It’s summer. There’s more daylight. Even if one isn’t on holiday, and not interested in cooking on a beach, this is still a marvellous time to enjoy a good read.
It’s OK, this won’t be Improving Tomes. No books and blogs about how to lead a better life. And all suggestions are fictional (well, the suggestions themselves might have a fictive aspect too, being hypothetical and only suggestions…).
Unless otherwise specified (for more environmentally-focussed works), the suggestion is to read anything or maybe even, in an ideal world, everything.
- Richard Adams: Watership Down
- Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale–Oryx and Crake–The Year of the Flood.
- Paolo Bacigalupi
- J.G. Ballard
- Clive Barker
- Octavia E. Butler
- Cory Doctorow
- Neil Gaiman
- Aldous Huxley
- Tove Jansson: who needs a reason to go see the Moomins again?
- Ursula K. Le Guin
- Doris Lessing: sci fi ex. the Canopus in Argos: Archives books
- China Miéville
- Philip Pullman
… as distinct from other post-printed-book worlds that are also post-literate. Alas not always in a good way. Though there may yet still be hope for imagination and culture, in even the direst of times:
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
- Walter M. Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz
- Terry Pratchett, The Bromeliad Trilogy–and if you haven’t yet done so, you O gentle sweet reader are encouraged in the strongest possible terms to read the Discworld novels!!!
- Neal Stephenson, Anathem.