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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

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.

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

Alison Weir? I always enjoy her non fiction

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

smile

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 22:46:26

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.

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.

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.

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