on NY Eve at Barns and Noble, mostly for her to prepare for the plane trip to Orlando and kill time in the evenings at the hotel. 

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Lots of mystery writers for me but the topper is Clive Cussler. His mysteries are just fun to read.


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Used to love the realistic fiction style of Michael Crichton. Was hoping Andy Weir would follow in those footsteps after The Martian came out, but his 2nd book wasn’t anything special.

Rothfuss is another great one, especially since he’s from Wisconsin!


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Just thought of another author who's books I couldn't put down, he's only got 2 so far but both have been fantastic.  Especially if you were a child of the 80's. 

Check out Ernest Cline.  His first book (Ready Player One) I've read a couple of times and still can't put it down once I start.  Haven't watched the movie yet and I've heard it's not fantastic, but the book was amazing.  Armada is his 2nd, has a bit of an Ender's Game feel but I still loved it.

 

Also nobody's mentioned it yet but a great Urban Fantasy series is the Dresden File's by Jim Butcher.

And 2nd vote for Brandon Sanderson, I've ready pretty much everything he's written.

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Just thought of another author who's books I couldn't put down, he's only got 2 so far but both have been fantastic.  Especially if you were a child of the 80's. 
Check out Ernest Cline.  His first book (Ready Player One) I've read a couple of times and still can't put it down once I start.  Haven't watched the movie yet and I've heard it's not fantastic, but the book was amazing.  Armada is his 2nd, has a bit of an Ender's Game feel but I still loved it.
 
Also nobody's mentioned it yet but a great Urban Fantasy series is the Dresden File's by Jim Butcher.
And 2nd vote for Brandon Sanderson, I've ready pretty much everything he's written.
Just finished a second reading of the Dresden Files in hope that he'll be releasing Peace Talks before too long.

Ready Player One has been on my to read list for a while, don't know why I haven't gotten it yet. I've heard it's great and being a child of the 80's I think I'd love it.

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... Perfect Timing! Thanks for the recommendations. I am about to start my 3 day road trip and audiobooks are a must. I prefer courtroom drama's because they keep your attention, are faced paced and perfect for driving when you may miss a sentence or two. 

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... Perfect Timing! Thanks for the recommendations. I am about to start my 3 day road trip and audiobooks are a must. I prefer courtroom drama's because they keep your attention, are faced paced and perfect for driving when you may miss a sentence or two. 

Maybe pull over to read, probably safer 😏😋

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Just finished a second reading of the Dresden Files in hope that he'll be releasing Peace Talks before too long.

Ready Player One has been on my to read list for a while, don't know why I haven't gotten it yet. I've heard it's great and being a child of the 80's I think I'd love it.

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