Monday, March 9, 2015

8 Books to Read This Spring

8 Books to Read This Spring: Blood Meridian; The Book of Illusions; Game of Thrones; The Ghost Map; The Kingdom of Rarities; In the Kingdom of Ice; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Roman Disasters

Sometimes a proper book suggestion is just the kick in the butt you need to dive into a new book.  The top row are all books I've read and enjoyed very much.  I'll be attacking the books on the bottom row this Spring!

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Blood, dirt, extreme violence, and gritty gangs.  This book is one of those that deeply effects the reader and leaves you dumbstruck upon the closing of the cover.  Cormac McCarthy will shock you and entertain you all at the same time.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
If you've ever read a Paul Auster piece you'll notice similarities between plots. This one, however, becomes a very different beast quickly.  It's a gripping narrative of loss, imagination, mystery and a bit of self-discovery mixed in.  What is life other than illusion if not shared with others?

The book that started it all!  This is the first installment of the still-growing fantasy saga.  Winter is, in fact, coming(!) and the kingdoms for far too long have relished in summer splendors.  War creeps towards all seven kingdoms and the lives of families are woven into tales ripe with mystery, intrigue, death, romance, and much, much more.

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
I've recently shared my thoughts on this book.  It still stands, this is a masterfully crafted read about the terrifying cholera outbreak in London.  Steven Johnson is a thorough man, having done his research and presenting it in a gripping fashion alongside his narrative.  He conveys to the reader a detailed painting of what, how, who, while presenting the ecology of infectious disease.  Here is a link to a previous post on The Ghost Map.

Now I can't speak directly to the following 4 books, but here's what others are saying.

The Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein
"The well-traveled Mr. Dinerstein presents vivid case studies on the world's least common creatures, from a red hummingbird stranded on Robinson Crusoe Island off the coast of Chile to a cryptic forest-dwelling bovine in Vietnam . . . gripping." -The Wall Street Journal

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
“Unforgettable…a pulse-racing epic of endurance set against an exceedingly bizarre Arctic backdrop…[Sides’] descriptions of the physical challenges the men face and the eerie landscape that surrounds them are masterful. As De Long and his crew attempt to save themselves, the story grows in suspense and psychological complexity…More strange and fantastic turns follow, involving uncharted and uninhabited lands, and it pains me that I cannot describe them without spoiling the pleasure of those who have not yet read In the Kingdom of Ice. Sides’ book is a masterful work of history and storytelling.” -The Los Angeles Times

John Le Carre's internationally famous hero, British Secret Service Agent George Smiley, has a world-class problem. He has discovered a mole--a Soviet double agent who has managed to burrow his way up to the highest level of British Intelligence. Under the direction of Karla, Smiley's equivalent in the Soviet Union, the agent has already blown some of the most vital secret operations and most productive networks. Now-how can Smiley use a lifetime's worth of espionage skills to ferret out a spy who possesses them as well? -From the Publisher

Roman Disasters by Jerry Toner
"Accessible in style, wide-ranging in scope, and innovative in its combination of ancient sources and relevant modern scholarship, Toner’s book constitutes an excellent and long-overdue survey of Roman disasters generally, as well as offering insightful analyses of an array of topics, from Roman attitudes towards maritime risk to early Christian notions of divine causation." -Greg Aldrete, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

What are you reading?


  1. thanks for the list. I'm always grateful for new book recommendations. I'm reading We Are All Completely Beyond Ourselves at the moment. I think it may be really good :)

    1. I will have to check that one out! I figured you would have great suggestions

  2. These look great!!!! I haven't read any of these yet!
    Melanie @

  3. I tried TTSS but I just couldn't get into it, my mind just kept drifting. Think I need to get a copy og The Ghost Map.

    Buckets & Spades

    1. I know what you mean Mat! You can always catch the movie TTSS :)

  4. These books sound great! Definitely want to check out The Ghost Map...sounds interesting!

    1. Thanks, Valerie! If you do read it, let me know what you think!


Thanks for commenting, you rock!