Book Recommendation Thread

A classmate wrote recently and mentioned in passing that I should read The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed.  This made me realise it might be interesting to do an open post asking my readers (most of whom are librarians, writers or book industry types) what books they're reading and/or would recommend.

I've just finished “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins and it was excellent.  Possibly the best book I've read so far this year even.  I'm hoping to do a more fully formed post on it in the future sometime with some more in-depth thoughts on the topic. 

Right now, I'm working on “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir” by Bill Bryson which I should polish off fairly quickly.  Not Bryson's funniest (“Neither Here Nor There” or “Notes on A Small Island”) or best (A Short History of Nearly Everything) but still a quick, funny read.

I also picked up “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything” as a hold from RPL the other day and have just started it.  Decent although I'm finding it a bit heavy on the management buzzwords so far. 

Shelf Monkey
is finally out and an autographed copy arrived in my mailbox last week so I'm looking forward to cracking it soon as well. 

Finally, I grabbed “A Book In Every Hand: The Story of Public Libraries in Saskatchewan” when we were home this weekend.  I read it when it first came out (PDF) but want to re-read it now that the people and places mentioned will make a bit more sense.

How about you?  What books are you reading right now?  Which books have you read recently that you would recommend?

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm just finishing Smart Mobs – something I wanted to read for a long while. I liked Stumbling Upon Happiness (nonfiction) by Dan Gilmour, Harvard College Professor of Psychology and his work on “affective forecasting”. The books rambles a bit but has nuggets in each chapter. I have Wikinomics on my shelf too but hope to read Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter first – recommended by another librarian about changing your organization whatever position/conditions exist.

    Posted 30 Apr 2007 at 8:47 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Typing too fast – Dan Gilbert is the author of Stumbling on Happiness.

    Posted 30 Apr 2007 at 9:33 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Reading Cory Doctorow's Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Very good, a little different from him, more fantastical, but probably his best work to date.
    Just finished Marie Jakober's The Halifax Connection. Disappointing, rambled, and rather dull.
    Up next: either The Ruins or Battle Royale.

    Posted 30 Apr 2007 at 1:00 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Disclaimer: these titles are junior fiction. That doesn't mean they're not great reads … it's just that they'll only take a few hours to get through:
    – Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (it's the “scrotum” book that was challenged and which won the Newbery)
    – series of “Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III” books by Cressida Cowell, in order: How to train your dragon, How to be a pirate, How to speak dragonese, and How to cheat a dragon's curse (I am particularly addicted to these and have to finish them in one sitting, just can't put them down. If you like dragons, Vikings, or books where the underdog is the hero then you will love these gems!)
    – Lucy Willow by Sally Gardner is a quick but fun read about a girl who has magic green fingers that make plants grow and she puts them to good use to save her family and foil the no-good school headmaster.
    – currently reading: Queen B by Laura Peyton Roberts (this one is Teen, not Junior fiction)

    Posted 01 May 2007 at 5:37 pm

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