I have finally made it to the end of the bookshelf that holds all my unread books.
This is great news: it means that I have an excuse to buy more books and begin a new swathe of reading.
So I thought I would use this blog today to ask you to recommend in the comments section a book that you think I should read. I’m looking for novels, biographies, humour, travel – anything at all, so long as it’s an incredible book! Please do let me know.
I wrote a post like this last year and it generated a great response (see “What book are you reading right now?”). Fingers crossed for more this year…
This year I asked the question on Twitter and received loads of fantastic suggestions. What else would you add? Have your say in the comments…
@Al_Humphreys Mad White giant by Benedict Allen is very good, made me want to go to the jungle.
@Al_Humphreys ‘The Shack’ by Wm Paul Young. Went to a lecture of his last night, remarkable bloke, unique book.
@Al_Humphreys to Kill a Mockingbird. Turned me from a dyslexic non-reader into a reader at 16 (and I think made me a bit more political)
@Al_Humphreys Without making you feel big headed lol one of my face books is pt 1 of your journey! Very honest.
@Al_Humphreys There’s this book about a guy who took 4 years and 40000+ miles to cycle round the world. I really enjoyed that one!! ;o)
@Al_Humphreys Two small books for travelling light: Alan Garner- Thursbitch, JA Baker – The Peregrine. Both bring landscape to magical life.
@Al_Humphreys A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry by far. The characters were my friends by the end if the book.
@Al_Humphreys La floradita!
@Al_Humphreys Wind, Sand and Stars.
@Al_Humphreys Have you read “Arctic Dreams” by Barry Lopez?
@Al_Humphreys Hey Al, straying a little from the adventure genre but ‘Peace Is Every Step’ by Thich Nhat Hanh is great.
@Al_Humphreys INTO THE WILD BY JON KRAKAUER
@Al_Humphreys have you read blood river by Tim butcher? Great read.
@Al_Humphreys lisa tamati – running hot. Great book and a lovely woman
@Al_Humphreys …Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy before The Honourable Schoolboy. Both are outstanding like their sequels.
@Al_Humphreys Hell or High Water – Peter Heller
@Al_Humphreys To rule the night- by astronaut Jim Irwin …a book i read 25 years ago!!-not the best- but what an adventure!
@Al_Humphreys : Recommend ‘Ten Zen Questions’ – Susan Blackmore… ‘Feeding the Rat’ – Al Alvarez
@Al_Humphreys Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Just pips Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
@Al_Humphreys – best book I’ve ever read? Tricky one; currently re-reading A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson) & that rocks
RT @Al_Humphreys: So, what’s the best book you’ve ever read? 100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
@Al_Humphreys Woodlands by Oliver Rackham
@Al_Humphreys Nicholas Shakespeare’s Biography of Bruce Chatwin…the definition of troubled genius…taken too early
@Al_Humphreys or given all other suggestions, Unscathed – Phil Ashby?
@Al_Humphreys Mountain Days and Bothy Nights or The Shining Mountain.
@Al_Humphreys China Mieville is good for sci fi, so are Ken Mcleod and Ian Banks (Player of Games)? Although, some people spurn the sci fi.
@Al_Humphreys The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
@Al_Humphreys My favourite is William Boyd’s Any Human Heart. Genius – intriguing and entertaining. I must read it again.
@Al_Humphreys Hi Al I am doing an assignment for my OU course on “sacred places” as an adventurer.
@Al_Humphreys so difficult! Avoiding obvious Tolstoy/harper lee, recently Thousand Splendid suns Khaled Hosseini, Ian McEwan, enduring love?
@Al_Humphreys Glamorama, Brett Easton Ellis. Flawless.
@Al_Humphreys The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara.
@Al_Humphreys anything by Vernor Vinge. A deepness in the sky is particularly great.
@Al_Humphreys the da vinc….. (joke)
@Al_Humphreys Songlines — Bruce Chatwin, Oxonia Robert Byron & the other two by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
@Al_Humphreys I’ll start with the Songlines, Road to Oxonia, A Time of Gifts & Between the Woods and the Water…
@Al_Humphreys Best book I’ve read: Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
@Al_Humphreys Mr Nice by Howard Marks is cool as is Reefer Men by Tony Thompson. They’re both about drug smugglers. Marks is very witty!
@Al_Humphreys Thats a hard one, i was gripped by Touching the Void and The White Spider. Also enjoying you going through South America.
@Al_Humphreys easy: ‘touching the void’ – the first (and best) book about disasters up moontains that i read.
@Al_Humphreys The Traveller by John 12 hawks best book ever, in my opinion.
@Al_Humphreys Tough, but Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa is pretty epic. A lot of adventure and learning to be had.
@Al_Humphreys Or Fatherland by Robert Harris or The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.
@Al_Humphreys Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy by Ken Wilber
@Al_Humphreys hmm best evers …. Anne Rice – Vampire Lestate / Shantaram / Shogun / Dune / Teachings of Don Juan / Wonderland Avenue
@Al_Humphreys 10 lessons from the road, without a doubt.
@Al_Humphreys Or then again, maybe it’s one of Le Carre’s other Karla trilogy books and Mieville’s The City and The City.
@Al_Humphreys Recent finishes Count of monte cristo / James Clavels Asia Saga / This thing of darkness .. all great books
@Al_Humphreys Oh easy. Lord of the rings. A journey on foot, with danger, elves and friends. Blew my quite geeky childhood mind.
@Al_Humphreys My view changes every month. At the mo’, it’s between The Honourable Schoolboy by Le Carre or The Scar by China Mieville.
@Al_Humphreys Take a Seat by Dom Gill?
@Al_Humphreys Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance, paths of glory.
@Al_Humphreys The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert, ignore Eat Pray Love, read this incredible tale of modern pioneer Eustace Conway.
@Al_Humphreys the lost cowboys by Hank Wangford is a helluva read. It’ll prob interest you having cycled through the area too.
@Al_Humphreys Alone in Berlin, Birds Without Wings, Carry On Jeeves
@Al_Humphreys 2 book you wont forget soon Vassili peskov : lost in the taiga and also Kolyma by varlam chalamov
@Al_Humphreys Hey Al I liked these; The Kon-Tiki expedition – Thor Heyerdahl, Captain Scott – R feinnes, The Unthinkable – Amanda Ripley
@Al_Humphreys you need a Kindle , then you always have more samples – I am addicted to samping ðŸ™‚
@Al_Humphreys book to read-Richard Mabey’s Beechcombings.
@Al_Humphreys I’ve just finished “The Tracker” by Tom Brown Jr. Amazing account of growing up in the wild and learning to live with nature.
@Al_Humphreys “Two wheels on my wagon” by Paul Howard is worth a read if not done so already.
@Al_Humphreys Riddley Walker