When students ask me what I do outside of school, I tell them that “I read Shakespeare and study the dictionary.” Of course, they believe me until I tell them I’m just kidding.
However, I do throw the books I read up on the book shelves in my classroom for them to read. I go through reading phases, but science fiction dominates my stacks. Ben Bova, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Peter F. Hamilton, and James F. David among others rest on the shelves waiting for a student to wake them up.
Recently, I’ve been drawn to mysteries and adventure stories. Here are a few of the writers I’ve sampled in the last few years:
- Matthew Reilly (straight action adventure)
- Raymond Khoury (mysteries delving into the mystical)
- James Rollins (adventure with some fantastic elements)
- Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (mysteries with some mysticism and science fiction elements)
- AJ Hartley (historical mysteries)
- David Stone (harsh intelligence mysteries)
I wonder what my next series of authors will be.