My Favorite Books
My recent blogs have concentrated on the writing process, and while my four blog readers find such topics interesting, the goal of this blog is to hook readers and get them to click BUY IT NOW.
What do readers what to see in a blog? They want to read about reading. Game on! Let’s discuss my favorite books. I lightly touched on this topic in the past, but I did not provide a formal list. However, there is a problem. I read often and have nearly 300 book reviews on Goodreads. Listing them all would be overwhelming, so I only selected the tip of the iceberg.
I need to start with the brilliant authors. Douglas Adams, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett, Alex Berenson, Jack London, and Neil Gaiman. All their books were fantastic, and most of my storytelling style came from reading their works.
There are a few other books that stand out:
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Coalwood series by Homer Hickam
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale
A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
Mars and Venus series by John Gray
Digital Apollo by David Mindell
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
All the Trouble in the World by P.J. O'Rourke
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
Wow, that is probably not the list you were expecting. The Mars and Venus series? That book changed my life, and I think schools should make this series required reading.
Should my four blog readers go out and download all these titles? Allow me to reveal a secret to selecting the best movie or book to read. If somebody shares a list of titles they like, compare the list to your own favorites. If you have already enjoyed a few of these titles, take a closer look at the titles you have not experienced. If an overlap is not present, I will pass on the recommendations.
What does this list say about me? I like stories that make readers think. None of the titles are lighthearted (except for Douglas Adams.) However, we can see some missing categories: romance, western, drama, political, religious/spiritual, and fantasy.
Do I have a must-read book? The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman comes to mind. Will this book change your life? Not really, but it is still a good read.
It is good to think about our lives from a high-level perspective, and developing a list of favorites is a good idea. I also think sharing certain lists of things with others. However, it is also essential to remain lighthearted. If my above books are not to your liking, that is fine. We all have differences, and life would be boring without them.

You’re the best -Bill
October 13, 2021
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