So I'm about to embark on a 20th anniversary trip with my lovely wife and soul mate and we'll be doing a lot of flying. I decided to acquire a kindle to facilitate weight- and space-efficient weight reading while traveling. While I've downloaded a few books that I've wanted to read for quite some time, I'm in need of input for good reads for men for the summer!
Gimme your best ideas for great summer reads whilst travieling!
Ah, good thought given today's political circumstances!
Thus far, I'm looking at a mix of classics - (e.g.Democracy in America), recent political (Don't Think of an Elephant; Drift - the Unmooring of American Military Power) and adventure stories - Mawson's Will, and; Shadow Divers.
Here are a few of my favorite fiction books:
First Blood by David Morrell
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Any of the original Ian Fleming James Bond novels
IT, The Stand, Misery, 11/22/63, and The Dark Tower series all by Stephen King
World War Z by Max Brooks (If you're at all into Zombies you should read this. It's actually really well done)
Here are a few good biographies:
From the Fields to the Garden by Jacob "Stitch" Duran, he's a big time cut man for the UFC if you're into fighting stuff
Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Life
" Robinson Crusoe " and " Walden "
Dickens' David Copperfield is exceptional.
Books like " Of mice and men " were part of the penguin range that were specifically for travellers ,
l would recommend you sought out the classic penguin range at the book store .
The Road is one of my favs.
Billy Bathgate is a good gangster novel, very manly.
Fight Club. We've all seen the movie, the book is even better IMO.
Choke, also by Chuck Palahniuk.
The Professional. It's a sports novel from the 50s that doesn't suck.
Blood Meridian is probably my favorite western/ cowboys & indians novel. Scary, thrilling, manly.
Hell's Angels is a great book about the motorcycle gang. It was quite controversial when it was written as I recall.
Democracy in America will give you plenty to read: it's very long!
Maybe I'll read Fight Club myself.
Historical -- the 1970's: How We Got Here by David Frum is readable, but deep enough. Destiny Disrupted is a readable history of the world as seen by Islamic eyes.
Modern political: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali kept me up at night reading. After America will make you laugh and cringe. How Civilizations Die (and How Islam Is Dying Too) told me things I didn't know about the population shifts, and resulting political problems.
Funny sci-fi: To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis. Carry a Jeeves book for something light. Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton to keep your head spinning with paradox, if that's your thing.
I have Bright's passage waiting for me 'till summer finally kicks-off here.
Written by Josh Ritter, received many good reviews. (NY times bestseller etc.)
You should also check out the 100 must-read list of AoM, maybe you stumble across a forgotten classic that you've always wanted to read.
Excellent - I've forgotten about the 100 must read's on AoM. Thanks.
Any Raymond Chandler
Any Sherlock Holmes
Any Nero Wolfe
Any Dashiell Hammett
Throw in some Robert B Parker, some Isaac Asimov and some Clarke and Heinlein.
Oh, and one or two of the Feynman books, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, What Do You Care What Other People Think? or Tuva or Bust, you'd be good to go.
And, just to make it interesting, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
I was in Waterford last week and I saw a sign that said it was the house that Raymond Chandler was born in.