This Sunday tag is created and run by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. There are some very interesting and fun prompts coming up this autumn so check it out. Today’s topic is books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation. I mean most of my books are due to someone else’s recommendation, but there are a few have had been handed and told are really good without me actually knowing anything about them before hand.
Let’s dive into the list of my 6 books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
I was handed this by a friend and told to “read it. It will only take you an hour or so”. It’s still on my shelf. She gave it to me in the autumn sometime. I honestly had forgotten about it until I wrote this post so on May’s TBR it goes 🙂
Its a graphic novel about growing up in a funeral home or something and my friend said it was really funny.
In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.
Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4) by Ursula K. Le Guin
A mate gave me this book. He told me it did something interesting with gender and would therefore be right up my ally. He then ended up gifting the book to me along with some others and they now all sit on my TBR shelf. He was right though, it does sound really interesting. I do have an issue with this book being number 4 in a series.. but maybe this is not one of those series where you have to start at the first one.
A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose – and change – their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.
Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
A friend from work told me about this book and suggested I read it. I’m not 100% sold on it which is probably why I have yet to read it. I think she told me about it about a year ago. She is not the most experienced reading in speculative fiction and this might not be something I’m interested in. At the same time I’m not ready to leave it behind. I’ll leave it on my TBR for a while longer to see if I make up my mind.
Every Winter, the human population hibernates.
During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity.
Well, not quite.
Your name is Charlie Worthing and it’s your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.
You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.
When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling.
When you get the dreams too, it’s weird.
When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.
But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren’t eaten by Nightwalkers whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.
But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you’ll be fine.
The Decent of Man by Grayson Perry
Now this sounds like something right up my ally. So why haven’t I read this yet? I don’t have a copy that’s why.
I was recommend this by several people at work all saying it was really good and though provoking.
Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity – what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails – since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place, for everyone?
What would happen if we rethought the old, macho, outdated version of manhood, and embraced a different idea of what makes a man? Apart from giving up the coronary-inducing stress of always being ‘right’ and the vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships – and that’s happiness, right?
Grayson Perry admits he’s not immune from the stereotypes himself – as the psychoanalysts say, ‘if you spot it, you’ve got it’ – and his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand new Manifesto for Men, are shot through with honesty, tenderness and the belief that, for everyone to benefit, upgrading masculinity has to be something men decide to do themselves. They have nothing to lose but their hang-ups.
Why I Write by George Orwell
I like reading about how to write and I was suggested this book which sounds very interesting. I think ill read this this year as I have a goal of reading more writing books.
Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell’s timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today’s era of spin.
Just My Type by Simon Garfield
This sounds actually relly interesting but I would not be something I would normally pick up unless someone I trusted told me it was super interesting. And someone has 🙂
Its such a specific topic which makes it difficult to image it being interesting, but I think that is also the reason for why its good. Its all about the details, the history and the choices humans has made in picking and using fonts.
What’s your type? Suddenly everyone’s obsessed with fonts. Whether you’re enraged by Ikea’s Verdanagate, want to know what the Beach Boys have in common with easy Jet or why it’s okay to like Comic Sans, Just My Type will have the answer. Learn why using upper case got a New Zealand health worker sacked. Refer to Prince in the Tafkap years as a Dingbat (that works on many levels). Spot where movies get their time periods wrong and don’t be duped by fake posters on eBay. Simon Garfield meets the people behind the typefaces and along the way learns why some fonts – like men – are from Mars and some are from Venus. From type on the high street and album covers, to the print in our homes and offices, Garfield is the font of all types of knowledge.
What do you think?
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