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Re: OT: Books 

Post#61 » by MickeyDavis » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:07 am

It took me a long time to switch to a Kindle. I always loved having actual books. But I switched over for the most part a few years ago. The "problem" with a Kindle is every time I hear about an interesting book in 30 seconds I have it. Now i currently have a backlog of over 25 to read.
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Re: OT: Books 

Post#62 » by AussieBuck » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:08 am

MickeyDavis wrote:It took me a long time to switch to a Kindle. I always loved having actual books. But I switched over for the most part a few years ago. The "problem" with a Kindle is every time I hear about an interesting book in 30 seconds I have it. Now i currently have a backlog of over 25 to read.

Oh yeah the Kindle, I have books to read on a Kindle I forgot existed. Thanks MD. :D
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Post#63 » by ReasonablySober » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:16 am

Chuck Diesel wrote:Just gonna be vulnerable for a second here- I’ve never actually read a book but you all have inspired me. Can’t wait to get started with some of these recommendations.


These are the novels that got me into reading:

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew
John Grisham - The Client, The Partner, and Runaway Jury
Tom Clancy - Without Remorse
Clive Cussler - (I love all the Dirk Pitt novels) but Raise the Titanic, Sahara, and Shock Wave specifically
William Diehl - Primal Fear (movie was adapted), Show of Evil, and Reign in Hell. So there was a trilogy.
Michael Slade - (this is awesome horror that deserves movie adaptations) Headhunter, Cutthroat, Hangman, Death's Door, Bed of Nails
Bret Easton Ellis - The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho
Bernard Cornwell - The Warlord Chronicles, The Grail Quest Novels, The Saxon Stories
Don Winslow - Savages, The Kings of Cool, The Cartel Trilogy
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Post#64 » by DrWood » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:56 am

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Post#65 » by DrWood » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:57 am

ReasonablySober wrote:Bret Easton Ellis - The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho
Bernard Cornwell - The Warlord Chronicles, The Grail Quest Novels, The Saxon Stories

I like these two writers a lot.
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Post#66 » by HaroldinGMinor » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:46 pm

Chuck Diesel wrote:Just gonna be vulnerable for a second here- I’ve never actually read a book but you all have inspired me. Can’t wait to get started with some of these recommendations.



Don't bother with the recommendations. Just get this and you're all set to impress.

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Post#67 » by Erifee » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:47 pm

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Post#68 » by hege53190 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:19 am

FrieAaron wrote:Some of my favorites:
A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin


Totally agree. The first 3 books in the series is just an amazing accomplishment. It is easily my favorite trilogy. But a Storm of Swords is just another level of WTF.
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I really wonder how the series would have turned out if GRRM did the 5 year jump like he planned and focused on the Starks and Tyrion like the original trilogy instead of writing about Samwell Tarley on a boat, Brienne touring the 7 kingdoms with Podrick, and Cersei going insane.

The reason I bring it up is I just listened to part of the first book again because I had the books on audible and was on a long car ride. GRRM really was on another level in terms of fantasy writing. I mean who comes up with HODOR knowing it will pay off 5,000 pages later? In the most gut punching memorable sad way possible.
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Re: OT: Books 

Post#69 » by Nowak008 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:15 am

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Grit. I've met Angela and thought her presentation was amazing, so I might be biased on this, but the book itself was also great and worth a read if you like these types of things.
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grit-angela-duckworth/1122569881?ean=9781501111112

I wish I got into reading otherwise. But then I think about the things I do instead of reading and I'm at peace with how my mind developed.


I would be interested in hearing her speak because I honestly thought Grit was one of the worst books I've ever read. It is a book of bad cliches.

As for your comment about reading.. It takes some work getting into a routine, but you would be surprised how many books you can read in a year if you replace the 30 minutes of mindless scrolling before bed with a book.

Another book I'd recommend avoiding is White Fragility. The book has some important points - colorblindness is bad, addressing white defensiveness. But she also says a lot of bizarre things: she says that kids today are just as racist as people were during Jim Crow and that Jackie Robinson shouldn't be celebrated as a hero. Plus the book is extremely fatalistic. I can't believe it is the #1 selling book in the country. Matt Taibbi has a good piece on it.
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