General Discussion: what are you reading?


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easylover
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345 posts since 17/5/04

4 Mar 2006 11:57
Ellgal wrote:
guffer wrote: finished:

cloud atlas - david mitchell
kiss me judas - will christopher baer
strangers - taichi yamada

i'm going to start the optimists by andrew miller today…

What did you think?

I really enjoyed it. Every little section was written so well in different styles. The old man bit was my favourite.

Thought cloud atlas was well wriitten but i kept waiting for it to have a point if u know what i mean. it never really went anywhere
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

30 Mar 2006 22:13
Norvern Rob wrote: Currently reading 'A confederacy of dunces', written by John Kennedy Toole in the 60's, who ended up commiting suicide in 1969 after becoming depressed because he couldn't get it published.

Was given to me by a guy at work, i was suprised by how good it is. Any book that contains the words 'dear mongoloid' can't be bad Laughing out loud

i am reading this now, very funny so far….
Essex_Boy
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2328 posts since 22/2/03

30 Mar 2006 22:35
Just finished

Anthony Swofford - Jarhead

and

Chuck Palahniuk - Survivor

Now, I'm on

Mukarami - Norweigan Wood (expecting alot from this)

Next will be Richard Pryor's autobiography.
antigroban
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524 posts since 10/3/05

31 Mar 2006 00:06
J'Adore wrote: The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst…won the booker prize in 2004 had to read it for my course. Good book. All about gay sex in the 80s, Thatcher, snobs and cocaine.

I liked this book. Very sad and annoying.
antigroban
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524 posts since 10/3/05

31 Mar 2006 00:13
Reading Erik Erikson: Identity and the Life Cycle

Next in line - Peter Hoeg: The History of Danish Dreams
bombhead
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1344 posts since 3/2/05

31 Mar 2006 00:14
andy mcnab - agressor

conn iggulden - gods of war: emperor juilius ceasar

Cool
Bryx
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24 posts since 28/3/06

31 Mar 2006 13:25
Recently finished:

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts.
Chess – Stefan Zweig.
The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy – Douglas Adams.
Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt og Stephen J. Dubner.
American Pastoral – Philip Roth.
The wind-up bird chronicle – Haruki Murakami.
Veronika Decides To Die – Paulo Coelho.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach.
Never let me go – Katzuo Ishiguro.
Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man – John Perkins.
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka.
A moveavle Feast - Ernest Hemingway.
Thirsty Work - Matt Skinner.

Currently reading:
The Beach - Alex Garland
1984 - George Orwell
The End of Poverty - Jeffrey D. Sachs
And a couple of books on wine.

And the books for uni… Cool

Yeah, I read alot. But I want to finish at least 52 books a year, so I´m barely hanging on to that.
Cazerelli
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12039 posts since 16/5/03

31 Mar 2006 13:46
i am slacking so much on the reading, considering i commute three hours a day i am shite. Plus i keep starting books and not finishing them.
kinstar
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6121 posts since 13/9/02

31 Mar 2006 14:29
Bryx wrote: Recently finished:

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts.
Chess – Stefan Zweig.
The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy – Douglas Adams.
Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt og Stephen J. Dubner.
American Pastoral – Philip Roth.
The wind-up bird chronicle – Haruki Murakami.
Veronika Decides To Die – Paulo Coelho.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach.
Never let me go – Katzuo Ishiguro.
Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man – John Perkins.
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka.
A moveavle Feast - Ernest Hemingway.
Thirsty Work - Matt Skinner.

Currently reading:
The Beach - Alex Garland
1984 - George Orwell
The End of Poverty - Jeffrey D. Sachs
And a couple of books on wine.

And the books for uni… Cool

Yeah, I read alot. But I want to finish at least 52 books a year, so I´m barely hanging on to that.


so does everyone else
Bryx
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24 posts since 28/3/06

31 Mar 2006 16:49
kinst@r wrote:
Bryx wrote: Recently finished:

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts.
Chess – Stefan Zweig.
The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy – Douglas Adams.
Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt og Stephen J. Dubner.
American Pastoral – Philip Roth.
The wind-up bird chronicle – Haruki Murakami.
Veronika Decides To Die – Paulo Coelho.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach.
Never let me go – Katzuo Ishiguro.
Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man – John Perkins.
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka.
A moveavle Feast - Ernest Hemingway.
Thirsty Work - Matt Skinner.

Currently reading:
The Beach - Alex Garland
1984 - George Orwell
The End of Poverty - Jeffrey D. Sachs
And a couple of books on wine.

And the books for uni… Cool

Yeah, I read alot. But I want to finish at least 52 books a year, so I´m barely hanging on to that.


so does everyone else

I really don´t think everyone reads alot, unfortunately. At least if I judge from the people around me. They always talk about how they would like to read this book and that book, but never get to it and the excuse is always "I just don´t find the time!" Well, there´s plenty of time if you just turn off the TV..

And also judging by this thread - in truth be told, it´s not the hottest one on the board! Eye-wink
kinstar
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6121 posts since 13/9/02

31 Mar 2006 17:00
people read a lot but don't list them all in one go.

btw, why have you set a goal of reading 52 books a year?
Ellgal
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3757 posts since 21/1/02

31 Mar 2006 17:03
Today I bought a book at total random from Borders, I like to do this once a month or so, this one is called Romanitas by Sophia McDougal and it's set in a modern day Roman Empire with Slaves, Emporers and Roman names etc.

It's a bit shit to be honest but I'll whizz through it as it's quite easy going as it's just narrative.

Have just finished a few Bill Bryson books that I really enjoyed, would recommend to anyone for a light read guaranteed to make you smirk stupidly on the train.
Bryx
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24 posts since 28/3/06

31 Mar 2006 17:23
kinst@r wrote: people read a lot but don't list them all in one go.

btw, why have you set a goal of reading 52 books a year?

Well, looking at the history of this thread, the last time you listed a book was sometime in november. A slow reader are we? Eye-wink

I´m not saying i´m a fast reader, since these books i´ve read over the past two months. But being my first post, I decided to post the bunch.

The 52 books a year is just to have some goal. One book a week is just something I think you are able to reach quite easily without putting every other activity of yours on hold. Some books take a few weeks, other a few hours, but in the end I think one book per week is a good avarage.
andymakesglasses
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20379 posts since 26/1/06

31 Mar 2006 17:27
Ellgal wrote: Have just finished a few Bill Bryson books that I really enjoyed, would recommend to anyone for a light read guaranteed to make you smirk stupidly on the train.

I read The Lost Continent recently and would agree with what you say, but I've now moved onto Made In America and finding it quite tough going - really informative, but not helping me sleep!

Cheers
Andy
Ellgal
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3757 posts since 21/1/02

31 Mar 2006 17:31
andymakesglasses wrote:
Ellgal wrote: Have just finished a few Bill Bryson books that I really enjoyed, would recommend to anyone for a light read guaranteed to make you smirk stupidly on the train.

I read The Lost Continent recently and would agree with what you say, but I've now moved onto Made In America and finding it quite tough going - really informative, but not helping me sleep!

Cheers
Andy

Lost Continent was the one I enjoyed most too. The other one was the collection of articles he wrote for The Daily Mail's Night and Day magazine when he first moved back to America, I can't remember the name. Again, a really nice and distracting read.

He does know about the development of language though and I've heard that he really gets into that in some books, is that what Made in America is like? I was going to order the ones I haven't read from Amazon as they'll be good to have around for journeys and so forth as, like I say, a distraction.
andymakesglasses
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20379 posts since 26/1/06

31 Mar 2006 17:46
Ellgal wrote: He does know about the development of language though and I've heard that he really gets into that in some books, is that what Made in America is like?

Yeah, Made In America is all about the development of American English - full of fascinating facts about language we use all the time. But there's just TOO much information in it, it's non-stop. Certainly nothing like The Lost Continent!


Ellgal wrote: I was going to order the ones I haven't read from Amazon as they'll be good to have around for journeys and so forth as, like I say, a distraction.

I've got A Walk In The Woods and Notes From A Small Island to read next - I think they're both more in the style of The Lost Continent

Cheers
Andy
kinstar
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6121 posts since 13/9/02

31 Mar 2006 19:41
Bryx wrote:
kinst@r wrote: people read a lot but don't list them all in one go.

btw, why have you set a goal of reading 52 books a year?

Well, looking at the history of this thread, the last time you listed a book was sometime in november. A slow reader are we? Eye-wink

I´m not saying i´m a fast reader, since these books i´ve read over the past two months. But being my first post, I decided to post the bunch.

The 52 books a year is just to have some goal. One book a week is just something I think you are able to reach quite easily without putting every other activity of yours on hold. Some books take a few weeks, other a few hours, but in the end I think one book per week is a good avarage.

nah mate, I read about a few books since then, just haven't bothered listing them. But since your're asking

Beermat Entrepreneur
From Acorns
What is Packaging Design
Sales on a Beermat
Finance on a Beermat

Listened to a few audios by Chris Gorman, Karan Bilamoria, etc

Anyway, I don't think you really need a goal for reading books, it's just for enjoyment. If you want to read a book read it, because setting a goal to read x amount of books and getting there isn't really much of an achievement.

Rgds
Greggle
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583 posts since 21/1/05

31 Mar 2006 19:58
I'm reading Blood of Angels by Michael Marshall, it's really good and follows on from The Straw Men. I think there is one after this too with some of the same characters in it…It's a good read!
Brian Damage
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7999 posts since 21/10/03

31 Mar 2006 19:58
is this a book-off :o

i read the back of the cereal packet this morning for what its worth
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15 Apr 2006 12:24
Just finished The Game - what a sad bunch of "individuals." Hope one out there is gonna take their advice.

Moving (back) on to The Fortress of Solitude (Jonathan Lethem)

Oh, is The Art of Seduction any good?