Looking for something to read? Book recommendations galore!

I was looking for something to read, so I asked on Facebook. My genre request: science fiction / speculative fiction / mystery. But no vampires, unicorns or heavy dystopian books, because I had a migraine. However, there is horror, darkness, and fantasy in this list. As well as some books that don’t fit these three genres.

Use this reading list to help you play Summer Book Bingo, a joint effort of Seattle Arts & Lectures and Seattle Public Library. Dates: May 23 through Labor Day; entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. And you can tweet a picture of your completed entry (#BookBingoNW2016 @SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz)!

Because finding old FB posts is next to impossible, here are the recommendations, and I added some of my own to the thread.

(Links to Amazon; many are available on Overdrive from your library.)

Recommendations are suitable for jumpstarting reading lists, in general. Here’s the SPL Summer Book Bingo list:

  1. Author is SAL speaker
  2. Banned
  3. Collection of poetry
  4. Collection of short stories
  5. Cookbook or food memoir
  6. From your childhood
  7. Local author
  8. Memoir
  9. More than 100 years old
  10. Non-fiction
  11. Novel
  12. Out of your comfort zone
  13. Prize-winner
  14. Read outloud
  15. Recommended by a friend
  16. Recommended by a librarian
  17. Recommended by an independent bookstore
  18. Re-read
  19. Set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  20. Translated from another language
  21. You finish reading in a day
  22. You’ve been meaning to read
  23. Young adult
  24. #WeNeedDiverseBooks



A.C. Weisbecker

A.R. Kahler

Arthur C. Clarke

Audrey Niffenegger

C.J. Cherryh

Charles Stross

China Mieville

Chloe Neill

Clive Barker

David Mitchell

Diana Gabaldon

Emily St. John Mandel

Erin Morgenstern

Ernest Cline

James S. A. Corey

Garth Nix

Genevieve Valentine

Helene Wecker

James R. Wells (local)

Jim C. Hines

Kage Baker

Kate Atkinson

Kate Wilhelm (Northwest)

Ken Grimwood

Kristine Smith

Lois McMaster Bujold

Martin Seay

Nisi Shawl (local)

Patrick Rothfuss

Ramez Naam

  • Nexus (book one of series)

Robert A. Heinlein

Robin Sloan

Scott Meyer

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Sheri Tepper

Spider Robinson

Terry Pratchett

Tim Powers


Brendan DuBois

Dorothy Sayers

J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith)

  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling
  2. The Silkworm
  3. Career of Evil

Janet Evanovich

Kate Wilhelm (Northwest)

Kris Nelscott

Toni McGee Causey


Hunter Thompson

J. K. Rowling

Joe Hill

Liane Moriarty

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee


Image source; Marilyn Monroe library

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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