Desperate for Reading Recommendations

I am in the midst of a reading drought. Nothing I try seems to stick. I just finished reading Stephen King’s Billy Summers (more to say about that in a future post) and over the last several days have started and stalled on half a dozen books, including: The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant, Red Comet by Heather Clark, Metropolis by Ben Wilson, and most recently, Everything and More by David Foster Wallace, which really pushed me to my mental limits. (No pun intended there.)

At this point, I’m begging for recommendations. I prefer nonfiction to fiction, but beggars can’t be choosers, so I’ll take any recommendations. If you are wondering about the kind of stuff I read, I read everything. More specifically, here is the list of everything I’ve read since 1996 in case that help.

If you are so inclined to help out, drop your recommendations in the comments. I’m grateful for any help you can provide to get me out of this reading drought.

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    1. Michael, the premise for this book looks fascinating so I’ve added it to my wish list when I am ready for some thriller-like fiction. Thanks for the recommendation.

  1. The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson is an excellent read about the first years of the American Revolution. And I always recommend the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. 20 amazing books. My favorites. Start with Master and Commander.

    1. Drew, I’ve read Atkinson’s WWII books, and The British Are Coming has been in my “wish list” for some time now. Late last night, I started reading it and this one looks like it will stick! Thanks so much for the recommendation.

  2. ‘The Gone World’ by Tom Sweterlitsch is outstanding science fiction. Seanan McGuire ‘Middlegame’ and Stuart Turton ‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ are both excellent. As for nonfiction Julia Lovell – ‘Maoism: A Global History’ is the best book you’ll read all year.

  3. On a totally different topic, “The Kingdom” by Robert Lacey is a classic, originally published in 1981 and is one of the definitive books about the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It’s beautifully written, which is partly why it stands out among the pantheon of books about the region, but it’s also just a fascinating story about how one family went on to found one of the most powerful countries in the world.


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