I wasn’t tagged this time, but, as suggested, I felt free to “play along at home”. I can’t be bothered to put in a separate link for each title – just go look them up on Amazon if you’re interested

Five most recent books you’ve bought for yourself:
Material World: A Global Family Portrait, Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann, and Paul Kennedy
Bon Voyage!: An Oblique Glance at the World of Tourism, Nick Yapp
A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon
A Journey Around my Room, Xavier De Maistre
The Summer Book, Tove Jansson

Five books you’ve most recently given other people:
Silk, Alessandro Baricco
Fatherhood: The truth, Markus Berkmann
Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, Maureen Waller
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, Lauren Child
La Figlia Oscura, Elena Ferrante

Five most recent books you’ve loaned other people, and their status:
I tend not to lend books, for fear of not getting them back. Besides, if I do want someone to have something specific, I’ll buy it for them.
Last time I lent a book to someone (and got it back, eventually) it was Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Top five books on your “to read” pile:
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
The Cloudspotter’s Guide, Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Metaphysique des tubes, Amelie Nothomb
Third Culture Kids, The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds, David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken
Brick Lane, Monica Ali


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