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82. Books Bought & Read, August 2013…

15 Sep
82. Books Bought & Read, August 2013…

Books Bought, August 2013

Bambi vs Godzilla,’ David Mamet

Just My Type,’ Simon Garfield

Created In Darkness By Troubled Americans: the best of mcsweeney’s humor category,’ ed.Dave Eggers

The Areas Of My Expertise,’ John Hodgman

The Mind: leading scientists explore the brain, memory, personality, and happiness,’ ed.John Brockman

The Little Black Book Of Books: a century of the greatest books, writers, characters, passages and events that rocked the literary world,’ ed.Lucy Daniels

Minipops: famous people drawn really small,’ Craig Robinson

50 Economics Ideas You Really Need To Know,’ Edmund Conway

In His Own Write,’ John Lennon

Penguin By Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005,’ Phil Baines

Puffin By Design: 70 years of imagination, 1940-2010,’ Phil Baines

A Death In Brazil: a book of omissions,’ Peter Robb

Northern Lights,’ Philip Pullman

This Is Not The End Of The Book: two great men discuss our digital future,’ Umberto Eco & Jean-Paul Carrière

The Essential Daivd Shrigley,’ David Shrigley

The Butcher Boy,’ Patrick McCabe

Quiet,’ Susan Cain

Those Feet: a sensual history of english football,’ David Winner

Hellraisers: the life and inebriated times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Oliver Reed,’ Robert Sellers

Grimm Tales For Young And Old,’ Philip Pullman

The Amber Spyglass,’ Philip Pullman

Death: the deluxe edition,’ Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane,’ Neil Gaiman

The 32 Stops,’ Danny Dorling

Once In A Lifetime: the extraordinary story of the new york cosmos,’ Gavin Newsham

Religion For Atheists,’ Alain de Botton

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Books Read, August 2013

The Jungle,’ Upton Sinclar

God Probably Doesn’t Exist,’ Patrik Lindenfors

I Will Not Never Ever Eat A Tomato: featuring charlie and lola,’ Lauren Child

I Am Too Absolutely Small For School: featuring charlie and lola,’ Lauren Child

Fox In Socks,’ Dr.Seuss

Darth Vader And Son,’ Jeffrey Brown

Corduroy,’ Don Freeman

A Pocket For Corduroy,’ Don Freeman

If You Give A Dog A Donut,’ Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond

The Watermelon Seed,’ Greg Pizzoli

Bambi vs Godzilla,’ David Mamet

And Tango Makes Three,’ Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell & Henry Cole

When I Grow Up,’ Al Yankovic & Wes Hargis

My New Teacher And Me,’ Al Yankovic & Wes Hargis

Just My Type,’ Simon Garfield

The Mind: leading scientists explore the brain, memory, personality, and happiness,’ ed.John Brockman

The Areas Of My Expertise,’ John Hodgman

A Spy In The House Of Love,’ Anaïs Nin

The Believer magazine, no.96

Bring Up The Bodies,’ Hilary Mantel

In His Own Write,’ John Lennon

The Butcher Boy,’ Patrick McCabe

Quiet,’ Susan Cain

The 32 Stops,’ Danny Dorling

Religion For Atheists,’ Alain de Botton

This Is Not The End Of The Book: two great men discuss our digital future,’ Umberto Eco & Jean-Paul Carrière

The Essential Daivd Shrigley,’ David Shrigley

Penguin By Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005,’ Phil Baines

Puffin By Design: 70 years of imagination, 1940-2010,’ Phil Baines

The Believer magazine, no.95

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My one-man attempt to read (and, indeed, buy), every book in written history continued this month: the total has been chipped away, with thirty books read and ‘only’ twenty-six bought, (although a fair number of those read featured around a dozen pages and a disproportionate amount of pictures). Chalk me up as ‘plus four’ for the month.

Kids’ books featured heavily, as I was co-opted into my niece’s night-time reading sessions in Brooklyn, NY: the ‘Charlie and Lola‘ series are fantastic with their quirky, kid-inspired grammatical structures, (“I will not ever never…”, “I am too absolutely…”), and it was fun to read the semi-sane rhyming thoughts of parodic songster ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, but nothing beats a good Dr.Seuss, (although hearing a 4-year-old recite ‘The Watermelon Seed‘ by heart is something special).

Cartoons also helped me boost my numbers this month, and not solely kids’ cartoons: John Lennon‘s surreal little collection, ‘In His Own Write,’ featured a number of bizarre scribblings, but I was thrilled to pick up a copy of drawings and art by one of my favourite, twisted artists, David Shrigley, the man behind this wonderful piece of silliness:

220px-PetSoundsCoverOne last major feature of this month’s reading was design. Firstly, I had easyjet-logomore fun than anyone has a right to reading a book on the history and use of fonts. Yes, the shape of letters. ‘Just My Type‘ was informative, eye-opening, and amusing: did you know Coldplay use the same font on their CDs as London street signs? Or that easyJet revived a font made famous by The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’?

Puffin+logo1231886_300Most fun of all was reminiscing about my childhood, reading the story behind the design of Penguin and Puffin book covers in Pshil Baines‘ gorgeous, over-sized histories of the two companies which played such an important part in my book-reading childhood. I have a strong feeling that could be a topic for another blog…

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5 responses to “82. Books Bought & Read, August 2013…

  1. Char Hurson Entrop

    September 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I’m really enjoying your blog, and keep lists like your mum for the same reason. My mum, in later years, kept her favorite books on a shelf and read them sequentially. When asked about the sequential part of her reading, she replied: “By the time I get to the end of the shelf I will have forgotten what’s in the first book. She died 2 years ago and I inherited the books.
    Yesterday I went back to Blog 1, am now on blog 13 and must now take an intermission to buy some more books. Char

     
    • doronklemer

      September 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Wow: I’m flattered to your mum-esque dedication to reading the blog! I actually had to re-jig the whole thing recently, as I couldn’t figure out myself how to read the early, (and less colourful!), blogs: it’s taken me a while to get to the format as it is now.

      Just got back from a few days in London and Oxford, and another couple of dozen books on the shelf: oh well, there are far worse addictions to have!…

       
  2. Char Hurson Entrop

    September 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Random: Me again. Just opened Book Mania and under bookshops are pics of a few of the worldwide bookstores including a few you’ve mentioned like Hay and Gosford.

     
    • doronklemer

      September 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      I’ll check it out: I have had plans to do a blog on the world’s best bookshops for a while!!

       

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