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"Read 25 Books by the End of the Year" Challenge

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by George, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Gila Monster

    Gila Monster Well-Known Member

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    Mort is my favorite book by Prachett! :nod:
     
  2. guano~~

    guano~~ Active Member

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    cool challenge

    completed this summer:

    The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul.-Franc Crick

    The Selfish Gene-Dawkins

    The Fabric of the Cosmos-Brian Greene


    Working on:

    Letters to a Young Contrarian-Christopher Hitchens
     
  3. George

    George Senior Member

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    So I hit up a few used book stores today:

    Moby Dick - Melville
    Devils - Dostoevsky
    Candide - Voltaire
    Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
    King Lear - Shakespeare
    The Fall - Camus
    The First Third - Neal Cassady

    And I got a copy of A River Runs Through It for my friend. I think I spent a total of $33 dollars which is about as much as I spent on Jim Wendler's 66 page spiral bound training manual. :lol:
    The First Third was an impulse buy. I've been meaning to read it ever since I went on a Kerouac kick last fall. I fear that he probably isn't a very good writer. :scared:
     
  4. Sent

    Sent Well-Known Member

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    woo halfway through 1 book, should be done tomorrow :blank:
     
  5. Gila Monster

    Gila Monster Well-Known Member

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    Ooh, I've been wanting to read that one! :spaz:
    Although it will have to wait, I have at least 4 books in line.
     
  6. Big_D

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    Candide is one of my favorites :)
     
  7. JoCo12

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    Add How Soccer Explains the World, by Franklin Foer to my books read list. It tied in globalization and soccer, interesting read. Just started reading 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, very good read so far (5 Laws in)
     
  8. guava

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    List of completed books
    1. Pigtopia - Kitty Fitzgerald
    2. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
    3. Oprah Magazine - May 2008
    4. Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap (Non-fiction)
    5. A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
    6. The Dying Animal - Philip Roth

    The Dying Animal was interesting. The main character aparently feels powerful only in regards to his sexual status, and is willing to sacrifice his relationships, his reputation, and other things to gain that power. Because of the way physical attaction works, sickness, aging, and deformity necessarily then become incredibly disempowering.

    Now reading
    Paula Spencer - Roddy Doyle

    I'm enjoying this book, which is surprising me, because nothing much is happening. The writing style is simple and succinct, which is probably what makes it so interesting. He's able to communicate a lot of different feelings just by the style of language, and the sequence of events, what's talked about, and what's not talked about.
     
  9. PlainGreyT

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    I read 'Paddy Clarke ha ha ha' also by Roddy Doyle many years ago and even in my pre-teens I found his utilitarian writing style compelling
     
  10. guava

    guava Elite Member
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    It's very nice. I don't think any sentences are more than twelve words. Crisp.

    Now reading
    Was it Beautiful? - Alison McGhee
    It feels really muddy. I get the feeling that the more words a person uses, the more he is trying to hide. The short sentences and uncomplicated words come across as a lot more honest.

    “McGhee has written a lovely and successful third novel. She brilliantly captures the close but guarded ties between residents of a grieving small town, and delivers dialogue with the uncommon and impressive mix of precision, poignancy, and believability.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Guarded, yes; the rest, not so much.
     
  11. vanDutton

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    Finally finished Atlas Shrugged - AWESOME READ. Easily the best book I have ever read. Daunting task at 1200 pages, but worth every one of them. Took less than a week, because I couldn't put it down - even read it while working. Now I think I'm going to take a week break after that one, and re-read some passages (maybe) because I want to get a little deeper and see if I missed anything.
     
  12. guava

    guava Elite Member
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    This is one I've been thinking about reading, but I'm worried that there would be too many parts I wouldn't be able to follow. Instead of borrowing it from the library, it's probably a better idea for me to buy my own copy and mark it up with highlighter and notes in the margins.

    My library has A Year of Living Biblically, which I've been avoiding for the same reasons, but it seems like it would be a good one to read before I try something more complicated.
     
  13. vanDutton

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    No worries - it isn't that hard to follow. Ayn Rand did a great job. The only complicated part is keeping up with which character does what. There are lots of characters that appear and disappear randomly.
     
  14. MannishBoy

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    I keep meaning to get to Atlas Shrugged. I've had it on my shelf for a couple of years and have always wanted to read it.

    I've even got the audiobooks of The Fountainhead and Anthem queued up but haven't gotten to those, either.
     
  15. guava

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    List of completed books
    1. Pigtopia - Kitty Fitzgerald
    2. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
    3. Oprah Magazine - May 2008
    4. Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap (Non-fiction)
    5. A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
    6. The Dying Animal - Philip Roth
    7. Paula Spencer - Roddy Doyle
    8. 100 beaded Jewelry Designs - Stephanie Burnham
    9. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka (Adapted to Graphic novel by Peter Kuper)
    We've already started five beading projects, and also bought a big package of 105 skeins of embroidery cotton for $10 and have woven/braided a few bracelets.

    I read The Metamorphosis because it got good reviews, but I just couldnt' see any value in it whatsoever. None. A real puzzle. Obviously, it's completely different than Kafka's original story, which I haven't read, but I don't get why this novel got such high rating by 153 readers. :confused:

    Still reading
    Was it Beautiful? - Alison McGhee
    It's changing. As we get further from the death of his son, the main character is more willing to invite joy in instead of living his life with the intent of keeping pain out.

    Also
    Eleanor and Abel - Annette Sanford
    It's exactly like one of those short stories like you find in Woman's World. The kind with the "proper" lady who's set in her ways, the overtly flirtatious man equally set in his ways who's trying to woo her, and the nosy neighbour. But longer. It's so cheesy, innocent, and lighthearted, you just have to laugh. Fun reading. :)

    "Miss El," he whispered "I would never rush you, but by any calendar it's time we kissed"

    "Abel! It's not dark yet!"

    "Close your eyes, sweetheart, and you'll see that it is."
     
  16. SOULFLY

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    Havent read a book for about 8-10 years
    but in last two weeks have read -

    Steve Mcknight - 0-130 properties in 3.5 years and,

    Jan Somers - More Wealth in residential property


    Becoming a property investor :tu:
     
  17. kateykate

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    How was this?
     
  18. vanDutton

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    Finished two this week.

    Invinciblle by Troy Denning
    Revelation by Karen Traviss

    Both of these were re-reads. But both excellent books, if science fiction/Star Wars is your thing - and it's definitely mine.
     
  19. Kilter

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    Is it still OK to join? :rolleyes: I haven't read a non-technical book in a long time. Besides that, I need to control my TV time - bad habit. I've tried a few audiobooks before, but depending on the narrator, it can turn a good book into a bad one. Also, when reading a paper book, I sometimes pause to look up words or more information. This is not very practical with audiobooks. I'll give it a try again. I like the idea of listening to it in the car. I'll probably consume two books at the same time; one audio and the other paper.

    Good thread idea! :tu:
     
  20. vanDutton

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    It's always ok to join. This is just another self-improvement thread - on a self-improvement site. Here, we just work on another part of our lives.
     

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