I am an avid reader (well duh) “smile”. The following is a list of books I’ve enjoyed over the last year and recommend, especially as things slow down for the summer. Not all of them are specifically disability related, but several are about technology and have an unusual perspective.
Blind Courage by Bill Irwin — Story of how a blind man and his guide dog hiked the entire Appalachian Trail
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green — Love story and two cancer survivors. Currently out in theaters
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd — Best book I’ve read in awhile. Takes place on a plantation during the early-mid 1800′s and alternates between the point of view of a slave and the pro abolitionist daughter of a slave owner.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan — Fun mystery for writing and technology lovers. I call it a non gory, techie version of The Da Vinci Code.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple — Another whimsical story about technology and unusual family dynamics
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline — Futuristic dystopian-style novel that takes place in the year 2044. Reality bites, so most of society spends all of their time in virtual worlds. Also brings back fond memories of the old school 80′s video games.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — Fictional account of living in Germany during World War II. Very moving.