Right nowThe favourite book threads can be a bit generic. I find it is much more fun to add some randomness - so what books do you happen to be reading at the moment?
I have five books that I am waiting for from Amazon. So they will get added to the following pretty soon.
But in the meantime - looking at my bookshelf - I have these on the go...
I am just about to start 'The Downfall of Money' (a new book about the hyperinflation in 1920's Germany).
I have 'Limits To Capital' by David Harvey. But not sure if I can be bothered starting it since these giant Marxist critiques of economics are pretty difficult to wade through. And I never feel as if I learn anything concrete. But it is an area I am interested in. So - who knows...
Just about to finish the new book out called 'The Everything Store' which is an indepth business biography of Amazon.
Have started 'Gross Domestic Problem' which is a look at the politics, problems, assumptions and issues surrounding the most important number in economics (ie Gross Domestic Product).
After the Amazon book - I will start a book called 'The Org' which is a management/sociological look at the reasons behind the organisation of most businesses.
After that I will dive into 'Brick by Brick' which is a business/management book discussing the dramatic turn around in the fortunes of Lego (and the company that makes it) over the past 15 years.
I have a large book which is a collection of blog posts by Seth Godin that I am going to work through whilst I am at work. Along with a few football books. I tend to dip in and out of 'easy' books whilst at work.
The five books from Amazon will get shuffled into the above as well. And I have an on again/off again interest in working through some philosophy books.
So - the philosophy books (such as a recent one on Aristotle and some old ones from Colin McGinn) may get thrown into the mix. But I am not sure.
Equally - I am not sure how many more Marxian critiques of capitalism I can be bothered with (at the moment).
Sorry for the ramble! Just wanted to give you a dip inside my messy head!
So - what books are you currently reading?
PS The books I am waiting for from Amazon.
One is 'Heart' by Dick Cheney which is a medical biography of Dick Cheney's history of heart problems. Alongside a history of the advances in heart surgery over the past 50 years.
Another is 'The Book of William' by Paul Collins. Paul Collins is my favourite writer - and this is a book discussing the interesting story behind the first folio of Shakespeare's work. With the emphasis being on what has happened to each of those priceless copies over the past 400 years.
Another book I am waiting for is a book detailing the history behind the quest for Perpetual Motion. Along with a detailed discussion of many of the most famous designs and why they won't work. It also details the account of a perpetual motion machine which has baffled scientists to this day.
I was particularly pleased to come across this book since it seems like a fascinating subject for a book. I love eccentric histories like this. Here are the details for those interested:
And the last book is an autobiography by the founder of 'Viz' comic. Which is a very famous comic here in the UK which is incredibly rude and very funny. It was created by a guy who is from the same area of the UK as me, and he went on to make (and possiblee lose?) millions. The comic peaked before eventually losing about 90% of their readers. Should be some interesting stories in there...
I usually have a bunch of books on the go - but I'll admit that things are a little more hectic right now than they usually would be.
I bought camo of the saints and I honestly thought it was too French for me. As someone on the border of Quebec I am keenly aware of the French temperament, it is frivolous, it is long winded, it is impressed with itself without justification. Camp of the saints is like a version of 1984 or Brave New World but a version written by the French, for the French.Anyone ever read 'The camp of the saints'? I never have, but when I heard it was written in the 70s about the 3rd world overrunning europe/america and its 'far right propaganda' I figured I should check it out.
Anyone ever read 'The camp of the saints'? I never have, but when I heard it was written in the 70s about the 3rd world overrunning europe/america and its 'far right propaganda' I figured I should check it out.