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Bill Bryson – The Road to Little Dribbling | Review

Title: The Road to Little Dribbling

Author: Bill Bryson

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 390

Rating: 4/5

This book is subtitled More Notes from a Small Island, and so as you can expect, it’s pretty much the natural and spiritual sequel to Notes from a Small Island. Arguably Bryson’s most successful book, that one charted his experiences as an American who’d moved to the United Kingdom and then spent a bunch of time travelling around it.

Since then, he’d moved to America and then presumably back to the UK again. It’s kind of hard to tell with Bryson sometimes because I don’t necessarily read his books in publication order and it’s my understanding that he’s headed backwards and forwards here and there. The good news is that I enjoy him most when he’s writing about the UK, possibly only because I live there and so it’s easy for me to picture the things that he’s writing about.

I also think that Bryson has continued to mature as a writer over the years. It’s not that his style has changed, but he has tightened it up a little bit and I think this book benefits because of it. He’s perfected the art of narrative non-fiction and has the knack of writing super engaging informational books on pretty much any topic he tries his hand at.

I will admit that from time to time I’ve found that Bryson’s humour can grate on me, but that’s okay because it wasn’t a problem here. I think it really depends upon his headspace at the time, because when he came across as petty and vindictive, he was having a pretty tough time of things while travelling across Europe.

Overall then, I enjoyed reading this one and would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of Bryson’s travel writing and stuff. If you’re new to him, though, I’d probably go for Notes from a Small Island to begin with, although this wouldn’t be a bad place to turn to second. And so all in all, it’s a cracking book and I enjoyed it a lot, despite it being my second Bill Bryson book in as many weeks. He hasn’t started to get old yet, at least if we’re talking about my opinion of his books. Looking forward to more!

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Gary Vaynerchuk – #AskGaryVee | Review

Title: #AskGaryVee

Author: Gary Vaynerchuk

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 366

Rating: 8/10

 

Gary Vaynerchuk - #AskGaryVee

Gary Vaynerchuk – #AskGaryVee

 

I put off starting on this book for a little while, and I don’t know why. It’s not that I don’t hustle; if anything, it’s because I hustle too much, and while I do work in marketing, my passion lies with writing. I didn’t get round to starting on this because I was busy reading detective novels, because I’ve just started work on my own detective novel series and I wanted to familiarise myself with the competitive landscape.

For those who don’t know, Gary Vaynerchuk is a social media influencer and thought-leader in the world of business, and he’s well-known amongst content marketing circles because of his no-holds barred approach, as well as his tendency to swear when he’s passionate about something. I actually picked up this book at Vaynerworld, the UK book launch. I’d been to the previous Vaynerworld when Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook was released, and it was interesting to see how much the crowd had grown.

Part of that is probably due to the #AskGaryVee show, which this book takes its concept and its title from. Gary hosts the show on YouTube and uses it to answer questions from his fans and followers, and this book is essentially a collection of the best questions and the best answers, sorted by category so that they follow a thematic order.

 

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

 

Now, I thought for a while that it would be difficult to pull a book together that is, after all, just a collection of questions and answers. But I was wrong. Gary and his team have done a great job of it, and it even looks and feels pretty good – then again, Gary has always been one for adapting his work to suit the format it appears in, and so it’s no surprise that a lot of attention to detail has gone into the way that the words are presented, as well as the words themselves.

So overall then, if you’re looking to become a better businessman – and possibly even a better person – then you could do a lot worse than this. I’d recommend it to colleagues.

 

Gary Vaynerchuk Quote

Gary Vaynerchuk Quote

 

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