So @JRT812 bro suggested a book thread. I’m also an avid reader so I’m down. What are y’all reading now or have read recently that you’d recommend? I read pretty much all genres so my recs are going to be all over the place. Here’s a few from me to get started:
Not recent but I’m relistening to The Last Days of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow. One of my favorite popular authors. I’ve heard him compared to Elmore Leonard but I prefer Winslow. This one is about a retired mobster in San Diego who has the past catch up to him. His best book is called The Power of the Dog, a fictionalization of the start of the cartels and the drug war. Like Narcos, Sicario, and Traffic combined with better writing and characters. Has a great sequel too.
For college football, it’s years old now(2014) but I highly recommend The Program by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyan. It’s got some amazing inside access. Mike Leach, The SEC, BYU and their honor code, and all sorts of other stuff. The Leach stuff alone on how the TT stuff went down and how he ended up at Wash St is worth the price.
In a less football based but still interesting vein there’s Missoula by Jon Krakauer from a few years back. It details the rape scandal that hit the University of Montana’s football team. I like the guys writing, especially Into Thin Air, so I was gonna try this one anyway but it’s pretty astounding the level of crap that went on. May not be your thing if you think “metoo” is a conspiracy or like to blame the victim but if you can listen to what these girls and their families were put through in a small football mad town, and not think it was horrible then I truly hope you don’t have daughters.
One last purely enjoyable one for now: The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey. It’s an English zombie tale along the lines of 28 days later but much deeper. An outbreak of “zombie like” plague hits the world and the British Isles. Common story but the backstory I found interesting. It’s caused by a corticeps fungus, a real life type of fungus of which several varieties actually take over an insect or tiny creature’s brain and directs them to either climb high or jump in water so it can explode out of their body and spread it’s spores. The characters are also interesting in that some children were only partially effected so they are confined in a prison disguised as a school to be studied for a cure. Very entertaining IMO.
I’ll try to add some more later and hope to see some recs from others. I’m always looking for new ones. Also is anyone else an Audible/audiobook fan like me for drives/listening while doing other stuff?