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Think Wrap Up: Twitterchat Reading Recommendations

March 30, 2012
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A fantastic twitter book group was held last Tuesday to chat about March’s topic of #think. Here is a collection of the reading suggestions from all our participants. And a wonderfully long list of discussion points to make you all think! Thanks to all who joined in the conversation!

Discussion points: New ideas, international connections, global connector

Food allergies and cooking accordingly

Food writing – finding the missing ingredient

Long form reading


Validating reading  

@lalarkinauthor fiction stimulates us to ask our role in society & question our values

@ellenforsyth Poetry is also great for #think for example the bareness of haiku with so many ideas and images in such a small space

Chick lit is social commentary on modern life “Do we really need that many shoes”, pressures on women in modern life, relationship issues

Garden design informing environmental issues

The lyricist as storyteller, storytelling mechanisms

@lalarkinauthor Fiction can be a way of thinking about normally unbearable issues

@love2read Like the idea of books being safe places – #think they can also be a safe way of exploring difficult ideas

@Bookthingo For me, it’s feminism. Never had an interest until romance blogs #NYR12

exploring pinterest and tumblr options

@snailx @janholmquist @ellenforsyth love observing differences in reading preferences.U read Pepys in print whereas I read his tweets

Title/Authors: Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

The Help

How to fix copyright by William Patry

Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono

Mark Billingham’s Sleepyhead,

Never Let Me Go – ethical science

Carol Topolski’s Do no harm – ethical medicine, mental illness

The Genesis Flaw – ethics of science

Grisham’s 1988 Pelican Brief

Jose Saramago “Blindness”

Herman Hesse “Steppenwolf”

‘The Fault in our stars’ by John Green

Brave New World One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Debra Adelaide’s The household guide to dying

Fiona McGregor’s Indelible Ink

Biddulph’s Raising Boys

You are not so smart” book (& blog) & other pop. based science books on how brain works

Leet noobs by Mark Chen

George Orwell’s 1984

Murukami’s modern version 1Q84

‘Never Let Me Go’

Selznick’s Wonderstruck

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban

The Baroque Cycle

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

Lee Iacocca’s autobio

how to be a child’

Household Gods by Turtledove

microhistories like Mauve

Ripleys and Guiness books


The Surgeon of Crowthorne about Oxford Dictionary

Sheri S Tepper’s Sideshow

The Disappearing Spoon about history of the periodic table

Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Lynn Kurland’s time travel rom

Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Kristin Higgins’ The Next Best Thing

Greenwich by Charles Jennings

Can Reindeer Fly?The Science of Christmas by Roger Highfield

Lisa Walker’s Liar Bird

Gone with the wind


How do you get the “little white dog” into the car? Where is that green sheep? – any English translations available?

@wateryone aren’t the best children’s books the ones that work on multiple levels so that they can be enjoyed whatever age

Michael Stephen King

Jeannie Baker

Mo Willems

Selznick’s Wonderstruck

My Green Day by Melanie Wash


New Scientist

Mad Magazines – subversive thinking

Dave Berg’s “The Lighter Side of…”

Web, Blogs, Bloggers, Tweet streams, Games: @readreactreview

#ausallergy Reading outside of the book

twitter, rss, and apps like pulse and flip all help to #think as to the ideas shared in those tools inform etc #nyr12

There are also survival reads for #think like road signs, train notices and shopping lists -well you don’t want to run out of things #nyr12


Twitter – information, concise delivery of message in 140 characters

Overseas Tweeters






Stieg Larsson – abuse of women

Jodi Picoult – – ethical issues

Michael Wood’ – history

Scriptwriters/TV/Movies/Plays/Music Lyrics:

Tom Stoppard

The Big Bang Theory

System of the Down

The Streets

Ben Folds

Stephen Merrits lyrics for Magnetic Fields

Poetry, haiku

Ben Folds/Nick Hornby

Levi Johnston

read lots of history during The Tudors

David Starkey titles about the Tudors

This Means War, marketed as Spy vs Spy

TV advertising

Cavafy’s Ithaca


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