Man vs Bookshelf: Forever Young

This entry is part 45 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

It occurs to me that all the football biographies I have so far read have contained a tint of tragedy. Towards the end of Brian Clough’s biography, the great manager made a tragic admission. That is, based on what we now know. Clough confessed he was aware of his problems with alcohol, but wrote he Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Forever Young[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The City Trilogy

This entry is part 43 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I feel good again. All year I’ve been feeling sorry for myself. Life shot my motivation. My writing went to pot and my reading followed close at its heels. Before I went on holiday I was at my lowest point. I’d pretty much given up on writing. I was struggling to finish books in seven Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The City Trilogy[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)

This entry is part 34 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’m sure you think this series is about reviewing books. That’s my fault. I wasn’t clear. I’ve done enough to make you think it could be about reviewing books. But it isn’t. Or, at least, That’s not the thrust of what it’s about. This series is about my attempts to read every book on my Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Pele

This entry is part 28 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to read two non-fiction books in a row, except that I haven’t because who does? What is interesting or not interesting depending on what kind of life you’ve led is that last week’s blog was the shortest I’ve written thus far. It was a short book, so Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Pele[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature

This entry is part 27 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Sometimes I read a book that offers so little for me to review, I wonder if it’s even worth me getting out bed in the morning.    Then I remember there’s more to life than reviewing books. All those boring tasks I have to attend to. Working so I can pay the bills. Attending to Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)

This entry is part 26 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Since starting Man vs Bookshelf it has been full steam ahead. In fact, from week six until week 17, I read more than a book a week in all but one week. At times I was struggling to keep up with all the review writing this entailed. A couple of times I even burst into Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)

This entry is part 25 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I know, I know, I said after last weeks EXTRA SPECIAL review it would be back to normal this week. I said it, then promised you my next review would be of my next two books – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. And yet what you may Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics)

This entry is part 24 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

The stars have aligned. Following whatever it was I read last I read Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Two books about ‘rogue’ economics, utilising stats and data to show such things as how teachers cheat and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance. And, in reading the latter of these two books, I also passed an exciting milestone Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade

This entry is part 20 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve been reading the reviews for my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Man vs Bookshelf blog. It’s fair to say there was a mixed bag: The Guardian: Bearable The Times: 2,700 words long The Daily Mail: Why are we worried about an English man visiting the galaxy when the whole galaxy is visiting England… AND Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates

This entry is part 18 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

There are plenty of books on my shelves a lot of people won’t know. This, I guess, will not be one of them. Let’s be honest, at this point Harry Potter is bigger than Jesus. Maybe even bigger than the Beatles. People are mad on the bugger, despite the fact he’s not the most compelling Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates[…]