Wishing to expand my reading selection in the coming year, I posted a request on Twitter for some book recommendations…my pals on Twitter delivered a nice diverse list:
• @lgpiper: Anything by Haruki Murakami. Try “Wind up Bird Chronicle” or “Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World”
• @jamesglave: my new book “Almost Green” | prologue at glave.com and excerpt on salon.com at http://tinyurl.com/6koabk
• @tgruber: The Attack by Yasmina Khadra
• @kibitzer: I also highly recommend The Crow Road by Iain Banks. And Espedair Street by the same author.
• @kibitzer: It’s geek-heavy, but one of the 10 best I’ve ever read is Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
• @susananthony: I have 2 books to recommend: A Story of a Marriage; The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
• @missleah26: If you have a craving for teen romances, might I suggest Twilight? They’re addicting 🙂
• @samirb: if you want a great read on wine, billionaires vinegar, its about fake bottles that Thomas Jefferson once owned.
• @gtcaz: Middlesex. There are some great audio books available as well, if you’re into that.
• @sjetha: Got Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture book?
• @jeremymeyers: if you haven’t already read “sex drugs and cocoa puffs” by chuck klosterman, its a great read
• @clgoodman: I loved “The Keep”
• @jeremymeyers: one book you should read: Rip It Up And Start Again, history of Post-Punk. super fascinating.
• @joeld: The Best of James Herriot. By, well, James Herriot.
• @mlambert: book recommendation: fargo rock city
• @jmartindf: The Forgotten Man, by Amity Shlaes
• @andrewbarnett: Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
• @kellysims: The Road. Moved me more than any book I’ve read in years. Heavy material, but really worth it.
• @curiosidad: I just read Outliers from Gladwell.
• @kyeung808: I’d recommend “Marley and Me“, “Widsom of my Fathers” (Tim Russert), or “Big Russ and Me” (Tim Russert)
• @Ninety7: The Archer’s Tale – Bernard Cornwell
• @DaveSandell: “Blankets” by Craig Thompson
I also received a couple of direct messages via Twitter, recommending World Wide Rave (advance copy) from David Meerman Scott, audiobooks of All the Kings Men and The Great Gatsby, and Peter Block’s Community: The Structure of Belonging.
After sorting through this list, I decided I am going to start with the following (in order):
• Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
• World Wide Rave by David Meerman Scott
• Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
I plan to read at least one book per month and then post my reviews once done. Of course, hoping there are some months I can commit to more, but know better than to put too much pressure on myself based on what else is currently on my plate so the one book per month is a good starting point I think.