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EvenBob
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August 1st, 2019 at 12:42:43 PM permalink
I've always been a big reader. I only got
thru HS because I was reading all the time.
At least two teachers told me I passed
their class not on merit, but because I
read all the time they knew I wasn't an
idiot.

I read 5-7 books at once, which I understand
many people do. Hemingway had a book
going in the living room, bedroom, bathroom,
patio, and on his boat. I have four in my
bedroom, one on the front porch and one
on the back deck. I always have a book arriving
any day now from Amazon.

I discovered Bill Bryson a few months ago and
ordered 10 of his books. Mostly he travels
and writes about it, very funny stuff. I'm
reading two of his books right now. Also
Hemingway's Boat, which is great. I have
75 books on Hemingway and this might
be the best one.

I'm rereading The Stand by Stephen King for
the 4th time. Tried to read Tina Fey's book
Bossy Pants and can't do it. I can only take
so much whining about how unfair the world is
to women, and how hard balancing a family
and career are. Plus it's poorly written for
a person who's career is writing.

On the deck I'm rereading Bourdain's
Kitchen Confidential. On the porch it's
The Paris Wife, a fictional account of
Hemingway's first marriage.

I don't expect this thread to get much
traction, I suspect many here haven't
read a book in decades. Just a hunch.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
Greasyjohn
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August 1st, 2019 at 12:48:34 PM permalink
I'm not reading anything right now, but wish I were. Reading is my favorite hobby. Here are some books that I've read:

American Kingpin Nick Bilton
Anne Frank Remembered Miep Gies
Auschwitz Laurence Rees
Bin Laden Behind the mask of the terrorist Adam Robinson
Brando Peter Manso
Cobb Al Stump
Columbus The 4 Voyages Laurence Bergreen
Dead Wake Erik larson
Destiny of the Republic Candice Millard
End Game Frank Brady
Eiger Dreams Jon krakauer
Einstein
Eisenhower The white house years Jim Newton
Gangster Squad Paul Lieberman
Go Down Together Jeff Guinn
Gonna Do Great Things Gary Fishgall
In the Garden Of Beasts Erik Larson
Into The Wild John Krakhour
Into Thin Air John Krakhour
Little Girl Blue Randy Schmidt
Lost In Shangri-La Mitchell Zuckoff
Mayflower Nathaniel Philbrick
Manhunt James Swanson
Natasha Suzanne Finstad
Off Balance Dominique Moceanu 2-14
Oklahoma City
1,000 Years For Revenge Peter Lance
Ted Williams Leigh Montville
The Devil In The White City Eric Larson
The River of Doubt Candice Millard
The Fords Peter Collier
The Lost City of Z David Grann
The President and the Assassin Scott Miller
Thunderstruck Erik Larson
Under The Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer
Where Men Win Glory Jon Krakauer
One Summer America 1927 Bill Bryson
Devil in the White City Erik Larson
When Paris Went Dark Julian Jackson

I tried to read Atlas Shrugged and couldn't stand it.
EvenBob
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August 1st, 2019 at 12:53:25 PM permalink
Quote: Greasyjohn


I tried to read Atlas Shrugged and couldn't stand it.



Never could read anything by Ayn
Rand. Gobblygook nonsense. Some
claim to like it, though, I don't know
why.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
Greasyjohn
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August 1st, 2019 at 12:56:49 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Never could read anything by Ayn
Rand. Gobblygook nonsense. Some
claim to like it, though, I don't know
why.



The girl that loaned me Atlas Shrugged said it took a couple hundred pages to get into it. That would be torture. I like an author that pulls me in right from the beginning. Authors need to do their best job on the first page!

Erik Larson is a wonderful writer.

I listened to Bill Bryson's "One Summer" on CD in my car. It was so good that I listened to it twice.
EvenBob
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August 1st, 2019 at 1:08:50 PM permalink
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The girl that loaned me



A woman loaned me the first Stephen
King book I read. Can't believe it took
me till I was 40 to discover one of the
best writers of our time. Some of his
stuff stays with you for years. Like
Salem's Lot and The Stand and the
Dark Tower Series.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
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August 1st, 2019 at 1:28:20 PM permalink
"Hearts in Atlantis" still stays with me. It's what both got me into King and back into reading.

He can say he writes nonsense, and his critics can say it's trash, but no one paints a picture like he. There's just something aboot it that I can say "wait, I've BEEN there", though the location is fiction.
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Greasyjohn
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August 1st, 2019 at 1:32:42 PM permalink
Speaking of writing, it's been said that Capote wrote the first non-fiction novel with "In Cold Blood". To be honest, I had no idea that novels were overwhelmingly fiction. I only learned this a couple years ago.
EvenBob
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August 1st, 2019 at 1:48:16 PM permalink
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I had no idea that novels were overwhelmingly fiction. I only learned this a couple years ago.



Does this mean you thought Alice in Wonderland
and Lord of the Rings really happened?
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Greasyjohn
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August 1st, 2019 at 1:53:12 PM permalink
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Does this mean you thought Alice in Wonderland
and Lord of the Rings really happened?



Haha. It means that I did not know that non-fiction books could not (overwhelmingly) be called novels. And I'm still not sure why that is so after reading up on the reasoning.
kubikulann
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August 2nd, 2019 at 2:50:23 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob


I don't expect this thread to get much
traction, I suspect many here haven't
read a book in decades. Just a hunch.

I cannot hang on with persons who donít have books in their home.

I currently have ~5500.
(~4000 in French, 1500 in English plus ~100 in other languages)

About 15 of which I am in the course of reading. Not according to places, but in order to cater for my mood when I want to read: history, math, politics, classics, thriller, modern literature, science, theatre, Latin, SF...
Reperiet qui quaesiverit

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