Here’s my book list. I’ve probably read 5,000 books over the years & reviewed maybe 10% of them. The list below began as everything I’d given five stars to on Amazon. In no particular order apart from when I read them. I will aim to include anything I’ve mentioned in a blog post or reviewed.
Totally awesome near-future dystopic SciFi thriller in two parts. Must read.
Kill Decision (Daniel Suarez)
My new favourite author. Another near-future thriller that is startlingly prescient about the manipulation of the media by chatbots.
Sex At Dawn (Christopher Ryan)
A very interesting look at human evolution.
Atwood is a genius at bringing plausible dystopias to life. This trilogy is brilliant.
The Antidote (Oliver Burkeman)
Looking for an alternative worldview to all the painfully cheerful optimists? This might be it. Great book.
Vietnam veteran army helicopter pilot reminisces. A brilliant read.
Wonderful literary memoir from British journalist.
An extremely enjoyable read. Most of Neal’s books are great.
Really this could have been any of Banks’ Culture novels, but Excession was the first one I read so it has some sentimental value.
For anyone interested in how the human brain functions, and what happens when it goes wrong. Extremely readable.
The first Harry Bosch book. If you like detective stories…
A very moving Vietnam book.
An interesting and clever take on time travel, sort of.
An amazingly gripping first novel, like Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series but (I think) better.
Great detective trilogy.
Defies categorization, just a lot of slightly nerdy fun.
A very readable & illuminating book on human evolution.
I thought long & hard about whether to include another of Stephenson’s books but this one is just so much fun I couldn’t resist.
There’s something about Scandinavian fiction that just appeals to me and this is a good ‘un.
The first of a trilogy of great SciFi novels.
A hilarious look at some vacation destinations you probably won’t want to visit.
For anyone with an interest in physics, especially of the quantum variety.
A wonderful read if you’ve ever been curious about the origins of a word.
Sacks’ rather unconventional childhood.
A former Goldman Sachs trader discusses the physiology of speculation.
There probably isn’t anyone on the planet that hasn’t read the book or seen the movie but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great book.
A SciFi classic if ever there was one.
First part of another great SciFi sequence.
A very quirky & original fantasy, kind of.
I know I said I wasn’t going to put any more of Banks’ books on the list but this one was so great I couldn’t resist.
All Morgan’s books are great but this one is spectacular. SciFi/thriller.
This one’s good too.
A good read.
Another good read from this SciFi author.
OK, so I liked this one, too.
Great book on the financial crisis.
An excellent war novel.
A lovely, short, novel on the journey to Shangri La.
Another dystopian classic.
A lovely story.
Political allegory. Another classic.
I’ve enjoyed a lot of Hamilton’s SciFi but this one had a particularly original idea at its core.
Many of Beevor’s World War II histories are excellent but I think this is one of his best, if rather depressing.
More classic Beevor.
An interesting & well-written counterfactual.
Everyone should read this.
A graphic novel on the persecution of the Jews.
Bryson’s books are just fun to read and this one is especially enjoyable.
Drug sub-culture in Scotland. Just an awesome book.
Amusing & engaging tale of the early days of the internet.
Some people might have seen the movie Absolute Beginners but the trilogy works much better read in its entirely. Notting Hill in the 1950s/60s.