Simeon Stolzberg's Favorite Books

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As a close friend of a Flashlight Worthy founder, Simeon was one of the first to contribute his list of personal favorites.


Where the Red Fern Grows

by Wilson Rawls

This is one of those books that made me cry as a kid. It's a simply told story about a boy and his hunting dogs. And although it's full of adventure, it's also about the issues and emotions we all experience in life.


Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

Peter Breyer from Los Angeles, CA says:

This book is a winner from the first page to the very last. Ender Wiggin is an incredible character and his adventures are each and every one engaging and memorable. All the while as you progress through the story, you know that it is building up to something momentous, a climax you just can't wait to find out about. Finally when you reach it, it hits you like a sledgehammer with a totally unexpected twist. It's all around a spectacular book. A must-read for sci-fi fans or any fan of good books.


The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Julie Johnson says:

This book is heart wrenching! The story between the two young boys will melt any heart. I appreciate all the underlying tones and themes. This book made me really consider my enemies and how I treat them. It shows that "what goes around may come around". I have a new appreciation on life after reading this book. By the way, the movie is good but the book is much better!


Middlesex: A Novel

by Jeffrey Eugenides

MCOB from Columbus, OH says:

This is probably one of my favorite books. The three generations worth of family stories was unbelievable. I loved how distance the oldest generation was in Greece and how familiar the second generation in Detroit was. And I really enjoyed how the book starts out in Greece to tell this love story between two siblings (as unappealing as that sounds, it wasn't). And I loved the descriptions of the riots in Detroit. And then to finish it off by really focusing on the main character, a hermaphrodite, working in San Franciscoís Haight. It was so interesting.

This book also appears on Oprah's Book Club


The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

by Slavomir Rawicz

Although controversial, this adventure is so preposterous that I want to believe it's true. A small group escapes from a frozen Soviet Gulag and walks to freedom in India, meeting incredible people along the route. It's a page-turner.

This book also appears on Peter Steinberg's Reading List


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

Melanie says:

This book offers an interesting insight into the mind of an autistic boy who decides to solve the mystery of why his neighbor's dog was murdered, and discovers a lot more than he can handle. A good (even if sometimes-confusing) read.



by William Gibson

This book totally defines the cyber-punk genre; it was so vivid and yet seemed so utterly plausible the first time I read it. Now that the Internet rules the world, I am in awe of the creative mind that yielded this novel.