The list author says: "Carrying on from my previous list of 2010, below is a list of titles I plan to read in the coming year. The beauty is I already own all of these books. I have a habit of acquiring too many books at once, so it takes me ages to get through them all. I don't really have much to add here for those reading to 'get something out of this'. I'm a musician for the most part, and have a wide area of interest in many things, so my taste in books, and the list below may seem... a little sporadic? I'm unsure of how to define, if that is necessary, my taste. Basically, I like what is GOOD ;) What can I say, I have good taste. And despite the fact I haven't read any of the books below, I'd offer my recommendation to any of them based on the fact that I've collected them and many others over the last few years and have spent many long hours in investigation, on Amazon and in bookstores reading other's lists, and soaking in the advice of others.
Expect this list to change as I add (perhaps exchange?) titles throughout the year. Plus as I finish each one I shall give a brief review."
"Mark Kurlanksy, author of Salt: A World History... a completely fascinating book, so why not read a few more of his titles. The couple on this list are the ones that interested me most. From my understanding, he comes from a journalism history... or still is a journalist? but I really enjoyed his writing. He always ends a paragraph with a sly crack or some humour."
"I remember when I bought my copy of this book... the guy selling it to me went on a little rant about how amazing it was.. more the writing than the story.. said it was beautiful and his favourite book of all time. I was like "Dude.. no need to sell it, you already have my money" ;) I kid."
"Not sure what attracted me to this book initially. I remember seeing a different jacket design which I thought looked cool, and other than that the title pretty much grabbed me immediately. Not that the title of the book really gives anything away of what it is about."