The STBYM Summer Reading List 2013

Into the book... Art by Anna & Elena Balbusso

Last year's Summer Reading episode was such a success, we did it again for 2013. But this time we split it up, sharing our own book recommendations along with some guest recommendations from other HSW podcasters and friends of the show.

You'll want to listen in for all the details on why these books are worth your summer scrutiny, but this post will serve as a reference point for exact titles, authors and links for everyone involved. I've also denoted when selections are fiction, non fiction, young adult and/or comics. Now start perusing some books!

Robert Lamb

Stuff to Blow Your Mind

Julie Douglas

Stuff to Blow Your Mind

DJ Food

Lauren Vogelbaum


Mary Roach

Tracy V. Wilson


David Barnett

Postcards from the Hinterlands

Cristen Conger

Stuff Mom Never Told You

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.