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      Hey Folks!

      I’ve had the opportunity to share in some great conversations about favorite books recently, which have been a balm to many of us in these times of reduced social interaction. At the request of some friends I have put the following list together, and I figured I’d go ahead and share it here as well. If anyone else has favorite books that they’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them!

      Note: A fair number of the books listed here are just listed as the first book in a series that I really enjoyed. If I listed the book here, it means that I loved the series. Also, every single one of these is something that I have listened to as an audiobook, just as an FYI. Lastly, I had the hardest time figuring out how to organize this list. As far as I am concerned, all of these books are absolutely spectacular, and there are plenty of other books that I have really, really enjoyed which aren’t on this list. But there are only so many hours in the day, and I feel like this is a pretty solid representation of books that are among my favorites of all time.

      Absolute Top Favorites
      Glasshouse by Charles Stross
      The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
      The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
      The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, along with pretty much everything else by Joe Abercrombie
      Mistborn, Stormlight Archives, Legion, Steelheart, Perfect State, and pretty much everything else by Brandon Sanderson
      The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

      Other Favorite Books
      The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway
      Heroes Die: The First of the Acts of Caine by Matthew Stover
      Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
      Gun Machine by Warren Ellis
      Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
      The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
      Something More Than Night by Ian Tregellis
      Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik
      Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik
      Narconomics: How To Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright
      Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachael Aaron
      The Vorkosigan Saga (Series) by Lois McMaster Bujold. (You could start with The Warrior’s Apprentice or Shards of Honor)
      A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
      Circe by Madeline Miller
      The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
      The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
      Ten Drugs: How plants powders and pills shaped the history of medicine by Thomas Hager
      Assassin’s apprentice by Robin Hobb
      The Ocean at The End of The Land by Neil Gaiman
      The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington
      Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
      Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
      Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
      14 by Peter Clines
      The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennet
      The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita & Alastair Smith
      14 by Peter Clines
      Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
      The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
      When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
      Red Rising by Pierce Brown
      The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
      Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive (Lectures Delivered by Peter M. Vishton)
      The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
      Off To Be The Wizard (Magic 2.0) by Scott Meyer
      Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English by John McWhorter
      Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong – and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster
      Circe by Madeline Miller
      The Discworld Series by Sir Terry Pratchett (See Reading Order 3.0)

      Stephen Foerster

        I never learned to read……just kidding.

        In all seriousness, I do not read much but I will add a few series I enjoyed.

        The Dresden Files Books by Jim Butcher: I know several Mythic Alumni have read and enjoyed this series to some degree or another. I really enjoy the characters, the design of rituals that Butcher has (I have tried to incorporate this into some of Lorenzo’s Ritual) and especially the design of Fae.

        I will second the recommendation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. My personal favorite is Making Money but the stuff with Vimes is great too.

        As an aside, Terry Pratchett wrote another book that isn’t in Discworld but is really fun historical fiction called “Dodger”. I enjoyed that one as well.

        Stephen Foerster

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