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Old January 27th, 2015, 10:54 PM   #1
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The books I read last year

A Stolen Life: a memoir by Jaycee Dugan

The Men Who Would be King: an almost epic tale moguls, movies and a company called Dreamworks by Nicole Laporte

Enemies of the People: my family's journey to America by Kali Martin

The Disappearing Spoon: and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements by Sam Kean

Lovelock (Mayflower trilogy v. 1) by Orson Scott Card and Kathryn Kidd

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: a story of steam, industry, and invention by William Rosen

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

A Tale of Two Vampires (Dark Ones novel) by Katie MacAlister

The Wikipedia Revolution: how a bunch of nobodies created the world's greatest encyclopedia by Andrew Lin

Americans In Paris: life and death under Nazi occupation by Charles Glass

The Pun Also Rises: how the humble pun revolutionized language, changed history, and made wordplay more than some antics by John Pollack

Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War by John Hall

How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin

The Last Dark by Stephen R. Donaldson

Mrs. Robinson"s Disgrace: the private diary of a Victorian lady by Kate Summerscade
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Old January 28th, 2015, 03:22 AM   #2
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You seem to like to read the serious stuff.
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I like books that examine the historical background of things, such as the books I read about the steam engine, the periodic table, Dreamworks, Wikipedia, the pun, and the Puritans (The Wordy Shipmates). I've always loved trivia, so in a sense, my reading is "trivial" rather than "serious stuff."
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Have you read any of Harry Turtledove's work?
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Have you read any of Harry Turtledove's work?
I love his book The Guns of the South.
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I love his book The Guns of the South.
it is an excellent book.
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Old January 28th, 2015, 03:39 PM   #7
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I've gotten into a phase of re-reading books I enjoyed a long time ago. As an older teenager and young twenty something I really enjoyed reading Hemingway. And that is totally gone. The three I re-read it was a hard plod all the way this time. But my re-reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy was probably more enjoyable.

And then my guilty pleasure. The Robert B. Parker Spenser novels. I don't know why but they were great the first time and again, better the second.
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RNG, I did that with "Sum of all Fears" It seems to be a timely book again.
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If your head can stand it, try reading "Moby Dick." Then brag to others that you read and understood it all under the guise that you have "culture."
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If your head can stand it, try reading "Moby Dick." Then brag to others that you read and understood it all under the guise that you have "culture."
I read the book, many years ago.. a very tiring read, what I remember is such detail and words..

Kind of like reading my posts, sometimes I type on and on.. and sometimes the meaning or intent is lost.
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