Recommend a Book I Should Read

I read a lot and like to think my interests are wide, but I fall into ruts all the same. I like fiction, non-fiction, biographies mainly, and of course technical books – though those are rarely enthralling! You can see the list of some of what I’ve read here.

Books shape you, often in ways unexpected. I like books that encourage me to grow, celebrate the possibilities in what humans can do, help me understand why something happened or how to do something new. Over time it’s interesting to realize that I read books that tend to match how I’d like to be, and maybe to see that some parts of me are from from books that I treasure most.

So, I’m looking for ideas on stuff to read this year. No romance novels, no religion, no politics, no conspiracy theories, no Presidential biographies after Kennedy (recommend one for him), which will enable me to write about it if I read it. Plus, you have to have read it and think it was good. Post a recommendation and if I read it, I’ll give you credit for suggesting it, good or bad!

0 thoughts on “Recommend a Book I Should Read”

  1. “Titan,” by Ron Chernow, a biography of John D. Rockefeller. My favorite biography and one of my favorite books, regardless of the genre.

    “Yeager: an Autobiography.” Good pace, lots of fun. Makes you want to watch “The Right Stuff” when you finish.

  2. These are the most recent books I’ve read that have made lasting impressions on me.

    What to Eat by Marion Nestle
    In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen

    Neither are about politics per se and totally facinated me.

  3. Lives Of A Cell by Lewis Thomas (

    It’s a collection of essays, so you have to work your way through the whole book to really get what he’s doing in smaller thoughts, but well worth the read.

    Oversimplification of themes: Humans are like termites, we can individually only push around grains of sand, but collectively we can build constructs that last far beyond our life-span, like the development and evolvement of language.

    I think this relates to the internet/data storage/our daily life in the same way, what we do today may not change the world tomorrow, but the manner in which we approach it, the effort that we put forth to do it right way or a new, better way has the potential to echo through the future.

    Good stuff.

  4. “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson was a great read. It’s a non-fiction book that reads like a fictional novel about the events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and a serial killer that was at work during that time.

  5. Oh, and one for management topics – the Game Of Work. ( There are several books relating to this, the concepts just make sense to me. Implementing them is the hard part, getting everyone on board from top to bottom.

  6. “The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality” by Brian Greene. Or his prior book “The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory”. Amazingly complex but beautiful descriptions of string/m-theory.

  7. I liked “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life” – read it years ago and remember enjoying the read. Helps see things through a different perspective – a rosier one, but better a can-do approach (imho) than something less positive. :)

  8. I don’t know if I could list a single book, but here are a few that I generally recommend to people depending on their tastes. I don’t know if I would match any of them up with you with regards to the other books I’ve seen you talk about… But hey, you asked for book recommendations.

    Peace by Gene Wolfe.

    The Black Company by Glen Cook.

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

    Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.

    The Cider House Rules by John Irving.

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