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Poll results: How many books do you read a month?

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    Member Glomer's avatar
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    How many books do you read per month?

    Just wondering how many book worms we have out there.

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    I have an hour commute each way to work, so I usually average about a book a week.

    Right now I'm reading "Body of Secrets - An Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency", by James Bamford. Very interesting book, though my worry about it being from the "sensational" school of journalism has come true somewhat.

    The last book completed was "Truman", by Dave McCollough - I don't normally go in for biographies, especially of American Presidents - but this one was really really good and definitely put Truman up at the top of my fave-presidents list.

    Next on the list is London: A Biography, by Peter Ackroyd - I started reading this a couple of weeks ago but found it really hard to get into on the subway. I think it needs a good glass of scotch and a few evenings out on the patio.

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    My reading varies from a book in a weekend to a book a month. Not sure why.

    If you like McCollough read "path between the seas" its a THICK book but worth the time

    I spent a few years growing up along the Canal and this book is by far the best account I have read of "home"

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    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    I wish I had the time!

    These days my reading for pleasure is done on planes to/from vacation, and while sitting on the lifecycle at the gym. Otherwise no time! I'm 1/3 the way through Clancey's Rainbow Six and just can't muster the free time to finish it.

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    Have an hour train ride to work and back home again, so I go through a couple a week. I tend towards biographies and history - I'm one of those who thinks fiction can't hold a candle to reality. The last few were:

    Empire Falls - What a disappointment. This will put me off fiction again for awhile.

    Marcus Aurelius - Interesting and good biography, but a little pedantic.

    The Frontiersman - An oldie, but very goodie about Simon Kenton and colonial settlement of the Ohio Valley.

    Balkan Ghosts - If you haven't read Robert Kaplan, go out and pick up anything he's written. I think he's very good.

    The Portable Edmund Burke -That's right, I'm a conservative. In Massachusetts. Trying to maintain my sanity. What're you lookin' at - you got a problem? ; )

    Suggestions for future train reading will be greatly appreciated!!
    "The fanatical Muslims despise America because it's all lapdancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it's all born-again Christians hung up on abortion; the anti-Semites despise America because it's controlled by Jews. Too Jewish, too Christian, too Godless, America is also too isolationist, except when it's too imperialist." -- Mark Steyn

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    Just finished Lance Armstrong: It's Not About the Bike it was great.

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    Mostly I read history and biographies with the occasional Steven King type fluff thrown in for excitement. I also just love cosmology and religious texts. I have read all of the great world religious tomes, and I'm still a lost soul.

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    Originally posted by El Guapo
    I also just love cosmology and religious texts.
    Wow. What range. Hair Dressing to G*d.

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    Some of my all time favs

    Contact - Carl Sagan
    The Great Gatzby - Fitgerald
    Thread that runs so true -cant recall the authors name

    Anything Clancy BESIDES the Op Center books (they suck)

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    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Chet

    You be thinking of COSMOTOLOGY! The science of painting women.

    I be talking about superstring theory and Calaby -Yaboo Shapes.

    http://www.superstringtheory.com/
    not
    http://www.tennesseeschoolofbeauty.com/


    a simple primer can be found @ http://www.superstringtheory.com/basics/basic5a.html\

    Once you get hooked on 26 dimension folded space Fourier based Calaby-Yaboo shaped string surface tension calculations - man its like math crack.
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    I love reading. That was the best thing about getting out of grad school - reading for fun again! My husband's rich and crazy great aunt sends me all her hardcover books when she's done with them, so I get lots of Oprah books and some self help (is she trying to send me a message?). I usually keep a book in my purse for waiting at the doctor's office, or if i get to a meeting early. That way I don't get *too* crabby about waiting.

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    gotta love harry potter, eh?
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    Originally posted by GeogPlanner
    gotta love harry potter, eh?
    Yeah but for those that don't, they can shave those parts.

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    This month it looks like 2 to 5 (depending how you count a collection), but I go in fits and starts. I plough through a few Sci Fi books or detective stories and then can't finish a short story for weeks. I miss commuting by train, it was great for reserving reading time.

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    I just got done re-reading The Firm. Still on the Grisham kick, I started reading The Chamber. I bought 10 books from Value Village, a thrift store, for like 50 cents each and I am slowly working my way through them.

    Also recently read "Tony Hawk, Occupation: Skateboarder and "Our Band Could Be Your Life," which chronicles the rise of independent/punk/underground bands in the 80's and early 90s. Very excellent books if you are into the punk-skateboard thing.
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    Now I'm renting again and commuting a shorter distance, I've got more time for reading which is great. Recently finished 'Mappa Mundi' by Justina Robson - a futuristic, sci-fi thriller.

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    I was an English major in undergrad....you'd think I'd run far away from books and reading, but I love them oh so much!!!!!!

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    Chet - My complements

    Re: Harry Potter.

    Delightfully sick, yet charmingly juvenile comment. Good Work.
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    I used to love reading...I would knock out a book or two per week, but then I started college. Too much required reading really took the joy out of it.

    Five years after completing my education, I am just starting to read for fun again. I probably average one or two books per month, but since its hard to hold a baby or paint toy soldiers with a book in your hand, reading is something I only do after the kid goes to sleep and my eyes start to blur a bit.

    I personally prefer military histories and military biographies. I also read a bit of science fiction or fantasy occasionally.

    The thing I most often read, however, are "Spot" books. As in "Spot Looks at Colors", or "Spot Visits the Farm". My daughter just gets a kick out of those books, and when we read them together , she'll yank them from my hand after every page and start gnawing on the cardboard pages... It usually takes us close to fifteen minutes to finish a ten page book. She just eats them up

    Once she stops doing that...I've got a few hundred other books waiting for her.

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    I read a lot of noir type detective novels. Just finished a great, if gloomy Elmore Leonard novel "Sinister Heights" I love Leonard. My favorite author, though, is James Lee Burke, and his cajun detective Robichaux. "In the Electric Mists with Confederate Ghosts" left me shivering.

    Also like sci-fi. I think my favorite is the "Werewolves of London" trilogy. If El Guapo can deign to read fiction , he might find some of the concepts in this trilogy interesting.

    Finally, a lot of architecture magazines. Architectural Review (a British, doctrinaire modernist, magazine) is my favorite, along with Abitare and the standard American texts.

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    I used to read *a lot*... especially when it's 30 below and I'm afraid to go outside due to frostbite warnings. Now that it's summer, I maybe read one book a month. So it totally depends on the weather. The book I'm making my way through right now is Gorky Park. I pulled it out of a pile of books my dad was going to give to the library... I have found it quite good.

    The last book I read was very, very funny (and appropriate for my recent move)... "How to Be a Canadian: Even if You Are Already One" by Will and Ian Ferguson. It gives hilarious insight into Canadian "culture" and rips apart Canadians like only Canadians know how.

    Otherwise, I have very diverse tastes... from classics, to sci fi, to murder mysteries, to poetry... I'm all over the board. I love to read books in places I know very well, like the Kat mysteries set in Sacramento.

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    I read in spurts. I might not read for months, then I'll read 3 - 4 in a month's time.

    I just finished DooDah: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Pop Culture. Before that, I read LIncoln Highway Main Street Across America. I'm browsing a guide - The Lincoln Highway (across PA). I began it a few years ago, using the PA Gazetteer as a companion book, but I misplaced the Gazetteer when we moved.

    I like history and biographies; occasionally I'll read a novel.

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    Kat rules!

    Nerudite: I love the Kat mysteries One of the few "lighter" mystery series I like. I also for some reason like the "Stephanie Plum novels set in Trenton, NJ. A good break from the gloom of Leonard et al.

    Anyone for Andrew Vachs-now that is doom and gloom!

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    I think I am jealous of you all. I get so stressed and burned out from reading/writing at work, it is hard to pick up a book for leisure. I might read two books a year...if someone gives them to me with a high recommendation.

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    Have you ever tried listening to audio books? They are a nice way to keep entertained while driving, unless your kids are in the car with you. I know people who use them when they paint or exercise.

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