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My Reading List

A couple weeks back I asked for reading suggestions, and I got a bunch! Here’s the list so far:

  • Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
  • Old Man’s War
  • The Road
  • The Ghost Map
  • Titan by Ron Chernow
  • Yeager: an Autobiography
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • What to Eat by Marion Nestle
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen
  • Lives Of A Cell by Lewis Thomas
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • The Game Of Work
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
  • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
  • Peace by Gene Wolfe
  • The Black Company by Glen Cook
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving.

I’m reading Titan right now, a biography of John D. Rockefeller and looking forward to many of the rest, should be a good change from what I might normally pick up.

Got a reading suggestion? Post it as a comment, within these guidelines: No romance novels, no religion, no politics, no conspiracy theories, no Presidential biographies after Kennedy (recommend one for him), which will enable me to write about it if I read it. Plus, you have to have read it and think it was good.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Merrill Aldrich on 6 February 2010

Hey Andy

Some of the best novels I've read in the last couple of years:

Two by Kent Haruf: Plainsong and Eventide

Per Petterson: Out Stealing Horses

Richard Russo: Straight Man and Nobody's Fool

I'll also back the recommendations for The Road (though it was so intense I had a hard time getting through it) and The Devil in the White City, and The Cider House Rules. All great.

I put my list up on my Linked In profile with Amazon's add-in. It's sort of a cool way to do this type of thing, but I'm not sure how much traction it's getting.

Posted by Andy Warren on 16 February 2010

Merrill, thanks for those, just updated my list with them.

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