I’ve spent a lot of money on books in my life, and normally I’ve been able to afford to do so no problem, but I’m getting leerier of spending so much money on books when I’m trying to support myself on writing income. Obvious solution: beg for books in exchange for writing about them.
So: here’s my Amazon wishlist and I hereby promise to blog about any books anyone buys me off of it. It only has three books on it right now, but it will likely grow and I’m happy to take suggestions for things to add. Basically, if you suggest a book and I add it to my wishlist, that’s me saying, “I agree that book sounds interesting, and I’ll totally blog about it if someone buys it for me.”
The first two books on the list are Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. I got interested in both of these books after reading Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.
Kill Anything That Moves is a an excellent book that I really need to write more about in the future, and it got me interested in reading more about, among other things, (1) how ordinary people deal with knowledge that their government is doing horrible stuff and (2) how much the US government’s response to misconduct that occurs as part of its war efforts has changed, if it has changed at all.
The other book is The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. The Myth of Persecution book came out just this month, and I’ve already been hearing a lot of good things about it. I’ve long known that many of the traditional stories of Jesus’ disciples being are in many cases very historically dubious, but it sounds like there’s a lot more to to the story than that.
And again, this is just a start, and I’m very much looking forward to getting reading recommendations in the comments.