Most women read primarily female authors and men read male authors. Wanting to break the norm, I’ve been trying to diversify. In my quest to mix it up I’ve found a few books I love and I love to recommend them. These are not chick lit. These are great stories written by men that I think would interest anyone.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Science fiction all about answering the question, “What if?” but it’s so much more personal than that. Fall down the rabbit hole with this one and let me know how you feel when you come out!
The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway
It’s a small book, but you’ll struggle with a seasoned fisherman in the catch of a lifetime and question your pride and strength all the way. It’s manly and beautiful.
The Martian by Andy Weir
The voice of this book is so great. This is a genius story with a genius main character. His problem solving to survive plus his snark to keep his sanity makes reading this a joy. Skip the movie. In my opinion, Matt Damon was a poor casting for this one. Chris Pratt would be better, but he’s all over space now.
Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller
God is a hard worker. You are created to work hard too. Work is not a means to live leisurely. It’s art and beauty and purposeful and flawed. Our work will always fall short. Sacred work is not more important than secular vocations. Work has value and let Keller prove it to you from Scripture and the nature of God.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
My book club read it this year (all women) and loved it. You may get nightmares about dinosaurs for a while if you’re like me. It is not the movie. I love both, but this book is so great.
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Yep, you should read the sequel too!
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
This is a great one to get audibly. Albom reads it himself and that makes these precious hours he spent with his ailing professor feel even more personal.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is a fantastic read. You don’t have to be a gamer to love it and be totally absorbed. I don’t get all the 80s references, but you might. My husband read this first. Then our book club (remember, all women) read it. It was our group’s favorite in 2017. Will Wheaton reads it in audio version and he’s the perfect reader for this.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Characters you will love and never forget! No one writes a bitter old man like Backman.
There’s my list friends. I’m sure you’ve read some excellent ones you would add. Leave a comment and give me some titles. I’m always looking for more recommended reading!