While working at Amazon this holiday season, I’m running a weekly “Ask A Question” post since I’m not sightseeing much and have limited time to write. Have a question you’d like answered? Read more about AAQ here.
Today Pshorten asks: “I’m an avid reader and would like to know what sort of books you read as you have a bit of reading time in your day. Maybe a list of your favorites?”
Sure! I read mostly fantasy and sci-fi books, of which a list will probably be interesting to only a subset of IO’s readers. I’ll get to in just a moment, but first I’ll also mention the two books that helped me start my blog and get on the road as they’ll always hold a special place in my heart. No, they aren’t books about RVing, how-to RVing books for people in my age-group were pretty much nonexistent back then.
(Clicking on the title links to the Kindle edition of each book, and yes I’ve inserted my affiliate link in there – it earns me a slight kickback which helps fund this blog and doesn’t cost you a penny more. If you’re really opposed to affiliate links, you can search for these books on Amazon yourself without clicking through these links.)
Which brings me to the next question I’m sure I’ll get asked if I don’t address it now, paper or electronic?
I had a collection of physical books before I hit the road, but I got rid of all of them as hard copies take up space and weight that is limited in my small trailer. I do know RVers who carry paper books with them though, preferring the feel of a real book. If you’re really set on paper books and have the space, go for it! For me it just wasn’t going to be worth the sacrifice of storage space. These days I do all my reading on my Kindle, an older generation of the black-and-white model that is a true e-reader instead of a tablet. (Mine is gen 3, I think they’re up to gen 7 or 8 now?)
I prefer the black-and white to the Kindle Fire for three reasons: 1. The battery lasts a lot longer which is good for limited power when boondocking. Even reading several hours a day I can go a week or longer between charging. 2. Not having a light up screen makes it easy to read outside in bright sunlight, you all know how much I enjoy spending time outdoors. 3. Price. The black-and-white is cheaper.
For some people though, the tablet version might make more sense, as you can do almost everything on it that you can do on a laptop. In fact I know RVers who only have a tablet and don’t bother with a computer at all. Since I do a lot of writing and work online, I prefer having a real laptop with a comfortable keyboard for getting online, and my Kindle is solely for reading.
Hmm, I’ve kind of gotten off-topic. Where was I? Oh yes, the book list. Here’s what I’ve been reading (and enjoying) the past couple years, in no particular order. Not all of these are new, a lot are older books that I’m just finally getting around to reading.
- Wheel of Time
- Shannara books (haven’t gotten my hands on all of them, but I’ve managed 30/33 this year which isn’t bad)
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- The Iron Druid Chronicles
- The Lady Trent Memoirs
- The First Law
- The Spiritwalker Trilogy
- Penryn & the End of Days (teen/young adult)
- Outlander (not fantasy or sci-fi)
Authors (I’ve read multiple books/trilogies/series by these authors and enjoyed them all):
Books (stand-alones, or I haven’t read the whole series and can’t comment on it):
This is not an exhaustive list and does not include favorites discovered years ago. I’m also a fan of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books for instance, among others.
What about you? Read anything good lately?
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And as long as we’re talking about books, did you know I’ve written two myself? Since there were no books about how to go RVing for someone in my situation (working age, single, and on a budget) I wrote my own after I’d been on a road for a couple years:
I also wrote a book about deliberate living and how to lead a happier life by following your dreams:
And one last note for those who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, IO turned five years old on Monday! Thanks everyone for following along on this amazing journey and being part of the community here.