Upcoming Reading, 9/2/2014

Now that I have started the final volume of the Churchill biography, The Last Lion, I am starting to think about what to read next. The three volumes amount to something well over 2,000 pages of detailed history, and I think I can use a little break from that. So here is what is on my upcoming reading list, once I finish this final volume1.

  • Coming Home by Jack McDevitt, the newest Alex and Chase novel, which Jack was kind enough to send me an early copy (the book doesn’t come out until early November).
  • Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. I thought The Shining Girls was brilliant and I’ve looked forward to Lauren’s next book ever since.
  • Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Exo by Steven Gould, the next novel in the Jumper series. TOR was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of this one.
  • Killing Floor by Lee Child. Because I’ve never read a Jack Reacher book before.
  • Revival by Stephen King.

With those out of the way, I imagine I’ll feel refreshed. Then I plan on starting in on Winston Churchill’s 4-volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples.

The truth is, I make these lists and in practice, go with my gut at the time I’m ready to pick another book. But this gives you an idea of the book that I am eager to read in the near-term.

What’s on your reading list?

  1. Keep in mind, the final volume is the longest of the 3, some 53 hours in audiobook form, and 1,200 pages, so I’m probably 10 days-to-2 weeks from finishing.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

2 thoughts on “Upcoming Reading, 9/2/2014

  1. Whatever you do, don’t read the Killing Floor! Once you start the Reacher books it’s hard to stop! (I’m on my eight book in a row and I rarely read the same author more than twice in a row.)

    P.S. Everyone asks what order to read them in. I recommend reading the Reacher books in the order they were written.


  2. Reading I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes right now (about 1/3 through). It actually has a similar voice and tone to Killing Floor (1st person POV) and so far is AWESOME. Possibly the best book I’ve read in the last 2 years, assuming Mr. Hayes can keep up the good work for the remainder of the book.

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