You might not believe it based on the amount of time some of our bands spend on the road, but Roadrunner artists do more than just write, record and perform music. They all have outside interests, and most if not all of them are avid readers. So we've decided to ask them what they've been reading lately, for a periodic feature we're calling the Roadrunner Summer Reading List. Maybe you'll spot something here that will interest you, too!

First up, we've got Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, who offered quite a list. Ready?

Says James, "I generally like books that are thought-provoking and challenge the way we look at life. Philosophical discussion is right up my alley. This goes hand in hand with strong characters throughout any given read, whether fictional or non...Here are a list of books I have read over the last year. There are more, but I can't think of them at this moment."

James LaBrie's Recommendations

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes From the Underground and The Idiot ("Dostoyevsky was a brilliant mind in existentialism.")
Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and Fall of Giants ("Ken Follett is a perfect example of creating powerful characters throughout his writings. At the moment I am somewhat addicted to his storytelling.")