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Christmas reading lists

It's that time of year again! 

As we're compiling an article of what's on your list (or wishlist) for Christmas reading, we would love to hear from you. 

Let us know what your definitive books of 2012 were or what you want to see in your stocking Christmas morning. 

Personally, The Kingmaker's Daughter by Phillipa Gregory, 1984 by George Orwell (for the tenth time) and How to Be Good by Nick Hornby were enjoyable reads for me. 

An article will be available on the website later with a list of 10 of the best books of 2012, so get your lists in soon! 

For members with copies of Accrual World, we are also considering a group discussion about this over Christmas - let us know if it's something you'd like. If you don't have it, there are still two free copies left. 


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annelavinia | | Permalink

In my stocking, I hope to find 'Knitting without Tears' by Elizabeth Zimmerman. It seems that Ms Zimmerman was a convert of 'knitting in the round' - something that I have recently taken up. Instead of using two knitting needles, there's a length of cable with detachable end pins and one knits a seamless tube. My first effort at this ended up with a kink in it so it was a bit like a 6 ft mobius band. It was a pink snood, so the twist didn't matter. (worse if it had been a jumper)

I've  'looked inside' on amazon and this book seems full of  humour and interesting stuff about life in general as well as knitting. I think many accountants may find  a natural affinity with the craft and art of knitting. And it doesn't have to be a gentle pursuit. There's guerilla groups and yarnbombers where you may least expect them :-)

And yes, interested in the group discussion on Accrual World - thank you for my copy- I have started and I'll finish (in between the bouts of circular knitting)

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Having been ...    1 thanks

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... introduced to Robert Jordan by my son I am on book two of the Wheel of Time series, with 9 more of his to go, plus the three completed from his detailed notes by Brandon Sanderson . This will probably keep me going a number of years!

The Twelve by Justin Cronin      1 thanks

lmtch938 | | Permalink

The Twelve by Justin Cronin


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Scandi crime    1 thanks

mookgirluk | | Permalink

I'm working my way through the Martin Beck series.  I'm on number 3 of 10 at the moment with nos. 4 and 5 sat waiting for me.

On a business level...    1 thanks

wilcoskip | | Permalink

One business book I found a very easy read this year - useful and enjoyable at the same time - was John Haylock's 'Absolute Certainty.' 

It looks at business processes and efficiency from a service-firm perspective, and also touches on one of our all-time Accountingweb favourite topics - Value Pricing!

It's written as a story rather than a straight business book, which is one of the things that made it easy to get through.


On a fiction level, two trilogies I've enjoyed are coming to an end in 2013, so it's a good time to catch up if you've not already:

- Beth Revis' 'Across the Universe' series

- Robin Jarvis' 'Dancing Jax'

Both are written for young adults, but that's where all the good stuff seems to be these days...


Merry Christmas etc to all,


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All really excellent

Rachael_Power | | Permalink

All really excellent suggestions - some I might add to my own list! 

I've written a round-up article of some great books to add to your Christmas reading list. Let me know what you think.


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Tartan noir & the Shetland quartet

John Stokdyk | | Permalink

I love Iain Rankin's Rebus series for its depiction of the seedy side of Edinburgh society and the author wins extra Brownie points for being a big fan, like me, of The Phantom Band (the backgroud rock music is one of the unsung treats of his work). It was brilliant to see him on TV a few weeks ago, driving up a bleak and sleety A9 to a deserted spot near Loch Ness. "This would probably be the furthest Rebus has ever been from a pub," Rankin quipped, then added, "That's good - I'll probably use it in the book." A TV first - literature written live on screen?

My latest fave is Anne Cleeve's Shetland series. I picked up 'Raven Black' in Shetland after holidaying there in April and really enjoyed it - very, very evocative of the landscape and close-knit community up there. They're just about to show a series based on the 'Red Bones' book on TV - if you like the look of it, you'll know where to go for more of the same (there's a 'White Nights' volume, and a 'Blue Lightning' one too. Her website has a quide to where the different volumes are set).

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A christmas reading list

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Liz Williams' sharp, funny and very English account of alternative Glastonbury life

- Diary of a witchcraft shop

Jane Rogers 's hair raising first person account of a 16 year old girl imprisoned in a near future dystopic Britain 

- "The testament of Jessie Lamb"

Alan Garner's long awaited "Boneland" . Unchildish return to the characters from his children's books "Weirdstone of Brisingamen" and "Moon of Gomrath".

Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" trilogy - as if Harry Potter has grown up and joined the Metropolitan Police and had a sense of humour.

"Boo hoo" Unintentionally funny autobiography by the founders of the dotcom disaster company . Sort of Spinal Tap for accountants.

Top of my wishlist would be a replacement for my copy of "The Bachelor's Home Companion" by P J O' Rourke  -  now out of print -not suitable for budding domestic goddesses .





The Brethren Trilogy by Iain

SThornton | | Permalink

The Brethren Trilogy by Iain Parke (Heavy Duty People, Heavy Duty Attitude & Heavy Duty Trouble)

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The best thing at Christmas ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... would be if they showed the Screen One film "the Accountant" with Alfred Molina, best accountant film ever and would make a welcome change from Julie Andrews!

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Stop press

taxhound | | Permalink

Anyone who has not read "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinback must do so over the Christmas holidays!  I was ordered to read this book by my son who is reading another John Steinback novel for his GCSE.  I can't believe I had never read it before.....

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I have to say ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... "The Sprouts of Wrath" by Robert Rankin is a far better read, as are the other eight books in the Brentford Trilogy!


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