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Now that I'm on break, I have time to catch up on some leisurely reading. I'd been able to keep up with some fiction until my third rotation, when work load began to increase.

I just finished Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire. Interesting combination of fairy tale and historical events. I love his book, Wicked, also. Yesterday I started Running With Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs. So far, so good. :)

For booknerds like myself, what are you reading?
 
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Just finished 'sex drugs and cocoa puffs' by chuck klosterman. Am now on 'A good dog' by Jon Katz and intend do read Tucker Max's memoirs 'I hope they serve beer in hell' on the plane home tonight.

Runs With Scissors was ok. In the genre of creatively elaborated memoirs I prefer Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". A couple yearsago I started annually buying an anthology that Eggers' edits: The best american non-required reading. I've had the 2008 for about a month now but haven't had time to read it yet.
 
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This week, I've read two books: "Thank You for Smoking" and "The Time Traveler's Wife."

I'm currently reading "SHE" by H. Rider Haggard, to be followed by "King Solomon's Mines" and "Allan Quatermain." And through it all, I'm reading "The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night," Burton's edition (If I don't like a book, I usually have others going on the side). The Nights hasn't been what I expected; Burton's annotations are overwhelmingly racist.
 

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This week, I've read two books: "Thank You for Smoking" and "The Time Traveler's Wife."
The Time Traveler's Wife was good. Another good memoir that I read this year was The Glass Castle.
 

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Yeah, I'm the same way. I've been working on Wicked for quite some time. Its not that I don't enjoy it, I'm just not getting sucked in. But it seems like most people I know who read it loved it
 

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i also prefer dave eggers to a. burroughs.. would recommend "You shall know our velocity" by the former. currently reading the sookie stackhouse books, after watching and loving true blood :) enjoy your break!
 

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The Time Traveler's Wife was good. Another good memoir that I read this year was The Glass Castle.
Loved both of these books!

I'm just getting ready to start "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"... got it for Christmas.
 

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I'm just getting ready to start "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"... got it for Christmas.
That's a good one; I read it last year.

I got Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell as a gift, and read half of it last night after the family left. If you haven't read it, it's about how successful people get there partly due to factors that have nothing to do with their talents, like being from a supportive family. Or if you're a hockey player, being born in the first three months of the year.
 

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Friend gave me the Twilight series to read...haven't started it yet though.

Did any of you enjoy it?
I've read all of them (coworkers recommended and lent the series to me). The books are good, but not the best material I've read. Unlike my female coworkers, I'm not a screaming fan.
 
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I am currently reading or have just read or I am re-reading:

The Boy in The Stripped Pajamas By John Boyne (Finished) You will read this book in one sitting and will be totally stunned by its power.

The Last Don By Mario Puzo (Re-read) Anything by Puzo is amazing. As good as the Godfather is as a movie, the book is better.

Revolutionary Characters By Gordon S Wood (Just Started) I'm a history buff.

God In Search of Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel (Re-read) The most readable philosophy book you will ever pick up.
 

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Friend gave me the Twilight series to read...haven't started it yet though.

Did any of you enjoy it?

Right now I'm sticking to some cool photog magazines from the UK!

I read all of the Twilight books and liked them, although they are not great literature. The movie wasn't great either, aside from the pretty actors playing the vampires.

I've read all of the Harry Potter books multiple times. I am thinking of reading them again after I finish the books I got for Christmas.
 

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Friend gave me the Twilight series to read...haven't started it yet though.

Did any of you enjoy it?
I really enjoyed the Twilight series! It's a fun read! I liked the movie too, but I think you've got to be crazy about the books to be able to appreciate the movie. :laugh:
 

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Have any of you heard of Bookswim? It's Netflix, but for books. I'm thinking of getting it as a gift for my other half (and that way, I can use it, too! :p).
 

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"Anathem" by Neal Stephenson, one of my all-time favorite authors. But I totally want to read "The Glass Castle," too.
 

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I read all of the Twilight books and liked them, although they are not great literature. The movie wasn't great either, aside from the pretty actors playing the vampires.
A friend who read the books and saw the movie said she thought it was better than she expected. I'm thinking of starting the books soon, though I'm so swamped with school...

I've read all of the Harry Potter books multiple times. I am thinking of reading them again after I finish the books I got for Christmas.
I suspected you were another Potterhead! I got into those books on the recommendation of a then-53 year old friend about eight years ago, though I didn't start getting really obsessed until after GoF, when the books take a sudden, sharp, darker turn.

One of the books we got for Christmas was The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which will be my next read after I finish Outliers.
 
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Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

its good, based on a true story, and i also heard that Tom Cruise's company is trying to buy rights to make this into a film.....and *shocker* the killer is a pharmacist/doctor (two-in-one back in those days!!!)!!
 

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Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

its good, based on a true story, and i also heard that Tom Cruise's company is trying to buy rights to make this into a film.....and *shocker* the killer is a pharmacist/doctor (two-in-one back in those days!!!)!!
I have this book, but I haven't read it. The other half highly recommends it, though. :thumbup:

And lulz @ Tom Cruise. Only decent thing he's done in ages is his tiny part in Tropic Thunder. Notice how now in the commercials for Valkyrie they're saying "...in a real life mission impossible..."? They're trying to lure people to the theatre who liked MI, since Valkyrie is tanking. :laugh:
 

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don't worry Glycerin, on wikipedia (reliable, i kno :D), they were looking for Leonardo DiCaprio to play the killer so Tom Cruise won't be in it (hopefully just behind the scenes). I really hope they don't botch it up :laugh:
 

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don't worry Glycerin, on wikipedia (reliable, i kno :D), they were looking for Leonardo DiCaprio to play the killer so Tom Cruise won't be in it (hopefully just behind the scenes). I really hope they don't botch it up :laugh:
Well, now I'll be able to sleep tonight! :laugh: ;)
 

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The media room is painted and the surround sound is now completely wired with the projector installed where it should be.

I just upgraded RAM on my desktop and my puter is going fast!

To make this post "book" related... Who has time to read when there's so much to do!

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The media room is painted and the surround sound is now completely wired with the projector installed where it should be.

I just upgraded RAM on my desktop and my puter is going fast!

To make this post "book" related... Who has time to read when there's so much to do!

:smuggrin:
Pictures, or it didn't happen. :smuggrin:

And, since when are you ever on topic? :rolleyes:
 

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Pictures, or it didn't happen. :smuggrin:

And, since when are you ever on topic? :rolleyes:

The room is so dark, it absorbs every single ounce of light. 2 shades...It's like dark chocolate and darker dark chocolate.

I fell asleep watching Batman and the Dark Knight last night! :smuggrin:
 

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The room is so dark, it absorbs every single ounce of light. 2 shades...It's like dark chocolate and darker dark chocolate.

I fell asleep watching Batman and the Dark Knight last night! :smuggrin:
Oooh! Sounds nice! It's probably the paint fumes that knocked you out though... :p

I have 823 photos to go through from this week...no time for reading for me either!!
 

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Oooh! Sounds nice! It's probably the paint fumes that knocked you out though... :p

I have 823 photos to go through from this week...no time for reading for me either!!
You know..it was very peculiar... no paint odor. Go Behr!
 
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You know..it was very peculiar... no paint odor. Go Behr!
That's because after the first couple of whiffs, your olfactory cells were no longer working! :smuggrin:
 

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Really? I've had no luck with Behr. Had to use like 6 coats of red (PLUS an undercoat) to cover the office back home. Was a complete PITA. I really like Sherwin Williams now.

Try wool roller next time.
 

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Olfacto what?
A lot of good your edumacation did you, eh? :smuggrin:

Back on topic, I'll finish Running with Scissors tonight and start Falling Leaves: A Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah.
 

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Ayn Rand-Atlas Shrugged

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That goes moreso for carpeting with the tracks it leaves... I have hardwood floors so I just have to look for the absence of dog hair!

But it's the same reason I used to like mucking stalls. It seemed to be the only activity in my life to achieve completion!
 

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It seems to me that "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" are pretty much interchangeable. Both are incredibly melodramatic, and the upshot is that anything other than unfettered free-market capitalism is evil and soul-crushing.

Timely, considering what unfettered free-market capitalism has done to our economy of late.
 

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A great book. How long have you been going at it?



Is that the Hebrew Bible or the book of Hebrews in the Christian Bible?

It was on my christmas wish list, so I just got it, only into 1st chapter. Did lot's of reading into it before I received it. I don't agree with the philosophy of selfishness portrayed in this book. I am reading it only to qualify for an essay contest worth a possible 10,000--college scholarship.


I am studying the book of Hebrews in the Christian Bible ( I wish I could read the Hebrew Bible) :(
 

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It seems to me that "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" are pretty much interchangeable. Both are incredibly melodramatic, and the upshot is that anything other than unfettered free-market capitalism is evil and soul-crushing.

Timely, considering what unfettered free-market capitalism has done to our economy of late.
that's what I figured. it's my uber-libertarian bring on the free-market coworker who insists that I read it.

whatever, it can add to my arsenal when we bicker about politics.
 

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It seems to me that "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" are pretty much interchangeable. Both are incredibly melodramatic, and the upshot is that anything other than unfettered free-market capitalism is evil and soul-crushing.

Timely, considering what unfettered free-market capitalism has done to our economy of late.
Atlas Shrugged is for people who want to appear to like philosophy and also want to appear to read a book that's "deep" without actually desiring to look at it critically. Because when you do...well...look...I once read half of it, got disappointed at how ******ed it was, read the cliff's notes because I couldn't take it anymore, then began hating on it the rest of my life...which brings me to now. But, yeah, a bunch of objectivist pharmacists. That's what we freakin need! Frankly, I don't think we need ANY medical professional thinking like that dolt. Her views on being altruistic towards others are the last thing this country needs. "I'm sorry, I'd like to help you, but altruism is destructive and inefficient. You'll need to find your own OTC pain pills. Time's money, honey! NEXT!"

I always kinda hoped that she got cancer and her insurance company would refuse her treatment because it would be altruistic and, thus, destructive in nature to help her out. Hahaha.

**** that. It's like existentialism for *******es. If you're into that read my boy Jean-Paul Sarte. He's my f'n philosophy hero. He doesn't get enough credit for being so awesome. That crazy walleyed French ****. Dude was awesome.
 
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that's what I figured. it's my uber-libertarian bring on the free-market coworker who insists that I read it.

whatever, it can add to my arsenal when we bicker about politics.
Yeah...if you want, I'll type you up a 30-page essay off of the top of my head about why that nutjob woman was a damned idiot that will make your coworker's head explode.

An ideologue is the easiest person in the world to outwit..they tend to start out with a conclusion, then fit evidence to fit their world view. Therein lies their usual problem. A pure free market or pure socialistic economist outlook is one of the easiest ideologies to make look undeniably ******ed that there is. It's rather wonderful if you like looking smarter than people that think they are intellectuals, but are really just waste their life reading a bunch of lame ass popular books and spew back out what they read as their own personal philosophy.
 

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That's a good one; I read it last year.

I got Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell as a gift, and read half of it last night after the family left. If you haven't read it, it's about how successful people get there partly due to factors that have nothing to do with their talents, like being from a supportive family. Or if you're a hockey player, being born in the first three months of the year.
I just finished reading Outliers as well. It was interesting to me that I can identify some of the factors that he talks about in my life as well (not the hockey playing/birthdate thing though).

I also just last night finished reading The Long Tail by Chris Anderson. The basic thesis is that our economy is in the process of completely converting from a scarcity driven model (the short head of a product's distribution - think TV with only 3 networks before cable) into a long tail model (infinite selection because the product can be transferred via bits and not physically). My description makes it sound too much like reading an economics textbook, but it's really an interesting book with a lot of good examples and not too long.
 
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