Book Suggestions From My Friends

Blogging while on vacation is harder than you would think.  Remembering to take a few minutes to jot down something and post it.  My usual blogging time is around 8pm or 9pm, after I’ve gotten home from work, had dinner, talked to April, started laundry, etc.  But while I’m in Lake Tahoe for a long weekend with the guys, my timing is off.

If you missed it, I blogged something very short around 11:30pm last night.  Apparently, if I post it from the WordPress iPhone app, it doesn’t automatically publish to Facebook and Twitter like’s full admin panel does.


A couple of days ago, after I finished reading a book, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to read next.  I turned to my social network to see what suggestions would come through:

Recommend one book that you think I would like to read. Ready, set, go!

Here’s the results, with a little bit of commentary from me:

  • Bill recommended “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”, by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Paulo recommended “Where the Wild Things Are”, by Maurice Sendak
  • Micah recommended “Let the Great World Spin”, by Colum McCann
  • Drew recommended “Openness Mind: Self-knowledge and Inner Peace through Meditation”, by Tarthang Tulku
  • Alex recommended “Everyone Poops”, by Gomi Taro, to which I replied, “Good to know you’re up to the age 4-8 reading level”
  • Paulette recommended “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion”, by Gregory Boyle
  • Ron recommended “Age of Odin”, by James Lovegrove
  • Randy recommended “Replay”, by Ken Grimwood
  • Kevin recommended “Atlas Shrugged”, by Ayn Rand
  • Jeff recommended “The Kite Runner”, by Khaled Hosseini, as well as “Outliers: The Story of Success”, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Scott recommended “Trinity”, by Leon Uris
  • Mark recommended “The Book Thief”, by Markus Zusak, as well as “A Confederacy of Dunces”, by John Kennedy Toole
  • Richard recommended “Persuasion”, by Jane Austen
  • Jessica recommended “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”, by Robert B. Cialdini
  • Geoff recommended “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking”, by Malcolm Gladwell, which I’ve already read
  • Jackson recommended “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary”, by David Sedaris

Since I’ve already read Blink, and also had another Malcolm Gladwell suggestion, I decided to go with “The Tipping Point” next, instead of any of the recommendations.

There are a few others on the list that I have a copy of already, planning to read someday, like “Replay” and “A Confederacy Of Dunces”.  Some are ones I’d never heard of, but look pretty interesting to me, like “Let the Great World Spin” and “Tattoos on the Heart”.

I’m keeping all of them on an Amazon list to reference later, if I’m looking for ideas from my friends.


    1. I was recovering from Friday night, couldn’t even think straight to post something on Saturday. Blogging isn’t as much of a priority when you’re away on vacation.

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