While I am now the proud owner of an iPad a little part of dies every time I drive by a Half Price Books.  I am a fan of ebook convenience but there’s something zen about spending the afternoon pouring through bookshelves to come across a treasure.  I may as well admit now, that I’m *slightly* obsessed with vampires and zombies. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for making me the graphic novel reading, vampire-loving, nerd I am today.

I love mash-ups. Especially sci fi mash-ups.

Wuthering Bites
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Android Karenina

My reading list really does extend beyond creatures of the night.

The Likeness: Tana French
The Swan Thieves: Elizabeth Kostova
American Gods: Neil Gaiman
Anathem: Neal Stephenson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest: Stieg Larsson
The Bonesetter’s Daughter: Amy Tan

I also like to get my knowledge on by reading about Africa and books by African authors.

The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series: Alexander McCall Smith
What Is The What: Dave Eggers
Kaffir Boy: Mark Mathabane
Long Walk To Freedom: The Nelson Mandela Autobiography (yes this is 650 pages but I promise it’s well worth the read)
Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It: Craig Timberg
The World That Was Ours: Hilda Bernstein

My current interest is in the Arab Spring and Middle East politics and issues. 

After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolts: John Bradley
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2011: Steve Coll
The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next: Council on Foreign Relations/Foreign Affairs
The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker: Sami Al Jundi & Jen Marlowe
Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East: Rabbi Michael Lerner
The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack: James Petras
The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East: Kenneth Pollack
Arab Spring, Libyan Winter: Vijay Prashad
Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: William Shawcross

Currently on my Amazon Wishlist… (hint, hint). 

Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns): Mindy Kaling
Sacre Bleu: Christopher Moore
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: Jenny Lawson
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty: Daron Acemoglu

 

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