Books to Read for Break
Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, but I don’t get to read that often anymore, and it’s mostly because I just can’t find the time to go searching around for an interesting read. I’m usually pretty picky when it comes to books, I like sci-fi, adventure and mystery. If that’s your scene, check these titles out. I highly recommend every single one of them!
1 – Anything by Michael Crichton
Ok, that’s not a title, but all of his books fall into that sci-fi/mystery category. My favorites are Andromeda Strain, Airframe, Next and the Jurassic Park series. He’s amazing and juggling a whole bunch of characters while churning up a deep, disturbing plot. Andromeda Strain, as you might already know from the movie, is about an alien virus that has landed on Earth via meteorite. Airframe covers an investigation around an unusual plane crash. Next explores evolution at a very accelerated rate (the bird is the best, read it for the bird). Jurrasic Park (you almost definitely already know this from the movie) is about a park of dinosaurs brought back from extinction made a public attraction.
2 – Daemon and Freedom by Daniel Suarez.
These two books are so cool. Like Crichton, Suarez manages to balance a whole lot of characters with ease, and the future he envisions in this novel is both chilling and very, very exciting. Daemon starts off after the death of a famous game designer who aimed to begin a new world order with his program, the Daemon. The Daemon recruits people from across the globe to achieve the designers goal. The sequel, Freedom, presents the reader and the characters with a difficult decision: do we kill the Daemon, or do we keep it?
3 – The Martian by Andy Weir
Started off as a blog series – ended up as a bestseller and a movie! The Martian is actually a great read. Weir infuses some awesome humor into his main character Mark Watney, despite the sticky situation he ends up in. Watney’s been left on Mars (by accident), and he’s only got food rations for one month. The next Mars mission shows up in 4 years. How does Watney survive? This book made me want to be an astronaut.
4 – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Another movie. But awesome book. Little genius kid is sent up to space to start training in an intergalactic battle against the bee people. Cool.
5 – The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglass Adams
Hmm. This is a movie too. It’s also the funniest, most bizarre book you will ever read (aside from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five…). Adams has the weirdest humor you can possibly imagine, in the most dry, sarcastic way. There’s a fun console game based on this book, and if you end up liking the first one, Adams wrote four more. Fun story: Adams was hitchhiking across Europe sometime after college, and while he was sitting out in the stars one night reading The Hitchhikers Guide to Europe, he suddenly had this amazing idea…
There you have it. Some of my all-time favorite novels right there. I was going to leave it at that, but on my trip to Oregon a little while back I went to Portland’s lovely landmark: Powell’s Bookstore. I found a few titles that sounded really interesting but I never got the chance to read. I’ve listed them below, but make sure to message me if you like them!
- The Interns Handbook by Shane Kuhn
- Ready Player One
- How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson