OT: Watcha reading?

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  1. 3CanesInTheBox formerly known as "BigRedMachine"

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    I have ADD so I read multiple books at a time and take forever to finish any of them! Right now I'm finishing up IT (King) and funnily enough a middle grade novel that my nephews' really into called "Keepers of the Lost Cities". Not CRAZY about the latter, but I love bonding with my nephew so it's worth it lol.

    Also, IT is masterful in the most disturbing way possible lol
     
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    oooh, I might add that to my reading list. classic i've never read. i do remember reading (with much excitement) several children's book about him when I was coming up but nothing of great weight.
     
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    bigred. Glad another reader has joined us. "Confessions" is a good book--not sure it qualifies as a classic.
    One other book I think I have mentioned before that I strongly suggest you read if you are looking for a modern classic is "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. It is truly brilliant (so much so that I am re-reading it one section at a time).
    I am also currently reading "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith. It is on many lists for the best books of the 21st century. Rightly so. It combines humor and erudition better than almost any book I have read. It is an amazing work--even more so considering the author was 23 when it was finished.
     
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    Howdy! Thanks, I'll def check it out. I should be done with both books within a week (although apparently my nephew's series is 7 books long):

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    lol.

    Also, re Confessions, I guess it's all relative. In my background, it was regarded as a classic (although I have not read it yet). Anyway, glad to add more books to the list.
     
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    So yeah I watched a vid on FB where this blonde gal traded a dragon for a bunch of eunicks, and I gave in for the hype, and wheezed through A Game of Thrones, and paddling upstream A Clash of Kings now.
     
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    The books are really good. I have a feeling that I will have to watch the series if I ever want to see an ending to the story, however. I don't think GRRM is in any hurry to write the ending to the story now that HBO has filmed one possible ending.
     
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    So I'm halfway through A Dance with Dragons, and for a good while already it has been pretty clear to me who Jon Snow's mother is.
     
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    Currently reading Magicians of the Gods and Master and Commander.

    I'm also working my way back through Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series in order.

    Unfortunately I always find my to-read list long and my free time to read short.
     
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    I have a few chapters left of Ready Player One. Fun book, I'm bummed it is almost finished. I wanted to read the book before checking out the movie.
     
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    Slogging through--early on--Neal Stephenson's Anathem. Not sure how much longer I'll stick with it.

    Also re-reading Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season.
     
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    I just finished The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Leguin. It is truly a novel of ideas: What is reality? What is responsibility within our reality? Can those with power ever foresee the ends of using their power?
     
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    2018/19 Carolina Hurricanes. A tale of a 'Bunch of Jerks'.

    The ending is lame and leaves you wanting more but overall it's a good read. It's a lot better than the last 10 volumes of which I do not recommend.
     
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    Finally finished The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

    If you're at all interested in Soviet history, it's an amazing work. Bulgakov was a singular writer; Stalin loved and protected him, even though his work was so critical of Soviet society that the vast majority of it went unpublished in his lifetime.

    Once upon a time I aspired to read it in the original Russian. Happy enough to have finally finished it in English.
     
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    I thought it was a great little book. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Didn't bother with the movie.
     
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    @sabremike mentioned this book some time ago so I bought it. It's a good read.
     
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    I am just over 1/3 of the way through "A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James.

    Incredibly ambitious book that uses the assassination attempt on Bob Marley as a jumping off point to explore Jamaican history, how the Cold War played out in the Caribbean, family dynamics, and how cocaine became so prevalent in the 70s and 80s.

    James uses language to sing/dance/scream/whisper/pray. Thus far an impressive thrill ride of a novel.
     
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    The Righteous Mind by Jonathon Haidt. Really interesting read about moral psychology.
     
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    Ball Four. Worth it if you have never read it.
     
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    Range by David Epstein. This book challenges the concept that specialization is good for our culture.
    I am about 100 pages in—the author is explaining how analogies are necessary to creatively solve problems. Like comparing hockey lineups with spices added to cooking.
     
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    @Navin R Slavin I think you had recommended some type of business/leadershippy type book a little ways back. I had jotted it down and now can't find it, any recollection of what I'm talking about?
     
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    Oh, man. There are many. What was the particular theme, do you remember?
     
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    I don't. How's about a top 5?
     
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    I recently listened to the audio version of "The Lessons of History" by Will Durant. Interviews with Will and his wife Ariel and interspersed.

    His perspective is that Freedom and Equality are everlasting enemies. Economic freedom will lead to income/wealth inequality due to natural variation in abilities and ambition.

    He says (based on historic record) that when a civilization is dealing with significant wealth inequality...haves and have nots...either redistribution occurs or revolution occurs...the later not being good for anyone involved.

    Unfortunately he doesn't specify the optimal level of redistribution.
     
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    Some National Geographic magazines that are laying around.
     
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    Yesterday I started "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty. The 20 page prologue is both thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny.
     

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