Book Recommendations Gratefully Accepted

I’m feeling the need to read these days, but I don’t know what — and I’d appreciate your help.

IMG_5516It’s cold and bleak in Columbus, perfect weather to curl up with a book and give my eyeglasses a workout.  I’ve finished, and enjoyed, every book in the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly.  Then I read the first of the Lucas Davenport series, Rules of Prey by John Sandford.  It was okay, but I’m not sure I’m ready for another deep foray into crime fiction — especially of the serial killer variety.  So, I tried to move farther into the action-adventure area, by reading David Baldacci’s The Innocent.  It felt too pat for me, with its standard, breakneck pacing and improbabilities.  And how many novels can be written about cold-blooded killers and attempted assassinations of major political figures?  The Day of the Jackal plowed that ground very well, long ago.

So now I’m at sea.  I enjoy fiction and science fiction and historical fiction, and I especially like history and biography.  Two of my favorites in the latter category are The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe and A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman, if that provides any guidance.  I’d be happy to try just about just about anything.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Have you read anything recently that you would recommend?


8 thoughts on “Book Recommendations Gratefully Accepted

  1. Equilateral by Ken Kalfus. NY Times: Kalfus, who was a National Book Award finalist for his previous novel, “A Disorder Peculiar to the Country,” takes as his starting point the true story of late-19th-century astronomers who believed they had discovered elaborate artificial canal systems on Mars.


  2. “Let the Great World Spin,” by Colum McCann. 1970s NYC as a backdrop (specifically Philip Petit’s tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974). Rich characters, wonderful writing. You’ll bookmark several pages so you can go back and enjoy a particular passage again.


  3. Thanks to everyone for these great suggestions; I’m going to reserve all of them through the Columbus public library. Thanks also to Marcel Duhamel, who suggested Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.” My little request just proves the truth of the old saying, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” I hope that all of you also found a book recommendation or two worth checking out.


  4. I should also point out that Winship wins the contest for the longest wait I’ll have to endure before reading his suggestion: in the Columbus Metropolitan Library queue, I’m number 89 in line for Death of the black-haired girl.


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