Minions, Assemble!

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

My move is officially less than two weeks away – my Kindle (my new library and baby, the Precious!) needs to be well stocked for several hours of flying and future evenings sans TV.

And I read fast.

You lot are some of the savviest people I know and you all read tons. So! Minions, ducklings, kittens, lend me your book recommendations!

26 thoughts on “Minions, Assemble!”

  1. Anything by Daniel Silva, but especially The Unlikely Spy. And, if spy’s the thing, then you may as well go whole hog and read LeCarre’s The Perfect Spy.

  2. For poetry, I would also suggest the Penguin Anthology of 20th century poetry. Lots of fine stuff.

  3. But if it’s history that moves you, I’d suggest Braudel’s history of the Mediterranean (first volume), or Gabor Borritt’s book on the Gettysburg Address. Or maybe Gallileo’s Daughter.

  4. I’m enjoying Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
    OB-viously you need some David Sedaris.
    Recently finished a Dean Koontz series I like if you’re into crime sci-fi (Odd Thomas series).
    A quick, heartwarming favorite from my childhood: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.
    Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead. The Westing Game.
    Many Waters by Madeline L’Engle.
    1984 by George Orwell.
    The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin (free download for Kindle).
    And I’ve been meaning to read Gone Girl but I haven’t gotten around to it.

    That oughtta last you from here to La Guardia.

  5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by… um… whatever JK Rowling is using as her pseudonym is proving pretty good so far.
    You can’t go wrong with an Agatha Christie or two
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green will make you sob
    Warm Bodies by Issac Marion was hilarious
    I am the Messenger and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak are excellent
    The Bloodletter’s Daughter by Linda Lafferty was an interesting historical fiction
    If you haven’t read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, you should
    And… if you watch Castle at all, the books published under the pseudonym Richard Castle are pretty entertaining, even if they fit into the noir genre

  6. Some of my recent favorites:
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – WWII non-fiction about Olympic athlete and POW Louis Zamperini
    The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – YA fantasy
    The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I got so many good ideas from this book, non-fiction
    Quiet by Susan Cain – non-fiction, all about introverts!
    I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – chick lit, very fast read

    Also, I don’t know if you could get access, but the Air Force as a digital library that’s not too bad

  7. I second The Poisonwood Bible, Unbroken & Quiet (I haven’t read it, but Jason gave me the page-by-page recap on a 5 hour hike we went on this summer, so basically I have read it). Will add: Gone Girl, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and Into Thin Air.

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  9. Gone girl has been recommended so many times that it was the first purchase. And Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is on of my favorite mystery novels in a long time – I’ve been reading the whole series and adore Flavia!

  10. If you wanna follow along on my fictional China reading, I’m in the middle of The Good Earth, and I’m super enjoying that. And I Capture the Castle has long been a favorite of mine. And Gone With The Wind! Sigh. . . love that one. Hmm let’s see, if you’re wanting to delve into epic fantasy at all, I highly recommend The Name of the Wind. And that Global Mom book I was telling you about – I really liked that one. Hmmm, that’s all that comes to mind immediately. I’ll let you know if I think of more.

  11. I loved The Imperfectionists and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, both set in my favorite city (the one — sigh — you will soon be able to reach within a quick Chunnel ride), Paris.

  12. I’m readying Escape from Camp 14 right now, and it’s really powerful. I might have to put it down till I’m done being pregnant and emotionally unstable, actually, because it has a tendency to freak me out (in a good way? maybe?). It’s about the only person born in a prison camp in North Korea to ever escape.

    I agree, Code Name Verity and The Fault in Our Stars both made me cry.

    Have you read Bad Kitty by Michelle Jaffe? Hysterical.

    Also, lots of public libraries let you borrow Kindle books for free; check the website of any library you still have a card for. 🙂

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