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The Book Thread
« on: February 27, 2016, 08:05:53 pm »
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So this forum is full of intelligent, seemingly well-read people: so figured it would be interesting to see what everyone's reading at the moment/recently and what their favourite books are...

I just finished Oliver Sacks' 'The man who mistook his wife for a hat' - a bunch of clinical cases seen by the neurologist (and strongman) who passed away last year. Coincidentally the film 'awakenings' adapted from another of his books was on tv last night, will have to read that soon.

(600lbs squat by Dr Sacks in his younger years)

Currently reading 'Walden' by Henry David Thoreau, never read it before but gather most americans have? Less than halfway through but already want to throw away half of what I own and spend more time in the woods.

Also just started listening to (audible is great for commuting/mundane physical tasks) Christorpher Mcdougalls 'Born to Run' which I'm sure a few on here will have read!

so what is everyone else reading?
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Re: The Book Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 08:22:22 pm »
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super addicted to the game of thrones series. the martian was also super good. the sci-fi/fantasy genres really interest me.

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 08:27:24 pm »
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super addicted to the game of thrones series. the martian was also super good. the sci-fi/fantasy genres really interest me.

game of thrones series is awesome - although i'm not sure i could read them twice. Winds of winter really needs to hurry up though...

Have you read lord of the rings? Feel i really need to, holding out for a whole summer in new zealend with loads of spare time though  :ninja:

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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 08:53:57 pm »
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super addicted to the game of thrones series. the martian was also super good. the sci-fi/fantasy genres really interest me.

game of thrones series is awesome - although i'm not sure i could read them twice. Winds of winter really needs to hurry up though...

Have you read lord of the rings? Feel i really need to, holding out for a whole summer in new zealend with loads of spare time though  :ninja:

ya, but i would rather it be quality than come out quicker.

i have the lord of the rings series but haven't had enough time to get through it with school and all. from what i have read, it's really interesting.  :D

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2016, 02:50:41 pm »
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I read a lot (41 books last year, on my 7th and 8th this year -- Clockers, by Richard Price, and The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James), so I support this thread.  :D :D :D

If you liked The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, then absolutely read Awakenings. It's brilliant, at a completely different depth and level of beauty than his essay collections. Anthropologist on Mars is good, too, but again not on the level of Awakenings.

Have read sections of Walden but never the whole thing. Let me know how it is.

Among my favorites of the books I read last year were Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, Ghettoside, by Jill Leovy, and Grendel, by John Gardner.

All-time favorites include Awakenings (as mentioned above); Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, both by Hillary Mantel; Stephen Mitchell's translation of The Book of Job; Waiting for the Barbarians, by JM Coetzee; Coming Into the Country, Annals of the Former World, and The Control of Nature, all by John Mcphee; The Wheel on the School, by Meindert de Jong; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre; Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov; The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula Le Guin; Appointment in Samarra, by John O'Hara; etc. etc. etc.
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2016, 05:27:17 am »
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I read a lot (41 books last year, on my 7th and 8th this year -- Clockers, by Richard Price, and The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James), so I support this thread.  :D :D :D

If you liked The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, then absolutely read Awakenings. It's brilliant, at a completely different depth and level of beauty than his essay collections. Anthropologist on Mars is good, too, but again not on the level of Awakenings.

Have read sections of Walden but never the whole thing. Let me know how it is.

Among my favorites of the books I read last year were Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, Ghettoside, by Jill Leovy, and Grendel, by John Gardner.

All-time favorites include Awakenings (as mentioned above); Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, both by Hillary Mantel; Stephen Mitchell's translation of The Book of Job; Waiting for the Barbarians, by JM Coetzee; Coming Into the Country, Annals of the Former World, and The Control of Nature, all by John Mcphee; The Wheel on the School, by Meindert de Jong; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre; Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov; The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula Le Guin; Appointment in Samarra, by John O'Hara; etc. etc. etc.

damn - thats a lot!

i literally ordered awakenings just after i started this thread, along with his book 'gratitude' which is just a compilation of essays he wrote after being told his cancer was terminal. can't wait for 'on the move' his biography to come out, from what i've read it seem's like he's not really holding back on any details of his life - including stuff on his weightlifting!

walden i haven't enjoyed to be honest, a few really good parts, currently stuck on the 'bean raising' pages.

I haven't read any of the books in your list, i'll definitely incorprate some of them into my to be read list!!

update
almost finished 'born to run' - a pretty simple read, i was already aware of most of the 'science' parts but great fun and now i want to run ultra trail marathons so...

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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2016, 08:27:39 am »
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word. wonder why his memoir isn't out there yet? it's been out here for a year i think.

walden -- yeah, i'm not in a rush to read it. one of those books that's in the pantheon because of how influential it was, but it's of another time and not necessarily fun to read now. i'm also slowly making my way through De Rerum Natura, which is astonishing but not exactly a page-turner.

don't read grendel if you haven't read beowulf first. and if you haven't read beowulf, add seamus heaney's translation of it to the list!
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2016, 07:52:11 pm »
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word. wonder why his memoir isn't out there yet? it's been out here for a year i think.

walden -- yeah, i'm not in a rush to read it. one of those books that's in the pantheon because of how influential it was, but it's of another time and not necessarily fun to read now. i'm also slowly making my way through De Rerum Natura, which is astonishing but not exactly a page-turner.

don't read grendel if you haven't read beowulf first. and if you haven't read beowulf, add seamus heaney's translation of it to the list!

ah i was mistaken, it is out...will have to pick it up soon.

noted - beowulf and grendel!

started a new audiobook - 'social - why our brains are wired to connect' by matthew lieberman, same guy who has a bunch of papers published on bf running and stuff. interesting 1st point about social rejection pain being so closely linked to physical pain, that paracetmol works to relive social rejection pain.

+ started reading awakenings.

(i have a lot of free time at the moment yes.)

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2016, 10:45:27 am »
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My favorite books, in no particular order:

The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
White Fang, Jack London
A Child Called It, Dave Pelzer
The Lost Boy, Dave Pelzer
Crash, Jerry Spinelli
The Giver, Lois Lowry

My fav ever is the first one. Can't decide after that.

Man, when I was young I HATED reading books. I would only read non-fiction books. Today that manifests itself as reading articles online. I can't tell you how much time I spend reading random articles online, wikipedia entries, getting lost clicking links on links...

But there was nothing like reading a really good freakin novel. I would get lost and couldn't put the book down for days. I haven't read a novel (except for school) in 5 or 6 years I think. That's terrible. I need to start again.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2016, 04:15:01 pm »
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My favorite books, in no particular order:

The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
White Fang, Jack London
A Child Called It, Dave Pelzer
The Lost Boy, Dave Pelzer
Crash, Jerry Spinelli
The Giver, Lois Lowry

My fav ever is the first one. Can't decide after that.

Man, when I was young I HATED reading books. I would only read non-fiction books. Today that manifests itself as reading articles online. I can't tell you how much time I spend reading random articles online, wikipedia entries, getting lost clicking links on links...

But there was nothing like reading a really good freakin novel. I would get lost and couldn't put the book down for days. I haven't read a novel (except for school) in 5 or 6 years I think. That's terrible. I need to start again.

i love the jack london books! haven't ready any of the others, more too look up. reading times been kinda meh with exams and stuff.

i've always loved reading, but i spent the majority of my youth reading popular crime thrillers after my parents finished with them which while somewhat entertaining are all the same and they teach you nothing. so now i'm keen to catch up on a bunch of the classics that i missed out on.

ordered 13 books today now summer is here, also i'm able to listen to audiobooks while working my summer job so i can do at least 2 books a week with that.

new books
-beowulf as advised by lbss
-great expectations by dickens
-moby dick

and then a tonne of philosophy stuff since i keep reading excerpts from most of these online and never actually reading any full books
-zen + the art of motorcycle maintenance - robert pirsig
-discourses and selected writings - epictetus
-nature, man and woman - alan watts
-civilisation and its discontents - freud
-nature and selected essays - ralph waldo
-where i lived + what i lived for - thoreau
-on the shortness of life - seneca
-the art of war - sun tzu
-beyond good and evil - nietzsche


feel like this is a kind of 'quarter-life crisis' list haha - hoping to finish all of these over summer.
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Re: The Book Thread
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2016, 05:19:15 pm »
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I got myself 15 "science" books off my first salary. You can see a picture in my log.

The authors?

Carl Sagan, Brian Greene, Steven Weinberg, Richard Feynman, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Max Tegmark, Stephen Hawking, Niels Bohr, Christopher Hitchens, Leonard Susskind

Most of them either won the Nobel Prize or are candidates for it.

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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2016, 05:50:39 pm »
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I got myself 15 "science" books off my first salary. You can see a picture in my log.

The authors?

Carl Sagan, Brian Greene, Steven Weinberg, Richard Feynman, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Max Tegmark, Stephen Hawking, Niels Bohr, Christopher Hitchens, Leonard Susskind

Most of them either won the Nobel Prize or are candidates for it.

Awesome - can't make out most of the titles though! I keep meaning to pick up a copy of Cosmos and I read the selfish gene pretty recently. Let us know what you think of them once you're done. I imagine some of those are pretty dense reads!

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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2016, 05:57:26 pm »
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They're in Romanian, that's why.

They're everything you can wish for.