A friend included her list of books, which she is reading, in a letter at my request. In response, I provided a list of what captures me. Here is that excerpt, in case anything might please you too:
The way I read is perhaps odd; I tend to have a book pile and draw from it over many months. Much of it is non-fiction, so small bites work best. I usually read my fiction in gulps though. Often I hold onto them to look up bits I liked. One, that I read years ago, came to mind: Nekropolis, by Mauren F. McHugh. This is a science fiction set in a future Morroco where people bond themselves with bio/chem tech which causes them to love and obey. Very disturbing and interesting. I just read The Broken Earth series by a wonderful black woman author. She is found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._K._Jemisin. Well worth looking at; she is a well-educated woman who also writes engagingly. I love her, she includes geology in an interesting way! On my bookshelf/pile/kindle: NON-FICTION The Fruitful Dakness - Joan Halifax ;auto-bio, buddhist/ tribal/ travel. wise, mythic, insightful Art and Fear - Bayles & Orland: Observations on the perils and rewards of artmaking. The World Without Us - Alan Weisman: scientific imagery of the word recovering when man is gone. The Dream of the Earth - Thomas Berry: some marvelous insights into man vs earth on all levels; a Sierra Club book. Molded in the Image of ‘changing woman’; Navaho views on the human body and personhood - Maureen Trudelle Schwartz: an anthropologist that was adopted into a home and tribe, she provides exact quotes which challenge the reader to understand a culture so close, yet so different. Really good. From the Glittering World; A Navajo Story; Irvin Morris. This is mythology told by a contemporary Dine writer. The Hidden Life of Trees: what they feel, how they communicate - Peter Wohlleben, great stories about tree life. Fun. Becoming - Michelle Obama; revelations about herself and family. Just lovely. Educated - Tara Westover. escaping via education. worthy concept. POETRY/POETIC Dream Work by Mary Oliver: great poet, love her On the Loose by Jerry and Renny Russell: a fantastic journey in 1969, by these two young men. every Pacificas Crest hiker or wilderness lover should read it. Sierra Club. Nature - Emerson Walking - Thoreau Leaves of Grass- Whitman Letters to a Young Poet - Rilke View with a grain of sand - Wislawa Szymborska; great poems, nobel prize winner SPIRIT The Authentic Life - Bayda: Zen, 'Skillful Means’ with the saving grace of staying with the real issue: enlightenment. Emptiness - Guy Armstrong Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree; Voidness - Buddhadasa Bhikku I AM - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person - M.C. Richards FICTION The Overstory : Richard Powers. Coalescing short stories with a tree. Very nice. You would like it. Terry Prachett, Neil Gaiman: basically anything they write. I like the humor and the view. Hillerman: Leaphorn and Chee series: detectives in Navajo Land. Fun. Any Medieval ‘who dunit’ (you can google this!) The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin: Science Fiction well done.