The Inquiring Reader
Discussing interesting writing and ideas

Recommended novels

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

    David Mitchell's masterful storytelling and control of language produced a shockingly innovative novel, filled with wisdom, suspense and creativity.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Left Hand of Darkness is a wonderfully dense novel with layers and layers of beautifully imaginative landscapes, poignant social commentaries and political intrigue.

  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons

    Hyperion is an intricate space opera that manages to blend detailed character development with an epic storyline. Through stories told from an array of characters, Simmons weaves a complex universe for a satisfying adventure.

Recommended nonfiction

  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt

    Postwar is an awe-inspiring history of the European community rebuilt from the remnants of World War II. It plunges into the horrendous regimes of postwar dictators, perilous revolutions led by university students, and viscous wars that both tore down and gave birth to new nations.

Recommended short stories

  • Borderland by Olga Tokarczuk

    Borderland is somber story about a writer in a post-apocalyptic world who is trying to make sense of the collapsing world around him.

  • Bringing Down the Sky by Alan Bao

    Bringing Down the Sky is a reminder that without action, the more prosperous will take advantage of underrepresented groups due to the fundamental structure of society.