Ramblings: Help, I’m Running Out of Books!

I have been able to accelerate my book consumption by both listening to books (per the Washington State Library audio book downloads) during the night when I should be sleeping, and reading hard copy of other books. I’m going through a book in 48 hours now and suddenly I’m running out. I have read about 50 books since my process of stem-cell transplant.

I am mostly interested in well-written fiction, but am open to well-written historical (non-fiction) books.

I will list (as many as I can remember) that I’ve read this summer, with my personal 1-5 rating, (5 = excellent, 1=terrible). I have a lot of 5s because I try to select books carefully. Look at the list and if you have suggestions for others, please put your recommendations under “comments.”  This is about half of the the one’s I’ve read, but I can’t think of the others off the top of my head.

  • Treasure Island – 3
  • Housekeeping – 5
  • Hillbilly Elegy – 4
  • Little Faith – 4
  • How to Change Your Mind – 3
  • At the Wolf’s Table – 4
  • The Unwinding of the Miracle – 4
  • The Living – 3
  • Galileo’s Daughter – 5
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – 5 (+++++)
  • In the Kingdom of Ice – 5
  • The Idiot – 4
  • Train Dreams – 5
  • Sabbath’s Theater -1 (well written, but I had to stop reading it after 2 chapters because it was so disgustingly raunchy)
  • Ambush – 1 (terrible but very popular and made a lot of money)
  • Endpoint – 5
  • Detroit – 4
  • The March – 4
  • Sapiens – 4
  • The Snows of kilimanjaro – 5
  • The Canterbury Tales – 4
  • The Medusa and the Snail – 5
  • The hearts Invisible Furies -4
  • Tree of Smoke – 4
  • A son of the Middle Boarder – 5
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – 4
  • A Higher Loyalty – 4
  • Blue Nights – 4
  • Caleb’s Crossing – 5
  • Eager Allan Poe – 5
  • The Man in My Basement – 5
  • Memory Man – 3
  • The Last Mile – 3
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web – 4
  • Water for Elephants – 5
  • The Girl on the Train – 4
  • The Stones of Summer – 5
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – 5


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13 responses to “Ramblings: Help, I’m Running Out of Books!”

  1. Have you read anything by Michael D. O’Brien. I have read most of his fiction and have found it hard to put down, even though many of the novels are 600 pages or more. Some are set in Western Canada, British Columbia. Strangers and Sojourners, Cry of Stone and The Father’s Tale are my favorites

    Kristin Lavransdatter is a classic not as well known as it should be. The author is Sigrid Undset. It is a trilogy set in Norway in the late Middle Ages.

    I think you would also enjoy Wendell Berry, Perhaps Hannah Coulter or Jayber Crow would be a good starting place.


  2. Off the top of my head, “A Gentleman in Moscow” was a really good read. I also liked “An Officer and a Spy”….
    Have you ever read “Islandia” by Austin Tappen Wright? One of my favorites ever.
    Also really loved Anathem by Neal Stephenson
    I’ll keep thinking….


  3. Thanks for the recommendations. I’m listening to Atlas shrugged (very long) and reading the Sun also rises

    Kevin Brown’s Phone



  4. I’d suggest the other books by Marilynne Robinson, the rest of the Memory Man books, and anything else by Baldacci. You might like the Sharyn McCrumb Ballad Novels which take place in East Tennessee & Western North Carolina, and connect prest day and past events.


  5. Hi Michael,

    I would suggest anything by Mark Helprin, In particular, “Winter’s Tale”, “A Soldier of the Great War”, and “Memoir From Antproof Case”.

    For something a little lighter, I would suggest the Flavia de Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley. The writing is superb and I loved the post-WW2 English setting.

    Let me say too that I have followed your blog for a while. The realness of your writing has been a source of encouragement for me and I continue to pray for your recovery.


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