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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. smile

The film of World War Z looks terrible but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book. Game of Thrones - have read two because a friend insisted, but they are astonishingly badly written.

I bought dp The Psychopath Test for his birthday, so can read that after him.

Have read Simpson and also that one about the man who had to cut his hand off.

OneHolyCow Thu 31-Jan-13 13:02:27

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.

CoteDAzur Wed 30-Jan-13 22:46:26

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.


A lot of zombie books are total shite tbh. But I enjoyed 'World War Z' and 'Pride And Prejudice With Zombies' is a work of literary genius!

CoteDAzur Wed 30-Jan-13 22:37:04

At the speed you read, you will be running those books in loops every week. Maybe best not to limit yourself to a few (dead) authors smile

What is the attraction of zombie books? I've never read any. Am I missing something? Are they gory blood porn?

When I am 70 I will read nothing but Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and zombie novels and I will get Digestive crumbs in all of them.

smile It's 16 now because I finished 'The Concise History of Australia' (v disappointed in this) and also Nabovok's 'The Eye' (but that is v short).

More recs much appreciated please.

CoteDAzur Tue 29-Jan-13 23:23:58

Or you can get a Kindle and adjust font size to your heart's delight smile

BaconAndAvocado Tue 29-Jan-13 22:19:14

14 books....1 month.....envy

Have decided that when DCs grow up and fly the nest I will leave DH just so I can read all day long. I will be about 70 by then so it will be all the crap books in large print from the library smile

Thanks both.

Cote - yes that sounds perfect for dp.

Alison Weir - have read a couple. Which do you particularly recommend, Sonnet? Some periods/figures interest me for more than others.

Sonnet Tue 29-Jan-13 17:24:32

Alison Weir? I always enjoy her non fiction

CoteDAzur Tue 29-Jan-13 11:39:23

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.

He writes well and it's fun to read.

Cheers. smile

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 19:47:44

I think you will find Demon-Haunted World to be an easy read. That is where I learned that the Church only admitted Galileo was right in 1992 and got my best lines on astrology & horoscopes smile

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! smile Bill Bryson's Short History was brilliant but there were entire paragraphs, even in that, which eluded me.

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 19:35:22

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 grin 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.

Never heard of him, Cote. Tell me more please!

CoteDAzur Sun 27-Jan-13 21:51:34

Would you be interested in reading a Carl Sagan book?

I have read all his books (I think) a very long time ago so details are a bit fuzzy, but his last book Demon-Haunted World is pretty good iirc.

anonymosity Sun 27-Jan-13 21:12:50

I agree, Invisible Cities is not at all heavy, but a beautiful read.

Thanks Cote.

More please folks! smile

CoteDAzur Sun 27-Jan-13 16:58:54

Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities isn't a difficult read and you certainly won't have to "work for it". It is quite dreamy, actually. Beautiful in its imagery, almost visual. I think you will like it.

Thanks, Gail. That's exactly the sort of thing I like.

gailforce1 Sun 27-Jan-13 12:20:28

Don't know if this book might interest you Remus but on my to read pile is Anne de Courcy's The Fishing Fleet Husband Hunting in the Raj.

Thanks, Anon.

I don't want to have to work really, really hard on a book though, as reading is my down time. Is it going to be too heavy for me? I'm not stupid but I am impatient!

anonymosity Sun 27-Jan-13 03:51:11

I agree about the Italo Calvino - almost reads as philosophy, in places.

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