Blow Your Mind: Summer Reading List

Fantastic early cover art.

Need some ideas for your summer reading? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I share a handful of our favorite mind-blowing books as well as a heads-up on what we intend to read at the beach and on the train this summer. I line up some science fiction that deals with previous podcast topics and Julie brings a mix of non-fiction and literary fiction.

Tune into the podcast for the discussion, but here's a quick rundown of the books we picked:

My List: "Disciple of the Dog" by R. Scott Bakker "The Wind-Up Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi (YA alternate from Bacigalupi: "Ship Breaker") "Embassytown" by China Miéville "The Player of Games" by Iain M. Banks

Julie's List: "The Best American Science and Nature Writing" by Mary Roach (Editor) and Tim Folger (Editor) "Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel" by Gary Shteyngart "The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True" by Richard Dawkins and illustrated by Dave McKean "Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired" by Till Roenneberg "The Family Fang," by Kevin Wilson

And this summer Julie plans to re-read "Some We Love, Some We Hate and Some We Eat" by Hal Herzog. I'm diving into Dan Simmons' "Hyperion."

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.