Reading Radar

Visit our Reading Radar pages when you need help choosing your next great read. Every couple of months we feature a different celebrity reader’s recommendations. Take a moment to browse through Jordan Thompson’s choices, then scroll down to see staff picks.

Featured Reader

When I was a child, books were always my best friends. While most kids spent their days on the playground, I could typically be found curled up in my favorite armchair, deeply immersed in a novel.

I’ve always been a big history fan, so naturally I gravitated towards biographies, nonfiction, and historical fiction. I enjoyed learning about past cultures and individuals, and I was really interested in eras defined by great social movements and reform. I was also fascinated by maritime history, and I’ve probably read every book ever written about the RMS Titanic. These days, my interests still cover a broad variety of topics, but I haven’t strayed too far from my roots.

It’s never easy for me to recommend a good book, because there are just so many to choose from. The list below is a mixed collection of timeless classics and current favorites from my past and present.

Ask the Staff

Need more ideas on what to read next? Let us zero in on the right books for you.

  • Find a list of books each of us recommend by clicking the “About” buttons below.
  • Click the “Ask” links to get five suggestions by filling out a short form.

If none of us have listed the types of books you like, fill out this form instead.

Niki

Sci-Fi, Fantasy

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Mary Ellen

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction

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Kris

Chick Lit, British Fiction, World War II Nonfiction

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Margaret

Yoga, Biography, Dogs, Dog Training

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AshleeL

Teen Recommendations
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Manga/Graphic Novels, Dystopian, Mystery/Thrillers

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Elexys

Fantasy and Young Adult

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Niki

Fiction, Short Stories, Political Science, Sociology

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Marita

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult, Modern Literature, History, Popular Science

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Carol

Literary Fiction, Memoir, Women’s Fiction, General Nonfiction

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AshleeN

Teen Recommendations
Realistic Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Action/Adventure, Magical Realism, and LGBT

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Tracy

World Cultures, Food, Romance

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Jen M

Mystery, Historical Fiction, General Fiction

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Bryant

True Crime, Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi, Biography

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Loren

History, Philosophy, Religion, Science

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Ashlee

Children Recommendations
Nonfiction, Picture Books, Beginning Readers, Chapter Books

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