All the books, such goodness
The first Bookcamp session at UKGovcamp was in 2017, and you can find the reading list from that one in this other blogpost.
What is this?
This post is about a little session at UK Govcamp 2019 where people sat down, had a nice chat about books, and got to know one another for 45 minutes. Think of it like a small, quiet oasis on an island table called Beyoncé.
This time around, we shared the best books we’d read in 2018, some other books we think are great and that everyone should read, we strolled unexpectedly into good books about death (probs best not to stroll unexpectedly into death itself), and then came out the other side with Calvin and Hobbes.
At Bookcamp there are no rules. Especially no judgement on what books you like. You can take that attitude to #judgementcamp, or something.
Here follows the reading list. Most, if not all, of these can be found in your local library. You can search for your local library using this finder on Gov.uk.
Good books we read in 2018
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race — Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings: The New Taste of German Cooking — Anja Dunk
- The Line Becomes a River — Francisco Cantú
- Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics — Tim Marshall
- The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood
- Non-Violent Communication — Marshall B Rosenberg
- The Collected Stories — Lydia Davis
- The Left Hand of Darkness — Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Gene: An Intimate History — Siddhartha Mukherjee
- Calypso — David Sedaris
- For Whom the Bell Tolls — Ernest Hemingway
- To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee
- Spark Joy — Marie Kondō
- When the Body Says No – Gabor Maté
Good books about death:
- Levels of Life — Julian Barnes
- Option B — Sheryl Sandberg
- How We Die — Sherwin B Nuland
- Michael Rosen’s Sad Book — Michael Rosen
Books we moved onto to take our minds off of talking about death:
Reading we liked related to work:
- Bluffocracy — James Ball and Andrew Greenway
- Parkinson’s Law — C. Northcote Parkinson
- The People’s Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation — Tobias Maher
Other decent reads:
- A Call for Revolution — Dalai Lama
- Tao Te Ching — Lao Tzu
- Tao of Nature — Zhuangzi
- Flowers for Algernon — Daniel Keyes
- Good Omens — Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
- Madame Bovary — Gustave Flaubert
- Narrow Road to the Deep North — Richard Flanaghan
- America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — Sarah Bradford
- Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich — Norman Ohler
- Science(ish) — Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks
- Changing Planes — Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Old Man and the Sea — Ernest Hemingway
If I have missed any, got any wrong, or if you were not in the bookcamp session and want to add something to this list, please get in touch.
A Trello board for these books will follow, if we think that’s a good idea? Let me know.
As promised, here too is The Delib Team public Trello board of good books about civic society, democracy, networks, agile, and other potentially useful things. I add to this when new books are suggested to me/us, so feel free to give it a follow.
And holler at me if you would like to enter into a book swap with me. I am well up for it.