Seeking First Book Recommendations

I have yet to finish or even start reading a book this year. Feeling antsy as I’d like to get off to a good start. Last year I read 24 books which was pretty good, but in that there are so many good books out there, I’d really like to try and increase my yearly average. However, I not feeling inspired. I look at the books on my nightstand and nothing moves me. In that the first book is so important for setting the pace for the rest of the year, I thought I’d ask for recommendations. Curious to find out what are people’s favorite books or authors. Hoping that one of you out there will lead me towards a book that’s going to make me want to stay up all night long and read.

6 Comments
  1. I’m not much of a reader, but the last few good books I read include Tuesdays With Morrie, Gig, The Art of Happiness, and What Should I Do With My Life? and It’s Here Now (Are You?). I’d recommend any of them.

  2. I dug Colson Whitehead’s “The Colossus of New York.” I don’t remember if you’d taken a whack at Z.Z. Packer’s “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” yet. Say, are you much on sci-fi or speculative fiction? I enjoyed starting Neal Stephenson’s “Quicksilver” last year, and finishing Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The Years of Rice and Salt” and Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter’s “The Light of Other Days.”
    “Gig” is very good. I’d heard a lot of good things about “What Should I Do With My Life?”

  3. If you enjoy non-fiction I liked “Calender”. It is the history of the present day calender. It answers questions like “why are there seven days in a week” and “why does August have 31 days”. The role Cleopatra played in developing our calender is very interesting. Once again, though…very non fiction.

  4. I am a big fan of Robertson Davies. He writes stories about mid-20th century Canadians and their actions. The most famous is a set of three books- The Fifth Business, Manticore, World of Wonders – but almost everything Davies wrote is good.
    Non fiction – this is a lot of pages, but it is about Chi-Town – what about William Cronon _Nature’s Metropolis_ ?
    Ted K.

  5. If you want political non-fiction I’d check out The Best Democracy Money Can Buy or Blowback.

  6. Ursula, by looking at your movie list I see you have not seen Cold Mountain yet. Well, don’t see it until you have read Charles Frazier’s very first book. He will have a hard time beating that one, probably the best book I have read in 10 years. The movie hardly touches the feelings that this book will inspire. Happy reading.

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