Nostalgia Strikes

While some people may read a book and never return to it, that has never been a problem for me. My latest choices in our “100 Books for 100 Years” challenge were definitely choices of nostalgia, and I returned to authors and books whom I have enjoyed before – in one case, a book I have read a half dozen times. Eventually, however, the need for something new arose, and I turned to some brand new novels from the Library’s Top Reads collection.

Here is a list of three favourite authors, accompanied by two novels that are destined to be read again:

Neon Prey – John Sandford. Lucas Davenport returns in another thriller. This time he is chasing a killer nicknamed “The Louisiana Cannibal” through the southwestern United States. The hunt culminates in a showdown in Las Vegas.

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch. With only months to live, Randy Pausch delivered his last lecture while suffering from pancreatic cancer. I’ve read this book multiple times and every time I gain something new. Pausch shares some practical advice that can be applied to anyone’s life.

Fate – Ian Hamilton. This title is the first in a new prequel series to Hamilton’s popular Ava Lee novels. It features the popular character of “Uncle” from the original series in his youth, rising through the ranks of the triad in Hong Kong.

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell – Robert Dugoni. Many readers will be familiar with Dugoni from his Tracy Crosswhite mystery series. This novel is a departure from his usual books, not being a mystery, but it doesn’t disappoint. It describes the life of Sam Hill, or “Sam Hell” to his classmates, a boy with red eyes. As his life progresses you will see how he confronts the ghosts of his past and comes to a better understanding of his extraordinary life.

The Psychology of Time Travel – Kate Mascarenhas. Four young scientists have discovered how to harness time travel. The only problem is that it can have disastrous effects on the psychological welfare of not only the time travelers themselves, but on their families and even people they encounter on their travels. This debut novel leaves readers eagerly anticipating the next.