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Book recommendations from UCOP colleagues

Last week, Link reached out to UCOP staff to find out what’s on your fall reading list, and we received many great suggestions and comments.

“I have recently started the series “Bone Music” by Christopher Rice, says Melissa Warlick, business systems analyst 3. “While I will be finished with the second book soon (and have to wait until next year for book three) I will be checking out some of his other titles this fall.”

Those who can’t find time to read will likely be jealous of BRC Analyst Elizabeth Ellis’ dedication to the written word. “I am part of an online book group that reads 52 books in a year,” she reports. “We choose our own book for each week based on the 52 prompts that the group chooses for the year.”

First-time books

Here are books new to our readers that they’re planning to pick up soon:

  • “Change is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World” — Ben Orlin
  • “The Porpoise” — Mark Haddon
  • “Because Internet” — Gretchen McCulloch
  • “Bella Forrest City of the Lost” — Kelley Armstrong
  • “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland” —Jonathan M. Metzl
  • “Early Riser” — Jasper Fforde
  • “Educated” — Tara Westover
  • “Girl in a Band” — Kim Gordon
  • “Gun Island” — Amitav Ghosh
  • “Information Doesn’t Want to be Free” — Cory Doctrow
  • “Purity” — Jonathan Franzen
  • “Julieta” — Alice Munro
  • “Little Fires Everywhere” — Celeste Ng
  • “The Adventures of Barry and Joe: Obama and Biden’s Bromantic Battle for the Soul of America” — Adam Reid
  • “The Camel Bookmobile” — Masha Hamilton
  • “The Golden Wolf” — Linnea Hartsuyker
  • “The Mathematician’s Shiva” — Stuart Rojstaczer
  • “The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics” — Alex Schafran
  • “The Talented Mr. Ripley” — Patricia Highsmith
  • “The Vines” — Christopher Rice Darklight
  • “There There” — Tommy Orange
  • “Trail of Lightning” — Rebecca Roanhorse
  • “Vincent and Alice and Alice” — Shane Jones Rotherweird

Enduring favorites

Half of our readers said they sometimes like to reread books; the remaining 50% were split between those who do and do not enjoying rereading them.

Information Services Analyst Brian (last name not provided) recommends “Good Dog, Carl” by Alexandra Day. “Our toddler likes this one a lot at the moment and I think it’s pretty fun too,” he says.

Here are other recommended titles:

  • “Chances Are . . . Adventures in Probability” — Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan
  • “Doomsday Book” — Connie Willis
  • “Galapagos” — Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Gaudy Night” — Dorothy L. Sayers
  • “Harry Potter (the entire series) ” — JK Rowling
  • “Race In North America: Origin And Evolution Of A Worldview” — Audrey Smedley
  • “Runaway” — Alice Munro
  • “So Long, See You Tomorrow” — William Maxwell
  • “Status Anxiety” — Alain de Botton
  • “Sweet Hearts” — Melanie Rae Thon
  • “The Fire Next Time” — James Baldwin
  • “The Golem and the Jinni” — Helene Wecker
  • “The Good Earth” — Pearl S Buck
  • “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” — Douglas Adams
  • “The House at Pooh Corner” — A. A. Milne (writing) and E. H. Shepard (illustration)
  • “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾” — Sue Townsend

Thanks to everyone who participated!

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