Bob's Picks

Check out some of Bob's favorite books below!

Bob's current favs - Golden State, The Last Tourist, Providence

Golden State Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316505437
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 14th, 2020

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist Ben H. Winters comes a mind-bending novel set in a world governed by absolute truth, where lies are as dangerous as murder.


The Last Tourist: A Novel (Milo Weaver #4) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250036216
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 24th, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Olen Steinhauer brings back Milo Weaver in The Last Tourist.

In Olen Steinhauer’s bestseller An American Spy, reluctant CIA agent Milo Weaver thought he had finally put “Tourists”—CIA-trained assassins—to bed.


Providence Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085172
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 31st, 2020

From the ingenious author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon: a brilliant work of science fiction that tells the intimate tale of four people facing their most desperate hour--alone, together, at the edge of the universe.


Wanderers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399182105
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Published: Del Rey - July 2nd, 2019

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes “a magnum opus . . . a story about survival that’s not just about you and me, but all of us, together” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).


Spoonbenders: A novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525432418
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Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2018

WORLD FANTASY AWARD FINALIST • LOCUS AWARD FINALIST •  NEBULA AWARD FINALIST 
ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR


Mr. Eternity Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632860958
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 13th, 2017

A novel of exuberance and ambition, spanning one thousand years of high-seas adventure, environmental and cultural catastrophe, and enduring love.

"Mr. Eternity will be sizzling in my brain for a long time." -Lauren Groff


Huck Out West Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393355499
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 6th, 2018

At the end of Huckleberry Finn, on the eve of the Civil War, Huck and Tom Sawyer decide to escape "sivilization" and "light out for the Territory." In Robert Coover's vision of their Western adventures, Tom decides he'd rather own civilization than escape it, leaving Huck "dreadful lonely" in a country of bandits, war parties, and gold.


The Windfall: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451498922
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 8th, 2018

“Charming . . . What Kevin Kwan did for rich-people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems.”—People

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE • A PEOPLE PICK • A TIME PICK  


Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017


The Proving Ground Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642988994
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Published: Page Publishing, Inc - March 10th, 2020

A time before you knew your innocence was on the line. Before you knew what was destined for you outside your front door, the future holds no bounds for the unfortunate when it comes to the struggle of livelihood, where it's hard to fit in or keep up, especially in a cold and abrupt world we seem to live in.


The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: One World - March 6th, 2018

“[This] haunting tale weaves a mesmerizing web around fatherhood, racism, horrific anxieties and even To Kill a Mockingbird. And the backdrop for this rich phantasmagoria? The boroughs of New York.”—The New York Times


Walkaway: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765392770
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Published: Tor Books - May 22nd, 2018

Kirkus' Best Fiction of 2017

From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death.

"Walkaway is now the best contemporary example I know of, its utopia glimpsed after fascinatingly-extrapolated revolutionary struggle." —William Gibson


The Wanderers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399574641
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 2nd, 2018

A brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them—and their families—changed forever.
 


All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101985151
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Published: Dutton - February 20th, 2018

“Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.”Entertainment Weekly

“[An] amazing debut novel....Dazzling and complex....Fearlessly funny storytelling.”—The Washington Post


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ISBN: 9780316273442
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 20th, 2018

An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery.

Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Prochv°zka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut.


Shadowbahn Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212022
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 13th, 2018

A LA TIMES' BEST BOOK OF 2017 (FICTION)

“Gorgeous, compassionate, weird, unpredictable, alarmingly prescient . . . an answer to and sanctuary from the American Century to come."

—Fiona Maazel, New York Times Book Review
 


History of Wolves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802127389
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Finalist for the Man Booker Award. Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction.


Eveningland: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802127648
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Published: Grove Press - March 20th, 2018

A New York Times Editors' Choice

"The spirit of Eudora Welty broods over these adroitly crafted stories set in and around coastal Alabama, evoking a world coiled tight as a conch shell." --O Magazine


The Nix Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

New York Times 2016 Notable Book
Entertainment Weekly's #1 Book of the Year
Washington Post 2016 Notable Book
Slate Top Ten Book


Nathan Hill is a maestro.” —John Irving 


The Painter (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804170154
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

An Oprah.com "Must-Read" Book


City of Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452295292
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.


Version Control: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307950352
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

Although Rebecca Wright has pieced her life back together after a major tragedy, she can’t shake a sense that the world around her feels off-kilter.


I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126949
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 21st, 2017

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM DIRECTED BY CHARLIE KAUFMAN
AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read.


The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

Bob loves the Winternight Trilogy! If you love this - definitely check out her other books.  One of our staff member loves Ms. Arden's kid's books, as well!


The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal.


The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


Descent: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204778
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 1st, 2015

“Read this astonishing novel . . . The magic of his prose equals the horror of Johnston’s story.” —The Washington Post

The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, who are taking a family vacation before their daughter leaves for college.


Shalimar the Clown: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679783480
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 10th, 2006


“Dazzling . . . Modern thriller, Ramayan epic, courtroom drama, slapstick comedy, wartime adventure, political satire, village legend–they’re all blended here magnificently.”
The Washington Post Book World


Dark Matter: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.

“Are you happy with your life?”

 
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
 
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.


Sweetbitter (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Now a series on Starz

"Brilliantly written. . . . Outstanding."—The New York Times Book Review


Arcadia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101970836
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

From the author of the international best seller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Arcadia is an astonishing work of imagination. 


The Mirror Thief Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612195599
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Published: Melville House - April 11th, 2017

A New York Times NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
An NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A Publishers Weekly BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
 
A globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining masterpiece hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "Audaciously well written … the book I was raving about to my friends before I'd even finished it."


Gone with the Mind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316323277
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 29th, 2016

The blazingly inventive fictional autobiography of Mark Leyner, one of America's "rare, true original voices" (Gary Shteyngart).


Lowboy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312429331
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Published: Picador - February 2nd, 2010

Early one morning in New York City, Will Heller, a sixteen-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, gets on an uptown B train alone. Will is on a mission to save the world from global warming—to do it, though, he'll need to cool down his own body first. And for that he'll need one willing girl.


How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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