Sunday, May 17, 2009

More Books For Everyone!

The last time I did one of these, I was given some great suggestions. It just goes to show that even the most difficult person to shop for can always be paired with a book. They might have wanted a iPod Touch, but that's irrelevant. You've promoted literacy, you've saved a couple hundred bucks, and you feel better about yourself. After all, isn't that what giving's all about?

Below are 20 people. Pick one or more and recommend a book. Someone's already recommended one? Come on, you can do better than them!

1. a conspiracy theorist
2. a lazy teenager
3. a CEO
4. an optimist
5. someone changing careers
6. a hypochondriac
7. your neighbour
8. Billy Bob Thorton
9. a zombie
10. an ex boyfriend/girlfriend
11. a co-worker
12. an anti-monarchist
13. your uncle
14. a blogger
15. a dog owner
16. a transgendered person
17. someone curious about graphic novels
18. a religious woman
19. a technophile
20. a hitchhiker

9 comments:

Vasilly said...

Okay I'm going out of order. For #5 someone changing careers, I'll recommend The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Daniel H. Pink.

Instead of #11 a co-worker, since I don't work I'll recommend something to a fellow classmate. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Burbery since she was so in my face when I was trying to read.

For #13 my uncle, see what I recommended for #5.

For #17 someone curious about graphic novel, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi or the Bone series by Jeff Smith or the Fables series by Bill Willingham.

I'm coming back when I think of more answers.

Chris said...

#8 Billy Bob Thorton. "Running Down a Dream" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (the book). Just to remind him that he's NOT TOM PETTY!

pooker said...

For #11 (my co-worker is a lawyer) and all you #14s out there I'd recommend:

Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman

The Amazon blurb calls it "a wickedly funny debut novel about a high-powered lawyer whose shockingly candid blog about life inside his firm threatens to destroy him."

teabird said...

For #16, may I suggest Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge? If that won't do, then Orlando by Virginia Woolf.

Remi said...

8. For Billy Bob - Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People

4. Cormac McCarthy's The Road - let's see how optimistic they are after reading this

6. Maggie Helwig's Girls Fall Down - a novel with mysterious sicknesses and a meningitis outbreak

2. On The Road by Jack Kerouac - every teen should read this

20. Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath or Robbin's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

14. Steinbeck's A Life in Letters or the Letters of Vincent Van Gogh - before blogging and email, there was the letter. still the gold standard for long distance communication.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

#9 - I guess one wouldn't generally give Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide to a zombie, but it would make a good ironic present, for that special ironic zombie in your life.

John Mutford said...

Vasilly: You've mentioned several I've not heard of. They sound interesting, though. Persepolis is a great answer. I've not read any of the other two series, but I have heard of them.

Chris: He's not even Dini Petty.

Pooker: Now I need to get that.

Teabird: I've yet to read any Vidal, but that one sounds interesting.

Remi: There also How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, but surprisingly Thorton didn't write it.

Have you read Volkswagen Blues?

Barbara: Somehow I figured you'd know a zombie book. Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

Remi said...

Yup. I read it back in high school when I was all about anything beat and hitchhiking and the like.

barefootheart said...

For #16, I found The Male Cross-dresser Support Group, by Tama Janowitz, hilarious.