I’ve recently got back into reading, and I was curious about what kind of books people recommend. I hope others can post lists of some of their favorite books, and maybe we can all be a little more literate.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Great sci-fi book about a gifted child who is taken into Battle School to learn to be a commander. Great writing, sometimes twisted and sometimes intriguing. Much better than typical sci-fi low brow stuff where half the book is the author just trying to explain in pseudo scientific terms how everything works. Also Ender’s Shadow is good (so far.)
The Ark by Ben Jeapes. Another decent sci-fi book. A delegation of ships is invited to an alien world.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Okay, being forced to read this as a sophmore, my friends and I hated it. In retrospect, it is an awesome book about the human spirit and cheezy sounding stuff like that, but it is a classic and is very illuminating for one’s viewpoint on the poor and wretched.
Ghost Soldiers. True story of WWII soldiers in a Japanese prison camp and the men who came to rescue them. Vivid and gritty, although sometimes slow and sometimes seems contradictory.
The Octopus and the Orangutan. Repetitive and redundant, but worth the read if you skip over the authors philosophy. Interesting tales of animal intelligence and ingenuity.
And, of course, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
P.S. Has anyone read/have an opinion on the other Tolkien works (Unfinished Tales, History of Middle Earth books, Silmarillion(??)etc)?