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What are you reading these days?
7 July 2019
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Just started this. Focuses mainly on the years '67_'70,and the aftermath of the break up.paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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I am having another go at Ready Player One by Earnest Cline.

 

I started reading this last year but I never got around to finishing it and moved on to a different book but I am going to start it again and actually finish it this time. 

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I had a go at reading the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights on the 4th of July (seemed a fitting time to read them, particularly the first). Still have yet to finish the Constitution, it's not exactly light reading. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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I love your new avatar @Beatlebug a-hard-days-night-john-3

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My summer reading so far has been:

Re-reading Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

I'm also reading Kropotkin's The Conquest of Bread, Wolff's Understanding Marxism and Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent.

Pretty heavy reading, but once you get engrossed in them they're hard to put down. 

Also, has the idea of a BB book club ever been suggested in this thread?

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@QuarryMan 1984 is so good, I'd love to re-read it. I do recommend listening to Diamond Dogs and The Resistance (Muse) whilst you read. ahdn_john_08_gif

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Being unable to read proper books nowadays, I’m reading Eight Arms To Hold You as I can dip in and out of the entries. 

Mark Lewisohn taking 37 years to write volume two of Tune In is a blessing. 

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Getbackintheussr and I are reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It’s an amazing book. So far the best line is “Ah! oysters.”

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Did someone say oysters?! ahdn_john_08_gif

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Elementary Penguin said
I am having another go at Ready Player One by Earnest Cline.

 

I started reading this last year but I never got around to finishing it and moved on to a different book but I am going to start it again and actually finish it this time. 

  

I've read that book. It's not bad, but there's a LOT of exposition and I sort of hate the main character. Also, it's not as interesting if you haven't personally lived through the eighties.

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Did someone say oysters?! ahdn_john_08_gif

  

I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD POST THAT. 

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8 July 2019
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'My Heart and Your Crown', German translation of 'The Royal We'- which is essentially fanfiction of Kate and Wills' engagement bar its between an American woman and some prince called Nicholas, which is an Eastern European royal name, not British but anyways.... I would consider myself a royal aficionado (from Henry VI onwards, checking out a bit at the Georgians because *yawns*) in that I'm very interested in history, particularly British, and royalty always play at least a minor role in what is happening and has happened in Britain (I am absolutely loving Meghan Markle's dire attempts at trying to show she's an 'unconventional royal', when she's bringing the entire image of the family down and is just embarrassing herself, it's very amusing). I'm completely a republican though, am very grateful we don't have a monarchy (....anymore). I also subscribe to the Habsburgs, Bourbon-Orléans, Hohenzollerns, Grimaldis, and the Romanovs, as well as the Windsors/Saxe-Coburg and Gothas (to give them their real name). 

The reason why I'm reading it is there was literally nothing else on the shelf and it's proven itself surprisingly beneficial for learning vocab. The plot is woeful though. 

Also reading:

'They are going to kill Robert Kennedy' (not available in English), another not-so-great one, all about a man who thinks his parents' death are tied with Bobby Kennedy's assassination. He contrasts the idea that Kennedy's death was caused by something far greater than Sirhan Sirhan. 

I'm a big wishful dreamer and think RFK would have been a very good president- his work as Attorney General supports that (I have a Kennedy '68 pin on my bag being the loser that I am). However, this book is disappointing me and I so, so much want to like it because I do really like Bobby Kennedy, even though he could be an exaggerative ass.

Tragic. I look forward to getting home in a few weeks time and having all my books available to me.

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@QuarryMan 1984 is so good, I'd love to re-read it. I do recommend listening to Diamond Dogs and The Resistance (Muse) whilst you read. ahdn_john_08_gif

  

I know! Completely terrifying, but in the most effective possible way. Philosophy Tube (whose channel I'd recommend if you like Contra's videos; he does similar stuff with costumes and characters) has a very interesting, and hopeful, interpretation of it (to anyone reading, if you haven't read it then don't continue as I'm about to spoil it). Towards the end, when Winston is being interrogated, O'Brien tells him something like 'if you want a vision of the future, picture a boot stamping on a human face forever', which is obviously a terrifying and bleak vision. BUT the hopeful part, in Olly's interpretation, is that the boot has to be constantly stamping for all eternity in order to keep control: the Party can never stop oppressing the people, which means that they can never win. This means that as long as the oppression is continued and relentless, it is almost a concession of defeat and a source of hope. 

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50yearslate said

Elementary Penguin said

I am having another go at Ready Player One by Earnest Cline.

 

I started reading this last year but I never got around to finishing it and moved on to a different book but I am going to start it again and actually finish it this time. 

  

I've read that book. It's not bad, but there's a LOT of exposition and I sort of hate the main character. Also, it's not as interesting if you haven't personally lived through the eighties.

  

I am down to about the last fifty pages and I think it starts really strong and goes downhill. I think the film kept my interest more thank the book has at this point.

 

It isn't a bad book but I actually think it works better as a film. 

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Continuing my Orwell read with Homage to Catalonia, his account of his experiences in the Spanish civil war, fighting for the anarchist faction against the fascists under Franco. I'm enjoying it so far, particularly his amusingly English take on Spanish customs of generosity and complementing one another. 

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Recently read the Rosie Project (though about 2/3 was by audiobook through the library after I had to return my friends copy).  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here's the Wikipedia blurb:

The novel centers on genetics professor Don Tillman, who struggles to have a serious relationship with women. With a friend's help, he devises a questionnaire to assess the suitability of female partners. His plans are set off course when he meets Rosie, who does not fit many of Tillman's criteria, but becomes a big part of his life.

This blurb is pretty vague, but from my experience it's much better to go into this book knowing basically nothing.  There's a pretty crucial part to the story I'm purposefully leaving out.

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Slash - Surviving Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver , and Rock's Snake Pit by Paul Stenning. 

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Lately I have been re-reading Fyodor Dostoevsky's "White Nights". Such a charming story.

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Detours by Tim Rogers. 

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