Six Books My Husband and I Enjoyed Reading Together

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Six Books My Husband and I Enjoyed Reading Together

As a lifelong reader, it’s one of my greatest joys to chat about the books I’m reading with friends. So of course, I want to share that with my husband! He’ll pick up a book every now and then, but it’s not his go to hobby. (That would be golf). In the past few years though, we’ve discovered that we really enjoy reading books together specifically on road trips or vacations. We recently went on a trip to Mexico and spent much of the time laying on the beach reading the same book. We both enjoyed discussing what part we were at and trying to figure out what would happen next. For us, reading a book together is both entertaining and a point of intellectual connection.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

We’ve discovered that we both enjoy books that fall into the sci-fi or apocalyptic category so these are the main categories we stick to. There are three specific authors that really work for us because their books are action packed and fast paced, which my husband enjoys, but still have great characters and strong writing which are two important features for me. These authors are Andy Weir, Blake Crouch, and Emily St John Mandel. I think Andy Weir’s books especially have large appeal and I recommend them to everyone. While I enjoy watching TV with my husband, there is something about reading a book together that is much more satisfying.

Without further ado, here are six books I recommend:

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir —An astronaut gets separated from his team on Mars, they work to find him, he figures out how to survive. It’s now a movie starring Matt Damon.
  2. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir —This book made me so happy! There’s a robot character who you will come to absolutely adore. Set in space.
  3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch—This one pleasantly creeped me out at points and is pretty intense. Definitely a story we couldn’t put down!
  4. Upgrade by Blake Crouch —An unknown virus threatens humanity. There is lots of action and some interesting family connections.
  5. The Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel —This one ends with such a satisfying twist! There’s time travel and questions of the world ending. It’s great.
  6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel —A group of actors travels the state of Michigan after surviving a virus that took out most of the population. I really enjoyed this one.

Hail Mary by Andy Weir

I think for our next book we are going to branch out into a literary mystery by one of my favorite authors, William Kent Krueger. His newest book The River We Remember features a small town murder mystery and I think it’ll be a good fit for both of us! My husband got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas so I pitched the idea of both of us reading before bed (something I do nightly), rather than waiting for our next trip, for the month of January. We both want to read more together this year so we’ll see how it goes!


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