Read these Fantastic 50(ish) Books and thank me later…

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Affinity by Sarah Waters

Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch

City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Eifelheim by Michael F. Flynn

Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Fool by Christopher Moore

Get Carter by Ted Lewis

Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

How To Behave In A Crowd by Camille Bordas

I.Q. by Joe Ide

Lexicon by Max Barry

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Misery by Stephen King

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Postmortal by Drew Margary

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe

Sharpe’s Tiger by Bernard Cornwell

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Scar by China Mieville

The Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

You by Caroline Kepnes

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Ponytail
Ponytail

I’ll thank you now… for the list. Thank you!

Ponytail
Ponytail

Also, glad you were not in the wrong place at the wrong time today. Horrible!

glowyzoey
glowyzoey

Goodness. I’ve actually read several of these. The Princess Bride Is my favourite of those. World Book Day on my birfday (shameless plug). I like it!

Kathy
Kathy

It’s going to take me years to get through the reading list you’ve given us.

Oh, we made it to today and I guess I had to turn 50. When’s the next end-of-days?

glowyzoey
glowyzoey

We share a birthday, it seems. Hope you had a good one. smile

KathyC
KathyC

Thanks, and same to you!

glowyzoey
glowyzoey

Thank you!

PBMom

Belated happy birthday to the both of you.

Sparrow_hawk

Thanks for the list! I’ve read some and enjoyed them.

I would add Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings to your list. I think you would really enjoy it.

mannas7mom
mannas7mom

Thank you for the book list, Joe! That’s like a Christmas present. Sometimes you can hit a stretch of mediocre books and wonder where the good ones are. I also loved the list of Classic SciFi authors & books from the Christmas Eve blog. Meant to say so then, but we had a houseful of family and kids, and the merry mayhem distracted me. I bookmarked that page and this one, for future reading. smile

Am also very glad that you are okay, and assuming Akemi and other Toronto blog family are okay as well!!! Prayers of thanks for that.

Happy Birthday to glowyzoey and Kathy!

glowyzoey
glowyzoey

Thank you! smile

KathyC
KathyC

Thanks!

alex n.
alex n.

Thanks for the list! I loved ´The Lies of Locke Lamora´. So much detail, and the story went in an unexpected direction. A satisfying yet devastating ending. I was reminded a little of ´Six of Crows´ by Leigh Bardugo.

sylvia
sylvia

Always look forward to your recommended reads. In another life, I read more, but particularly Science Fiction. Then, being able to read was over taken by life and other events. Having your recommendations points me to goooood stuff to enjoy.

There are some familiar names in the list from previous recommendations.
Still love the Blade series by Joe Abercrombie, The Speed of Dark by Elizabethe Moon, and Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.
Other authors – Jasper Fforde, John Twelve Hawks, Kage Baker, Lou Anders, and Michael A. Burstein.

THANK you again for sharing with us.

And ditto Ponytail’s and mannas7mom comments that it seems you were not in the wrong place at the worst time. As well as other of the Toronto blog family are ok too.

Airelle
Airelle

Happy birthday to gloweyzoey and Kathy!, I am still celebrating mine! One day is not enough…
~~and Joe thanks for the book list, I love to go thru your suggestions and thank you now!!

KathyC
KathyC

Thank you!

glowyzoey
glowyzoey

Thank you and Belated Happy Day to you!

Dawn

Have you read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders? I just finished it and here’s my review: if you love words and phrases you’ll want to eat it.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Thanks for posting your list! It’s going to take me time to go through them all. I’m reading one of my favorite (kind of) western authors, C. J. Box. The first book in the Murderbot series by Martha Wells was a good one. I’m going to pre-order the second book soon.

Duptiang
Duptiang

Nice list; I might have to check a few, but I already have a heavy list. I was at B&N today ordering a book mentioned by King Banaian on his radio show and picked up a copy of “the Defiant” by Lesley Livingston. It was an impulse buy as I was sold on the cover art