Best books you've read recently??

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  1. HunterST

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    I'm always on the quest to find great books. It can be hard to know which you will really enjoy just based on reviews and synopses. I think there used to be a thread like this on here, but I couldn't find it.

    Here are the best books I've read recently:

    Unbroken. Awesome, un-put-downable.

    This Is How You Lose Her: Great, melancholy stories.

    Currently reading Where'd You Go Bernadette? Very easy to read and entertaining, but fairly unaffecting so far.
     
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    Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson

    A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You've Always Wanted by Will Bowen

    The Bible (KJV)

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    Best book I've read over the last few years has to be Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr. Absolutely incredible piece of fiction, though it gets pretty depressing at times.
     
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    just finished "A Confederacy of Dunces" (la conjuration des imbéciles in french) by John Kennedy Toole
    one of the best books I ever read, very funny and very (maybe too much) smart writing
     
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    Jesus' Son

    Best book ever
     
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    The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse by Sam Sheridan

    ....very interesting :)
     
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    Hands down the best book I've read lately is The Art of Fielding, it's great novel. I also have Where'd you do Bernadette but I haven't started it yet. Gone Girl was pretty good too.
     
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    Read "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" on holiday recently. It is sort of technically a children's book, but it has to go down as one of the best books I have ever read.

    I also finally got around to read Sebastian Faulkes "Birdsong", which is also brilliant.
     
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    This is a great book. I read it a few years ago and have been thinking about revisiting it.

    I've been nerding-out on the books in the A Song of Fire and Ice series, but before that read a lot of Hemingway. Probably going to move toward Faulkner soon.
     
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    Kremlin Rising (not a new book)
     
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    Loved the Tyler Hamilton autobiography. Great read, great story.
     
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    I usually read boring nonfiction---business history, social issues, economics.

    But I just finished Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I had had an old Heritage Press edition for years and finally decided I could use a little fiction.

    It was very, very good. Dickens does very interesting characters, good with dialogue, and has a very perceptive and gentle sense of humor. There's a lot of humanity there, and intuitive moral concern.

    This said, the book had the typical completely unrealistic weird plot twists that make the story not very realistic.
     
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    Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. Read it for my SPED class
     
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    I just bought "The curious incident..." at the half price books store based on this recommendation, and so far it's very entertaining....
     
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    Is this a spin-off of the Hound of the Baskervilles? The dog in the night time which did NOT bark?
     
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    The Juliette Society - Sasha Grey
     
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    Reading RA Salvatore's The Last Threashhold. Read 11 of his books.
    Finished my 7th William C. Dietz fiction space books.
    Co reading Clive Cussler's latest, but only on page 13.
     
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    I’ve been reading Salvador since his Forgotten Realms days. I even played the Icewind Dale games on the computer. Endless fun and games.
     
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    weak era

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    "Three New Deals" by Wolfgang Schivelbush :)
     
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    Some say it's the word of GOAT.



     
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    For English speakers, Douay-Rheims FTW.
     
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    Clean Gut

    Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health
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    Currently reading "When I Left Home, My Story" by Buddy Guy....only on page 90 or so but already the best biography I've ever read!!!

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    'The Science and Management of Sustainability'
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    We live in great inspiring times of opportunity !
     
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    Just read Outsider, the Connors autobio. Not too bad, usually these things suck.
     
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    Re-reading Faulkner's "Absalom Absalom"
     
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    I don't re-read novels... just curious... do you re-watch movies (or tennis matches)?
     
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    Yes to both. I'm re-reading A Song of Ice and Fire now. A Dance with Dragons is coming out in paperback at the end of the month, so I need to bone up on what has happened before I read it.
     
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    For challenging novels, a re-read is valuable.

    All the same, if you want to sound like Mr. Pretentious (instead of Mr. Penthouse) at the next cocktail party, casually let slip that you are "re-reading War and Peace".

    .......something I've actually done by the way (the re-reading part, not the let slip part.....well, until now :)).
     
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    Only if you re-read it in Russian ;)
     
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    A lot of city planning books currently.
     
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    This is a pretty good book I've read recently. I learned a lot from it!

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    ^^^^ lol ... that book deserved that clip response ;)
     
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    Is it a crappy read?
     
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    Why do roads need to be at right angles to each other when they cross? Why not have any arbitrary angle?
     
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    just wondered if you tried the 21 day program and if so how was it? good results, worth it?
     
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    Talking to the Enemy: Religion, Brotherhood and The unmaking of Terrorists

    Really great sociological approach to modern terrorism and what can and should be done. The author, Scott Atran had his brushes with death doing his research for this book.
     
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    Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel.
    - Michio Kaku
    http://www.amazon.com/Physics-Impossible-Scientific-Exploration-Teleportation/dp/0307278824

    Columbia Poetry Review, Issue 24
    http://www.colum.edu/columbiapoetryreview/archives/

    Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC
    -L. Jon Wertheim
    http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Cage-Martial-Miletich-Furious/dp/B004KAB78K

    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory.
    - Brian Greene
    http://www.amazon.com/Elegant-Unive...8&qid=1382682487&sr=1-4&keywords=Brian+Greene

    Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America
    - Jonathon Dixon
    http://www.amazon.com/Beaten-Seared-Sauced-Becoming-Institute/dp/030758903X

    Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda
    - Amy Wallace
    http://www.amazon.com/Sorcerers-Apprentice-Life-Carlos-Castaneda/dp/1583942068

    A Place to Stand
    - Jimmy Santiago Baca
    http://www.amazon.com/Place-Stand-Jimmy-Santiago-Baca/dp/0802139086

    Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    - by Christopher McDougall
    http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidden-Superathletes-Greatest/dp/0307279189

    All good. I had 3 Borders gift cards to use up before they went out of business. Still working on a few more.
     
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    Well apparently my prefix didn't past muster with the other two wisenheimers, but fwiw, over the years we change ..... 're-read' w/ different perspective.
     
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    Nope...too expensive for me!
     
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    I run into this one at the bookstore the other day.
    After the first paragraph, I put it back on the shelf. Does it get better later?
    Somehow I felt that it would make a lot more sense as an audiobook, narrated by Luis Guzman for example.
     
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    Facing Federer, just came out.
    Dick Cavett ('74). Both very good reads.
     
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    Just been through all of Murakami's books. I'm addicted. My favorite is Kafka on the shore.
     
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    Which one? Haruki or Ryu?
     
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