A few months ago I decided to read more often. I love to read, but it's something that I've been spending less and less time doing over the past few years. I thought it would be nice to start a thread on here where I can discuss what I've been reading and perhaps inspire some or hear suggestions from others.
When I first set out to do more reading, I needed to decide what to read. When I pick a new book I essentially cross-reference three difference sources and look for something that piques my interest.
1. NPR Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy
2. NPR Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy of 2011
3. Patrick Rothfuss' Recommendations
The NPR lists give a wide sampling of what the genre has to offer and was compiled by listeners. Patrick Rothfuss is currently my favorite Fantasy author and I trust his recommendations will be worthwhile. Seriously, if you haven't read The Name of the Wind
yet, stop reading this post and go pick it up. Seriously.
I don't exclusively read sci-fi/fantasy, but I've been trying to focus on it with my recent reading kick because there are lots of great authors/books that I've been missing out on. I also enjoy historical fiction, memoirs, horror, classic literature, non-fiction such as sociology, history, etc. Some favorite authors from other genres include: Isabel Allende, J.M. Coetzee, Maxine Hong Kingston, Stephen King, Tim Wise and bell hooks.
I'll be back to update what I've read recently and the new book I just picked up (and hope to start reading today). In the meantime, what are some of your favorite books/authors? How do you select a new book to read?
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