50 books or series I’ll read again

This was harder than I thought, in part because so many of these are collections of three or more, which would have filled out the list very quickly had I listed them individually.

I do like to reread books, usually in parallel with other books and all the new material I stumble across every day. So many books, so little time!

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert
  2. The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. The Well World series (five plus three and two) by Jack Chalker
  4. The Amber series by Roger Zelazny (ten total, but until I’ve read the last five, I don’t know if I’ll reread them)
  5. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen – this book shook the sense into me; can’t trust history books, and if there are no sources cited, it’s even worse
  6. Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner – the original skeptic; okay, modern skeptic; valuable even if 60 years old
  7. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  8. Modern Times by Paul Johnson – my first “real” book on history post-high school (actually, no high school books count – see #5 above)
  9. A Brief Glimpse of Time by Stephen Hawking
  10. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  11. The Timewars series by Simon Hawke – twelve books, science fiction based on historical works of literature
  12. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  13. The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene – brilliant descriptions of cosmological theories
  14. Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken – because it’s quite funny and I remember laughing out loud on a flight back from somewhere when reading about what he did to Bill O’Reilly
  15. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn – I get something different out of it with each read
  16. The Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony – eight books, interesting enough to reread
  17. The Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony – seven in this series, I like his games
  18. Rama series by Arthur Clarke – four books (the two by Gentry Lee don’t count)
  19. A Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle – great science fiction
  20. Ringworld by Niven and Pournelle – more great science fiction; might also include the sequels
  21. Losing Faith in Faith by Dan Barker – a little refresher now and then
  22. Harry Potter and the … by J. K. Rowling (all seven)
  23. Four Lords of the Diamond by Jack Chalker – I really liked this series (of four)
  24. Math and the Mona Lisa: The Arts and Sciences of Leonardo da Vinci – it may yet help me bridge the gap between my mind and art
  25. Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono; more gap bridging
  26. A Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan; I read through it too quickly the first time
  27. Gödel, Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter – this first taught me about the math in music, despite playing trumpet for seven years when I read it
  28. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos – he had some great observations in this book
  29. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I didn’t like it the first time oh so long ago so I wonder if I’ve changed
  30. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  31. Space by James Michener – think of it as a fictionalized Right Stuff; it’s the only Michener book I could ever finish…and I finished it twice, so far
  32. The Riverworld series by Philip Jose Farmer – an all time favorite
  33. 1984 by George Orwell – to see what I’ve forgotten, and what he got right
  34. Letters from a Nut by Ted Nancy – this guy really makes me laugh out loud
  35. The Call of the Wild by Jack London – for some strange reason, this story disturbed me so much as a 11 or 12 year old I’ve forgotten nearly everything about it and have never wanted to find out why; maybe someday it will be time to find out
  36. Silverlock by John Myers Myers – I didn’t get a lot of the references when I first read it, and I started again a few years ago, this time with the internet, but got distracted
  37. Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris – because he put in one small book so much of what I think needs to be said again and again in the US
  38. The Riftwar saga by Raymond Feist
  39. A Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff
  40. The Wizard of 4th Street series by Simon Hawke; and…
  41. The Reluctant Sorcerer (trilogy) by Simon Hawke – both because they’re good light reading and fun to boot
  42. The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov – I’m reading his entire universe from I,Robot through to Foundation and Earth, so will catch these along the way
  43. Some Clive Cussler – call this an odd pairing, because I am not really fond of his writing style and his conclusions are always too pat, but they’re good yarns
  44. Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto – because it is the eye opener on what is wrong with compulsory education
  45. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson – another strange one; his pedantic style and deliberate thesaurical (coined that word just now) irritates me, but the first trilogy was quite imaginative
  46. The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – because I skimmed it in high school for a book report and have no idea what it is about
  47. Ghost Boat – and…
  48. Thin Air by George Simpson and Neil Burger – both good sciency fantasy fiction; I’m not sure how The Philadelphia Experiment (1979) wasn’t plagiarism of Thin Air (1977)
  49. The Matarese circle by Robert Ludlum – I used to enjoy his fiction, and this one was pretty good (BTW, The Bourne Identity was so much better than either of the movies)
  50. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins – this is speculation, but I suspect in a few years I’ll want to check it out again
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