Gizmodo's Christmas Reading List

Christmas break is a time for video games and snoozing. But it's also a good time to get some reading done, or at least pretend like you're going to read all the books on those end-of-year lists. Here's what the Gizmodo staff is reading:

Leslie Horn: I need a book to read. What's everyone reading?

Peter Ha: Snow Crash

Eric Limer: Real nerdy but:

F**k the movie, but World War Z is an awesome book I just reread.

Also John Hodgman's complete world knowledge trilogy: The Areas of my Expertise, More Information than You Require, and That Is All.

There's also this book called "Occupational Hazards" by Jonathan Segura that has the best use of profanity probably ever. And the MC works for a newspaper! How quaint!

Sam Biddle: The Stories of John Cheever

Brian Barrett: Reading Sweet Tooth now, and it's fine so far. Recently really enjoyed The Sisters Brothers.

Kyle Wagner: How I Became a Famous Novelist is a v funny satire novel. Quick read, nice for a plane. Circling back and finishing the Sepinwall TV book now.

Ashley Feinberg: In the middle of this right now, and it's fantastic: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

Also, if you haven't before, you should read The Devil in the White City. Something tells me it's right up your alley.

Michael Hession: Gotham: a history of New York City to 1898

it's monumental, but good to pick away at.

Why Does the World Exist by Jim Holt.

just started it, but gets good reviews.

Harry Sawyers: Not exactly a new release any more, but Gary Shteyngart's latest, "Super Sad True Love Story," is fantastic.


    For those of you with daughters, you need to read Things my daughter needs to know by Dilvin Yasa - It's not just for mums, its a great read for dads too.

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

    Not exactly a new release but... Read it before the movie ruins it.

      I know i'm probably vastly outnumbered, but I really didn't like that book.

        You're not alone: most people I recommended it to weren't that impressed either. I was much younger when I read it (maybe 21 or 22) but I still have fond memories of it. I don't know how I'd feel about it if I read it now.

        I agree - I made it to the end, but not by much.

        I have no problem with stopping reading a book if I'm not into it. (I know a lot of readers disagree)
        There are so many more great books out there than I could ever read in my lifetime, that sticking with a book I'm not enjoying is almost a sin!

    Re-reading The Use of Weapons and reading The Hydrogen Sonata both by Iain. M Banks. Epic Sci-Fi

      I'm about half-way through The Hydrogen Sonata atm. It is his best Culture novel in a while but not a patch on the classics like Use of Weapons.

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