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  1. 16 Aug '15 08:37
    Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  2. 16 Aug '15 09:35 / 1 edit
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    For the purposes of this thread, textbooks or audiobooks are perfectly acceptable.

    If I may say, you really do write extremely well for someone who rarely reads for pleasure.
  3. Subscriber nimzophysh
    Ranger
    16 Aug '15 12:27
    Against the Current
    by Isaiah Berlin
  4. 16 Aug '15 12:46
    Originally posted by nimzophysh
    Against the Current
    by Isaiah Berlin
    What attracted/attracts you to read Isaiah Berlin?
  5. Subscriber nimzophysh
    Ranger
    16 Aug '15 14:15
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    What attracted/attracts you to read Isaiah Berlin?
    His "liberalism" in the original and truest sense of the word; his love of freedom and individualism; secondarily, his biography is intriguing.
  6. 16 Aug '15 17:14
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    We really should start a Mornington Crescent thread.
  7. 16 Aug '15 17:20
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
    Several books in parallel (a habit which allows me to dip into whichever of them I feel like at any given moment):

    Zazie dans le métro, Queneau
    Leave it to Psmith, Wodehouse
    Met mijn teer gestel, Toonder
    Palimpsest, Stross
    A book of 16th century verse
    and I've just finished 1 Maccabees (which is boring), and am about to start on 2.
  8. 16 Aug '15 17:38
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    and I've just finished 1 Maccabees (which is boring), and am about to start on 2.
    I've never managed to get through a whole book in the Bible, but I'm attempting the Book of Daniel because I enjoyed Walton's Belshazzar's Feast so much.

    I also read books in parallel, abandoning many along the way: I recently reduced my currently-reading list from 39 to 20 this way. Must be done to avoid it getting out of hand .
  9. Subscriber coquette
    Already mated
    17 Aug '15 05:53
    Currently reading "the tibetan book of living and dying" by sogyal rinpoche

    It's an amazing read

    if you enjoyed daniel, you'd love Judith
    It's apocryphal though, so you need the Jerusalem Bible to get it (catholic version)
  10. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    17 Aug '15 10:46
    The Nag Hammadi Library in English (leisure)

    IP Journal (professional)
  11. 17 Aug '15 15:50
    White Girl Bleed A Lot by Colin Flaherty
  12. Subscriber Ponderable
    chemist
    20 Aug '15 13:23
    Actually also in the habit of reading several books at the same time. I read a short story anthology edited yb Clifton fadiman mainly.
  13. Standard member redbadger
    Suzzie says Badger
    20 Aug '15 13:50
    Catch 22
  14. Standard member PJKeogh
    Seaside Relaxer
    20 Aug '15 14:13
    "The Floating Brothel" by Sian Rees. Historic account of the voyage of "Breeding women" packed off to the colonies for committing such heinous crimes as stealing their mistresses drapes.

    A fascinating insight for any history buffs out there.
  15. Standard member PJKeogh
    Seaside Relaxer
    20 Aug '15 21:22
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    Water and a ducks back spring to mind Thank you for the friendly welcome.