A Book of Book Lists by Alex Johnson

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A Book of Book Lists by Alex Johnson is an enjoyable read, the sort of book that you can dip into at any point and find something to entertain you. There are all sorts of book lists in it and surprisingly (to me anyway) it begins with Bin Laden’s Bookshelf. There’s no light reading, it’s all politics, religion and war, three things that any sensible person avoids – in my book.

The musician Art Garfunkel has on his website a list of every book that he has read since 1968, I wish I had been so far-sighted to do that too.

There’s Oscar Wilde’s Reading Gaol Bookcase, he was eventually allowed books during his two year sentence. Johnny Depp should have learned a lesson from Oscar and avoided a libel court case.

Marilyn Munro, David Byrne, Napoleon’s Travelling Library, Joe Orton, Books on the International Space Station, Most Popular Out of Print Books, The Books Alan Turing Borrowed from His School Library (Alice in Wonderland features among a whole load of science volumes,) Captain Scott’s Discovery Library, Books Left Behind in Hotels, Books Burnt by the Nazis.

Those are just a small percentage of the sections in this book which also explains the work that goes into the book collections that appear in a TV series such as Sherlock Holmes or in Star Trek films. People pause the action so they can peruse the books so they have to be authentic.

I feel that Alex Johnson is probably busy writing a sequel to this book right now as during the lockdowns anyone with an interest in books has been spending quite a lot of time with head cocked to the right and nose close to the TV set, trying to read the titles of the books on the many home bookshelves of the various experts and politcians on the news. Or is that just Jack and myself?

This would be a good gift for a book lover, but I borrowed it from the library.

4 thoughts on “A Book of Book Lists by Alex Johnson

  1. This sounds like a fun book. And you are not the only one who tries to figure out what books are behind people in zoom meetings and virtual broadcasts!

    • Stefanie,
      Those experts and politicians won’t realise that some people are so busy trying to see their books – they don’t listen to what’s being said!

    • Alex Johnson,
      Thanks for dropping by. I was wondering why it was three Scottish prisons that were mentioned in the book, and the Aberdeen (Peterhead?) prisoners seemed to choose very different books. A book of book lists from all the different prisons would be interesting in itself – or at least a PhD thesis for someone!

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