Avid reader and book store worker LANCE CHRISTOPHER shares his literary experiences, reviewing what's on offer in the wonderful world of books
I've always been a fan of Jonathan Ross, who has a book out this month called Why Do I Say TheseThings? Not an autobiography but more of a vague ramble through his life, he jumps from subject to subject and it runs in no chronological order
It's just a collection of things he likes (comics, robots, comics with robots) and places he's been, to thoughts on growing old and still having his own hair.
We discover why he feels uncomfortable whenever he sees a Hoover; how he gets upset whenever he sees someone in Africa wearing a 'Curiosity Killed The Cat' T-shirt; and how he learnt everything he knows about sex from Cosmopolitan magazine.
He evokes strong images of his childhood and we also get to see his views on fame (he says honestly that there was a time when he felt it was a right rather than a privilege and feels like an idiot for doing so).
Give it a try. It won't change your life, but it will keep you amused for a few hours.
Now, most people who know me would say I can be a bit odd. That's fine.
I just wish I was as odd as Karl Pilkington whose new book, "Karlology", is a collection of his thoughts on everything from books to science to why time itself needs to be re-invented so as to be 'a bit better'.
For those who don't know, Karl came to fame via Ricky Gervais and the record-breaking pod casts they did. He has a unique way of thinking and this, his third book, is a document of discovery as he makes up for not learning anything at school.
A trip to the Natural History Museum teaches him we should never have crawled out of the sea; the Science Museum reminds him that Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards was more memorable than the third man to land on the moon; and a trip to Menorca is where he decides that time is a bit rubbish, and that birds in Spain are louder because they have to compete with the noise from tourists.
Some of his thoughts and comments are laugh-out-loud funny, and others just make you think he was dropped on his head as a child.
It's a great little book, so try a little Karlology.