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Items about books I want to read #65

Posted on: May 27, 2016


The list of books I wish to read some day continues to grow, but such is life. So many books, so little time. Part of doing these posts is that I also enjoy reading about new (or new to me) books, and I also hope my three readers might find an idea or two of a book to read next.

Items about books I want to read:

  • This caught my eye in part because my father-in-law worked for Bethlehem Steel at the Gary, Indiana site for many years. He retired before the company went down and out. Still, it is tragic that the site has become a megacasino. Talk about how the mighty have fallen. There is a new book detailing that story, and you can read about it in this article via In These Times. The book is From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City.
  • This book features 12 recipes of basics that, supposedly will enable to eat the rest of your life. The book is called Twelve Recipes, and it was featured at Wink Books.
  • Picturepedia is the kind of book I would have loved as a kid, and I would probably still enjoy it today. Wink Books highlighted it.
  • Based on a True Story reviewed the book The  Year of Living Danishly. The book’s author tries to figure out why Denmark is the happiest place in the world. I can tell you this. If I had the chance to go and stay, I’d be happy to learn Danish and live there.
  • A Case for Suitable Treatment highlights the first volume of the manga The Testament of Sister New Devil.
  • I always enjoy books about books and bibliophiles, so Rare Books Uncovered sounds like a good one to add to this list. It was reviewed at The Virginian-Pilot.
  • Here is one that can go for the 2016 Horror Reading Challenge I am doing now. The book is Joe Hill’s The Fireman, which was reviewed at RA for All: Horror blog.
  • What do you know? Someone wrote a book on old office supplies. The author is profiled in Collectors Weekly, and the book is Reading & Writing Accessories: A Study of Paper-Knives, Paper Folders, Letter Openers and Mythical Page Turners. It never ceases to amaze me the stuff people will write books about.
  • After reading Carlton Mellick III’s ClownFellas (link to my review),I have wanted to read more from that author. Here is one of his books I am adding to my TBR list: Apeshit, and it was reviewed at Horror Novel Reviews.
  • Turns out Eduardo Galeano had one more book left, and it is now being published posthumously. The book is El Cazador de Historias, and you can read about it at Que Leer (article in Spanish).
  • Want to learn more about Mexican drug cartels and how they use violence? You can read The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America: Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare. You can get the book free from the U.S. Strategic Studies Institute here. I learned about it via GPO’s Government BookTalk blog.
  • Sure, you can drink the usual stuff. Or you can get out of your comfort zone and drink some different things like this guy, the author of The Year of Drinking Adventurously. The book was reviewed at Drinkhacker.
  • The Llewellyn blog highlights a new book release: The Mindfulness Habit. This may fit in nicely with the Self-Help books challenge I am doing this year.
  • One more addition, and I saw this one via social media. I know I had to add it to my reading list right away. The book is Welcome to Dumbfuckistan, (link to Amazon; book new at this time, not on WorldCat yet) and it was discussed at


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1 Response to "Items about books I want to read #65"

[…] up above in this post. Curiously enough, I have mentioned The Fireman twice in this blog, here and here. Probably time I get to […]

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