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This thread is for those who read. What do you read?
 

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My last finished book is The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Currently reading Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 

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Just finished "Wolf Hall", a historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell. A bit difficult to read at first, just the way the narrative is written, but I'm glad I persevered.

Prior to that I read Ken Follett's "Century" trilogy, more historical fiction about the last century...fascinating story line and guaranteed to teach you something about world history from pre-WW1 all the way up tp Obama's election. Start with "Fall of Giants". I highly recommend these books.

Also reading "The Nikki Chronicles" by Terry Goodkind.. a continuation of his "Sword of Truth" series (14+ books and counting)......pure fantasy, magic and such. These are books I can pick up and breeze through when nothing else is on my radar.

Last fall I read Follett's "Kingsbridge" trilogy starting with "Pillar's of the Earth"...historical fiction set in 12th century England. Excellent reading.
 

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I finally finished Cherry by Nico Walker. Before it's ruined by Hollywood. Reading someone going in a downward spiral of drug addiction is not for everyone but it was well written. Not glamorized.
 

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary. A poignant tale of Ralph S. Mouse, who lives in an Inn in California. He befriends a young guest of the Inn who has a small toy motorcycle and lets Ralph fulfill his dream of living a life of speed and danger.

I received this First Edition hardback copy as a gift from my wife and daughter a couple of years ago (I don't read a lot of books - LOL), and took it on a cruise with me to read by the pool. Brought back wonderful memories of my favorite childhood reads.

You can find First Edition hardback copies of it running in the $150-300 range depending on condition. Here's one if you're interested: The Mouse and the Motorcycle Cleary, Beverly

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Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.

A pressie from someone who knew I liked comics, this is a fabulous, very well written story. I don't read much fiction, and especially if they are longer than shorter, but this was a journey well worth taking.
 

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Completed a re-read of Frank Herbert's Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.

I didn't complete the remaining few Frank Herbert books, nor his son Brian's expansion on the saga.
 

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Last Stand of the Tincan Sailors by Hornfisher. A "David and Goliath" story about how five US Navy destroyer and destroyer escorts held off just about the entire Japanese navy at the Battle of Leyte Gulf late in the Pacific war of WWII. There are some guys who can only recite history. And then there are some guys who can tell a story. Hornfisher is the latter.
 
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I wish I could read a bit more....but someone needs to work :)

last book was a manual over 14620 pages, work related and it only took me 3 months :mad:
The old man and the sea, the empty mirror, The Kyokuhsin way, the rest is either bikes or work related documents and I have a tons of books at home 1/2 started...

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Mine all deal with marathon running. I admit that I do not get to read enough and work way too much.
 

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A seminal work, the first three chapters are heavy going, primarily dealing with a background on the main protagonists such as Oppenheimer, Fermi, Rutherford coming together for the Manhattan Project... hopefully chapter 4 is a bit more readable..


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Just finished Hemingway's 'Moveable Feast', written just before he died, beautiful sketches of his time as a poor writer in Paris in the early '20s, hanging out with writers and artists, like Ezra Pound, F Scott Fitzgerald and F Scott's mad wife Zelda.
 

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Man is Wolf to Man Janusz Bardach
Based mostly around post world war 2 experience for the author a polish man in Stalinist Russia era camp before emigrating to America and becoming a leading plastic surgeon in the US.
 

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Kyra Kyralina from Panaït Istrati

Istrati who answered to Stalin about "One has to break eggs to make a good dish."
-"I see the broken eggs, now, where is the dish?"

Anecdote with the salep street seller about The Great Alexander and ... whatsisname?
Darn!
The other guy had forgotten the name of the general in the story.

Parmenion, 'twas Parmenion!

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Plutarch Parallel Lives: Alexander / Caesar.
 

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Man is Wolf to Man Janusz Bardach
Based mostly around post world war 2 experience for the author a polish man in Stalinist Russia era camp before emigrating to America and becoming a leading plastic surgeon in the US.
Sounds interesting that !

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You guys read some boring and serious shit. LOL. Here's a book I read a couple of years ago where I laughed so hard and so often people around me were either laughing too or rightfully disturbed. Try a little light reading guys. After 2020, you deserve it. Written by a former staff writer for the David Letterman Show. Funniest book I've ever read.

Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement, by Rodney Rothman
"Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it—forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to get an early start on his golden years. He travels to Boca Raton, Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement community that is home to thousands of senior citizens.

Early Bird is an irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately warmhearted account of Rodney's journey deep into the heart of retirement. Rodney struggles for acceptance from the senior citizens he shares a swimming pool with and battles with cranky octogenarians who want him off their turf. Before long he observes, “I don't think Tuesdays with Morrie would have been quite so uplifting if that guy had to spend more than one day a week with Morrie.”

In the spirit of retirement, Rodney fashions a busy schedule of suntanning, shuffleboard, and gambling cruises. As the months pass, his neighbors seem to forget that he is fifty years younger than they are. He finds himself the potential romantic interest of an aging femme fatale. He joins a senior softball club and is disturbed to learn that he is the worst player on the team.

Early Bird is a funny, insightful, and moving look at what happens to us when we retire, viewed from a remarkably premature perspective. Any reader who plans on becoming an old person will enjoy joining Rodney on his strange journey, as he reconsiders his notions of romance, family, friendship, and ultimately, whether he's ever going back to work.


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Razor Girl --Carl Hiaasen
A seriously good read if you like irreverent and gritty restaurant inspector novels.
 
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