Monday, July 28, 2008

Crowdsourcing my holiday reading - the sequel

Following the success of my previous attempt to crowdsource my holiday reading (the above books were all purchased and enjoyed as a result of comments left on that post), I'm once again on the scrounge for top literary tips to keep me entertained by the pool this summer. My post on 22Books gives a flavour of my fictional proclivities whilst the topics covered by this blog give a fair indication of my non-fiction interests. Any recommendations which result in a purchase get the recommender a free book of their choosing from my BookRabbit bookshelf (below).


Anonymous said...

Noticed you where talking about earlier on, have you read the book? I picked it up in Glasgow by accident, a great read.

Dan Taylor said...

I have got a copy of somewhere but wasn't sure if the moment had passed - will dig it out.

Anonymous said...

I've really enjoyed We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lionel Shriver) and The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger). Looking at your bookshelf, I think you might, too.

Unknown said...

Can't believe these will enjoy the same success rate as last time but... "World War Z - An Oral History of the Zombie War" (Max Brooks) had me believing. And "The Shock Doctrine" (Naomi Klein) is possibly controversial but certainly eye-opening.

Anonymous said...

History, politics & government don't seem to be among your blog topics. But on the basis that every year you should read at least one book / see one play / see one film, etc, you'd normally not opt for, I'd recommend Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain. It's brilliantly written (you can almost hear him delivering the lines as if to camera)and a top way to see what made Britain the country it is today. Warts and all.

Dan Taylor said...

Thanks all.

@roo - your recommendations are so on the money that I've already read them both :)

@tristan - the mrs. has a copy of The Shock Doctrine which she cheekily got Naomi to sign with the inscription "Thanks for the ideas!"

@alan - loved the tv series so may just be tempted by the book. Does it cover stuff not in the series?

Any more for any more? (have to get that Amazon order in soon!)

Jem said...

Either Brian Clough book ; Provided you dont kiss me - straightforward biog (Duncan Robertson) or the genius David Peace novel; The Damned Utd. (his GB84 is recommended too).

BBC/music - Ken Garner's Peel Sessions is more than just lists and really good on er, BBC archive systems and metadata.

I've got a thing for 60s/70s UK comedians/sitcoms so anything by Graham McCann (the Morecambe and Wise biog being my fave).

I've got a sneaking feeling you might like Adam Ant's autobiog; Stand and Deliver which is a good bleak partner to "Touching From a Distance" (Deborah Curtis)

Oh and the future of the internet - jonathan zittrain is the best of yer recent http related blockbusters. I think.

how do you get the time to *read* on your holiday. you lucky bleeder.