Monday, 30 December 2013

BOOK REPORT 2013-52 Weeks/52 Books

For The Record.

BILL BRYSON-ONE SUMMER, AMERICA 1927: Babe Ruth, Al Capone, Al Johnson, Henry Ford, Calvin Coolridge, the New York Yankees, Hollywoodland, Mount Rushmore, the Great Mississippi flood, the roaring twenties. Legend and legacy, it's all here to the flight-plan of Charles Lindbergh in 'One Summer' that changed America and the world forever in 1927. From crime to prosperity and power to the fall from grace, this defining age of entertainment and innovation influenced the world in all it's inspiration for better or worse. From the might of boxing to the black-eye on a nation at war between races and cultures. This short history of nearly everything that happened in the United States overall changing season gives us our 52nd read right at the last day of December to close out our reading year. We did it! That makes for a record met, personal best of a book read for every week of this year, as well as numerous magazines, comic-books. web-articles and book passages as an added bonus. Oh and speaking of bonuses, the 52 books read over the 52 weeks cost barely over £52! That's awesome value...take that kindle! Who else but the great American writer taking residency in England;Billy Bryson to take us to the end of this milestone year of pages? With this latest parent present addition to the reading list, three of his books (including his magnificent, coming of American age memoir 'The Life & Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid') also make a list of varied 2013 reads that may not be Keats, but certainly aren't Kardashian. So without further ado we thank Bill, you and reading for a great year and wish you all the best for 2014. Let's hope it's an even better reading year, albeit if it's a more relaxed one. So this coming January take some time, make yourself a brew, put your feet up and just enjoy your new favorite read. In your own time. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Now for the record and in order book worms, here's the reading list...

-Dream Team
-The Last Shot
-Harry Belafonte: My Song
-The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes
-The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes
-The Hounds Of Baskervilles
-The Silver Linings Playbook
-Gangster Squad
-Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep
-The Descendants
-The Blind Side
-The Lincoln Lawyer
-Wit'ch Fire
-The Great Gatsby
-The Perfect Storm
-We Bought A Zoo
-10 Poems To Change Your Life
-The Hobbit
-Bill Bryson: Notes From A Small Country
-Bill Bryson: Down Under
-Bill Bryson: The Life & Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid
-Phil Jackson: The Last Season (A Team In Search Of Its Soul)
-Tom Clancy-Executive Orders
-I Am Legend
-Phil Jackson: Eleven Rings-The Soul Of Success
-Ernest 'Che' Guevara: The Motorcycle Diaries
-Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra
-Fight Club
-Jack Kerouac: Maggie Cassidy
-Glory Road
-Miles Davis: Miles-The Autobiography
-Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
-Into The Wild
-Star Wars: Riptide
-The Silent Season Of A Hero (The Sportswriting Of Gay Talese)
-Up In The Old Hotel
-Star Trek: Department Of Temporal Investigations-Forgotten History
-Johnny Cash-Cash The Autobiography
-Bill Clinton: Giving
-Casino Royale
-The Bourne Imperative
-E Street Shuffle
-Walk Like A Man
-Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History
-Anthony Kiedis: Scar Tissue
-Ron Burgundy: Let Me Off At The Top-My Classy Life & Other Musings
-Julius Erving: Dr J-The Autobiography
-Jack Kerouac: Wake Up
-Michael J. Fox: Lucky Man
-Bill Bryson: One Summer-America 1927

You can find quick coffee table read reviews of all these books in this blog...

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