Don’t be boring this Christmas. Don’t just buy whichever book happens to be top of the book charts this month – every unimaginative person will be giving the very same thing. Let me help you instead.
I think my dream job might well be a “professional book picker” where I would just spend all day reading good books and recommending the pick of the bunch. I don’t get paid for this [yet], but I do enjoy reading and can vouch for everything suggested here…
For the last couple of years I’ve put together a list of books to buy for the adventure loving / sports loving / entrepreneur in your life.
- Here was last year’s list.
- Here’s the year before, focused only on adventure books.
- Here is a list of compulsory adventure reading. If you haven’t read all of these and you are a fan of adventure and travel, then get reading!
- A bunch of business books perfect for any wannabe entrepreneur / blogger / full time bum
- I can’t vouch for all these (yet), but I asked Twitter for its collective wisdom on what short beautiful novel I should read.
This year I have also recommended a few good books on Instagram:
I opened this book and was cross: I’d planned to write EXACTLY this book! But it is great: https://www.wildthingspublishing.com/ It reminds visitors of responsibilities, promotes the Mountain Bothy Association [I urge anyone who stays in a bothy to join], and cannot help but stir the adventurous blood. I am jealous, and quite annoyed, but nonetheless congratulate the team on this fine book. Chapeau.
My favourite music biography. I’d love to write a travel book in this style. Witty, wise, honest. ⠀ (I love “A Grand Don’t Come For Free”‘s story and I’ve regularly fan-stolen phrases from it to use in my own blogs and books. It always makes me smile when people call me out on them having spotted them.)
I also read loads of books that I don’t mention either on my website or on social media. My life is very compartmentalised: I have my ‘adventure life’ which I shout endlessly about online. Then I have my real life, ordinary stuff, family, friends, taekwondo, sport, treehouses, angst, and all sorts of books.
Here then is a broad spread of what I’ve read this year. These are only some of the books I have read in the past 12 months, books that I definitely endorse. Please note this is not necessarily “Adventure Alastair” endorsing them, so maybe check the description first to see if you will enjoy them or not.