I’m turning this blog entry over to you in the hope you’ll let me pick your brains. I’ve got a $120 voucher to spend with this here good, carbon neutral, online bookstore but am completely stumped for which books to add to my cart. I have, quite incredibly, run out of ideas about books I want to buy.
It’s not exactly as though I’ve read all the books I’ve got—I’ve documented in previous blogs that I have so many books that I am both short on shelf space (and amusing people by stacking books in my pantry) and on time to read them all.
There have been plenty of awkward conversations where friends have asked for book recommendations and I’ve had to reveal that although I think books are good because I bought them and they’re sitting proudly on display on my shelf, I haven’t yet had time to read them.
I’m prepared to risk more of those conversations, though, because my need to buy books (and in fact, my need to spend book vouchers as soon as I have them in my hands) is greater than my need to get through the ones I’ve already got.
Yes, I’m acutely aware there’s something odd about that—I’d never buy this many new clothes or groceries or anything else you care to insert into this blog text in place of ‘books’. I’m also aware that the excitement of ordering the books and then waiting in breathless anticipation of their arrival is unrivalled. Is the sight of book deliveries poking out of your letterbox not one of the best sights ever?!
So, have you got any suggestions for me? If you had $120 to spend with Boomerang Books, which books would you buy? And which books would you recommend for someone who’s a massive non-fiction reader but who just might be interested in splashing out into other genres?