Books I Wholeheartedly Recommend

By Sam Duffy

By Sam Duffy

I love reading. Sometimes I find it difficult to concentrate on a book, but when I find the perfect combination of setting my phone aside, and having enough time, reading becomes a magical part of my life.

 

This list of books includes a variety of genres from comedy to fantasy to drama. Alongside each book you will find why I find it so appealing and why I recommend it.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

$8.99 $8.27

"Good Omens" follows a beautiful relationship that seems balanced on a sharp precipice between romantic and platonic between an angel and a demon working together to stop the Apocalypse. The humor is witty and a delight to read, if you need an excuse to see the end of the world in a charming way: pick up this book.

A Game of Thrones (HBO Tie-In Edition): A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One

George R. R. Martin

$9.99 $9.19

By now, most everyone has seen, or decided against watching, Game of Thrones. Most also know that the series of books, upon which it is based, do not share in the downturn in quality the show did. While the book series is not complete, so far it stands as one of the fantasy genres best. "A Song of Ice and Fire" is infamous for its adult content, so I won't warn of that here, but it is a fully realized and grounded take on fantasy interests you, check it out.

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

$17.00 $15.64

"Lincoln in the Bardo" is a fictional retelling of the death of Willie Lincoln, Abraham Lincolns son, through a spiritual and supernatural lens. It is a great read, one I definitely recommend.

Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Rutger Bregman

$16.99 $15.63

"Utopia For Realists" is the book that, for me, broke down the few remaining qualms I had with shortening the work week. It is not as fun of a read as some on this list, but it is not a heavy read either.

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X Kendi

$27.00 $24.30

"How to be an Antiracist" feels especially necessary now. Consider it a great step toward better understanding the struggles POC go through and how to be a better ally.

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition

Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth

$19.98 $18.38

"Sandman" remains the only graphic novel I have become invested in. Neil Gaiman's writing paired with rich, dark artwork makes for an intriguing page turner that constantly one ups itself.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff

$18.00 $16.56

Is this retelling of the goings on inside the Trump administration accurate? Probably not. Is it incredibly entertaining nonetheless? Absolutely. "Fire and Fury" should not be looked at as non-fiction, it is, at best, inspired by actual events. Still, Michael Wolff's account is more fun and enjoyable to read than many comedies, with quotes that consistently top Donald Trumps own tweets.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife, the Amber Spyglass

Philip Pullman

$36.00 $32.40

"His Dark Materials" is known for being the antithesis to "Narnia". Where "Narnia" demands reverence of God, "His Dark Materials" asks why said reverence should be given. Contrary to what is often said about it, HDM is not anti-religious. Instead, it challenges power structures, oppressive regimes, and the inherent goodness of a creator. It is a fun, at times philosophical dive into a fascinating world. I finished the series recently and already cannot wait to reread it.