So I've read about 14 books this January, if I've counted right. And once I've finished the history book I'm reading I will bookless again.
It's my birthday soon, so I'm hoping a might get a book token. I refuse to buy fiction because so much of it is rubbish, so please recommend some lovely history or other non-fiction books. Nothing too dense but nothing too lightweight either please.
Jon Ronson and Jon Krakauer, same first names is a coincidence but they write engaging non-fiction. I enjoy them. The psychopath test is good fun but also thought provoking if you like. Jon Krakauer has written mountaineering stories, Into the Wild and also stuff about the church of the latter saints or what's the name again, the polygamist church in the US, and the Iraqi war. I love mountaineering stories and the account of Annapurna's first ascent is gripping! Ehmmm... Maurice Herzog! I did read the other day that it was quite different in real life and the book was.. well, a bit fictitious, but there you go. Joe Simpson if you want it to be more real, also a good writer. His Into the Void is a great story.
I'm waiting for the film World War Z. Apparently, it has little to do with the book but at least I'll see if I might like the genre.
Having said that, I really don't care for knights & castles type of fiction and find fantasy terribly boring & braindead, but I watch Game Of Thrones these day. So enjoying something on screen doesn't necessarily translate to enjoying books of the same genre.
Your DH might also be interested in Born To Run, which I just started reading last night.
It is about the author's research on the tribes of people who run hundreds of miles in a day with no apparent problems nor injuries. I think it will go into how they run - without Nike Airs etc and so landing on the middle of their foot rather than their heels.
Nope. Never been much of a TV watcher, so lots of people/things tend to pass me by tbh. Will keep him in mind, thanks. Don't forget that I am very easily bemused by Science though! Bill Bryson's Short History was brilliant but there were entire paragraphs, even in that, which eluded me.
I remember you are about my age so you must have heard/seen/read him at some point. He was an astronomer & astrophysicist at Cornell University and used to do a TV series called "Cosmos" iirc. He also has a huge book called Cosmos.
I first read & was hugely impressed by The Dragons Of Eden. It is mostly about the brain and is fascinating, especially where it talks about split-brain patients (whose left & right brains can't communicate). This book was published in late-'70s, though, so probably not the most up-to-date book on the subject you can find.
Carl Sagan's Cosmos is also brilliant. Although both are on scientific topics, they are written for laymen. I read these two books in my early-twenties, so I'm sure you can read & enjoy them now.
Demon-Haunted World is probably his least scientific, most populist book. It talks about a variety of subjects. I fondly remember his discourse on UFOs and horoscopes He is a great orator and not at all preachy like Richard Dawkins can be.
Sagan has also written Contact, which was later made into a film starring Jodie Foster and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Afaik, that is his only fiction book. It is better than the film but I can't say that it is one of the best sci-fi books I have ever read.