Summer Reading List

I’ve never quite understood why there’s a focus on “summer reading” ’cause I read all the freaking time. But, anyway. Here are some books that I’ve been reading, for those that wish to delve into my demented soul.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by HST

If you haven’t read it, it’s worth it. The interviews always talk about his search for the “American Dream” but it’s really a travelogue for me. A breeze to get through. Lots of great lines that you can look forward to using in the future.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

If you are Hispanic, or not. If you are a geek, or not. A multi-generational tale. It helps to be Hispanic (or are married to one). It helps to be a geek and an outcast. Living characters. And I learned more about the DR then I ever had. It deserves the prizes it received.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Even though I’ve been a nerd since day one, Sci-Fi has never really interested me much. Can’t say why. Just never got into it (like I never got into “gaming”). Probably because I spent too much time in front of a computer. But this is a great hard Sci-Fi book. Sure, the guy is smarter than anyone should be, but it’s a great tale and an interesting read. Didn’t want to put it down.

Mr. Bones by Paul Theroux

Known for his travel writing, he really shines in the short story. To my taste, the first half is better than the last. Mainly because I got a little sick of the stories about love. But, that’s just my hangup. If you haven’t read his travel stuff, do so. Fantastic stuff.

Strange Stones by Peter Hessler

Another travel writer. Also check out River Town, his earlier experiences. If you want to learn more about living in China, he’s a great place to start. Interesting stuff.

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

See what life was really like in medieval times. Gives you a much better perspective of what it was like to live during that period. A history that doesn’t feel like you’re trudging through a history book.