August 4, 2008

Ask The Hockey History Blogger:
What Other Books Do You Read Besides Hockey?

Ha ha! Great question.

Truth be know, not a heck of a lot. I don't get a heck of a lot of time to read books outside of hockey. And I'm a notoriously slow reader.

As a rule I don't read novels. I know, I know, but I've always found non-fiction more satisfying. I like travel books in particular.

Here's five books that I found time to read this summer. None of them have anything to do with hockey:

1. Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw - Part novel. Part travel guide. Part history text book. Part comedy. Part memoir. All brilliantly put together by one of my favorite non-hockey writers - Will Ferguson (mind you, he did help out on The Girlfriend's Guide to Hockey)

2. Country Roads of British Columbia: Exploring the Interior - I like to explore spots most people have never even heard of. Gas prices got way too high this summer, and are here to stay, so until I strike it rich, I guess I'll have to travel vicariously through Liz Bryan's excellent book.

3. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day - Great book. But I need to re-read it because me not a genius!

4. Breaking Dawn - Yeah right, who am I kidding. But I did give my girlfriend's kid my Chapters card so she could save 10% on it, so technically I bought it. At least I bought enough of the hottest selling book of the summer to warrant the cheap plug on this website!

5. Frommer's Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands & the San Juan Islands - I'm going on vacation there for almost three weeks, although this book has made me realize I need about 3 months off of work!

An old friend recommended I read Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid. If that's how long the title is I'm thinking the book must be unbearably long. Perhaps I'll settle for The Sex Lives of Cannibals instead.

1 comments:

FrankD August 11, 2008 at 4:23 PM  

Good question. I just finished one of the most obscure hockey books I could find in my library: Gary Unger and the Battling Blues. I'm not a Blues fan (Penguins in fact), but the title interested me, if anything, for the nostalgic fact of it all.

When I take a break from my hockey readings, I normally crank out something by Vonnegut, Stephen King, Hunter Thompson or any random book I can find on the discount rack at B&N.

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