What would George RR Martin read?

George-RR-MartinAuthor George RR Martin — he of Game of Thrones fame, and author of the just released A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a GoT prequel — maintains a very lively blog (ironically titled “Not A Blog”) on which he often makes book recommendations. So, what does the creator of today’s biggest fantasy franchise read? It turns out he reads a lot of non-fantasy. Here are a few examples:

  1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins – “A mystery/ thriller/ novel of character about three women who live near the train tracks of a London commuter lines, and how their lives and loves get entwined when one of them disappears under mysterious circumstances. Fans of Gillian Flynn’s books will probably like this one too.”
  2. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Eric Larson – “Larson is a journalist who writes non-fiction books that read like novels, real page-turners. This one is no exception. I had known a lot about the Titanic but little about the Lusitania. This filled in those gaps. Larson’s masterpiece remains The Devil in the White City, but this one is pretty damned good too. Thoroughly engrossing.”
  3. Angles of Attack, by Marko Kloos – “Military Science Fiction, third book in his series, and the immediate sequel to Lines of Departure…. These are very entertaining books…. Kloos is a writer to watch.”

To read more of Martin’s thoughts on this titles, click here — and to read some of this thoughts on other fantasy authors? Click here.


What Would Warren Buffett Read?

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The staff here at River Forest Public Library loves to help patrons discover their next book: fiction or non-, YA or SciFi, cookbooks or travelogues — we love it all and we love helping you find it.

But we’re not the only ones with opinions about books!

And so we introduce the first in an occasional series: What Would [Fill In The Blank] Read?

We’re starting with business titan and philanthropist Warren Buffett (himself an author of many books), but future posts will look at reading recommendations from the worlds of writing, entertainment, public commentary — familiar faces who have something interesting to say about the books they love.

What Would Warren Buffett Read?

  1. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham – a classic text that Buffett has called “the best book on investing ever written.”
  2. 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World – by Howard G. Buffett – Even if we assume that Buffett may be a little biased about a book written by his own son… 40 Chances was also a New York Times bestseller, and Booklist called it “both an informative guidebook and a catalyst for igniting real changes in the world.”
  3. Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charles T. Munger – a collection of the wit and wisdom of business magnate and philanthropist Charles T. Munger, better known as Buffett’s right-hand man.
  4. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success – by William Thorndike – Buffett says this is “an outstanding book about CEOs who have excelled at capital allocation.”
  5. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle – Buffett has said that “rather than listen to the siren songs [of investment advisers], investors should read The Little Book of Common Sense.”

(To discover more books that Warren Buffett would recommend, click here to read “Warren Buffett’s reading list, from Benjamin Graham to football.”)

Dana’s June Suggestion

An Appetite for Violets by Bailey Martine

violets coverDana says: “Foodies and historical lovers alike will fall in love with this charming book about an irrepressible under-cook named Biddy Leigh who travels across Europe with her master’s scheming young bride. Eighteenth-century recipes are included for those who enjoy the art of historical cooking.”

read a sample of the ebook by clicking here

Three Related Reads

The Queen’s Governess by Karen Harper

Longbourne by Jo Baker

John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk


Kimberly’s June Suggestions

Jerusalem:  A Cookbook
by Yotam Ottolenghi‎ and Sami Tamimi

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plenty more coverKimberly says: “In addition to extra-special recipes and beautiful photography, these two cookbooks offer highly readable story and content. Yotam Ottolenghi is a London super-chef who works magic with vegetables. His recipes include exotic ingredients and some very interesting combinations. In Jerusalem, he offers personal insights and along with his co-author Tamimi touches on the connections and variations between the Jewish and Arab cultures of the region. Who knew that hummus could elicit such varied responses!”

Beth’s June Suggestions

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Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this subversive, irreverent epic. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout.
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An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

“[An Ember in the Ashes] thrusts its readers into a world marred by violence and oppression, yet does so with simple prose that can offer moments of loveliness in its clarity. This complexity makes Ember a worthy novel—and one as brave as its characters.” – The New York Times Book Review


mosquitoland coverMosquitoland – David Arnold

“Arnold proves his worth as a top-notch storyteller on his first literary go-round, which is reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off if done by John Hughes with Jack Kerouac. . . Mosquitoland stings in all the right places, which is why it will no doubt be many teenagers’ new favorite book and win over the crustiest old-timer, too.” – USA Today

Emily’s June Suggestion

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel by Charles Yu science fictional universe

A time-travel technician and his possibly non-existent dog spend their days saving people from temporal anomalies while searching Minor Universe 31 for his father — the brilliant and sorrowful man who invented time travel, and then got lost outside of time.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is intellectually demanding, but also emotionally rich and funny. It’s clearly the work of a scifi geek who knows how to twist pop culture tropes into melancholy meditations on the nature of consciousness.” – io9 review

read a sample from the ebook by clicking here

Three Related Reads:

Sorry Please Thank You [short stories] by Charles Yu

The Eleventh Doctor. Volume 1, After Life by Al Ewing

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Lisa’s August Recommendations

What a treat! Lisa recommends a few books for us this month. Lisa’s reading tastes usually lean towards historical books and books set in other countries. Stop by RFPL and pick up a few books to read outside in this nice weather!


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(available in print and ebook at RFPL)

 Lisa says: “thumbs up”


From the catalog: “Unwillingly rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her small French town in World War I, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband a century before a widowed Liv tests her resolve to claim ownership of Sophie’s portrait.”

The Visitors by Sally Beauman

(available in print from RFPL)

Lisa says: “thumbs WAY up”


From the catalog: “Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922 to recover from the typhoid that has killed her mother, eleven-year-old Lucy becomes swept up in the feverish excitement surrounding the search for Tutankhamun’s tomb. Through her friendship with Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, Lucy witnesses first-hand the intrigue, politics, and passions surrounding this quest. Raised in a world in which adults are often cold and unpredictable, Lucy forms an immediate bond with Frances.”


The Vacationers by Emma Straub

(available in print, ebook, and audio CD from RFPL)

Lisa says: “thumbs up- mostly for the location and family interaction – not the specifics of the storyline”

Genna reviewed this book last month – check it out here!