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    Jun 14, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    What is on your reading list or what books have you read that you would suggest to others?

    A few books I really liked are- Huck Finn, A Time to Kill, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Books on my reading list would be: Following the Equator, A Lesson Before Dying, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ninja Handbook, and Art of Racing in the Rain
  • jrs1

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    Jun 14, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    The Odyssey
    The Art of War
    The Art of Love
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    The Alchemist
    The Widdershuns
    The Emperor's Children
    Sodom & Gomorrah
    What Should I Do with My Life?
    The Philharmonic Gets Dressed
    Choke
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    The Why Café
    Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery


    ... and many more.
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    Jun 15, 2010 12:18 AM GMT
    Not surprisingly, I just got done with Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire by Pollan. Good stuff!
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jun 15, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    My two favorite books of the last five years:

    This Is Where I Leave You

    Then We Came to the End



    Currently reading Let The Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award last year. I'll let you know if it disappoints.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 15, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    Oryx and Crake. A great sci fi book writen by a 70 year old Canadian writer.
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    Jun 15, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Hm well I haven't finished it yet..but The Road by Cormac McCarthy

    I saw the movie first...extremely sad and depressing..but it's really good (the story in general)

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    Jun 15, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    Past: Thr3e by Ted Dekker, Next by Michael Crichton and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

    Current: Walden and On Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau and the Tao Te Ching

    Future: The Mighty and the Almighty by Madeline Albright
  • DanOmatic

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    Jun 15, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    ANYTHING by Cormac McCarthy rocks. Not for the faint of heart...
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    Jun 15, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    Last night I just finished reading Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada. Last year was translated to English for the first time and I was quite impressed with it. It is based on the true story of a German couple who lead their own very tiny and personal resistance movement against the Nazis. Fallada wrote the book in just 24 days soon after being released from a Nazi asylum and died soon after.

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  • gallus81

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    Jun 15, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    Love In The Time Of Cholera

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • calibro

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    Jun 15, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    at swim, two boys, beloved, the sound and the fury, escapes, how green was my valley, the grapes of wrath, the battlefield where the moon says i love you, the changing light of sandover, the collected poems of james schuyler, the collected poems of frank o'hara, a clockwork orange, brave new world, tess of the d'ubervilles, alice in wonderland, through the looking glass, the year of ice, the complete adventures of winnie the pooh, the wind in the willows, oh the places you'll go, the lorax
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    Jun 15, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    I'm lucky, I spent 8 years working in one of the last of the truly great bookstores of no renown.

    Currently, John Cheever's Short Stories, The Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne, and Homosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton.

    All time favorites:
    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Anything by J.D. Salinger - literally anything has flashes of brilliance
    L'Education Sentimental by Gustave Flaubert
    Maurice by E. M. Forster
    Anything by Jane Austen
    Anything by Alan Hollinghurst
    Middlemarch by George Eliot
    Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac

    Fun reads:
    David Sedaris
    Sarah Vowell
    P. G. Wodehouse Life with Jeeves
    Tennessee Williams Collected Stories

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    Jun 15, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    I'm reading Laura Bush's book now.
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    Jun 15, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    I am half way through Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
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    Jun 15, 2010 7:30 PM GMT
    Flowers for Algernon
  • DCEric

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    Jun 15, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    I'm midway through What is the What? I've taken some issue with the main character, but in the end the book has been well written, and I've been glad to pick it up each time I start reading.
  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 15, 2010 7:37 PM GMT
    I need to start reading more. Unfortunately most of my reading seems to be text books. *yuck*
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    Jun 15, 2010 8:06 PM GMT
    I've just read my way through Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Excellent, entertaining books - best read in order:

    1. Storm Front
    2. Fool Moon
    3. Grave Peril
    4. Summer Knight
    5. Death Masks
    6. Blood Rites
    7. Dead Beat
    8. Proven Guilty
    9. White Night
    10. Small Favor
    11. Turn Coat
    12. Changes
  • hikerC

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    Jun 15, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    My ALL TIME FAVORITE books are the "Earth's Children" Series by Jean Auel.

    Clan of the Cave Bear
    The Valley of Horses
    The Mammoth Hunters
    The Plains of Passage
    Shelters of Stone

    Book 6 is still being written, and I can't wait for it to come out!

    Basically it is a story that takes place 30,000 years ago in ice-age Europe when modern humans (Us) lived side by side with Neanderthals. The books are about a modern woman who was orphaned by an earthquake as a child and was raised by Neanderthals.

    I have read and re-read the series multiple times. Excellent books!!!!!! Check it out if that sort of thing interests you!
  • Delivis

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    Jun 15, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    On my list to-read at the moment are:

    Book of Negroes
    Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman
    Good Omens
    Varieties of Scientific Experience

    If I were to just throw in one book to recommend, perhaps...

    Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan.
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    Jun 15, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    Also must recommend Stieg Larsson's 3 book series. Again, best read in order:

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    The Girl Who Played with Fire
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
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    Jun 15, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    RECENT FAVORITES:

    "In Hazard" - Richard Hughes (also "A High Wind in Jamaica")

    "The House on the Strand" - Daphne DuMaurier

    "Pride and Prejudice, and Zombies" - Jane Austen/Seth Grahame-Smith


    ON THE NIGHTSTAND NOW:

    "Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence" - Paul Feig


    ON MY LIST:

    "Wolf Hall" - Hilary Mantel

    "The Sorrows of Young Werther" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    "Atala" - Chateaubriand

    "The Geography of Bliss" - Eric Weiner


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    Jun 16, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    Just finished "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was amazing. Highly recommend it.

    Before that, read "A Short History Of Nearly Everything", it made an interesting argument, but the author's lack of scientific background made it sound a bit childish at times.

    Working on "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie, and it's slow going so far. He definitely has a quirky style.
  • iamhman

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    Jun 16, 2010 5:49 AM GMT
    I enjoyed The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea.
    I love old english novels, Austen, Fielding, Thackery .......
    including the underappreciated Henry Esmond.
  • mtneerman

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    Jun 16, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    jtaustin saidI've just read my way through Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Excellent, entertaining books - best read in order:

    1. Storm Front
    2. Fool Moon
    3. Grave Peril
    4. Summer Knight
    5. Death Masks
    6. Blood Rites
    7. Dead Beat
    8. Proven Guilty
    9. White Night
    10. Small Favor
    11. Turn Coat
    12. Changes


    do you reccomend the series? i watched the short lived sci fi adaptations, but nefer heard if the books were better than what sci-fi was getting out them. i didn't dislike the series, but was hoping for more