I Read A Lot: Dad’s Recommendations

I’m renowned as a book nerd by those that know me best. I Read A Lot is a semi-regular feature on the blog in which I share with you what I currently have my nose buried in.

I was very lucky growing up to have two parents that both modeled good reading habits and indulged my love of books. We all have different things that help us establish good relationships with our parents and for me and my dad, one of these things was definitely the books that we read. Here are my top three picks of novels we’ve read that I think you’ll enjoy too!

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The Passage by Justin Cronin*

This horror genre novel – although I’d say it leans more towards the thriller end of the spectrum – has blown my mind. In a market saturated with stories of the supernatural, Justin Cronin’s The Passage (and sequel, The Twelve) are superlatively well-written and an entirely engrossing read. Cronin cleverly weaves together the disparate threads of death row inmates, abandoned children, viral outbreaks and post-apocalyptic America into a story that is incredibly difficult to put down.

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The Culture series by Iain M Banks*

It’s sci-fi, but not as we know it. I’m forever grateful to Dad for introducing me to this series when he did – the Culture series, while taking part in the same universe dominated by the technologically advanced Culture society, operates as a series of stand-alone books. There’s no need to remember characters or events from previous novels to enjoy the current novel, great for this often brain-fried mummy here! This is a great entry into reading science-fiction for someone who isn’t particularly familiar with the genre; Time Magazine calls it “space opera at its finest” and I’d concur that the stories are far more about the relationships between characters than the science behind the text.

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The Geodyssey series by Piers Anthony

OK, this is a little bit of a cheat in that I can’t remember which one of my parents first read the book, but these were on high rotation in our house during my late teens, as was Anthony’s Xanth series. It’s been well established that I love a saga novel and this series provides sagas with a difference. Each novel focuses on characters, often torn apart by fate, in various incarnations from the dawn of man to a future not far from now. Each vignette focuses in on the characters operating in a different place and time in history yet manages to provide a cohesive character development from start to finish. I’ve never read anything quite like it and enjoy learning more about moments in history that changed the world.

I hope that you find something that you love in this list! If you have any recommendations for me, maybe from your dad, I’d love to hear them.

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