7.24.2012

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Have you ever read a book by Bill Bryson?
What's YOUR favorite?

6 comments:

  1. My favorite Bill Bryson book is "A Walk in the Woods."

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    1. I haven't read that one, Martina, but I've heard from several people who have. Would love to hear WHY you liked it so much!

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  2. I've only read two. I loved A Walk in the Woods, but Notes on a Small Island was amusing in small doses. Might be fun to read with all the attention focused on England this summer.

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    1. I read "Notes on a Small Island" when we were living in Botswana back in 2006. I think I might have appreciated it more if I had spent more time in the U.K. - but I don't think 6 days is enough to qualify. ;-) However, "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" made me snort, and I LOVED "In a Sunburned Country". "At Home" is also on my Bryson "to read" list.

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  3. I read The Mother Tongue and it was a nice witty look at language. Then I tried another of hsi, I think A History of Everything or something like that, and was bored stiff. Too self-important in his opinions and too self-aware in his attempts at wit, I think. A lot of people love everything he ever wrote, though. I've considered giving his Shakespeare book a shot. Have you read that one, Carrie?

    Tim

    P.S. I followed you over from Anne's MMD site. Glad I did.

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    1. Great to have you here, Tim! Hope you'll come back to visit again.

      Re: Bryson's books. I've read "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" {laughed out loud}, "Notes from a Small Island" {would probably have been funnier if I had spent more time in the U.K. - 6 days total doesn't really help}, and "In A Sunburned Country" {another Bryson book that made me laugh - a lot}.

      I've got "Mother Tongue" on my bookshelf to read, and a friend has recommended "At Home". I think that, overall, Bryson can come across as self-aware and self-important, however, I like his streak of humor. In "Sunburned Country", there was a section about evolution that I didn't agree with, but that didn't make me like the book less. I can't say that I've loved everything he ever wrote {there are very few authors about which I can say that}, but I'm certainly willing to give most of them a try. You win some, you loose some. :-)

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