Do you want to add more books to your spring/summer reading list? As book bloggers we need to be in consistently reading books. Reading plays a major role in life of bloggers and not just book bloggers. Reading helps improve your writing, provides inspiration, can help educate you on various aspects of social media. I have created a list of 5 Books that every blogger must read, whether you blog about books, food, lifestyle, travel etc. These books will help you grow and maintain focus on your journey.
Chalk by Paul Cornell
Will 2017 be the year we finally get our hands on The Winds of Winter? I am eagerly waiting for it and I am sure you excited too. Thus, while we both wait for George R. R. Martin to finally disagree with Game of Thrones TV show’s producers and to show gratitude towards the thirst of his fans and readers, we still have plenty to read and crave for in particular genre of science fiction as well as fantasy.
As this year is closing down, I have decided to produce some lists under the title “Read in 2016” for you such that would have more trouble managing your TBR lists next year (*grin*). More titles to add to you to-read lists. Well that’s the whole intention of all book lists such as the Top Tens, and the Top Fives, of the year, to introduce you to books that , are the chances, you might have not read and I will try every ounce to convince to at least take look at the titles over Goodreads.com or Amazon and may be, add to your wishlist/TBR/to-read list.
James Patterson is a machine when comes to writing and publishing books. For almost half a year, one or the other from his books is on New York Times Bestseller List. People read him. His books are fast paced and you can manage to read one of them while traveling to your work in day or two (assuming the distance between your work and where you live is nearly 2 hours) or if you want to accomplish reading in shorter period of time frame and some of his books are able to satisfy the demands of voracious readers. I mean the usual: the P/PC balance between the plot and its characters.
I haven’t ready of his book in a long time. It has been almost two years since I read any of his title and the last one I remember reading is I, Alex Cross. Few years back in the post, Mistress by James Patterson & David Ellis, I admitted that Mr. Patterson’s books are worth reading only when they are written solo and not co-authored along with anyone. At that time, I met some disappointments with his Private Series. Then I came across Alex Cross series which undoubtedly are good books though I haven’t explored it very much in-depth.
NYPD RED 4 | 4 Feb ’16
PRIVATE PARIS | 21 Mar ’16
15th AFFAIR | 7 Mar ’16
CROSS KILLS | 7 June ’16
ZOO 2 | 7 June ’16
HUMANS, BOW DOWN | 1 August ’16
Recently with release of his new book, The Games which is a part of Private series and is co-authored by Mark Sullivan, I am going to try again and see if his co-authored books show some signs improvement lately. By improvement I mean the obvious: plot and characters.
Do you read James Patterson?
Half of the year has gone, and we have our noses inside the books we are reading and our thoughts mingling around the books we want to read. 2016 has not been so much of a reading year for me as 2015 was. But I have read some good books and few great ones too. Thus, I am compiling a list of books that I have read this year and would like to share with you. Worth taking a look:
Cyberpunk first came into existence around late 1970s. This particular type of genre share its boundaries with science-fiction from the start and hasn’t shy away from development during the time. In terms of books, these are titles you should take look:
Artificial Intelligence in 1980s. Computer who can think and communicate with human beings as well as manipulate them in doing stuff. The story has cyberspace, data-thieves, samurai, assassins. This is 1980s we are talking about.
This book was first published in 1968 and is still ahead of time. It’s an important piece for the type of genre.
The world of science fiction and fantasy is booming and I came across many titles on the internet in the specific genre(s) but only few grabbed my attention.
This Census-Taker by China Miéville
Blurb: After witnessing a profoundly traumatic event, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged parent. When a stranger knocks on his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation are over—but by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? Is he the boy’s friend? His enemy? Or something altogether other?
Arcadia by Ian Pears
Blurb: Henry Lytten – a spy turned academic and writer – sits at his desk in Oxford in 1962, dreaming of other worlds. He embarks on the story of Jay, an eleven-year-old boy who has grown up within the embrace of his family in a rural, peaceful world – a kind of Arcadia. But when a supernatural vision causes Jay to question the rules of his world, he is launched on a life-changing journey. Lytten also imagines a different society, highly regulated and dominated by technology, which is trying to master the science of time travel. Meanwhile – in the real world – one of Lytten’s former intelligence colleagues tracks him down for one last assignment. As he and his characters struggle with questions of free will, love, duty and the power of the imagination, Lytten discovers he is not sure how he wants his stories to end, nor even who is imaginary…
Other than reading books, I am passionate about football (for americans: it’s soccer) and there isn’t a year I do not find books to read and satisfy by obsessiveness of the game. Here are 5 books worth take a look:
Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich by Martí Perarnau
This a well written insight on football coaching genius.
My Rating 4 out of 5
The Nowhere Man by Michael Calvin
The book shines rays on the hidden world of one of the most important roles in the game of football, Scouts.
My Rating 4 out of 5
Another Bloody Saturday by Mat Guy
This is a book celebrating all that is great with the game of football, as seen through the eyes of clubs and fans rarely bothered by satellite television cameras and the riches of the elite game, a vibrant world of humour, warmth and friendship worth far more than all the wealth of the Premier League.
My Rating 4 out of 5 Continue reading “5 Books on Sports I read in 2015”
Today’s book list is based on the “art of writing” which I have read this year.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
I know, most of you know about this one, and I regard this book as one of the best on the art of writing I have read so far.
To learn about the craft of writing is from the masters. Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors does provide some insight on writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Franz Kafka, David Foster Wallace, and more.
My Rating 4 out of 5
The book, How Proust Can Change Your Life has the most fascinating subject: Marcel Proust.