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jergul
large member
Mon Oct 28 04:04:18
Not technical literature. On topic due to the number of books. Some of you will have to reach back more than a decade to reach 10 books. This reflects on your education system. Which is politics.

1. Clocktaur war series. Kingfisher
2. Quantum series. Kunsken
3. Sapiens - A brief history. Harari
4. The Goblin Emperor. Addeson
5. Lady Astonaut series. Kowal
6. Spinning Silver. Novak
7. The Raven Tower. Leckie
8. Zones of Thought series. Vinge
9. The Knife series (Knife Children). Bujold
10. Maddam Triology. Atwood
Average Ameriacn
Member
Mon Oct 28 09:37:36
The Bible. God
The Constitution. USA
Paramount
Member
Mon Oct 28 10:06:48
Does Playboy and Hustler count as a book?
CrownRoyal
Member
Mon Oct 28 10:43:11
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Good fantasy stuff. But I think this is the only new book I have read during the past year, or maybe even longer. The only fiction book for sure, I also read Clapton biography. I can't read books any more, not sure why.
Pillz
Member
Mon Oct 28 15:18:50
I read like 14 black library books alone per year

This is probably worse than not reading 10 books in 10 years but whatever
Paramount
Member
Mon Oct 28 18:21:56
I don't think I have read a book in five years. I get my reading satisfied by reading articles online. I also have a lot of other things to do so I can't find the time to read more than what I'm already reading. Despite that, I buy a new book almost every year, so I have a pile of books just waiting to be read. But there is many other things to life than reading. The thought of laying down and reading a book makes me feel stressed. Laying down and reading a few tweets, a few posts in a forum, or an article on the internet, does not for some weird reason.

The last book I bought (in early June this year) was Stephen Hawkings Brief Answers to the Big Questions. I just picked it up now and I'm tempted to start reading it when I see it. Especially the chapter that is titled Does God exist? But I already know what his answer will be. Science can't neither prove or disprove that God exists, so the brief answer is: There is a possibility that God exist, but also a possibility that God doesn't exist. Ha.. now I don't need to read that chapter.

But I don't even remember which was the last book I read. It could have been one of Dan Brown's books (I have 5 or 6 of them), or it could have been Jens Lapidu's Never Fuck Up.

But I have read everything from Fantasy and Sci-Fi (in english of course. You can't read Fantasy and Sci-fi in Swedish because it's just wrong) to Classics such as Voltaire's Candide and Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
patom
Member
Tue Oct 29 05:18:38
Charlie Parker series by John Connolly waiting for the newest book in series.

When I was driving Truck over the road I would read at least one book a week many time 2 books.

Robert Ludlum
James Michener
Stephen King
Herman Wouk
Jack Schaefer author of Shane and Monte Walsh the two best westerns ever written
A lot of others that I can't remember off the top of my head.
jergul
large member
Tue Oct 29 16:37:01
Turns out the median number of books read per year (self-reporting) is 5 and the average is 12.

Still, this forum is quite on the cutting postliterati edge.

I was a bit more hopeful on getting some reading ideas from what people posted.

CR
Kindle backlighting might be helpful. Their patented print rendering can compensate for refraction issues and make reading fun again.

Para
Blow-back from your education? If reading novels by deadlines was your norm, then it might take a bit to learn to enjoy reading again. But doable.

Patom
Ty, I may very well check out a few of the classics you mentioned :-).
jergul
large member
Tue Oct 29 16:39:56
Oh, and yah. The books I listed are all enjoyable. I would not go so far as to recommend them, but I am having a good streak book-wise. You could do worse.
patom
Member
Tue Oct 29 17:32:56
jergul, I forgot a couple of great books by Larry McMurtry 'Lonesome Dove' and I believe there was a sequel.
History- The Rise and fall of the third Reich
Rising Sun Book ends for WWII

Gone with the wind was great once you got past the first 150 pages or so. Most female authors get way too tied up in minute descriptions.

To Kill a Mocking Bird fantastic

Trying to scrub my memory for more. Don't know how much time you have to read. My wife used to bitch at me, saying I had a book growing out of my hand. Now she bitches a little about me sitting in front of the computer.
CrownRoyal
Member
Tue Oct 29 18:59:38
“Kindle backlighting might be helpful.”

No, technology is not my problem. I can’t concentrate long enough anymore, I need to go online, check what is happening, News, scores, etc. I mean, I read constantly, I consume tons of new info. Just not from books anymore.
kargen
Member
Tue Oct 29 19:48:16
I'm not counting children's books I read to my brothers granddaughter.

Pearls Before Swine: Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic

Huckleberry Finn

Asimov's Chronology of the World

Wilderness At Dawn: The Settling of the North American Continent

The Book of Useless Information

Watchers Dean Koontz

Lightning Road Dean Koontz

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Stephen King

Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior

The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers

I'm rereading some of the history books I have is why there are so many of them on my list. I left off the animal behavior books I've read recently because those are sorta related to the photography I do.

I bought all the Game of Thrones books but haven't started them yet. Going to have a knee replaced soon and plan on reading them while recovering.
I've read a lot of Dean Koontz books. Besides the two mentioned above The Bad Place is really good.

Right now I have Old Boston: As Wild As They Come started. It is a history of Boston Colorado a town that no longer exists that was located about ten miles south of where I live. A lot of
the early Hollywood westerns were based loosely on what happened in Boston.

One of the best books I've read was Catch 22.

Paramount
Member
Wed Oct 30 14:05:52
Jergul,

” Blow-back from your education? If reading novels by deadlines was your norm, then it might take a bit to learn to enjoy reading again. But doable. ”


I’m not sure. I think it’s mainly about time and that I can’t find peace to sit with a book. There are so many other things that I feel that I should do instead of reading a book.


” I was a bit more hopeful on getting some reading ideas from what people posted.”

If you are interested in history and the WW2 try Stalingrad by Antony Beevor. I liked that book. Berlin is another one of his books that I liked.

If you want epic fantasy fiction then you have to read Chronicles (a trilogy) followed by Legends (a trilogy and a continuation of the Chronicles), Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman.

If you want epic science fiction, read The Night's Dawn Trilogy, Peter F Hamilton.

If you are interested in Israel, read Goliath – fear and loathing in Greater Israel, by Max Blumenthal.

I can also recommend The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.

Axel von Fersen, Herman Lindqvist.

Axel von Fersen is probably only in Swedish but maybe you can read Swedish? But it’s a true historic story about the Swedish Marshal Axel von Fersen, his life, and how he got involved in the French Revolution, became Marie-Antoinette’s lover, and how he tried to help the french royal family escape France during the revolution. He also fought at the battle of Yorktown in the Revolutionary War and acted as an interpreter between George Washington and Rochambeau.

It’s a story about war, romance, excitement, love, hate, and evil death. Herman Lindqvist is also a good story teller, which is why I liked this book so much.
kargen
Member
Wed Oct 30 14:08:34
The DragonLance Chronicles are good books. I've read them a few times. I've also read most the books they let other authors write. Those are kind of hit or miss.
The Children
Member
Fri Nov 01 03:00:47
wtf it even means, "non tech books"??

u mean u read them in a book like old fashioned way instead of on a computer?
kargen
Member
Fri Nov 01 03:08:12
I took it to mean non technical books as in not job or course study related. Books you read for entertainment. I get why you are confused. You have no skills a tech book would apply to.
The Children
Member
Fri Nov 01 03:36:11
so u have all these "skills" bla bla yada yada.

and what good did it do 4 u.

OWNED.

kargen
Member
Fri Nov 01 11:43:11
I could eat a tuna sandwich every day if I wanted to without digging through the furniture looking for change!

And as I am self employed I don't even have to take other peoples shit to do it.
The Children
Member
Fri Nov 01 14:00:09
blah blah blah and ur skills got what 2 do with it.

OWNED

jergul
large member
Sat Nov 09 05:44:36
Kargen, Para, Patom
Thanks.

I am currently reading "Hyperion", a surprisingly good scifi classic first published in 1989.

My general reading plan now is novels that have won or been shortlisted for nebula and/or hugo awards.

I think I actually read some of the Dragonlance books when they were first published in the 1980s. I enjoyed the first few, but fell off the bandwagon for some reason I cannot recall.

Reading in Swedish is fine I read a couple of Jan Guillou's Arn books in that language when they first came out. Wife has lived in Sweden for the few words I did not understand from context :).

Para, some of the books you have listed I will check out, others I have read :).

Catch 22 was great. I read that rather young and had to reread later. Asminov's foundation series I reread last year until other authors took over. Several interesting looking things on your list kargen that I will see if are available.

The Westerns! Of course! And Gone with the Wind. I have never read that. What a hole for aspirations towards a well-rounded education! Thanks patom.

patom
Member
Sat Nov 09 08:47:39
Never got to much into Sci Fi but I did read Dune. Pretty good book

I usually have a hard time reading female authors but "The Thorn Birds" was a great book IMO. Well written and not over loaded with needless description of minute details that have nothing to do with the story. Colleen McCullough wrote some other books but never got into them. Not sure how good they were.
patom
Member
Sat Nov 09 08:50:45
Leon Uris was one of my favorite authors. Starting with Battle Cry.
TJ
Member
Sat Nov 09 10:51:09
I'm confident you'll find a few of them you'd enjoy.

Growth of the Soil-Knut Hamsun
Fields of Fire-James Webb
Riddle-Master trilogy-Patricia McKillip
The Devil Al the Time-Donald Ray Pollock
Stone's Fall-Iain Pears
Why I Write-George Orwell
Your Souls Plan-Robert Schwartz
The Mind-John Fitzgerald
Blackburn-Bradley Denton
Channel Zero-Brian Wood
The Warmth of Other Suns-Isabel Wilkerson
CrownRoyal
Member
Sat Nov 09 12:35:09
“ I am currently reading "Hyperion", a surprisingly good scifi classic first published in 1989. ”

Magnificent sci fi, top ten of all time for me. And be sure to read the next three volumes, purists might insist that they suck and were unnecessary after the perfection of Hyperion, don’t listen to them. The last book got a little pompous and convoluted in the middle, but they are all great books.
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