I love to read. Yeah, yeah, yeah. posted by Kate at 2:26pm March 19, 2010. [del]

While the cheesy title is simply a quote from a song from childhood, this post is serious business. 

To go along with the theme of this week's set by Andrea, I'd like to know what your favourite books or authors are.  I'm always on the hunt for a good recommendation, and with the term about to end at uni, I'll soon have plenty of time for recreational reading.

So, Cherrystemmers, what are your favourite books and authors?

My favourites of all time are:

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
La Route D'Altamont by Gabrielle Roy
L'Etranger by Albert Camus
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (whole thing!) by Douglas Adams

I should say, however, that my favourite authors Vonnegut, Bukowski, Coupland, and Camus.  It's true that two of those didn't make the "best of all time" list, but their works are consistently ones that I can pick up and enjoy.


Yeah, reading is pretty much the best.

Um...favourites. That's tough, you know? I'm definitely a sci-fi and fantasy dork (I'm currently in the middle of my four-hundred-and-seventy-fifth re-read of the Lord of the Rings).

There's a definite soft spot for golden age sci-fi. Asimov, Clarke, Niven. Not Heinlein, though. Screw that guy.


I enjoy the fact that three of the books on your top 6 were books I introduced you to, Kate. You're welcome! Besides the Vonnegut, Foer and McGregor, here's some books I've read lately or not so lately that I've been a big fan of:

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

World War Z by Max Brooks

The World According to Garp by John Irving

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton (yea, yeah, yeah, I know)

The Graveyard Book, American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Good Omens by Terry Pratchet & Neil Gaiman


Although that's just scratching the surface. I used to read a lot of crappy sci-fi and fantasy trash novels back in my younger days, but those are (for the most part) long behind me.


AH!  World War Z!  That was a great one, and one I didn't expect to like as much as I really did.

And yes, you are responsible for much of my list.  Kudos.


Yeah, WWZ was great.  I loved that it was all written from a survivor's perspective.


Hey! There's nothing wrong with crappy sci-fi and trashy fantasy.


Yeah, I've definately been listening to some trashy fantasy audiobooks while on the job lately. Some GOOD fantasy as well, but I'm a little embarassed to admit to re-reading (listening?) The Death's Gate Cycle. Yeesh! Bad Dale!


Hah! Wow! Death Gate. That takes me back. Fortunately my copies got eBay'd a long, long time ago. Yes, it's trash, but if I am honest, the Patryns in the Labyrinth (why do I remember this?!) still come off as badass to my barely-suppressed inner 14-year-old.

You have my sympathies...and my encouragement.


I really like most of Jodi Picoult's work, it gives several POVs on 'hot topics' so it makes you really think about your morals and values.


J G Ballard.


Crash, Empire of the sun.


Awesome books, both of those.


My two favourite novels (besides The Little Prince) would have to be:

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy

I have yet to read any Vonnegut I haven't enjoyed.  I've recently got into the Ender series by Orson Scott Card which are just amazing.  I also enjoy reading and trying to understand physics books.. and on the subject, Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman was a great 'autobiography' by one of the more important and interesting names in physics.
Also been digging some short stories by George Saunders.

H.P. Lovecraft is my god.


Sure You're Joking has been on my "to read" list for years now. I just have to get my grubby hands on a copy.


Nearly a year later and I am seeing this.  You are more than welcome to borrow my copy if you are still interested..


I like Shelley Jackson's two books, "The Melancholy of Anatomy" and "Half Life".  I've read both books multiple times which I think is a credit to Ms. Jackson ("if you're nasty") as I don't consider myself a fan of fiction. 


i'm a huge Stephen King fan, as cliche as that sounds.

an amazing book is also "looking for alaska" by John Green


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