My Sister got me a copy of "Song Book" by Nick Hornby for christmas, a great collection of essays about his favorite songs. Each essay explore how great it is to be a fan of music and how a certain song can convey bring back feelings and memories. A must read for any music fan. He also has some great fiction like "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy"
Also I just finished up The Watchmen which was a good read, never really got into a graphic novel before but this was really hard to put down once I got into it.
Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors, I'll be sure to check that out. High Fidelity and About a Boy are both excellent, though the book of his that I like the most is A Long Way Down. I will be sure to check out the book of essays - thanks for the heads up!
I've also heard great things about The Watchmen, but, ehhhh, I don't know, I've never really gotten into comic books and graphic novels. Growing up, both my brothers and my uncle had bookcases full of superhero comics, and even my dad still has a stack of Modesty Blaise in the basement. Batman, Spiderman, The X-Men, The Hulk, you name it - they were all into them, but I never understood the appeal. The only graphic novels I've read are Maus and Persepolis, and the only comics I enjoyed as a kid were the Simpsons Comics and Beavis and Butthead. However, I'll still end up seeing the movie, most likely.
"A Long Way Down" was actually the first Hornby I read, after which I discovered he'd written books that two movies I really enjoyed had been based on. I can understand the trepidation with The Watchmen, u was so stoked for the movie, and I always feel like I should read the book before I see the movie, and I was suprised at how I got over the fact it was in comic book format and just got pulled it and knocked it out in a few days.